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

Posted on February 6th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 7 comments

Today’s featured quitter is Ben! Ben blogs at Huntspatch Quilts, and has some fantastic quilts to share with us today. I hope you enjoy getting to know Ben a little better –

1. When did you begin quilting?

I began quilting in 2011.  I had been intrigued by the idea for some time, and had thought I would give it a try upon retirement.  But after purchasing a sewing machine for a different purpose, I started experimenting and got hooked.  (I haven’t made it to retirement yet.

 

2. Why do you quilt?

I get ideas in my head that just want to get out.  In a way, I think we were meant to be creative.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?

I attach my bindings by machine, as a number of quilters do, but before I do, I zig-zag around the quilt with fusible thread … Read More »



Quiltcast #64 :: Fabric Storage

Posted on February 4th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Regardless of how big your fabric collection is, storing it nicely is a fun challenge for quilters everywhere! Listen in as April and I discuss our fabric storage solutions, and issues.

We tend to both use shelves to keep things organized –

Stacked fabric, in piles

-by color

-backing yardage in one zone

-solids by color, separate from prints

-minky/flannel; non-quilting cotton substrates, separate from cottons

-precuts; charms, fat quarter bundles, layer cakes, jelly rolls

-folded in the same size, with raw edges inside

Check for April’s staged studio pictures here

My current space is here

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Our Fabric Storage pinterest board has loads of organization inspiration, these are a few that we found:

CD Racks – great for vertical storage

Hanging file folders

Pant hangers

Skirt hangers

over the door shoe holder, for little bits and bobs

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Share your methods, and tips with us in the comments! We’d love to learn from you :)

Follow us on IG – @amyscreativeside … Read More »



Featuring Nina Marie :: A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on January 30th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 7 comments

The best part of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, for me, is the huge variety of quilts, and thus inspiration. Today’s featured quilter has beautifully pieced, and striking art quilts to share! I hope you enjoy getting to know Nina Marie and her quilts better –

1. When did you begin quilting?
I began my great passion in life by mistake!  I started cross-stitching when I was 7 and there was never a time when I didn’t stitch.  Then when I was 26, I got a quilt book by mistake in the mail instead of the cross-stitch book I  had ordered.  I was working out of town, so had time to read it before returning it.  It dawned on me, that although I never sewed, I could make a quilt which I had always loved.  When I got home, I bought my first … Read More »



Current State of my Quilting Studio

Posted on January 26th, by Amy in Baby Lock, Long Arm Quilting, random, work in progress. 15 comments

I shared my quilting studio space via Instagram yesterday, and thought I better keep it real, and put it up here too! It looks pretty messy still, but it’s all picked up and I can walk around a bit – huge improvement!

My Melody is dropped into the little table on the left, Crown Jewel is slightly covered with projects I’m currently piecing, the aluminum table at the right is on casters and moves where I need it easily. Fabric, my patterns, and notions are on the book shelf, there’s a matching shelf out of frame, to the left full of books, and magazines. It’s definitely not perfect, but I do look forward to spending time here, and know where everything is. Which is key!

There’s more decluttering to be done (always), but for now I’m back to my projects.

What are you up to … Read More »



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

Posted on January 23rd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 2 comments

Little known fact – you can participate in the Blogger’s Quilt Festivals by sharing a Flickr link instead of a blog. That’s how today’s featured quilter, Belinda has shared her work in the Festivals! The main thing I ask, is that you still share the story of your quilt, along with the image. You can check out Belinda’s photo stream here, I hope you enjoy getting to know her a bit better –

1. When did you begin quilting?
My quilting journey began in the very early 90’s when a sewing friend & I took a quilting class. It was her grand passion in life to become a quilter. I was just along for the ride as I didn’t think quilting was anything I would ever want to, let alone, love to do. 20 years later, I am, of course, a passionate … Read More »



Quiltcast #63 :: Quilt Storage

Posted on January 21st, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

As quilters we tend to collect quilts! Today April and I are sharing best practices in caring for and storing your quilts. We hope you will share your Quilt Storage solutions with us too!

 

 

April’s giveaway is happening here!

The Quilt Storage pin board is here.

Cardboard tube for rolling quilts.

Quilt Ladders, and display racks are always fun if you have the space.

Swim noodle for rolling quilts as well – just make a casing to cover the noodle before you wrap your quilt around it. Check this post out.

Muslin bags, made yourself to fit your quilt. A lot of ladies in my guild make a matching pillow case to store the quilt in when it’s not in use. Then when it’s on the bed you have a pillowcase to match too!

International Quilt Study Center has beautiful quilts to share. View Pat Sloan’s behind the scene … Read More »



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

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

I’m always inspired by the featured quilters, and today is no different! Today’s featured quilter is Yvonne, also known online, as Quilting Jetgirl. I hope you enjoy getting to know Yvonne, and her quilts more —

1. When did you begin quilting?

I started making my first quilt when I was 15 to have to use in college. My paternal grandmother hand stitched the quilt for me; it was the last quilt that she quilted. Making that quilt spanned over a year and was completed in 1996. I made several more and received my first sewing machine as a Christmas gift in 1999, but my quilting really took off in 2008 after years of not sewing. When the wedding invitations started to become sparse and the baby announcements started rolling in, I dusted off my sewing machine and my quilting has really taken … Read More »



Quiltcast #62 :: Success in Quilting Patterns

Posted on January 14th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Sometimes piecing a successful quilt pattern is more challenging that you would like. We’ve all been there, when nothing is working, and frustration has set in, when it seems a blow torch, or seam ripper are the only options. Today we have some tips so that you can have success with quilting patterns. Listen in and share your tips in the comments!

-Double check the method being used, in case it’s different than your usual.

If you change your method? Check your math before cutting!

-Directionality of a fabric print shouldn’t be a hindrance, but if it keeps you up at night, buy extra yardage.

– Take your time, go slow and be accurate.

It’s worth it to take your time, but walk away if you get frustrated.

– Check for updates on the designer’s website, or tool suggestions to make the pattern even better.

What are your … Read More »



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

Posted on January 9th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 4 comments

Thinking about the year to come, and this space, I decided that I needed to reinstate my features of other quilters! My pool of quilters is large with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and so I spent an hour looking through entries, and emailing a number of quilters that I liked, and you all seemed to like as well. (linky stats!) If there is a quilter you would like to nominate and learn more about, from the most recent BQF, drop me a note with a link to that blogger, and I will add them to my list. (Just use the contact form above)
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Today’s featured quilter is Kelly. Kelly blogs at My Quilt Infatuation, and has some beautiful quilts to share, along with more about her. I hope you enjoy getting to know Kelly better ::

1. When did you begin quilting?
I actually … Read More »



Quiltcast #61 :: Computerized Quilting – Is it for you?

Posted on January 7th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Hi there! In the new year April and I are starting off with what could be a controversial topic for some : Quilting with a computer, does it take away from the art and tradition of the act of quilting? Listen in and share your thoughts with us!

Catching up from the last two weeks, the little bits of sew that have been done (or not) and our current undertakings.

Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced Giveaway here

Computerized quilting is all about balance – like most things in life!

In the end – beautiful quilts are created as uniquely as each quilter, and should be recognized as such.

I hope you will take a few minutes to listen to the podcast and share your thoughts with us!

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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 … Read More »



New Year, New Projects!

Posted on January 5th, by Amy in work in progress. 3 comments

Hi there! I knew my time at the computer would be much less with the kids home from school the last two weeks, but after a couple of days of trying, I decided to just leave work to wait, and enjoy my time with them. It has been such a nice couple of weeks with the family!

Of course I did sneak in a little time at the sewing machine here and there. I had planned ahead and cut two projects so I could easily have fabric “therapy” sessions when our little house got too crazy!

Little HST units, and 9-patches, along with flying geese that didn’t get a photo, have been finished, and are waiting for me to put them together.

The fabrics are Gardenvale and will be in quilt shops in April.

I also spent some time last week getting my calendar … Read More »



My Favorite Gifts to Sew for Others

Posted on December 19th, by Amy in finished project. 9 comments

I make them every year it seems – the Pieced Pouch, full of color yet sophisticated enough for anyone to carry or use. It is my very favorite gift to sew for anyone – teachers, friends, family. Now I’m wishing I’d sewn a dozen since these are all spoken for!

I love Kaufmans Essex Yarn dyed in black for these pouches. It adds texture and depth without quilting or too much pattern. The prints are from Alison Glass, and zippers from Zipit on etsy. A pattern has been requested a few times already, I’ll be getting that together in the new year.

Table runners always make their way to the top of my list to sew for others too. The top runner is made from left over bits from a quilt I made earlier this year, all the extra bits had already … Read More »






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