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Quiltcast #51 ::Inspiration to Quilt

Posted on October 15th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 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. 5 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. No Comments

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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Quiltcast #44 – Adventures in Hand Appliqué

Posted on July 10th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Today both April and I are catching up with each other; and you!

My new, just for me project, is hand appliqué. I never thought I would be interested in it, but I’m loving it! So we are chatting about the different ways to prepare pieces for appliqué, and some tips and tools to put to use while stitching.

Craftsy class:  Big Techniques from Small Scraps with Sarah Fielke.

I’ve also referenced Jill Finely’s videos with Fat Quarter Shop, for a slightly different approach, but really loved the small project in the Big Techniques from Small Scraps class to get me started. Isn’t it cute :

 

Tools :

Starch with Freezer Paper.

Paintbrush

Applique Pins

Glue Baste-It

Straw Needles Size 11

Do you use a hoop to work your hand appliqué?

Here’s a few books that have some very fun appliqué projects :

Fresh Picked Posies: 12 Quilt Blocks to Applique from Piece O’ Cake DesignsThe Rose … Read More »



Quiltcast #43 – Checking in!

Posted on July 2nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Hi there! It’s been two weeks since we recorded the last Quiltcast – hopefully you didn’t miss us too much!

It’s just me checking in today! Confessing that I might actually want to try ____! (I never thought this quilting technique would be for me)

Let me know if you have any good tips, I think I need all the help I can get!

The appliqué video I mentioned is here.

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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 #42 — Quilters favorite candy = Fabric!

Posted on June 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast, Uncategorized. 3 comments

April and I have spent quite a bit of time talking about our own fabrics lately, so we decided to talk about other collections that we like and/or are looking forward to this summer! Everything we mentioned is available now or will be soon.

Our Top 5 upcoming fabric lines:

25th and Pine

Lula Magnolia

Arizona

Pretty Potent

August

Empire

Mustang

Persimmon

Lotus Pond

Rustique

What collections are looking forward to, that didn’t make our list?

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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 #41 — Putting Yourself Out There, with Magazine Submissions

Posted on June 11th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

Catch up with both Amy and April this week! Amy talks more about the Common Threads event last week, and our current projects.

There’s a lot of patience and perseverance involved in submitting project and pattern ideas to magazine editors, but we have a few pointers for you too!

Get to know the magazine that you want to submit a pattern to, and what the editors are looking for in the submissions.

Include color and/or size options.

Think ahead, 6 to 12 months ahead.

A bio, of your past work.

Share a link or two, to your past work, online.

Look for submission information on the magazine website.

Expect a contract, with payment and shipping details.

The pattern maybe written for you, or you may need to write it. Check with the editor as you sign your contract.

You never know until you try!

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We always welcome your feedback!

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Quiltcast #40 – Projects to take with you!

Posted on June 4th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Summer months with the family means fun trips, and lots of sitting on the sidelines while the kids are practicing or playing. What projects do you like to take along with you?

Today April shares our favorite projects to take anywhere!

English Paper Piecing – I’ve share a few different times about hexagons, here, here and here.

Bindings

Hand Applique

Hand Quilting

Embroidery and a color wheel of embroidery

This new book has some adorable embroidery motifs ::Stitched Blooms: 300 Floral, Leaf & Border Motifs to Embroider

Check out April’s BOM from last year with all the hand work included.

Get all the information about Small Town Quilt Show here!

 

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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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