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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 »



Scraps, Inc.

Posted on November 18th, by Amy in books, finished quilt. 7 comments

I’ve mentioned this new book a few times, but today I have pictures to accompany all that talk! Scraps, Inc. is full of amazing scrap quilts, that you want to make! There’s also tons of inspiring photography, and great diagrams to make sure you know exactly what to do next.

For me making a scrap quilt is a bit of a luxury, but always a favorite. I love the reminder of the past projects all sewn into one beautiful quilt top. My quilt included in the book is a collection of my favorite blocks, colors, and fabrics. My Favorite Things:

Star blocks make up the center, then I have four-patches, triangles, lots of log cabins, and churn dash blocks to finally frame the quilt top.

I happily used bits of fat quarters, and random charm packs that I have collected, along with all … Read More »



The Quilt Planner!

Posted on November 17th, by Amy in Quilt Planner. 5 comments

Hi you!

I’m excited to share a brand new tool with you! Last week I leaked a picture on instagram of my Quilt Planner in use, and found a bunch of excited people over there. I’ve had a hard time not sharing it here!

This is the first of a few worksheets I’m planning to offer in the next few months, based on my experience as a pattern designer, and the systems that I work through when writing a pattern. My goal is to offer you the tools to make the quilt that you want to, and explore your creativity.

All the details and information about the Quilt Planner are HERE.

Check it out, and let me know what you think here!

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I’ll be back tomorrow with a beautiful quilt, I’m dying to share with you!

Amy

 

 

 



Reverse Appliqué Tutorial :: T-Shirt Rehash!

Posted on November 14th, by Amy in Appliqué, Tutorial. No Comments

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week! I have a quick reverse appliqué tutorial for you today, thanks to my Emmalie. Emmalie is a sentimental soul, she latches on to a few special clothes each year and has the hardest time passing them down to the next sister when she out grows them. The green t-shirt below, is one of her very favorites, recently she brought it and the black long sleeve t-shirt to me, asking that I somehow combine them so she can keep wearing her shirt.

Of course I mulled it over for a few days, then decided that reverse appliqué would be ideal, and add a special bit of interest too!

I used my rotary cutter to cut a square out of the shirt, with plenty of room around it. Then took it and some freezer paper to the … Read More »



Quiltcast #55 :: Current Publications

Posted on November 13th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

April and I are catching up after a couple busy weeks, behind the scenes in our families. 

The links I promised you :

Stitched Gifts board

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Viewers Choice

Scraps, Inc. 

Quilt Scene – features quilts from Quilt Festival, and Weave

Quilty – Lifesaver

Think Big 

Pink Chalk Fabrics – Clearance prices on fabric and some patterns

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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



Six Week Countdown

Posted on November 10th, by Amy in Swap, work in progress. 3 comments

Are you making gifts for the holidays? There’s a mere six weeks to get everything done!

I always make something personal for my kids’ teachers, and my oldest has a knack for asking me to make gifts for friends at the 11th hour. My solution is to keep a collection of great ideas on hand to select from at a moments notice! Thank goodness for the beautiful fabric stash :)

I shared this last week in my Quiltcast post, but it’s so packed with great gift ideas I wanted to share again-The Stitched Gifts pinterest board is full of gifts to be made for friends, moms, kids, teachers and anyone else on your list! Here’s a glimpse at the most recent pins added to the board :

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It’s a board that I will continue to post to as great ideas are found online, and … Read More »



Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Winners!

Posted on November 8th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 25 comments

Hi friends! It’s been such a great couple of weeks with Blogger’s Quilt Festival! I love, love, love seeing everyone’s quilts all together! Below is a huge list of winners – some voted on by you, and others via a random number generator. But really, everyone is a winner for sharing their quilts, and hopefully you have made new friends, and been inspired to try something new!

  
The Viewer’s Choice winners ::

Gosia of Quilts my Way is the winner of of 3 yards of hand dyed fabric, a 2 1/2 yard package of Mistyfuse and a Goddess Pressing Sheet, from Vicki Welsh!

Amy from 13 Spools is the winner of $50 in Quilter’s Cash to be used on anything at Missouri Star Quilt Company, and signed copies of all issues of our BLOCK magazine, from Missouri Star Quilt Company!

Kelly of jeli quilts is the winner of $100 Gift Certificate from Martingale!

Congratulations ladies! … Read More »



Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Hurry Up & Vote!

Posted on November 6th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 2 comments

As usual, the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is an intense inspiration dose for any quilter! Have you had a chance to check out the 600+ entries? (there’s technically 628!) Just like all the past Festivals, the links and inspiration will be available for years to come!

  Right now, you have nearly two days to vote for your favorites in each category, and the Viewer’s Choice. Please take a few minutes and select your favorites, if you haven’t already, there’s three votes in each category – use them wisely!

Here’s a quick list of the posts you need to visit : Mini, Small, Large, Appliqué, Art, Hand Quilted, Home Machine Quilted, Modern, Original Design, ROYGBIV, Scrappy, Viewer’s Choice

*To vote just click the little heart in the top right corner on the quilt in the linky.

I’ll be back on Saturday afternoon with winner info! Thanks so much to my sponsors and all of YOU for participating with your beautiful quilts!



Quiltcast #54 :: Stitched Gifts

Posted on November 5th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

There’s nothing quite like watching a friend or loved one open a “stitched gift” that I have made specifically for them. You know that feeling, right? Today on Quiltcast we have a group of gifts that you can make and give in no time!

We even started a pinterest board just for this episode, and would love to know what you plan to make!

There’s load of great ideas that can be customized for anyone on your list – and quick too.

Baby Lock Gift Guide is available here.

 Have you started stitching gifts yet?

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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



Introducing :: Think Big!

Posted on November 4th, by Amy in Think Big. 13 comments

I’ve mentioned Think Big on here a few times, but I haven’t had a chance to properly introduce you!

I had the pleasure of sharing this book with shop owners last week at Market, and loved explaining all the options that are available in this one book! Since writing Modern Basics, I’ve had lots of happy emails, usually with pictures attached, of finished quilts from my patterns. I’ve also had the occasional email, asking for help with recalculating fabric and block requirements to make it a different size than what I had listed in the book. I do help when I can, but it’s not always very timely.

When I started writing Think Big, I challenged myself to include details so that the quilter could make any size quilt that they desire. Not because I’m not willing to do the math again, … Read More »






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Creativity in the Kitchen

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