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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Hey there! I’m a little bogged down with projects that I can’t share here, but I thought I would share a book that released last month! It’s another great idea for your wishlist too – Everyday Handmade is a fun book full of great projects!
The projects are simple enough and detailed enough that anyone could pick up this book and make an adorable project.
Bags, tablet covers, zipper pouches
home decor, aprons and adorable stuffies are included.
All made with beautiful modern fabrics, and photographed beautifully! There are a number of projects, I can’t wait to make with my girls, and a few others that will be just for me. Also, there’s lots of great gift ideas too!
Any patterns are included at full size, … Read More »
Hi Friends! I’m excited to share Sarah Fielke’s new book with you today!
Quilting: From Little Things is a fabulous book full of inspiration, and great lessons too. In the book Sarah has included 10 small projects to learn a new technique or method, and then 10 larger counterparts that allow you to put the method to the test.
The projects include applique, flying geese, foundation piecing, feathered blocks and inset piecing – each one is known to be a challenge, but when used or learned in a small project it isn’t so overwhelming! Brilliant!
Did I mention wedges earlier? Hanging Laterns is stunning, and a fun way to use dresden petals in a new way.
For the novice quilters there’s also lessons in row construction, and strip piecing. Don’t you … Read More »
I have the honor of sharing a new DVD with you today!
My friend Candy, recently filmed all her dyeing secrets with Quilting Arts, and has a 70 minute DVD to start you on your dyeing journey, or answer all your unanswered questions!
Candy is a Biology Professor at the University of Redlands, by day, which makes her very concise, and a great presenter of information! The DVD is broken into chapters, making it easy to get to the information that you need.
I loved seeing Candy in action, she shares her methods for mixing dyes and how to scrunch/pleat your fabric for varied effects. She uses a low water immersion process to dye, so you don’t need a 10 gallon pot to alter a yard of fabric (bonus!). After many experiments, she … Read More »
It’s been so fun reading your comments on the Modern Blocks giveaway! Thanks to everyone that has entered so far, and it’s not to late if you would like to enter to win. I’m always amazed at everyone’s color choices when I look through blogs, and those comments are as varied as each of you! Love it!
This year, I got to January 1 and I didn’t have a calendar to put up – gasp – I love a fresh new calendar, how could that happen! I’ve been determined to not let that happen again, because I never ended up buying one, I just kept everything on my phone. Which works, but then the rest of the family had to rely on me and my phone, instead of looking at the calendar for themselves.
10 months later…
Here I am today with a … Read More »
I’m excited to share another new book with you today! Modern Mix by Jessica Levitt is all about using solid fabrics with your prints – as I love solids, I’m loving Modern Mix!
Jessica has beautifully used solids with prints, and not just white, I might add. A great variety of Kona cottons have been selected, with stunning results. In some projects the prints play a major roll, and others the solids are the lead. Jessica encourages the reader to be fearless in fabric selections, and making the project your own.
There’s 16 projects total in Modern Mix, 7 modern quilts with great bags, and home decor projects interspersed. Sure to be a source of inspiration for any sewist!
Chalk full of inspiration this book is … Read More »
I’m honored to share a new book with you today, Deploy that Fabric by Jen Eskridge. Jen writes “Thank you to our military service members–the men and women who defend our freedoms and protect our way of life.” And her desire is to honor service members by breathing new life into no longer needed uniforms.
I am certain that this book is doing just that! Jen offers diagrams for deconstructing uniforms into usable fabric, and tips for what to keep, and where to use your seam ripper. Have you wondered what colors/prints work best with uniforms? Jen removes all apprehension, by stating that a uniform should be treated as a neutral! Mix your favorite prints, and get started!
Deploy That Fabric is full of projects! 9 purses and totes, 4 holiday projects, 4 quilts … Read More »
After spending time prepping the pieces for my new bag, I couldn’t let it sit! Over two days I found the time to put it together and completely love it!
It’s huge – measuring 17″ across the bottom. My plan with this bag, is to take me through The Sewing Summit weekend, with anything important in it with me! It is large enough to hold my laptop, more likely I will carry my iPad as it is lighter, any lists, papers whatever I need; I plan to have with me in this bag! Thankfully there are lots of pockets to keep me organized too!
Both the front and back have the scoop pocket, one with a phone pocket too, and two large zipper pockets inside. As it is so large, I opted … Read More »
Nancy’s new book Sewing A to Z is a treasure trove of sewing techniques and tips for sewists of all skill levels!
Nancy shares techniques used for general sewing, and quilting alike. Basics like swiftly using your seam ripper, identifying tension problems, and then fixing them. Or more specific techniques like pintucks, piping, using a double needle, and serger stitches. The book is organized alphabetically, making it simple to use, and Nancy has included personal notes often, giving insight into her methods, and favorite products for the task at hand. This book brings Nancy to your sewing space, whenever you need her expertise!
There are over 100 techniques included making this an invaluable resource for any sewist!
Sewing A to Z is available for sale – here.
You can watch Nancy work through … Read More »