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 … [Continue reading]

Melon Ice

Melon Ice by Amy Friend

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 … [Continue reading]

Help the MFA Celebrate Quilts and Color

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  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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Seam Rippers Available

Handturned Acrylic Seam Rippers

Another batch of handturned acrylic handled seam rippers are currently being listed in my Etsy shop. … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

A Preview of Quilts and Color

Log Cabin, Barn Raising Variation Quilt	Mrs. Herrick	American, Massachusetts, 1879	Foundation pieced top of cotton and silk in variety of structures including silk velet with silk embroidery, silk plain weave 	backing quiltied to unknown material	*Pilgrim / Roy Collection	*Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Today, I had a wonderful experience. I was invited to the press preview for Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, … [Continue reading]

Zakka Workshop Patterns

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I love learning about local businesses that are crafting/sewing related. An editor from World Book Media recently contacted me. As it turns out, they … [Continue reading]

Selvage Whirlwind Quilt Top

Selvage Whirlwind Quilt Top by Amy Friend

I'm excited to share my completed Selvage Whirlwind Quilt top! Thank you to all my friends and fellow guild members who contributed selvages. I … [Continue reading]

Topiary Bag Tutorial

Topiary Bag by Amy Friend

Do you remember this bag I shared a few weeks ago? The promised tutorial is now available on the Therm O Web blog. Take a look! … [Continue reading]

Garden Party Dress in Hope Chest

Garden Party Dress in Hope Chest

I just finished making Penny a sweet spring dress using the new Oliver + S pattern called Garden Party. The fabric is the last of my stashed Hope … [Continue reading]

Sew Fresh Kokka-Echino Stash Club

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Are you a Kokka and Echino fan? Sure you are, who isn't right? Well, Peg from Sew Fresh Fabrics has just introduced a new Kokka/Echino Club that … [Continue reading]

Retreat Finishes

Wee Wander Geranium Dress by Amy Friend

I didn't accomplish as much as I thought I would at retreat. Perhaps it's because I was more chatty than last year. How could I help it? I was … [Continue reading]

Lucky

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I just got home from our annual guild retreat and found that my husband had not only finished the sewing table he was making for me but he decorated … [Continue reading]

Selvage Whirlwind

Whirlwind Selvage Block by Amy Friend

I have been collecting selvages for about 3 to 4 years now and have had a little help from my good friend Jeannie who has sent me her collection as … [Continue reading]

Nautical Skirt Tutorial

Nautical Skirt by Amy Friend

Today I am sharing a tutorial for this Nautical Skirt to help Jo-Ann Fabrics celebrate National Craft Month.  There are so many spring trends in … [Continue reading]

Sweet As Honey Blog Tour-Day 7

Sweet as Honey Pillow by Amy Friend

As you all know, I am a big fan of Art Gallery Fabrics and of their designers too. I was happy to join Bonnie Christine when she asked me to be a part … [Continue reading]

Sale!

As National Craft Month continues, ThermOWeb is celebrating with another sale, this week you can get 20% off Fusible Interfacings!   … [Continue reading]

Little Lady

Little Lady Paper Pieced Block by Amy Friend

The Cocorico Bee has just started our second round!  We make paper pieced blocks for eachother based on a theme chosen by the "queen bee."  This … [Continue reading]

Winged Square Bee Quilt

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Well, this finish is long, long, overdue. I received 11 of the blocks nearly two years ago from my Stash Trad Bee members and added a couple. The … [Continue reading]

A Winner, a Sale and a Dress

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First off, the winner of the Sew Fresh Fabrics giveaway is: Vicki says: February 27, 2014 at 8:38 pm (Edit) They are all beautiful. But at the … [Continue reading]

Sew Fresh Fabrics Spring Giveaway

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  Look at these appealing springy bundles!  Peg from Sew Fresh Fabrics spent the day yesterday creating these new bundles for her shop to help … [Continue reading]

Topiary

Topiary Bag by Amy Friend

It's a project that just had to be made.  Amanda Murphy has released a new line of fabric for Blend called Topiary. When I was making my garden quilt, … [Continue reading]

To Boston with Love Re-Exhibited

To Boston with Love

Thank you Ellen, a reader of my blog, for bringing my attention to the MFA's announcement that the To Boston with Love exhibit will indeed be re … [Continue reading]

Butterfly Pillow Tutorial

Butterfly Pillow

Today I am sharing a pillow tutorial written for ThermOWeb with fabric courtesy of Blend.  The fabric is Mariposa by Shell Rummel. This pillow will be … [Continue reading]

Knitting Socks Pattern

Knitting Socks by Amy Friend

I was inspired by the knitting project bag I made recently to design a paper pieced block for those who love to split their time between sewing and … [Continue reading]

“Quilts and Color: The Pilgrim/Roy Collection” at the MFA

Tumbler's Quilt	American, Pennsylvania, about 1920	Pieced wool twill top, cotton plain weave flannel back, cotton plain weave binding; quilted	*Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  Mary S. and Edward J. Holmes Fund	*Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

I just wanted to share a bit of local news for those who live in the greater Boston area and for those of you who might be planning a trip here. The … [Continue reading]

It’s Finished!

Mosaic Quilt

My mosaic paper pieced quilt is finished!  I finished it a couple of nights ago but then we had another major snow and sleet storm.  Right now we have … [Continue reading]

BFF Chain Quilt Tutorial

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I just finished up this quilt using a traditional block called the Friendship Chain but I super-sized it and modernized it with my fabric choices so I … [Continue reading]

Quilt Top!

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I finished my mosaic quilt top!  I decided that I liked my original plan to simply sew them together without sashing.  Using the newsprint for all the … [Continue reading]

Knitting Project Bag Tutorial

Knitting Project Bag by Amy Friend

Not too long ago, I agreed to a "Pay it Forward" deal where you accept a surprise handmade gift from someone  and in turn, you make handmade gifts for … [Continue reading]

PTO Auction Pillows

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  It's a scary thing when people at your children's school learn that you can sew, isn't it?  Of course, I am actually really happy to help … [Continue reading]

And 5 more makes 49!

Mosaic Block

Today I am sharing the last 5 blocks of my mosaic quilt!  I am a little sad to be calling it quits but this will give me a nice 7 x 7 layout and I am … [Continue reading]

Nearing the End

Mosaic Block

That title sounds dramatic doesn't it? I am sharing a few more of my mosaic blocks and their silly stories today. The stories are made up as I sew to … [Continue reading]

Valentine’s Day Tutorials

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  It's nearly that time already, isn't it?  I thought I would do a little round up of some Valentine's Day tutorials that I have available on … [Continue reading]

For Local Readers

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  I just had to share news of this with my local readers.  Sew Fresh Fabrics will be there...with clearance prices...reason enough to go! … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Never Been Stitched Giveaway

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  Are you looking for a quick finish?  Never Been Stitched is a new book complied by Amanda Carestio and published by Lark containing 45 … [Continue reading]

Supermom!

Catnap Patchwork Pillow

I've got to say, it's nice when you can sew something for your "tween" son and feel like supermom. It doesn't happen all that often. My son will be … [Continue reading]

More of the Same!

Block Mosaic

I've been working on some mosaic blocks but am currently taking a little break waiting for the arrival of some fun Heather Ross fussy cuts offered by … [Continue reading]

More Quilting Rebellion

Mosaic Block

I am continuing to recklessly chop into the middle of a piece of fabric for the perfect fussy cut and having a lot of fun doing so.  I used Lizzy … [Continue reading]

More Mosaic Blocks

Mosaic Paper Pieced Block

I'm kind of hooked on making these, I have to admit.  It's too much fun to choose the fabrics!  I am feeling extremely wasteful cutting into fabric to … [Continue reading]

Economy Block Along, Sort of

Bunny Mosaic Block

You would have to be living under an Instagram/blogging rock if you haven't heard about the Economy Block Along. Suddenly everyone is making Economy, … [Continue reading]

Banners for Hope

Banner for Hope

I am participating in the Banners for Hope display at the CHA this year through ThermOWeb. I am no stranger to flags/banner projects following my work … [Continue reading]

Rose Dreams WIP

Rose Dreams WIP

Do you remember this WIP? I last shared it in March of 2013! I had made 8 blocks at that time and over the last few days, I've made 4 more. I am still … [Continue reading]

Cheers! Pattern is Ready

Cheers! Paper Pieced Pattern

  Thank you for the all the "Cheers!" block love on Instagram and in the comments section of my New Years Eve blog post. It was a fun project … [Continue reading]

Double Wedding Ring Table Topper Tutorial

Double Wedding Ring

For  my first Sizzix tutorial of the year, I decided to tackle the Double Wedding Ring.  I figure it is on most quilter's bucket lists and the New … [Continue reading]

Cheers!

Cheers

I finished this block just in the nick of time now didn't I?  Cheers!  Happy New Year! I had a little fun with it in PicMonkey, adding the … [Continue reading]

It’s a Wrap

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1. Bathtub Gin Quilt, 2. Artist Studio Cocorico Bee Quilt, 3. Luxe in Bloom Lone Star, 4. Trending Chevrons, 5. X Marks the Spot, 6. Spinning Wheel, … [Continue reading]

Playful Little Paper-Pieced Projects

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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 … [Continue reading]

Merry Christmas

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  Things are busy, busy, busy here as I am guessing they are in your house as well. I wanted to just hop onto the computer for a moment and … [Continue reading]

Squircle Quilt and a Giveaway

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Pat Bravo asked if I would like to make a quilt featuring Legacy by Angela Walters. Of course I would! I had a lot of fun. I loosely based my design … [Continue reading]

Felt Wreath Ornaments

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I have always been tempted by the felt wreath ornaments made with lots of colorful circles or squares, like these. I wanted to make something similar … [Continue reading]

Christmas Sewing

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  I return to this pattern every year. It's always perfect for someone on my Christmas list.  It's a quick sew and I love choosing the fabrics … [Continue reading]

From Santa

From Santa Paper Pieced Block

I found some time to work on another pattern for my slowly growing collection of winter/Christmas paper pieced patterns. I so look forward to making … [Continue reading]

Woodland Table Runner Tutorial

Woodland Table Runner

I love all the patchwork evergreen trees that always appear at this time of year but I haven't yet made any so I thought that I'd do that this year. … [Continue reading]