a Notion or Two


A Notion or Two – Quilt Top

Posted on February 15th, by Amy in a Notion or Two, work in progress. 7 comments

Over the weekend, I pulled out the blocks from the bee I was in called “A Notion or Two” in 2009, and got to work!  I made the block that I needed to finish the group, and got busy.  This is a  departure from my usual fabric choices, but I love it!  I had designed/made the embroidery, then sent it out with the fabrics, asking that each member just incorporate it in the block of their choice.  Here’s the results:

Isn’t it fun?   The blocks are all different, some haphazard, others well planned, and the overall quilt is pretty, and soft.  I’m adding this one to the pile of, to be quilted, I’ve got my work cut out for me!

Here’s a couple closer shots so you can see the embroidery better:

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A Notion or Two

Posted on December 14th, by Amy in a Notion or Two. 12 comments

I am officially done with my first quilting bee!

I made this block for Dana, you do know Dana right!? She sent lots of blue fabrics and ask that we make any block with a bit of each fabric in our block. Well, I got blue – she sent out the rainbow of colors.I cut 1.5″ 2.5″ and 3.5″ squares and played with them until I liked the layout. I assembled the block in columns to simplify it too. This even went in the mail today! One more block and my SewConnected bee will be finished up too – kinda sad but I’m happy too :)

I feel like I have so much more to tell you, but it’s boring, super long Monday stuff – and I don’t want to whine, so I won’t! I hope … Read More »


Sew & Tell

Posted on December 11th, by Amy in a Notion or Two, sew-n-tell, SewConnected. 21 comments

I have been doing a little catch up this week! November’s bee blocks are ready to go in the mail finally. Before I forget I also want to tell you that I also have a post on Natalia’s blog today! Go learn a little bit more about me there :)This block is for Amber – she sent some favorite scraps and pre-cut squares for a maverick star. It’s going to be a fun quilt!

This one is for Meg – she sent us beautiful vibrant solids for a Kaffe inspire log cabin block! I can’t wait to see this one come together too!

I’m linking up with Amylouwho and her Sew & Tell – I’m so glad to have something to share!!

I hope you all have a great weekend, I’ve got a few projects lined … Read More »


SewConnected & A Notion or Two

Posted on September 22nd, by Amy in a Notion or Two, SewConnected. 16 comments

While not fully well, I do feel much better than I did last night when I wrote my last post. Thanks for the get well wishes! We woke to frost this morning, just as the calendar says it is fall – overnight! Time to hide the shorts from the kids, so they don’t freeze and take stock of the pants and long sleeves, to plan a shopping trip. Not the worst thing in the world :)

SewConnected Block for AmandaJean.Have you seen this quilt? Or the beginning over here? It’s such a fun group project, I had a blast making this block! AmandaJean sent us the white and asked that we use scraps for the tiny house.

A Notion or Two Block for LollyLolly and her mom have been working together for the … Read More »


Sew-n-Tell

Posted on August 28th, by Amy in a Notion or Two, bag, sew-n-tell. 30 comments

Happy Friday! My friend Amy and I decided to save up our finished projects for a Friday reveal – she has a Mr. Linky up for you to join in and share your finishes with the rest of us too!

Not that I would have been able to post anything earlier! We have had a busy week getting ready for school . . . well child checks, immunizations, school shopping and trying to sleep and sew a bit too :)

My first finish is the sample bag for my LQS – Seasons of the Home – I should have taken a picture of it hanging with my pattern at the shop when I dropped it off today. Next time! I had the kids with me and we were on our way to the outlets for new shoes :)The … Read More »


A Notion or Two

Posted on August 7th, by Amy in a Notion or Two. 20 comments

I have sent out fabrics for this month! Included with the fabrics is the little bits of embroidery I was working on last month. Part of a recently blessing was a group of large floral fabrics – that inspired all the little floral embroidery.

I sent the packets with little instructions, 12 1/2″ block and use the embroidery – I love when the fabrics are able to inspire me and I can take off from there. Hopefully that is the case for the rest of the group this month! I’m very excited to see what comes back to me later in the month!

I hope you have a great weekend, we are headed to Costco today, and hope to have a relaxed weekend around the house. Joe had a great birthday – thanks for all the … Read More »


19 : : Quilting Bees

Posted on July 19th, by Amy in a Notion or Two, SewConnected. 12 comments

July blocks for SewConnected and A Notion or Two! If you are interested in getting involved in a bee – there is a flickr group designated for swap blocks and an ongoing discussion for those wanting to get involved.

Yes, Henny – it’s different in that it is just a block, and made from the fabric a group member provides. :)

Amy—————————————-

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A Notion or Two – May

Posted on May 26th, by Amy in a Notion or Two, Bloggers Quilt Festival. 8 comments

May is almost over! Can you believe it?

Jenny asked for a modern block for her boy. I had been thinking how I could play with an hourglass block and then found a picture of wall molding that caught my eye. And so I interpreted it for fabric and the fabrics made it playful!

On a completely different note — Mr. Linky has been having technical difficulties. A few of you have commented that the links are gone, but by the time I get there they are back. . . I realized I could export the list and take it off of their server! DUH :) So now they are permanent fixtures/links on my quilt festival post! Click away my friends :)

I’m participating in Sew Mama Sew’s giveaway day tomorrow . . … Read More »


A Notion or Two – April

Posted on April 27th, by Amy in a Notion or Two, My kids. 19 comments

So I have this thing. I have to finish before I can move on to the next thing. Not usually a problem – but sometimes I really want to move on to the next thing and my OCD won’t let me!

Today I finished up my block for A Notion or Two, Russ sent out Amy Butler prints to make a quilt for his daughter. It took me a while to be inspired, but in the end I made a mini snowball block.

After finishing up I spent some time ironing and cutting up this –

It’s my month for SewConnected!! I’m excited to see what this becomes with everyone’s creativity. I’ll keep you updated :)

In “other” news – my boy got a haircut.

Isn’t he cute? Owen will be 2 in June. Back in January … Read More »


A Notion or Two – March

Posted on March 14th, by Amy in a Notion or Two. 16 comments

Thanks to all of you that took the time to tell me about your ironing habits! It seems that most press their seams in one direction with a couple of exceptions. Within a couple of hours of posting and getting the first bit of feedback, I decided to check into my books that I first bought about quilting. I was thinking maybe it wasn’t in there :) It was – I probably skipped it as I already “knew” how to press seams. I’m completely self-taught in the quilting department :)

Moving on: My block for Sarah! Sarah sent over a great collection of prints with no real specifics for block design, just a bit of texture. I added pintucks!

I even got a cool shot of those cute little tucks –

I … Read More »


A Notion or Two – February

Posted on February 9th, by Amy in a Notion or Two. 19 comments

I had a productive day with my machine! I opted for these fast finishes, as my ideas had been stealing my sleep. Don’t you hate that? All I really want to do is sleep, and my brain is too busy thinking up stuff to create! I know, you feel my pain :)

My wonky log cabin for Amy. Well kinda wonky. . . Next time I may leave the rotary cutter in the box and use scissors. Old habits die hard.

Amy asked that we applique or embroider a bird to the block – it’s a big block 16″ – so I went for a different style with more stature for the piece. Makes me think of a crow on a wire . . .

The rest of the blocks are starting to … Read More »


Confession of a Quilter

Posted on February 5th, by Amy in a Notion or Two, random. 23 comments

I have never made a log cabin block. Never – of any sort! This is one of the most basic quilting blocks I have yet to make. I browsed through flickr and found a few extraordinary examples of how amazing these blocks can be. 1. I found a quilt top today!, 2. my new log cabin, 3. Crazy Log Cabin quilt… HPIM0342, 4. log cabin

Have you made a log cabin quilt? I would love to hear your experiences, tips and tricks! I received in the mail last week a collection of vintage sheets for A Notion or Two swap for Amy. And she wants wonky log cabin blocks! I’m pretty sure I can figure this out – but having help is so much fun!

Hope your having a great day!Blessing ~ … Read More »





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