Saturday

Modern Bee Blog Tour :: a.k.a. I'm in a book!

I could not be more excited to share this book with you today! The entire process has been completely surreal to me, so here is a little bit about how it came to be. 

Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends

It all came about after Sewing Summit 2011 where I finally met a bunch of my online friends in person. Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy, who is such a sweetheart, invited me to join an online quilting bee she was organizing. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity! Things started off normal enough, when all of a sudden Lindsay Conner, the author and a bee member, proposed the idea of a bee book and the rest is history! We all needed to finalize our quilt designs and kick things into high gear! 

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I absolutely adore stars, and I had sketched out this triple star-in-a-star design for Pillow Talk Swap 6.

Pillow Talk Swap 6
This is the pillow I made for that swap. I loved it and was so sad to send it away, so of course I wanted an entire quilt of it!

Modern Bee—13 Quilts to Make with Friends
And here it is, in all its fancy styled photo shoot glory! 

A huge thanks to Lindsay for all her hard work organizing everything and for doing such a wonderful job writing a great book. Go get your copy today! ---> Modern Bee —13 Quilts to Make with Friends

Giveaway!
Want to win a copy of Modern Bee? To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling us about your quilting bee, what you're currently sewing, or something you learned about the book!
We'll choose one random winner to receive a hard copy of the book! If winner lives outside the U.S., they'll receive a copy of the e-book. Giveaway ends October, 18, 2013. Good luck!

Craftsy Class Giveaway!


I'm so excited to be working with Craftsy to give away one of their many fabulous classes,  Quilt as You Go Patchwork Bag Class by  Tara Rebman. Quilt as you go is such a fun technique for when you really want to improvise a bit and play with your project.

I recently won a Briar Rose bundle from the wonderful Westwood Acres and couldn't resist using my small, precious pieces to create some fun projects and Quilt as You Go was exactly the way to do it. Here you see my friend Ali and I showing off the fun panels we created using that fabric and the QAYG process. Cute, right?!


Tara's class will teach you everything you need to know. If you've never been to the site, you're missing out! They have created such a great community where we can learn from each other and share projects. They have something for everyone, from quilts to  garments to  bags  Just check out the sample bags below and you'll see what I mean:



Here's a project I completed, using my two new addictions: Briar Rose and QAYG:



Seen enough? Ready to enter the contest already?? Just click this link to enter by Monday and a winner will be announced next Wednesday, August 7.

Sunday

Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald Challenge



I'm super excited to have an entry for a2w's Pantone Emerald Challenge! I had such fun pulling fabrics for this project, and was thrilled to turn it into a practical pillow we can enjoy every day. I was inspired by a HST pattern on Pinterest and interpreted it using the green focus of the challenge and paired it with my favorite, pink. I then had a design revelation and paired it with my new obsession of text prints instead of a typical solid background. It was my a-ha moment! I also inserted an invisible zipper so we can use the pillow from both sides. I'm so happy with it, especially because I finally have a project I get to keep! It's a standard 18". 





2013 Emerald Quilt Challenge

Friday

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Double Wedding Ring Quilt
I'm so pleased to finally be sharing this quilt with you! 
I made it as a wedding gift for my very best friend, Jill. It was inspired by a vintage 1930's double wedding ring quilt that I bought at a local antiques show. I showed off my purchase to her and she actually recognized the pattern! Her being a complete non-sewer, non-crafter, that came as quite a shock to me. Then a couple of months later she got engaged! Of course, being the sentimental fool I am, I decided I had to make her her very own double wedding ring to commemorate this huge moment in her life. 

Double Wedding Ring Quilt
(wanna know a secret? My friend Jill is crouched back there holding the quilt so it won't fall)

Double Wedding Ring Quilt
Now, if you know Jill, you know she has very particular taste; impeccable taste of the utmost high and edgy style, but particular, nonetheless. So I set about my design not knowing exactly where it would take me. After weeks of stalking fabric sites while also helping her plan the wedding, it hit me! Use her wedding colors! She had coral and black, with theoretical hints of turquoise, and the grey was a stray from my usual white, but went perfectly with her edgier taste.

Double Wedding Ring Quilt
I then proceeded to do oodles of research to decide how exactly I would tackle this behemoth of a project. I immediately referred to my friend Kaelin's Double Wedding Ring quilt along for help and forged ahead. The pattern she follows uses foundation paper piecing to make the arcs, thereby making the process faster and simpler. It took me about 20 hours just to piece the arcs, and I stopped counting after that. It's made up of 98 arcs and measures in at 54" x 68". It was a total of about 5 months from start to finish. 

Double Wedding Ring Quilt


Double Wedding Ring Quilt
I took a class at my local quilt shop to learn how to use their longarm machine. I used a very light scrollwork pattern to allow the colors and piecing to stand on their own. Binding the rounded arcs and concave points was a royal pain in the you know what, but I fudged my way through it and finished it off. 

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Double Wedding Ring Quilt
I aim for tears when I give gifts, and I'd say I succeeded here. :)
The cute part is that although she's not a sewist herself, she totally gets it. I've since been informed that this quilt is too nice and too special to use. Instead, it will hang on the wall of the future nursery. Nothing could make me happier.

Double Wedding Ring Quilt
The moment for which I waited many long hours and months. She loved it even more than I could have even hoped. My Jill, my lady, it was a true labor of love I would not make for anyone else. Much love!

Blogger's Quilt Festival Stats
Finished Quilt Measures: 54" x 68"
Special Techniques Used: Foundation Paper Piecing, curved piecing
Quilted by: myself, Elena Roscoe
Best Category: Favorite Throw Quilt, Favorite Quilt Photographer, Favorite Wall Hanging


Amy's Creative Side

Sunday

Sewing Summit 2012

Sewing Summit 2012 - my peeps!

Sewing Summit 2012 - all the fun!

This was my second time attending Sewing Summit (or “Summit,” as I like to refer to it) and strike me down if it wasn’t even more uplifting than the first one! Never have I had the privilege of meeting so many wonderful and lovely people, all of whom share my interests with the same passion and fervor as I. It’s always been a nice feeling to share with one another via the online community, but never have I felt so warm and fuzzy as being surrounded by people who just “get” me. And I get them! Seeing all our favorite fabrics brought to life, whether in one of the infamous Weekender bags, a trendy new frame purse, or a stylish Wiksten tank, was a glorious pleasure.

A feeling came over me that perfectly epitomizes what the Summit is: sisters. One afternoon I was in a car overloaded with talented ladies, and as we bopped from shop to shop, with some Menchie’s in between, of course, through all the giggles it hit me; Sewing Summit is like a reunion of sorority sisters. I don’t have any sisters, nor was I ever in a sorority, but I can only imagine this is what it feels like. Suddenly the warm and fuzzies poured over me and I’ve never felt more at home than I did in that overloaded car.

I went home with a renewed inspiration for my craft. My first day home I placed an order for supplies and set to work to restart my production and sell at a holiday show less than two short weeks away. I have plans in motion and strategies in the works. My passion and fire for all things stitched has been reignited, and it’s all thanks to Sewing Summit. A huge thanks to Erin, Ali, Megan, Erika, and Katie for all their hard work, as they’re the reason we all had such an amazing time.

Wednesday

Postage Stamp Quilt

I am so excited to finally be sharing with you my Postage Stamp Quilt!
I started it over a year ago in a quilt along, but as usual, lagged behind. I proudly share with you my finished product. I'm really excited, as it's only my second finished quilt of this size.

Postage Stamp Quilt
Here is the top that seemed like it would be so easy, but went on for seemingly endless seams. I took my time pairing up all the strips into individual blocks, making sure each print was equally represented throughout. I'm really picky that way. It's part of my charm, really.

Postage Stamp Quilt - back
I'm really excited that I not only decided to go with solids on this one, but that I ventured out of my comfort zone and pieced my backing. The solids took a lot of thinking, but I finally decided to pull out some predominant colors from the top and came up with these. So bright, sweet, and lovely, they really make me smile. I also had some leftover strips from the front, so I decided to break up the back and showcase them here. I have several more extra, and will eventually make a matching throw pillow.
I spoiled myself and sent it out to be quilted. Chris, from the Cotton Pig, did an all over "wandering pipe" pattern that really echoes the layout of the stamps.

Thanks for checking out my latest creation! I'm linking up to the Festival of Scrappiness and Work in Progress Wednesday. Go check out the other eye candy!

Monday

Craftsy Block of the Month :: Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered the great giveaway from Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock, Craftsy, and the Fat Quarter Shop. The results are in! The winner is comment #30:


Thanks Beth! I'll be emailing you about claiming your prize :)

Sunday

Rainbow Charm Swap :: FULL

The Rainbow Charm Swap is now FULL. Sorry if anyone missed out :( I missed out on Kati's and that's why I started my own. Nothing like being inspired!

Color assignments and such are posted in the Flickr group, so please check over there for updates. I'll be emailing my shipping address directly.

Thanks everyone and I can't wait to see what you all choose!

Saturday

Rainbow Charm Swap :: update

5 spots left as of 9am Saturday. Color assignments so far are posted in the Flickr group, so go check there for your assignment. Have fun!