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August 15, 2019
Fibonacci Pattern Updated from Carol Lyles Shaw

I just uploaded an update for the Fibonacci Quilt #1 Pattern on my Etsy shop.

Here’s the original quilt:

Modern Quilt Pattern

And here’s a mock up of a new layout with some variations!   The pattern addendum  includes info on fabric requirements for the new quilt size. You can customize this quilt to suit your interests–and your fabric stash.

Modern Quilt Pattern

This variation has a mix of improvisational blocks and a very scrappy look.


Modern Quilt Pattern

You can modify or improvise the individual patches in each block. Here’s a version that has variations in the blocks and an outside border.I even included ...

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July 16, 2019
International Quilt Festival Houston 2019 from Tales of a Stitcher

Today—Monday, July 15— a state of the art enrollment system opened up for participants to sign up to take workshops at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall. Click here to see the complete listings of classes as well as tutorials on how to use thier new system.

I am teaching the following workshops. I hope you find something to your liking.

Monday, October 28
Kitchen Sink Quilting—The Art of Making Do
9 AM-5 PM
Description: All leftover fabric, UFO’S, orphan blocks, and random strips of fabric are welcome in this class. We’ll take those ...

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June 29, 2019
Post Gees Bend Quilters' Retreat - blues from Marty's Fiber Musings

I've just returned from a most delicious and delightful retreat....with the quilters' of Gees Bend from, Boykin, Alabama - Mary Anne Pettway and China Pettway.     There were 36 of us eager-to-enjoy members in the group - all corralled by Anne, our beautiful Gray Center Retreat host.  Yes, you guessed it.  We had a rip-roaring good time.  It was a four day blast of energy and creativity rejuvenation.  And the food was from the gods! 

We came from California and New York and points in between to share ideas and fabric, love and laughter while Mary Ann and China mentored each ...

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June 6, 2019
Turning Corners and Stash Jazz Pattern Launch from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am happy to announce the launch of TURNING CORNERS and STASH JAZZ,  two new modern quilt patterns available in my Etsy shop.

And, yes, I will also be teaching these patterns as workshops!  Contact me if your Guild or Shop would like to book 2020 or 2021 dates.

Turning Corners Pattern

Turning Corners is a fun quilt that you can piece in a day.  Each block is made from 10” squares.  It’s a great quilt for a coordinated precut packet or you can use leftover precuts from one designer’s line.  You can also use large print scraps ...

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April 16, 2019
Sewing with Strings from The Cozy Quilter

Last Friday marked one year since my Dad died.  I had signed up for a quilting workshop with Mary Elizabeth Kinch, author of "Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts" a few months ago and decided I would use my Dad's shirts for my project.  Mary Elizabeth spoke at our London Friendship Guild meeting on Thursday night and we had a great trunk show of her quilts, including the workshop quilt, "Go with the Flow". 

I met Mary Elizabeth several years ago at Gwen Marston's Beaver Island Quilt retreat in Elk Rapids, Michigan.  It was fun to see her again and ...

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March 25, 2019
Upcoming Classes, A Prize, A GiveAway and More! from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Everyone, I am excited to share some great news with you. A lot of good stuff is happening in my quilt life these days and I’m celebrating. In fact, be sure to read to the bottom of this post to find out about a GiveAway!!


My quilt, MidCentury Modern: Black and White won a Prize at MidAtlantic Quilt Festival Competition for Best Use of Negative Space in the MidCentury Modern Category. The award included a Ribbon and a Cash Prize that I am sharing with my Long Arm quilter because her work really complemented ...

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February 1, 2019
We’re Thawing Out – Join Us for a Class on Saturday! from Cultured Expressions

I hope everyone is coming thru the Big Freeze safely.  Once you get over tihe initial shock to the body, the cold air is rather invigorating, no? It’s said that tomorrow we’ll begin warming up, so consider joining us for one or two workshops tomorrow 9Saturday, February 2, 2019) here at the Studio:

12Noon – 2:30pm – Make an African Mosaic Zippered Pouch, learning not only the African Mosaic patchwork technique using 2″ squares of prints and batiks, but also my easy method for putting in a zipper!


3:00 – 6:00pm – The String Quilt was wildly popular on ...

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January 27, 2019
2019 - A Year of New Quilts and Classes from The Root Connection

 I have been looking at my latest quilts lately and wondering.
If I am floating between the spaces. It is easy to do when I go down the memory lane while stitching away.

Primary Colors

They are mostly paved with million little stitches. Each one gets me closer to the space I am trying to reach.
 Most of my favorite quilts have had humble and spontaneous beginnings.
 They surround me with brightness just like the Sunlight in every nook and corner of this home.

They brighten my evenings ...

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January 23, 2019
A Little Marie Kondo Going On...or Not! from - Barb Robson ::: quilter


The time had come to finally tackle my messy sewing room, perhaps I have been slightly influenced by all the Marie Kondo talk on social media these days. I didn’t quite ask each item if it “sparked joy”, I just knew what had to stay and what had to go! I have a lot still to do but I am still trying to find a happy medium of being on my feet or sitting. I feel fine then it hits me, sit down!


That looks a bit better but I still have a way to go. I did get ...

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January 14, 2019
Quilting-Texas Style! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Woohoo! I’m teaching at the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild this month! I can’t wait! I will be offering a trunk show and lecture on Thursday, January 24th and a full day workshop on Saturday, January 26. We’ll … Continue reading

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January 8, 2019
workshops from Ritacor

Nada melhor do que um ano novinho em folha para experimentar coisas novas e criar novos hábitos!Se gostavam de aprender a fazer patchwork, ou a usar uma máquina de costura, então inscrevam-se num dos workshopsmarcados para os próximos meses :)Todos os sábados há aulas para todos os gostos e para todos os níveis,basta consultarem a … More workshops

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January 2, 2019
Teaching at 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m traveling to the Midwest to teach at the 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference.

Traditional,  contemporary and modern quilters who attend my workshops say that they have loads of fun making these projects.   My workshops are a ‘no judgement/stress-free zone’.

You’ll walk away with a solid start on your project and confidence to quickly complete it at home.  In addition, every workshop attendee will receive:

  • Individualized attention–including help with fabric placement
  • Full color pattern with options for customizing your quilt
  • Easy to follow piecing instructions during the workshop
  • Practice using improvisational cutting and piecing techniques–it’s ...

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December 18, 2018
QuiltCon 2019 Acceptances from Carol Lyles Shaw

Yesterday was a busy day on Instagram.  And although I signed off for the holidays, I will have to do one more post.  The Modern Quilt Guild sent out the decision emails for QuiltCon 2019.

I am quietly celebrating three acceptances.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1.  I KNOW that I’ve been promising a pattern…and I am seriously delayed on this one.  However, in the meantime, I’m scheduled to teach this workshop in 2019.  Contact me if your guild is interested in booking this workshop in 2019 (a few dates are open) and 2020.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1 was ...

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November 16, 2018
I'm Home for the Holidays! from Butterfly Threads

My Christmas Cactus is already blooming!

My travel teaching year ended Wednesday when I returned home from a fun time in Pennsylvania. I do have one more program to give in December but it's local, so I will be able to sleep in my own bed until the end of the year! Unless my husband whisks me away on a romantic adventure, but I'm not holding my breath. LOL

It's so good to be home and in my warm cozy space. The Christmas lights are up on the outside of the house and I'm curled up ...

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November 6, 2018
novos workshops! from Ritacor

Chegou o mês de novembro, e com ele chegaram novos workshops! Este mês estão marcadas duas aulas que gosto particularmente e que há muito tempo não fazia: english paper piecing e Dresden Plates. Sim, os nomes são estranhos, mas as técnicas são muito versáteis e cheias de possibilidades criativas! Com o english paper piecing vamos fazer … More novos workshops!

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October 23, 2018
Workshop and Lecture Schedule 2019 from Tales of a Stitcher

Here is my complete workshop, lecture, and travel schedule for 2019. You can all view all of this information on my website under the category Events & Happenings.

Craft Napa 
Napa Valley, California
Friday January 11, 2019—Making Prints out of Solids—Lines & Shape
Saturday Janaury 12, 2019—Linear Blocks—Line into Shape (THREE SPOTS left.)
Sunday January 13, 2019—Circle & Curve Sampler

Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles
San Diego, California
The Pieced Canvas—Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception Friday
Exhibition Dates January 19—April 7, 2019

Road to California 
Ontario, California
Tuesday – Wednesday January 22-23—Making Prints out of ...

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I Am Teaching at AQS QuiltWeek 2019 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching at AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona FL held February 27–March 2, 2019.  AQS Members registration start Oc. 23, 2018 and registration for the general public starts Nov. 7, 2018     Click HERE for registration information. 

My AQS QuiltWeek Workshops

Traditional,  contemporary and modern quilters who attend my workshops say that they have loads of fun making these projects.   My workshops are a ‘no judgement/stress-free zone’.

You’ll walk away with a solid start on your project and confidence to quickly complete it at home.  In addition, every workshop attendee will ...

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October 18, 2018
na loja from Ritacor

os dias no atelier têm passado a correr. ainda me estou a habituar ao ritmo de sair de casa todos os dias para coser, mas foi precisamente essa uma das razões que me levou a abrir a porta: ter mais tempo para criar, de forma mais organizada, e não trazer trabalho para casa. as visitas … More na loja

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October 17, 2018
Are trade shows worth your time? from Professional Quilter


Quilt Market, the quilting and soft crafts industry trade show, starts in a few weeks. I’ve been going since 2004. I’ve gone as a vendor, a member of the press, and an educator. Today when I’m not teaching, I spend my time walking the floor, networking, and making connections.

I have always been a fan of trade shows, partly because I love all the tchotchkes. I have buttons, coffee cups, pens and even a couple of stuffed animals from the trade shows I have visited. I have developed quite the reputation among my family and friends for ...

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October 15, 2018
Indian Inspired from Quilt Routes

This is a close up detail of a piece that I made in 2010 using a technique explained by Jill Kennedy in an issue of Quilting Arts magazine. It involved the use of wax crayons and paper and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. It is a piece that I show in my 'Quilt Routes Around the World' talk and it is probably the piece that I get asked the most questions about.

My inspiration for the piece came from these Rajahstani textiles that bought when I travelled to India in the late 1980's. I had the most wonderful ...

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