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June 5, 2021
A rescue mission from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

Another super day! Hey -- we have to look at each and every day with open eyes. We can choose to be sad or upset with events going on or choose to be happy. I CHOOSE to be happy! 

I have a new class this afternoon on Color Theory! YES --- I'm so excited about the class, and I've spent a bit of time ripping the house apart looking for certain items. Most of it was in one spot, so that was good. But I cannot find one particular quilt. 

Searching for a quilt


I swear it's in the ...

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May 21, 2021
Is it summer yet? from QUilting By-You

We can’t believe that the school year is almost over. On one hand we weren’t sure how school was going to look and now we are almost ready to close the books for this school year.

To that end, we have been on the busier side of getting t-shirt quilts completed in time for graduations as well as handling end of the school year things. So to say our schedules are a little convoluted right now would be an understatement! Thankfully there are just a few days left and we can settle into the normal summer schedule.

Finally ...

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April 29, 2021
How well do you listen? from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 As I was prepping the pictures for this morning, I wondered what title I should use for the blog post. I had just finished listening to Alex Anderson's "live" post from Wednesday morning. Oh boy -- people do NOT listen. She started a sew-along which I think is free to anyone. The pattern can be found on The Quilt Show webpage (top right-hand corner). It's only three pages, and there are kits - probably all gone by now. But any fabric would work. 

So the first session was on cutting and prepping. How many people asked - can I do this ...

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February 12, 2021
Get This Book by Heather Black: Design, Make, Quilt Modern from Christa Quilts

My BQF (Best Quilty Friend) Heather Black of Quiltachusetts just wrote her 2nd book, Design, Make, Quilt Modern and I enjoyed reading it from cover to cover!

Design Make Quilt Modern by Heather Black

The book includes wonderful explanations of her design process including how the quilting can affect the look of the quilt, plus so much more useful info, especially if you enjoy designing your own quilts.

As a bonus, the book also includes 4 modern quilt patterns for you to make. They are:

#1 Grounded – I love how Heather explains her reasoning on why this quilt only has borders on 3 sides. At first you ...

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February 4, 2021
It's all about PERMISSION from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 

Oh my gosh -- I don't even know where to start today - there are so many things to share!!! 

Let's start with the blue string quilt on the wall. Here's a picture in case you don't remember. I'm showing you the quilt on my portable design wall for a reason - just wait for it. 


The blue string quilt on the portable design wall


So - there's one block that is going in the opposite direction. I was going to change it, and then a blog reader suggested that I leave it for the humility block in ...

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February 1, 2021
My Newest Book is Now Available: 99 Machine Quilting Designs! from Christa Quilts

I’m thrilled that my 4th book has now officially been released and I have a signed copy waiting for you! Take a look at my newest pride and joy called 99 Machine Quilting Designs from Martingale/That Patchwork Place.

99 Machine Quilting Designs

Click here to get your signed copy of 99 Machine Quilting Designs

As an author, it’s been great fun to open up boxes and boxes of my brand new book and get it out into the world.

99 Machine Quilting Designs includes a detailed photo, illustrated diagram, and step-by-step instructions on how to quilt 99 different machine quilting motifs ...

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December 17, 2020
Favorite Sewlebrity from Carol Lyles Shaw

My favorite Sewlebrity is….Dr. Carolyn L. Mazloomi! Carolyn has been a champion for so many African American art quilters for many years.  She has been a mentor to our entire community.  We owe her a deep, deep debt of gratitude.  And, the entire quilting and art community is richer and deeper and more vibrant and …

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November 19, 2020
Interviews with Quilt Friends from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am thrilled to announce a new series of interviews with some of my Quilt Friends– all artists , quilters, curators, designers and entrepreneurs—now available on my YouTube channel.  The series is called “On the Design Wall”. I have just uploaded the first two interviews in this series with many more to come in the …

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Must have book for every quilter from Moda Lissa

stock # EQ B-ENCYC

If there is one book of mine that I have completely worn out the pages, hands down it has to be Barbara Brackman’s ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS. I could not have been more excited when Barbara told me she was going to be making the 3rd edition.  I have been stalking both Barbara and Electric Quilt Company so I would not miss out on any update. Well the time is getting really really close to when I am able to get my hands on the actual book. Merry Christmas to me!!

And if you are ...

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November 17, 2020
Paper Piecing All Year Round from Made By Marney

My newest book, PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND, is ready for pre-sale from Amazon. I don’t even have a copy of it yet…that’s how new it is!

PAPER PIECING ALL YEAR ROUND

This book has something for everyone. I have designed 2 images for each month of the year… that means you will be getting 24 paper pieced block patterns, plus the patterns for 7 different projects. All blocks fit in all patterns in this book, as well as all of the projects in my previous 5 books.

TWO GNOMES

These 2 adorable Gnomes are the images ...

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October 1, 2020
Pre-Order My New Book: 99 Machine-Quilting Designs from Christa Quilts

I am beyond excited to introduce my new book today! I’m really proud of 99 Machine-Quilting Designs. It’s full of ideas and options for walking-foot and free-motion quilting!

99 Machine Quilting Designs

Click here to pre-order your signed copy of 99 Machine Quilting Deigns 

This book is for you if:

  • You want to try machine quilting
  • You’re afraid to try machine quilting
  • You want to expand your skill set
  • You know quite a bit but you want fresh ideas

Pre-orders open today with early bird bonuses!


Order my new book by Oct. 10 to a free mystery fat quarter and other ...

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September 25, 2020
Sneak Peek of My Next Book; Grab my Current Books on Sale! from Christa Quilts

I’m so excited to share with you the cover art for my brand new book, 99 Machine Quilting Designs, coming soon! I don’t have a release date yet, but once I do, I’ll open up pre-orders with some bonus incentives and freebies for those who order early. So stay tuned for more info!!

99 Machine Quilting Designs

Get my Current Books for just $19.95 Each!

While supplies last, I’m giving you a chance to stock up on my previous books to complete your machine quilting library. I’m offering these for a price way below the retail price, AND ...

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September 6, 2020
Facebook Live Free Tutorial from Made By Marney

Wednesday, September 9, join me on C & T Facebook Live. At 2:00 pm CST I will be demonstrating how to paper piece the SEAHORSE BLOCK from my newest book: SEW MAGICAL. If you want to paper piece along with me, purchase the book now, so you will have a copy of the pattern.

I love this book soooo much…

SEAHORSE BLOCK

This is the Seahorse Block that I will be creating on Facebook Live. The book also has visual step by step directions for paper piecing. If we don’t get the entire block done together on Facebook, it ...

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August 19, 2020
Quilt Books for Reference and Inspiration from Humble Quilts


As I am preparing to do online lectures I realize I have to add a few books I refer to in my 
Reruns; Quilts Inspired by the Past lecture. 

Dating Fabrics is one I refer to when I want to make a period quilt or would like to date some fabric in an antique quilt.

I refer to this one when I was trying to crack the mystery of Jill's (my NJ friend who passed away) quilt blocks. I love telling that story and how she snuck her style into my humble quilt.

And this one has been researched ...

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March 13, 2020
Having Fun With New Quilting Books from From My Carolina Home

I love books, and enjoy reading about new techniques and patterns. Sometimes, I just like looking at design books to spark my own creativity or boost my motivation.  One of the perks of being an affiliate for C&T Publishing is getting advance notice of new releases, along with digital review copies.  For April, they are releasing two new books that really have a lot of appeal.  I thought I’d let you know about these two, and a couple of others that are out now, and a bit about the content. This month, in support of the Safelight Project ...

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February 10, 2020
Simple Geometric Quilting, a book review and project from The Crafty Quilter

I LOVE books of all kinds, especially quilting books. Since I work in a quilt shop, I often get to see the latest books “hot off the press”. Last October, I was asked to review a recently-published book, Simple Geometric Quilting, by Laura Preston (affiliate link). I’m happy to share my thoughts and impressions with you (albeit a little late) and a fun little project I made from the book.

Note: I have not been compensated for this review. I was given a free copy of Simple Geometric Quilting to review, but all thoughts are based on my own ...

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January 22, 2020
MidCentury Modern Update News from Carol Lyles Shaw

First, my MidCentury Modern Curves Black & White #1 was published in Curated Quilts!  Here’s a photo of the quilt. Link to buy the current issue.   This quilt is in my series–and it’s one of my most popular workshops. Here is an early version in ombre colors.  I hope that you can join me [ ...Continue Reading ]

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December 29, 2019
Quilty Things to Read from Goer

Here are a few of my favorite quilty things to read lately.

Books

My newest quilt book is The Quilter's Field Guide to Color by Rachel Hauser. Not only is it a colorful feast for the eyes, but it is an interactive workbook with a large color swatch library and 14 experiments.

In addition to books about quilting and fabric and color, I read the entire Quilting Cozy series by Carol Dean Jones this year. The books follow the lives of a group of retirees (and various other characters) who live in a quaint, retirement village. Sarah Miller, main ...

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November 8, 2019
QuiltFest at Pigeon Forge Registration Opens Nov 13 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I'm very happy to announce that I will be teaching modern quilt classes and giving an evening lecture/trunk show at the 2020 Mountain QuiltFest in Pigeon Forge TN from March 3-7, 2020. Registration is now OPEN!  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. Click Here for the complete Class Schedule.   Click Here for general information on QuiltFest. [ ...Continue Reading ]

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October 30, 2019
Star quilt block from Pieced Brain

Two of my quilty girlfriends and I are sewing star blocks for a quilt. We meet every month or so and exchange 12" blocks using a specific fabric collection - this way the quilt will have a more harmonious colorway. We are working with Gretel by Amy Smart for Penny Rose Fabrics.

When we meet today I will give them each one of these star blocks I made. Don't you love it? I found it in the book "I Love Star Blocks - 16 Quilts from an All-Time Favorite Block" published by Martingale in 2017. The quilt it came from is ...

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