quilt-along


Dancing Stars :: January Giveaway!

Posted on January 31st, by Amy in give away, quilt-along. 23 comments

Hi there! For those of you quilting along with me, I have a giveaway for you today!

Vicki Welsh is the sponsor this month, and has agreed to giveaway a stash pack of your choice!

Enter the giveaway by linking up with a post about your progress, if you are just on flickr, share your most recent picture in the linky.

Don’t be shy – share your progress (or lack of!) this is as far as I have gotten.

ETA – Ack! Linky fail – I’ve updated the code!

All the fabrics are selected, brights are cut, but not the background or white yet.

I had hopes of  sewing a bunch of blocks this week, but have been hit with a nasty cold, and getting off the couch … Read More »


My Favorite Block Quilt Along

Posted on January 17th, by Amy in quilt-along. 19 comments

Picking a favorite block is like trying to select a favorite quilt for the Festival each time it comes around! I decided that I wanted to find a good basic block, that anyone can make, to share today.

The Road to Oklahoma is a simple block of squares and half square triangles, and when stacked create a fun pattern of stars and four-patches.  Here’s a quick example, before I show you how to make it!

This is a star askew, but if you turn the blocks, you have a classic star.

Simple and fun results!

To make a Road to Oklahoma block, select a block size and cut the squares.

Cutting 6” block
Print fabric, cut:
6 squares – 2” x 2”
2 squares – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
White fabric, cut:
6 squares – … Read More »


Dancing Stars Quilt-Along :: Follow up & Giveaway

Posted on January 16th, by Amy in quilt-along. 38 comments

Hi friends! It’s been two weeks since I released the pattern for Dancing Stars and over 800 people have downloaded the pattern!  I’m looking forward to seeing all of those beautiful quilts!

If you’ve checked in on the flickr group, you know that there are a few new blocks, in some great color combos. If you haven’t pieced a block yet, don’t stress! Me either, sure I’ve pieced the few for the tutorial, and as examples, but I haven’t really started yet.

I’ve cut the brights, since I had to put the piles of fabric away, but still need to cut my background and white fabrics.

I might just cut those on a “as needed” basis.

Here’s a recap of posts : 

 Fabric Requirements & Selection

Video Tutorial

 Kits, Templates & … Read More »


Dancing Stars Kits, Templates & Sponsors

Posted on January 11th, by Amy in quilt-along. 5 comments

Who’s quilting with me?

Lots of good stuff to tell you about for the quilt-along!

Vicki Welsh and Canton Village Quilt Works are sponsoring the quilt-along and offering giveaways over the course of 6 months.  Look for a linky at the end of each month, to post your progress, and be entered to win!

Vicki Welsh is also offering a beautiful hand dyed kit for the quilt.

I love the ombre/gradient background! To order a kit visit Vicki.

Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works will have kits available shortly too – check her shop for details.

Jill at Tabslot has cut templates for us!  If you aren’t a fan of paper piecing, give the templates a try.  Simply cut fabric the height of the template and … Read More »


Dancing Stars Variations

Posted on January 9th, by Amy in Modern Basics, quilt-along. 15 comments

Hi there!  Yesterday my book released – at last!  Joe and I celebrated with a special lunch, while most of our kiddos were in school.  Owen was a trooper, while we traipsed around town.  My copies of Modern Basics II are on the way, and I will ship autographed copies the day after I receive them (Hopefully by Saturday!).

In other news, Dancing Stars blocks have started popping up on flickr and instagram! 

1. #dancingstarsQAL #oldredbarnco progress…, 2. P1060484, 3. Dancing Stars, 4. Dancing Stars QAL
Nearly 600 people have downloaded the Dancing Stars pattern – I can’t wait to see all your variations!  If selecting fabrics is overwhelming to you, I’m working on a couple of kit options with great shops, and templates will be available soon, if you prefer not to paper piece.  I’ll have details for you shortly!

Amy


Dancing Stars Quilt-Along :: Video Tutorial

Posted on January 7th, by Amy in My kids, quilt-along. 14 comments

Hi there! I disappeared last week, but I’ve been working on lots of good stuff! First up is a video tutorial for the Quilt-Along :

I hope that this is helpful for some of you!  If you don’t have a pattern yet, click over here for a free download.  This is the ruler that I used in the video, I’m really liking it!  And the papers are here – Enjoy.

Yesterday we celebrated Emmalie’s 9th birthday – I am so blessed to be her mom!  I look forward to seeing her grow and blossom into a beautiful young lady, next year she hits double digits…where has the time gone?

Tomorrow Modern Basics II starts shipping, and I will be sharing more about the quilts in the book soon, for now I need to stock up on shipping supplies.

More soon … Read More »


Dancing Stars :: Fabric Requirements & Selection

Posted on January 1st, by Amy in quilt-along. 24 comments

Happy New Year!  I’m excited to start the new year with a fun project with many of you!The above picture is the pattern cover that you can download here.  I included fabric requirements and cutting instructions along with the pattern.  In the next week I plan to have a video tutorial to help with piecing the blocks for anyone that is new to paper piecing, for today I have my fabric selection process!

If you haven’t yet, join the quilt-along group on flickr, there will be lots of helpful discussion, and new friends to be made!

Also in the next week, I have sponsor and kit options that will become available, if you need to shop for a few pieces or the whole quilt, wait to check out the options soon!

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To select … Read More »


Dancing Stars Quilt-Along

Posted on December 20th, by Amy in quilt-along. 48 comments

I’ve been thinking about the coming year, and how to make the most of this space with all of you!

I’ll be starting the new year off with a Quilt-Along right here, and in the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along group on Flickr.  It’s a great place to connect with other quilters!

This is a paper-pieced block, and a lot of fun to make.  I’ve made this block a number of times, and it’s still a favorite!

Right now I’m working out size options, (in case you aren’t ready to make 98 blocks), and fabric requirements.  It’s a great scrap quilt, so don’t worry if you’ve put yourself on a fabric diet, you can still join in the fun!

What do you think?

I hope you will join us!  For … Read More »



Blogger’s Block of the Month – Block #2

Posted on October 26th, by Amy in Inspiration, quilt-along. 1 Comment

Hi Friends!  I know I told you about this program last month, but it bears repeating!

There have been two blocks so far, so you can jump in and catch up right away.

The first is from Sherri, and October’s block is from Vicki.

Check out the flickr group for inspiration, and don’t forget to add your blocks to the linky on Jackie’s blog!

Happy Quilting ~ Amy


Blogger’s Block of the Month

Posted on September 15th, by Amy in quilt-along. 3 comments

My friend Jackie at Canton Village Quilt Works, is hosting a Block of the Month program, just for bloggers!  She’s invited a talented group of designers (including me!) to each design one block and over the course of the next year we will be posting instructions.

Each month a pieced block tutorial will be offered by a fellow blogger.  You can get all the details over on Jackie’s blog, and see who else is designing a block!

My month is almost a year away, so I’ll be pointing out where you need to visit each month, to get a fabulous new block pattern!

I hope you will join us – I’m looking forward to seeing all the different blocks.

Amy

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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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Giveaway Day Winner & A New Quilt-Along!

Posted on December 18th, by Amy in give away, quilt-along. 7 comments

Thanks to everyone that participated in the giveaway day!  You all are just as busy as I am trying to finish things up this weekend!  I hope the new friends enjoy time spent here with me.  The winner is -

Laura, I’ve just emailed you!  Can’t wait to see what you make with the layer cake!

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By now, many of you are busy making the final push towards the holidays. But what are your crafty plans as we enter 2011? Well, clear your plate, because we have a great quilt-along planned that will begin in January!

18 quilt bloggers have collaborated to bring you the first-ever Bloggers’ Block-a-palooza. We’ll jump from blog to blog making 2 quilt blocks per week, wrapping up with a custom setting and layout design to help complete your quilt. I am so … Read More »





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