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Quiltcast #56 :: Billable Hours?

Posted on November 19th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Being a self-employed, professional quilt and fabric designer, that writes patterns and books some might assume that April and I are each earning a hefty income, able to fully support our families. Think again – if only all those creative daydreams were billable hours!

 

The Quilt Planner

Scraps, Inc quilts by Amy & April

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Making a living in a creative pursuit?

Our perspectives, and current situations are discussed.

 Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps, has some recent posts about fabric design royalties here and here. Definitely worth a read!

Finally, if you have a dream to make a name for yourself, we want to encourage you to DO IT! It’s so fun and fulfilling to work at something that is a love and passion and not just a 9-5 job, and be available to the little people in our lives when they need us. Have a question? … Read More »



Quiltcast #55 :: Current Publications

Posted on November 13th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

April and I are catching up after a couple busy weeks, behind the scenes in our families. 

The links I promised you :

Stitched Gifts board

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Viewers Choice

Scraps, Inc. 

Quilt Scene – features quilts from Quilt Festival, and Weave

Quilty – Lifesaver

Think Big 

Pink Chalk Fabrics – Clearance prices on fabric and some patterns

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy



Quiltcast #54 :: Stitched Gifts

Posted on November 5th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

There’s nothing quite like watching a friend or loved one open a “stitched gift” that I have made specifically for them. You know that feeling, right? Today on Quiltcast we have a group of gifts that you can make and give in no time!

We even started a pinterest board just for this episode, and would love to know what you plan to make!

There’s load of great ideas that can be customized for anyone on your list – and quick too.

Baby Lock Gift Guide is available here.

 Have you started stitching gifts yet?

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy



Quiltcast # 53 :: Quilt Market Info

Posted on October 30th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

I did not have a chance to do the interviews I had hoped to at Quilt Market, but April has some exciting news to make up for that disappointment! We also chat about some of the Market details that you probably won’t hear elsewhere. Join us!

We chat about :

Schoolhouses

Book Signings

Booth Setup

My caricature up on top of the Baby Lock booth with some other quilting greats :

Fabric 2.0

Sample Spree – great for the shop with a sample spree budget!

The show floor – huge and a great spot to absorb trends, and build relationships in the industry.

April’s post about Market from last spring

Check out the pictures on twitter

Listen in for more details on all of the above!

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

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Quiltcast #52 :: YouTube Finds for Quilting

Posted on October 22nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Today we are sharing some great finds on YouTube for quilters! There’s always more to learn, and watching a video can be a great opportunity to learn something new!

Tune in for more info about each of these resources :

Missouri Star Quilt Company

Quilty

Quilt In a Day with Eleanor Burns

Fat Quarter Shop

Moda Fabrics

Leah Day + her blog + Free Motion Quilting a Sampler

Riley Blake

 

A few resources specifically for long arm quilting :

Check out some of the manufacturers channels for tips and info on your machine and designs.

Angela Walters

Natalia Bonner

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy

 

 



Quiltcast #51 ::Inspiration to Quilt

Posted on October 15th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 5 comments

Thanks for your notes on our volume levels – we have corrected the problem!

Check out my feathered star post here.

Inspiration can found all over the place, what goes into the design process. It varies every time!

EQ7  is the software that we both use, but not necessary.

Quilts can be designed in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or even Excel – don’t forget the paper and pencil!

Search the app store for “quilt” and see what you find there too!

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy



Quiltcast #50 :: Quilting & Social Media

Posted on October 1st, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 6 comments

Is blogging dead?

April and I share our thoughts on blogging, and on other common social media platforms.

Blogs are alive and well! Especially if you have aspirations of a professional nature – listen in for more details.

Instagram – Follow April, Follow Amy

– Dropbox

 – If This Then That – IG->Dropbox recipe

Facebook – Follow Amy, Follow April

Pinterest – Follow April, Follow Amy

Twitter – Follow Amy, Follow April

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy



Quiltcast #49 :: Current Tools in our Studios

Posted on September 24th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Catching up from our two week hiatus and my travels for Quilting Arts and Love of Quilting.

Our basic tools are always our favorites!

Check these out :

3″x 12″ ruler

pins :: fine & extra fine both by Clover

Bella Color Card

So Fine thread by Superior

Wonder Clips

Seam fix, seam ripper

Splash rotary cutter

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy



Quiltcast #48 :: Finished Good Swaps

Posted on September 10th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Do you sew for yourself much? Love happy mail? Maybe you just need a little push to try something new in your quilting…everyone seems to come to a lull in their creativity at one time or another. Swaps are a great opportunity to be inspired by other sewists, and sew for a friend. April and I are chatting about swaps, where to find them, and how to get involved, listen to the podcast for an invitation too!

Where you can find swaps  :
Instagram – watch the hashtags on quilts in progress, and check back on the hashtag for openings.

Flickr groups – I’ve participated in the Doll Quilt Swap, The Pillow Talk {Swap}, Pretty Little Pouch Swap, and Make Mine Modern

Michelle at the Quilting Gallery hosts swaps often too.

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As promised, we are announcing our very own swap!

Quiltcast Mini Star Swap – Complete … Read More »



Quiltcast #47 :: Quilting Bees

Posted on September 4th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Online or in person, quilting bees are a great way to expand your quilting horizons, and make new friends too! Today April and I are speaking from our own experiences, encouraging you to start your own, or find a bee to join.

Links for inspiration :

Quilting Bee Blocks Pool – check out the list of upcoming bees.

SewConnected Quilting Bee

Traveling Quilts

[3 x 6] Sampler Quilt Bee

A Notion or 2

The Bees Knees – details for each month listed here.

4 x 5 Modern Quilt Bee

A couple of books to reference:

Modern Bee —13 Quilts to Make with Friends
Block Party: The Modern Quilting Bee: The Journey of 12 Women, 1 Blog & 12 Improvisational Projects

Blocks I’ve made for other quilters can be seen here, here and here.
Swapping blocks is another option, and finished goods swaps are a blast!

Feel free to leave a comment with your new bee, and … Read More »



Quiltcast #46 — Creating Calm

Posted on August 27th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Let’s be honest – as quilters, we create a lot of things, but it’s not always calm! April and I are chatting about finding and making our homes and sewing spaces organized so that we have energy for creativity!    

Organizing spaces is sometimes more of a challenge than we want it to be, today we are sharing a few resources that work for us!

Menu planning – This planner is a great size and handy for me.

Here’s the menu planning pdf, April mentioned on her blog.

Organize Now!: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life

Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House

The Day Designer by Whitney English – April’s new planner looks great!

Share your favorite books, tips with us – we’d love to learn more!

Moda Love Blog Tour ,with tons of giveaways starts next week! Click the … Read More »



Quiltcast #45 – Catching up with Amy & April

Posted on July 24th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Hi there! It’s been quiet around here! Not to worry – lots of good stuff in is in the works! For the Quiltcast this week we are catching up on current projects, and sharing the nitty gritty details of our quilting snafu’s.

Here’s the new books I recently picked up ::

The Best-Ever Applique Sampler from Piece O’Cake Designs

Minimal Quiltmaking

Quilting with a Modern Slant: People, Patterns, and Techniques Inspiring the Modern Quilt Community

And current tools that we are using ::

Clover Quilting Pins  These are my sturdy pins.

Clover Patchwork Pins  These are the finer pins.

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 Do you have a project that’s just for you?

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We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here on the blog, on iTunes and Stitcher.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes and Stitcher, as well –

Thanks!

Amy

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