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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Countdown :: One Week!

Posted on October 17th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 6 comments

I can hardly believe there’s just one week left before the next installment of Blogger’s Quilt Festival! I can’t wait to see the overload of inspiration from all of you!

I thought I would build the excitement and share the fabulous sponsors with you. Each of these shops or companies is unique, and their own source of inspiration to me on a regular basis – I hope you will visit them and let them know I sent you!

Next Friday the main Festival post will go live, along with a post for each category. I’ll be sure to include links to all the posts, in each of the posts so you can find your way around easily. You have one week to enter your quilt, and find your favorites … Read More »



Quiltcast #51 ::Inspiration to Quilt

Posted on October 15th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Thanks for your notes on our volume levels – we have corrected the problem!

Check out my feathered star post here.

Inspiration can found all over the place, what goes into the design process. It varies every time!

EQ7  is the software that we both use, but not necessary.

Quilts can be designed in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or even Excel – don’t forget the paper and pencil!

Search the app store for “quilt” and see what you find there too!

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy



Fun with Fabric

Posted on October 14th, by Amy in My Fabric, work in progress. 4 comments

I spent the last week or so catching up on my pattern and personal responsibilities, with those out the way, I quickly decided it was time for some fun!

First I pulled these fabrics, and printed out the paper piecing guide for a feathered star. I’ve been admiring these patterns and wanting to make one for a couple of years now, but didn’t have the right reason to make one.

(L-R Basic Grey Persimmon, Grunge, Crossweave, Joel Dewberry True Colors, Basic Grey Persimmon)

 

Sorting out the pieces at this point was a little challenging, then deciding which pieces to put together first was a puzzle. I’m not sure I would do it the same way again, but it did go together pretty quickly.

I worked on it off and on over the course of 18 hours, ignoring my email, and a few other things that … Read More »



Coming Soon :: Blogger’s Quilt Festival!

Posted on October 2nd, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 6 comments

Can you believe it’s October already? We woke to our first official frosty windshield this morning, and I’m thankful for the warm sunshine that quickly melted it away! There’s nothing like the crisp fall mornings, and leaves crunching, to make me stop and appreciate the snowy mountaintops and beautiful fall colors around me. I’m pretty sure fall is my favorite season, it just doesn’t last long enough here!

I always look forward to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival in the fall too! I hope you have been planning your favorite quilt to share – it can be old or new, it just needs to be finished in time to share!

I have some great sponsors and prizes lined up already, and want to share a few details with you!

Dates ::

October 24 – 31 – Linky’s Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice

November 1 – 7 – Vote … Read More »



Quiltcast #50 :: Quilting & Social Media

Posted on October 1st, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 5 comments

Is blogging dead?

April and I share our thoughts on blogging, and on other common social media platforms.

Blogs are alive and well! Especially if you have aspirations of a professional nature – listen in for more details.

Instagram – Follow April, Follow Amy

– Dropbox

 – If This Then That – IG->Dropbox recipe

Facebook – Follow Amy, Follow April

Pinterest – Follow April, Follow Amy

Twitter – Follow Amy, Follow April

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy



Quiltcast #49 :: Current Tools in our Studios

Posted on September 24th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Catching up from our two week hiatus and my travels for Quilting Arts and Love of Quilting.

Our basic tools are always our favorites!

Check these out :

3″x 12″ ruler

pins :: fine & extra fine both by Clover

Bella Color Card

So Fine thread by Superior

Wonder Clips

Seam fix, seam ripper

Splash rotary cutter

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy



Imagine Quilts :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on September 22nd, by Amy in books, give away, Inspiration. 111 comments

ETA : Winner is ::

There seems to be NO shortage of amazing new books to add to our quilting libraries! Today’s review is for Imagine Quilts by my friend Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co., she’s taking everyday inspiration (including your fabric!), and showing you how her brain works, to make those ideas into beautiful quilts!

I love Dana’s voice throughout the book, and the 11 patterns that she’s included are fresh and unique. Her cover quilt, Posy Patrol, is a fun pattern full of gorgeous prints, both bright and muted tones. Ampersand is a great bold pattern, using beautiful solids, and inspiration to look around you for your own graphic quilt.

I love some of the different ideas and techniques Dana uses too! Using a dresden wedge to make this inspired quilt :

And the photography is really fun – they used a barn to … Read More »



Quick Column Quilts :: Review, Project & Giveaway!

Posted on September 17th, by Amy in books, review, work in progress. 119 comments

 

I have a quick finish to share with you today!

Nancy Zieman’s new book – Quick Column Quilts is full of beautiful and useful patterns for any quilter!

This table runner is based off of the Quilt to Give pattern in chapter 13 – I’ve admired this quilt, for a while now, and knew it was the quilt that I wanted to stitch up! I have been stitching from my scrap box lately, and knew that I wanted to make a more masculine table runner for our dining table in my Modern Neutral fabrics. Sometimes it’s a  little odd to celebrate my husband or son’s birthday with a floral runner on the table, and this will be the perfect solution. 

While there’s lots of instruction for cutting from yardage, I had a blast pulling scraps from my bin and pairing them up! Since … Read More »



Moda Love :: Giveaway Winners!

Posted on September 13th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival, My Fabric. 4 comments

Thanks to everyone that stopped by, and left comments on my tour stop! My warm welcome to the Moda family keeps getting better and better! I have four winners today :

Diane has a Jelly Roll on it’s way to her!

Lee has a Jelly Roll on it’s way to her!

Martina has a set of two Charm Packs on their way to her!

Jill has a Layer Cake on it’s way to her!

I’ll be in touch ladies!

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Meanwhile, I have patterns to sew with Modern Neutrals, books, and my favorite notions – all in my online shop. Stop by and get started on a new project right away with the pdf patterns! I’ve started to sew Modern Neutrals pre-cuts in a few shops – keep your eyes peeled!

Soiree is a Layer Cake pattern that sews up easily, and really shows off the prints in … Read More »


National Sewing & Quilting Month with Fat Quarter Shop!

Posted on September 12th, by Amy in Celebrations, learning to sew. 1 Comment

Happy National Sewing Month Friends!

I’m celebrating with my friends at Fat Quarter Shop, they have a fab new pattern that’s free just for you! Be sure to use #colormyheart when you share your version of this quilt online. I’m loving the rainbow version, but can definitely see it done up in any charm pack!

 

I love quilting for a few reasons, but the bottom line is that it’s my creative therapy. It’s my dose of sanity on the busy days, even when life is made too busy by my quilting, I can find my calm as I piece or quilt my latest creation. What about you – why do you love to quilt?

The ladies at Fat Quarter Shop challenged us to try something new in our sewing, and while I’m still making a quilted project, the materials are new to me! These batiks … Read More »



Create Handmade Gifts for All :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on September 11th, by Amy in give away, review. 103 comments

ETA : Random number generator selected 5 &29, look for an email from Candy, Marjorie & Sue to see if/what you’ve won!

Hi there! It was brought to my attention last week that there are just 15 more Friday’s until Christmas! My first reaction was disbelief, but as I ticked the months off in my mind, I knew it was an accurate count. Currently, I’m not at all ready for the holidays, or to sew for them, but my friend Candy has a stellar new e-book full of beautiful handmade gifts for anyone on your list!

Create Handmade Gifts for All is a collection of Candy’s projects, made in her always beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. If you aren’t familiar with Candy’s work you should definitely check out her home online – CandiedFabrics it’s chalk full of info. Of course these projects would be beautiful … Read More »



Quiltcast #48 :: Finished Good Swaps

Posted on September 10th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Do you sew for yourself much? Love happy mail? Maybe you just need a little push to try something new in your quilting…everyone seems to come to a lull in their creativity at one time or another. Swaps are a great opportunity to be inspired by other sewists, and sew for a friend. April and I are chatting about swaps, where to find them, and how to get involved, listen to the podcast for an invitation too!

Where you can find swaps  :
Instagram – watch the hashtags on quilts in progress, and check back on the hashtag for openings.

Flickr groups – I’ve participated in the Doll Quilt Swap, The Pillow Talk {Swap}, Pretty Little Pouch Swap, and Make Mine Modern

Michelle at the Quilting Gallery hosts swaps often too.

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As promised, we are announcing our very own swap!

Quiltcast Mini Star Swap – Complete … Read More »






Recent Posts:

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Countdown :: One Week!

I can hardly believe there’s just one week left before the next installment of Blogger’s Quilt Festival! I can’t wait to see the overload...

Quiltcast #51 ::Inspiration to Quilt

Thanks for your notes on our volume levels – we have corrected the problem!

Check out my feathered star post here.

Inspiration can found all over...

Fun with Fabric

I spent the last week or so catching up on my pattern and personal responsibilities, with those out the way, I quickly decided it was...