May is for Makers-Week 4

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I can’t believe that we are already to Week 4 of May is for Makers!  May is for Makers is a campaign started by Lindsey Rhodes to bring awareness to the need to support indie designers. I have shared my three other purchases for the month in earlier posts.

Yesterday I purchased Sara Lawson’s new pattern, the Annex Double Zip Box Pouch. You can buy it here. I am looking forward to making it!

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Transatlantic Quilt

Transatlantic Quilt by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

I just returned from Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and while I had a wonderful time, it was also exhausting so I am happy to settle into my own desk chair back at home today to tell you about another quilt from my book, Intentional Piecing.  This quilt is called Transatlantic and I had so much fun digging through my stash to choose the travel themed fabrics.  As it turns out, I have hoarded quite a few of them over the years!  If you have not and are in search of them, Tim Holtz just introduced his Correspondence collection at market, full of airmail stripes and envelope prints.

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I normally sew a couple of small items for his booth and as soon as I saw his new collection, I asked if I could use my Transatlantic pattern to highlight it. They were kind of made for each other!  This is a photo from his booth. I pieced the airplane and the words “FLY” and they were stapled onto canvas stretchers for wall art.

Airmail bag by Amy Friend

The bag was made using the tote pattern from my book but substituting the airmail envelope from the Transatlantic Quilt for the pocket. I intentionally created these blocks to be the same size so they could be used on the bag too, if desired–providing you with lots of options.  The handles were modified to add some of Tim’s new hardware.

Transatlantic Quilt by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

I really wanted to take a picture of this quilt on an actual plane.  There’s a small historical airport nearby with training planes and I worked up my courage to go ask the men running it if I could take a quilt picture. It was worth it but when I had to return for a second time, due to the wind, they remembered me as the “quilt lady.”  That was slightly embarrassing!  Thankfully, I didn’t need to return for a third time!

Transatlantic Quilt by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

I want to take this chance to thank Laura Collins for agreeing to pose for me last summer for a series of “vignettes” we were attempting.  They didn’t make it into the book but I love them just the same and appreciate her cooperation!  The idea was that her car broke down and she had to unload her luggage and was waiting roadside for help to come by.  We felt that the pictures had a bit of an Indigo Girls vibe…Wide Open Spaces…

Transatlantic Quilt by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

The quilt is block based but includes negative space blocks and some larger blocks at the bottom.  The placement of the luggage, envelopes and luggage tags within the blocks make it appear to be alternate gridwork but it isn’t–so sneaky and easy to assemble!

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Tell Me A Story-2

Tell Me A Story 2 by Amy Friend

I just finished up this sweet baby quilt based on the Tell Me A Story Quilt Pattern from my book, Intentional Piecing.

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If you have been following along on IG at all, you already know that I have been running a contest. For each Tell Me A Story block that you make and post on IG with the hashtags #intentionalpiecingbook and #TellMeAStoryQuilt you are entered to win one of two fussy-cut-able bundles of fabric. You can also repost the image above as an entry.

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The contest ends June 1. You really should check out the hashtags and see all the blocks entered so far and read their stories! I didn’t intend to sew along but, as it turns out, I wanted to play too. It’s so fun creating these blocks that each tell a story through intentional fabric selection.


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I decided to just make a small, baby size version this time and I am donating it to the Quilts for Fort McMurray effort. I made a label for the back that reads “Each block tells a story. Enjoy reading your quilt.” I hope gives comfort to a little baby and his or her parents.

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May is for Makers-Week 3

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I can’t believe that we are already to Week 3 of May is for Makers!  May is for Makers is a campaign started by Lindsey Rhodes to bring awareness to the need to support indie designers. I have shared my two other purchases for the month in earlier posts.

Today I purchased the Drachenfels knitting pattern by Melanie Berg because I realized that Quilt Market is this week and I cannot stand to travel without a project.  My friend assures me that I can knit this shawl and that the color changes (which I haven’t done before) will not be a big deal.  Here goes nothing!  Now I just need to get the yarn before I leave.

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Thank you to those who have reached out to me and let me know that they were supporting me this month as an indie designer with their purchase of a pattern or book. It truly wasn’t my goal when I decided to join in but I have appreciated each and every sale.

 

May Aurifil Designer of the Month–me!

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May is my month to share a blue and white block design for the Aurifil Designer of the Month BOM.  I truly love Aurifil thread so I am so happy to partner with them for this project.  All my piecing and quilting is done with Aurifil!

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Pat Sloan asked us to make blue and white inspirational mosaics and I had so much fun making mine.  I thought I would share it here too.

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This is my block, a traditional Cups and Saucers block because when I think of the colors blue and white, I think of china tea cups.  I added a bit of a modern flair with the gradient.  It was a fun block to make and I hope that you will enjoy it too.

Read all about the BOM and how you can win a box of Aurifil thread just by making and sharing one of these blocks (and being the lucky winner) right here. The block directions can be downloaded there too, as a simple pdf. There is also an interview with me where I confess my weakness for peppermint patties and a link to my recent chat with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork and Quilting.

Enjoy!

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Ramp It Up Quilt

Ramp It Up by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

Today, I’d like to share another project from my book, Intentional Piecing. I firmly feel that not all intentional piecing needs to be fussy cutting. Sometimes, color placement alone can be a very intentional process and a gradient is one of those times. I have used a color gradient in a number of projects and truly love them for their graphic appeal. One of my favorites is this Ombre Vibes quilt I made–shown here in the mini version.

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(Free tutorial for Ombre Vibes lap quilt can be found here.) But it isn’t always easy to find a large number of graduated steps of color so I design this project, Ramp It Up, to include just three shades–one light, one medium and one dark. It’s totally doable and has a great graphic impact.

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I would like to thank my friend, Alyson, for being my model here. You know you have found a true friend when she willingly poses on a rock with a quilt with people looking at us like we are a little crazy! I love this shot though and it seems to be one of the favorites from the book. The wind was kind to flip back the corner and show a bit of the backing too.

I quilted in straight lines using a few shades of Aurifil for added interest. I guess my quilting threads were part of the gradient!

This project is not paper pieced. It’s made of strips and easily pieced. The book includes some tips to keep those rows nice and straight!

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My Tribe Quilt

My Tribe Quilt by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

The My Tribe quilt seems to be one of the most popular quilts in my new book, Intentional Piecing.  I have to say that I really enjoyed making it as well.  It’s a fun combination of paper piecing and applique.  There are three tee pees that have animals peeking out from behind them!  Such a fun dash of whimsy!  My book outlines the steps you need to take in order to place your appliques appropriately while paper piecing. It takes a little bit of planning but isn’t difficult!

My Tribe Quilt by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

I had fun using alternate gridwork here with the addition of those oversize arrows.

My Tribe Quilt by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

I have to thank my step father, John, who really went all out for me setting up a campsite in his yard so I could take these pictures.  All his years of collecting canvas tents, wooden poles, furs, baskets, wool blankets, etc. really came in handy!  And to think that I tease him about his collections all the time…I should bite my tongue because those props made for such great pictures!

My Tribe Quilt by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

The bottom band of each tee pee is a fussy cutter’s delight.  I used some of Maureen Cracknell’s Wild and Free fabrics, particularly Sun Tracks which is a fun print made of stripes of different motifs. They can be cut to look like they came from different pieces of fabric! This quilt ended up bring kind of an ode to Art Gallery Fabrics! I used prints from so many of their collection. In addition to Maureen’s, I used Hello Bear by Bonnie Christine, Wanderer by April Rhodes, and an older collection, Indian Summer by Sarah Watson.

I look forward to seeing more of these blocks appear! If you use the hashtags #intentionalpiecingbook and #mytribequilt, I will be sure to see them!

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Seam Rippers Available

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I know it has been a long time since I’ve stocked seam rippers in my Etsy shop but the wait is over!  My husband just finished this batch of 12 hand turned seam rippers.  Each seam ripper is hand crafted from either acrylic or wood.  They are beautiful tools and he takes pride in his craftsmanship.  They are polished to a nice shine and ready for some seam ripping!

 

May is for Makers-Week 2

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Continuing my commitment to purchase a pattern from an Indie designer once a week for the 5 weeks in May, I decided to buy Jeni Baker’s Lined Drawstring Bag PDF pattern this week. You can find this pattern on Jeni’s website as a pdf or you can order it on paper. Jeni is kind enough to offer a free tutorial for this bag in one size and it is widely used, including by my own guild as a swap item. To show my appreciation, I decided to buy the pattern containing all the sizes. I look forward to making one soon. They will be great stash busters and gifts!

To learn more about the #mayisformakers campaign, check Lindsay’s well written post.

Circuitry Quilt

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For months now, I have been telling people to save their selvages because I had a pattern coming up that I was excited about.  I would like to share that project with you today!  I have always been drawn to selvages and even more so once companies started adding cute touches to them in recent years!

Circuitry Quilt by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

I designed Circuitry to use half low volume selvages (since those fabrics have been so hot lately resulting in tons of low volume selvages!) and half rainbow colors grouped into a sort of spinning wheel pattern. I just love the result and hope you do too!  I feel like it’s a really fun and modern take on the selvage quilt and it’s an easy and fun sew.

Circuitry Quilt by Amy FriendI had to throw in this detail shot because it’s one of my favorites. I took it on an old screen door with a Salada Tea push bar. I am a huge hot tea/ice tea fan so this picture makes me smile.

You can find this project in my new book, Intentional Piecing.  Thanks for visiting!

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May Is for Makers: Week 1

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Here we are, it’s the first Monday in May so I want to share my first #mayisformakers purchase.  I have pledged to purchase a pattern a week from an independent designer and share it here on my blog.

I am mainly a designer of paper pieced quilting patterns so I am grateful for those with a different skill set who can design clothing patterns. I decided to purchase the Scout Tee pattern by Grainline Studio.  I found it on Indiesew, a great source of patterns by independent designers.  I’ve seen this top sewn over and over by so many people on IG and blogs so I took that as a good sign!  I went ahead and ordered some AGF Denim and a few voiles to try.  I purchased the paper version of the pattern so I am waiting for both pattern and fabric to arrive.

In the meantime, I am on the lookout for my pattern for next week.  I would love some more suggestions please!

 

Join Me on American Patchwork and Quilting

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Tomorrow I will be talking with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast about my book, Intentional Piecing. I hope you will join us!

Click here to listen tomorrow, May 2nd. The show time is 4pm Eastern, 3pm Central, 2pm Mountain, 1pm Pacific. Or, you can always listen later at your convenience!

The quilt in the image above is Crazy Eights from my book.  I loved designing and making that project.  I wanted to craft a design using stripes to create a dynamic design and am really pleased with the results.

Crazy Eights by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

Here is a bonus shot that didn’t make it’s way into the book. I was lucky to be able to use the antique Ford for the photo shoot.  I had fun quilting in concentric, overlapping circles.

More about the book tomorrow on the show!

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May Is For Makers Campaign

MayisformakersI am joining the May is for Makers campaign initiated by Lindsey from LR Stitched.  She is challenging us to buy one pattern each of the 5 weeks in May from indie pattern maker.  Why purchase a pattern from an indie pattern maker?  This is an issue near and dear to my heart as I work hard to build a career in design.  Designers pour so much of their creative energy and talent into their work, along with time spent designing, calculating yardage, testing patterns, photographing finished projects, writing, sharing, fronting the cost of printing the patterns on paper, etc. all in order to produce patterns that people love to sew.  While all that work makes us incredibly happy and fulfills a creative need, it is also work, and it should pay the bills.

Pattern sharing and photocopying is rampant and painful for designers.  Free patterns and tutorials have come to be expected yet take incredible amounts of time.  Every time you purchase a pattern from a designer, you are supporting them and their families.  You are thanking them for sharing their talents with you. You are providing them with an income so they can continue to create and produce great patterns.

I really feel like this is an important issue to highlight.  And I am happy to step up and join this campaign to show my support of 5 other designers.  I want to make sure no one thinks I am seeking pattern sales.  I am doing this to raise awareness and to show my support of fellow pattern designers.

So I pledge to purchase 5 patterns this month from indie pattern makers. I have started my search for patterns I might enjoy and look forward to sharing my purchases with you.  If you have any suggestions for me, I would love to hear them!  What should I buy?

Who is in?  Join us!

 

Stash Happy Tote

Stash Happy Tote with Teacher's Pet block by Amy Friend

I wanted to share another project from my book today because I feel that it is timely with the end of the school year approaching.  I think that this bag would make a great teacher’s gift!  It’s called the Stash Happy Tote because I am hoping that you will be able to make it by simply pulling 3 half yard pieces from your stash for the body of the bag. I don’t tend to buy lots of yardage but like to purchase half yard pieces so for me, it works out well!

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In the book, I offer 10 different paper pieced block patterns that all work for the front pocket of the tote.  You can customize it any way you like to suit the recipient.

Stash Happy Tote with Teacher's Pet Block by Amy Friend

I just made another tote today using the same block, perfect for a teacher or librarian or any book lover. It would serve well as a library bag even.  I plan to make more bags with some of the other blocks down the line and will be sure to share them when I do.

I have received word from a number of my readers that their Amazon orders of Intentional Piecing are arriving within the next couple of days!  That’s very exciting. I can’t wait for you to receive your copies and share your projects with me.  Please use the hashtag #intentionalpiecingbook on Instagram.  If you make this project, you can also use #stashhappytote and #teacherspetquiltblock.

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QuiltCon 2017

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I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah!  I have always wanted to to go Savannah so I am really thrilled that the MQG chose that location!

Take a look at all the other wonderful teachers and lecturers. I am honored to be part of this team.

Will I see any of my blog readers there? I hope so! And I do hope you will introduce yourselves. I would love to meet you.

Liberty Dress

Liberty Dress by Amy Friend, pattern in Intentional Piecing

My friend, Laura, said that she’d love to see the Dress paper pieced block from my book, Intentional Piecing, made in Liberty.  I decided that I wanted to see that too!  I just finished it up this morning.  I don’t have a large stash of Liberty–just a few fat sixteenths.  If you cut carefully, a fat sixteenth is more than adequate for this block. Give it a try!

Dress by Amy Friend from Intentional Piecing

This is the original block from the book.  The dress pattern was designed to show how effectively one could use a border print. I think it’s really special this way too.  I love the way the flowers are dense at the hem and then scattered through the bodice. I used a really pretty Kokka double gauze and I see that it is still available at Sew Me A Song if you would like to make a similar block!

Unfortunately, even though all the patterns were checked again and again, we let a mistake slip by. I noticed that the order of 2 sections in this pattern were incorrect.  Fortunately, it’s just a labeling problem and will only confuse the user but not prohibit them from sewing the pattern.  The pattern pieces should be labeled as they are in the diagram below.

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My apologies!

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April Aurifil Designer, Kate Spain

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It’s Kate Spain’s turn this month to share her block design for the Aurifil Block of the Month.  You can find all the details here.

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In order to enter a photo of your block for a chance to win a box of Aurifil thread, simply link up your photo right in the blog post, on Aurifil’s web site.  Good luck!

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I love the way Kate used color in the block–it looks dimensional to me. She has used her new batik collection called Latitude.

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Tell Me A Story Quilt–Prizes!

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Initially, I hadn’t planned on sewing along and making more Tell Me A Story blocks…but I couldn’t resist!  I have made this group of 5 so far and have lots of fabric waiting in the wings, ready to become part of the story.  For this version, I am using a black crosshatch for the inner triangles in each block and then various low volume fabrics for the outer triangles.  The fussy cuts and borders are paired to tell a story.

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As I explained in my previous blog post, I am inviting everyone to play along and make and share Tell Me A Story blocks on Instagram.  The first entry is simple and no purchase required–just repost my Instragram picture showing the image above to spread the word about the stitched story telling event.  You will find it in my IG stream.  Use the hashtags #intentionalpiecingbook and #TellMeAStoryQuilt.  Every time you make a block and share it, using those hashtags, you are entered again!  The pattern is found in my new book, Intentional Piecing.  The book is currently shipping from my Etsy shop and will be shipped by Amazon and Lucky Spool very soon.

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2 lucky winners will receive this bundle, provided by Sew Me A Song. The fat sixteenths bundle was selected for this project and is full of fussy cutting prints. Sew Me A Song just listed the bundle for sale, as well. If you buy the bundle and then happen to win, your purchase price will be refunded. The drawing will be held on June 1.

I can’t wait to see your blocks and hear your stories!

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Tell Me A Story; A Stitched Storytelling Event

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I am so happy to share my Tell Me A Story Quilt from my new book, Intentional Piecing.  In the book, I call this quilt a process quilt.  The idea is to enjoy every minute of making it!  I have lots of quirky Japanese prints in my stash and designed this quilt to use fussy cut motifs from prints like that.  The fussy cut centers are framed by borders so that they are actually octagonal, which is kind of fun and unusual.  Each block is meant to tell a story.

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The stories can be simple or convoluted.  It’s up to you!  If you look at some of the details in this image, you will see what I mean.  There is a hot air balloon framed with birds flying in the sky.  There is a stack of tea bowls framed with lace; I picture a lace tablecloth under the tea set.  The little mice in their underground burrows are framed with woodlands-y tree rings.  The mermaid is surrounded by shells.  It’s really such a fun project.

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When I photographed the quilt for the book, I wanted to continue the story telling theme. I did a little photoshoot at an alpaca farm in town.  As you know, alpaca fur is used for yarn.  So I imagined the alpaca viewing the quilt and saying, “I see you know a lot about quilting. I know more about yarn myself.”  Silly and fun, that’s the name of the game!

I would like to invite you to dig into your stash and pull out some of those prized “fussy-cut-able” prints and tell a story of your own.

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Please share this image on your blog or on Instagram to spread the word.  For each block you make and share on Instagram (or each time you share the image above) using the hashtags #intentionalpiecingbook and #TellMeAStoryQuilt, you will be entered into a drawing.  On June 1st, I will draw a random winner from the IG hashtag #TellMeAStoryQuilt to win a bundle of fabrics from SewMeASong that were selected just for this project so that you can make more blocks and complete your quilt top!

I cannot wait to see your blocks and hear your stories! I will repost and share them on IG and here on my blog too.

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Intentional Piecing

Intentional Piecing by Amy Friend

I’ve been given the OK to share anything and everything from my book which has just started to make its way out into the world!  I am now shipping from my Etsy shop for those who would like a signed copy.  And I shared my book quilts out in public for the first time this week while visiting the Squanicook Colonial Quilt Guild.  I am looking forward to sharing them again tomorrow in Maine at the Coastal Quilters meeting.  After months of secret, I want to share everything all at once but I am going to try really hard to pace myself!  I plan to share a project or so each week for the next several weeks–the book is packed with projects!  It includes 7 quilts, a tote bag with 10 unique and interchangeable block designs for the outer pocket, two clutches, an applique sweater, pillow, and pin tray.


Selvage blocks by Amy FriendYou might be wondering what I mean by intentional piecing.  It’s a conscious, deliberate process of fabric selection to suit a pattern design (or vice versa) or aesthetic.  In this book, I designed each project to show one of the numerous ways that different types of fabrics can be used to their best advantage–from fussy cut motifs, to border prints, stripes, gradients, textured solids and even selvages.  I also ask you to consider adapting your pattern for the perfect fussy cut and show you how!  I absolutely love selecting fabrics for my projects and considering the best pattern to show them off.  I hope that love shines through in this book and infects you too!

Magnetic Pin Tray by Amy Friend

This magnetic pin tray is the first project in the book. It provides a comfortable way to ease into fussy cutting using clear plastic templates to isolate and cut motifs from some of your favorite sewing themed fabrics.  I know you have them….probably in excess, right?  It’s time to fussy cut some of those buttons and sewing machines and thimbles and make a cute little tray for your pins.  This is a easy project to whip up and it makes a great little gift for sewing friends.

Next week, I will introduce the next project and sew along!  I hope you will join in and play.  All the details are coming soon!

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Intentional Piecing Pre-Order

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I have been asked by a number of long time blog readers how they can order copies of my book directly from me and signed for them.  I just added a listing to my Etsy shop. The books will arrive in quantities large enough that I can ship within a few more weeks. If you would like your copy signed, please make sure you make note of that in the comments section! Thank you for your pre-orders. I appreciate them very much!

Pre-order here.

Facets Quilt

Facets by Amy Friend

I finished my Facets Quilt late last night and photographed it early this morning before the rain started.

This quilt design uses 9 over-sized paper pieced diamonds constructed from templates that I created.  I started this project in a less intentional way than usual.  I had mocked up a block on the computer and liked the idea of using half solids and half prints.  I wanted the printed halves to be very similar in color to the solid halves but to be a slightly lighter shade or include some white in order to hopefully create a little bit of dimension.  It was only after making a few of the darker diamons that I thought that I would like to create a “faded” or pastel version of the block. I ransacked my stash and came up with some prints and solids that worked quite well.  I used a combination of Kona and Art Gallery Pure Elements solids from my stash along with a few older prints, some newer Carolyn Friedlander prints and just introduced AGF collections (including Fleet and Flourish, Essentials II, and Paint and Chalk).

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The layout was decided upon after playing around with the blocks on my design wall.  I knew I wanted to leave vast areas of negative space but wasn’t sure what fabric color I wanted to use.  My palette was pretty usual to start with but I am continuing with my personal exploration to use a variety of colors in my backgrounds rather than the easy fallbacks of white and grey. I settled on this Zucchini Kona.

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My quilt is quilted with a 50 weight Aurifil thread that was a close match to the background.  I stitched in diagonal lines and then a crosshatch in the lower left corner.  This is similar to the quilting I did in my last quilt but I liked it so I did it again!

As I was quilting this, I couldn’t help but think that I could never pull off wearing this shade of green.  Isn’t it fun that we can quilt in any colors we like?  Who cares if it doesn’t suit our complexion or a particular wall color. It’s satisfying to create for sake of design.

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I used this great Cotton + Steel print for the backing. It is just a few shade deeper and coordinated perfectly.

The quilt finished at approximately 54″ x 62.

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Vintage Vacuum Paper Pieced Pattern

Vintage Vacuum Paper Pieced Block by Amy Friend

Four years ago, I made a vintage Hoover vacuum block for a paper pieced sewing bee.  The block was very complex with multiple Y seams and partial seams and tiny pieces so I did not offer it for sale.  I have had a number of requests recently to offer the block as a pattern, and I did love the original, sooooooo…I worked on simplifying it will keeping as much of the detail as possible.  The pattern is a little tricky because it does involve one partial seam and one Y seam.  But it is doable!  And at a larger size, 12″ x 12″, the pieces are reasonably sized.

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The woman who contacted me most recently said that she was making an alphabet quilt and needed a letter “V” block.  This block would be perfect and even has room for an appliqued V in the left corner.

If you are interested, the block is available in all my pattern shops and the links are in the sidebar.

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Nibbles Paper Pieced Pattern Now Available!

Nibbles Paper Pieced Pattern by Amy Friend

I’d like to share my latest paper pieced block pattern with you today…just in time for Easter and spring in general!  This is Nibbles, a little bunny who can’t stay away from the carrots in the garden.  There is so  much room for whimsy in this block, especially in the soil. I used this great burrow print in my stash. It’s an older print by Birch Fabrics. I am not sure if you can find it anymore but I swear that I have seen some cute worm prints that could also work.  And honestly, the burrow print was just a lucky find in my stash. When I mocked up this design, I planned to use a Grunge brown for soil and a lighter brown for the bunny.  That will work too!

Garden Blocks by Amy Friend

I made this block 10″, the same size as all my garden themed blocks above so that they can be used together. If you prefer to use a 12″ standard block size, simply enlarge your pattern pieces by 120% on the photocopier.  Take note that the seam allowance as marked on the outer edges of each section will also be enlarged.  When you are trimming your sections down, just make sure you trim to 1/4″ rather than following that new seam allowance line.

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I really had fun sewing this block and I hope you will too!  The links in my side bar will bring you to my Pattern Shop here on my blog, Etsy or Craftsy.  The pattern is now available for sale in all those places.

I can’t wait to see your version.  If you make one use the hashtag #nibblesquiltblock.

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Chocolate Bunny Paper Pieced Pillow

Chocolate Bunny Pillow by Amy Friend

Art Gallery Fabrics sent me some of Pat Bravo’s new EssentialsII recently and I felt compelled to make my Chocolate Bunny paper pieced block using the floral print. It’s such a great print for paper piecing because the seams just disappear.  I used another EssentialsII print for the border.  I like the contrast of the geometric and floral.  If you’d like to make a bunny pillow before Easter, there is time! I made this in just one afternoon. The pattern is available in my Etsy and Craftsy shops as well as in my pattern shop here on my website.

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A New Paper Pieced Diamond Project

Diamond WIP by Amy Friend

I have a new work in progress. I designed this large scale diamond paper pieced block and challenged myself to try to create dimension through my fabric choices. I used solids on the right half of each block and prints on the left that were pretty much the same color but included a hint of a lighter shade as well.  Then I tried to create a few diamonds that appear to be faded versions of the original diamonds. I think that I was pretty successful and I like the outcome. I have settled on this arrangement for the blocks and need to settle on my background fabric next. I have a fabric order arriving today that will hopefully allow me to complete the top!  Check back next week!