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Quiltcast #25

Posted on February 19th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

April and I have lots of secret sewing happening, thankfully there’s always lots of quilty stuff to talk about!

Check out my post about the Wonky Log Cabin ruler - it’s a great fun project!

 

Shipping your Quilts :

Wrap the quilt in plastic bag, ziplock bags are a great option too!

Mark front, back, up, down on your quilt top and back when shipping to a quilter.

Well pressed, nicely folded or rolled.

Insurance – make sure your hard work is covered!

Add an extra label with your name and address with a safety pin.

 

Long arm machines :

Natalia – Gammill Premier Stitch with Statler Stitcher – 18″ throat space, 10 foot table

Amy – Baby Lock Crown Jewel – 18″ throat space, 10 foot table

April – HandiQuilter Fusion – 24″ throat space, 12 foot table

Home Machine Quilt Show is a great time to test drive long … Read More »



Twisted Log Cabin – from Quilt in a Day

Posted on February 19th, by Amy in review, work in progress. 11 comments

I was contacted by the Quilt in a Day office to see if I would be willing to try out a new ruler that Elenor Burns has produced. I can’t resist a new gadget, and said of course! I collected jelly rolls to use, since it is super jelly roll friendly, and had a blast sewing my blocks up!

Fabrics pictured : Joel Dewberry – Bungalow, and Kona Sandcastle Roll up.

I don’t always love to sew wonky blocks, preferring to have a plan, and decisions made beforehand, but I really enjoyed this project! The pattern booklet has lots of diagrams to show you exactly how to use the ruler, and all the options for layouts. It’s hard to mess this quilt up, and using jelly rolls really takes all the hard … Read More »



Don’t freak out…

Posted on February 14th, by Amy in work in progress. 3 comments

If you’ve listened to the most recent Quiltcast, you know that I had a little bit of a freak out moment last week! I looked at my calendar of deadlines, and realized that I had a number of little projects to get finished, and a couple secret projects to start. So I spent three days sewing like mad, and took this pile of pieces -

to a finished blocks, and eventually -

a finished quilt top!

I still need a great pic of the entire quilt, it’s been rainy. Rain on top of snow is a big mess…so I’ve been organizing the inside spaces, as well.

I always find I’m more able to focus on my projects, when I can find, what I need, when I … Read More »



Quiltcast #24

Posted on February 12th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 9 comments

April and I are chatting with Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt today – all about quilting!

Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting: 50+ Visual Tutorials to Get You Started Professional-Quality Results on Your Home Machine

Modern One-Block Quilts: 22 Fresh Patchwork Projects

Small Town Quilt Show. . . In a Big Town Way

 

Top 5 things to remember to do before sending your quilt to a long-arm quilter

- Send your backing

- Include your information with the quilt

- 4″ larger batting and backing, than quilt top

- Mark top of quilt top/back if you would like it specifically done

- Press whichever way makes you happy

 

Watch your borders, so that they don’t wave at your quilter!

Do you think computerized quilting is cheating?

Visit Natalia’s blog for lots of inspiration! Also digitized quilting and embroidery patterns are available here.

I pin lots of great quilting inspiration here.

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We always welcome your … Read More »



Seams Unlikely :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on February 10th, by Amy in books, review. 34 comments

Most everyone that quilts or sews knows the name Nancy Zieman, and with this book I felt like I really got to know Nancy! Seams Unlikely is a quickly paced read with lots of great insights into Nancy’s childhood, and inspirational stories of her career. Nancy wrote this book, just like she talks – at times it seemed like she was reading to me, even! In the process of writing the book Nancy interviewed family members and co-workers, that have become like family over the years, and the little bits of shared experiences were so fun to read.

Nancy shared that her lack of confidence, and introvert tendencies, were pushed aside when asked to give demonstrations as a girl in 4-H. It was in those few moments of teaching that she was truly in her element and excited … Read More »



Pillow Collective – Day 5

Posted on February 7th, by Amy in Pillow Collective. 2 comments

Today is the last day of tutorials, and it’s your turn to create and inspire happiness in your own home!

Tutorials today have been generously given by Christina, Heather, Audrie, and Amanda!

Be sure to add #pillowcollective to your social media posts with any pillows you create, so we can all see your work!

Happy quilting & have a great weekend!

Amy



Pillow Collective – Day 4

Posted on February 6th, by Amy in Pillow Collective. 1 Comment

Happy Thursday! I not sure about you, but I’ve added a few pillows to my “must-make” list already this week!

I can’t wait to see what these ladies have put together for us! Maureen, Amanda Jean, & Dana  - are sharing their love of pillows with us today.

Enjoy!

Amy

 



Quiltcast #23

Posted on February 5th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Everyone has a beautiful quilt in mind that lands in the “someday” file. . . I would love to make it, but I’m not sure I have the skills, time, energy, or fabric to tackle it yet.

April and I share our Quilt Bucket Lists, and what we would love to do with them!

Do you have a bucket list? We’d love to know what’s on yours!

 

Amy

Medallion quilts

Double Wedding Ring

Postage Stamp

Aunt Millie’s Garden

Wagon Wheels in neutrals

April

Oh My Gosh

Chain Reaction by Jen Kingwell Amitie

Joseph’s Coat

Marcell Medallion from Liberty Love

Farmer’s Wife blocks from The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt

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We hope you are inspired to tackle that project that seems insurmountable, and have fun doing it!

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



Pillow Collective – Day 3

Posted on February 5th, by Amy in Pillow Collective. 1 Comment

Welcome back for your daily dose of pillow inspiration!

Visit Heather, Amy, Vanessa and Megan for tutorials and lots of beautiful inspiration!

Have you started a pillow yet? 

Amy

 



Small Town Quilt Show – In a Big Town Way!

Posted on February 4th, by Amy in Quilt Retreat, Quilt Show. 1 Comment

I’m really looking forward to the summer months around here, and not just for the warmer temps! The gals at Piece N Quilt are working with local the Arts Foundation to put together a  fantastic weekend at the end of June – you can learn more about the show and the people involved here.

I’m excited to be teaching, and included with a fabulous group of quilters.

I’ll be teaching about using neutrals and working on this pattern from Modern Neutrals : Whispered Lace

There are lots of other classes available too! Check out all these teachers :

Jina Barney
Cat Beckstead and Shantelle Cox
Natalia Bonner & Kathleen Whiting
Kimberly Bourne
Melissa Corry
Laurel Dillman
Amy Ellis :)
Joanna Figueroa
Becky Goldsmith
Kerry Green
Emily Herrick
Lori Holt
Kari & Becky of U-Create
Sandy Klop
Tina Lewis
Tricia Mathis
Sherri McConnell
Lorri Overson
Jenny Pedgio
Helen Robinson
April Rosenthal
Kati Spencer
Deonn Stott

Even if you don’t know all the names you need to go see all … Read More »



Pillow Collective – Day 2

Posted on February 4th, by Amy in Pillow Collective. 2 comments

I hope you have already been inspired to start a new pillow!

Today’s tutorials are coming to you from Natalia and Amanda - I’m excited to see what they have sewed up!

Come back and let me know what you think -

Amy



Pillow Collective :: Free Tutorial

Posted on February 3rd, by Amy in Pillow Collective, Tutorial. 7 comments

No doubt, there are a lot of quilts around my house! I love surrounding myself, and my family with the quilts I have loved making, and sometimes adding a pillow to the couch finishes the room off perfectly! This time of year, I’m always looking for more color to override the cold, bleak winter days. Recently, I sorted through my scraps and bundled them up so I could put them to better use, and decided that this pillow would be perfect for (some of) my scraps!

I love the precision that comes with paper piecing and odd-sized scraps are always great in paper patterns since I trim up after sewing.

So I found this great pattern in EQ, pulled a group of fabrics from my stash, and sewed up nine unique and fun blocks … Read More »






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