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Calling All Quilters!

Posted on April 13th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 85 comments

Have you ever dreamed of going to Quilt Market? I know that I have, last year this time I was a new blogger, and hearing about Market on other blogs just about made me green with envy! All those gorgeous quilts, fabrics, sewing machines, quilting gadgets and gizmos — all under one roof!

I know that it is possible to see the quilts from the festival online, but why not support your fellow quilting blogger in our very own online quilt festival!?

Beginning this Friday, April 17th I am going to host a week long Bloggers Quilt Festival! Can you tell I’m excited? This is going to be sooo much fun!

How do you get involved?

Be thinking about, and post on Friday, your favorite completed quilt project, and the story that goes with it. I will have … Read More »


Would you . . . .

Posted on April 11th, by Amy in random. 13 comments

participate in a blog event that featured your favorite quilt, with the opportunity for prizes?

I had a random thought which I am quite sure could become a reality, just thought I would gauge your responses here :)

I pray that you are blessed in God’s grace this Easter weekend.

Amy


DQS6 Sneak Peek

Posted on April 9th, by Amy in Doll Quilt Swap, work in progress. 23 comments

This week of Spring Break has been great! No schedule, except for Owen’s naps – don’t want to mess that up :) We started the week with sunshine, however yesterday and today have been WINDY and rainy. Just as well, the colds have been going around with the kiddos – Owen and Emmalie are really congested, and Sophia still has a cough from last weeks ear infection. Just the way this month has gone! I’m so thankful that they are healthy otherwise.

I took all the kids to the dentist this morning – not to bad really! Ella and Em got the full cleaning treatment, while Sophia and Owen sat/laid on my lap while they got checked out. So now Owen is down for a late nap, and I am doing my best to … Read More »


I Am Thankful : : 12

Posted on April 8th, by Amy in Thankful. 8 comments

for ~

~ Grace~ Having finished our taxes – whew!~ The sunshine yesterday~ A cleaner garage~ Spring Break

You are welcome to join me in being thankful! I would love to know the blessings in your life – leave a comment and let me know :) Or post your own list.


Dreams

Posted on April 7th, by Amy in ramblings. 13 comments

I’ve never really remembered sleepy time dreams, but in the light of day – I have lots of dreams.

Little things like canning vegetables this fall, or a room just for me to sew in. Other days it’s a little extra cash to make that purchase. . . or better organization for the kitchen, and the kids’ rooms!

Some days my dreams are in my sketch book, wanting to become quilts. And once again these are the dreams that keep me from sleeping :) All in due time – I hope.

Today was our first day of Spring Break – there was lots of sunshine, and little girls playing outside (still in down coats, but it was sunny) I should have done the pile of laundry that has accumulated in our bedroom, but no, I added a massive … Read More »


Really? Me!

Posted on April 5th, by Amy in Tutorial. 12 comments

My wallet tutorial was added to the CraftGossip blog today!!! As soon as I realized I tried to go and update the post . . . I didn’t keep the pictures on my computer from that tute :( Oh well – I’m really blessed to be noticed in this big blogland!

Thanks for all the love for the mitered corners tutorial! I’m glad so many of you have found it helpful, and I encourage you to give it a try. Once you’ve done it, you will be a pro — I promise!

Amy


Tutorial — Mitered Corners

Posted on April 3rd, by Amy in Tutorial. 43 comments

Start with a small mitered corner application to gain confidence in making excellent mitered corners every time!

To start gather notions and fabric scraps to practice :

My square measures 8 1/2 inches, and the 4 strips are 1 1/2 x 12 inches. Take special note here: when making mitered corners your strip length needs to be much longer than your square, the wider your strip, the more length you need. I don’t have a formula here, but when in doubt make it longer :) When I was doing this the first time on my tree skirt, I ended up making my first round of border half the width to accommodate the miter — it wasn’t long enough for the width.

On with the instructions:

pin your strips, center on your square, on opposite sides

Sew with 1/4″ seam — I don’t reinforce my seams … Read More »


Squares Askew — Complete!

Posted on April 1st, by Amy in Etsy, finished quilt. 29 comments

I hope that you aren’t getting bored of this pattern! I love the simplicity of it and how I’m able to show off the fabulous prints with this pattern :)

I love the back, almost as much as the front! I even used the alphabet on my machine to make a label – trying to be better about labeling. I stitched it down with my machine too, as it is a baby quilt, and I figure will be washed lots – mine always have been :)

This will be in my etsy shop soon, it’s a custom order, but I have others if you are interested, and I’m willing to do custom – obviously. he he

I hope you have a good day/evening — no fooling :)Amy


About Ironing/Pressing

Posted on March 30th, by Amy in learning to sew, Tutorial. 25 comments

I wanted to have a record of the ironing/pressing poll I did a few weeks back, I was about to just delete it but thought it was good information to keep! The post with comments is here :)

Personally, I’m still torn – I like how flat the block is when I press my seams open, but there are times when the bit of bulk adds dimension to the blocks. So for now I’m just going to decide as I go!

There’s a few applications where I will always press flat: triangles, working on mitered corners, binding strips, and anywhere with lots of seams meeting up. Oh, Fransson – had a post about ironing recently, apparently someone had the gall to tell her she was doing it wrong! I never did ask, why do you … Read More »


Recent Happenings — Around the House

Posted on March 29th, by Amy in My kids. 7 comments

Owen, our big boy – he’s 21 months old (or young) and not talking too much. He has three big sisters and mama to grunt and point with! We all get him :) Recently when he was asking for a snack (with a grunt) I said “Say please mama” his response is “neeeee” – while making the CUTEST face:

Then there’s Miss Ella, getting really close to 9 and just 2 months of 3rd grade left! I don’t think I told you, but she’s had strep recently – oh joy!

It started Monday before her Disney program, she woke up with a horrible sore throat – and I knew it was strep (she had it twice last winter). She stayed home from school, and went to the doctor. We started the meds and she had to … Read More »


SewConnected & Project Improv

Posted on March 27th, by Amy in Project Improv, SewConnected. 12 comments

Jessica at Twin Fibers sent out vintage sheets for this months block. I hemmed and hawed trying to decide exactly how to put this block together. Especially after beautiful blocks started showing up in the group pool – everyone there has something different to add to the group! In the end I framed out the little panel Jessica sent and mitered the corners for a little special touch.I’m wondering if a mitered corner tutorial would be helpful for anyone?

Next up – Project Improv!I had been putting off this block a little, hoping that I could get a few fat quarters before stitching it up . . . (didn’t happen) I rummaged through my scraps and found colors in the requested fields and set to work.

A few thoughts about improv:- I like the end result, but … Read More »


Disney Program – at last :)

Posted on March 25th, by Amy in My kids. 10 comments

I’ve been working behind the scenes here to figure out youtube and how to upload video from our slightly outdated video camera. Since I’ve been blogging I have become more and more techy – go figure!There’s 4 third grade classes, so the teacher’s were busy coordinating 80-90 students – they look like a lot more all together! Do you see Ella?

There she is!Here’s a video of her solo – we are so proud, she did such a great job!

There’s a collection on videos on our neglected family blog, if you would like to see more :)

I don’t have any decent pictures of the costumes the mom’s made – they all looked great though! Adult sweatshirts altered for elephants, monkeys, and birds – great simple costumes.

That’s it for the moment – I hope that you are well and … Read More »





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