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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.

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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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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!

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Thanks!

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Quiltcast #39 – Quilt Market Aftermath

Posted on May 28th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Hi there! I hope you are enjoying the Blogger’s Quilt Festival! I’ve spent a few hours going through all the entries, trying to decide if I can pick a favorite – it’s hard to select just one! You can vote for your favorites by following this link! For the Quiltcast today, April and I chatted about our re-entry to normal life, some of our Market experiences, and the last week of school for her kids last week, and mine this week. Our upcoming deadlines, and a little more about our patterns! Here’s the chaos in my sewing space right now : I’ll get it cleaned up soon, so I can keep stitching! **Do you have a favorite size quilt to make? I do! 60″ x 72″ is my favorite! April likes hers twin size for personal use! Pink … Read More »



Quiltcast #38 — Live from Quilt Market

Posted on May 22nd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 7 comments

 

I am later than expected getting this out to you – Market recovery has been slow, and today is my birthday! I finally got my house back into decent shape yesterday, after being gone, and letting things pile up a little the week before. I hope you enjoy our quick recap of Market happenings!

Moda received an award for best multiple booth – it was amazing seeing the details put into the booth as it was put together.

April and I were right next to each other, you can see a glimpse of her bright and cheery fabric on the right. For more information on my Modern Neutrals patterns visit this post!

For more information on April’s Best Day Ever! patterns visit this post!

I didn’t have a chance to go further than the Moda booth, so I had fun interviewing the other Moda … Read More »



Quiltcast #37 – On Our Way!

Posted on May 13th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 8 comments

Short and sweet! Here’s the links I promised in the podcast :

April’s Patterns

Amy’s Patterns

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Opens May 16th!

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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 #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 »






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