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National Sewing & Quilting Month with Fat Quarter Shop!

Posted on September 12th, by Amy in Celebrations, learning to sew. 1 Comment

Happy National Sewing Month Friends!

I’m celebrating with my friends at Fat Quarter Shop, they have a fab new pattern that’s free just for you! Be sure to use #colormyheart when you share your version of this quilt online. I’m loving the rainbow version, but can definitely see it done up in any charm pack!

 

I love quilting for a few reasons, but the bottom line is that it’s my creative therapy. It’s my dose of sanity on the busy days, even when life is made too busy by my quilting, I can find my calm as I piece or quilt my latest creation. What about you – why do you love to quilt?

The ladies at Fat Quarter Shop challenged us to try something new in our sewing, and while I’m still making a quilted project, the materials are new to me! These batiks … Read More »



Create Handmade Gifts for All :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on September 11th, by Amy in give away, review. 103 comments

ETA : Random number generator selected 5 &29, look for an email from Candy, Marjorie & Sue to see if/what you’ve won!

Hi there! It was brought to my attention last week that there are just 15 more Friday’s until Christmas! My first reaction was disbelief, but as I ticked the months off in my mind, I knew it was an accurate count. Currently, I’m not at all ready for the holidays, or to sew for them, but my friend Candy has a stellar new e-book full of beautiful handmade gifts for anyone on your list!

Create Handmade Gifts for All is a collection of Candy’s projects, made in her always beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. If you aren’t familiar with Candy’s work you should definitely check out her home online – CandiedFabrics it’s chalk full of info. Of course these projects would be beautiful … Read More »



Quiltcast #48 :: Finished Good Swaps

Posted on September 10th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Do you sew for yourself much? Love happy mail? Maybe you just need a little push to try something new in your quilting…everyone seems to come to a lull in their creativity at one time or another. Swaps are a great opportunity to be inspired by other sewists, and sew for a friend. April and I are chatting about swaps, where to find them, and how to get involved, listen to the podcast for an invitation too!

Where you can find swaps  :
Instagram – watch the hashtags on quilts in progress, and check back on the hashtag for openings.

Flickr groups – I’ve participated in the Doll Quilt Swap, The Pillow Talk {Swap}, Pretty Little Pouch Swap, and Make Mine Modern

Michelle at the Quilting Gallery hosts swaps often too.

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As promised, we are announcing our very own swap!

Quiltcast Mini Star Swap – Complete … Read More »



Quilty

Posted on September 8th, by Amy in Magazine/Featured, My Fabric. 11 comments

Do you read Quilty? Hard to believe, but it’s been over a year that I’ve been working with Mary to write articles about quilting on your home sewing machine! Every so often, I submit a pattern design to be featured in the magazine too.

I was so excited to see the current issue of Quilty arrive last week, along with my article is a new quilt pattern I designed in my Modern Neutrals fabrics! Check out Quill :

Quill measures 56″ x 72″, and it’s a quick and simple half-square triangle quilt! I love the photography – they always do a great job shooting the quilts! If you haven’t seen Quilty locally, you can grab a copy online, digital or print, AND kits for Quill are available, and will ship later this month.

 

Be sure to check out all the Moda Love Tour posts – … Read More »



Quiltcast #47 :: Quilting Bees

Posted on September 4th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Online or in person, quilting bees are a great way to expand your quilting horizons, and make new friends too! Today April and I are speaking from our own experiences, encouraging you to start your own, or find a bee to join.

Links for inspiration :

Quilting Bee Blocks Pool – check out the list of upcoming bees.

SewConnected Quilting Bee

Traveling Quilts

[3 x 6] Sampler Quilt Bee

A Notion or 2

The Bees Knees – details for each month listed here.

4 x 5 Modern Quilt Bee

A couple of books to reference:

Modern Bee —13 Quilts to Make with Friends
Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog & 12 Improvisational Projects

Blocks I’ve made for other quilters can be seen here, here and here.
Swapping blocks is another option, and finished goods swaps are a blast!

Feel free to leave a comment with your new bee, and … Read More »



Moda Love :: Tour & Giveaway!

Posted on September 3rd, by Amy in My Fabric. 722 comments

Hi there! Welcome to my stop on the Moda Love blog tour!

If you don’t know me yet, my name is Amy Ellis. I’m a new designer for Moda with my first line, Modern Neutrals, shipping next month!

I came to designing fabric by way of my books, Modern Basics, Modern Basics II and Modern Neutrals are available now, and Think Big – will be available in December. More on that one later ;)

Since writing Modern Neutrals, I’ve found a devotion to neutral fabrics, and loved selecting clean and clear neutral colors to have my fabric designs printed in. And we popped in a bit of color too – I still love saturated color, and couldn’t resist!

With the fabric line, I have self-published five quilt patterns, you can find printed patterns and pdf patterns in my shop, along with details about sizes included, and fabric requirements. … Read More »



Quiltcast #46 — Creating Calm

Posted on August 27th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Let’s be honest – as quilters, we create a lot of things, but it’s not always calm! April and I are chatting about finding and making our homes and sewing spaces organized so that we have energy for creativity!    

Organizing spaces is sometimes more of a challenge than we want it to be, today we are sharing a few resources that work for us!

Menu planning – This planner is a great size and handy for me.

Here’s the menu planning pdf, April mentioned on her blog.

Organize Now!: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House

The Day Designer by Whitney English – April’s new planner looks great!

Share your favorite books, tips with us – we’d love to learn more!

Moda Love Blog Tour ,with tons of giveaways starts next week! Click the … Read More »



Coffee Koozie (tutorial & free pattern!)

Posted on August 26th, by Amy in Baby Lock, Tutorial. 3 comments

My friends over at the Fat Quarter Shop have a new pattern, and it’s adorable!

The Coffee Koozie is perfect for the always adorable mini-charm packs (2 1/2″ squares). I can see them as great gifts, and they are so fast to make too! I made it in about a half hour, and it will definitely be faster next time! The fabrics used are Dottie by Moda, which are cheery and bright, or pretty neutral depending on your preferences. One mini charm pack could make up to three Coffee Koozie’s too!

I quickly added the button via machine – that was a first for me and Melody, and it was so simple! Glad to have a better understanding of that foot :)

My only concern is that my girlies will try to claim the Coffee Koozie as a bracelet when I’m not looking…I think … Read More »



hi – my name is Amy

Posted on August 24th, by Amy in Appliqué, Me. 4 comments

I’ve been so reclusive here – I felt the need to introduce myself again!

I’m a wife & mom.

I’m a sewist & quilter.

I’m an author & designer.

I’m a blogger & podcaster.

I love being and doing all these different things, but there have been a lot of challenges in the area of balance, lately! I know you can relate, we all seem to live in one state of busyness or another. This summer this space was at the bottom of my list of priorities, but I’m coming out of hiding, and plan to share lots in the coming weeks!

My kids started back to school last week, it was bittersweet as usual – I love having them home with me, but also appreciate the quiet that settles over the house while they are busy learning. And so, I’ve been working on getting back … Read More »



Family Camping Trip

Posted on August 4th, by Amy in My kids, photographs, work in progress. 3 comments

A week ago we went camping. Came home, and unpacked everything but the camera.  Thankfully pictures stay on the camera, until I’m able to get to them! This summer has been all about keeping up with my kids, while trying to get my work done too. Camping was great, because I could no longer work, and just enjoyed our family time. Here’s a bit of a picture overload for you – it was beautiful up in the mountains! The stream we camped near: Big climbing tree on our campsite: The meadow we were camping in: Fishing in a nearby lake:   Bald Mountain, above the treeline at 10,000 feet: I love the play of light and shadow:      
Just a few of my favorites :)

 

I hope your week … Read More »



Find Your Lula

Posted on July 30th, by Amy in Inspiration. 2 comments

Hi Friends! I’m plugging away at some deadline sewing that I can’t share yet, but wanted to let you know about a few spots left in this WONDERFUL event. 

Last year my friend, and creative guru, Amanda, put together the best recharging event.

Find Your Lula is for the creative soul with dreams and aspirations, to set you on your own path of unlocking your potential. Sounds exciting! – right?

 

 

I’m excited to be sharing some of my journey into publishing and blogging during the event, and look forward to connecting with you!

Click over to Find Your Lula to learn more about the teachers, all that is included in the event, and claim your spot for this September 16-20!

More soon – Amy



Quiltcast #45 – Catching up with Amy & April

Posted on July 24th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Hi there! It’s been quiet around here! Not to worry – lots of good stuff in is in the works! For the Quiltcast this week we are catching up on current projects, and sharing the nitty gritty details of our quilting snafu’s.

Here’s the new books I recently picked up ::

The Best-Ever Applique Sampler from Piece O’Cake Designs

Minimal Quiltmaking

Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community

And current tools that we are using ::

Clover Quilting Pins  These are my sturdy pins.

Clover Patchwork Pins  These are the finer pins.

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 Do you have a project that’s just for you?

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We always welcome your feedback!

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

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

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

Thanks!

Amy

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