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Hi there! I’m Amy, and I’m a quilt-aholic – ha! I love piecing and quilting my own quilts, and share as much as I can here in this space. I am also a wife and mom to four school age kids, who are now making me promise not to post their pictures, so you won’t see much of them, but they are my world and always come first.

I learned to sew garments as a girl, the culmination of my 4-H sewing was a vest and culotte set that I wore to school weekly in eighth grade. The vest was fully lined, and the culotte had an inset yoke – I remember being so proud of that finish!

I did a little bit of sewing through high school and college, but mostly would pet the fabric as I walked by it at home or in the store. I kept busy with my studies, and friends during those years. However, when I became a mom in my early 20’s I felt the draw again to make and sew. I was working full-time while my husband finished his Master’s degree, and stayed home with the baby, there wasn’t much time for sewing, but any spare time I had was spent trying to learn to quilt.

While pregnant with my fourth, Owen, I realized that I needed more of myself in my day to day. Having so many people relying on me daily was draining, and I started sewing more and more. At this point I was also introduced to pre-cut and designer fabrics – a whole new world of sewing opened up to me! Shortly thereafter I found the blogging community of quilters online, and started this space in 2008.

I love encouraging the online community; each week I feature a different blogger that has participated in my bi-annual online festival and encourage my readers to get to know someone new. The Bloggers’ Quilt Festival started as a simple idea, and each time I host the festival, I am inspired by the variety of quilts and the stories that are shared along with each one. There’s no judging or required skill set for entry, so it’s more like a big party online!

I have four published books, have been included in a number collaboration books, and design fabric for Moda Fabrics. You can find my independent patterns in my online shop or ask your local quilt shop to carry them. I’ve been published in a number of magazines, on the PBS shows Love of Quilting and Quilting Arts,  and I’m also a spokesperson for Baby Lock. There’s more about my work below.

If you made it this far – thanks for taking the time to get to know me better! I hope you comment on a post or email me so I can get to know you better too!

Happy Quilting – Amy

You can find my quilts in these books:

My fabric collections:

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