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Quiltcast #21

Posted on January 23rd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

I’m a little late getting the podcast out this week – sorry! I hope you enjoy our chat about Pillow Collective, and our best resources for washing our quilts. Check out the bloggers involved in Pillow Collective here.

Zipit is a great resource for zippers.

Wool dryer balls – a quick tutorial here.

APQ Quilt-along is still happening if you would like to join in the fun!

Listen in for more about this :

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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



Pillow Collective — Coming Soon!

Posted on January 21st, by Amy in Pillow Collective. 7 comments

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for a Pillow Collective, starting February 3!

I have pulled together this fabulous group of bloggers, to help spruce up our living spaces with a collection of great tutorials for you!  After we share our throw pillow tutorials, you will have the chance to make your very own pillow(s) and enter to win prizes, later in the month!

Be inspired by:

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Amy Ellis
April Rosenthal
Lisa Calle
Natalia Bonner
Megan Bohr
Amanda Woodruff
Heather Valentine
Amy Smart
Vanessa Christenson
Maureen Cracknell
Amanda Jean Nyberg
Dana Bolyard
Christina Lane
Heather Bostic
Audrie Bidwell
Amanda Herring

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I hope you will join in the fun, and add a little cheer to your spaces – I’m looking forward to it!

Amy

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My APQ Quilt-Along Progress

Posted on January 20th, by Amy in quilt-along, work in progress. 8 comments

Last week I shared my Quilt-along progress, and I’m excited to have even more progress to share today!

I sewed up the block centers – and love the way the colors are coming together, the varied blues, with a touch of green is just right!

I also did some strip-piecing, and trimmed them up for four-patches -

Sewing at night makes for challenging photography, but I do love the colors!

Up next, I have more strip piecing and segments to cut, before assembling the blocks.

Are you quilting along with us yet? You can find the pattern in the current American Patchwork & Quilting; just look for this cover :

I’ll be back tomorrow with some info on Pillow Collective -

Amy



Quiltcast #20

Posted on January 15th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

We’ve already done 20 Quiltcast episodes! I really hope that you enjoy them and are finding some value in the midst of our chats. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

Design Process

Sometimes our designs are guided by what is requested of us, we both use EQ7 to design and audition fabrics there.

Mac users will be excited to know that EQ7 for Mac will be available soon, check out the details here.

Top 5 Notions :: This week!

April’s list is inspired by quilting with her kids

1/4″ Sewing Machine Foot with guide

Seam ripper

Metallic Thread

Fusible Web – Heat’n Bond Lite

Washi Tape

My list is inspired by what I’m piecing right now – #apqquiltalong

Wonder Clips

ArtBin

OLFA Scissors

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My Relaxing Weekend

Posted on January 13th, by Amy in work in progress. 10 comments

I turned in my book on Friday, feeling happy and excited about all the work. Yay! After spending most of the last month at home, working,  I requested dinner and a movie out with the family, so we headed out to see Frozen and had a nice dinner in Park City, together. We had a really fun night out, and the kids all enjoyed the movie.

A couple of weeks ago, I had gone through my stash, and pulled a lot of fabrics to sort into color groups, so I decided to tackle that much later in the evening.  While I found it very relaxing, my husband looked at me incredulously, asking, “What, did you forget how to relax?”  There might be a tiny bit of truth in his question, but I had fun anyway, and the piles are so pretty … Read More »



Quiltcast #19

Posted on January 8th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Today we are talking about our fabric scraps, sorting, storing, and using our scraps. Join April and I as we try to make sense of our scrap stashes!

Shout Color Catcher are a great save for washing quilts with lots of color, or less quality dyes.

Plastic storage boxes might be a good option for me to get started sorting my scraps.

Scrap Swaps take a little time to coordinate, but given a theme could be a great way to acquire more variety in your scraps.

There’s lots more great info in the podcast – I hope you will listen and find the gems, like this one :

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

 



Handmade Gifts

Posted on January 7th, by Amy in finished project. 8 comments

I am nearly done with my book, and can’t wait to send everything in this week! I realized that I never shared my tiny bit of handmade gifting here – and wanted to, before it’s any later!

These blocks measure 3 1/2″ square, and were paper pieced for precision.  I just love how crisp all the corners are when paper-pieced!

I had this idea for for a zip pouch for a while, and wanted to show off the prints with the subtle background. I also think the size is perfect, for just about anything!  Prints are Clover Sunshine, the background, Essex yarn-dyed in black. I finished up these teacher gifts late the night before the last day of school, added a few extra bits and they were well received.

I made a second … Read More »



Quiltcast #18

Posted on January 1st, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Happy New Year! April and I are chatting about our 2014 deadlines, and goals.

Share your goals and aspirations with us, and let us know what you need help with :)

Listen for more details about the Pillow Collective!

ReSEWloutions with Baby Lock seen here.

Sewtopia details here.

Quilt Bliss

Small Town Quilt Show…In a Big Town Way

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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

 



2013 Recap

Posted on January 1st, by Amy in Me. 1 Comment

A quick look back at 2013 and the quilts that I shared here.

I know there are more little things that I worked on and magazine quilts that I didn’t take good pictures of but this is the majority of my 2013 work! Releasing Modern Basics II and Modern Neutrals within months of each other has been a whirlwind of activity, and a blast. I look forward to sharing more with you in 2014!

Happy New Year –

Amy



To You and Yours –

Posted on December 24th, by Amy in In the Kitchen, random. 7 comments

and Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Many Blessings –

Amy

 

Cookies pictured :

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies

Peppermint Fudge

Chewy Ginger Cookies

Cran-Crazy Cookies



Quiltcast #17

Posted on December 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 8 comments

We are making teacher gifts and talking about current magazines – do you have a favorite magazine?

Quilty

Stitch

Modern Patchwork

Love Patchwork & Quilting, on amazon too.

American Patchwork & Quilting – Quilt-along here

Mollie Makes

McCalls Quilting

Love of Quilting

Quiltmaker

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

Quilt Scene

April has two quilts in magazines right now – check her post out here for a quick look and links to get your own copy.

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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

 



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 »






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