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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.

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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. 12 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 »


Quiltcast #3

Posted on September 10th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Hey! You guys get us – yay! This week Amy and April recap Amy’s trip to Wisconsin for Quilt Expo, and talk about their creative processes. Check out our top 5 sources of inspiration, and share your inspiration sources.

Available on iTunes – just click here! Or scroll down to listen in your browser.

Show notes :

Completely hand pieced and quilted this quilt was beautiful to look at. I was amazed by her tiny hand stitches and all the details included.

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Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

Quilt design software mentioned : Electric Quilt 7 also available Quilt Design Wizard this is a simplified option, with less features.

Design process – keeping a notebook of ideas, EQ7 to draft patterns, audition fabrics, and first round of fabric calculations.

Button Box Quilt –

Making a quilt for myself is always a treat! … Read More »



Winners!

Posted on September 10th, by Amy in Modern Neutrals. 3 comments

Hi friends, I hope you all had a great weekend! I used my Monday to catch up on lots of little things after having been gone to Madison for a long weekend. The Expo was great, and I’ll be sharing more about it soon, but wanted to get the giveaways wrapped up from the Modern Neutrals tour last week – first!

I hope you had fun getting to know all the other bloggers a little better, and the quilts in the book! There’s a few more quilts that you didn’t see during the tour, you can check them out here.

Mehera, Colette, Patti, Shauna, Lucy, Judy, Linda, Nupur, Elizabeth – you are all winners of a Modern Neutrals e-book!

Kitty, Sharon, and Laura – you are winners of a copy of Modern Neutrals, signed by me!

Emails are going out by noon today, be sure … Read More »



Modern Neutrals Blog Tour – reminder!

Posted on September 6th, by Amy in Modern Neutrals. 1 Comment

As you know I had a group of friends participating in a blog hop for Modern Neutrals this week! If you haven’t started yet, you should catch up on all the posts and enter to win a copy of Modern Neutrals!

Complete the form, and be entered to win one of 10 e-books, those with all correct answers will be eligible to win a signed copy from me, and a little something extra from my stash!

Follow along all week & win!

Monday – September 2
Natalia at Piece N Quilt
Amy at Diary of a Quilter

Tuesday – September 3
Trish at Notes of Sincerity
Sherri at A Quilting Life

Wednesday – September 4

Audrie at Blue is Bleu
Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works

Thursday – September 5

Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski
Christa at Christa Quilts

Friday – September 6

Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio
April at Prairie Grass Pattern

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September … Read More »



Quiltcast #2

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

Learn more about Amy and April as we share more of our own stories, when and how we started quilting, and eventually blogging. When designing quilts became a part of our daily lives, and some of the notions that have been in our toolbox since the beginning.

Available on iTunes – just click here! Or scroll down to listen in your browser.

Show notes :

In case you’ve been looking for April’s quilt she mentioned last week, it’s adorable, and she posted it here.  Check it out and encourage her to keep blogging :)

We mentioned a number of great notions and tools – are any of these your tried and true notions?

I use Nikon D50 April uses Nikon D5100, which is the newer more mega-pixel option.

Bernina Patchwork foot or snap on 1/4″ Quilting … Read More »






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