Everyday Skirt

Everyday SkirtJust in time for Easter, I finished an Everyday Skirt, pattern by Oliver & S.  I purchased the digital version here. I really like the pattern and plan to make more of them. It’s a very comfortable, wearable skirt.

Everyday Skirt detail

I like the flat front waistband and the pocket details. I used a Bungalow Rayon by Joel Dewberry from Hawthorne Threads. The fabric is not see through so it doesn’t require a slip yet has wonderful drape.

I have no pictures of it on because I don’t do selfies but maybe I will get a picture of it tomorrow?

Works in Progress

First Communion Dress

I’ve been busy sewing for quilt market this past month but those projects are starting to wrap up. In the meantime, I am sneaking a few minutes here and there to work on my daughter’s First Communion dress. I am working with satin and lace. Need I say more? You know what I am talking about. It frays, it slips and slides, it doesn’t iron all that well.  But all in all,  it is working out ok and I think she will have a dress to wear. Phew! This is a sneak peek of the neckline that I think is really sweet.

Oakshott

 

I am also anxious to work with this beautiful set of 10 inch squares of Oakshott-Colourshott.  It’s just so pretty that I am having a hard time deciding what to make and making that first cut.  Soon!

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Podcast Today

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Amy Friend guest

Today’s the day! Tune into American Patchwork and Quilting Radio today at 4:00 EST. I will be talking to Pat Sloan about paper piecing, BasicGrey, To Boston with Love, etc.!

Seam Rippers Available

Seam Rippers

I am about to start listing this batch of handturned seam rippers in my shop!

American Patchwork and Quilting Radio Show

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Amy Friend guest

Pat Sloan has invited me to chat with her next Monday on American Patchwork and Quilting Radio. If you would like to listen, follow this link. We will be talking about paper piecing, BasicGrey, To Boston with Love, etc.!

Melon Ice

Melon Ice AQ Magazine

I’m happy to finally be able to share this quilt with you. It was made last fall and is called Melon Ice.  It appears in the May 2014 issue of American Quilter Magazine.  I made the quilt out of beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics solids in Mystic Grey, Apricot Crepe, Coral Reef and Snow.  I have been really loving these melon like shades of orange recently.  I’ve also had fun playing with oversized blocks in recent months as you can see in my Hayloft Door Quilt and my BFF Chain Quilt. They were all made at about the same time. Then, I switched over to tiny 7″ blocks!

Melon Ice by Amy Friend

These blocks are paper pieced and supersized measuring 18″ finished. The completed quilt measures 72″ square.

Melon Ice by Amy Friend

I quilted with off center concentric circles. Yes, each row of quilting did have threads that needed to be buried but I think it was worth it because I like the look!

Melon Ice by Amy Friend

I would like to explore this pattern again, maybe using smaller blocks and going scrappy. I think it has the potential to be used in many different ways. I hope you have fun with it and will share your finished quilts with me!

 

Help the MFA Celebrate Quilts and Color

Amy Friend

 

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston would like YOU to help them celebrate the opening of Quilts and Color.   They are going to be sharing a photo album on Facebook of quilts and their makers.  If you would like to be included, please send a photo of you with your quilt(s) to Christy at cstine@mfa.org  by April 10.  In order to be properly credited, please include a line about your quilt and your full name.  You may include a blog link.

Thanks for participating!  I look forward to seeing all your pictures!

 

Selvage Whirlwind Complete!

Selvage Whirlwind by Amy Friend

I am so excited to share my completed Selvage Whirlwind quilt today.  It turned out just the way I had hoped and I love it!  I think shots of quilts blowing in the wind are pleasing so I had to include this one.  Is it just me?

Selvage Whirlwind by Amy Friend

The finished quilt measures 52 1/2″ x 60″ and is backed with DS Quilts prints that I had in my stash which worked out perfectly. It is bound in the same Kona Putty that I used while piecing.

Selvage Whirlwind by Amy Friend

Humor me…I am going to show close ups of some of my favorite selvages….do you see the row of colorful bees here?

Selvage Whirlwind by Amy Friend

I love the bow ties here in the navy block!

Selvage Whirlwind by Amy Friend

I love this one too with the woman in the high heel and the row of bows.

Selvage Whirlwind by Amy Friend

I was able to fussy cut so that I could include the anchors from the print in the blue block and put the seashell selvage next to them. In case you were wondering if my piecing was random or not; it wasn’t. It was pretty carefully considered throughout. I fussy cut many selvages to include fabric names in their entirety or a favorite designers name, or a certain bit of the actual fabric design that I wanted to show, etc.

Selvage Whirlwind by Amy Friend

And yes, I am continuing to collect selvages!  I think I have at least one more selvage quilt in me!

Selvage Whirlwind by Amy FriendIt is spring in New England…the snow is mostly gone but there is no green yet and these are dry leaves left over from the fall!

 

 

Seam Rippers Available

Handturned Acrylic Seam Rippers

Another batch of handturned acrylic handled seam rippers are currently being listed in my Etsy shop.

To Boston with Love Returns!

To Boston with Love

To Boston with Love has returned to the MFA, Boston!  I am still so grateful that I made that call to the MFA last year to ask if they might hang the flags that Berene had been inspired to collect as a gift for the people of Boston to be displayed somewhere in the city. It was the beginning of a great relationship with the staff at the MFA and resulted in a wonderful exhibit that has touched many people. One of our criteria for choosing a location was access. We wanted everyone to be able to see the flags. We were so grateful that the MFA opened the exhibit for free for a couple of days last year.  While the flags will be displayed for the entire month of April 2014 in the Shapiro Courtyard, the museum is once again  free to the public on April 19th.  Thank you MFA!

To Boston with Love

The flags are hanging differently this time, mainly along the windows in the courtyard. As a result, they flutter a bit which is fun. I was able to locate the string of flags made by me and Berene from across the room.

To Boston with Love

I kind of like this picture with me reflected in the glass while taking a picture of my flags. It will serve as a nice memory. I think in some ways, I enjoyed seeing the flags more this time because I was just so exhausted last year after working on the project so intensely for a period of 3-4 weeks.

To Boston with Love

The flags are slightly higher than they were last year so I had a hard time photographing them but I am trying to include a number of views here because I know that all of you are looking to spy your flags. I hope you find them!

To Boston with Love

To Boston with Love

To Boston with Love

To Boston with Love

I want to say thank you again to everyone who sent flags to us. The exhibit wouldn’t have been nearly as impressive with a handful of flags but over 1700 flags makes a statement and really shows an outpouring of love for the city of Boston.