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Quiltcast #67 :: Growing a Fabric Stash (& Chat with Jenny Doan)

Posted on February 25th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Just home from Quiltcon, I’ve got a few experiences to share, and I was fortunate enough to sit down with Jenny Doan to talk about ModBlock. April and I are also talking about what to look for when growing a fabric stash!

The photos of quilts at Quiltcon, that I took are here.

ModBlock is available here!

Missouri Star Quilt Co youtube channel here.

Growing a stash

April’s stash pictured above.

1/2 yards are our favorites to stash

Look for tone on tone, usually one color with a neutral mixed in, keep it simple when looking for prints. Listen in for more tips!

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April’s giveaway ends this week – Check out all the details here, and enter to win!

 

Pillow Collective :: Think Big Edition has been a ton of fun – check out the details here and enter to win fabric or even a quilt, by me!

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Quiltcast #66 :: Top 5 Apps

Posted on February 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Catch up with us, and what we’ve been working on in our studios.

Check out the Pillow Collective details here. And enter April’s book contest here.

 

April’s favorite apps:

Kindle

Duolingo

Rhonna Designs

Kaufman Quilt Calculator

Lynda.com

Craftsy

 

Amy’s favorite apps:

WordSwag

Pages Facebook manager

Pinterest

One King’s Lane

Cooking Light

 

 

Our shared Pinterest boards – Stitched Gifts, Gifts for Quilters, Quilt Storage, Fabric Storage

Those are our current fave’s share yours in the comments, we’d love to know!

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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!

 

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Quiltcast #65 :: Using Your Fabric Stash

Posted on February 12th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Moving beyond fabric collections to make beautiful and unique quilts, with fabrics curated by you, from your fabric stash! April and I share tips to combine fabrics with success!

Here’s our tips, be sure to listen in for more info.

1 – A lot of your stash will be cohesive since you chose it to begin with.

2 – Select three colors, pull fabrics to work with them. Looking for subtle variations.

3 – Practice and time will improve your combinations.

4 – Pick one fabric, with a lot of color as a focal to select coordinates.

5 – Select on fabric, to pull solid colors from for a solid quilt that is unique.

6 – Scale, always needs to be a factor, but depends on your pattern too.

7 – Start with a precut, but add a couple of other prints to the group.

8 – Select fabrics in … Read More »



Quiltcast #64 :: Fabric Storage

Posted on February 4th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Regardless of how big your fabric collection is, storing it nicely is a fun challenge for quilters everywhere! Listen in as April and I discuss our fabric storage solutions, and issues.

We tend to both use shelves to keep things organized –

Stacked fabric, in piles

-by color

-backing yardage in one zone

-solids by color, separate from prints

-minky/flannel; non-quilting cotton substrates, separate from cottons

-precuts; charms, fat quarter bundles, layer cakes, jelly rolls

-folded in the same size, with raw edges inside

Check for April’s staged studio pictures here

My current space is here

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Our Fabric Storage pinterest board has loads of organization inspiration, these are a few that we found:

CD Racks – great for vertical storage

Hanging file folders

Pant hangers

Skirt hangers

over the door shoe holder, for little bits and bobs

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Share your methods, and tips with us in the comments! We’d love to learn from you :)

Follow us on IG – @amyscreativeside … Read More »



Quiltcast #63 :: Quilt Storage

Posted on January 21st, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

As quilters we tend to collect quilts! Today April and I are sharing best practices in caring for and storing your quilts. We hope you will share your Quilt Storage solutions with us too!

 

 

April’s giveaway is happening here!

The Quilt Storage pin board is here.

Cardboard tube for rolling quilts.

Quilt Ladders, and display racks are always fun if you have the space.

Swim noodle for rolling quilts as well – just make a casing to cover the noodle before you wrap your quilt around it. Check this post out.

Muslin bags, made yourself to fit your quilt. A lot of ladies in my guild make a matching pillow case to store the quilt in when it’s not in use. Then when it’s on the bed you have a pillowcase to match too!

International Quilt Study Center has beautiful quilts to share. View Pat Sloan’s behind the scene … Read More »



Quiltcast #62 :: Success in Quilting Patterns

Posted on January 14th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Sometimes piecing a successful quilt pattern is more challenging that you would like. We’ve all been there, when nothing is working, and frustration has set in, when it seems a blow torch, or seam ripper are the only options. Today we have some tips so that you can have success with quilting patterns. Listen in and share your tips in the comments!

-Double check the method being used, in case it’s different than your usual.

If you change your method? Check your math before cutting!

-Directionality of a fabric print shouldn’t be a hindrance, but if it keeps you up at night, buy extra yardage.

– Take your time, go slow and be accurate.

It’s worth it to take your time, but walk away if you get frustrated.

– Check for updates on the designer’s website, or tool suggestions to make the pattern even better.

What are your … Read More »



Quiltcast #61 :: Computerized Quilting – Is it for you?

Posted on January 7th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Hi there! In the new year April and I are starting off with what could be a controversial topic for some : Quilting with a computer, does it take away from the art and tradition of the act of quilting? Listen in and share your thoughts with us!

Catching up from the last two weeks, the little bits of sew that have been done (or not) and our current undertakings.

Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced Giveaway here

Computerized quilting is all about balance – like most things in life!

In the end – beautiful quilts are created as uniquely as each quilter, and should be recognized as such.

I hope you will take a few minutes to listen to the podcast and share your thoughts with us!

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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 #60 :: Christmas Sewing & Catching Up!

Posted on December 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

We are catching up with you, and sharing our current projects this last week before Christmas. What have you been stitching?

 

What are your thoughts on computerized quilting? Does it take away from your quilting plans, or enhance them? We would love to know your thoughts!

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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!

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Quiltcast #59 :: Teaching How to Quilt

Posted on December 11th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Teaching your kids or friends to quilt, is fun if maybe a little stressful, but worth your time! Here’s a few tips to start for a positive outcome for everyone!

Cut for them –

-experience makes you faster

-less likely to have mistakes

-precuts are a great option – Charms or Layer Cakes depending on desired size

 

At the machine –

-glue sticks are handy with kids

-pins are a great skill to learn

-ergonomics are important – 90-degree elbows, and knees

-seam guide on presser foot

-claw hands around the machine, no needle plate area

-little scissors, thread cutter

-quilting something small is a great experience for the new quilter

 

Ironing seam allowances –

-not for kids, let the watch and learn

-show options for pressing

-travel iron, would be great for kids

 

With adults –

-same principles apply, but hands off

-all about giving them confidence, not doing it for them

-perfection is over-rated, first time won’t be perfect

-quality notions are … Read More »



Quiltcast #58 :: Selling vs. Gifting Quilts

Posted on December 3rd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Have you thought about selling quilts? I sure have, but there’s a lot of thought and strategy that should go into that decision before you list your next quilt! Take a listen, and share your thoughts with us.

Think Big – Autographed copy and on Amazon

All People Quilt magazine – cover feature details here.

Our Quiltcast Mini Swap quilts are beautiful! Thanks to everyone that participated!

Liberty Club

Placing a Value on Your Quilt

You Are $ew Worth It

Here’s a few shops on etsy that are selling quilts :

The Zen Quilter

Red Pepper Quilts

Kris Khan Designs

Red Thread Gifts

Sew Sara

Add to the conversation, comment with your thoughts below.

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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!

 

 

 

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Quiltcast #57 :: Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 26th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Hi friends!

We always love catching up with you, there just wasn’t enough quiet hours this week to do it properly!

We’ll be back next week to chat about selling vs. gifting quilts. Let us know if you have any specific questions on that topic in the comments below.

Happy Thanksgiving –

Amy & 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!

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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 »






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