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Christmas Sewing

Posted on December 17th, by Amy in Think Big, work in progress. 2 comments

I have been sewing in masse the last few days – I love Christmas Sewing!

I have a group of seven pouches for various teachers and friends. I found my zippers at zipit on etsy, where you can get as much or little variety in color as you like. I currently have three finished and four more pinned and ready for my next sewing session!

These are the backs and bindings of three table runners I have in the works too! I pieced and quilted them over the weekend, while I indulged in my newest tv addiction : Gilmore Girls. My only question now, why wasn’t I watching them while it was on tv?

The bindings are mostly on, I just need to join the ends, and flip/stitch the binding to the front (by machine).

I am now fully stocked with Think Big! If you … Read More »



Soakbox Nail Challenge

Posted on December 12th, by Amy in random, review. No Comments

Have you seen Soak’s curated nail colors? They have nail colors that coordinate with fabric! I was sent this collection recently, and challenged to share my thoughts with you on the product, and a nail design.

I admit this took me longer than I had anticipated to actually do. I was dragging my feet to find something creative to do with them! I do paint my nails often, but usually it’s pretty quick and simple – just enough paint to keep them from breaking, again.

I started with two coats of Mushroom

And Ella, my oldest started with two messy coats of Faded Glamour

We are of the mindset that it will clean up later :)

After much deliberation, I added a line of Deep Chocolate, carefully using the edge of the brush.

Then finished it off with a pop of Hot Opera! I love … Read More »



Quiltcast #59 :: Teaching How to Quilt

Posted on December 11th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Teaching your kids or friends to quilt, is fun if maybe a little stressful, but worth your time! Here’s a few tips to start for a positive outcome for everyone!

Cut for them –

-experience makes you faster

-less likely to have mistakes

-precuts are a great option – Charms or Layer Cakes depending on desired size

 

At the machine –

-glue sticks are handy with kids

-pins are a great skill to learn

-ergonomics are important – 90-degree elbows, and knees

-seam guide on presser foot

-claw hands around the machine, no needle plate area

-little scissors, thread cutter

-quilting something small is a great experience for the new quilter

 

Ironing seam allowances –

-not for kids, let the watch and learn

-show options for pressing

-travel iron, would be great for kids

 

With adults –

-same principles apply, but hands off

-all about giving them confidence, not doing it for them

-perfection is over-rated, first time won’t be perfect

-quality notions are … Read More »



Pro-Stitcher Fun!

Posted on December 8th, by Amy in Baby Lock, work in progress. 12 comments

Last week, I was actually feeling pretty bad – I think I overdid it and stayed up a bit too late one night, and paid for it the rest of the week, in the form of a cold. boo! Thankfully, I’m feeling much better, and had a chance to work (play) with my new upgrade – the Pro-Stitcher!

I pieced a backing for this quilt I pieced back in February, and loaded everything. I selected a design, and sorted out the details to quilt, and pressed go! I watched the first couple of passes, then left it to do it’s thing, while I started dinner upstairs! SO cool! and just what I need!

**My girls came in from playing outside about this time, and were rather confused and amazed to see my long-arm running without me. Usually they gloss over whatever mess I … Read More »



Weave :: Quilt Scene

Posted on December 4th, by Amy in finished quilt, Magazine/Featured. 5 comments

I have another finish to share! Weave is featured in Interweave’s annual issue, Quilt Scene.

Weave is a fun and simple – graphic quilt. I used my fabrics, Modern Neutrals, from a fat quarter bundle, and some extra yardage.

It was fun to make and quilt! Detail shot:

I quilted down the charcoal fabric with figure 8’s, this really made the rest of the piecing pop, and the pieces are big enough to show off the fabrics a little too.

If you haven’t seen Quilt Scene before – I highly recommend it! Along with projects and great articles, there’s also images of quilts from the International Quilt Festival. It’s truly inspirational and a valuable resource of information.

What are you stitching today?

Amy



Quiltcast #58 :: Selling vs. Gifting Quilts

Posted on December 3rd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Have you thought about selling quilts? I sure have, but there’s a lot of thought and strategy that should go into that decision before you list your next quilt! Take a listen, and share your thoughts with us.

Think Big – Autographed copy and on Amazon

All People Quilt magazine – cover feature details here.

Our Quiltcast Mini Swap quilts are beautiful! Thanks to everyone that participated!

Liberty Club

Placing a Value on Your Quilt

You Are $ew Worth It

Here’s a few shops on etsy that are selling quilts :

The Zen Quilter

Red Pepper Quilts

Kris Khan Designs

Red Thread Gifts

Sew Sara

Add to the conversation, comment with your thoughts below.

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Three Things (You want to check these out!)

 

#1A recently finished quilt is now gracing the cover of American Patchwork and Quilting! This issue is due to start showing up on newsstands today, but I know some of you have gotten it in your mailbox already.

The fabrics are Modern Neutrals (of course!) and I paired two traditional blocks for a unique “Layered Look”. I also quilted this myself, with pebbles in the light areas, and a few large petals in the flowering snowball blocks.

Here’s a flat shot of the quilt – Layered Look :

Just in case you want to make the quilt for yourself with my fabrics here’s a list with fabric names and sku’s

2 5/8 yards Gems white 3507-24
1 1/4 yards Beacon grey 3502-13
1 1/4 yards Linked Space grey 3503-15
1/8 yard Fissure steele 3505-17
1 3/8 yards Satellite grey 3504-16
1 5/8 yards … Read More »



Black Friday Deals

Posted on November 28th, by Amy in random. No Comments

I’m not one to venture out into the crowds for a deal, but I’ll definitely shop from my computer screen! Below are a few sales that came to my attention this week :

Have you been eyeing something special at Fat Quarter Shop – the entire store is 25% off! Be quick though it doesn’t last long!

Huge savings on holiday cards!

Save 40% on Digital Patterns at Shop Fons & Porter with Offer Code PATTERN40

Save 30% and Get Free Shipping at Shop Fons & Porter with Offer Code BLACK30

Includes my Quill kit if you need a fast gift!

From Friday through Sunday, Craftsy is hosting their Black Friday Sale! All Classes $19.99 or less! Now is a great time to get the classes you’ve been eyeing all year! Craftsy classes also make a great gift, be sure do some holiday shopping for the crafter … Read More »



Quiltcast #57 :: Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 26th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Hi friends!

We always love catching up with you, there just wasn’t enough quiet hours this week to do it properly!

We’ll be back next week to chat about selling vs. gifting quilts. Let us know if you have any specific questions on that topic in the comments below.

Happy Thanksgiving –

Amy & April

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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!



Creativity in the Kitchen

Posted on November 24th, by Amy in In the Kitchen. 1 Comment

Last year at this time, I was working madly to sew and write Think Big. This year, I’ve promised myself to keep the creativity in the kitchen and focus more on my family and really enjoy our time together.

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours finalizing my recipes, shopping list and making a plan for my week. I always feel more prepared once I’ve mapped things out!

I thought I should share some of our favorites and a few new things I’m trying this year. Along with links here, you’ll find these in my In the Kitchen pinterest board :)

Best Ever Green Bean Casserole – really good and fresh! This year I’m not going to make my own onion topping, it’s been hard to get right.

Good Eats Roast Turkey – I’ve used the brine for a number of years, finally going to … Read More »



Baby Lock Gift Guide

Posted on November 22nd, by Amy in Tutorial. No Comments

Every holiday season my friends at Baby Lock put together a great resource of gift ideas to stitch, in their Gift Guide!

Click the cover or HERE to view or download the pdf. Included in the Gift Guide is my Appliqué Zipper Pouch –

I love to make these for teacher gifts, or for my girls to give to friends at school – just fill them with something special and it’s the perfect gift.

Also included in the Gift Guide are project for the little people in your life, home decor, and a couple wearable items too!

Hope you enjoy the resource, and have a great weekend –

Amy



Quiltcast #56 :: Billable Hours?

Posted on November 19th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Being a self-employed, professional quilt and fabric designer, that writes patterns and books some might assume that April and I are each earning a hefty income, able to fully support our families. Think again – if only all those creative daydreams were billable hours!

 

The Quilt Planner

Scraps, Inc quilts by Amy & April

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Making a living in a creative pursuit?

Our perspectives, and current situations are discussed.

 Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps, has some recent posts about fabric design royalties here and here. Definitely worth a read!

Finally, if you have a dream to make a name for yourself, we want to encourage you to DO IT! It’s so fun and fulfilling to work at something that is a love and passion and not just a 9-5 job, and be available to the little people in our lives when they need us. Have a question? … Read More »






Recent Posts:

Christmas Sewing

I have been sewing in masse the last few days – I love Christmas Sewing!

I have a group of seven pouches for various teachers...

Soakbox Nail Challenge

Have you seen Soak’s curated nail colors? They have nail colors that coordinate with fabric! I was sent this collection recently, and challenged to...

Quiltcast #59 :: Teaching How to Quilt

Teaching your kids or friends to quilt, is fun if maybe a little stressful, but worth your time! Here’s a few tips to start for a positive...