Quiltcast


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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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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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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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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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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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 #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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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 # 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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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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Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

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Thanks!

Amy

 

 

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