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Quiltcast #9

Posted on October 22nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Where do you shop for fabric online?

April and I talk about where we like to shop, and what we are looking for when we shop for fabric online.

We like design walls, well rounded shops with lots of options, and substrate options. Great shop newsletters are a great source of inspiration too! Ask for help of your online shop of choice, they want you to succeed and will do their best to help with fabric selections when necessary!

Fat Quarter Shop - great Coming Soon page!

Pink Chalk Fabrics – with solid swatches.

Hawthorne Threads - great variety of manufacturers.

Canton Village Quilt Works – does have a color cards!

Etsy - it helps to already know what you are looking for on Etsy.

Westwood Acres – great bundles!

Missouri Star Quilt Co. - great selection of pre-cuts

Fabric.com  - lots of different options

Pink Castle Fabrics


Blogger’s Quilt Festival is coming this week! Check … Read More »

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

Posted on October 22nd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 6 comments

Our second feature today is Diane from Random Thoughts…do or “di” - I always enjoy seeing what Diane is working on, (usually on Instagram) and thought you would like to get to know Diane too! Enjoy -

1. How long have you been a quilter?

I had a plan, that when my youngest son started kindergarten I wanted to learn how to quilt. One of my best friends from high school was one of 5  daughters and they quilted as a family. I thought it would be so cool to be a part of a group of women who got together to quilt. Well, said son started kindergarten in 1988 and I didn’t start quilting until 2003, when my second grandchild was due! I was a little late to the game but I think the timing was really perfect. I entered this beautiful … Read More »

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

Posted on October 22nd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 1 Comment

Hi there! I’m excited to share Beverly’s quilts here today! Beverly blogs at Fiberhart, and dyes her own fabrics too – I hope you enjoy getting to know Beverly better!

1. How long have you been a quilter?

Although I had some exposure to quilting with the bicentennial celebrations in the 1970′s, I didn’t start quilting seriously until 1994 when my youngest child was diagnosed with leukemia.  It became a form of therapy while I dealt with all of her medical issues.  I’ve been quilting ever since.

2. Why do you quilt?

I can’t imagine not quilting!  It is the polar opposite of my professional life as a social worker.  My quilts are one hundred percent designed and made by me, and I have a finished product that I can touch and see.  It really is my therapy!


3. Why do you participate … Read More »

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

Posted on October 21st, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 3 comments

Jan blogs at Prytz Family, about her quilting and family, and everything in between. Jan’s quilts are beautiful – I hope you enjoy getting to know Jan better -

1. How long have you been a quilter?  

I’ve been quilting for four years, and sewing for over 60.

2. Why do you quilt?  

Quilting is my artistic outlet.  I’m retired and consider it my “job”, it’s nice to have a focus.  Quilting is what I do when I have down time.

3. Why do you participate in Blogger’s Quilt Festival?  

I participate for fun.  I love the blogging and quilting community, and the Quilt Festival is a chance to “meet” more people, and show off a little.

4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt, that you shared last spring?  (pictured above)

I wanted to make a Fall themed quilt.  I really didn’t … Read More »

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

Posted on October 21st, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 5 comments

Hi there! Leading up to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival later this week, I thought it would be fun to feature a few quilters from the previous Festival! I hope you enjoy getting to know this group of quilters this week! Susan is the first of a few bloggers to be featured this week. Susan blogs at Canadian Abroad, and has a fun style to her quilts! I hope you enjoy getting to know Susan better -

1. How long have you been a quilter?

I’ve been quilting for approximately seven years. The first four years I was in a quilting wilderness. There was no history of quilting in my family and I didn’t know anyone who quilted.

2. Why do you quilt?

I started quilting when my two daughters were young. (They are eleven and twelve now.) I am a stay-at-home mum and … Read More »

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!


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 »


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.

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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.


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!


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 »

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