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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. 9 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. 2 comments

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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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 »



Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Last Call for Voting!

Posted on November 7th, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 4 comments

Hi friends! I hope you have enjoyed and been truly inspired by the quilts in the Festival – every time I sit at my computer to do a specific task, I get sidetracked looking at all of your beautiful creations! Today, I made myself look away, and focus :)

There’s just a few hours left to vote, and I will announce the winners tomorrow! If you haven’t yet, vote for your favorite, and visit the category posts to vote for your favorite in each of those as well.

Quick Links to the categories : baby quilt, throw quilt, scrappy quilt, group/bee quilt, two color quilt, ROYGBIV quilt, applique quilt, hand quilted quilt, home machine quilted quilt, professionally quilted quilt, quilt photographer, art quilt, doll/mini quilt, wall hanging, bed quilt.

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Quiltcast #11

Posted on November 5th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Today we are talking about sharing your passion through blogging.

Whether you are starting a blog, or looking for ways to maintain your blog, we have some tips! Listen in here.

blogger.com

wordpress.com

w3schools.com

lynda.com

flickr.com – photo hosting

inlinkz.com

Button code generator

Sew, Mama, Sew - Giveaway day coming December 9

ProBlogger.net

Staying warm post mentioned :)

Adsense, afflilate marketing, analytics

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

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes as well – Thanks!

Amy

 



Blogger’s Quilt Festival — Voting is Open!

Posted on November 1st, by Amy in Bloggers Quilt Festival. 17 comments

I’m beyond thrilled with the amazing entries in our Festival! If you didn’t get to enter this time, I hope that you will in the spring. For right now, you can vote for your favorite in each category, and until 5pm MST you can nominate your overall favorite for Viewer’s Choice. At that time the linky will be visible and voting will begin there as well.

The giveaway for my Baby Lock Melody is open still as well! Make sure you enter a permalink for the post option :)

Just a quick word on voting – careful where you click – I can’t undo your vote and there is just one vote per IP address (device). Below is a screen shot of a category linky, click on the heart in the corner of the quilt you would … Read More »



Quiltcast #10 – Market Round Up

Posted on October 30th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 23 comments

Hi friends! If you haven’t been listening yet, check out the Quiltcast! With Blogger’s Quilt Festival going strong this week, I put together a few snippets from Market last weekend. All of our episodes are available here, and on iTunes, plug in for your next piecing project!

Natalia Bonner mentioned her new book, co-written with Kathleen Whiting (aka her mom) – Modern One-Block Quilts

Vanessa Christenson talks about her new line of fabric Color Me Happy and pattern collection

Pat Sloan shared her fabric line Bobbins and Bits, and her new thread kits by Aurifil

Debbie from Esch House Quilts shares a few details about her new patterns

Emily Herrick mentioned her re-release of quilt patterns from Geared for Guys

Nancy Mahoney talks about her new book, Simple Circles and Quick Curves, and her new fabric line for P&B Textiles, called Urban Classics

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