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Happenings

Posted on December 16th, by Amy in work in progress. 8 comments

Last week, I finished quilting on 3 quilts! Two are twin sized, and another queen sized – what was I thinking! Anyway, I spent Friday preparing bindings and attaching them, then Saturday and Sunday stitching. I have finished bindings by machine, and I’m sure I will continue to do so on some occasions, but I do love the act of hand-stitcing a binding in place. Even when I don’t seem to have the time.

Stitching the binding down, gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and snuggle with the quilt too. It does help that I’ve gotten rather quick! I just have half of one of the twin quilts to finish.

I’ve been working on the nuts and bolts of my book too. Fabric calculations usually require an extra cup of … Read More »



Tone It Down Quilt-Along

Posted on December 12th, by Amy in quilt-along. 6 comments

Hi there! I’ve been quilting for a deadline, but also excited to share my first block – test block if you will, for this quilt-along! Moda Lissa has a beautiful quilt pattern inspired by an antique quilt in the current issue of American Patchwork & Quilting, and there’s a group of us quilting-along.

I just found it on my newsstand yesterday, so if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t give up! My rural little town, is kinda slow to distribute, and you might be in the same predicament. If it’s not available where you live, you might check out the digital copy too!

This is my test block, which I almost always make before starting a whole project. Especially if I’m making someone else’s pattern. It helps me familiarize myself with the pattern, and check that I have the color placement right. … Read More »


Quiltcast #16

Posted on December 11th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

We are chatting about fabrics again! Basics we like to use, and lines we are looking forward to. Also, April shares some exciting news!

 

We started off chatting about what we’ve been up to -

Fitbit mentioned can be seen here.

Check out the #apqquiltalong posts here.

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Top five fabric lines and basics

Bella Solids – whites

P & B Sketch - mist

Essex Yarn-dyed, flax & black

Kona Cottons - pomegranate is a hot pink!

Clover Sunshine by Alison Glass

Weave

Ansonia by Denise Schmidt – coming soon

Solids by Denise Schmidt

True Colors by Free Spirit

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Share your favorite fabrics with us! We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here, 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

 

 



Giveaway Day!

Posted on December 9th, by Amy in give away. 468 comments

Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend, I’ve been a busy bee, quilting for my deadline – I only wish I didn’t have to wait to share! For now, I am participating in Giveaway Day with the lovely ladies from Sew, Mama, Sew – if you haven’t checked out all the giveaways yet, enter here, then visit here.

 

For my giveaway, I am offering two books! First is Modern Neutrals, my third book, and second is Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe from a collection of talented bloggers, including myself. These books are great to keep, or give to your favorite quilter!

Between the two books there are 34 patterns included!

To enter to win, just leave me a comment, telling me what gifts you are making for the holidays.

I have a list I hope to sew, but also need to get a … Read More »



Quiltcast #15

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

Our quilting time-saving tips – learn what works for April and I, and maybe pick up a new trick!

 

 

Accuquilt Go! Cutter – I especially love this for half-square triangles, diamonds, and other precision cuts.

Chain piecing

Making a test block

Press in layers

Cutting a whole project, working in stages for each project

pre-cuts – anyone else collecting charm packs?

Learning when not to pin, to save time

April’s Half-square triangle hack & new patterns are here.

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Share your time-saving tips with us! We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here, 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

 

 

 



Quiltcast #14

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

Finding balance is always a challenge – hear our thoughts and ideas for keeping family life and quilting in balance.

Knowing when to stop, and let go of the self-imposed deadlines, and say no, so I can relax and enjoy.

Step back, start over or make a list, and prioritize everything.

Chore time with my kids – daily – making routines for the family.

Be realistic with goals and plans for each and every day.

Saying yes, to family and choosing to be happy with my choices.

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Share your secrets for balance with us! We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here, 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

 



Head Down to the Finish Line

Posted on November 25th, by Amy in accuquilt, work in progress. 8 comments

The hard part about writing a book, is not being able to share the quilts I’m really excited to be making! Over the last month, I’ve completed tops for 9 of the 10 projects in my next book, but I saved the most laborious for last. I wanted to be able to focus, and not mix things up, which I haven’t done yet (knock on wood)!

The project includes some strip piecing – which I like to use a shortened stitch length for. This keeps stitches from unraveling when I cut my segments.

Any guesses as to how many half-square triangle units are here? I cut all of these with my Go! cutter last week, there’s a few quarter-square triangles too. Then I spent two days of sewing to get to a … Read More »



Tone It Down Quilt-Along

Posted on November 20th, by Amy in quilt-along. 8 comments

When asked by magazine editors and marketing gurus, if I would like to be a part of a quilt-along, the obvious answer is – yes! And thank you for the invite!

This is the first ever quilt-along hosted by American Patchwork & Quilting! The project is in the February issue, which is shipping to subscribers now, and will be on newsstands the  first week of December. 

Tone It Down, is by Lissa Alexander and quilted by my friend Natalia Bonner, isn’t it beautiful?

I love the scrappy-ness of the fabrics, and how cheerful it is! Everyone is welcome to quilt-along with us, there’s a group of blogger’s sharing tips and tricks as we each sew our own inspired versions. I hope you will join us and pull your own favorite fabrics to sew with! I wanted this quilt to have … Read More »



Quiltcast #13

Posted on November 19th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

I hope you are enjoying the Quiltcast! The feedback we’ve had so far has been great, and we welcome your emails and comments here!

Today we are chatting about what we are sewing for gifts this year, or liked making in years past. (For others, and maybe for ourselves!)

Zip pouches

Table runners – check out the Baby Lock Gift Guide, for my quick runner pattern and more!

Quilts

Tote/Messenger Bags

Camera bag/strap

Mug rug or mini placemat for surfaces

Throw pillow cover

Pillow case

Framed quilt blocks

Pajama pants

Pin Cushion

Sew Gifts! is a great resource for a variety of projects! Zip pouches, iPad case, tote bags, triangular knitting pouch, pillow cover, scarf, aprons and so many more great projects – check out the Quiltcast to hear more about this fun and versatile book!

 

Do you have a favorite handmade gift that you’ve received? or made?

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All of our episodes are available here, and on iTunes.

Thanks … Read More »



Real Moments & News

Posted on November 15th, by Amy in Baby Lock, Quilt Retreat, Quilt Show, work in progress. 2 comments

Hi friends! Since wrapping up Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I’ve been sewing non-stop. I have a book due in January, and with the holidays nearly here, I’m rushing to finish as much as I can now! Like, all of the piecing.

The way I tend to work, takes over the kitchen table, and I would love to be done setting up and putting away (daily) for a month, while I quilt everything downstairs.

It’s a lot of work, but I always enjoy the bits of frantic energy!

Even if I do question my decision when it’s time to trim things up. It’s not always perfect but it is getting done!

Next June I will be teaching at the Small Town Quilt Show, right here in my little valley! High Valley … Read More »



Quiltcast #12 – Our Wishlists

Posted on November 13th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 8 comments

Grand to mundane gift ideas for quilters, and what April and I have on our dream lists!

Sewing Table, SewEzi or Koala cabinets

Sewing Machine – April is having major tension issues with her 30 year old Bernina and hoping to upgrade in the next 6 months, so far she’s considering this Bernina, Janome, and is planning to look into the Jane as well. Any suggestions are welcome!

Thread in neutrals for piecing – Lots of thread!

Portable ironing surface

Larger cutting mat - 18″ x 24″ isn’t always enough space

Zippers to have on hand, for fun projects

Iron suggestions? Oliso/Rowenta/Panasonic/T-fal – what works for you?

Kitchen island for cutting

Gift Card for fabric shopping

Clover Easy Loop Turner

I also made a pinterest board with these … Read More »



Blogger’s Quilt Festival — Winners!

Posted on November 8th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 26 comments

The last two weeks of Festival happenings have been amazing! I hope you had fun and found inspiration with each click! I have put together a quick survey to get your feedback about the Festival, and would really appreciate you taking two minutes to fill it out for me – thanks! Now, for the details you have been waiting for – WINNERS!   (ETA – Links that weren’t working are working now – thanks for your patience with me.)

The winner of the Baby Lock Melody is Brenna! Congratulations Brenna – I can’t wait to see all the quilts you finish!

Viewer’s Choice:
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A $50 Gift Certificate from Martingale! WINNER - I’m Working on a Project
Goddess Pressing Sheet and 2.5 yards of Mistyfuse Ultraviolet fusible web from Mistyfuse and the winner’s choice of 2 Hand Dyed Stash Packs from Vicki Welsh! WINNER - Tracey Jay Quilts
A … Read More »






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