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National Book Lover’s Day

Posted on August 9th, by Amy in books. 17 comments

Hi there! Today my friends at Moda are hosting a fun hop to celebrate books!

One of the first quilting books that I learned to quilt from, is The Simple Joys of Quilting by Joan Hanson and Mary Hickey. I even photographed it with one of my earliest quilts, that I made for our Emmalie as a baby.

In the book, the pattern was for a twin, but I couldn’t imagine making a quilt that size at the time, and the little 27″ quilt was perfect for the stroller and carseat.

My most favorite book is always the most recent one that I worked on :)

In this case, it’s Modern Neutrals. I’m just so proud of the end product, and love the patterns included. Not having Basics in the title gave me freedom to include challenging and more detailed patterns. … Read More »



Happenings

Posted on August 5th, by Amy in Inspiration, work in progress. 20 comments

Hi there! With just a couple of weeks of summer left, in these parts – I’ve been doing my best to live it up, and have fun with my kiddos. Last week we spent most of a day at a water park, and came home entirely exhausted, but full of excitement to go again – they are all at the perfect age to really enjoy going places like that, and actually have fun! No pictures though – water and electronics don’t mix, and I’m accident prone enough that it could be a problem :)

I’ve been working on this hexie table topper in the evenings. I started with the solid in the center, but I’m thinking it needs to come out, and eliminate the solid plans that I had. I love the “value” hexies, and plan to continue growing … Read More »



Handwork

Posted on July 29th, by Amy in work in progress. 10 comments

Sometimes slowing down and doing handwork can be so rewarding! Not only does it go everywhere I go, but it helps me to slow down and take time to think about the stitches, but also LIFE in general. I feel like summer is getting away from me and hope that I can enjoy the last few weeks with my kids, and have a little stitching on the side too.

I pulled out a couple different groups but ended up loving the vibrancy of these prints! The papers are from Three Kitchen Fairies, and lovely to work with!
I’ll keep you updated as I stitch. Any handwork in your life right now?
More soon –
Amy


Virtual Quilting Bee

Posted on July 26th, by Amy in Block of the Month, Tutorial. 8 comments

Hi there! I’m excited to share a block tutorial with you today! My friend, Amy Smart has been hosting a fun Virtual Bee with a great quilt in the works. If you haven’t been following along yet, it’s not too late to join in the fun – get all the details HERE.

I selected a quick block that you can chain piece in no time! Let’s get started -

Cutting instructions :

From the red print, cut:

2 strips 1 1/2″ x 20″

1 square 3″ x 3″

From the aqua print, cut:

1 strip 1 1/2″ x 20″

1 square 3″ x 3″

From the white bunting print, cut:

1 strip 1 1/2″ x 20

2 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Piecing the … Read More »



New Books!

Posted on July 23rd, by Amy in books, finished quilt. 3 comments

Hi there! Last week I had a couple of fun packages from my publisher! Set the Table is a collection of beautiful table runners –

My project is Spring Blooms -

like all of the projects in the book, it’s a great way to add a pop of color to any tabletop.

Also, The Big Book of Baby Quilts - this is a compilation of baby quilts from previous publications. There’s 288 pages full of patterns, including my own Posie Patch.

Posie Patch is the cover quilt for Modern Basics.  There’s quilts for all skill levels and everyone is a manageable size!

Both Set the Table and The Big Book of Baby Quilts are great additions to your quilt library!

Let me know if you pick either of these up -

Amy



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

Posted on July 19th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 6 comments

Hi friends! Today’s featured quilter is Becky! Becky blogs at Quilt with Doodle Moochie, and she was the winner of the professionally quilted category, this spring.  I hope you enjoy getting to know Becky and her quilting better -
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1. When did you begin quilting?

I began quilting about 10 years ago.  But have always loved this ‘medium’.  I’m not 20 and I’m not 60 either, but I do remember my grandmother, Josie, sitting and sewing at a treadle sewing machine that we had in our dining room.  I have always had a love for the arts and studied art in college.

2. Why do you quilt? 

I quilt to express myself.  I never do the same thing twice (I can only say that because it really is impossible to do the SAME thing twice).  I may do something similar..very similar, but it always … Read More »



Winners!

Posted on July 16th, by Amy in give away. 3 comments

Hi there! I’m running a little behind in, everything, it seems, but I’ll get caught up soon. Today I have two winners to announce -

Jess is the winner of the Double Wedding Ring Templates! Remember to check out other blogs for another chance to win, or grab a set of templates here.

Julie is the winner of a copy of Modern Neutrals! Congratulations ladies – I’ve emailed you already.

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I’ve been sewing on a top secret project, a little, hopefully I have time to get to a few little things I have in mind this week too.

What are you working on?

Amy


Featuring Christa — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on July 12th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 2 comments

Hi Friends! Today’s featured quilter is Christa, who was a Viewer’s Choice Winner! Christa from Christa Quilts! has fun quilts and I hope you enjoy getting to know her better -

1. When did you begin quilting?

I’ve been quilting off and on for about 18 years in between having a family and starting my online fabric business. However, I discovered the modern quilting movement about a year ago and have been simply smitten with this style of quilting!

2. Why do you quilt?

I quilt for a several reasons – First, for the sheer pleasure of it. Second, I’ll be honest here, it sure does make me feel good to share my work with others and get a pat on the back for it. Third, I also quilt for business. Over the years I’ve sold commissioned quilts, taught quilting classes, machine … Read More »



The Declaration of You! :: Blog Lovin’ Tour

Posted on July 11th, by Amy in Inspiration. 1 Comment

Welcome!

“The Declaration of You, published by North Light Craft Books and available now, gives readers all the permission they’ve craved to step passionately into their lives, discover how they and their gifts are unique and uncover what they are meant to do! This post is part of The Declaration of You’s Blog Lovin’ Tour, which I’m thrilled to participate in alongside over 200 other creative bloggers. Learn more – and join us! – by clicking here.”

The topic of discussion this week is success – which is different each of us!

For me success is -

Believing enough in myself, to take a risk. My first book proposal was SO scary!
A loving marriage, and best friend in my husband. Joe always encourages me to think bigger too!
Four beautiful, responsible, and loving kids. Ella, Emmalie, Sophia, and … Read More »



Double Wedding Ring Quilt Challenge & Template Giveaway!

Posted on July 10th, by Amy in Blog Info, give away. 128 comments

This pattern is one of those that I’ve always admired, but never thought I would make. All the tiny pieces, and TEMPLATES – usually I’m not a fan, but this set was so EASY to use! Read on for your chance to win a set of templates!

I’m of the sort, that likes to try a pattern as intended to begin, then see about how I might alter, or extend the pattern.  So I made a simple runner (just the top, so far) over the course of a couple evenings.

Without thinking, I started pinning the curved edges together. I snapped a pic and posted it to instagram and facebook, and had a few people comment about using glue to baste. Duh! I have few tubes of LapelStick to put to use!

Once I started … Read More »



Moments

Posted on July 8th, by Amy in My kids. 1 Comment

Every so often there’s a moment, where everyone is happy in the same space. I am reminded to hurry up and record the happiness in my heart and with a camera when possible. I love these little people and they are growing up so fast!

I hope your week is off to a great start – don’t forget to enjoy the little moments of happiness in your day!

Amy



Featuring Nina — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on July 5th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 3 comments

Hi there! I hope my stateside friends had a great Fourth of July! We had some relaxed fun and enjoyed the family time together.  Today’s featured quilter is Nina.  Nina’s fantastic quilt was voted #1 in the Art Quilts category, and I think you will enjoy getting to know Nina better -

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1. When did you begin quilting?

I started quilting in New York in late 2010. I desperately needed to try something new, as I was starting to burn out of animation.

There are no quilters in my family, and I knew none growing up. New York is the center of the Art World but the periphery of the Quilting World, so I learned about quilting online. It wasn’t quilting in general that got me interested, it was free motion quilting. When I learned you could draw with a sewing machine, I had to … Read More »






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