What’s Your REMIX?

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Do you need a little break from what you are working on? If so, do what I just did and play on Pinterest for 20 minutes picking out your favorite Cotton + Steel prints to make your own Remix. All the directions are here. There are many chances to win yard cuts of your Remix from the Fat Quarter … [Continue reading]

Quilts for Sale

Quilts For Sale

The truth of the matter is that I am running out of room to store quilts. I am trying to contain all my quilts in three large bins and they are overflowing and far to heavy!  It's time to move some quilts out. I have given some away but thought that I would list a few in my Etsy shop. These quilts … [Continue reading]

Double Ended Seam Rippers

Double Ended Seam Rippers

These new double ended seam rippers, that my husband just finished making, allowed me to have a little extra "photo taking fun" since they have a … [Continue reading]

Craft a Creative Business Book Review AND a Survey!

Craft a Creative Business

I was sent a copy of Fiona Pullen's new book, Craft a Creative Business, to review.  Fiona is the founder of The Sewing Directory a popular site in … [Continue reading]

Easter Island Moai Paper Pieced Pattern

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Early this week,  I received an  interesting commission to create a Moai paper pieced block with the option of adding a bird sitting on top of the … [Continue reading]

Necklace Seam Rippers Available

Hand turned seam ripper necklaces

My husband has completed another batch of his hand turned necklace seam rippers!  These seam rippers are beautifully hand crafted.  He turns each … [Continue reading]

Iron On Vinyl Apron Tutorial

Iron-On Apron Tutorial by Amy Friend

I'm sharing a free tutorial for this Iron-On Vinyl Apron for your favorite toddler to kindergarten aged cooking assistant.  The apron was inspired by … [Continue reading]

Lily’s Quilt on Exhibit

Lily's Quilt On Exhibit

Lily's quilt was just hung up at the town library this morning where it will be on display for the next two months. She is very proud!  Thank you for … [Continue reading]

Pattern Shop Download Fixed

pattern collage

Happy New Year everyone!  The download problem in my new pattern shop has been resolved.  Feel free to purchase patterns!  See the Pattern Shop link … [Continue reading]

My VAT Solution

VAT solution

I am sure that most of you have heard all about the changes to VAT as of January 1, 2015 as there has been lots of chatter about it online in the past … [Continue reading]

Sewing Table Gift

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My husband made me this beautiful sewing table for Christmas. It wasn't a surprise because I knew he was working on it and we had discussed the … [Continue reading]

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas friends! I hope you all enjoy this holiday season with your loved ones. … [Continue reading]

Snapshots Quilt Along to Benefit St. Jude

Snapshots Banner

I wanted to call your attention to the Snapshots Quilt Along sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop and Moda Fabrics.  You can read all about it here. … [Continue reading]

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along Complete!

Little House on the Prairie Quilt

I'm happy to share my 9 year old daughter's completed quilt!  If you have been sewing along with us, you know that Lily and I have been reading the … [Continue reading]

Baguette Quilt

Baguette by Amy Friend

I am pleased to finally share a quilt I made over the summer.  It feels like forever ago!  I call it Baguette and it can be found in the January 2015 … [Continue reading]

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Musical Notes

Lily with musical notes

Can you remember way back to the beginning of the sew along?  I warned you that we were designing the blocks as we read the Little House series and … [Continue reading]

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along: Rose’s Letter Blocks

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along

Lily has just finished reading the last book in the Little House Series, The First Four Years.  This book is about the first four years of Laura and … [Continue reading]

Haberdashery Quilt

Haberdashery Quilt by Amy Friend

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen lots of "in progress" shots of this quilt. I just finished it up and couldn't be happier with it!  My goal … [Continue reading]

Interlock in Modern Patchwork

Interlock by Amy Friend

I have another new quilt to share today. I was quite busy over the late spring to summer period but only now able to show all these projects.  This … [Continue reading]

Camper Paper Pieced Pattern

Camper by Amy Friend

I just designed this Camper block for my bee mate in the Cocorico Bee.  She asked for travel themed blocks and when pressed for a color preference, … [Continue reading]

Scraps, Inc. and Twinkle

photo courtesy ©Lucky Spool Media, LLC.

  I was so excited to be invited to contribute to Scraps, Inc., a collaborative book published by Lucky Spool. Working on this book was a … [Continue reading]

Just For You Blog Hop

Mini Dresden Coin Purse by Amy Friend

Quite awhile ago now, I was invited to submit a project for Just for You: Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers: 24 Simply … [Continue reading]

Free Motion Quilting For Beginners-Book Review


Molly Hanson has authored a book called Free Motion Quilting For Beginners; and those who think they can't. Molly is on the ThermOWeb design team with … [Continue reading]

Sherri Lynn Wood to Visit New England

I have been working to bring some speakers to New England.  All the good MQG stuff seems to happen in places like Texas and Utah and it would be nice … [Continue reading]

318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop

318 Patchwork Patterns Table Runner by Amy Friend

Today is my stop on the 318 Patchwork Patterns blog hop!  This book containing paper pieced and appliqued designs by Kumiko Fujita was first published … [Continue reading]

Snowflake Paper Pieced Pattern

Snowflake Paper Pieced Pattern by Amy Friend

I'm just popping in quickly today to let you know that I have updated my Etsy and Craftsy shops to include this snowflake block that I designed a … [Continue reading]

Primrose Square Quilt Pattern

Primrose Square Quilt Pattern by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

While at quilt market, I was able to snap this picture of Primrose Square, my most recent quilt pattern designed for BasicGrey using their new … [Continue reading]

Sweet Tea Kit on Craftsy

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that my Sweet Tea quilt pattern has been kitted and is available on Craftsy right now. You can buy it here on … [Continue reading]

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Dove in the Window

Dove in the Window

  Lily has just finished reading These Happy Golden Years.  As I mentioned before, this book describes Laura and Almanzo's courtship and … [Continue reading]

Kite Tails in Mochi

Kite Tails by Amy Friend

My original Kite Tails quilt, made in an assortment of prints from the first Cotton + Steel collection, appealed to the ladies at Cotton + Steel so … [Continue reading]

World Without End Variation

World Without End Variation by Amy Friend

I just returned home from Quilt Market in Houston, Texas.  Sizzix debuted their new die, "World Without End," at market and asked me to design a … [Continue reading]

Craft Fail; Book Review

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I'm so glad that I was invited to review an advance copy of Craft Fail; When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong by Heather Mann. I spent two evenings … [Continue reading]

Utopia Giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop


  This morning I am hosting a giveaway from The Fat Quarter Shop for a fat quarter bundle of Frances Newcombe's Fantasy City Fervor Utopia for … [Continue reading]

Irish Chain Variation Complete

Irish Chain Variation by Amy Friend

I have finished my Irish Chain Variation!  As I mentioned in a recent post, this quilt was inspired by an Amish quilt on the back cover of the book A … [Continue reading]

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Chalkboard

Little House on the Prairie; Chalkboard

  Lily and I have been reading These Happy Golden Years for the past couple of weeks and are nearly through.  I have been reading most of … [Continue reading]

Janome Walking Foot Guide Fix

Janome Walking Foot Guide Fix by Amy Friend

I have been working on my straight line/crosshatch quilting and am constantly frustrated by my Janome walking foot guide.  It will not stay put.  The … [Continue reading]

Nine Patch Variation WIP

Nine Patch Variation by Amy Friend

  I have been working on a new quilt recently and thought I would share a couple of pictures here that I have previously shared only on … [Continue reading]

Merlin Costume

Merlin Costume by Amy Friend

My son approached me with a 3 inch tall plastic figure of Merlin, the main character in a series of novels he is enjoying, and asked if I could make … [Continue reading]

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Shirt


Welcome to Block 16 of the Little House on the Prairie Sew Along.  This block is the second to correspond to Little Town on the Prairie.  That means … [Continue reading]


Curious by Amy Friend

As I made my Melon Ice table runner recently, I was reminded of how much I like the diamond shape. I wanted to explore it a little more in a … [Continue reading]

Welcome Gotham Quilts (with Coupon Code!!)


Today I am happy to welcome the newest sponsor of During Quiet Time, Gotham Quilts.  Gotham Quilts is a new on-line shop with plans to open a brick … [Continue reading]

A Sense of Place Mini

Plum Island mini by Amy Friend

My guild, the Seacoast Modern Quilt Guild, is participating in a mini quilt swap with the Northampton MQG.  The theme is "A Sense of Place."  I am a … [Continue reading]

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual; Book Review


I was sent an advance copy of Gertie Sews Vintage Casual which is now available on Amazon and in your local bookstores.  This book is written by … [Continue reading]

National Sewing Month

Tova by Amy Friend

It's National Sewing and Quilting Month and the Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating with a free heart pattern and a challenge to bloggers.  First, for the … [Continue reading]

Sew Fresh Fabrics Going Out of Business

Today, Peg is breaking the news that she is closing Sew Fresh Fabrics. I know so many of you are disappointed, as am I.  Sew Fresh was my first … [Continue reading]

Melon Ice Runner in Prints

Melon Ice Runner by Amy Friend

I'll be teaching a workshop this winter based on my Melon Ice Quilt Pattern.  I just finished this sample to bring with me, using my coveted stash of … [Continue reading]

Penny’s Witch Costume

Witch Costume by Amy Friend

My 5 year old asked to be a witch for Halloween. It's not the most creative costume idea but she has been mentioning it for at least the last two … [Continue reading]

Selvage Whirlwind at the BAQS Exhibit


I sent my Selvage Whirlwind quilt to hang as a part of the first BAQS exhibit at the AQS Quilt Week Show in Chattanooga.  I was so excited to see … [Continue reading]

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along; Blackbird

Little House on the Prairie Blackbird Block,

Lily is back to school now which is putting a hamper on our sew along process!  She has been reading Little Town on the Prairie when she can and is a … [Continue reading]

Around the World Blog Hop

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I was tagged last week in the Around the World Blog Hop by Jennifer from Never Just Jennifer. I hadn't "met" Jennifer yet but after taking a look at … [Continue reading]

Sponsor News


  Sew Me A Song is celebrating National Sewing Month with a great sale!  Take $10.00 off your purchase of $50.00 or more with coupon code … [Continue reading]

Labor Day Sale


Thermoweb is having a free shipping sale!  Click here. … [Continue reading]

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along: Eagle Feather

Lily with Eagle Feather

Lily and I completed block 14 in the Little House on the Prairie Sew Along today.  This is the last block for The Long Winter.  At the beginning of … [Continue reading]

Welcoming Massdrop


I'm happy to welcome Massdrop as a new sponsor for During Quiet Time.  I wrote a post about Massdrop before, when I reviewed the Oliso iron for them. … [Continue reading]

Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000


The last few evenings, I have been enjoying an advance copy of Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000 by Roderick … [Continue reading]

Little House on the Prairie Sew Along: Winter Window

Lily with Winter Window block

  Lily and I are working hard on finishing her two quilt blocks for The Long Winter before school starts next week. We had hoped to make all … [Continue reading]