2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop!

This is my tutorial for the block I designed for the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop.  Download Tutorial: Carole Lyles Shaw Block Tutorial 9-10-2016

Scroll to the BOTTOM of this post for links to ALL of the other Bloggers who participated in this Blog Hop.

curved piecing Cloud9 New Block Hop

 

2016 Cloud9 Cirrus Solids New Block Blog Hop Color Palette

Cloud9 is generously sponsoring the New Block Blog Hop and provided all of the designers with fat quarters of five of their Organic Cirrus Solids.

The blog hop hosts, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, curated the “Berry Harvest” bundle. Blocks made for this Blog Hop will be collected and made into quilts for donation.

 

Visit the sites of our wonderful hosts for links to all of the participating designers.

This is a BONANZA of 70 free blocks in many styles!

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

 My Cloud9 New Block Tutorial:  Fractured Curves

The tutorial is a bit long so here is the link to download a printable pdf:Carole Lyles Shaw Block Tutorial 9-10-2016

If you use my block in a project, please hit me up on IG (@carole_lylesshaw) or leave a comment here.  I’d love to see how you use the improvisational process that I used for this block.

I had a lot of fun designing this block because I really love playing with improvisationally cut curved blocks–a modern version of the Drunkards Path block.

I also like to cut up and rearrange the pieces of blocks –I call it fracturing.  If you’d like other projects with this process, I have tutorials and quilt designs for improvisational curves and fractured blocks in my book, Madly Modern Quilts.

To make the 12-1/2 inch (unfinished) block for the Blog Hop,  I combined four improvisational curved blocks  into a 2 by 2 grid to make a block that I then fractured.  For detailed step-by-step instructions, download the tutorial pdf.  Carole Lyles Shaw Block Tutorial 9-10-2016

The tutorial walks you through the process I used to create finished block–and I hope it sparks other ideas for your own version of this process.  I’m already thinking of ways to make variations to use in a quilt  for a workshop, in a future book or as a stand alone pattern (in 2017….).  Who knows where this will take me?!?

If you have not pieced an improvisational curve before, I strongly recommend practicing this process with scrap fabric.  You might also want to watch tutorials on cutting and piecing improvisational quarter circle blocks like these — check YouTube!

Fabric Needed:   I used 4 colors from the Cirrus Line–Amazon, Iris, Lilac and Sky.  You will need one fat quarter of each color because this is an improvisational process.  You will have some leftover fabric!

Cirrus Amazon

Cirrus Amazon

Cirrus Sky

Cirrus Sky

Cirrus Iris

Cirrus Iris

Cirrus Lilac

Cirrus Lilac

 

 

 

 

 

You will start by making these 4 curved blocks–no templates and no pinning allowed.

square 1 square 2 square 3 square 4

 

Then you’ll sew them together to make this….

curved piecing

 And, finally, this is my finished block for the 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop!

The block measures 12-1/2 inches square unfinished and it looks like I did a lot of intricate piecing.  But, after you sew the four quarter circle curve blocks, then everything else is easy straight line piecing.

Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

 

Detail of the block and just in case you missed the other links…smile…….here’s the link to the downloadable pdf Carole Lyles Shaw Block Tutorial 9-10-2016

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LINKS TO ALL OF MY BLOG HOP MATES ! Check out these free blocks and tutorials.

Abigail @Cut & Alter
Janice @Color, Creating, and Quilting!
Lorinda @Laurel, Poppy, and Pine
Melva @Melva Loves Scraps
Renee @Quilts of a Feather
Kathryn @Upitis Quilts
Kim @Leland Ave Studios
Amanda @this mom quilts
Holly @Lighthouse Lane Designs
Irene @Patchwork and Pastry
Jennifer @Dizzy Quilter
Karen @Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Anne @Said With Love
Suzy @Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Sharla @Thistle Thicket Studio
Kathleen @Smiles From Kate
Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co.
Sarah @Sarah Goer Quilts
Chelsea @Patch the Giraffe
Jinger @Trials of a Newbie Quilter
Anja @Anja Quilts
Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Miranda @I Have Purple Hair
Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter
Sarah @123 Quilt
Leanne @Devoted Quilter
Jen @Patterns By Jen
Jennifer @RV Quilting
Amanda @Quiltologie
Sharon @Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Jen @A Dream and A Stitch
Jen @Faith and Fabric
Stephanie @Quilt’n Party
Susan @Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Katrin @Now What Puppilalla
Amista @Hilltop Custom Designs
Nicole @Handwrought Quilts
Marla @Penny Lane Quilts
Silvia @A Stranger View
Sarah @Smiles Too Loudly
Carrie @the zen quilter
Mary @Quilting is in My Blood
Velda @GRANNYcanQUILT

Kathy @Kathys Kwilts and More
Paige @Quilted Blooms
Mary @Strip Quilts Pass it On
Allison @Woodberry Way
Seven @The Concerned Craft
Olusola @Alice Samuel’s Quilt Co.
Ann @Brown Paws Quilting
Jodie @Persimmon + Pear
Vicki @Orchid Owl Quilts
Kitty @Night Quilter
Francine @Mocha Wild Child
Shelley @The Carpenter’s Daughter who Quilts
Jayne @Twiggy and Opal
Geraldine @Living Water Quilter
Shannon @Shannon Fraser Designs
Lisa @Sunlight In Winter Quilts
Jessica @Quilty Habit
Cassandra @The (not so) Dramatic Life
Deanna @Stitches Quilting
Denise @Craft Traditions

 

 

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42 Responses to 2016 Cloud9 New Block Blog Hop

  1. Anne Boundy September 13, 2016 at 2:19 am
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    Wow. Just wow. 😄

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 13, 2016 at 7:09 am
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      No false humility here (hahaha)….I am supper thrilled with this block and I see a quilt coming soon….

  2. quiltgranny September 13, 2016 at 6:31 am
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    Oooooh improv! Very modern, very nice.

  3. Puppilalla September 13, 2016 at 6:37 am
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    Guided improv, not bad at all =)

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 13, 2016 at 7:12 am
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      Yep, guided improv is one of my favorite processes to teach. It’s the first step that helps quilters learn to trust their own instincts!
      Thanks for the compliment!

  4. Paige September 13, 2016 at 7:06 am
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    Amazing what you can do starting out with 4 curved blocks. Great job!

  5. Janice Holton September 13, 2016 at 8:57 am
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    Look out Picasso! 🙂

  6. Jennifer September 13, 2016 at 9:18 am
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    Your block is beyond fantastic. I love, love, love it.

  7. spierssusan September 13, 2016 at 9:21 am
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    Very wild-love the abstract-thank you

  8. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl September 13, 2016 at 10:05 am
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    I am very curious how oversized the initial blocks need to be to maintain a 12″ finished block, so I’ll definitely be checking out the PDF. Thanks so much for joining the hop!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 13, 2016 at 12:57 pm
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      You start with four 10 inch squares to make 4 quarter circle blocks and go from there. It’s magic…smile……

  9. Carrie wikander September 13, 2016 at 10:29 am
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    So very fun, I LOVE it. I love improv but wouldn’t know how to “teach” it. You totally showed the process and the result is just excellent! Great job.

  10. Kate Heads September 13, 2016 at 10:41 am
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    Interesting improv, great with the colours. I love the concept and your block is lovely.
    Smiles
    Kate

  11. Amista Baker September 13, 2016 at 11:02 am
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    Wow this is awesome! I have never done an improv block before but I will definitely have to try this. Great job! 🙂

  12. Lori Smanski September 13, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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    this is a lovely block. thanks for the great tutorial

  13. Stephanie September 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm
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    I haven’t done a lot of improv, this is a great block to jump in with. Nicely written tutorial.

  14. Sarah@123quilt September 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm
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    I love the idea of fracturing! You always do such beautiful and modern work! I’m definitely feeling inspired!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 13, 2016 at 3:45 pm
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      Thanks so much Sarah. I’m honored to be part of this awesomely generous and creative group of blogger/designers.

  15. Ann September 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm
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    Cool block – really unique approach. I’ll have to experiment with this!

  16. Leanne Parsons September 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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    That is so cool!

  17. Cheryl September 13, 2016 at 4:55 pm
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    Your block and tutorial are amazing! You broke down the complicated block so well, this would be great block for a new improv quilter to try.

  18. Lisa September 13, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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    Carol you are so creative. This is a great block.

  19. Rosemary September 13, 2016 at 6:01 pm
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    Another variation on Drunkard’s Path. Love the colors.

  20. Mary Maloney September 13, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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    Wow, so modern, I am going that way soon. . .

  21. Mary Maloney September 13, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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    I like the modern look.

  22. Marla September 13, 2016 at 8:24 pm
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    This is a fun block, and starting with the drunkard’s path units is a great way to introduce some curves to improv piecing. In my opinion, there’s nothing more fun than cutting up fabric and sewing it together again!

  23. Anja @ Anja Quilts September 13, 2016 at 9:52 pm
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    Very interesting block. Never thought about doing improv.

  24. Amanda @Gypsy Moon Quilt Co. September 14, 2016 at 1:31 am
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    Love the improv. What a fun idea!

  25. Abigail @ cutandalter September 14, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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    I just love this Carole!! I am really new to improv piecing so it was wonderful to read your .pdf and see how you achieved this look. This is definitely going on the to do list and thanks for sharing!

  26. Shannon September 15, 2016 at 7:43 am
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    Just gorgeous! Love it 🙂

  27. Sue September 15, 2016 at 9:56 am
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    A-mazing! What a brilliant technique – love it!

  28. Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter September 17, 2016 at 8:54 pm
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    I love improvisation and you certainly used it well in this block! So simple too…just curves…but the results are stunning! You simply must make a quilt using this. It’ll be a show stopper for sure.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 22, 2016 at 3:21 pm
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      Thanks Jennifer! I am working on a couple of ideas and variations on this block. I am in love with its possibilities.

  29. Dena September 18, 2016 at 11:52 am
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    Nice modern design

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