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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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Quiltcast #44 – Adventures in Hand Appliqué

Posted on July 10th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Today both April and I are catching up with each other; and you!

My new, just for me project, is hand appliqué. I never thought I would be interested in it, but I’m loving it! So we are chatting about the different ways to prepare pieces for appliqué, and some tips and tools to put to use while stitching.

Craftsy class:  Big Techniques from Small Scraps with Sarah Fielke.

I’ve also referenced Jill Finely’s videos with Fat Quarter Shop, for a slightly different approach, but really loved the small project in the Big Techniques from Small Scraps class to get me started. Isn’t it cute :

 

Tools :

Starch with Freezer Paper.

Paintbrush

Applique Pins

Glue Baste-It

Straw Needles Size 11

Do you use a hoop to work your hand appliqué?

Here’s a few books that have some very fun appliqué projects :

Fresh Picked Posies: 12 Quilt Blocks to Applique from Piece O’ Cake DesignsThe Rose … Read More »



Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place :: Giveaway & Review!

Posted on July 9th, by Amy in books, give away. 82 comments

I can hardly believe that it’s July, and not nearly ready to start thinking about sewing for Christmas. But if you are – I have the perfect book for you! Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place is packed with fun and festive projects for your home, and great gifts too!

I’m loving a number of these projects, and with over 20 to choose from there’s something for everyone! Bags, pillows, wall hangings, ornaments, and so much more. Take a look :

I think my favorites are the table runners in both of these groups. They are creative and festive, and would add the perfect touch of Christmas decor to the most used piece of furniture in my home – the kitchen table!

Would you like to win a copy of the book? Read on!

Leave me a comment to be entered to win an ebook … Read More »



New Quilting Addiction :: Hand Appliqué

Posted on July 7th, by Amy in Appliqué, work in progress. 10 comments

Last week, I decided I needed a project that was just for me, and that hand work would be better than machine sewing for right now. So I went to my library, and pulled all the books I could find with some  hand appliqué projects included. I was a little shocked to find so many books already in my stash! (I’ve listed them all below)

Fresh Picked Posies: 12 Quilt Blocks to Applique from Piece O’ Cake Designs
The Rose of Sharon Block Book: Winning Designs from the EQ6 Challenge
A Batch of QuiltSoup: Fun Patchwork and Easy Appliqué Patterns
Home Sweet Quilt: Fresh, Easy Quilt Patterns from Jillily Studio
Scrap-Applique Playground: Turn Quilting Scraps into Fun Applique Fabrics
Hand-Appliquéd Quilts: Beautiful Designs & Simple Techniques
Hand Quilted With Love

All of these books have a slightly different method, and directions – I’m learning that it really is … Read More »



Quiltcast #43 – Checking in!

Posted on July 2nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Hi there! It’s been two weeks since we recorded the last Quiltcast – hopefully you didn’t miss us too much!

It’s just me checking in today! Confessing that I might actually want to try ____! (I never thought this quilting technique would be for me)

Let me know if you have any good tips, I think I need all the help I can get!

The appliqué video I mentioned is 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!

Amy



Crazy for Daisy by ADORNit + a Giveaway!

Posted on July 2nd, by Amy in give away. 169 comments

Last fall my friends at ADORNit asked if I would design and make a quilt for them in some super cute new fabrics they had coming up. I had this pattern in my files, waiting for the perfect fabrics to make it – it was meant to be! Crazy for Daisy is full of happy colors and flowers! The hand of ADORNit’s fabrics is always soft with a good weight to it too. If you haven’t felt them you should :) With each new fabric line ADORNit produces a pattern book (check out the sweet yellow/grey color way!) with projects ranging from bags and framed art, to table toppers and quilts. Included in the Crazy for Daisy book is my Daisy Banners quilt : Crazy for Daisy is available now, ask for it in your local quilt … Read More »



Quilter’s PSA

Posted on June 20th, by Amy in give away. 1 Comment

Hi Friends!

I’ve been working on a few things that I can’t share this week, so I thought I would share a few things that have come through my inbox! There’s some great sales happening online that you will want to know about if  you don’t already.

First of all, I have listed a few quilts for a sample sale – 

I have loved making each of these quilts, but these aren’t all getting used, they need someone to love them :)

Baby Lock is hosting a super sweepstakes – you could win a whole sewing room!

Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their 11th anniversary with free shipping!

They also have a Mega Quilt Market giveaway to enter over on their blog – $6300 in prizes!!

Interweave is hosting their annual sale – there’s tons of great items on sale here, click the banner below to visit … Read More »



Quiltcast #42 — Quilters favorite candy = Fabric!

Posted on June 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast, Uncategorized. 3 comments

April and I have spent quite a bit of time talking about our own fabrics lately, so we decided to talk about other collections that we like and/or are looking forward to this summer! Everything we mentioned is available now or will be soon.

Our Top 5 upcoming fabric lines:

25th and Pine

Lula Magnolia

Arizona

Pretty Potent

August

Empire

Mustang

Persimmon

Lotus Pond

Rustique

What collections are looking forward to, that didn’t make our list?

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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



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 »






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