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New Quilt Patterns!

Posted on May 12th, by Amy in My Fabric, pattern. 82 comments

It feels like it’s been a marathon of sewing for the last two months, but I’m excited to finally share my new patterns with you before I head off to Market!

I made these in my new fabric line – Modern Neutrals, which will be in stores in October 2014, until then – be creative! I had some help getting everything done from Mary, Melissa, Trish and Vicki – thank you ladies, I would be less sane without your help. ;)

I have patterns available for pre-order, or PDF patterns ready to go! Follow the links for details :

Up first is Soiree -

This graphic block is made from a Layer Cake, and really shows off all the prints in the collection – plus it’s super fast!

Finished quilt : 54″x72″

Pieced by:  Trish

Paper pattern is here

PDF pattern is here

 

Dimensions -

Simple hourglass blocks are placed in such a … Read More »



Featuring Brooke – A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on May 9th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 3 comments

Hi friends! I hope you are ready for the next installment of the Festival! I’ve spent most of the last few days working on all my posts, hoping that everything goes smoothly while I’m at Market. There’s just one week left before it begins! You will have a week to enter your quilts before the linky’s close and voting starts – there’s a countdown on the bottom of all of the linky’s so you can see how much time is left.  Make sure to get some beautiful photos to share with us, and get your post together :)

Today’s featured quilter is Brooke, from Putter Putter Stitch! Brooke always seems to be working on another great quilt; I hope you enjoy getting to know her better –

1. When did you start quilting?
I started quilting in January of 2010. My mom tried teaching me to … Read More »


Quiltcast #36 — Lessons Learned

Posted on May 7th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

We are in the home stretch of Market prep, and looking forward to having all the work behind us soon! Today we talk about some of the quilting lessons we’ve learned the hard way, and share our blunders with you. Share your lessons in the comments!

At Market we will be here ::

Modaland at Market – look for us in booths 234 or 435 and the Schoolhouse starts at 4:05pm.

Come say hi, if you are there.

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Checking tension on the long arm.

New machine, new 1/4″ test – even for a new block! Here’s a link to my method.

Sewing with pins. My favorite pins right now.

Strip piecing diamonds.  My labor of love – not strip pieced.

Make sure to have the right measurements – from EQ7

Mirror blocks, make sure to draw the 45-degree line opposite for the right composition.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival is coming next … Read More »



Market Preparations!

Posted on May 5th, by Amy in Baby Lock, Bloggers Quilt Festival, My Fabric. 5 comments

Hi there! Things have been rolling right along here – I’ve learned a TON about publishing my own patterns, and have had fun sewing with my own fabric. I’m also getting all the details together for Blogger’s Quilt Festival – I hope you are ready! Just to reiterate – EVERYONE – yes, that means you, is welcome to participate! No matter how long you’ve been quilting, or how good you think your work is – we want to see it! The linkys will be up on May 16th, get your photos taken, and posts ready.

Some of what I’ve been working on, getting ready for Market, with my fabric. Working start to finish with my own fabric, has been so exciting! I love that I can fully realize my vision for the quilts, with my long arm too.

Bindings -

Fabric covered buttons, … Read More »



Quiltcast #35 – Productivity Queens

Posted on April 30th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Lately April and I have been queens of productivity! Learn more about how we batch our quilts, and get things done in a timely way.

Batching our quilts keeps our momentum up to meet our deadlines.

Yogo stretches help keep me from getting too tense in the shoulders, while piecing or quilting at the long arm.

 

Top 5  Notions we’ve been using this week ::

Needles

Soakwash Flatter

Thimble

Water Blocker

Template Plastic

Trace ‘n Mark

50mm Lens

Precut Fabrics

Scissors

Rowenta Iron

 

*Some of the links used are affiliate links and help support the on-going costs to produce Quiltcast – Thanks!

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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

 



Fabulously Fast Quilts and Bulk Pressing (my secret, to getting things done!)

Posted on April 29th, by Amy in books, Tutorial. 14 comments

Hi there! I have been MIA lately getting things together for Market, and Blogger’s Quilt Festival, but I am excited to be here to celebrate a new book! Amy Smart just released a great new book, Fabulously Fast Quilts, and I am pleased to say that I learned a couple new tips while exploring the book!

To spread the word about the book, Amy asked that we share (see list below) our own tips, and I’m sharing my favorite way to press. 

Bulk Pressing. I am always trying to eliminate steps, or how many times I touch pieces as I work through the making of a quilt top, and this is exactly that! I often sew as long as I can within a project (or 2!) without pressing, but then I have to step back and press everything.

First I set the closed seam, the open and … Read More »



Quiltcast #34 – Designing Fabric

Posted on April 23rd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

While fabric designing newbies, we thought you might like to know more about our approach to fabric design, and how we got here. Join April and I as we share what we know :)

Our process and inspiration – both unique, with similar results in fabric design.

I tend to use and manipulate shapes in Illustrator, starting in black and white, then add the neutral palette.

April sketches, then scans it in to Illustrator, to manipulate the design and add color.

Books we both have used as resources :

A Field Guide to Fabric Design
Mastering the Art of Fabric
Digital Textile Design

How to Enter the World of Textile Design

Spoonflower can be a great tool.

Designing fabric is not a fast process, something to be working toward as you develop your skills.

 

*Some of the links used … Read More »



Featuring Rachaeldaisy – A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on April 18th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 9 comments

Happy Friday! I am so ready for the weekend – I’ve stayed up late sewing too many nights this week, and up early to get my kids to school. Just having a week off for Spring Break, it more messed with my schedule than helped! With just four weeks until the next installment of Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I hope that you are  finished or wrapping up the quilt(s) you plan to share!
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Today’s featured quilter is Rachaeldaisy. Rachaeldaisy blogs at Blue Mountain Daisy, and I always love her colorful, and thoughtful quilts. I hope you enjoy getting to know Rachaeldaisy better –

1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting in 2008. I began to notice the amazing quilting fabrics on offer and decided to make a simple quilt of squares. I did everything wrong with that quilt but I love it … Read More »



Quiltcast #33 – Upcoming Events and Hand-Quilting

Posted on April 16th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 7 comments

April and I are back to our usual schedules with the kids in school and Quilt Market just around the corner. I hope you are having a great week!

 

Check out the categories and information about Blogger’s Quilt Festival here – again, everyone is welcome, first quilt, only quilt or 50th quilt. Come and share with us!

The award winning quilt mentioned – can be found here.

Q-Snap Frame or Quilting No-Slip Hoop are great options for keeping your quilt taut.

Roxanne Thimble or Nimble Thimble are great thimble options – maybe find a spot to try them on before investing.

That Perfect Stitch: The Secrets of Fine Hand Quilting was recommended by a hand quilter, as a great resource.

Hand Quilted With Love is full of hand quilting inspiration, and information to get you started hand quilting.

There’s a fun group blog of hand quilters over here.

 

*Some of the links used … Read More »



Coming Soon :: Blogger’s Quilt Festival!

Posted on April 14th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 60 comments

That’s right – the next Festival is due to begin in just over a month! Grab a button in my sidebar, and help spread the word!

With your feedback after the last festival, I’ve updated the list of categories, and added descriptions. Take a look :

Categories –

Mini Quilt Category – Quilts in this group measure no more than 80″ around.

Small Quilt Category – Quilts in this group measure more than 80″, but no more than 240″ around.

Large Quilt Category – Quilt in this group measure over 240″ around.

Applique Quilts – Hand or machine applique is welcome.

Art Quilts – Express yourself with fabric.

Hand Quilted – Quilted by hand.

Home Machine Quilted – Quilted on a domestic machine.

Modern Quilts – Modern to you, is modern to me.

Original Design Quilts – Designed by you, not a previously published quilt pattern.

ROYGBIV Quilts – Show off your rainbow.

Scrappy … Read More »



Quiltcast #32 :: Spring Break Edition

Posted on April 9th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

It’s been quiet here this week! I’m hanging out with the kiddos, while taking care of my to do list – some days are fuller than others!

As promised in the Quiltcast a few links :

I’m getting ready for Blogger’s Quilt Festival, if you haven’t participated before check it out and plan to join us! (I’ll have a new button next week!)

Quiltcast #7 – we spoke about when we need to focus and get things done, what we do, and the tools to get it done.

Quiltcast #9 – where we like to shop for fabric online.

Quiltcast #12 – our quilty wish lists.

Quiltcast #17 – quilting magazines that we like.

Quiltcast #20 – our design process’ and favorite tools

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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, … Read More »



Featuring Nicole — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on April 4th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 2 comments

Happy Friday! Today’s feature is Nicole of Mama Love Quilts! Hope you enjoy getting to know Nicole a little better -

1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting in 2001 during grad school. I found out about a class that was being held and figured why not! I found quilting a great way to relieve the stress of grad school life.
 
2. Why do you quilt?
Quilts give me a way to play with design and color, while making something practical for everyday life. It’s also a great stress reliever, at least until I need to pull out the seam ripper!

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Practice makes better. No one is born knowing how to quilt, but the more practice we have doing it, the better we become.

4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (photo above) 
My daughter’s birthday was approaching … Read More »






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