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Getting Organized!

Posted on August 26th, by Amy in finished project. 5 comments

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend! With our first week of school behind us, we were glad to have a chance to relax together, and have fun! I am slowly getting my desk/office area organized again, finding new homes for all the usual things, to do lists, bills, school papers, etcetera.

When looking through my pins recently, I found a wall mail organizer that I decided would make great use of the wall space around me. Plus – it’s bright and colorful on the white wall next to my desk! Once I get the rest of the desk under control, I’ll share more.

This week, I’m working on a number of little things and a few big ones – what about you? Hopefully, I find a little time to sew too … Read More »



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

Posted on August 23rd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 4 comments

Hi friends! Today’s featured quilter is Grit! Grit blogs from Germany, at Grit’s Life, and was the winner of the Bed Quilt category in the spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  I hope you enjoy getting to know Grit and her quilts better –

1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting 16 years ago. A friend of mine showed me a quilt and I loved it. She gave me a book about quilting and I found a picture of a quilt that I really fell in love with. So I started quilting without any experience. I bought books about quilting, took quilting classes and have been quilting ever since.

2. Why do you quilt?
I just love to work with different fabrics, I enjoy the variety of colors and patterns and I think, meanwhile, I can’t live without quilting anymore.

4. What was your inspiration … Read More »



Photography Classes

Posted on August 22nd, by Amy in craftsy. 1 Comment

Have you seen the newest class offerings at Craftsy? Photography classes from professionals!

Learn to shoot portraits, landscapes or explore the world of lighting, with all the tricks of the trade.

I’m still trying to decide which will be the best for me there’s -

Shoot It: Product Photography Class

Kirk Tuck: Studio Portrait Lighting

Shooting Intimate Landscapes

Portraits With an On-Camera Speedlight

Landscape Photography: Great Sand Dunes

Off-Camera Flash Photography with Neil van Niekerk

Have you enrolled yet? Which one is your most desired?

Photography is always on my list of skills to improve :)

More soon -

Amy


And It Begins!

Posted on August 20th, by Amy in My kids. 9 comments

Our school year is off to a great start, with all four of the kids excited about their teachers and classes! As usual getting through the first day is always a gamble – I’m never sure how exhausted or energetic they will be after the fact. 

This is their after school picture this evening. Since Ella is out of the house before the rest wake up, it’s hard to get everyone together before school, but I’m so glad to have this one after.  I’m excited to learn along with them this year – it’s never dull around here for homework time :)

Sophia was NOT interested in my taking her picture with her new messenger bag this morning, so I saved that sullen face for you. I just finished this bag for her yesterday, … Read More »



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

Posted on August 16th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 8 comments

After a couple of weeks without a computer, I’m up and running on a brand new iMac – and loving it! So, I’m working to return to my usual scheduled posts with a Featured Quilter on Fridays. Today Jennifer is sharing her quilts with us! Jennifer was the winner of the two-color quilt category and blogs regularly at Quilter in the Closet. I hope you enjoy getting to know Jennifer better -

 

1. When did you begin quilting?

I started quilting about 4 years ago. I had just had my 2nd child and realized I wasn’t going to go back to work in the office. I recognized that being at home full time was going to be a huge change for me. I am the type of person that needs goals, progress I can see, and some finished project that shows … Read More »



Formation

Posted on August 13th, by Amy in Baby Lock, finished quilt, Long Arm Quilting. 15 comments

This quilt has been in the works since April, I think! It’s fairly simple, and was pieced quickly, but I wanted to build my confidence before I loaded it on the long-arm. Looking at it now, I’m glad I waited a bit!

I call it “Formation”, as I’m reminded of a flock of geese as I look at it, and the traditional name for the triangles is “flying geese” – fits right!?

This is the first of many projects for Baby Lock over the next few years – I will let you know when a pattern is available on their site.

I was initially inspired by Emily’s fabric – Technicolor is a fun and vibrant collection, and one of the prints is groupings of triangles. You can see it in my quilt if you look close. Then when quilting it, I took my … Read More »



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 »






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