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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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Tone It Down – Quilt Top

Posted on March 3rd, by Amy in quilt-along, Swap, work in progress. 16 comments

I was looking through my blog over the weekend, and realized that I never shared my finished quilt top for the #apqquiltalong project! I had a few little deadlines pop up on me and I folded up the top before I got it posted here – sorry! My quilt measures 75″ x 93″ – which is a great size, and it would be simple to add or subtract blocks to make it the size you would like to snuggle with!

Making this quilt has been a journey! I will mention that using an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance makes all the difference in these blocks, with so many seams, it would be easy to have problems.

Thankfully, my quilt top lays flat! It’s not a difficult quilt to make, I suggest anyone that wants to make one to go … Read More »



Quiltcast #26

Posted on February 26th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Hi friends! We’d love to know more about what you would like to learn from us – be sure to leave a comment or email us and share your ideas!

We decided to talk about fabric this week since it’s been a while! We each shared five lines, we really like!

My Botanique flying geese, for Star-Crossed -

Botanique by Joel Dewberry

Mochi Dots by Momo

True Colors by Anna Maria Horner

Hothouse Flowers by Mo Bodell

MorMor by Lotta Jansdotter

Fox Field by Tula Pink – check in with April for a giveaway soon!

Dowry  by Anna Maria Horner

April Showers by Bonnie and Camille

Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine

Up Parasol by Heather Bailey

Share your current favorite or upcoming lines in the comments – we love to be inspired!

 

**April’s patterns can be viewed here, and purchased here and here.

Coming Soon at Fat Quarter … Read More »



Pillow Collective :: Link Up!

Posted on February 24th, by Amy in Pillow Collective. 11 comments

Winners were selected by random number generator :: Diane & Svetlana – if you haven’t gotten my email, please contact me right away!

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I hope you all have been busy making pillows! For those of you that made a pillow this month, I would love to see what you made! Add your link to the collection below, and be entered to win too :)

 

Click the “Add Your Link” button above and input your blog or flickr link!

Can’t wait to see all your creativity –

Amy

PS – If you missed the week of Pillow Collective tutorials, click over here and follow the image links to be inspired!



Charm Pack Cherry – from Fat Quarter Shop

Posted on February 24th, by Amy in finished quilt, review. 13 comments

Hi there! I’m excited to be part of the release of Fat Quarter Shop’s newest FREE pattern – Charm Pack Cherry!  It’s a fun, quick pattern for all those charm packs, we all seem to collect.  I pieced my sample in just an hour or so – it’s that quick!

I started with Surrounded by Love charms, and solid charms followed the simple diagrams, and had fun stitching up this cute quilt! It’s a first for me – I’d not made a valentine’s quilt before.  I machine quilted it with some double loops, swirls, and a few experimental feathers; I’m still having fun trying new things out on the long-arm!

There were a few extra charms after piecing the top, so I worked them into a corner of the back, that I plan to use as … Read More »



Modern Sewciety

Posted on February 23rd, by Amy in Interview. 2 comments

Hi all! I wanted to share an interview that went up last week – if you haven’t checked out the Modern Sewciety podcast, you should! I had a lot of fun chatting with Stephanie.

Also, Stephanie is planning a giveaway of some of my books soon, so be sure to follow her blog!

More soon –

Amy

 



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 »






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