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Seams Unlikely :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on February 10th, by Amy in books, review. 34 comments

Most everyone that quilts or sews knows the name Nancy Zieman, and with this book I felt like I really got to know Nancy! Seams Unlikely is a quickly paced read with lots of great insights into Nancy’s childhood, and inspirational stories of her career. Nancy wrote this book, just like she talks – at times it seemed like she was reading to me, even! In the process of writing the book Nancy interviewed family members and co-workers, that have become like family over the years, and the little bits of shared experiences were so fun to read.

Nancy shared that her lack of confidence, and introvert tendencies, were pushed aside when asked to give demonstrations as a girl in 4-H. It was in those few moments of teaching that she was truly in her element and excited … Read More »



Kitchen Stitches – Sewing Projects to Spice Up Your Home

Posted on January 30th, by Amy in books, In the Kitchen. 2 comments

Earlier this month this new book came out with a ton of great projects in it! All for your kitchen and dining spaces!

My contribution to Kitchen Stitches is this sweet table runner and napkin set, called Cartwheels. To the right you can see a peek of all the beautiful pieces included in Kitchen Stitches!

Have you sewn for your kitchen lately?

I love having a runner on my table, it always brings a smile to my face, to see a bit of quilty amongst  the busyness of each day! Looking through the book there are few other projects that I would love to add to my kitchen too – someday soon. Obviously most of the projects are quilted pieces, but there are some great wall decor items too! Great inspiration for your … Read More »



National Book Lover’s Day

Posted on August 9th, by Amy in books. 17 comments

Hi there! Today my friends at Moda are hosting a fun hop to celebrate books!

One of the first quilting books that I learned to quilt from, is The Simple Joys of Quilting by Joan Hanson and Mary Hickey. I even photographed it with one of my earliest quilts, that I made for our Emmalie as a baby.

In the book, the pattern was for a twin, but I couldn’t imagine making a quilt that size at the time, and the little 27″ quilt was perfect for the stroller and carseat.

My most favorite book is always the most recent one that I worked on :)

In this case, it’s Modern Neutrals. I’m just so proud of the end product, and love the patterns included. Not having Basics in the title gave me freedom to include challenging and more detailed patterns. … Read More »



New Books!

Posted on July 23rd, by Amy in books, finished quilt. 3 comments

Hi there! Last week I had a couple of fun packages from my publisher! Set the Table is a collection of beautiful table runners –

My project is Spring Blooms -

like all of the projects in the book, it’s a great way to add a pop of color to any tabletop.

Also, The Big Book of Baby Quilts - this is a compilation of baby quilts from previous publications. There’s 288 pages full of patterns, including my own Posie Patch.

Posie Patch is the cover quilt for Modern Basics.  There’s quilts for all skill levels and everyone is a manageable size!

Both Set the Table and The Big Book of Baby Quilts are great additions to your quilt library!

Let me know if you pick either of these up -

Amy



Compilation Booklets

Posted on March 21st, by Amy in books. 2 comments

Hi friends – I had intended to post yesterday, and my day got away from me!  I thought I would share a few new books where you can find my work, along with a bunch of other great designers, in these compilation books.

I, of course knew about these compilations, but by the time they arrived on my doorstep -

I had completely forgotten about them, and my role within! Fun surprise ;)

Evening Bags was produced by Interweave, and includes complete patterns 16 fun clutch, and small purses for you to customize and make in your favorite fabrics.  There’s a couple I am hoping to make soon!

Patchwork Pillows also produced by Interweave, and includes 20 great pillows from whimsical to decorative – this book is full of inspiration, and has complete, easy … Read More »


Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe – Giveaway!

Posted on February 4th, by Amy in books, give away. 190 comments

ETA :: Winners – Beth & Deb Cline – Congrats!

Almost two weeks ago, I gave away a Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe ebook, along with all the other designers in the book.  Today I have autographed copies to giveaway to two of you!

This book has 19 fun, and original patterns, all by bloggers that you know and love -

John Adams, Jeni Baker, Audrie Bidwell, Natalia Bonner, Krista Fleckenstein, Allison Harris, Lee Heinrich, Kate Henderson, Megan Jimenez, Heather Jones, Katy Jones, Jolene Klassen, Jessica Kovach, Jennifer Mathis, Angela Nash, Monica Solorio-Snow, Kati Spencer & myself.

To win a copy, leave me a comment telling me how many quilts you have in progress at the moment, or how many projects you’ve finished so far in 2013!

I have 3 projects in progress, and I haven’t finished anything so far…I’ll keep you posted.

I’ll select winners … Read More »



Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe – Blog Blitz!

Posted on January 22nd, by Amy in books. 299 comments

Hi friends! Today all the contributors to Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe are participating in a Blog Blitz! To learn more visit the blog at shopmartingale.com for details!

Jigsaw is the quilt I made for the book, it’s pieced in columns or rows, and the small size goes together pretty quickly!

We also included a twin size in the book, which I would love to make.

I love the gradient of colors in this example.

I also had fun filling it in with Constellations by Lizzie House:

I love the varying blues in this collection, and the prints are fab – Must buy soon!

With the blog blitz, we are each giving away an ebook.

To win, leave me a comment, about your … Read More »


Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

Posted on December 11th, by Amy in books. 152 comments

Yesterday was a happy mail day!

Over the course of the weekend I had forgotten that I was hoping for these – Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe is now shipping from Martingale, and will be soon from Amazon!

The best about this book, is sharing the title with a bunch of amazing quilters many of which are also friends! In the coming months you will learn more about each of the projects and inspiration behind the quilts included, but for now here’s a quick list of designers:

John Adams, Jeni Baker, Audrie Bidwell, Natalia Bonner, Krista Fleckenstein, Allison Harris, Lee Heinrich, Kate Henderson, Megan Jimenez, Heather Jones, Katy Jones, Jolene Klassen, Jessica Kovach, Jennifer Mathis, Angela Nash, Monica Solorio-Snow, Kati Spencer & myself.

Since I have a big stack of books – I thought I would … Read More »



Unexpected Break!

Posted on November 26th, by Amy in books, embroidery, Modern Basics. 6 comments

Hi there! I did not anticipate being away from this space last week! How are you?  My most exciting news, is the arrival of my Modern Basics II advance copy!

It took me by surprise, as I wasn’t expecting it quite yet!  I’m very excited to share this book, and all 14 projects included, with you in the coming weeks!  For right now, I’ve added the option for you to pre-order your autographed copy, it will begin shipping early January!

I have had a great week with family, and now look forward to getting back in our regular routines. I have done very little sewing, but do have two finishes to share later this week.

They need to go through the wash and I will photograph them right away!

I want to remind you about the Ornament hop with Aurifil – be … Read More »



Introducing :: Modern Basics II

Posted on October 15th, by Amy in books, Modern Basics. 26 comments

Hi friends! I had a fun weekend at Sewing Summit, and will share more soon, but today I have some fun news to share!  My next book – Modern Basics II will be available early January!

This is the cover and a couple of the quilts included — there’s 14 projects in all, and I can’t wait to see your creations from my patterns! You can view pictures of all the quilts at ShopMartingale.com, and sign up to be notified when it’s shipping in January.  The best part about shopping at ShopMartingale is the free e-book with purchase – instant gratification!  After keeping this secret for nearly a year – I’m excited to finally share with all of you!

**Catch up with me later today – I’ll be chatting with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio Show it’s on at 4pm Eastern time.

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Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe

Posted on September 20th, by Amy in books, pattern. 4 comments

Hi friends! This may be old news to some of you, but I have a quilt in Martingale’s latest compilation book Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe. There are 19 quilts in this one book, each from a blogger in our own community!

See that one on the top left? That’s mine! It’s called Jigsaw, and made without blocks – just cut and sew the quilt top.  I’m really excited for the advance copies to arrive, all the projects are fantastic, and there’s a few I’d like to make myself!

This quilt is super fun and simple to make, in any color scheme! I’m excited to see it made by some of you.  I made it in a 50″ square but instructions are included for a twin size too, and from there … Read More »



Shape Workshop for Quilters :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on June 28th, by Amy in books, give away, review. 169 comments

I always love to see what my friends at Fat Quarterly are sewing up, and was happy to have a chance to review their new book!  Shape Workshop for Quilters is a great addition to your quilting library – they have included 60 block patterns, and a dozen projects that include quilts, pillows and other home decor.

With the inclusion of so many blocks, the idea is that you use this book as a jumping off point for your creativity.  Push the boundaries of your comfort zone and create something truly unique!

Each shape has been given it’s own chapter – squares & rectangles, circles, triangles, stars, polygons and diamonds. Of all the chapters I think triangles is my favorite, the blocks are diverse and the projects are attainable.

I loved the quote at the beginning of the chapter “Triangles are … Read More »






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