Quiltcast


Quiltcast #59 :: Teaching How to Quilt

Posted on December 11th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 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. 2 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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Thanks!



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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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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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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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 »






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