Heartland Tour Roundup

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Today marks the end of a successful two week blog tour that I hosted for Pat Bravo to celebrate her Heartland Fabric collection. Here is a quick round up of the projects:

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Week One

We have a plus quilt from Debbie, knit baby pants from Jess, a top and bag from Charise, a Maker’s Tote by Jade, a tumbler quilt top from Amanda, and a modern baby quilt from Kari.

 

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Week Two

We saw Stephanie make a quilted garment, Christopher a mini quilt, Kerry a moose couple, Nichole a hoop trio and a pillow cover from Krista.

Thank you to all the participants, to Pat and to those of you who followed the tour!

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Kicking Off the Heartland Blog Tour with a Free Pattern

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My friend, Pat Bravo, honored me by asking me to host a blog tour to celebrate her most recent fabric collection, Heartland.  Pat drew her inspiration from the forests of Scandinavia.  The collection includes her signature florals along with owls, and bold geometrics all in soothing shades of rosy taupe, warm yellows and dusty pine greens.

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As my readers know, I am an Art Gallery enthusiast and frequently use their fabrics in my work.  I enjoyed inviting designers to join the blog tour and create beautiful objects with this fabric range.  All of these individuals are very talented and I hope you will spend some time visiting their blogs throughout the next two weeks to see what they have made. We are going to see some beautiful quilts, embroidery, pillows, bags and clothing.

I am including the list of the blog tour dates and participants below.  Please click through and visit them starting with Debbie today!

November 7 Debbie
November 8 Jess and Charise (twice as good today!)
November 9 Jade
November 10 Amanda
November 11 Kari
November 14 Stephanie
November 15 Christopher
November 16 Kerry
November 17 Nichole
November 18 Krista

I will be sure to post a round up of all the projects here at the end of the tour.  Enjoy!  I look forward to seeing what you make with Heartland too!  If you make something, please tag it #PatBravoDesigns, #HeartlandFabrics, and #ArtGalleryFabrics.  Also, tag @PatBravoDesigns because she will want to see what you make with her beautiful fabric.  Surely, it’s the nicest compliment.

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I designed this easy beginner’s quilt drawing inspiration from Pat Bravo’s Trekant Rows fabric design (below).

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I’d like to offer you all this free pattern so you can join in on the blog tour excitement as well!  My sponsor, the Fat Quarter Shop, carries this collection if you want to make the quilt. If you make one, please use the tag #trekantrowsquilt so I can compliment you on a job well done! The free pattern can be downloaded on Craftsy.

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Enjoy the tour!
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Shibori Quilt

Shibori by Amy Friend

I’m so excited to finally share this quilt. I had a hard time making time for it with my busy fall schedule but, tada, it’s done!

This quilt was designed using the improvisational paper piecing technique that I outline in my second book, Improv Paper Piecing, that will be published in February.  I am so excited to share this book with everyone and teach you my technique!

Shibori by Amy Friend

After much hemming and hawing, I have decided to name this quilt Shibori.  While the individual blocks suggest leaves, the repeat, especially colored in this gradient, feels a lot like tie dye or shibori to me.  My fabric selections are all Pure Elements solids from Art Gallery Fabrics.

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The backing is a Cotton + Steel print from the Print Shop collection by Alexia Abegg.  I love not only the awesome color match but the modern feel of the print and it’s touch of whimsy that compliments the graphic design of the quilt front.

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I often use solids when I really want my pattern design to take center stage, which is what I did here.  Then I find myself wishing I didn’t have to quilt because I don’t like quilting that takes away from that bold statement.  I find that straight lines are normally the best option because they don’t tend to detract and I end up liking the layer of added interest.  Here I quilted in vertical lines using Aurifil 2600 (a light gray that I love) and Aurifil 1147 (for a pop of green).  I used a 50 weight thread for the majority of the quilting which is spaced at 1/4″ and 1/2″ intervals, but the green pops are in 40 weight so they stand out a bit more.

The finished quilt measures 48″ x 56″.

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I’m also appreciative that the foliage cooperated for these shots.  Had I finished even one week later, I would have missed that gorgeous color.

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Observing a Dragonfly

Dragonfly by Amy Friend

I was sent some of April Rhode’s newest collection, Observer, and knew immediately that I wanted to use her Indigo Window Sulphur print for dragonfly wings. I think that the fabric evokes the network of veins that make up the wings and the ethereal quality as well. The color suits too. The fabric that I used for the background is a fabulous choice for paper pieced backgrounds because you do not need to worry about directionality and the seam lines just blend.  I had a blast making this.  Now I have the same problem I always have…what do with the block!  Sometimes, I truly believe it is ok to make a block just to make it.  They are mini masterpieces.

This is my own paper pieced block design. I actually designed the block 3 years ago.  It’s available for sale here. Be forewarned, it’s not the easiest block but worth it!

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Caged Quilt

Caged Quilt by Amy Friend

I recently finished my latest large scale paper piecing project, the Caged Quilt.  These blocks are BIG–nearly 3 feet long.  It made for tricky piecing but the paper piecing technique allowed for great precision which is what I was going for.  The finished quilt measures 50″ x 64″ and is made using five different Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements Solids, carefully chosen and placed to create a sense of depth and dimension.

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I created this design based on something I doodled in my sketchbook months ago.  After playing around with the design, I arrived at this layout and configuration. I think it has a strong Art Deco feel to it with the precise geometric design and bold colors.

Caged Quilting Detail by Amy Friend

I kind of didn’t want to quilt this piece at all because I loved the crisp, clean lines. I wanted to quilt it in a way that didn’t detract from that at all so I went with 1/2″ spaced lines using Aurifil 50 weight thread (their finer thread so it blended more than the 40 weight would have).  I wanted the piecing to be more prominent than the quilting.  I chose a light grey thread.

In this detail shot,  you can see a bit of the backing fabric–it was just perfect for the angularity of the pieced design!  It’s one of Pat Bravo’s Essentials II prints.

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I am really pleased with the execution of this design.  You just never know for sure until you try it, right?  I am happy that it turned out the way I had hoped.

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Special Ingredients

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So, I have to admit it, when Lucky Spool posted something on IG months ago talking about publishing their first cookbook, I fell for it hook, line and sinker.  I was excited too because I like to cook!  However, the actual project, The Quilt Block Cookbook by Amy Gibson, was not a let down by any means.  It’s a beautiful, hardcover book with 50 block patterns, or recipes, and unique sampler quilt layouts to showcase the blocks. Amy has figured out the quilt math for you and provides you with many options so that you can use the blocks in a myriad of ways and make them your own.  That’s just what I decided to do.

Owl Medallion by Amy Friend

I had recently made a paper pieced owl block of my own design (pattern can be found in my book, Intentional Piecing: From Fussy Cutting to Foundation Piecing). I enlarged it to 16″ and pieced it using Maureen Cracknell’s new collection called Nightfall.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the block and was pondering some sort of medallion when The Quilt Block Cookbook arrived at my doorstep. I added a 2″ border so that I could surround the owl block with 9″ blocks.

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I used the Plus One Block from Amy’s book.  I was so happy to see that she had the templates for the orange peel applique in a number of sizes so there was one that was just right for my 9″ block even though the recipe was for a 12″ finished block.

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The quilt backing is a fun mishmash of the rest of the Nightfall Collection.

Owl Medallion by Amy Friend

I’m really happy with the way the design worked out. The appliqued leaves on this block are just perfect with the owl.  I added one leaf on the otherwise plain corner blocks to make a sort of ring around the owl.  They lend the perfect softness to the design, balancing the pluses.

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I think my favorite part of the book, besides the beautiful photos and Amy’s inspirational blocks, are the truly unique sampler layouts.  Often, I find sampler quilts a little too busy and like to see the blocks have some room to breathe.  Amy handles this beautifully–here is one example, the Princess Cut Quilt.  She has incorporated negative space into many of the layouts too, requiring fewer pieced blocks–I can see this being really helpful for those stacks of bee blocks that we all have hanging around waiting to be made into quilt tops!

I believe that I will turn to this book again for inspiration and am happy to add it to my quilt book shelf.  I think you would enjoy it too.  It can be purchased here.

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Cuckoo!

Cuckoo Block by Amy Friend

My friend, Melinda, shared these precious birds with me so that I could make another version of my Cuckoo Clock block. I adore them!  They seem made for this block.  The block is 10″ though and the fussy cut was too large.  How many times do we set aside the perfect fussy cut for just that reason?  I didn’t want to let that stop me so I enlarged the block to 16″ and now they are perfect!

I had fun playing off the primary color scheme of the fussy cut.  Red, blue and yellow are not my normal go to colors, but that’s what made it fun. They are undeniably cheerful colors too.

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Now I am mulling over what I am going to do with this large block.  It could be a pillow front as it is or with the addition of a narrow border.  Or I could design some German themed paper pieced blocks to coordinate with it.  I’m still considering!

If you would like this pattern, you can find it in my book, Intentional Piecing.

 

Quilter’s Planner

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Have you heard of the Quilter’s Planner?  It’s an organizational tool for busy quilters developed by Stephanie Palmer.  It’s got pages for your calendar, WIPs, project planning, etc.

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It’s really quite extensive and well thought out.  Stephanie listened to feedback from her customers and added a list of new features this year, as well.  The planner includes 14 patterns from a number of great designers all listed below:

Amy Sinibaldi of Nana and Co.

Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter

AnneMarie Chany of GenXQuilters

Cheryl Brickey of Meadowmist Designs

Christa Watson of Christa Quilts

Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles

Kari Vojtechovsky of Craft-Happy

Katie Clark Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt

Lee Monroe of May Chappell

Lindsey Rhodes of LR Stitched

Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts

Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl

Indie Vibrations by Amy Friend

Photo by Kitty Wilkin @Night Quilter, taken for the Quilter’s Planner 2017

My contribution to the calendar is my Indie Vibrations pattern made in Pat Bravo’s Artisan Collection with a smattering of prints from some of her other collections and AGF denims.

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Photo by Kitty Wilkin @Night Quilter, taken for the Quilter’s Planner 2017

My quilt was quilted by Stephanie herself in an all over design of clamshells, very fitting for these coastal photographs that fill the planner taken by Kitty Wilkin.

I encourage you to pre-order your planner before they are sold out.  You can place your order here.

Should you be interested in the single pattern, you can purchase it in any of my pattern stores (links in sidebar).

Search the hashtag #quiltersplanner2017 to be tempted by all the beautiful quilt patterns that will be included in this year’s calendar.  They are stunning!

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Plumb Line Quilt Pattern Available

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My Plumb Line Quilt Pattern is now available as a pdf download here on my website in the Pattern Shop, and on Etsy and Craftsy (links in sidebar).  I hope you enjoy making your own version!  If you do, please share using the hashtag #plumblinequilt.

This quilt is foundation pieced and assumes a general knowledge of foundation piecing. However, it is not complicated piecing and therefore, accessible to someone who is fairly new to paper piecing.  It could look great in prints or even scrappy.  There are so many possibilities!

To read my original post about this quilt, click here.

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Plumb Line Quilt

Plumb Line Quilt by Amy Friend

It’s so nice to have a finish!  It’s tricky to find time for my sewing with all the end of the school year/beginning of summer events and the demands of the garden which can be very appealing after a long winter.  I am naming this quilt Plumb Line, a suggestion made by @turquoiseprism on Instagram.  The name describes the shape so well!

The pattern is block based and paper pieced from a template of my own design.

I enjoyed working on this layout and playing with the placement of light and dark solids.  However, the turning point for me came when I removed some of the shapes from my layout to incorporate negative space.  I wasn’t satisfied so I  reintroduced of half, or one side, of the shapes I had just removed from my design.  The half shapes represent the darker sides and then the light side becomes part of the negative space or background.  Once I made that decision while playing around with the design digitally, I was happy and felt that I had hit upon a successful layout!

Plumb Line Quilt Detail by Amy Friend

I like the simplicity of the design and the clean lines.  I decided to make my quilting simple, accordingly.  I used an off white color Aurifil thread that was a little darker than the background but wasn’t too stark against the colorful shapes.  My lines are spaced 1/2″ apart.

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The finished quilt measures 60″ x 64″. It is pieced with Art Gallery Pure Elements, quilted with Aurifil 40 weight thread and backed with Cotton + Steel Posy Leaf from the Paper Bandana collection.

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Sprinkles!

Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone with Sprinkles!  by Amy Friend

I designed this pattern for a Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone a couple of years ago.  When I first caught a glimpse of the Sprinkles print from Dana Willard’s Art Gallery Fabrics collection called Boardwalk Delight, I knew I wanted to use it in this block! I paired it with a print from Sharron Holland’s new Tapestry collection for the cone. It was so fun!! I am not sure what I will make with the block. I just know I had to make it!

If you would like to sew one of your own, the pattern is available in my shop! Links in sidebar.

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Teachers’ Gifts

Flip Flop Stash Happy Tote by Amy Friend

Ever since Sharon Holland’s Coastline fabrics arrived on my doorstep, I knew that I wanted to make beach bags!  I decided that I would do that this week and make them for my daughters’ teachers.  For this bag, I used the Stash Happy Tote pattern found in my book, Intentional Piecing.  I designed the bag to go along with 10 new paper pieced block patterns provided in the book but also, the majority of the patterns that I sell in my pattern shop!  Any of my 10″ blocks will work for this exterior pocket.  I used my Flip Flop here.

Scallop Stash Happy Tote by Amy Friend

I made the second bag using the other colorway of Coastline. I designed a new block for this one, a scallop shell. I thought it would work well with that light, neutral print!

I hope that the teachers like them!

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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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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).

Facets by Amy Friend

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.

Facets by Amy Friend

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.

Facets by Amy Friend

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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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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Possibilities

Fleet and Flourish Blog Hop

I’m so happy to be kicking off the Fleet and Flourish Blog Hop today to celebrate my friend Maureen’s new fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. I love all the fabrics in this collection but her Roadside Guides print really caught my eye and inspired this quilt design. My quilt is made entirely of Pure Element Solids and backed in the Roadside Guides print.  I’ve named this quilt Possibilities.

Possibilities by Amy Friend
When I first saw this print, I knew I wanted to fussy cut it. I decided to do that in two sizes and made two corresponding blocks. I isolated just one log cabin design from the fabric and framed it with a solid for some of the blocks, and used groups of four fussy cut log cabins for the larger log cabin blocks.

Possibilities Quilt Top Detail, by Amy Friend

Because I love the fabric print on point, I designed the quilt so that my blocks are on point.

One of my personal challenges is to try to really mix up the colors I use for my quilt background fabrics–getting away from the safe white and greys. So here I used Pure Elements Grapefruit. I incorporated narrow sashing between blocks and irregular borders and played with the negative space around the edges, clipping the corners of the rectangle with my block placement.

As it turns out, the perfect Aurifil thread match for Pure Elements Grapefruit is #2420 Fleshy Pink. I used a 40 weight thread and stitched in diagonal lines spaced 1/2″ apart. I then stitched on the diagonal as well in the triangle formed in the negative space on the bottom left.

Possibilities with backing by Amy Friend

I bound the quilt in the background solid to keep the eye focused on the design and not to frame it. My finished quilt measures 55″ x 65″.

I completely loved making this quilt! Thanks for visiting. If you want to follow along with the blog hop, check out the following blogs in upcoming days:

Feb 22nd ~ Amy Friend : During Quiet Time { Blog & Instagram }  (you are here)
Feb 23rd ~ Heidi Staples : Fabric Mutt { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 24th ~ Amy Smart : Diary of a Quilter { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 25th ~ Amanda Jean: Crazy Mom Quilts { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 26th ~ Brooke Sellmann : Silly Mama Quilts { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabrics!!

Feb 29th ~ Amber Carillo : One Shabby Chick { Instagram & Blog }
March 1st ~ Nicke Cutler : Kiss Kiss Quilt { Instagram & Blog }
March 2nd ~ Nicole Daksiewicz : Modern Handcraft { Instagram & Blog }
March 3rd ~ Christopher Thompson : the Tattooed Quilter { Instagram & Blog }
March 4th ~ Alexis Wright : My Sweet Sunshine { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Llama Fabrics!!

March 7th ~ Jessica Stewart : Izzy & Ivy Designs { Blog & Instagram }
March 8th ~ Stephanie Kendron : Modern Sewciety { Blog & Instagram }
March 9th ~ Heather Bostic : House of A La Mode // Citizens of Textile { Instagram }
March 10th ~ Ali Brorsen : Because of Brenna { Blog, Facebook, & Instagram }
March 11th ~ Melissa Kelley : Sew Shabby Quilting { Blog, Facebook, & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with the Intrepid Thread!!

March 14th ~  Maureen Cracknell Handmade { Blog, Facebook, & Instagram }

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If you want to see the whole collection of Fleet and Flourish, you can find it here.

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Inn Street Clutch Gifts

Inn Street Clutch by Amy Friend

I  just made 5 Inn Street Clutches for gifts this Christmas.  I used a number of prints from various Art Gallery collections and love how different each clutch is from the next!  You can find my pattern for this bag in Quilting Arts Holiday. There are even kits available.

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Which is your favorite?  I have two more gifts to finish for Christmas. How about you?

Squared Elements at Massdrop…with a giveaway!

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Starting today, Massdrop is offering a Squared Elements drop! Squared Elements are  modern, graphic blenders by Art Gallery Fabrics.  They are offered in 27 different beautiful hues, including 6 brand new colors: Lox, Tutu, Cielo, Cyan, Seaglass and Wasabi.  This drop includes a fat quarter of each!

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The range is great so you are bound to find a color to work with whatever palette you choose.  In fact, I found 4 that work perfectly with a quilt I just started.  They are very useful blenders and I love having them in my stash.

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If you look carefully, you will see that some of the prints have colored squares floating on a white background and others have white squared with color surrounding them.  I love that they include that mix.

Squared Elements Haberdashery Pillow by Amy Friend

I chose 9 of the Squared Elements (which was hard!!) and paired them with a light grey solid to make blocks from my Haberdashery pattern.  I shrank the blocks to 6″ in order to make an 18″ pillow cover.  I quilted with a 1/2″ grid in the spirit of the Squared Elements.

Squared Elements Haberdashery Pillow by Amy Friend

I would love to see a whole Haberdashery quilt made up with the Squared Elements.  Wouldn’t it be fun?  Due to the necktie like diamond shapes it has a bit of a masculine look while incorporating feminine colors.

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During Quiet Time readers have a chance to win your own bundle of Squared Elements courtesy of Massdrop!  The giveaway is even open internationally.  Just leave a comment and enter with Rafflecopter. If you don’t want to miss you chance, click over to Massdrop before the drop ends.

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The Anna Blouse in Skopelos

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I’m happy to be joining in on the Skopelos Blog Hop today! Skopelos is designed by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. She was inspired by the Greek Island, Skopelos. The fabrics in the collection are just lovely and include knits and voile along with quilting cotton.

Anna Blouse in Skopelos by Amy Friend

I chose to work with the Kladi Under Shadow Voile and made an Anna Blouse. This particular print drew me in right away and is my favorite in the collection.  It reminds me of Statice flowers.  The blouse pattern is by Charise Randell and can be purchased here. The blouse is beautifully finished with french seams and details like bias binding and the key hole. I highly recommend the pattern and pairing it with voile. The voile drapes so nicely and is also easy to work with; easier I think than rayon and many other more slippery types of garment making fabrics. The blouse is shown here in a size 2 with a slightly modified neckline. The neckline was raise 3/4″ following this tutorial.

Anna Blouse in Skopelos by Amy Friend

 

I am glad that I normally take pictures of quilts because I am not sure how garment sewists get good pictures!  I tried taking a picture of myself in the mirror wearing this blouse and it turned out ridiculously!  I did send the blouse off to Art Gallery Fabrics for possible inclusion in their Skopelos Look Book so hopefully  you will see it properly modeled there soon!

Check out the other Skopelos project for inspiration:

1. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY – April 20th

2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st

3. ERICA TOOLE – April 22nd

4. RACHAEL GANDER – April 23th

5. AMY FRIEND – April 24th

6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ – April 25th

7. DANA BOLYARD – April 26th

8. ERICA JACKMAN – April 27th

9. JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS – April 28th

10. SVETLANA SOTAK – April 29th

11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS – April 30th

12. APRIL RHODES – May 1st

13. PAUL HALLINGER – May 2nd

14. SHARON MCCONNELL – May 3rd

15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th

16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th

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Fantasia Book Bag


Fantasia Book Bag by Amy Friend

Have you seen Sara Lawson’s new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics?  It’s called Fantasia and and it features unicorns! My oldest daughter is in heaven! Horses/unicorns and fantasy novels are her favorites. You can see the whole collection here.

Sara was kind enough to send me two half yard pieces to make this library bag for my daughter. I made sure that I fussy cut the front panel to feature the unicorn, front and center. The interior is lined with a beautiful cream colored print with flowers called Bous Trail Bluet. I let my daughter choose some fabric for the straps, and wouldn’t you know that she went straight for my Netorious by Cotton + Steel? It’s a great coordinate for this print though so it was a good call.

Fantasia Book Bag by Amy Friend

This is such a simple project but it suits Lily’s needs so well. I used HeatnBond Fusible Fleece for the interfacing-both for the body and the handles-so the bag has some heft to it to lug all her books. It was time for a new book bag. Lily’s old bag has worn through the bottom from all the hard labor it has performed over the years. It was made 5 years ago when she was just four, using horrible blue bull dog fabric she chose herself. You can see it here for a laugh. I think it is time that my 3rd grader upgrades to this bag covered with fantastical unicorns and lined with beautiful flowers.  She was very happy to see it all finished this morning.  I think unicorn dresses for the girls might be in my future.

Thank you Sara!

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Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas

Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas

I wanted to let you know that Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas, a collaborative book published by Lark Crafts, will be released in March.  I know you all have lots of fat quarters in your stash!  Hopefully this book will give you some new ideas to use them up.  There are lots of familiar names in the contributor section: Maureen Cracknell, Beki Lambert, Kaye Prince, Abby Glassenberg, Malka Dubrawsky, Shannon Cook and more.  Projects range from items to make for babies/kids, to bags, quilts, pillows, home decor, wearables and gifts.  I have four projects in this collective and would like to share them with you today.

Hothouse Flower Pillows by Amy Friend

I might as well start with my Hothouse Pillow Set since one of my pillows is sitting pretty there on the cover!

Hothouse Flower Pillows by Amy Friend

The pillow pattern is an 18″ paper pieced block.  It makes terrific pillows but I would also love to see a quilt made up using these blocks and some soft feminine colors.  Wouldn’t that be pretty?

First Aid Kit by Amy Friend

I created a First Aid Kit for the bag portion of the book. It’s a practical item that everyone can use.  It would be perfect to hold some band aids, headache medicine, etc. in the car for those little emergencies that come up while traveling.

 

First Aid Kit by Amy Friend

This is a small bag but it fits quite a bit!  Someone on Instagram said that this would make a great teacher’s gift, filled with bandaids for the classroom. I think that is a great idea.

Patchwork Sewing Machine Cover by Amy Friend

If you are a long time reader, you have seen this project before.  But my patchwork sewing machine cover pattern is also included in the book. The patchwork was inspired by stitches; the cross stitch, straight stitch, and zig zag!

Groovy Vibes Quilt by Amy Friend

And finally, you will find my Groovy Vibes Quilt made from Pat Bravo’s Carnaby Street collection.  I used the 8″ Sizzix Tumbler die which makes quick work of a fat quarter, cutting 4 perfect shapes from each. I love this project idea for a fat quarter stack, so much so that this is the second quilt I have made like this; the first using Splendor 1920 by Bari J.

Groovy Vibes detail by Amy Friend

In keeping with the lava lamp shape, and “groovy” feel of Pat Bravo’s collection, I chose to quilt in what I am calling lava lamp bubbles.  I cut circles (also using the Sizzix) out of contact paper in 4 sizes and stuck them on the quilt.  Then I free motion quilted a wavy line up each column and around the circles as I came to them.  As I made the quilt, I kept thinking that it seemed most appropriate for a teenage girl.  Happily, this quilt now lives with one who is enjoying it!

You can preorder the book right here so that you can see all the other fun projects.  I  hope you get to spend some time sewing this weekend!

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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 was to experiment with the diamond shape  in a minimalist design with a restrained color palette.  I drafted a simple paper pieced block with two diamonds of unequal size.  I used the Pure Elements Empire Yellow for the diamonds and the background is made up of Pure Elements Creme de la Creme and Linen White (I believe) as well as the two tone on tone white prints from Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection.  The various shades of white/off white in the background add interest and dimension.  I think that this layout creates a bit of an optical illusion too. Do you see it?  The rows look like that are at an angle though I assure you, they are square-I blocked it and everything!  It was something I noticed even in my initial sketch.  Funny, I couldn’t have created an optical illusion if I had tried to. It was clearly accidental.

The backing is Lotta Jansdotter’s Bergen in Myer Yellow from Mormor.  It’s nearly the perfect color match plus I love the similar minimalist feel.  I particularly love this front/back combo.

Haberdashery Quilt by Amy Friend

Normally, I don’t decide on my quilting until the quilt is well underway but the plan for this quilt was a tight grid right from the start.  The lines are spaced about 1/2″ apart.  I used a 50 weight Aurifil #2021.  The quilting is by no means perfect but I am pretty happy with the consistency in the spacing, the straightness of the lines and lack of shifting.  I took this photo with light on one side only and it really  highlights the amazing texture that the tight grid achieves!

Haberdashery Quilt by Amy Friend

My mom often helps me name my quilts and this one is no exception.  We both saw ties in the quilt, though that was certainly not my intent.  I thought of playing off that idea and she suggested Haberdashery. I love the word for this quilt because in America, the word means a shop that sells men’s accessories, such as ties.  In the UK, it means a shop that sells sewing notions. I love the fact that the name is associated both with ties and sewing.

The finished quilt measures 49″ x 56″.

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Just For You Blog Hop

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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 Stylish Projects
compiled by Sarah Markos and Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield of SewCanShe. The book is a collection of selfish sewing projects like purses, totes, skirts, tops, scarves, etc. by some of your favorite bloggers. The projects are arranged into 12 chapters for each month of the year so you can sew along with the book throughout the year. I, however, encourage you to skip right to December…or start with this calendar year since December is nearly here. Why? Well, my project is in the December chapter!

Mini Dresden Coin Purse by Amy Friend

I made this Mini Dresden Coin Purse featuring Bijoux by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics, Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman, a zipper from Zipit and interfacing and adhesives from ThermOWeb.  The project was inspired by a free pattern I designed for a Scalloped Dresden Bag. Later on, my friend Kerry and I arranged for a swap and she asked me for a mini version of that bag. While working out the scale, I inadvertently went way too small and turned my first attempt into an adorable change purse. And that is how I arrived at this pattern!  It is the perfect chance to use some of those precious tiny scraps you have hoarded because you just can’t throw them away. You can turn them into dresden blades and make this sweet change purse for yourself.

Stash Books is offering a copy of Just For You to one of my readers. If you are in the U.S. you will receive an actual book. If you are an international winner, you will receive credit to purchase the eBook version at ctpub.com.  You can enter to win by liking my During Quiet Time Facebook page or leaving any comment. You can purchase the book on Amazon.

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Make sure you click through the other posts in the blog hop to view other projects from the book!

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Curious

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 minimalist design using large scale piecing.  I drew several diamond designs and settled on this one.  While it is a simple design, I contemplated the placement of the diamond quite a bit.  The finished mini measures 20″ x 20″ and I used Art Gallery Pure Elements Solids.
Curious by Amy Friend

I quilted using a 50 weight Aurifil thread, in a diagonal grid, with lines spaced just over a 1/4″ apart.

Curious by Amy Friend

The texture is really amazing.  It was worth the three solid hours of quilting.

It was a fun exercise for me and I think I will work on a few similar projects because I enjoyed it!  I am naming this piece Curious after a comment made by a friend on IG.

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Melon Ice Pattern Available

Melon Ice Quilt Pattern by Amy Friend

I have been tying up some loose ends this week.  I’ve finally put my Melon Ice Quilt Pattern in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.  This pattern was originally published in American Quilter magazine but you can now purchase it as an instant download as well. I know that helps those of you overseas!  This pattern assumes knowledge of paper piecing but is a great pattern for those new to paper piecing. It isn’t too complicated and, most importantly, you don’t need to match too many seams/points. I specifically designed it that way.  I hope you enjoy it!

Many of the seam rippers I listed this afternoon flew off the shelves but there are still 4 beauties left if you are interested!

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Indelible Footprint Quilt Top

Indelible Footprint Quilt Top by Amy Friend

I was thrilled to be invited to join the Indelible Blog Hop celebrating the Indelible collection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics. This collection captivates me. I love the doily prints, the text, so much about it!

Indelible Footprint by Amy Friend

My quilt top was made using a Fat Quarter bundle of the Subtle Watermarks colorway. I was inspired by a Moroccan floor tile design to create this hexagonal pattern. That’s also how my quilt top got it’s name. I have heard people speak of leaving “indelible footprints,” meaning footprints that can’t be erased, or a lasting impression.  Since the fabric collection is named Indelible and the pattern is that of flooring, it works!

Indelible Footprint by Amy Friend

I used my Sizzix Bigz Pro Hexagon Die with 5″ Sides. I was able to cut 4 large hexagons from each fat quarter though my design only requires 3. I cut additional hexagons from the Mystic Grey Pure Elements Solid. Then I cut partial hexagons from Moonlight Pure Elements Solids. I trimmed away the corners of each hexagon and added the Moonlight sections which create the pattern.

Indelible Footprint by Amy Friend

The hexagons were joined on my machine using Y seams. This was my first Y seam intensive project and it gave me lots of practice!  It just involves starting and stopping a precise 1/4″ from the edge of each hexie. It is a little slow going but very doable.

I am not sure yet how I plan to quilt this top but I will share it again once I decide!

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You can read more about the blog hop and the other contributors here.

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