Quiltcast


Quiltcast #36 — Lessons Learned

Posted on May 7th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

We are in the home stretch of Market prep, and looking forward to having all the work behind us soon! Today we talk about some of the quilting lessons we’ve learned the hard way, and share our blunders with you. Share your lessons in the comments!

At Market we will be here ::

Modaland at Market – look for us in booths 234 or 435 and the Schoolhouse starts at 4:05pm.

Come say hi, if you are there.

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Checking tension on the long arm.

New machine, new 1/4″ test – even for a new block! Here’s a link to my method.

Sewing with pins. My favorite pins right now.

Strip piecing diamonds.  My labor of love – not strip pieced.

Make sure to have the right measurements – from EQ7

Mirror blocks, make sure to draw the 45-degree line opposite for the right composition.

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Blogger’s Quilt Festival is coming next … Read More »



Quiltcast #35 – Productivity Queens

Posted on April 30th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Lately April and I have been queens of productivity! Learn more about how we batch our quilts, and get things done in a timely way.

Batching our quilts keeps our momentum up to meet our deadlines.

Yogo stretches help keep me from getting too tense in the shoulders, while piecing or quilting at the long arm.

 

Top 5  Notions we’ve been using this week ::

Needles

Soakwash Flatter

Thimble

Water Blocker

Template Plastic

Trace ‘n Mark

50mm Lens

Precut Fabrics

Scissors

Rowenta Iron

 

*Some of the links used are affiliate links and help support the on-going costs to produce Quiltcast – Thanks!

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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 #34 – Designing Fabric

Posted on April 23rd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

While fabric designing newbies, we thought you might like to know more about our approach to fabric design, and how we got here. Join April and I as we share what we know :)

Our process and inspiration – both unique, with similar results in fabric design.

I tend to use and manipulate shapes in Illustrator, starting in black and white, then add the neutral palette.

April sketches, then scans it in to Illustrator, to manipulate the design and add color.

Books we both have used as resources :

A Field Guide to Fabric Design
Mastering the Art of Fabric
Digital Textile Design

How to Enter the World of Textile Design

Spoonflower can be a great tool.

Designing fabric is not a fast process, something to be working toward as you develop your skills.

 

*Some of the links used … Read More »



Quiltcast #33 – Upcoming Events and Hand-Quilting

Posted on April 16th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 6 comments

April and I are back to our usual schedules with the kids in school and Quilt Market just around the corner. I hope you are having a great week!

 

Check out the categories and information about Blogger’s Quilt Festival here – again, everyone is welcome, first quilt, only quilt or 50th quilt. Come and share with us!

The award winning quilt mentioned – can be found here.

Q-Snap Frame or Quilting No-Slip Hoop are great options for keeping your quilt taut.

Roxanne Thimble or Nimble Thimble are great thimble options – maybe find a spot to try them on before investing.

That Perfect Stitch: The Secrets of Fine Hand Quilting was recommended by a hand quilter, as a great resource.

Hand Quilted With Love is full of hand quilting inspiration, and information to get you started hand quilting.

There’s a fun group blog of hand quilters over here.

 

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Quiltcast #32 :: Spring Break Edition

Posted on April 9th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

It’s been quiet here this week! I’m hanging out with the kiddos, while taking care of my to do list – some days are fuller than others!

As promised in the Quiltcast a few links :

I’m getting ready for Blogger’s Quilt Festival, if you haven’t participated before check it out and plan to join us! (I’ll have a new button next week!)

Quiltcast #7 – we spoke about when we need to focus and get things done, what we do, and the tools to get it done.

Quiltcast #9 – where we like to shop for fabric online.

Quiltcast #12 – our quilty wish lists.

Quiltcast #17 – quilting magazines that we like.

Quiltcast #20 – our design process’ and favorite tools

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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 #31 – Places We Go

Posted on April 2nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

We all have regular places we check in, when we log on to the computer, or pick up the tablet.  Where do you like to go? 

April and I chat about our favorite online spots, and a little bit about why we go there.

Pinterest

Image Search

Facebook

DailyCrush

Amazon

Moda Bake Shop

One Kings Lane

Dot & Bo

Craftsy and their deals on Quilting Supplies

TED

*Some of the links used are affiliate links and help support the on-going costs to produce Quiltcast – Thanks!

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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 #30 :: Quilting With a Modern Slant

Posted on March 26th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

How do you define yourself as a quilter? There are lots of different types of quilts to make, but do they define us as quilters? April and I share our thoughts on modern quilting, and would love to continue the conversation with you! Share your thoughts in the comments, or email us!

 

Weeks’ review of Quilting with a Modern Slant is what started our conversation, one that we’ve had on a number of occasions.

Weeks Ringle, and Bill Kerr have written a number of books for the modern quilter – be sure to check them out!

We are looking forward to getting our own copies of Quilting with a Modern Slant and you can learn more about the book and Rachel May, the author – here.

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We always welcome your feedback, and hope to … Read More »



Quiltcast #29 :: Paper Piecing

Posted on March 19th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 2 comments

We’ve had so much fun recording these podcasts each week, and hope that you enjoy the information we are sharing! Let us know if there’s anything you want to hear more about!

The how’s and why’s of paper piecing. . . for us!

We love the accuracy and perfection of paper pieced blocks and how it simplifies the most complicated blocks.

Here’s a few links we mentioned to help get you started :

Square in a square block – great starting point

Small log cabin blocks – scroll down for the pattern, and make it your own.

Dancing Stars Block and video tutorial (my quilt top is here, sadly still not quilted!)

April’s paper pieced words

Our favorite tools

Add a Quarter Ruler

28mm Rotary Cutter

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Quiltcast #28

Posted on March 12th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Catch up with April and I, and everything that we are working on this week! Today we are sharing our favorite crock pot meals to nourish our families, life is busy but having a healthy meal is a must for both of us. Listen in and share your favorites in the comments!

Our Top Five crock pot recipes; tried and tested by our families ::

French Dip

Curried Pork

Split Pea Soup

Honey Garlic Chicken

Harvest Ham and Root Veggies

Glazed Pork Tenderloin

White Bean and  Chicken Chili

Sesame Ginger Chicken

Black Beans

Shredded Pork Sandwiches

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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 #27

Posted on March 5th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Catch up with us on the happenings in our studios, and current deadlines. April shared some big news on her blog this week, and there’s a giveaway if you hurry over.

Check out my most recent quilt top here, and maybe join for a gray swap!

 

Other things we like to sew :: Top 5 patterns or tutorials that we want to, or like to make.

Bridget’s Bagettes – quick zip pouches

Cargo Duffle – great directions for a bag newbie

Primrose Village Wallet – nicely written pattern from Bari J

Quilted Vest – simple and quick open vest

Negroni – men’s shirt pattern

Fabric bracelets – cute project, easily customized

Airelle – sweet shirt with the right details for April

Cosmetics & Toiletries Case – don’t be intimidated!

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Quiltcast #26

Posted on February 26th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Hi friends! We’d love to know more about what you would like to learn from us – be sure to leave a comment or email us and share your ideas!

We decided to talk about fabric this week since it’s been a while! We each shared five lines, we really like!

My Botanique flying geese, for Star-Crossed -

Botanique by Joel Dewberry

Mochi Dots by Momo

True Colors by Anna Maria Horner

Hothouse Flowers by Mo Bodell

MorMor by Lotta Jansdotter

Fox Field by Tula Pink – check in with April for a giveaway soon!

Dowry  by Anna Maria Horner

April Showers by Bonnie and Camille

Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine

Up Parasol by Heather Bailey

Share your current favorite or upcoming lines in the comments – we love to be inspired!

 

**April’s patterns can be viewed here, and purchased here and here.

Coming Soon at Fat Quarter … Read More »



Quiltcast #25

Posted on February 19th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

April and I have lots of secret sewing happening, thankfully there’s always lots of quilty stuff to talk about!

Check out my post about the Wonky Log Cabin ruler – it’s a great fun project!

 

Shipping your Quilts :

Wrap the quilt in plastic bag, ziplock bags are a great option too!

Mark front, back, up, down on your quilt top and back when shipping to a quilter.

Well pressed, nicely folded or rolled.

Insurance – make sure your hard work is covered!

Add an extra label with your name and address with a safety pin.

 

Long arm machines :

Natalia – Gammill Premier Stitch with Statler Stitcher – 18″ throat space, 10 foot table

Amy – Baby Lock Crown Jewel – 18″ throat space, 10 foot table

April – HandiQuilter Fusion – 24″ throat space, 12 foot table

Home Machine Quilt Show is a great time to test drive long … Read More »






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