Inspiration


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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Organic Fabrics

Posted on January 20th, by Amy in Inspiration. 19 comments

Have you used organic fabrics?

I’ve not yet, but I’m planning a project with this fabulous bundle of Nature Walk:

Michelle at Cloud 9 Fabrics graciously sent them to me last week, and I’m loving the soft hand and beautiful prints.

If you would like to better understand what makes these fabrics organic, and why you might want to use them, I found the FAQ page at Cloud 9 Fabrics super informative.

Now to dream up the perfect project!

What are you up to today?

Amy


Pinterest

Posted on January 12th, by Amy in Inspiration. 12 comments

I don’t get out much, but when I do, a beautiful place to visit is Pinterest!  Pinterest at it’s core, is visual bookmarks.  I can pin an image to a categorized board, then I will always know where to find it!

I took a few screen shots –

This is my profile and my most recent pins.  When on the site you can click the picture and it will take you to the original url, where it was pinned.  So, if I pin a super cute tutorial, that I want to try later…i just pin it!

Another fun aspect of Pinterest, is that it’s social too!  You can comment on other pins posted by others too, or repin a beautiful image that they pinned.  Sound confusing?  It’s not!  Once you get on the page it’s quite simple.

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Modern Basics and More!

Posted on January 10th, by Amy in Inspiration, Modern Basics, moments. 18 comments

I hope you had a great weekend!  I did!  I spent Saturday being lazy in the morning, first week back to school was a little rough.  Then in the afternoon, I met up with Erin and her family, they were escaping the inversion (yucky air) down in the valley.  Finally, I went to Season of Home where Natalia has her quilts hanging this month, and had a chance to chat with her too!  I’ve grown close to both these ladies in the last year, we first met online (of course), but since Natalia quilted all my book quilts, and Erin is my partner/co-conspirator for The Sewing Summit.  After a busy Saturday, I spent Sunday getting laundry done (still not folded) and watching football with the family!  Lots of fun, and a little sewing mixed in.

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Find My Fabric

Posted on January 6th, by Amy in Inspiration, review. 8 comments

First!  Thank you so much for all your input yesterday!  Many of the magazines mentioned are not available in our little town, no Borders or Barnes & Noble around the corner.  So it was interesting to do a little research with your suggestions!  The top 5 mentions –

Quilting Arts, Quilts & More, American Patchwork & Quilting, Fat Quarterly, and blogs in general, which I was happy to see!  Thanks for sharing.

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Find My Fabric is a super useful too for fabric aficionados like ourselves!  You can search for fabric by name, or if you have a scrap and need to match it…take a picture and ask it to match it for you!  Then it finds shops with the fabric for sale and gives you ratings for that shop too.

Here’s a little more background information from the creators:

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Creative Magazines

Posted on January 5th, by Amy in Inspiration, random. 33 comments

Question for you:

Do you have a favorite creative magazine?

There’s lots out there, some great, some not so great.  Some I can get local, some I can’t.

And so I’m looking for your feedback!  Do you have a favorite?  Why is it your favorite?  Do I need every issue?

Thanks in advance!

Amy


Happy New Year!

Posted on January 3rd, by Amy in Inspiration. 14 comments

Hi friends!  It feels like it’s been a while since I just sat and wrote, I miss it!  I hope that you had a blessed Christmas, and New Years and enjoyed the time spent with family and friends.  Being home (Poulsbo, WA) with my parents was a lot of fun, and our kids were able to play with and get to know cousins, aunts and uncles which is invaluable.  Lots of giggles and fun memories!

I was looking at last years New Years post, I first shared about my book, and made some goals for the year:

My concrete goals for 2010 –
1- finish writing my book and creating all the samples, on time!
2- continue the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and do it well.
3- set up a .com for this space.
4- continue to grow as a quilter.
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Frequently Asked Questions & a Deadline

Posted on December 8th, by Amy in Inspiration. 13 comments

First, thank you all for your kind comments about my quilt!  I love it too, and I’m so excited for it to loved, and used!  I had hopes of replying to your emails individually but my day yesterday was crazy full.  Thank you, thank you!

My deadline is completely self-imposed, especially by my own procrastination, regardless it looms just two weeks away!  So here’s my internal mantra:

Just thought I would share in case any of you have a similar deadline.  You can do it!

FAQ’s

There’s a few questions I get asked often, and so I thought I would put together a FAQ page.  Do you have any questions for me?  Thread, needles, binding or quilting, just leave a question in the comments or email me directly at amyscreativeside@gmail.com.

Thanks!!

Amy


5 Ways to Know if You Are a Fabric Addict

Posted on October 21st, by Amy in Inspiration, work in progress. 35 comments

Hi there!  If you can answer yes to any one of these, you are an addict!

Your grayest day is suddenly great, when you receive fabric in the mail.
You regularly entertain the thought of getting a wholesale account with one or more fabric manufacturers.
You follow (stalk) designer blogs, and talk with friends about a line that won’t be out for months.
You visit your local quilt shop and can easily name every collection available, and know more than the lady cutting about upcoming lines.
You have vivid dreams about attending Quilt Market.  (I don’t ever remember dreams….this one I did!)

Are you an addict?  How many did you answer yes to?

Me – yes to all five!  But I’ve known I’m an addict!

I’m nearly done with 48 blocks!  I think I will save this one a full reveal at Blogger’s Quilt Festival.

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Out My Window

Posted on October 19th, by Amy in Inspiration. 17 comments

Goodness, I love the colors of fall!  About a month ago the mountains were bright red, unfortunately I didn’t get good pictures of those.  However, I’m determined to capture the colors of fall here in our little valley!  I hope you enjoy the slideshow.

Amy

PS – I’m amazed by how many of you are challenging yourself this week!  Enjoy the process.





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