Under the Cover: Madly Modern Quilts by Carole Lyles Shaw

I was provided a copy of Madly Modern Quilts in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

It’s not until you see a really well done self-published quilting book that you truly appreciate the work that goes into publishing. Besides the patterns themselves, there are many different elements that need to be included: extra tips and tricks, materials lists, step-out photos, layout diagrams, illustrations, and well-written copy. When there’s a team working on a book at a publishing house, that seems less daunting. When you’re one woman doing it all yourself, you deserve a margarita.

Review: Madly Modern Quilts by Carole Lyles Shaw | Right Sides Together

Such is the case for Carole Lyles Shaw‘s Madly Modern Quilts, available via CreateSpace and Amazon. Carole is an accomplished quilter and serves on the executive board of the Modern Quilt Guild. With a background in art quilting, she has claimed a rather unique niche in her modern quilting books and workshops: guiding traditional quilters into using modern aesthetics and techniques.

Madly Modern Quilts features eleven different projects, which is an impressive amount for a quilting book from any publisher. They’re based on a simple principle: that improvised blocks and layouts don’t have to be intimidating. Shaw calls her technique “freeform patterns,” explaining that each of her layouts has a variety of different options to make each quilt unique. The book’s graphic design is simple and clean yet inviting, with lots of color and plenty of illustrations and photos. The quilts definitely have a “scrappy” vibe; Shaw touts her patterns as being scrap-friendly, and she definitely illustrates that in each project.

Review: Madly Modern Quilts by Carole Lyles Shaw | Right Sides Together

Review: Madly Modern Quilts by Carole Lyles Shaw | Right Sides Together
The projects themselves are fairly straightforward and appropriate for all skill levels. They often combine traditional inspiration (Rail Fence, Nine Patch, and Drunkard’s Path blocks, for example) with fracturing and improvisational techniques for a big punch with not too much difficulty. Shaw’s directions are clear, encouraging, and complete, and I think her patterns and instructions would definitely appeal to the quilter interested in adopting a modern aesthetic but not really sure where to begin.

Review: Madly Modern Quilts by Carole Lyles Shaw | Right Sides Together

If Madly Modern Quilts is representative of the future of self-publishing in the craft book world, I think we’re in a very good spot. Shaw demonstrates that DIY craft books don’t have to sacrifice quality, accuracy, or design appeal to make it out in the world. And if that’s the case, the options for publishing patterns are as limitless as the possibilities in her book.

Monday Fabric Deals: 7/11

Welcome to Right Sides Together’s Monday fabric sales roundup, where we present you with the Internet’s best fabric sales and coupons!

Contemporary Cloth: Save an additional 25% off already reduced prices with code SAVE20

Denver Fabrics: ENDS TODAY! Save an additional 15% off your order of $50+ with code July416

Fabric Depot: Some good items on sale, from quilt patterns to fat quarter bundles

Fabric Fun House: 35% off all Aneela Hoey for Cloud 9 fabrics through the end of July

Fabricworm: Use code linus5 to receive $5 off $50 + or coupon code bulk10 to receive $10 off $100+

Fat Quarter Shop: All this month, save 20% on Cotton + Steel cotton lawns


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Fourth of July Fabric Deals Are Here!

Happy Independence Day weekend! It’s time for the four F’s: forks, fireworks, freedom, and fabric. Here are the best Fourth of July fabric deals!

Bloomerie Fabrics: Extra 35% off sale items now through July 9 with code EXTRA35 

Contemporary Cloth: Save an additional 20% off your order with code SAVEMORE

Denver Fabrics: 15% off your order with code July416

Fabric Depot: 17.76% off your order (HA!) now through July 4 with code JULY4

Fabric Fun House: TONS of sales! 35% off Cloud 9, 25% off Heather Ross, 20% off Cotton and Steel, 15% off patterns, and more!

Fabric Please: Now through July 3, save 30% off everything storewide with code CANADA

Fabricworm: 20% off your order of $50+ now through Wednesday with code july4

Intrepid Thread: Huge annual clearance sale posted each Sunday night this month at midnight beginning July 3.

The Modern Quilter: 20% off sitewide with code FIREWORKS

Mood Fabrics: 10% off sitewide; no coupon required!

Olive Juice Quilts: Now through Tuesday, save 25% on any regularly priced fabric or notions with code JULY4TH

Quilt Now: Firecracker sale up to 50% off

Red Thread Studio: 25% off all fabric, including precuts and clearance, with code STARSANDSTRIPES

Sew Modern: Lots of sewing patterns on sale

Spoonflower: Buy one fat quarter, get the second one free, now through July 14

Stash Fabrics: Save an additional 20% off clearance now through July 7 with code FIREWORKS

Style Maker Fabrics: All US orders of any size just $5 July 4–10. All International shipping is discounted $5 during this time.

Winter Creek Cloth: 15% off with code JULY4 and free shipping ($10 off international shipping) through July 4.

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