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Quiltcast #14

Posted on November 26th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

Finding balance is always a challenge – hear our thoughts and ideas for keeping family life and quilting in balance.

Knowing when to stop, and let go of the self-imposed deadlines, and say no, so I can relax and enjoy.

Step back, start over or make a list, and prioritize everything.

Chore time with my kids – daily – making routines for the family.

Be realistic with goals and plans for each and every day.

Saying yes, to family and choosing to be happy with my choices.

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Share your secrets for balance with us! We always welcome your feedback!

All of our episodes are available here, 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 #13

Posted on November 19th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

I hope you are enjoying the Quiltcast! The feedback we’ve had so far has been great, and we welcome your emails and comments here!

Today we are chatting about what we are sewing for gifts this year, or liked making in years past. (For others, and maybe for ourselves!)

Zip pouches

Table runners – check out the Baby Lock Gift Guide, for my quick runner pattern and more!

Quilts

Tote/Messenger Bags

Camera bag/strap

Mug rug or mini placemat for surfaces

Throw pillow cover

Pillow case

Framed quilt blocks

Pajama pants

Pin Cushion

Sew Gifts! is a great resource for a variety of projects! Zip pouches, iPad case, tote bags, triangular knitting pouch, pillow cover, scarf, aprons and so many more great projects – check out the Quiltcast to hear more about this fun and versatile book!

 

Do you have a favorite handmade gift that you’ve received? or made?

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All of our episodes are available here, and on iTunes.

Thanks … Read More »



Quiltcast #12 – Our Wishlists

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

Grand to mundane gift ideas for quilters, and what April and I have on our dream lists!

Sewing Table, SewEzi or Koala cabinets

Sewing Machine – April is having major tension issues with her 30 year old Bernina and hoping to upgrade in the next 6 months, so far she’s considering this Bernina, Janome, and is planning to look into the Jane as well. Any suggestions are welcome!

Thread in neutrals for piecing – Lots of thread!

Portable ironing surface

Larger cutting mat - 18″ x 24″ isn’t always enough space

Zippers to have on hand, for fun projects

Iron suggestions? Oliso/Rowenta/Panasonic/T-fal – what works for you?

Kitchen island for cutting

Gift Card for fabric shopping

Clover Easy Loop Turner

I also made a pinterest board with these … Read More »



Quiltcast #11

Posted on November 5th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Today we are talking about sharing your passion through blogging.

Whether you are starting a blog, or looking for ways to maintain your blog, we have some tips! Listen in here.

blogger.com

wordpress.com

w3schools.com

lynda.com

flickr.com – photo hosting

inlinkz.com

Button code generator

Sew, Mama, Sew - Giveaway day coming December 9

ProBlogger.net

Staying warm post mentioned :)

Adsense, afflilate marketing, analytics

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All of our episodes are available here, and on iTunes.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes as well – Thanks!

Amy

 



Quiltcast #10 – Market Round Up

Posted on October 30th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 23 comments

Hi friends! If you haven’t been listening yet, check out the Quiltcast! With Blogger’s Quilt Festival going strong this week, I put together a few snippets from Market last weekend. All of our episodes are available here, and on iTunes, plug in for your next piecing project!

Natalia Bonner mentioned her new book, co-written with Kathleen Whiting (aka her mom) – Modern One-Block Quilts

Vanessa Christenson talks about her new line of fabric Color Me Happy and pattern collection

Pat Sloan shared her fabric line Bobbins and Bits, and her new thread kits by Aurifil

Debbie from Esch House Quilts shares a few details about her new patterns

Emily Herrick mentioned her re-release of quilt patterns from Geared for Guys

Nancy Mahoney talks about her new book, Simple Circles and Quick Curves, and her new fabric line for P&B Textiles, called Urban Classics

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Quiltcast #8

Posted on October 16th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 1 Comment

April and I talk about where to begin when learning to quilt, or teaching a friend to quilt! Lots of helpful tips and information for the beginner, or beginning to teach, and some of our personal strategies for success!  Success is a new quilting addict – of course!

Tutorials by Amy and April.

1, 2, 3 Quilt by Ellen Luckett Baker is a great book for beginner, or any quilter looking for fun projects! Organized by shape, with a variety of projects for each shape, there’s a number of fun projects to inspire even the novice. I especially like her Lopsided Squares Quilt, Stacked Table Runner, and Hexie the Turtle – the Clamshell Pillow Sham looks like a fun challenge too!

 

OLFA 18″ x 24″ Self-Healing Rotary Mat

Omnigrip 6″ x 24″ Non-Slip Quilter’s Ruler

OLFA 45mm Ergonomic … Read More »



Quiltcast #7

Posted on October 9th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Our favorite ways to piece quilts, and get things done!

And tips to keep us focused, and on task.

Headphones to hear over my machine. Klipsch Image ONE  (I’ve been catching up on Parenthood and Brothers & Sisters)

Seam Fix – Seam Ripper And Thread Remover

Masking Tape

Ruler- 1 1/2″x 6 1/2″

Sewline Pencil

Walking Foot

Bamboo Stiletto

Thread – Aurifil Thread 50wt , Superior So Fine!

Sharp needles – Titanium Coated Needles by Superior

Cuticle Creme

Visit April to see how she sews HST units without marking the diagonals – I’m really curious too!

Share your top 5 with us in the comments.

All of our episodes are available here, and on iTunes.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes as well – Thanks!

Amy



Quiltcast #6

Posted on October 1st, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. No Comments

Our longest Quiltcast to date, the subject of fabric made us quite chatty!

We are talking about the substrates available, and our personal inclinations.

Flannels, voile, velveteen, rayon, home dec, linen, coated cotton -

Do you sew garments for yourself?

Modern Neutrals is available here.

 

Top 5 Current fabric lines

April – Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander

Party Streamer by Allison Glass

Technicolor by Emily Herrick

Bungalow by Joel Dewberry

Shirtings Floral Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings

Little Things by Arin Turnmire

All time favorite – Hope Valley by Denise Schmidt

Amy -  Lottie da by Heather Bailey

Barcelona by  Zen Chic

Just my Type by Patty Young

Glimma Lotta Jansdotter

Solids Kona/Bella/Cotton Couture

All time favorite – Wonderland

 

Amy Smart’s Peppermint Pinwheels Tutorial

All of our episodes are available here, and on iTunes.

Thanks for tuning in! Email your feedback here!

Your ratings and reviews are welcome on iTunes as well – Thanks!

Amy



Quiltcast #4

Posted on September 18th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 4 comments

Today April and I chat about our favorite traditional quilt blocks and how we like to make them unique, and current. Share your favorite blocks with us in the comments!

 

Beth found some snips that she loves. She didn’t have the brand available, but I’m guessing they are Havel’s or Famore’s snips. I use the rainbow pair of Famore snips, and April has a Fiskars snip that she keeps hidden from her kiddos!

I haven’t mentioned this on the blog yet, but I am a new contributor to Quilty! I’m talking about quilting on your domestic machine in each new installment of Quilty, if you are just getting started, this entire mag is a great resource for you! There’s also lots of great quilt patterns too – be sure to check it out :)

 

Download the pdf of blocks - Top 5 … Read More »



Quiltcast #3

Posted on September 10th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Hey! You guys get us – yay! This week Amy and April recap Amy’s trip to Wisconsin for Quilt Expo, and talk about their creative processes. Check out our top 5 sources of inspiration, and share your inspiration sources.

Available on iTunes – just click here! Or scroll down to listen in your browser.

Show notes :

Completely hand pieced and quilted this quilt was beautiful to look at. I was amazed by her tiny hand stitches and all the details included.

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Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

Quilt design software mentioned : Electric Quilt 7 also available Quilt Design Wizard this is a simplified option, with less features.

Design process – keeping a notebook of ideas, EQ7 to draft patterns, audition fabrics, and first round of fabric calculations.

Button Box Quilt -

Making a quilt for myself is always a treat! … Read More »



Quiltcast #2

Posted on September 3rd, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 3 comments

Learn more about Amy and April as we share more of our own stories, when and how we started quilting, and eventually blogging. When designing quilts became a part of our daily lives, and some of the notions that have been in our toolbox since the beginning.

Available on iTunes – just click here! Or scroll down to listen in your browser.

Show notes :

In case you’ve been looking for April’s quilt she mentioned last week, it’s adorable, and she posted it here.  Check it out and encourage her to keep blogging :)

We mentioned a number of great notions and tools – are any of these your tried and true notions?

I use Nikon D50 April uses Nikon D5100, which is the newer more mega-pixel option.

Bernina Patchwork foot or snap on 1/4″ Quilting … Read More »



Introducing – The Quiltcast

Posted on August 27th, by Amy in podcast, Quiltcast. 14 comments

I’m excited to start on a new adventure with all of you today! I’ve been making plans all summer, and stocking on up on a little bit of equipment to record and produce a podcast! April and I recorded the first episode this morning and look forward to getting together weekly and share more.

The podcast will be on iTunes soon, until then you can scroll down and listen in your browser!

Now available on iTunes – just click here!

 

Show Notes :

Special thanks to my husband, Joe, who did his best to edit out our first round of podcast errors. We are a work in progress, and promise to continue to make it even better!

April can be found online here, and plans to post about the quilt she mentioned in the podcast right away! I can’t wait to see it! While you … Read More »






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