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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 »



We Love Color – Giveaway Winner

Posted on June 20th, by Amy in books, give away. 3 comments

Thanks to all of you that shared your color inspiration!

It’s true – inspiration can be found everywhere!

The winner is of the book and beautiful fabric bundle is  :

Congratulations Mary Ann!

Giveaway is sponsored by Robert Kaufman, follow along with the tour by visiting the Swatch & Stitch for links to all the designer blogs, and information on the grand prize.

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PS – I’ve listed a few copies of We Love Color,  for sale in my shop.

Amy


We Love Color – Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Posted on June 13th, by Amy in books. 322 comments

Hi all! Welcome to my stop on the tour! If this is your first visit, please feel free to click around and get to know me a bit.

I am so honored to be included in the fabulous group of designers in We Love Color – I hope you’ve been following the tour so far! There’s some great info to learn about each designer, along with lots of chances to win a book  and fabric.

We Love Color has 16 projects, featuring Kona Solids. The projects are varied and beautiful, offering inspiration for every quilter. The best part about working with Kona Solids, is the vast color options – any of these quilts could be replicated with your own color choices to make it uniquely yours!  

I find color inspiration all around me, in nature, photographs, my kids’ … Read More »



We Love Color

Posted on May 10th, by Amy in books. 12 comments

A little over a year ago, I was approached about contributing to a book featuring Kona Cottons. I immediately responded with a “yes” and happily submitted ideas and made my quilt. Fast forward, and I have copies of We Love Color in my possession!

I spent a few hours yesterday looking through all the quilts, there’s so much great company in the book. I’ve been a little impatient, wanting to know what everyone else made.  There is a wide variety of quilts, and so much inspiration!

I will have to share more pictures later, the quilt is on the way to Market, (without me) to promote the book. But here’s a quick peek –

A picture, of a picture, of a quilt isn’t the same at all, but hopefully you get a good idea of my piecing and the fab quilting that Natalia did for … Read More »



Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers

Posted on November 11th, by Amy in books. 183 comments

No doubt you’ve seen this book around the last couple of weeks!  I submitted two blocks for consideration in Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers and both of them have been included.  Which also means that I have a copy to give away to one of you!

While designing I hoped to create dynamic blocks on their own, but also be able to visualize them as a quilt of one block.  So I thought I would share my sketches with you!

First is Pixel Peaks -

With this block, I was inspired by a rug I had seen at a friends house.  Super simple construction, it’s just a matter of cutting the pieces, but if you wanted to make a whole quilt, it could easily be strip pieced! … Read More »



Book Reviews

Posted on September 27th, by Amy in books. 21 comments

There’s a few new books in my collection, and I thought I’d see where you would like me to start!

Take a look -

From the top -

100 Pretty Little Projects: Pincushions, Potholders, Purses, Pillows & More
Deploy that Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects Use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life
Stash Happy: Felt: 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers
Sew the Perfect Gift: 25 Handmade Projects from Top Designers
Word Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter
Simple Graces: Charming Quilts and Companion Projects
Sew Decorative: Quick and Easy Home Accents from Sew News
Strip-Smart Quilts: 16 Designs from One Easy Technique
That Patchwork Place Quilt Calendar 2012

Anything catch your eye, that you would like to know more about?

I LOVE thumbing through new books!  No matter how long I’ve sewn, there’s always something new … Read More »



Friends at Martingale & Comany

Posted on January 4th, by Amy in books, Modern Basics. 19 comments

In making preparations for our trip to Washington, I knew that a trip to Martingale was in order!  Having worked with these ladies to publish and now begin marketing my book, there’s been lots of emails, but no face to face meeting.  So we fixed it!  Grandpa volunteered to stay home and play with the kids while Joe, my mom, sister and I had a field trip.

Can you see the rain?  Ya, it was a very wet day!

Karen gave us the tour and introduced us to people around the office.

There are quilts hanging on all the walls!  This one is from Marie Osmond’s Heartfelt Giving: Sew and Quilt for Family and Friends just out last month.

We also were able to meet the in-house photographer and see where he brings projects to life, … Read More »


Introducing: Modern Basics

Posted on September 8th, by Amy in books. 53 comments

Yesterday, I was looking around Martingale’s website, I figured my book would be listed soon.  All the final details had come together last month, it was just a matter of time!  My patience paid off, look:

That’s it, my book!  If you click on the cover, you can sign up for an email when it releases, I did, and read more about it!

We still have a couple of months until all is revealed, but it feels so great to share this with you!

Amy





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