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Blogger’s Quilt Festival – One Week Away!

Posted on October 18th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 8 comments

One more week until Blogger’s Quilt Festival begins! I hope you are planning to participate, my friends at Baby Lock are giving away a Melody, which is the same machine I sew on!

The details to enter to win Melody will be available with the opening of the festival. I hope you have a great weekend – I’ve got a few posts to schedule!

Amy



Quiltcast #8

Posted on October 16th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

April and I talk about where to begin when learning to quilt, or teaching a friend to quilt! Lots of helpful tips and information for the beginner, or beginning to teach, and some of our personal strategies for success!  Success is a new quilting addict – of course!

Tutorials by Amy and April.

1, 2, 3 Quilt by Ellen Luckett Baker is a great book for beginner, or any quilter looking for fun projects! Organized by shape, with a variety of projects for each shape, there’s a number of fun projects to inspire even the novice. I especially like her Lopsided Squares Quilt, Stacked Table Runner, and Hexie the Turtle – the Clamshell Pillow Sham looks like a fun challenge too!

 

OLFA 18″ x 24″ Self-Healing Rotary Mat

Omnigrip 6″ x 24″ Non-Slip Quilter’s Ruler

OLFA 45mm Ergonomic … Read More »



Beginnings

Posted on October 14th, by Amy in crochet, work in progress. 5 comments

With fall setting in here, I’ve got lots of little projects that I want to get to, along with the things I have to get to, before the holidays. I’ve saved a pile of wovens, and linen fabrics for napkins, that I still haven’t touched, but I have started a few other things!

Last week I pieced this quilt top with some adorable AdornIt fabrics, and had to bust out the new roll of batting, to quilt it! Love all the possibilities that this bolt represents :

Fyi – it’s a 90″ x 40yd bolt of Warm & Natural

Shopping last year before Christmas, I found this crocheted garland, and fell in love. It’s been on my mental list of to do’s ever since.

Yesterday, I got started by practicing my stitches again. It’s been a while since … Read More »



Quiltcast #7

Posted on October 9th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Our favorite ways to piece quilts, and get things done!

And tips to keep us focused, and on task.

Headphones to hear over my machine. Klipsch Image ONE  (I’ve been catching up on Parenthood and Brothers & Sisters)

Seam Fix – Seam Ripper And Thread Remover

Masking Tape

Ruler- 1 1/2″x 6 1/2″

Sewline Pencil

Walking Foot

Bamboo Stiletto

Thread – Aurifil Thread 50wt , Superior So Fine!

Sharp needles – Titanium Coated Needles by Superior

Cuticle Creme

Visit April to see how she sews HST units without marking the diagonals – I’m really curious too!

Share your top 5 with us in the comments.

All of our episodes are available here, and on iTunes.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

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

Amy



This & That

Posted on October 8th, by Amy in In the Kitchen, work in progress. 9 comments

I’m working on a little of this, and a little of that lately. Friends at AdornIt asked for a quilt (in a hurry) with these sweet prints, and thankfully I had just the project in my files already! I cut it out in an hour, yesterday, and look forward to sewing it up this week.

Last week I was having fun sewing up a new table runner pattern! It will be a free pattern available next month via Baby Lock. I’ll let you know when the pattern goes live!

I wanted to show the versatility of the pattern, and sewed it up twice, and I’m still trying to decide which is my favorite.

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With the cooler weather here in the mountains (we had our first snow last week!), I’ve … Read More »



Quiltcast #6

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

Our longest Quiltcast to date, the subject of fabric made us quite chatty!

We are talking about the substrates available, and our personal inclinations.

Flannels, voile, velveteen, rayon, home dec, linen, coated cotton -

Do you sew garments for yourself?

Modern Neutrals is available here.

 

Top 5 Current fabric lines

April – Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander

Party Streamer by Allison Glass

Technicolor by Emily Herrick

Bungalow by Joel Dewberry

Shirtings Floral Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings

Little Things by Arin Turnmire

All time favorite – Hope Valley by Denise Schmidt

Amy -  Lottie da by Heather Bailey

Barcelona by  Zen Chic

Just my Type by Patty Young

Glimma Lotta Jansdotter

Solids Kona/Bella/Cotton Couture

All time favorite – Wonderland

 

Amy Smart’s Peppermint Pinwheels Tutorial

All of our episodes are available here, and on iTunes.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

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

Amy



Weekend Sewing

Posted on September 30th, by Amy in work in progress. 8 comments

As you might recall, I’m working on my next book. I’ve spent time over the weekend organizing my thoughts, and selecting fabrics that I would like to use for each of the projects. I always try to work out a balance of colors and styles in the fabric choices, so that it is widely appealing and something that I’m proud of!

These pretty piles represent the first of 10 projects I need to sew in the next few weeks. I always get excited with the start of each project, I love when I’ve finished all the hard work of calculating and cutting, and can sew and enjoy watching the progress.

Random question for you : Do you have quilt patterns that you’ve never made, because you want to alter the size/borders/layout slightly?

I’ve got another … Read More »



Wedding Quilt & Our Trip

Posted on September 27th, by Amy in finished quilt, My kids. 11 comments

Hi there! I’ve been trying to gather my thoughts and post all week, and couldn’t quite get it together – so it waited. I hope you all have had a great week! I took the time (FINALLY!) to do some website maintenance, which didn’t take as long as I had imagined, and why I had put it off for so long. If you can’t find something specific, drop me a note and I’ll see if we can find it :) Part of the reason for the updates is Blogger’s Quilt Festival is coming -

I’ve added the code for you to grab in the sidebar, add it to your sidebar or next post, and spread the word! It’s going to be great :)

I’ve been secretly working on this quilt the last few months, for my sister-in-law, Jenna, … Read More »



Quiltcast #5

Posted on September 25th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Thanks for tuning in this week! April and I share our wish list of new skills to learn – what’s on your list?  Our Top 5 includes tools and notions for learning our new skills.

 

The wedding quilt – at last! I made this quilt for my sister-in-law and her new husband, who is really tall! When I learned that they were planning to purchase a California King size bed, I super-sized my design!

We all have skills we want to learn, or perfect. Here’s what April and I have on our lists :

 

April

- Long-arm binding application

- Needle-turn appliqué

- Consistency in curved piecing

- Hiding/burying knots

 

Amy

- Perle Cotton appliqué

- Hand quilting also with perle cotton

- 1/4″ Paper pieced hexagons

This is the quilt I mentioned in the cast, click the picture to read more about my process in making the quilt.

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Quiltcast #4

Posted on September 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Today April and I chat about our favorite traditional quilt blocks and how we like to make them unique, and current. Share your favorite blocks with us in the comments!

 

Beth found some snips that she loves. She didn’t have the brand available, but I’m guessing they are Havel’s or Famore’s snips. I use the rainbow pair of Famore snips, and April has a Fiskars snip that she keeps hidden from her kiddos!

I haven’t mentioned this on the blog yet, but I am a new contributor to Quilty! I’m talking about quilting on your domestic machine in each new installment of Quilty, if you are just getting started, this entire mag is a great resource for you! There’s also lots of great quilt patterns too – be sure to check it out :)

 

Download the pdf of blocks - Top 5 … Read More »



Giveaway Winner!

Posted on September 16th, by Amy in Baby Lock, give away, Long Arm Quilting, work in progress. 5 comments

Thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway last week!  I love reading about your favorite colors – it sends me to my color card to check out all the different shades!

Linda is the winner – I have an email out to you Linda, please reply to claim your prize :)

I’ve been working on this quilt, over the last few days – I don’t seem to have enough hours in the day, but it has been fun to work on! It’s not black and white, just took the color out until I can post the finish – any ideas on the fabric line(s) included?

More soon -

Amy



Canton Village Quilt Works Giveaway!

Posted on September 11th, by Amy in give away. 379 comments

 

Hi there! Today, my friend Jackie, from Canton Village Quilt Works is giving away a fabulous Kona Roll Up! (There’s also a coupon code for Kona’s if you are shopping for yardage – read on!)

Canton Village Quilt Works is always stocked with bright and beautiful fabrics, and Jackie is quick to ship your purchases!  If you don’t know Jackie already, she’s been a quilter for 18 years, longarm quilter for 12 years, has had her long arm quilting business for 12 years, opened her fabric shop 3+ years ago, she’s a designer for various quilting magazines, a National Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor, and a quilting podcaster. I also happen to know she is coordinating a quilt show next week in her community, you can get more information here.

This Kona Roll Up is great for any number of projects and will be a great … Read More »





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