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Irish Chain Quilts :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on June 11th, by Amy in books, give away, review. 181 comments

ETA: Our winner is Lynda! Thanks to everyone that stopped on the tour!

Hi there! I’m excited to share a new book with all of you today (and give an ebook away too!) My friend Melissa Corry from Happy Quilting Melissa authored Irish Chain Quilts: Contemporary Twists on a Classic Design – and it’s fantastic! 15 approachable and fresh quilt patterns are included in the book, for every style of quilter, and Melissa walks you through each and every step of the process.

The book is written in four sections, Twist on Tradition, Modern Patchwork, Improvisational Piecing and Appliquéd Chains. Melissa gives a brief introduction to each group of quilts, and is her usual encouraging self throughout the book. If you don’t know Melissa yet, stop by her blog and get to know her!

As part of this blog hop, each of us … Read More »



A Modern Twist :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on March 10th, by Amy in give away, review. 127 comments

A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin by Natalie Barnes, is a great new book that came out last month. Natalie spent many years as an interior designer in LA and has now focused all her design mojo on quilt patterns and quilting!

I’ve known Natalie for a few years now, going to Market, and interacting via email and online. The thing YOU need to know about Natalie, is how generous and encouraging she is. Her voice is very evident throughout the book, and she has taken some of the most important elements in design and offers them in quilting terms, giving you current tools for your quilting toolbox.

Color + Contrast + Composition

My favorite design element is contrast, and not always high contrast! I love creating subtle differences in quilts by using similar tones, and various scales of fabric. To … Read More »



Soakbox Nail Challenge

Posted on December 12th, by Amy in random, review. No Comments

Have you seen Soak’s curated nail colors? They have nail colors that coordinate with fabric! I was sent this collection recently, and challenged to share my thoughts with you on the product, and a nail design.

I admit this took me longer than I had anticipated to actually do. I was dragging my feet to find something creative to do with them! I do paint my nails often, but usually it’s pretty quick and simple – just enough paint to keep them from breaking, again.

I started with two coats of Mushroom

And Ella, my oldest started with two messy coats of Faded Glamour

We are of the mindset that it will clean up later :)

After much deliberation, I added a line of Deep Chocolate, carefully using the edge of the brush.

Then finished it off with a pop of Hot Opera! I love … Read More »



Quick Column Quilts :: Review, Project & Giveaway!

Posted on September 17th, by Amy in books, review, work in progress. 119 comments

 

I have a quick finish to share with you today!

Nancy Zieman’s new book – Quick Column Quilts is full of beautiful and useful patterns for any quilter!

This table runner is based off of the Quilt to Give pattern in chapter 13 – I’ve admired this quilt, for a while now, and knew it was the quilt that I wanted to stitch up! I have been stitching from my scrap box lately, and knew that I wanted to make a more masculine table runner for our dining table in my Modern Neutral fabrics. Sometimes it’s a  little odd to celebrate my husband or son’s birthday with a floral runner on the table, and this will be the perfect solution. 

While there’s lots of instruction for cutting from yardage, I had a blast pulling scraps from my bin and pairing them up! Since … Read More »



Create Handmade Gifts for All :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on September 11th, by Amy in give away, review. 103 comments

ETA : Random number generator selected 5 &29, look for an email from Candy, Marjorie & Sue to see if/what you’ve won!

Hi there! It was brought to my attention last week that there are just 15 more Friday’s until Christmas! My first reaction was disbelief, but as I ticked the months off in my mind, I knew it was an accurate count. Currently, I’m not at all ready for the holidays, or to sew for them, but my friend Candy has a stellar new e-book full of beautiful handmade gifts for anyone on your list!

Create Handmade Gifts for All is a collection of Candy’s projects, made in her always beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. If you aren’t familiar with Candy’s work you should definitely check out her home online – CandiedFabrics it’s chalk full of info. Of course these projects would be beautiful … Read More »



Charm Pack Cherry – from Fat Quarter Shop

Posted on February 24th, by Amy in finished quilt, review. 13 comments

Hi there! I’m excited to be part of the release of Fat Quarter Shop’s newest FREE pattern – Charm Pack Cherry!  It’s a fun, quick pattern for all those charm packs, we all seem to collect.  I pieced my sample in just an hour or so – it’s that quick!

I started with Surrounded by Love charms, and solid charms followed the simple diagrams, and had fun stitching up this cute quilt! It’s a first for me – I’d not made a valentine’s quilt before.  I machine quilted it with some double loops, swirls, and a few experimental feathers; I’m still having fun trying new things out on the long-arm!

There were a few extra charms after piecing the top, so I worked them into a corner of the back, that I plan to use as … Read More »



Twisted Log Cabin – from Quilt in a Day

Posted on February 19th, by Amy in review, work in progress. 12 comments

I was contacted by the Quilt in a Day office to see if I would be willing to try out a new ruler that Elenor Burns has produced. I can’t resist a new gadget, and said of course! I collected jelly rolls to use, since it is super jelly roll friendly, and had a blast sewing my blocks up!

Fabrics pictured : Joel Dewberry – Bungalow, and Kona Sandcastle Roll up.

I don’t always love to sew wonky blocks, preferring to have a plan, and decisions made beforehand, but I really enjoyed this project! The pattern booklet has lots of diagrams to show you exactly how to use the ruler, and all the options for layouts. It’s hard to mess this quilt up, and using jelly rolls really takes all the hard … Read More »



Seams Unlikely :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on February 10th, by Amy in books, review. 35 comments

Most everyone that quilts or sews knows the name Nancy Zieman, and with this book I felt like I really got to know Nancy! Seams Unlikely is a quickly paced read with lots of great insights into Nancy’s childhood, and inspirational stories of her career. Nancy wrote this book, just like she talks – at times it seemed like she was reading to me, even! In the process of writing the book Nancy interviewed family members and co-workers, that have become like family over the years, and the little bits of shared experiences were so fun to read.

Nancy shared that her lack of confidence, and introvert tendencies, were pushed aside when asked to give demonstrations as a girl in 4-H. It was in those few moments of teaching that she was truly in her element and excited … Read More »



Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers

Posted on February 14th, by Amy in give away, review. 36 comments

Happy Valentine’s Day & Welcome to my stop on the Indygo Junction Fabric Flower blog tour! Indygo Junction’s latest book is stuffed with creative, and inspiring projects – all flowers! With 25 different fabric flowers there is a project for everyone too!

Today we get to focus on the Rolled Sweater Rose, these soft roses are a great addition to outfits, bags, pillows, or even a sweet headband for a baby. Using your worn out, or thrifted sweaters makes these flowers an inexpensive project too!

Check out all the inspiration in this video for another glimpse into the book :

Special thanks to Indygo Junction and Clover for offering a copy of the Fabric Flowers and a set Flower Frill templates for one of you! … Read More »


15 Minutes of Play :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on December 7th, by Amy in give away, review. 191 comments

Welcome to my stop on the 15 Minutes of Play book tour!  15 Minutes of Play by, my friend, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, is a keeper!

15 Minutes of Play is one of those you books you want to sit down and slowly ingest, and then hurry to the sewing machine to put the ideas into practice.  The nature of Victoria’s narrative draws you into the source of her inspiration, and she guides you to find own, and create beautiful quilts.

V shares her methods for “made-fabric”, offers block patterns to inspire quilts of your own design.  She has also included many inspirational quilts, many made by others, to give you a feel of how individual the process can be.  By playing for just 15 minutes each day, as V suggests, your creative juices are always flowing and ready … Read More »


Home Sweet Quilt :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on October 17th, by Amy in give away, review. 203 comments

It is book central here lately! I enjoy a glimpse into books before I purchase, and I hope you do too!

Home Sweet Quilt is by the talented and sweet Jill Finley, also the creative force behind Jillily Studio, and fabric designer for Henry Glass Fabrics!

Home Sweet Quilt is written in four different sections, each a different area in our homes that flourish with the addition of a quilt, or quilted decor accessory.  The section with kitchen accessories is fantastic but this appliqued pretty, Overture, caught my eye, I love the shapes included, and the piecing is a perfect addition in the borders.

Jill has included her signature methods for applique, with detailed instructions for finishing by hand or machine. It’s hard to tell in the image, but … Read More »



Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting :: Review & Giveaway!

Posted on October 10th, by Amy in give away, review. 224 comments

I’m so excited to be the next stop on Natalia’s book tour!  In the Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Natalia is giving all of us the knowledge and tools to work her beautiful quilting patterns into our quilts at home!

Natalia has added a theme to the tour : It’s a Family Affair, I know for me anytime I’m sewing, I’m always surrounded by my family! My kids love fabric, and have been asking to make another quilt recently. My mom taught me to sew garments as a girl, along with the 4-H ladies, and since teaching myself to quilt, I’ve been teaching my mom the in’s and out’s of quilting! Quilting is definitely a family affair here – we’ve come full circle!

Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting is a perfectly organized … Read More »






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