Carole here! I'm thrilled to be joining the 52Quilters Blog.
Let me start by saying a bit about my self. I'm a quilt pattern designer, quilt maker and quilt instructor. I blog over at www.CaroleLylesShaw.com and on Instagram. I'm a Board Member of The Modern Quilt Guild, and I co-founded the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild.
I LOVE to teach quilt making! In January 2016, I'll be teaching two modern quilting workshops in Orlando at World Quilt Florida. I teach for traditional and modern guilds all over the USA because I love introducing quilters to fun and creative ways to make their own unique modern quilts.
Oh--my profile picture was taken when I visited Hong Kong a few years ago. I've been fortunate to travel all over the US, Canada, Singapore, Jamaica, US Virgin Islands, Indonesia, Egypt, England, Germany, France, Italy, Morocco, Canary Islands [Spain]. Some of it was work related and some was fun travel. Have Passport...MUST travel! Now I live in sunny Sarasota FL--we call it a little bit of Paradise.
How I Started QuiltingI started quilting over 20 years ago by getting quilt instruction books from the library so I could make lapquilts for young nieces and nephews. Back then, I made traditional looking 9 patch quilts and log cabins. I met some wonderful quilters and quilt teachers who helped my learn my craft. They also gave me a great gift--they looked at my strong need to develop my own style and gave me lots of encouragement and understanding--even when they didn't quite get it...smile.....
I am also a mixed media artist--and I've studied art on my own all my life. When I started quilting and creating my own designs, I was heavily influenced by mid and late 20th century modern art. Before there was a modern quilt movement, I was experimenting with some of the ideas that so many quilters are embracing. Here are a couple of my modern quilts made over 20 years ago. Notice that, back then, I was creating negative space with the color black.
|Small wall hanging--curved piecing and improv asymmetrical layout|
|Detail of Angularity #2--a very early modern quilt|
What I'm Doing Today....As you know, the modern movement has one foot in quilt tradition. We love and honor the quilts made by those who came before us. Today, as a modern quilter, my log cabin quilts often look like this--improvisational centers and no measuring free hand cut logs:
In my early days as a quilter, I discovered art quilts and I still make occasional art quilts today. Here's a recent one called Dear Dorothy. I transferred some old letters onto fabric and tea stained them. I used old dress and curtain fabrics along with cottons and other fabrics to make this memory quilt for my Aunt Dorothy.
This week, I'll give you a peek into my design process, the tools I use and the quilt book I'm writing. I'll also share my thoughts and experiences on the modern quilt movement. Stay tuned--and let me know if there's more you'd like for me to talk about this week.