Village Street Quilt in McCall’s Quick Quilts

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I wanted to let you know that I designed an easy-sew quilt for McCall’s Quick Quilts December/January 2015 issue.  The quilt features BasicGrey’s Mon Ami fabric for Moda.  One of my favorite prints in the collection is a line drawing of little houses tightly packed together.  That print inspired this design.  It’s constructed with a super simple, traditionally pieced block with three houses of different heights.  Sewn in rows, the house blocks create village streets. Isn’t it fun to focus on the shapes created by the negative space here as well as the houses?

I must thank Janet Hill who actually sewed the quilt and machine quilted it as well.  She did a lovely job.

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Both the flat and styled photographs of the quilt are courtesy of McCall’s.  

If you are interested, there is more information about this quilt as well as kits for making it, available right here. There is also a fun video on the McCall’s Facebook page that gives you a preview of all the quilts in the issue.

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Subscription issues began shipping October 13, 2015. By October 27, 2015, the issue will be available on newsstands, as well as in print or digital download format at QuiltandSewShop.com.

You know, I think you have time to sew a Village Street Quilt for a Christmas gift. It’s really that quick and easy…but so cute too!

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Inn Street Clutch in Quilting Arts Holiday 2015

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I’m excited to have a fun quick-sew project in the special 2015 Holiday issue of QuiltingArts Magazine that’s perfect for gifting or keeping!

Inn Street Clutch by Amy Friend

My project can be found on page 80 and it’s called the Inn Street Clutch, named after a street in the historic downtown Newburyport, MA.  I was inspired to make this modern clutch with handmade bias tape embellishment by the design of my daughter’s crisscrossing leather straps on her Sunday shoes, and by the recent QuiltCon bias tape challenge.

Inn street clutch by Amy Friend

I had a lot of fun with this pattern and actually made three versions.  They all use Robert Kaufman Essex Linen for the exterior and Doe by Carolyn Friedlander for the bias tape and linings.  Zippers are from Zipit on Etsy. The interfacing is HeatnBond Fusible Interfacing Craft Extra Firm.

Inn Street Clutch by Amy Friend

Forgive me, I took a couple of extra pictures…

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Do you think that they would be fun to make?  I would love to see your version!

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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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Make It, Take It

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I’m happy to help my friend Krista spread her good news today!  She has authored a book titled Make It, Take It, published by Martingale.  It’s so nice that she can talk about the book now after having kept quiet for so long!  This is the fun part.

Let me tell you about the book.  It’s is a collection of projects divided in half:  projects you might make to bring with you on retreat (think project bags, etc) and then projects you might make while on retreat (placemats, pillows, etc).  Krista talks a bit about her extensive experience running retreats and each contributor shares their experiences attending retreats.  I designed two projects for the book that I will show you later on as part of the blog hop scheduled for April.  But you can see one of my projects on the cover!  It’s the pillow in the top right corner. It’s paper pieced…shocker, right?  The thing that I love most about this book is that all the contributors (as well as the author) are friends and that makes it so much fun!

The books will be on sale at www.shopmartingale.com on February 10th before they are available in stores. The purchase from Martingale includes a free digital copy so you can take the book with you on retreat on your tablet, laptop or phone.  Krista’s book will debut at QuiltCon and she has two signing scheduled in the vendor hall.  More details will follow on her blog.

And of course you can preorder on Amazon. My quilt guild has ordered a couple of copies for our upcoming retreat.  They will be the perfect giveaways!  More to come in April.  I can’t wait to share my second project with you then and for you to see all the other projects as well.

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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 quilt is called Interlock. It’s a jelly roll friendly pattern that I made here using Persimmon by BasicGrey for Moda. I used Warm and Plush batting.  Have you tried it before? It’s a new product that I found while at spring market. It’s like White and Warm but is 50% more plush. I wanted to use it to make quilting more pronounced. Here I used a fairly tight meander in the negative space and left the interlocking prints unquilted so they popped. It would certainly make for a satisfyingly warm bed quilt too. It’s a little harder to use because it’s heavier and thicker so it adds to the weight of your quilt as you are quilting it. It also throws a lot more lint during the quilting. I think I will use this batting on my bed quilt whenever I finish it….

Interlock by Amy Friend

I love the way this quilt looks in Persimmon but I think that the pattern is very versatile and could look great in so many fabrics. I look forward to seeing more variations of it.

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You can find the pattern in Modern Patchwork Winter 2015 issue.  I like how they styled this photo of my quilt!

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Melon Ice

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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!

 

Contribution to Blocks to Die For!

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Have you heard of “Blocks to Die For!”?  It’s a cleverly titled magazine published quarterly by Ebony Love of Love Bug Studios and my quilting partner on the Sizzix Design Team. It’s a magazine for fabric die cutting enthusiasts. It is not system specific ie. Accuquilt or Sizzix and actually includes rotary cutting directions in addition to diecutting directions too.

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I was a contributor to this issue, Volume 3, Issue 1. My article can be found in the “Tips & Tutes” section and is called “Die Cuts Used for Freezer Paper Stenciling.” Specifically, I am talking about how great the Sizzix Thinlits are for stenciling. A little sample of my stenciling can be seen in the picture above.

If you are interested in the magazine, you can subscribe here.  It looks like I will continue to share “Tips & Tutes” in upcoming issues.

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Playful Little Paper-Pieced Projects

Playful Little Paper-Pieced Projects

On Christmas Eve, I received my copies of Playful Little Paper-Pieced Projects in the mail! I knew that they had been shipped because others on Instagram were receiving them but it took a couple more days to reach New England. It was exciting just the same to hold it in my hands and flip through it. This book was compiled by Tacha Bruecher and contains paper pieced patterns made by many designers. There is a section containing a block design for each month of the year so that you can make a calendar quilt. Or, you can make just the block and a project that is also included. The project ideas are very diverse with no duplication.

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My design is the block for the month of February. I wanted a Valentine’s Day inspired design that wasn’t hearts so I settled on the idea of love letters. My accompanying project is a quilted journal cover.

The book also has some paper pieced projects that are separate from the calendar project, and a section explaining the “how to” of paper piecing. I love that all the designers names are familiar to me and that it’s such a great collection of projects by so many of my friends.  The photographs are lovely.  And the patterns are all contained on a CD in the back of the book which is really handy.

Some of my favorite projects are:

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Kylie’s Liberty Street Potholder

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Charise’s Kite Tote

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and Julianna’s Bicycle Basket.

You can find the link to the book here where you can see some of the other projects and a list of all the wonderful contributors to the book.

Spinning Wheel Quilt

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A few weeks ago when I showed an image of my Spinning Wheel Quilt on the cover of American Quilter, I warned that I would probably have to post again when I had the magazine in my hands.  I have a copy now…and, well, here I go again.  It’s just that I am very excited!

American Quilter did a great job with the magazine.  All the quilts have very complete directions.  There is even a coloring page included for my quilt pattern–look for it toward the front of the magazine.

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There are four shots of my quilt included in the magazine which really give you a feel for the quilt.  The only thing that was omitted, was a list of the fabrics that I used. I want to include those here in case you’d like to use the same fabrics.

I used Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Mirage Blue, Cozumel Blue, Tile Blue, Mystic Grey, Ash, Moonstone, and Snow.

You can purchase these fabrics at the Fat Quarter Shop or as a kit at Sew Me A Song.

Of course, I look forward to seeing the quilt made in other fabric combinations too! For fun I made a few layouts in different fabrics. See how different it looks in Lizzy House’s Constellations?

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If you make a Spinning Wheel Quilt, please share a picture with me in my During Quiet Time Flickr Group.

American Quilter will start showing up in your local quilting stores at the beginning of August. Subscribers’ copies are in the mail!

Cover Girl!

I have to say that it was thrilling to get an email from Michele Duffy, editor-in-chief of American Quilter saying “You’re a cover girl!”  Wow!  I designed and sewed and photographed the quilt shown here on the cover of the September 2013 issue.  The magazine will be shipping July 16th and can be found on newsstands on August 6th.

This quilt is paper pieced (surprise!) and called Spinning Wheel. I used all Art Gallery Pure Elements Solids for the quilt top and binding.

I sewed this quilt back in February and photographed it in early March, in New England, knowing that it would be in a late summer/early fall magazine.  You should have seen us trying to take pictures void of snow.  It was a trick!  We went to the beach even though it looked and felt cold.
I’m glad we did, because I love these shots taken at Plum Island.  The quilt is just the right colors for the ocean and nature has the best props!
Here is the image that they used for the cover with some cropping.  Thank you lobster boat for coming my way.
I really pushed myself on the quilting of this quilt. I free motion quilted my heart out and used more thread than I care to recall. I just know that I even had my mother driving around to quilting shops picking up more spools for me at the last minute.  I’m pretty proud of my efforts because the quilt has some amazing texture.
I’m sure I am going to post again when I have the actual magazine in hand, so bear with me. I’m just excited! I hope you love this quilt and maybe are inspired to make it!  Becca at Sew Me A Song has stocked all the solids that I used in the quilt and will be adding a quilt kit option so you can do some one stop shopping.  You can also find all the fabric used in this quilt at the Fat Quarter Shop, which is where I purchased mine this past winter.

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Do you remember this pillow?  I made it for Blend Fabrics, for use at quilt market in the fall.  I used Blomma and blogged about it here.  I was pretty excited to be asked if it could be published in McCall’s Quick Quilts.  I just keep thinking about my grandmother who sewed from McCalls patterns for years and years.  She would be so excited to see her granddaughter’s name in their magazine!  I think my mom is too.
 
Here is the link to my pillow’s feature page.  

 
This is the cover for the April/May 2013 issue that you will want to look for at your newsstand!  Subscriptions will begin shipping February 12 and the newsstand On Sale date is February 26.  I just noticed that my pillow is in the lower left corner!!  How exciting is that?
 
Thank you McCall’s and Blend Fabrics for the opportunity!
 
(I’ll be drawing winner’s names for the Asbury giveaway tomorrow and will list them in the original post.)