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Tone It Down – Finished Quilt!

Posted on June 16th, by Amy in finished quilt, quilt-along. 13 comments

My backstory on the Tone It Down Quilt Along – I started this quilt last fall, with the intention that it was for my father-in-law. He is around our house often, and sees all the quilts I make, in various stages of the process, always admiring. His regular line was – “You know; that would look great on my bed.”  I worked on this quilt while he was around too, but never indicated that it was for him. I had wanted to keep a surprise, and him not too disappointed when I had to set it on the back burner to meet a few deadlines.

Yesterday was his birthday, and Father’s Day – perfect day for a special quilt, made just for him. He’s been through a lot over the last few years, and it felt great to give him a gift … Read More »



Quiltcast #41 — Putting Yourself Out There, with Magazine Submissions

Posted on June 11th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Catch up with both Amy and April this week! Amy talks more about the Common Threads event last week, and our current projects.

There’s a lot of patience and perseverance involved in submitting project and pattern ideas to magazine editors, but we have a few pointers for you too!

Get to know the magazine that you want to submit a pattern to, and what the editors are looking for in the submissions.

Include color and/or size options.

Think ahead, 6 to 12 months ahead.

A bio, of your past work.

Share a link or two, to your past work, online.

Look for submission information on the magazine website.

Expect a contract, with payment and shipping details.

The pattern maybe written for you, or you may need to write it. Check with the editor as you sign your contract.

You never know until you try!

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We always welcome your feedback!

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Common Threads 2014

Posted on June 9th, by Amy in Baby Lock. 5 comments

Last week was a fun adventure! Tuesday afternoon I left Salt Lake City, with St. Louis and Baby Lock headquarters as my goal. The inaugural Common Threads event was a huge success!

The trip was a little bumpy, but thankfully I was able to get some work done on my second flight. It was kinda empty, and I had page proofs to work on, for my book coming in December.

The list of attendees was small, perfect for true interactions. It was a time to really get to know each other, and build friendships!

All the attendees donated to the swag bags – I sent in a mini charm pack of Modern Neutrals, there are piles of magazines, books, and patterns as well! I’m still looking forward to looking through everything!

We spent a majority of the time at the different types of machines that … Read More »



Quiltcast #40 – Projects to take with you!

Posted on June 4th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Summer months with the family means fun trips, and lots of sitting on the sidelines while the kids are practicing or playing. What projects do you like to take along with you?

Today April shares our favorite projects to take anywhere!

English Paper Piecing – I’ve share a few different times about hexagons, here, here and here.

Bindings

Hand Applique

Hand Quilting

Embroidery and a color wheel of embroidery

This new book has some adorable embroidery motifs ::Stitched Blooms: 300 Floral, Leaf & Border Motifs to Embroider

Check out April’s BOM from last year with all the hand work included.

Get all the information about Small Town Quilt Show here!

 

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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!

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Star-Crossed :: Complete & Gifted!

Posted on June 2nd, by Amy in finished quilt. 6 comments

Hi Friends! I’m still wrapping up details from Blogger’s Quilt Festival, but I’m really excited to show off a newly finished quilt too!

Last weekend this cute couple was married:

Zach is one of my husband’s younger brothers, I’ve known him since he was 8 or 9, and it has been great to get to know Erin over the last year since they started dating!

They had announced their engagement and wedding date in February, and I excitedly put together the quilt top, before my sample yardage arrived. I had fun selecting the fabrics (Botanique by Joel Dewberry) and pattern from one of my books (Modern Basics II) to make them a quilt, just for them.

The bright and saturated prints are perfect for them, incorporating some of their favorite colors, and one of my favorite quilt designs. Ignore the wrinkles – I had forgotten it in … Read More »



Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Winners!!

Posted on May 30th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 30 comments

Congratulations to everyone that participated in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and had fun in the process – I truly hope that each of you have been inspired and encouraged in your craft! Below are all the category winners and an image of their quilt. To visit the winner’s post and learn more, click the link below the sponsor and category. Be sure to visit our sponsors, I wouldn’t be able to put this together without their support!

  
The Viewer’s Choice winners will win one of these four great prizes :

-Winner’s choice of THREE Stash Packs, and a 10 yard package of Mistyfuse, from Vicki Welsh!

—> Joanna @ Shape Moth

-A $100 Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics!

—> Lori @ Sew French

-A Trace ‘N Create Quilt Template – Dresden Collection and Lone Star Collection designed by Nancy Zieman for Clover Needlecraft, from Quilt Expo!

—> Kathy @ Kathy’s Quilting Corner

-A … Read More »



Quiltcast #39 – Quilt Market Aftermath

Posted on May 28th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Hi there! I hope you are enjoying the Blogger’s Quilt Festival! I’ve spent a few hours going through all the entries, trying to decide if I can pick a favorite – it’s hard to select just one! You can vote for your favorites by following this link! For the Quiltcast today, April and I chatted about our re-entry to normal life, some of our Market experiences, and the last week of school for her kids last week, and mine this week. Our upcoming deadlines, and a little more about our patterns! Here’s the chaos in my sewing space right now : I’ll get it cleaned up soon, so I can keep stitching! **Do you have a favorite size quilt to make? I do! 60″ x 72″ is my favorite! April likes hers twin size for personal use! Pink … Read More »



Last Call!

Posted on May 22nd, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 29 comments

Hi friends! Wow, wow, WOW! There’s about 650 beautiful quilts linked up in our Festival!

I hope you’ve had plenty of time to view all the quilts, and nominate your favorite for the Viewer’s Choice awards. It’s always so fun to see what everyone gravitates to.  If you get an error message, try adding “?4″ (or any number) to the end of the link – it just needs to be slightly different if someone has already added the same quilt to the linky.

I’m excited to share that Baby Lock is generously giving away a Melody machine, just like mine! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post!

  If you haven’t yet added your quilt(s) to the linkys, now is the time! Here’s the quick rules : one quilt, one category, up to two quilts per person. If you got mixed up and added … Read More »



Quiltcast #38 — Live from Quilt Market

Posted on May 22nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 7 comments

 

I am later than expected getting this out to you – Market recovery has been slow, and today is my birthday! I finally got my house back into decent shape yesterday, after being gone, and letting things pile up a little the week before. I hope you enjoy our quick recap of Market happenings!

Moda received an award for best multiple booth – it was amazing seeing the details put into the booth as it was put together.

April and I were right next to each other, you can see a glimpse of her bright and cheery fabric on the right. For more information on my Modern Neutrals patterns visit this post!

For more information on April’s Best Day Ever! patterns visit this post!

I didn’t have a chance to go further than the Moda booth, so I had fun interviewing the other Moda … Read More »



Viewer’s Choice :: Nominate & Vote Here!

Posted on May 17th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 127 comments

I want to know which quilts are your absolute favorites from the entire show! Of course you could nominate your own, but I think it’s even more fun to be nominated by others. Add your favorite to the linky below, and when voting opens, I will make the top 25 nominations visible.

I’m excited to share that Baby Lock is generously giving away a Melody machine, just like mine! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post.

The Viewer’s Choice winners will win one of these four great prizes :

-Winner’s choice of THREE Stash Packs, and a 10 yard package of Mistyfuse, from Vicki Welsh!
-A $100 Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics!
-A Trace ‘N Create Quilt Template – Dresden Collection and Lone Star Collection designed by Nancy Zieman for Clover Needlecraft, from Quilt Expo!
-A fat quarter bundle of Lulu … Read More »



Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Hand Quilted Quilts

Posted on May 16th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 44 comments

If you haven’t already, visit the main Festival post for information about all the categories, and how to win!

I’m excited to share that Baby Lock is generously giving away a Melody machine, just like mine! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post!

The Viewer’s Choice winners will win one of these four great prizes :

-Winner’s choice of THREE Stash Packs, and a 10 yard package of Mistyfuse, from Vicki Welsh!
-A $100 Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics!
-A Trace ‘N Create Quilt Template – Dresden Collection and Lone Star Collection designed by Nancy Zieman for Clover Needlecraft, from Quilt Expo!
-A fat quarter bundle of Lulu Magnolia, from Find Your Lula!

 

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: ROYGBIV Quilts

Posted on May 16th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 24 comments

If you haven’t already, visit the main Festival post for information about all the categories, and how to win!

I’m excited to share that Baby Lock is generously giving away a Melody machine, just like mine! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post!

The Viewer’s Choice winners will win one of these four great prizes :

-Winner’s choice of THREE Stash Packs, and a 10 yard package of Mistyfuse, from Vicki Welsh!
-A $100 Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics!
-A Trace ‘N Create Quilt Template – Dresden Collection and Lone Star Collection designed by Nancy Zieman for Clover Needlecraft, from Quilt Expo!
-A fat quarter bundle of Lulu Magnolia, from Find Your Lula!

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