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October 27, 2021
Upcoming Scrap Workshops from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 One of the things I have missed the most with the pandemic is in-person teaching.  I love interacting with other quilters and inspiring them to be creative with their scraps. I am pleased to say I am starting to see some in-person workshop bookings so I thought I would let you know of a few in November.




.I will be teaching my Two Bits Scrap Mixology block on Saturday November 6th to the Willamette Valley Quilters in Dayton Oregon.  You can contact them through their website to sign up if you are interested.  It is going to be a super ...

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August 12, 2021
Prepping for Africa from Where Art & Life Meet

Off we go on our grand adventure to Africa tomorrow! Here is a little recap of the last 24 hours… Yesterday: Wake up to find we have been sent a notification from the airlines that our flight has been cancelled. Wait, what?!??? My heart skips a beat, a precursor to the flood of panic that […]

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June 26, 2021
Virtual Quilting Workshops and Lectures from - Barb Robson ::: quilter

It has been a busy couple of weeks with both Quilt Canada and the Vermont Quilt Festival presenting their annual events online. They are two of my favourite shows to attend. While Quilt Canada happens in a different location in Canada each year, the Vermont Quilt Festival is held now in Essex Junction near Burlington, Vt. Quilt Canada just had their 40th anniversary and for VQF it was their 45th! I have been to about a few QC’s and once to VQF. I hope to go to both again in person when QC comes back to Halifax in 2023 ...

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June 8, 2021
THANK YOU PIGEON FORGE!! from Nestlings By Robin

This is a beautiful shot of 
I was able to eat dinner here one
evening and the food was 
delicious, home cooked, stick
to your ribs eats.

I spent weeks cutting kits
and preparing patterns and 
packing quilts....

so that I could arrive
in Pigeon Forge
and teach in this 
lovely setting...

The day before classes 
started I took a short 
drive toward Gatlinburg.
So Beautiful!!
Found a covered bridge
by accident:)
Here is the wonderful
slate of instructors I 
had the honor to share
a page with!
The FUN banner 
outside of my room 
showing my ...

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May 30, 2021
Boro Inspired ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings

 What fun!  Started in February, 2021, in the virtual QuiltCon workshop presented by Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade - Boro Inspired! A patchwork quilt with lots of hand stitching.  





Derived from the Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired, boro refers to the practice of reworking and repairing textiles (often clothes or bedding) through piecing, patching and stitching, in order to extend their use.



I cut into a thrift shop linen blouse.....a slither of a t-shirt.....a feed sack....an aqua linen skirt plus one of my cut apart acid green floral silk skirts to add just the right ...

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May 13, 2021
Variegated Thread Dyeing & New Workshops! from Where Art & Life Meet

Not easily deterred, I just placed an order for a few different threads that I will experiment with for dyeing. For those of you who heard about my previous thread dyeing fiasco, you will be shaking your head in disbelief. I know, I know, I don’t have a wet studio, I barely have a “studio”, […]

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April 27, 2021
A New Pat Pauly Workshop! from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m sitting here in my workout clothing sans sneakers typing this as I didn’t dare put on my regular work “uniform” for fear I would never honor my Spin Class reservation that begins at 11am. And while we’re on the topic, I just have to say, workout bras are truly a form of torture. You… Continue reading A New Pat Pauly Workshop!

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March 22, 2021
Two New Workshops Added! from Where Art & Life Meet

The Dorset Buttons Workshop was a huge success! As a result I am doing another and have added a Dorset Button II workshop for those who’ve completed the first and/or feel they have a working knowledge of how to make a traditional Dorset Button. Dorset Buttons Gone Wild Workshop: Wednesday, March 24th 2-5pm EDT.  $60.… Continue reading Two New Workshops Added!

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March 9, 2021
New: Dorset Buttons Gone Wild Workshop! from Where Art & Life Meet

Some exciting news! I’m doing a Dorset Buttons Gone Wild 3-hour Workshop via Zoom. (It will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube, but will only be available to view if you have purchased the workshop. You can reference the entire workshop later or whenever you like once the workshop is over.) When: A 3-hour workshop:… Continue reading New: Dorset Buttons Gone Wild Workshop!

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February 12, 2021
Applique Inspiration from From the Strawberry Patch...

Infused with inspiration by applique quilts on display at the National Quilt Museum I came home and planned a little wallhanging of my own. More on that after the back story. This quilt, by Pat Holly and Sue Nickels is entitled "Two of Us". They're quilting sisters,  both from Michigan, and draw their inspiration from folk art applique quilts of the 1800's. They celebrate the spontaneity of our

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Applique Inspiration from From the Strawberry Patch...

Infused with inspiration by applique quilts on display at the National Quilt Museum I came home and planned a little wallhanging of my own. More on that after the back story. This quilt, by Pat Holly and Sue Nickels is entitled "Two of Us". They're quilting sisters,  both from Michigan, and draw their inspiration from folk art applique quilts of the 1800's. They celebrate the spontaneity of our

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November 10, 2020
2021 Online Quilt Classes, New Quilts and New Website from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’ve been remiss in blog posting for the past few months.  I have lots of excuses….that’s all irrelevant. The good news is that I’m back on schedule and I have lots of interesting news to report! I also have some brand new versions of some of my favorite quilts to share. New Website Design I’m …

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November 9, 2020
Inspired by the quilts out of India from Marty's Fiber Musings

 I was so intrigued with the display of Kawandi (quilts)  made by the Siddi quilters of India way so long ago (it seems) while at QuiltCon in Savannah.  Was that 2017????  While at home all these months now, I've been stalking some of those Siddi quilters and finally had an opportunity to participate in Sujata Shah's workshop this weekend past.  What  a great zoom treat.  Sujata is also known as The Root Connection if you'd like to be inspired by her quilting style.  


My kawandi finishes at 15" x 23".  It was a new way to use ...

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August 23, 2020
Teaching online - the new normal? from Claire Passmore

As is seems pop-up lock-downs and self isolation are going to be with us for a while yet I thought it was about time I did something positive, rather than just sitting back and waiting for the 'new normal' to arrive. So, after a lot of thinking and trialling different things I am about to start online classes. 

To begin with I am going to start with my tried and tested Sunflower Bowl class. 
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Nesting sunflower bowl by Claire Passmore

​This class is one of my favourites and will definitely be suitable for online teaching. I have tried a few ...

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August 21, 2020
Creating Great Virtual Guild Programs and Meetings from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’ve been lecturing and teaching virtually for guilds this summer and more events scheduled into the fall and into 2021.  I’ve been noticing that many guild officers and members are searching for tips on how to run guild meetings and programs over zoom so that even ‘low tech’ members can participate and stay engaged.  Click …

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Creating Great Virtual Guild Programs and Meetings from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’ve been lecturing and teaching virtually for guilds this summer and more events scheduled into the fall and into 2021.  I’ve been noticing that many guild officers and members are searching for tips on how to run guild meetings and programs over zoom so that even ‘low tech’ members can participate and stay engaged.  Click [ ...Continue Reading ]

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June 10, 2020
Live Online Quilt Classes for Guilds and Groups from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am now offering  LIVE online quilt classes, lectures and workshops for Guilds, Shops and Groups over Zoom.This is exciting news in light of the challenges of scheduling face-to-face large group events.  Your organization can bring new learning experiences to each member virtually and they can attend from the comfort of their own home sewing [ ...Continue Reading ]

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A hideous quilt takes shape . . . maybe? from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A few days ago I pulled this last piece from the Sherry Lynn Wood workshop that I attended back in November. It had been bothering me that 1.) I didn't like it and 2.) it was taunting me, if you will. I determined that I needed to use it or chop it. Either way, something had to happen.



So I decided to first try to use it as is. Once chopped, there's no going back, soo....
I liked the almost Dresden plate section, so why not start there. I made several chunks of rounded shapes, mostly in blue ...

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April 14, 2020
SLW is quilted from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

This quilt has been a worrisome thing. I've enjoyed the celebrations, but the fretting parts have not been fun. There's so much to it though, that I feel compelled to deal with the parts, good and bad.

The sun makes a stained glass illusion.
After the Sherry Lynn Wood workshop, I thought seriously of abandoning the chunks of fabric that I'd put together but guild sisters said to keep going. I decided to take it on as part of the Cotton Quilters "Finish on a UFO" challenge. 

I like the purples, which may be blue in reality ...

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March 27, 2020
SLW quilt ~~ a finished top from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories



I started this quilt in a Sherry Lynn Wood workshop back in November. Since it was a two day workshop, I brought home only the beginnings of something. I could not determine what that something was. Can you tell from this picture that I was not impressed? Thanks to my friend Glen of Quilts and Dogs for taking this shot when I was completely lost in my piece.

In January I challenged the Cotton Quilters' Guild to bring a difficult unfinished project to the next meeting. At that time we would each present the project and tell the group what ...

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