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Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Coming Soon!

Posted on April 24th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. No Comments

Hey! I’ve been working behind the scenes all week on the next Blogger’s Quilt Festival – I hope you are excited and ready! The Festival is set to begin on May 15, less than a month away!  Grab a button in the sidebar —->>> and share the info with your friends!

 

I’ve got great sponsors lined up for almost all of the categories, if you are a shop looking for exposure, drop me a note, and I’ll get the information to you right away.

Here’s a few details to help you get your post ready for May 15:

May 15 – 21 – Linky’s Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice

May 22 -29 – Vote for favorites in each of the categories

May 30 – Winners announced

Categories —

Each quilter may enter up to two quilts, each with it’s own post, and in separate categories. One category per quilt.

Mini Quilt Category … Read More »



Quiltcast #72 :: Current Happenings

Posted on April 22nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

A quick catch up with April, while baby Hazel napped for a few minutes. For sweet, new baby pictures, visit April’s instagram!

Check out fabric images here and here. And shop for patterns here and here.

We will be back next week with a more complete podcast – Thanks for listening!

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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!

 



Your Help Please…

Posted on April 8th, by Amy in Baby Lock, My kids. 2 comments

Hi there! I’ve been sewing non stop lately, working on a few deadline projects that I will be able to share soon – promise! Meanwhile it’s also Spring Break and my family is home and we are adding fun to mix too – here’s a quick picture of them with dyed hands, after we dyed eggs over the weekend –

Lots of crazy fun, and a little glitter going on here!

The help I was asking for?

My friends at Baby Lock are looking for some feedback from all of you – and have a survey that takes about 5 minutes to complete. Even if you aren’t all that familiar with their machines or websites, they want to know more about you and your experiences online – please. There’s also a chance to win a $250 gift card (fabric shopping!!) to sweeten the deal. … Read More »



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

Posted on April 3rd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 2 comments

Hi all! Today’s featured quilter is Wiesia – a quilter from Poland! I love that the Blogger’s Quilt Festival crosses the oceans and international boundaries. Wiesia is relatively new to quilting, and has some beautiful quilts to share with us, also be sure to check out her blog Quilt & Smile. I hope you enjoy getting to know Wiesia better –

1. When did you begin quilting?
I started making small quilted projects (pillows, table toppers etc. ) three years ago. My first lap quilt I’ve done last year.

2. Why do you quilt?

Last year I spent a lot of  time learning  how to quilt and I love it! Free motion quilting is my favorite part of quilt making. Now I’m working on Farmer’s Wife Sampler – and it’s  a great opportunity to learn different  piecing techniques.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?

My favorite  quilting tip is Cindy’s Needham “divide … Read More »



Quiltcast #71 :: Sewing for Babys

Posted on April 2nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Most everyone knows an expecting mom, and sewing for a new baby or mom is always fun! Check our group of tutorials before you sew a gift for the next baby shower.

Amy’s new fabric and patterns can be seen here, and April’s new fabric can be seen here!

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Latch cover

Cart covers

Single layer flannel swaddling blankets

Changing mat with pocket for diapers and supplies

Burp cloths – with absorbent backing

Bibs

Sleep sack

Crib sheet

Dressed up onesies

Sling

Mittens

Baby gowns

Share your favorite tutorials, or best shower gift that you like to give 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 reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

 



Chic Neutrals

Posted on March 30th, by Amy in My Fabric. 15 comments

I’m so excited to share Chic Neutrals with you finally! I’ve been working on this fabric line on the computer for months, but to finally have it in fabric is amazing! Chic Neutrals will be in quilt shops a little later this summer.

I selected my favorite greys, and added in some yellow and purple to enrich all the grey. It reminds me of twilight, or a night in the city, with the bright lights and heavy shadows. There’s always something exciting around the next corner – I can’t wait to see what you sew up with Chic Neutrals!

There’s 38 cotton prints, and 8 linen prints too:

I always appreciate the weight and feel of linen in quilts and bags. Do you put linen in your quilts? Just curious.

To go with Chic Neutral fabrics, I have 3 new quilt patterns, a tote and … Read More »



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

Posted on March 27th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 2 comments

Cheryl is sharing her quilts with us today! I hope you enjoy getting to know Cheryl and her quilts more. Cheryl blogs at Meadow Mist Designs, be sure to stop over and say hi there too!

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1.  When did you begin quilting?

I began quilting about 4 years ago when my daughter was moving from a crib into a toddler bed and needed some new bedding.  I had always loved quilts, but had not done much sewing beyond HomeEc in middle school and a few easy Halloween costumes.  I read tons of blogs to learn everything I could about quilting and jumped right in.  That first quilt had me totally hooked.  I have since taken over the guest room as my sewing room and use quilting as a creative and relaxing outlet.

2.  Why do you quilt?

As a mother of two little children, … Read More »



Quiltcast #70 :: Quilty Housekeeping

Posted on March 25th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Battings and labels are both needed in our quilts even if they aren’t the main attraction, but there’s so many options for both! Listen in for our favorite battings and ways to label a quilt.

Check at your local quilt shop, or long armer to purchase batting.

Cotton, polyester battings are most commonly found.

Warm & Natural is 90% cotton 10% polyester

Wool battings are super soft, light weight and treated not to shrink as much as might think.

Soy & bamboo battings are renewable, and hypoallergenic.

Silk is very luxurious, but fussy. Best used in quilts that won’t be washed often, and small enough to hand wash.

Warm Company FAQ

Pellon FAQ

Explore the battings that are out there.

Labels don’t have to be elaborate, but do need to be included.

Spoonflower, print your own labels with info, then quilt into the back. Or try some of these labels.

Printed labels … Read More »



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

Posted on March 20th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 3 comments

Hi friends! I want to direct you to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival page set up here. I’ve updated the dates and added a new logo to the page – I’m looking forward to seeing all the quilts again in a couple of months!

Today’s featured quilter is Karen, if you haven’t met Karen yet I hope you will take a few moments to get to know her better. Karen blogs at Quilts…etc. and does a lot of beautiful handwork – Enjoy —

1. When did you begin quilting? 

I made my first quilt about 40 years ago and it was horrible!  I made another one about 5 years later and then another about 5 years after that.  About 25 years ago I really got into it.  I had developed some chronic medical problems that will be with me for life and I really needed … Read More »



Quiltcast #69 :: What’s Your Favorite Color?

Posted on March 19th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Making a gift for someone can be very rewarding and fun, but the color palette is often a challenge! Here’s our tips for finding the right colors for the gifts you are sewing.

What’s your favorite color?

Check out current decor in their home, and use it as a jumping off point.

What color do you not like?

Check out their online likes on Pinterest or Facebook, for clues into what they like.

Wedding quilt, maybe use their wedding colors as an inspiration point.

Design Seeds has lovely palettes.

Palette Builder on Moda’s website, upload a photo to select Bella solids from.

Style of fabric can be tricky too, see what they are drawn to, wear, carry, surround themselves with.

Klutz Glove – medium or large – protect your fingers while cutting with a rotary cutter.



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

Posted on March 13th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 1 Comment

Hi there! Today’s featured quilter is Sherri! Sherri blogs at RebeccaMaeDesigns, and she has some bright and beautiful quilts to share! I hope you enjoy getting to know Sherri better —

1. When did you begin quilting?

My mom had an old singer sewing machine when I was growing up and I loved sewing on it, but I didn’t make my first quilt until I was in college (25 years ago! ugh!).  It was a nine patch, and I still believe that’s the best starter quilt!

2. Why do you quilt?

I love anything handmade but I just have a passion for quilts.  I’m just drawn to them… old, new, vintage, modern… I love them all!  I have a quilt passed down from my great great grandmother and I hope someday my great great grandchildren will find comfort in a quilt I’ve made.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?

Sometimes a quilter gets caught up in the ‘right way’ to quilt.  Quilting is art in my opinion.  There … Read More »



A Modern Twist :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on March 10th, by Amy in give away, review. 127 comments

A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin by Natalie Barnes, is a great new book that came out last month. Natalie spent many years as an interior designer in LA and has now focused all her design mojo on quilt patterns and quilting!

I’ve known Natalie for a few years now, going to Market, and interacting via email and online. The thing YOU need to know about Natalie, is how generous and encouraging she is. Her voice is very evident throughout the book, and she has taken some of the most important elements in design and offers them in quilting terms, giving you current tools for your quilting toolbox.

Color + Contrast + Composition

My favorite design element is contrast, and not always high contrast! I love creating subtle differences in quilts by using similar tones, and various scales of fabric. To … Read More »






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Your Help Please…

Hi there! I’ve been sewing non stop lately, working on a few deadline projects that I will be able to share soon – promise!...