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My Relaxing Weekend

Posted on January 13th, by Amy in work in progress. 10 comments

I turned in my book on Friday, feeling happy and excited about all the work. Yay! After spending most of the last month at home, working,  I requested dinner and a movie out with the family, so we headed out to see Frozen and had a nice dinner in Park City, together. We had a really fun night out, and the kids all enjoyed the movie.

A couple of weeks ago, I had gone through my stash, and pulled a lot of fabrics to sort into color groups, so I decided to tackle that much later in the evening.  While I found it very relaxing, my husband looked at me incredulously, asking, “What, did you forget how to relax?”  There might be a tiny bit of truth in his question, but I had fun anyway, and the piles are so pretty … Read More »



Quiltcast #19

Posted on January 8th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Today we are talking about our fabric scraps, sorting, storing, and using our scraps. Join April and I as we try to make sense of our scrap stashes!

Shout Color Catcher are a great save for washing quilts with lots of color, or less quality dyes.

Plastic storage boxes might be a good option for me to get started sorting my scraps.

Scrap Swaps take a little time to coordinate, but given a theme could be a great way to acquire more variety in your scraps.

There’s lots more great info in the podcast – I hope you will listen and find the gems, like this one :

We always welcome your feedback!

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Amy

 



Handmade Gifts

Posted on January 7th, by Amy in finished project. 8 comments

I am nearly done with my book, and can’t wait to send everything in this week! I realized that I never shared my tiny bit of handmade gifting here – and wanted to, before it’s any later!

These blocks measure 3 1/2″ square, and were paper pieced for precision.  I just love how crisp all the corners are when paper-pieced!

I had this idea for for a zip pouch for a while, and wanted to show off the prints with the subtle background. I also think the size is perfect, for just about anything!  Prints are Clover Sunshine, the background, Essex yarn-dyed in black. I finished up these teacher gifts late the night before the last day of school, added a few extra bits and they were well received.

I made a second … Read More »



Quiltcast #18

Posted on January 1st, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Happy New Year! April and I are chatting about our 2014 deadlines, and goals.

Share your goals and aspirations with us, and let us know what you need help with :)

Listen for more details about the Pillow Collective!

ReSEWloutions with Baby Lock seen here.

Sewtopia details here.

Quilt Bliss

Small Town Quilt Show…In a Big Town Way

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We always welcome your feedback!

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Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well – Thanks!

Amy

 



2013 Recap

Posted on January 1st, by Amy in Me. 1 Comment

A quick look back at 2013 and the quilts that I shared here.

I know there are more little things that I worked on and magazine quilts that I didn’t take good pictures of but this is the majority of my 2013 work! Releasing Modern Basics II and Modern Neutrals within months of each other has been a whirlwind of activity, and a blast. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2014!

Happy New Year –

Amy



To You and Yours –

Posted on December 24th, by Amy in In the Kitchen, random. 7 comments

and Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Many Blessings –

Amy

 

Cookies pictured :

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Peppermint Fudge

Chewy Ginger Cookies

Cran-Crazy Cookies



Quiltcast #17

Posted on December 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 8 comments

We are making teacher gifts and talking about current magazines – do you have a favorite magazine?

Quilty

Stitch

Modern Patchwork

Love Patchwork & Quilting, on amazon too.

American Patchwork & Quilting – Quilt-along here

Mollie Makes

McCalls Quilting

Love of Quilting

Quiltmaker

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

Quilt Scene

April has two quilts in magazines right now – check her post out here for a quick look and links to get your own copy.

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We always welcome your feedback!

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Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well – Thanks!

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Happenings

Posted on December 16th, by Amy in work in progress. 8 comments

Last week, I finished quilting on 3 quilts! Two are twin sized, and another queen sized – what was I thinking! Anyway, I spent Friday preparing bindings and attaching them, then Saturday and Sunday stitching. I have finished bindings by machine, and I’m sure I will continue to do so on some occasions, but I do love the act of hand-stitcing a binding in place. Even when I don’t seem to have the time.

Stitching the binding down, gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and snuggle with the quilt too. It does help that I’ve gotten rather quick! I just have half of one of the twin quilts to finish.

I’ve been working on the nuts and bolts of my book too. Fabric calculations usually require an extra cup of … Read More »



Tone It Down Quilt-Along

Posted on December 12th, by Amy in quilt-along. 6 comments

Hi there! I’ve been quilting for a deadline, but also excited to share my first block – test block if you will, for this quilt-along! Moda Lissa has a beautiful quilt pattern inspired by an antique quilt in the current issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, and there’s a group of us quilting-along.

I just found it on my newsstand yesterday, so if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t give up! My rural little town, is kinda slow to distribute, and you might be in the same predicament. If it’s not available where you live, you might check out the digital copy too!

This is my test block, which I almost always make before starting a whole project. Especially if I’m making someone else’s pattern. It helps me familiarize myself with the pattern, and check that I have the color placement right. … Read More »


Quiltcast #16

Posted on December 11th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

We are chatting about fabrics again! Basics we like to use, and lines we are looking forward to. Also, April shares some exciting news!

 

We started off chatting about what we’ve been up to –

Fitbit mentioned can be seen here.

Check out the #apqquiltalong posts here.

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Top five fabric lines and basics

Bella Solids – whites

P & B Sketch – mist

Essex Yarn-dyed, flax & black

Kona Cottons – pomegranate is a hot pink!

Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass

Weave

Ansonia by Denise Schmidt – coming soon

Solids by Denise Schmidt

True Colors by Free Spirit

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Share your favorite fabrics with us! We always welcome your feedback!

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Amy

 

 



Giveaway Day!

Posted on December 9th, by Amy in give away. 468 comments

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend, I’ve been a busy bee, quilting for my deadline – I only wish I didn’t have to wait to share! For now, I am participating in Giveaway Day with the lovely ladies from Sew, Mama, Sew – if you haven’t checked out all the giveaways yet, enter here, then visit here.

 

For my giveaway, I am offering two books! First is Modern Neutrals, my third book, and second is Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe from a collection of talented bloggers, including myself. These books are great to keep, or give to your favorite quilter!

Between the two books there are 34 patterns included!

To enter to win, just leave me a comment, telling me what gifts you are making for the holidays.

I have a list I hope to sew, but also need to get a … Read More »



Quiltcast #15

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

Our quilting time-saving tips – learn what works for April and I, and maybe pick up a new trick!

 

 

Accuquilt Go! Cutter – I especially love this for half-square triangles, diamonds, and other precision cuts.

Chain piecing

Making a test block

Press in layers

Cutting a whole project, working in stages for each project

pre-cuts – anyone else collecting charm packs?

Learning when not to pin, to save time

April’s Half-square triangle hack & new patterns are here.

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Share your time-saving tips with us! We always welcome your feedback!

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