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Quiltcast #34 – Designing Fabric

Posted on April 23rd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

While fabric designing newbies, we thought you might like to know more about our approach to fabric design, and how we got here. Join April and I as we share what we know :)

Our process and inspiration – both unique, with similar results in fabric design.

I tend to use and manipulate shapes in Illustrator, starting in black and white, then add the neutral palette.

April sketches, then scans it in to Illustrator, to manipulate the design and add color.

Books we both have used as resources :

A Field Guide to Fabric Design
Mastering the Art of Fabric
Digital Textile Design

How to Enter the World of Textile Design

Spoonflower can be a great tool.

Designing fabric is not a fast process, something to be working toward as you develop your skills.

 

*Some of the links used … Read More »



Featuring Rachaeldaisy – A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on April 18th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 9 comments

Happy Friday! I am so ready for the weekend – I’ve stayed up late sewing too many nights this week, and up early to get my kids to school. Just having a week off for Spring Break, it more messed with my schedule than helped! With just four weeks until the next installment of Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I hope that you are  finished or wrapping up the quilt(s) you plan to share!
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Today’s featured quilter is Rachaeldaisy. Rachaeldaisy blogs at Blue Mountain Daisy, and I always love her colorful, and thoughtful quilts. I hope you enjoy getting to know Rachaeldaisy better –

1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting in 2008. I began to notice the amazing quilting fabrics on offer and decided to make a simple quilt of squares. I did everything wrong with that quilt but I love it … Read More »



Quiltcast #33 – Upcoming Events and Hand-Quilting

Posted on April 16th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 6 comments

April and I are back to our usual schedules with the kids in school and Quilt Market just around the corner. I hope you are having a great week!

 

Check out the categories and information about Blogger’s Quilt Festival here – again, everyone is welcome, first quilt, only quilt or 50th quilt. Come and share with us!

The award winning quilt mentioned – can be found here.

Q-Snap Frame or Quilting No-Slip Hoop are great options for keeping your quilt taut.

Roxanne Thimble or Nimble Thimble are great thimble options – maybe find a spot to try them on before investing.

That Perfect Stitch: The Secrets of Fine Hand Quilting was recommended by a hand quilter, as a great resource.

Hand Quilted With Love is full of hand quilting inspiration, and information to get you started hand quilting.

There’s a fun group blog of hand quilters over here.

 

*Some of the links used … Read More »



Coming Soon :: Blogger’s Quilt Festival!

Posted on April 14th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 60 comments

That’s right – the next Festival is due to begin in just over a month! Grab a button in my sidebar, and help spread the word!

With your feedback after the last festival, I’ve updated the list of categories, and added descriptions. Take a look :

Categories –

Mini Quilt Category – Quilts in this group measure no more than 80″ around.

Small Quilt Category – Quilts in this group measure more than 80″, but no more than 240″ around.

Large Quilt Category – Quilt in this group measure over 240″ around.

Applique Quilts – Hand or machine applique is welcome.

Art Quilts – Express yourself with fabric.

Hand Quilted – Quilted by hand.

Home Machine Quilted – Quilted on a domestic machine.

Modern Quilts – Modern to you, is modern to me.

Original Design Quilts – Designed by you, not a previously published quilt pattern.

ROYGBIV Quilts – Show off your rainbow.

Scrappy … Read More »



Quiltcast #32 :: Spring Break Edition

Posted on April 9th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

It’s been quiet here this week! I’m hanging out with the kiddos, while taking care of my to do list – some days are fuller than others!

As promised in the Quiltcast a few links :

I’m getting ready for Blogger’s Quilt Festival, if you haven’t participated before check it out and plan to join us! (I’ll have a new button next week!)

Quiltcast #7 – we spoke about when we need to focus and get things done, what we do, and the tools to get it done.

Quiltcast #9 – where we like to shop for fabric online.

Quiltcast #12 – our quilty wish lists.

Quiltcast #17 – quilting magazines that we like.

Quiltcast #20 – our design process’ and favorite tools

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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, … Read More »



Featuring Nicole — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on April 4th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 2 comments

Happy Friday! Today’s feature is Nicole of Mama Love Quilts! Hope you enjoy getting to know Nicole a little better –

1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting in 2001 during grad school. I found out about a class that was being held and figured why not! I found quilting a great way to relieve the stress of grad school life.
 
2. Why do you quilt?
Quilts give me a way to play with design and color, while making something practical for everyday life. It’s also a great stress reliever, at least until I need to pull out the seam ripper!

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Practice makes better. No one is born knowing how to quilt, but the more practice we have doing it, the better we become.

4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (photo above) 
My daughter’s birthday was approaching … Read More »



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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We always welcome your feedback, and hope to … Read More »



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 »






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