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Simplicity

Posted on May 1st, by Amy in work in progress. 35 comments

I’ve been working on a simple project, and finished the top up last night. I love that this is another project straight from my sketchbook – I also love the Wonderland fabrics! So fun and bright :)

I need to get some batting for it, hopefully today, and I think the quilting will really make this quilt. I am developing my personal philosophy of quilting — Quilts do not to be a complicated pattern to be a beautiful and well loved quilt. I do love lots of complicated patterns, like this, but realize that I would rather be able to finish it than work on it for a year :)

What sort of quilts are your favorite? I have been exposed to so many beauties with our recent festival – truly awed by what some of you … Read More »


Swap Til You Drop

Posted on May 1st, by Amy in Swap Til You Drop. 5 comments

The swappers over in flickr really do Swap Til They Drop! I often just watch as the sign-ups are happening, but when “spring flowers” came up as the theme – I couldn’t standby :) My tulips have just finally opened up and a fun little quilt is a great alternative to the real thing – at least in my mind!

Here’s what I sent to Tracy:

You have probably already noticed that it is very similar to this quilt sent for DQS – I worked on them simultaneously :)

There are lots of cute little quilts in the group pool over here – and if you happen to be interested in getting involved in swaps, this is a great place to start! Great group of swappers each month – just go talk/flickr mail the admin :)


Quilt Festival Wrap Up!

Posted on April 28th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 18 comments

I heard from almost all of the 24 winners and had select just two more – I hope that more and more of you add your email to your profile, that way this isn’t an issue :)

**Congratulations to Cathi and Monica!Cathi is the winner of a $20 Gift Certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics and Monica a $10 Gift Certificate to Wish Upon a Quilt :) Check out the links in my previous post if you would like to go shopping!

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Also I had a couple of ladies email me after I shut down the linky – I thought everyone was done since posting had slowed down and really wanted to get to selecting prizes while the kids were sleeping :)

Check out Lucy, Deb, Cathy, and Cheryl’s favorite quilts!

That’s it – I’m not taking anymore links until October, and I’m … Read More »


A Notion or Two – April

Posted on April 27th, by Amy in a Notion or Two, My kids. 19 comments

So I have this thing. I have to finish before I can move on to the next thing. Not usually a problem – but sometimes I really want to move on to the next thing and my OCD won’t let me!

Today I finished up my block for A Notion or Two, Russ sent out Amy Butler prints to make a quilt for his daughter. It took me a while to be inspired, but in the end I made a mini snowball block.

After finishing up I spent some time ironing and cutting up this –

It’s my month for SewConnected!! I’m excited to see what this becomes with everyone’s creativity. I’ll keep you updated :)

In “other” news – my boy got a haircut.

Isn’t he cute? Owen will be 2 in June. Back in January … Read More »


SewConnected – April

Posted on April 27th, by Amy in SewConnected. 15 comments

For a super rainy Saturday, with less the 100 unread emails waiting for me, I set to make my swap blocks! For April, John had sent a great assortment of favorite prints and asked that we make some variation of log cabin blocks. I set out to make a 12.5×18.5″ rectangle (he was asking for specific squares and rectangles) and after double checking my math a couple times – came up with this:

I love the way this turned out, and I’m even thinking I would love my own quilt with these blocks in various sizes! With the solid white/parchment in there it makes a very striking block – at least in my opinion! :)

I made a second, less successful block too – John has agreed to add a final border to it, and make it … Read More »


Quilt Festival Winners!

Posted on April 24th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 55 comments

Hi there! Here is the list of prizes from our lovely sponsors and the names that the random number generator spit out for me! You will see that there are a number of people that I do not have email addresses for — If I have not heard from you by Monday evening I will announce alternate winners.

All of the winners (that I have addresses for) should have an email from me waiting for them – please get back to me right away!!

Congratulations all!

The Twiddletails StoreAnina is offering a set of 8 fat quarters, in Woodland Bloom by Lila Tueller!Winner — Cathy

FabritopiaJona is offering a Heather Bailey Fresh Picked Pincushion pattern and 4 half-yards cuts from Anna Griffin’s Fiona collection!Winner — Tracey

Down Shadow LaneJen is offering a set of 4 half-yard cuts from the Darla … Read More »


Doll Quilt Swap 6

Posted on April 22nd, by Amy in Doll Quilt Swap, finished quilt. 39 comments

So I peeled myself away from the computer for most of the day and managed to get some quilting taken care of. Feels good too!

For DQS, the partners are secret – it’s fun as you never know who or where your quilt is coming from. I got some ideas from their favorites and slowly developed my plan. I love the end result!

I also finished a quilt for the STUD swap I signed up for this month – but need to wait to share it :) Next up – my swap blocks! I’ve drafted my plans, I just need to find a couple of quiet hours.

Blessings ~Amy


Again??

Posted on April 20th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 56 comments

At some point today we hit 400! That’s over 400 quilting bloggers all linked up right here – isn’t that so cool? I know you all agree, you keep telling me how wonderful I am in your comments! Thank you :)

I’ve seen the same question again and again -Will we be doing this again? You have to do this again – can we have one in the summer? And such —

My thoughts are this – once a year doesn’t seem like enough, but once a season may be a little too often, (for me) so how about we keep it coinciding with Spring and Fall Market!

If you saw my first post about this last Monday (yes, I put it together in one week) – then you should understand the connection :) … Read More »


Amazing!

Posted on April 19th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 39 comments

Wow you guys! This has been so amazing! What a great experience – Thank you!!

I am slowly working through all the links and trying to answer questions as they come in, my inbox has been overflowing. I’m so glad that you are all having a great time seeing inspiring quilts and making new friends :)

I want to encourage some that may not have joined us yet – it does not matter your skill level, or number of quilts completed! If you have just one – post it :) I don’t consider myself a master quilter, I just love being a quilter! The majority of those linking up would probably share my thinking too.

I am up to, Friday noon in links – if I haven’t made it to your blog yet, … Read More »


Quilt Festival – Spring 2009

Posted on April 16th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 522 comments

***The Quilt Festival is now closed and no longer accepting new links***

Welcome to the first online Quilt Festival! I’m so glad you are here! Get a cup of coffee or tea and stay a while. There’s lots to see and many places to visit. I look forward to getting to know all of you a little better this week!

First, I need to thank our generous sponsors – I emailed each of them this week and they have been enthusiastic to get involved. Thank You! Without your support this event would not be nearly as exciting! The sponsors are all listed on my right sidebar and I have a list of offerings a little later in this post. Be sure to do some shopping while blog hopping :)———————————————-

Here’s how you get involved –

Select … Read More »


My Favorite Quilt – Quilt Festival

Posted on April 16th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 83 comments

I’ve posted about this quilt before – but I decided I need to set a good example for all of you and post about it again. :)

Before I started this quilt, I had been sitting with my sketch pad trying to figure out diamonds and the best way to accomplish them for a week or so. Finally I’d had enough and needed to cut into some fabric! I had covertly purchased a Blossom jelly roll on ebay – I remember it being $20 and had to have it. Perfect opportunity to try something new!

This is my favorite quilt mostly for all it represents. I learned so much in making this little gem, it measures 38″ square. I realized after cutting all my strips into diamonds that I could have sewn three or four together … Read More »


What I’ve Learned As a Soccer Mom . . . so far

Posted on April 15th, by Amy in My kids. 13 comments

In less than a month my oldest will be 9. Gabriella or Ella, as I mostly call her, is a very, very patient child. We’ve done a few ballet classes for her, and some gymnastics for Emmalie, but those are once a week commitments that hardly last an hour. You see, when Ella started Kindergarten, Sophia was brand new, and just when we were starting to see the light, Owen surprised us!

While I seem to get a lot done – I know my limits, and traipsing the family about with a newborn was beyond my limit. Fast forward to our current situation, Owen is almost 2, and Emmalie and Sophia are both pretty self-sufficient. And I have joined the ranks of “soccer moms” just this week! Good Lord – there’s a lot to … Read More »





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