Inspiration


You Might be a Fabric Stash-er…

Posted on September 1st, by Amy in Inspiration. 37 comments

If -

1 – You tend to stalk your favorite stores for new fabric groups.

2 – You always have fabric sitting in a shopping cart, (or two!).

3 – You purchase fabric, before making plans to use it.

4 – You squeal with delight over a stuffed mailer in your mailbox.

Sound familiar?  My stash is not as big as some of the pictures I’ve seen, but I think I’m ready to admit that I’m a stash-er!

These beautiful pieces needed to be mine, especially when I saw them go on sale.

Here’s a group I can’t wait to add to my stash later this winter.  I’m sure there will be a few more purchases before that one though!

So, are you a stash-er?

Amy



Links for You & First Day of School!

Posted on August 25th, by Amy in Inspiration, Interview, My kids, The Sewing Summit. 4 comments

We made it to the first day of school, and everyone was on time!  Yay!  It always feels like a big accomplishment the first few days of school.  To simplify the process, everyone was excited, so they popped out of bed and rushed downstairs to begin the day.  It’s so hard (as mom) to realize that they are growing up, and becoming so independent.  So I try to focus on today, and not think about Ella driving in 5 years, or Owen starting Kindergarten next year.  Just today.  Praying that they all have a good day, and ready to do it all over again tomorrow!

This was their one serious picture, here’s a more animated one :

Told you they were excited!

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Links for you -

Allison and … Read More »



New Additions!

Posted on August 9th, by Amy in Inspiration. 14 comments

While I’m usually not a stasher -

I’ve recently found a few deals that I could not pass up!  These are good basics, and a few favorites that I hadn’t been able to pick up yet.

What have you been shopping for lately?

Amy

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Pretty {little} Pouch Swap — Inspiration

Posted on July 13th, by Amy in Inspiration. 10 comments

I recently caught the swapping bug again, and signed myself up for three, yes THREE, swaps!  It’s a fun way to get to know people, and take on a small project for a friend.  If you haven’t done a swap yet, join flickr and start posting photos there regularly, and find some fun groups to join!

Today, I’m sharing some favorite pouches that I’ve found on flickr, to hopefully inspire my partner.  Really, I’m not hard to please, just needs to be pretty!

Click the photo, to see credits.

Looking at these fave’s, I realize how much I’m drawn to linen and patchwork, and patchwork in general.  So simple, yet so appealing!  And those frames are really fun too, but I don’t expect that of anyone.  Like I said before, I’m not hard to please!

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My Wonderland

Posted on May 31st, by Amy in Inspiration, work in progress. 14 comments

I’ve had this little collection of Wonderland for a couple of years now.

I’ve had an idea for a while now, but yesterday in the shower it all clicked, and now I KNOW exactly what I want to do.

Be on the lookout for progress here in the next few weeks – I’m excited to get started!

I’m also excited about this being our last week of school, relaxed days home with my kiddos – should be a blast!

Happy Quilting ~ Amy


Inspiration :: Texture

Posted on April 18th, by Amy in Inspiration. 10 comments

I took a tons of pictures in Washington while we were visiting over Christmas.  Looking through them again, I came across a few that I thought I would share!  Check out this texture :

I think I feel a mossy green quilt coming soon, just need to find a way to add texture like some of these!

Any ideas?

Happy quilting ~ Amy



Interesting

Posted on April 12th, by Amy in Inspiration, work in progress. 19 comments

As I was working on a project last week, I forced my self to stop and take a picture.

I love the lines and the movement in these pieces.

Amy

 



Kona Solids

Posted on March 24th, by Amy in Inspiration. 19 comments

Good Morning!

How’s your challenge week going?  I hope you are making progress!

I think I’m finally kicking this cold – my head is feeling clear once again.

I have this fabulous pile of Kona solids, and I was trying to decide why I love working with solids so much.

My conclusions, so far:

I love being able to select my own palette.

I love the simple, clean lines of a quilt made with solids.

I love the subtlety of shades available, especially with Kona – over 200 colors – that’s like the biggest box of crayons times 2!

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This stack of solids will be worked into a quilt in the coming weeks.

I’ll have a few sneak peeks for you as I work!

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Hexagons

Posted on March 23rd, by Amy in Inspiration. 25 comments

Piles of them!  And I have no definite plans yet, just the simple love of hand sewing.

Originally I purchased 1 1/4″ templates, based on my quick twitter research, but as I started cutting scraps, I cut 2″ instead of 3″ squares…so!  I decided to buy the 3/4″ templates as well.  I had cut a ton of squares already!

Turns out – I like the 3/4″ better!  There’s less wiggle room, and they sew up fast!

An example of my basting stitches, just in case you are curious.

These little buggers are addicting!  I tend to sew them while waiting in the carpool line at school, or while relaxing in the evenings.  The key to being able to enjoy it, is having pieces prepped and ready. … Read More »



Links for you –

Posted on March 22nd, by Amy in Inspiration. 5 comments

A few things have come through my email, and I wanted to share!

Last winter a group of quilters raised and donated over $5000 to World Vision.  We are gathering once again to raise funds for Japan via Mercy Corps – check out Modern Relief for details and grab a button for your blog!

Accuquilt is hosting a contest – design a barn quilt and you could win!  Just click on the graphic for details!

A reminder the Mug Rug Madness is under way over at Erin’s!

And registration is open over at The Sewing Summit!  We are really excited to have this fabulous weekend in the works –  get more info, and learn how to register to reserve your conference ticket!

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Finally…

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Coming Soon

Posted on March 10th, by Amy in Inspiration. 18 comments

I went to visit my local quilt shop the other day, and walked out with a pretty stack of Love Birds, to make a sample quilt.

I’m making the cover quilt from my book, so that they can make kits for upcoming classes (taught by me!) and quilt shows.

I’m having fun reading all your comments – Thanks for playing along!

Amy


Blog 10 :: Bloggers’ Block-a-palooza!

Posted on February 24th, by Amy in Inspiration, pattern, quilt-along. 33 comments

It’s my turn to share a block!  If you haven’t been following along yet, you can get all the details and blocks here on John’s blog!  If you are new here – welcome!  I hope you like the block and take time to poke around a bit.

Block 10 :: Turned Geese

I think I hear some of you grumbling, “so many geese!”  “so many pieces!”  Don’t worry, I’m going to break it down to very manageable steps.

Up first cutting your fabrics:

My block uses

Orangesicle Discs Print 5445-13 – referenced as white

Limeade Floral 5444-11 – referenced as green

Orangesicle Solid 5448-13 – referenced as orange

From the white fabric cut:

1 – 5 1/4″ square

8 – 2 7/8″ squares

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