Month: February 2008

Introduction ~ Amy of Happythings

From Beth: We love everything Amy creates and all that she captures on her Happythings blog. She has a special talent for quilting, and is also so clear and approachable when she shares techniques, tutorials and ideas about her creating process and inspiration. Amy was therefor a natural choice to be our Quilting Month expert on batting. We know you’ll learn a thing or two (or more!) from her Batting Guide, and we hope you’ll stop by Happythings and her quilts photo gallery. Amy also makes lots of quilts for children through the non-profit Linus Connection; you can see her Linus Quilts here.

From Amy: I’m a mom from Austin TX. I grew up watching my mom sew, but began sewing myself in 2005 after receiving a sewing machine for Christmas. Simple, fun and often scrappy quilts have been my passion but I’ve dabbled in other types of sewing. I enjoy making quilts for babies and kids – for those I know and those I don’t know through a local blanket making charity.

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Quilting by Gina Halladay

Gina Halladay gives us tips on quiting a project on your home machine, and the scoop on sending your quilt out to a machine long arm quilter! She’s got answers to all of your machine quilting questions!

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Sewist Meets Quilter by Kathy Mack

Quilting can be intimidating. It takes a leap of faith to mix fabrics, to sandwich it all together in your own style and to find just the right balance of pattern and improvisation. Once you make the jump, patchwork and quilting can easily take over your sewing life.

At the very least a love of quilting can imbue your sewing with warmth, unique visual texture and give you new way to look at your sewing process. Kathy Mack’s work embodies this magical mixture and so we were eager to learn more about her shift from sewing to quilting…

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Interview with Denyse Schmidt

Denyse Schmidt has inspired a transformation in quilting. Her subtle collaborations of modern with traditional have wide appeal. Denyse’s designs have a graphic simplicity in the most thoughtful, artistic and beautifully involved sense of good design. She shared her design approach and skill in her book Denyse Schmidt Quilts and shares her quilts, fabrics, patterns, paper goods and more with the world. Denyse recently talked with us to share some of her thoughts for our Quilting Month.

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SMS Block-Along Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the Sew,Mama,Sew! Block-Along! Last week week we encouraged you to try one of three 9-patch variations (including two with a modern twist), but we’re not done with 9-Patch yet. This week we’d like you to consider a few traditional 9-Patch blocks.

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Hand-Piecing by Jennifer of Moving Hands

Have you ever seen a quilt block that looked different, perhaps a bit more complex than usual, or even simple, but with inset seams or curves? Did you wonder how the person made it, or how she had the patience to finish it? Most likely, you were looking at a hand-pieced quilt…

Learn more in this article from Jennifer of Moving Hands. Hand-pieced bright star detail from a show quilt, photo by Jennifer.

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Introduction ~ Jennifer of Moving Hands

Jennifer from Moving Hands is going to share some hand-piecing wisdom with us in an upcoming article. Jennifer hand-quilted this beautiful doll quilt and imbues everything she creates with care and beauty. Click in to learn more about Jennifer in her introduction!

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Teaching Quilting History to Kids

I usually don’t blog about myself or my experiences. I’m as shy online as I am in real life, so I sometimes break a sweat when I have to reveal. On rare occasions, however, I do like to go on about things I find important. Despite my current career of luxury in which I putz around on the internet and buy fabric by the bolt, I still consider myself an educator at heart and learning and teaching are a couple of things that I like to talk about. Quilts are another…

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