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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 »



Quiltcast #60 :: Christmas Sewing & Catching Up!

Posted on December 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

We are catching up with you, and sharing our current projects this last week before Christmas. What have you been stitching?

 

What are your thoughts on computerized quilting? Does it take away from your quilting plans, or enhance them? We would love to know your thoughts!

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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!



Christmas Sewing

Posted on December 17th, by Amy in Think Big, work in progress. 6 comments

I have been sewing in masse the last few days – I love Christmas Sewing!

I have a group of seven pouches for various teachers and friends. I found my zippers at zipit on etsy, where you can get as much or little variety in color as you like. I currently have three finished and four more pinned and ready for my next sewing session!

These are the backs and bindings of three table runners I have in the works too! I pieced and quilted them over the weekend, while I indulged in my newest tv addiction : Gilmore Girls. My only question now, why wasn’t I watching them while it was on tv?

The bindings are mostly on, I just need to join the ends, and flip/stitch the binding to the front (by machine).

I am now fully stocked with Think Big! If you … Read More »



Soakbox Nail Challenge

Posted on December 12th, by Amy in random, review. No Comments

Have you seen Soak’s curated nail colors? They have nail colors that coordinate with fabric! I was sent this collection recently, and challenged to share my thoughts with you on the product, and a nail design.

I admit this took me longer than I had anticipated to actually do. I was dragging my feet to find something creative to do with them! I do paint my nails often, but usually it’s pretty quick and simple – just enough paint to keep them from breaking, again.

I started with two coats of Mushroom

And Ella, my oldest started with two messy coats of Faded Glamour

We are of the mindset that it will clean up later :)

After much deliberation, I added a line of Deep Chocolate, carefully using the edge of the brush.

Then finished it off with a pop of Hot Opera! I love … Read More »



Quiltcast #59 :: Teaching How to Quilt

Posted on December 11th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Teaching your kids or friends to quilt, is fun if maybe a little stressful, but worth your time! Here’s a few tips to start for a positive outcome for everyone!

Cut for them –

-experience makes you faster

-less likely to have mistakes

-precuts are a great option – Charms or Layer Cakes depending on desired size

 

At the machine –

-glue sticks are handy with kids

–pins are a great skill to learn

-ergonomics are important – 90-degree elbows, and knees

-seam guide on presser foot

-claw hands around the machine, no needle plate area

-little scissors, thread cutter

-quilting something small is a great experience for the new quilter

 

Ironing seam allowances –

-not for kids, let the watch and learn

-show options for pressing

–travel iron, would be great for kids

 

With adults –

-same principles apply, but hands off

-all about giving them confidence, not doing it for them

-perfection is over-rated, first time won’t be perfect

-quality notions are … Read More »



Pro-Stitcher Fun!

Posted on December 8th, by Amy in Baby Lock, work in progress. 13 comments

Last week, I was actually feeling pretty bad – I think I overdid it and stayed up a bit too late one night, and paid for it the rest of the week, in the form of a cold. boo! Thankfully, I’m feeling much better, and had a chance to work (play) with my new upgrade – the Pro-Stitcher!

I pieced a backing for this quilt I pieced back in February, and loaded everything. I selected a design, and sorted out the details to quilt, and pressed go! I watched the first couple of passes, then left it to do it’s thing, while I started dinner upstairs! SO cool! and just what I need!

**My girls came in from playing outside about this time, and were rather confused and amazed to see my long-arm running without me. Usually they gloss over whatever mess I … Read More »



Weave :: Quilt Scene

Posted on December 4th, by Amy in finished quilt, Magazine/Featured. 5 comments

I have another finish to share! Weave is featured in Interweave’s annual issue, Quilt Scene.

Weave is a fun and simple – graphic quilt. I used my fabrics, Modern Neutrals, from a fat quarter bundle, and some extra yardage.

It was fun to make and quilt! Detail shot:

I quilted down the charcoal fabric with figure 8’s, this really made the rest of the piecing pop, and the pieces are big enough to show off the fabrics a little too.

If you haven’t seen Quilt Scene before – I highly recommend it! Along with projects and great articles, there’s also images of quilts from the International Quilt Festival. It’s truly inspirational and a valuable resource of information.

What are you stitching today?

Amy



Quiltcast #58 :: Selling vs. Gifting Quilts

Posted on December 3rd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Have you thought about selling quilts? I sure have, but there’s a lot of thought and strategy that should go into that decision before you list your next quilt! Take a listen, and share your thoughts with us.

Think Big – Autographed copy and on Amazon

All People Quilt magazine – cover feature details here.

Our Quiltcast Mini Swap quilts are beautiful! Thanks to everyone that participated!

Liberty Club

Placing a Value on Your Quilt

You Are $ew Worth It

Here’s a few shops on etsy that are selling quilts :

The Zen Quilter

Red Pepper Quilts

Kris Khan Designs

Red Thread Gifts

Sew Sara

Add to the conversation, comment with your thoughts below.

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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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