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Quiltcast #31 – Places We Go

Posted on April 2nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

We all have regular places we check in, when we log on to the computer, or pick up the tablet.  Where do you like to go? 

April and I chat about our favorite online spots, and a little bit about why we go there.

Pinterest

Image Search

Facebook

DailyCrush

Amazon

Moda Bake Shop

One Kings Lane

Dot & Bo

Craftsy and their deals on Quilting Supplies

TED

*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



Modern Neutrals – My Fabric Line!

Posted on March 31st, by Amy in Modern Neutrals, My Fabric. 30 comments

I’m so excited to fully introduce Modern Neutrals :

It will be showing at Market in May, and Shipping in October, 2014.

I’ve been sewing lots in the last couple of weeks, with five new patterns in the works, and a few remakes from my book Modern Neutrals.

I hope you love it as much as I do!

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*Order your signed copy of Modern Neutrals here - Modern Neutrals is available on Amazon too!



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

Posted on March 28th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 9 comments

Happy Friday! Today’s featured quilter is Cathy from Blueberry Patch! Cathy has some great quilts to share today, and I love her use of color – I hope you enjoy getting to know Cathy better –

1. When did you begin quilting?

I actually began quilting seriously 25 years ago but stopped (kids and career) and then started again in a big way about 4 years ago.  My husband said I needed a hobby after our kids left the nest.  I took his suggestion to heart and became a very busy quilter!

2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because it is so much fun and is a great stress reliever.  I work full time as an elementary school principal and quilting is something that I do as a hobby because it is so different from my work!  I love to create.  I also … Read More »



Quiltcast #30 :: Quilting With a Modern Slant

Posted on March 26th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

How do you define yourself as a quilter? There are lots of different types of quilts to make, but do they define us as quilters? April and I share our thoughts on modern quilting, and would love to continue the conversation with you! Share your thoughts in the comments, or email us!

 

Weeks’ review of Quilting with a Modern Slant is what started our conversation, one that we’ve had on a number of occasions.

Weeks Ringle, and Bill Kerr have written a number of books for the modern quilter – be sure to check them out!

We are looking forward to getting our own copies of Quilting with a Modern Slant and you can learn more about the book and Rachel May, the author – here.

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Winner!

Posted on March 25th, by Amy in give away. 1 Comment

Hi friends -

Thank you so much for all your kind words on my post last week! I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing community, and so thankful for each of you that stop by to read, or listen to the podcast, on a regular basis.

 

The winner of the book giveaways is :

Congratulations Betty! Hopefully you received my email already!

I’ve been kinda quiet online this last week, sewing a ton, and getting to the nitty gritty of pattern writing too -

It’s not always glamorous, but I do love it!

Hope your week is going great -

Amy



Featuring Jennifer – A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on March 21st, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 4 comments

It’s been a while since I’ve done a featured quilter, and I decided to get back to it with Jennifer! Jennifer blogs at Archipelago Quilting, and she loves paper-piecing. Her work is beautiful, and I hope you enjoy getting to know Jennifer!

1. When did you begin quilting?

I started quilting about 18 years ago.  A friend of mine was going to have a baby and I wanted to make a quilt for her new daughter.  I based it on the cover of the book On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier.  Another friend of mine, Anne, had recently retired and was so wonderful and supportive… she gave me a few tips, several ideas and confidence.

2. Why do you quilt?

For me quilting is a great way of releasing stress–when there is nothing/little in my life I can control, I always can … Read More »



Quiltcast #29 :: Paper Piecing

Posted on March 19th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

We’ve had so much fun recording these podcasts each week, and hope that you enjoy the information we are sharing! Let us know if there’s anything you want to hear more about!

The how’s and why’s of paper piecing. . . for us!

We love the accuracy and perfection of paper pieced blocks and how it simplifies the most complicated blocks.

Here’s a few links we mentioned to help get you started :

Square in a square block – great starting point

Small log cabin blocks – scroll down for the pattern, and make it your own.

Dancing Stars Block and video tutorial (my quilt top is here, sadly still not quilted!)

April’s paper pieced words

Our favorite tools

Add a Quarter Ruler

28mm Rotary Cutter

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Six Years & 1400 Posts Later. . .

Posted on March 17th, by Amy in give away, Me, My Fabric. 332 comments

It’s time for a giveaway! (this really is my 1400th post!)

Honestly, I’m so thankful for the community, friends, encouragement, and inspiration that I’ve found online – had I not started blogging six years ago, I’m not sure what I would be up to right now!

 I love being creative and sharing my love of fabric, and beautiful design with all of you here. All the opportunities that I have worked toward over the last six years seem to have culminated last week, when sample yardage for my own fabric line arrived on my doorstep!

I set to work cutting up fabric for the patterns I’ve been planning, above is a quick peek at a few of the prints I designed for Moda (pinch me!). You’ll notice the fabric bears the same name as my … Read More »



Star-Crossed Quilt Top

Posted on March 14th, by Amy in My Fabric, work in progress. 7 comments

Happy Friday! This week has been full, and I’m excited to share my Star-Crossed quilt top with you!

I made it with Botanique by Joel Dewberry, and Bella Eggshell (281). Star-Crossed is from my second book, Modern Basics II and a great project for large scale prints!

Now I’m looking forward to quilting up that negative space with something fun! Let me know if you have any ideas! I spent the week working on this, and one other secret project so that I would be ready to manage this box of fabric :

50 pounds of sample yardage, of fabric that I designed! I’ll share more about it as soon as I can. On the docket this weekend :: I’ll be sewing up patterns to go with the fabric, … Read More »



Quiltcast #28

Posted on March 12th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Catch up with April and I, and everything that we are working on this week! Today we are sharing our favorite crock pot meals to nourish our families, life is busy but having a healthy meal is a must for both of us. Listen in and share your favorites in the comments!

Our Top Five crock pot recipes; tried and tested by our families ::

French Dip

Curried Pork

Split Pea Soup

Honey Garlic Chicken

Harvest Ham and Root Veggies

Glazed Pork Tenderloin

White Bean and  Chicken Chili

Sesame Ginger Chicken

Black Beans

Shredded Pork Sandwiches

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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

 



Star-Crossed Remake

Posted on March 10th, by Amy in work in progress. 5 comments

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend – it’s been warmish here, with lots of sunshine (45-50F) and the outside time has been beautiful! Along with family time, I found some late night, and early morning sewing time, to work on my Star-Crossed remake – which I’m super excited to get into a top this week!

Here’s the stars for the centers ::

Strip pieces for the edges ::

And my first completed block ::

I’m loving the colors in Botanique - I pretty much have the whole line represented in this quilt, which is always fun!

I’m headed back to the machine and will share the top soon!

What are you working on this week?

Amy



Quiltcast #27

Posted on March 5th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Catch up with us on the happenings in our studios, and current deadlines. April shared some big news on her blog this week, and there’s a giveaway if you hurry over.

Check out my most recent quilt top here, and maybe join for a gray swap!

 

Other things we like to sew :: Top 5 patterns or tutorials that we want to, or like to make.

Bridget’s Bagettes – quick zip pouches

Cargo Duffle – great directions for a bag newbie

Primrose Village Wallet – nicely written pattern from Bari J

Quilted Vest - simple and quick open vest

Negroni – men’s shirt pattern

Fabric bracelets – cute project, easily customized

Airelle – sweet shirt with the right details for April

Cosmetics & Toiletries Case – don’t be intimidated!

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