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Imagine Quilts :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on September 22nd, by Amy in books, give away, Inspiration. 111 comments

ETA : Winner is ::

There seems to be NO shortage of amazing new books to add to our quilting libraries! Today’s review is for Imagine Quilts by my friend Dana Bolyard of Old Red Barn Co., she’s taking everyday inspiration (including your fabric!), and showing you how her brain works, to make those ideas into beautiful quilts!

I love Dana’s voice throughout the book, and the 11 patterns that she’s included are fresh and unique. Her cover quilt, Posy Patrol, is a fun pattern full of gorgeous prints, both bright and muted tones. Ampersand is a great bold pattern, using beautiful solids, and inspiration to look around you for your own graphic quilt.

I love some of the different ideas and techniques Dana uses too! Using a dresden wedge to make this inspired quilt :

And the photography is really fun – they used a barn to … Read More »



Quick Column Quilts :: Review, Project & Giveaway!

Posted on September 17th, by Amy in books, review, work in progress. 119 comments

 

I have a quick finish to share with you today!

Nancy Zieman’s new book – Quick Column Quilts is full of beautiful and useful patterns for any quilter!

This table runner is based off of the Quilt to Give pattern in chapter 13 – I’ve admired this quilt, for a while now, and knew it was the quilt that I wanted to stitch up! I have been stitching from my scrap box lately, and knew that I wanted to make a more masculine table runner for our dining table in my Modern Neutral fabrics. Sometimes it’s a  little odd to celebrate my husband or son’s birthday with a floral runner on the table, and this will be the perfect solution. 

While there’s lots of instruction for cutting from yardage, I had a blast pulling scraps from my bin and pairing them up! Since … Read More »



Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place :: Giveaway & Review!

Posted on July 9th, by Amy in books, give away. 82 comments

I can hardly believe that it’s July, and not nearly ready to start thinking about sewing for Christmas. But if you are – I have the perfect book for you! Celebrate Christmas with That Patchwork Place is packed with fun and festive projects for your home, and great gifts too!

I’m loving a number of these projects, and with over 20 to choose from there’s something for everyone! Bags, pillows, wall hangings, ornaments, and so much more. Take a look :

I think my favorites are the table runners in both of these groups. They are creative and festive, and would add the perfect touch of Christmas decor to the most used piece of furniture in my home – the kitchen table!

Would you like to win a copy of the book? Read on!

Leave me a comment to be entered to win an ebook … Read More »



Fabulously Fast Quilts and Bulk Pressing (my secret, to getting things done!)

Posted on April 29th, by Amy in books, Tutorial. 15 comments

Hi there! I have been MIA lately getting things together for Market, and Blogger’s Quilt Festival, but I am excited to be here to celebrate a new book! Amy Smart just released a great new book, Fabulously Fast Quilts, and I am pleased to say that I learned a couple new tips while exploring the book!

To spread the word about the book, Amy asked that we share (see list below) our own tips, and I’m sharing my favorite way to press. 

Bulk Pressing. I am always trying to eliminate steps, or how many times I touch pieces as I work through the making of a quilt top, and this is exactly that! I often sew as long as I can within a project (or 2!) without pressing, but then I have to step back and press everything.

First I set the closed seam, the open and … Read More »



Seams Unlikely :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on February 10th, by Amy in books, review. 35 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 »






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