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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. 11 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. 34 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 »



The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on September 26th, by Amy in give away, review. 152 comments

Hi friends! There are a number of new machine quilting books, and I think they all have something to offer the home quilter!  Personally I love to collect books, and was happy to receive a copy of The Complete Guide to Machine Quilting for review.

Joanie Zeier Poole has collected her knowledge of quilting and teaching quilting in this concise volume. She encourages the beginning quilter to jump in, and the experienced quilter to try something new!

The chapters are well organized, full of details about your sewing space, preparing your quilt, and quilting. Joanie also includes a few patterns to develop and practice new skills. Finally, there’s a chapter devoted to quilting designs, she includes multiple motifs, and examples of how you might use them in your quilts.

Part of setting … Read More »



Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts :: Review and Giveaway

Posted on August 20th, by Amy in give away, review. 119 comments

Hi friends, and welcome to those of you that may be visiting for the first time! I’m Amy Ellis, quilter, blogger and author too – feel free to poke around and get to know me better if you haven’t stopped by before.

Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts, by friends, Mary Elizabeth Kinch and Biz Storms, includes photographs of beautiful vintage quilts, and 10 fabulous quilt patterns inspired by antique quilts! Personally, I tend to lean toward larger pieces, but these small pieces have me reconsidering.  I was instantly drawn to Homeward Bound, a quilt that was pieced in solid blues and black.

It’s stunning, and I wanted to make a project inspired by it, so I decided to tackle a slightly smaller quilt, while still using small pieces.  This way I could make use of the tips included in … Read More »



Generation Q :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on July 7th, by Amy in give away, review. 100 comments

Hi there! I’m jumping in on the Generation Q Magazine blog tour! I’m very excited for my friends at GenQ, this first issue is packed full of brilliant wit and charm, great information, and a couple patterns too!

If you aren’t familiar with Generation Q yet, be sure to check out their site, and like them on facebook for all the latest. Melissa, Jake, Megan and Scott have been working non-stop to get this community backed magazine to print. They live in  different areas around the states, and connect online like so many of us do on a daily basis. They “get” the quilting community and it is reflected in their pages! They have a way of writing that feels like you are chatting with a great friend – perfect.

GenQ includes information that you want to know about people in the industry (like the cute … Read More »



Shape Workshop for Quilters :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on June 28th, by Amy in books, give away, review. 169 comments

I always love to see what my friends at Fat Quarterly are sewing up, and was happy to have a chance to review their new book!  Shape Workshop for Quilters is a great addition to your quilting library – they have included 60 block patterns, and a dozen projects that include quilts, pillows and other home decor.

With the inclusion of so many blocks, the idea is that you use this book as a jumping off point for your creativity.  Push the boundaries of your comfort zone and create something truly unique!

Each shape has been given it’s own chapter – squares & rectangles, circles, triangles, stars, polygons and diamonds. Of all the chapters I think triangles is my favorite, the blocks are diverse and the projects are attainable.

I loved the quote at the beginning of the chapter “Triangles are … Read More »



Geared For Guys: Tour and Giveaway

Posted on May 13th, by Amy in give away, review. 155 comments

First – Happy Mother’s Day to all of my mom, and mom at heart friends! I hope that you are enjoying the day with your family! Today is a double celebration at our house, as Ella turns 12 today! She was born the day before Mother’s Day 12 years ago, and I fully enjoy celebrating the day with our precious girl.

Have you seen this book tour in blogland? My friend, Emily, from Crazy Old Ladies wrote Geared for Guys, for the guys in all of our lives!

With eight great patterns, there’s something for every guy in this book! Whether your guy leans toward rustic and outdoors, or artistic and modern – Emily has you covered.

Over the course of May the book is being featured on a number of blogs, follow along to … Read More »






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