Inspiration


Festival of Half Square Triangles — Next Week!

Posted on March 27th, by Amy in Blog Info, Inspiration. 2 comments

A quick peek at what’s coming up next week –

Looking for some fun, fresh ways to incorporate HSTs into your next sewing project? Then you are going to love the Festival of Half Square Triangles!

Starting Monday, April 2, we’ve got two weeks jammed packed with all sorts of half square triangle tutorials and projects from some of your favorite modern sewing bloggers! After all of the creative inspiration, you are invited to link up a HST sewing project of your own — bags, mini quilts, home decor, you name it. Then our fabulous group of bloggers will choose 10 finalists, at which point it’s all up to YOU to choose a winner! That’s right, we’ve got some fabulous prizes up for grabs — stay tuned for more details!

 

Here’s the schedule:
Monday, April 2 — Sara from Sew Sweetness
Tuesday, April 3 — Amy from … Read More »


Coming Soon –

Posted on March 26th, by Amy in Inspiration. 6 comments

I often check out what’s coming soon with the different fabric manufacturers, and recently fell in love with Paris & Company!

The soft blues and browns are soothing, and the large floral is simply beautiful!  I had the pleasure of working with Paris & Company over the weekend (I’ll have to share the project much later!)  and I love it.  Ask your LQS about this collection, it starts shipping next month!

What are you up to this week?  Any fun projects?

I have a few little things I am finishing up, and I think I’m finally ready to make my new bag!

Happy Monday ~ Amy


Girls In The Garden Blog Hop

Posted on February 24th, by Amy in finished quilt, give away, Inspiration. 213 comments

Hi there!  I’ve been teasing you all week with my applique project, and it is finished and ready to share!  Pat invited five of us to put our own spin on one of her new Girls in the Garden patterns for Bigfork Bay Cotton Company.  I had so much fun selecting a pattern and then all the fabrics to work with!  Actually, I could only narrow it down to two patterns, and I had to ask one of my girls which she liked better.  She helped me decide on Amelia’s Spring Delight:

Selecting fabrics – I would usually lean toward solids in place of batiks, since I haven’t stashed those, yet. However, I forced myself to look closer at my prints, and  select a few favorite prints to work with.  I think all the prints make it … Read More »



Bag Envy

Posted on February 23rd, by Amy in Inspiration. 14 comments

Every other season I find myself in “need” of a new bag – my family thinks I have plenty, but it never stops me!  I love sewing up a new bag for myself, and I’ve been trolling for inspiration.

I’m hoping to draft a pattern soon – I’m looking forward to spring, and a new bag too!

Amy

**Click the picture above to view more of my pins.


Modern Mini Challenge :: Blog Hop

Posted on February 7th, by Amy in Inspiration. 26 comments

Hi friends!  I hope you are excited about this Mini Challenge!  I have some inspiration to share with you, and a few details about the prizes involved – yep, prizes!

When I’m planning a mini, I like to push myself to try something new,  and have fun in the process, of course.

This paper pieced beauty contains 16 four inch blocks, made with a variety of greens and adding sparkle to the mix.  Paper piecing the blocks was repetitive and relaxing – I really enjoyed the process.  I had a hard time sending this one off to a swap partner!

This mini measures 15″ square, I fussy cut each of the birds, then carefully sewed each square or rectangle in place.  It is a step down lay out, where partial seams are needed to complete the quilt top.  The pattern is … Read More »


Overflowing Scrap Bin

Posted on January 25th, by Amy in Inspiration. 5 comments

I can’t manage all of these scraps, and have listed them for sale!

There’s a little bit of everything in the bundles, select the one you like best!  Each will be mailed via priority mail within 24 hours.  Enjoy!



Vintage Modern Challenge Style – Design Challenge

Posted on January 24th, by Amy in give away, Inspiration. 22 comments

Hi there!  This exciting challenge came through my inbox and I thought I should share!

This challenge was created to celebrate the history of sewing by recognizing both SINGER® and Coats & Clark, who are both celebrating significant anniversaries this year (160th and 200th, respectively); as well as educate and inspire through the life and work of Mary Brooks Picken, the authority on fashion and dressmaking in the early and mid-1900s .

Here’s a video from Amy explaining the challenge:

Visit Amy’s site, here, for details about patterns, and to download free patterns that can be used for the challenge.  Also, Amy and her team have offered to give one of you two patterns of your choice, from Indygo Junction, to help you jump into the challenge.

To win:

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My Blogger’s Choice Bundle

Posted on January 3rd, by Amy in Inspiration. 8 comments

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email from Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop over the summer, asking me to participate in their Blogger’s Choice Bundle program.  Thanks Kimberly!  In August, January felt so far away, I thought I would have plenty of time to develop a pattern for my bundle…nope!  Never happened, but it will, in time.

Selecting 12 prints out of the thousands available at Fat Quarter Shop, was a little overwhelming, their selection is always fantastic!  As usual, I found one print to work off of, and added pieces that that I liked.  At the time, there weren’t any pink/purple bundles in the group, so I had to mix it up a bit, plus I always lean to girly colors (mom to three girls!).

That’s them!  Prints include Art Gallery, Riley Blake, Moda, Robert … Read More »



Catching Up!

Posted on December 15th, by Amy in Inspiration, sewing. 23 comments

Hi there!  I can hardly believe how much of the week has already gotten by me!  I hope you have enjoyed visiting the Giveaway Day posts – I found a few to enter myself too!  Good luck – I hope you win somewhere!

I’ve been sewing up a storm, which I’ll have to share with you later, but I thought I would show you my temporary storage solution I set up this week.

I’ve outgrown my current system, and happened to have this wire unit in pieces.  I just needed a spot to set it up, so I emptied the boxes (fabric orders), that I had set against the wall, and moved in some fabric!  It’s mostly a bunch of piles, but I know exactly what is where, and thankfully my family knows to … Read More »


Holiday Wish List for Quilters

Posted on December 6th, by Amy in give away, Inspiration, Modern Basics. 150 comments

Do you make a list for the people shopping for your holiday gifts?  I have one in my head, but haven’t given it to Joe yet.  (I should do that!)  I thought today I would share a few ideas, some of my favorite notions and places to shop.  Read on for ideas, and a giveaway!

1.  Warm & Natural is my go-to batting!  And I can never have enough – add a pre-packaged batting to your list, it’s easy to wrap and get under the tree.

2. Lapel Stick, this special glue stick, is so handy!  Use it in place of pins when adding a zipper, or teaching your kids to sew.  Makes a great stocking stuffer too!  It’s original design is to quickly fix a hem, or keep the pesky strap in place.

3. Aurifil 50 … Read More »


Radiance by Robert Kaufman

Posted on December 1st, by Amy in Inspiration. 14 comments

Have you happened upon Radiance yet?  I mentioned it when I came back from Market, and have enjoyed petting this bundle, from Jackie, since it arrived last week -

Yum!  I love the sheen and smooth texture.  And with a 1/2 yard of each color, the options are many!  Radiance is 55% cotton and 45% silk and available in 50 beautiful colors.

I have visions of an entire quilt made with these (imagine a paper pieced quilt!).  It will be amazing, and I can’t wait to get to it!

Meanwhile, I was browsing online and found this coat.

Source: ideeli.com via Amy on Pinterest

I would love to make a trench and embellish a panel or two.   I looked around for a pattern and found a couple that … Read More »



Blogger’s Block of the Month – Block #2

Posted on October 26th, by Amy in Inspiration, quilt-along. 1 Comment

Hi Friends!  I know I told you about this program last month, but it bears repeating!

There have been two blocks so far, so you can jump in and catch up right away.

The first is from Sherri, and October’s block is from Vicki.

Check out the flickr group for inspiration, and don’t forget to add your blocks to the linky on Jackie’s blog!

Happy Quilting ~ Amy





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