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Amy Friend
During Quiet Time LLC
Massachusetts, USA
You can contact me at amybfriend[at]gmail[dot]com.

Amy Friend is a former museum curator turned designer. She designs modern quilts and specializes in paper pieced designs. She authored the books Intentional Piecing (2016) and Improv Paper Piecing: A Modern Approach to Quilt Design (2017), and has a new book, Petal + Stem (2020). Since 2019, Amy has run a paper pieced Block of the Month program each year. She is an award winning quilter and her quilts have been exhibited at a number of quilt shows as well as museums. Amy is a national quilt teacher and lecturer. Amy lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three children. If she isn’t sewing or spending time with the family, you might find her in the garden.

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Improv Paper Piecing

  • Love to create repeating blocks in your quilts but tired of the same patterns? Step away from the ordinary and try your hand at a new technique-based approach to improvisation. Gorgeous photographs illustrate 10 beautiful projects where Amy Friend seamlessly bridges the gap between improvised design and technical execution.


  • Improv Paper Piecing by Amy Friend

    Intentional Piecing

    • The perfect fabric can make-or-break a quilt design. Teaches you to take your time to make thoughtful fabric choices before you begin piecing for truly dynamic results, the intentional piecing method doesn’t strive just for the finish line. Instead, you’ll learn to focus on precise, thoughtful work.


    • Amy Friend Intentional Piecing Quilt Book

    Petal + Stem

    • Quilters love a well-tended garden almost as much as perfect piecing. Now they can have both! Quilters can finally create their ideal landscape with no watering required! Use Amy Friend’s 40 adaptable flower, stem, and leaf blocks (plus a snail and a butterfly!) to piece together a garden scene!


    • Amy Friend Petal and Stem Quilt Book

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