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Current State of my Quilting Studio

Posted on January 26th, by Amy in Baby Lock, Long Arm Quilting, random, work in progress. 12 comments

I shared my quilting studio space via Instagram yesterday, and thought I better keep it real, and put it up here too! It looks pretty messy still, but it’s all picked up and I can walk around a bit – huge improvement!

My Melody is dropped into the little table on the left, Crown Jewel is slightly covered with projects I’m currently piecing, the aluminum table at the right is on casters and moves where I need it easily. Fabric, my patterns, and notions are on the book shelf, there’s a matching shelf out of frame, to the left full of books, and magazines. It’s definitely not perfect, but I do look forward to spending time here, and know where everything is. Which is key!

There’s more decluttering to be done (always), but for now I’m back to my projects.

What are you up to … Read More »



Featuring Belinda :: A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on January 23rd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 2 comments

Little known fact – you can participate in the Blogger’s Quilt Festivals by sharing a Flickr link instead of a blog. That’s how today’s featured quilter, Belinda has shared her work in the Festivals! The main thing I ask, is that you still share the story of your quilt, along with the image. You can check out Belinda’s photo stream here, I hope you enjoy getting to know her a bit better –

1. When did you begin quilting?
My quilting journey began in the very early 90’s when a sewing friend & I took a quilting class. It was her grand passion in life to become a quilter. I was just along for the ride as I didn’t think quilting was anything I would ever want to, let alone, love to do. 20 years later, I am, of course, a passionate … Read More »



Quiltcast #63 :: Quilt Storage

Posted on January 21st, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

As quilters we tend to collect quilts! Today April and I are sharing best practices in caring for and storing your quilts. We hope you will share your Quilt Storage solutions with us too!

 

 

April’s giveaway is happening here!

The Quilt Storage pin board is here.

Cardboard tube for rolling quilts.

Quilt Ladders, and display racks are always fun if you have the space.

Swim noodle for rolling quilts as well – just make a casing to cover the noodle before you wrap your quilt around it. Check this post out.

Muslin bags, made yourself to fit your quilt. A lot of ladies in my guild make a matching pillow case to store the quilt in when it’s not in use. Then when it’s on the bed you have a pillowcase to match too!

International Quilt Study Center has beautiful quilts to share. View Pat Sloan’s behind the scene … Read More »



Featuring Yvonne :: A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on January 16th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 8 comments

I’m always inspired by the featured quilters, and today is no different! Today’s featured quilter is Yvonne, also known online, as Quilting Jetgirl. I hope you enjoy getting to know Yvonne, and her quilts more —

1. When did you begin quilting?

I started making my first quilt when I was 15 to have to use in college. My paternal grandmother hand stitched the quilt for me; it was the last quilt that she quilted. Making that quilt spanned over a year and was completed in 1996. I made several more and received my first sewing machine as a Christmas gift in 1999, but my quilting really took off in 2008 after years of not sewing. When the wedding invitations started to become sparse and the baby announcements started rolling in, I dusted off my sewing machine and my quilting has really taken … Read More »



Quiltcast #62 :: Success in Quilting Patterns

Posted on January 14th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Sometimes piecing a successful quilt pattern is more challenging that you would like. We’ve all been there, when nothing is working, and frustration has set in, when it seems a blow torch, or seam ripper are the only options. Today we have some tips so that you can have success with quilting patterns. Listen in and share your tips in the comments!

-Double check the method being used, in case it’s different than your usual.

If you change your method? Check your math before cutting!

-Directionality of a fabric print shouldn’t be a hindrance, but if it keeps you up at night, buy extra yardage.

– Take your time, go slow and be accurate.

It’s worth it to take your time, but walk away if you get frustrated.

– Check for updates on the designer’s website, or tool suggestions to make the pattern even better.

What are your … Read More »



Featuring Kelly :: A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on January 9th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 4 comments

Thinking about the year to come, and this space, I decided that I needed to reinstate my features of other quilters! My pool of quilters is large with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and so I spent an hour looking through entries, and emailing a number of quilters that I liked, and you all seemed to like as well. (linky stats!) If there is a quilter you would like to nominate and learn more about, from the most recent BQF, drop me a note with a link to that blogger, and I will add them to my list. (Just use the contact form above)
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Today’s featured quilter is Kelly. Kelly blogs at My Quilt Infatuation, and has some beautiful quilts to share, along with more about her. I hope you enjoy getting to know Kelly better ::

1. When did you begin quilting?
I actually … Read More »



Quiltcast #61 :: Computerized Quilting – Is it for you?

Posted on January 7th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Hi there! In the new year April and I are starting off with what could be a controversial topic for some : Quilting with a computer, does it take away from the art and tradition of the act of quilting? Listen in and share your thoughts with us!

Catching up from the last two weeks, the little bits of sew that have been done (or not) and our current undertakings.

Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced Giveaway here

Computerized quilting is all about balance – like most things in life!

In the end – beautiful quilts are created as uniquely as each quilter, and should be recognized as such.

I hope you will take a few minutes to listen to the podcast and share your thoughts with us!

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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 … Read More »



New Year, New Projects!

Posted on January 5th, by Amy in work in progress. 3 comments

Hi there! I knew my time at the computer would be much less with the kids home from school the last two weeks, but after a couple of days of trying, I decided to just leave work to wait, and enjoy my time with them. It has been such a nice couple of weeks with the family!

Of course I did sneak in a little time at the sewing machine here and there. I had planned ahead and cut two projects so I could easily have fabric “therapy” sessions when our little house got too crazy!

Little HST units, and 9-patches, along with flying geese that didn’t get a photo, have been finished, and are waiting for me to put them together.

The fabrics are Gardenvale and will be in quilt shops in April.

I also spent some time last week getting my calendar … Read More »



My Favorite Gifts to Sew for Others

Posted on December 19th, by Amy in finished project. 9 comments

I make them every year it seems – the Pieced Pouch, full of color yet sophisticated enough for anyone to carry or use. It is my very favorite gift to sew for anyone – teachers, friends, family. Now I’m wishing I’d sewn a dozen since these are all spoken for!

I love Kaufmans Essex Yarn dyed in black for these pouches. It adds texture and depth without quilting or too much pattern. The prints are from Alison Glass, and zippers from Zipit on etsy. A pattern has been requested a few times already, I’ll be getting that together in the new year.

Table runners always make their way to the top of my list to sew for others too. The top runner is made from left over bits from a quilt I made earlier this year, all the extra bits had already … Read More »



Quiltcast #60 :: Christmas Sewing & Catching Up!

Posted on December 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

We are catching up with you, and sharing our current projects this last week before Christmas. What have you been stitching?

 

What are your thoughts on computerized quilting? Does it take away from your quilting plans, or enhance them? We would love to know your thoughts!

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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!

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Christmas Sewing

Posted on December 17th, by Amy in Think Big, work in progress. 6 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 »






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