Thank you to everyone who entered the Fat Quarter Shop's great giveaway of a fat eighth bundle of 25th and Pine and the Mittens and Main quilt … [Continue reading]

Fat Quarter Shop Giveaway!

25thandpine bundle

I'm happy to host a giveaway for the Fat Quarter Shop today! You can win a Fat Eighth Stack of 25th and Pine by BasicGrey for Moda. You will … [Continue reading]

Fat Quarter Shop Shipping Special


The Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their 11th Anniversary with a shipping promotion starting today, Monday June 16th till Sunday June 22nd. All … [Continue reading]

Sponsor News


I have a little sponsor news to share this afternoon!  School ends next week here in New England so Becca is offering an end of the school year … [Continue reading]

Busy, Busy!


  I haven't been blogging very actively lately but it isn't because I haven't been sewing. It's just one of those times when I can't share … [Continue reading]

Mittens and Main Pillow

Mittens and Main Pillow by Amy Friend

Do you remember the quilt I designed for BasicGrey called Mittens and Main? I shared it in this post here. Both the fabric and patterns are now … [Continue reading]

Fly Zip Bags

Zippers by Amy Friend

I just finished making gifts for my children's teachers.  This year we have three preschool teachers, one second grade teacher, and four fifth grade … [Continue reading]

Field Day


I just got really spoiled by Alison Glass! She held a giveaway on Instagram following Quilt Market and I was one of the winners. Today this … [Continue reading]

Sponsor/Affiliate Updates and HUGE Giveaway


The Fat Quarter Shop is having a HUGE giveaway.  The total value of the giveaway retails at over $6,300 and is divided into 12 prize buckets.  The … [Continue reading]

Last of the Market Posts


I figured it's time to share the rest of my Quilt Market pictures!  This will just be a quick run down with pretty images.  First of all, Cotton + … [Continue reading]

New Sweet Tea Pattern

Sweet Tea Pattern by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

I have been designing patterns for BasicGrey for awhile now. However, while my quilts have gone to market, I have not! So, it was very exciting for me … [Continue reading]

Sizzix at Quilt Market

Ombre Vibes by Amy Friend

I had the pleasure of joining the Sizzix team in their booth for Quilt Market this past weekend.   This was the booth!  For those of you not … [Continue reading]

Quilt Market-Tim Holtz

Basket Pillow made with Eclectic Elements (Tim Holtz) by Amy Friend

I am at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh right now, working in the Sizzix booth. I've scheduled this post while I am away to share a couple of fun projects … [Continue reading]

Mittens & Main Quilt Pattern

Mittens & Main by Amy Friend for BasicGrey

I'm happy to finally share my newest pattern designed for BasicGrey!  It's called Mittens & Main and it features their new Christmas collection, … [Continue reading]

Another 241 Tote

241 Tote

I just finished up my second 241 Tote, pattern by Anna of Noodlehead. I made one that was more for fall and winter last time so I wanted to make a … [Continue reading]

Oakshott Colourshott Diamond Runner

Oakshott Colourshott Diamond Runner by Amy Friend

I've had so much fun with this project! Every time I get to work with Oakshott, it is such a gift. The fabrics are so deep and beautiful and they have … [Continue reading]

Sewing a First Communion Dress

First Communion, Hair with Baby's Breath

My daughter received her First Communion today.  Long before I had children, I dreamed of making them dresses for their First Communions.  My oldest … [Continue reading]

Major Sizzix Sale

Sizzix is having a major sale starting today and ending on the 27th. Some dies are as much as 80% off! I just took a look and there are a lot of dies … [Continue reading]

Oakshott Colourshott Diamonds

Oakshott improv diamonds

After I finished my daughters slippery satin and lace First Communion dress and all my market sewing obligations, I decided it was time for a little … [Continue reading]

Everyday Skirt

Everyday Skirt

Just in time for Easter, I finished an Everyday Skirt, pattern by Oliver & S.  I purchased the digital version here. I really like the pattern … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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, … [Continue reading]

Seam Rippers Available

Seam Rippers

I am about to start listing this batch of handturned seam rippers in my shop! … [Continue reading]

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

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 … [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


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


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]


sewing table

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]


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

Winged Square

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

geranium dress detail

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


  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 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


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!

mosaic quilt top

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

Fabric Painting

  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]