work in progress
Melody and I were busy all last week piecing 30 Dancing Stars blocks – I’m working toward the throw size, which includes 99 blocks total. Each block has a different print in the star, I love the variety!
I thought I would share a few tips for chain piecing these blocks.
First, I pieced the background with the white fabric in the second position. Then, I pulled prints out to add them to the mix, in the second or third position. I chain pieced all the pieces that I could at one time, then trimmed and pressed them together as well. I alternated the fabrics as the pieces dictated and sometimes, one or two of the sections would sit out while the others were pieced. In the last phase, I pieced the background fabric, … Read More »
Hi there! This time of year is so hard – the days are just warm enough to hint at spring, and I find myself drawn away from the computer screen! I hope you have some sunshine where you are at too! Our kids and I are really looking forward to Spring Break next week – They just want to sleep in and play outside all day, I’m looking forward to more time around the house, and hopefully some sewing too!
Recently, I’ve been rushing through some sewing. The quilt above was shipped off last week, after a rush job with Natalia, and a quick binding.
Immediately after that finish, I started on these blocks. This one is for Market in May – I’ll share more once it’s quilted.
Last night I … Read More »
Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend – ours was relaxed with a sick boy, and a touch of spring in the air. Sunday afternoon, I realized that I had a couple hours of free time, AND my deadline for this week is as far as I could get it. Yay! I pulled my Asbury charm pack from my Quiltcon swag, and found some solids to mix with it.
In about an hour of sewing time I had a vibrant, and fun table runner top for our kitchen table!
I could have pulled a rainbow of solids to mix with the prints, but decided to stay in the yellow/green family to let the other colors stand out a little more.
I’m pretty pleased with the results, and can’t … Read More »
Hi there! I was amazed to fly into Seattle last week, to clear skies! My parents and sister met me at the airport and we made the most of the day in Seattle. We visited Quiltworks, then headed toward the water. (The question is later in the post – read on)
The Seattle/Bainbridge Ferry, and the Olympic Mountains in the distance. I always forget how much I love the water until I see it again.
Stumbled upon this shop, selling marimekko fabrics, dresses, and accessories. Everything in the shop was beautiful, and beautifully made, but left me wishing for a fuller wallet!
On our way to dinner, my sister snapped this pic of the Space Needle, and was kind enough to share with me. Always iconic Seattle, and a fun … Read More »
Hey there! I’ve been sewing for a couple of deadlines for next month over the weekend, so I can’t share everything, but I can share the pretty fabrics I’m working with -
Aren’t those micro flowers so sweet! This is Boho by Urban Chicks, due to ship in April.
**I’ve also been sorting out details for the Modern Basics II Blitz coming on Monday February 25 – stay tuned for reviews of the book and prizes!
The winner of last weeks giveaway sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop is:
Garilyn Sponseller – Congrats & thanks for emailing me right back!
I’m also travelling a bit in the next couple of weeks.
Early Thursday morning I will be on my way to Austin for … Read More »
The winner of the ebook from Martingale is:
The winners of the Dancing Stars templates are:
Come back tomorrow to link up your progress, and be entered to win fabric!
Yesterday was a productive day around here. I have been installing sleeves on my quilts, which I put off until just before shipping, of course!
Three done, and one and a half to finish. I started with the larger quilts, and watch a couple movies as I stitched.
Do you have a favorite movie(s) or TV show to watch while stitching?
I’m always looking for suggestions!
More soon – Amy
I’ve missed this space and all of you in the last week!
While technically I was home, here, around the house everyday, a large portion of it has been spent working at Sundance. Every year, the Sundance Film Festival is huge here where we live, and I usually avoid the crowded areas, to maintain normal life while everyone is in town. This year though, friends needed help managing one of their concession locations, and everything fell into place for me to work with them.
So, I did, and thankfully now it it is done! I didn’t have a chance to take in a film even, the whole week was so busy!
Today’s agenda, includes uncovering Melody – she’s been collecting projects while I was too busy to play with her. And … Read More »
Modern Basics II en masse! Yay, my books arrived!
I admitted that I really do like sushi.
Bee block in the mail – a fun surprise.
Sunday afternoon block sewing. One is for a fun quilt-along this week, and the rest are my experimentation.
My silly kids – she had been collecting hairbands…big sister helped her out!
I hope you had a great weekend
More soon – Amy
I’m really looking forward to 2013!
I’ve got lots to share with you in the coming months, (as I’m able) and can’t wait to see what opportunities come as well.
Of course January starts off with the release of Modern Basics II!
The follow up to my first book, offers skill builders, and simply fun quilts to add to your “must-make list”. I’m really proud of the final product, and look forward to sharing it with you! I’m hoping to make some/all of the quilts again, and show how versatile they can be. I’ll keep you posted, I need a few more hours in my day already!
**You can pre-order your autographed copy today, and I will ship as soon as I have my copies!
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I had a busy week last week, which meant I didn’t manage to get to my sewing machine at all, but I made it a priority over the weekend! I hope you had a good weekend – I had been feeling restless without any machine time (relate much?) and love how sewing soothes my soul.
First, I have a sneak peek! These are Field Study by Anna Maria Horner, paired with a Herringbone in Willow, by My Mind’s Eye. I’ll have to share more of that at a later date, but I’m pleased with my progress!
This is a bee block for the lovely Emily Herrick – she sent everyone a different color, and paper patterns for the “color wheels”. Our only job was to piece them, and Emily is planning to applique all … Read More »
Baby quilts are always the most fun to sew up and give to the growing family! A few friends and I got together and had fun scheming a baby quilt for Natalia, and her boy Brayden!
This is the part that I pieced – Candy dyed the beautiful fabrics, then shipped to me and Amy. I finished and shipped my piece to Amy, and she pieced the remainder of the top, then shipped to Rita.
Rita added applique, then shipped to Vicki. Vicki did all the quilting and bound it, then shipped it back to me ready to give!
Since Natalia is nearby, it was really fun to be there when she opened it up!
To see the quilt in all it’s stages visit the other blogs to … Read More »
Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend! It’s been rainy here; a perfect excuse to stay inside and quilt – which is exactly what I did.
I started the weekend by focusing on my hexagon quilt. I added swirls to the white hexagons, and really enjoyed the process. Once I got warmed up, I just kept going onto the background.
MUCH later in the evening I finished quilting down the background with the same swirl.
Hopefully it dries up a bit today, and I can get outside to take a few pictures to share – I love the way the color pops off the quilt!
Saturday I spent a bit of time preparing to host Thanksgiving, and later in the evening, made a quilt back and basted my … Read More »