Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Can't Stop MAKING Teespring Shirt

Calling all you "MAKERS" out there...

You guys, I'm so excited to share with you this little project 
I've been working on! invited me to create a shirt campaign for quilters!  When I found out I could keep or donate all the proceeds - I knew I just had to do it.  You see, there is a special little girl in my neighborhood.  She's 4-years-old and was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia last year.  I've been wanting to do something for this beautiful little girl and her family so I'm proud to say 100% of the profits from the campaign will be donated to 
Brinley Mae Raven.

I enlisted the help of my quilty, graphic designer friend, Holly Mateer and together we created this CUTE design for quilters, sewists and crafters!  It's available in mens and womens sizes and 6 different colors.  It's $24.99 and made with a triblend of materials so it won't shrink!

The shirt is only available until April 1st so don't think  - head over NOW to!  I'd love to sell a million to help Brinley :)

I know this is a good cause!
I've already ordered mine and can't wait to wear it!

More information about Brinley and her family can be found HERE.

Happy quilting!
~ Amber

Monday, March 9, 2015

ME - APQ Podcast - TODAY!!!

I'm freaking out a little but I just wanted to let you know I'm going to be a

The show airs 4 pm Eastern, 3 pm Central, 2 pm Mountain and 1 pm Pacific.  
Click HERE for your listening pleasure!

We'll talk about all sorts of fun stuff so I do hope you'll tune in!
Happy quilting!
~ Amber

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pixilated Heart Mini Quilt

Happy Monday, everyone!

Today I want to share with you a quick project I recently finished.  

It uses a new-to-me method of piecing called "fusible patchwork".  My friend Heather Andrus, from the blog Quilt Story, introduced it to me but the original tutorial was created by Elizabeth Hartman of the blog Oh, Fransson!  You can find the tutorial HERE.

I used 820 Quilter's Grid fusible interfacing by Pellon.  
It's 1" printed grid ensures perfectly matched up corners in your patchwork piecing by sewing vertically and horizontally on all the lines!  AND, it eliminates the need to fuss with pinning because all you have to do is fuse your patchwork pieces in place!  It does create some stiffness to your project though so I'd personally only use it for wall-hangings or maybe even a patchwork bag!

I wanted to be able to display this mini all year around so I decided not to make it too Valentine-y :)  I loved working with my low-volume scraps for the background and some favorite bright pieces from my stash for the heart.  The triangle/heart print in light blue, navy, green and pink was the piece I used to base my whole color scheme off of.  I love that print so much that I backed the whole thing with it too and then had to buy some more just to have in my stash! :)

I decided to quilt through all the squares diagonally creating a cross-hatched effect (I love cross-hatching!)  I tried a few different ways of marking the lines - first, with blue painter's tape and then with a water-soluble pen but finally decided I could quilt it just as well by "eyeing it" (since the squares were small enough) so I stopped marking after the first line or two.

It's hanging in my sewing room with a few other minis above my quilted design wall.  I'll show pictures of the whole room one of these days.  I'm waiting to make and hang one more to finish off the space!

I hope this inspires you today to try something new!  
Whether it be a a new method, a new product or a new color scheme!

Happy quilting!
~ Amber

Monday, February 16, 2015

Single Wedding Ring Blog Hop

When my friends from The Fat Quarter Shop
asked me if I wanted to participate in their
Single Wedding Ring Blog Hop 
(which starts today!) I just couldn't resist!

I immediately fell in love with this block
and it came together really easy.  
The hardest part has been deciding on a color scheme.  
This is kind of what I'm thinking so far...

(I'm kind of diggin' the vintage-y feel these fabrics have together.  
I love to mix the old with the new!)

I did end up cutting my squares a little bigger than the pattern instructs 
since I prefer to square up my Half Square Triangles 
(it just makes everything match up so nicely!)  
I cut my squares 3-1/2" and used THIS method for squaring them up.

I've only had time to make one block so far 
but I'm itching to get back to my sewing room so I can make more!
Luckily, I have a retreat coming up in a few weeks 
so I know I'll at least be able to work on it there.

The Fat Quarter shop has so generous provided a free pattern 
for this block which you can find HERE plus a really great how-to video which you can find HERE.  I love the method they show in their video for making HST's too - you should check it out!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lakehouse Scalloped Print Panel Giveaway Winner

Thanks to all of you who stopped by my blog last week to check out my "Love You" placemat and tutorial!  I had so much fun creating the pattern using Lakehouses new Scalloped Print Panel and my family sure has enjoyed having it around the house the last couple of weeks!  

Oh, and here's a little secret, I plan to use it all year around!  I think the "Love You" placemat is the perfect little detail for leaving sweet treats (or an after-school snack) on the counter for your little ones or serving a special breakfast in bed.  It reminds me of those red "You Are Special" plates my mother had when I was a child.  You know the one's I'm talking about, right?

Well, as promised I'm giving away some of the Scalloped Print Panel so one of you can make your very own placemat!  But before I announce the winner, first, a thank you for sharing all of your sweet Valentine's Day traditions with me!  This has got to be one of my very favorite holidays!  Spending time with the ones you love and thinking of clever ways to show each other you care -  It's the best!  I always give my husband and two kiddos small little presents with a note to say I love them! 

So without further adieu, the winner of the Scalloped Print Panel is:

Jacqueline Auten who said...
I have a special set of heart plates and dollar store wine glasses that I serve a nice breakfast on. I stay up late, like a santa elf, and set up the table with a lace table cloth and everything. When the kids/hubby get up in the morning they get a nice breakfast on a Valentine table

Congratulations Jacqueline!  Please send me an email with your mailing address and I'll get this sent off to you!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend!  

~ Amber

The "Love You" placemat tutorial can be found HERE.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Love You Placemat Tutorial + Giveaway

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I wanted to share this little tutorial for a sweet placemat I designed using Lakehouse Dry Goods' new Sunrise Studio Scalloped Print Panel fabric that's available in stores now.  This scalloped print fabric comes in a variety of colors that all coordinate with their new PamKittyGarden collection (which I am completely in love with!)  Check out The Fat Quarter Shop for a great selection of all of these fabrics (and this is not a paid advertisement :)  I just loooove the Fat Quarter Shop!)

Love You Placemat
Finished size: 17" x 20 3/4"

Materials Needed:
2/3 yd Sunrise Studio Scalloped Print Panel (color: cherry)
1 fat quarter for applique background (red and white heart print)
1 fat quarter for applique (black)
1/4 yard Heat 'N Bond lite (17" wide double-sided fusible adhesive) 
5/8 yard for backing
6" x width of fabric for binding
22" x 26" piece of batting
black thread
Love You template (click HERE for PDF file)

Cutting Instructions:

1.  Cut 4 strips of scallops by first cutting along the printed "log" dots next to each set of scallops.  

This space between the straight edge of the scallops and the log dots is your seam allowance.  

Next, trim these scalloped strips into 4 1/4" wide strips.

Trim two of the strips so they have 4 full scallops plus 1/4" on each end for the seam allowances.  They should measure 4 1/4" x 15 1/2".  Trim the other two strips so they have 3 full scallops plus 1/4" on each end for the seam allowances.  They should measure 4 1/4" x 12".  

2.  Cut four 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" white squares from the remainder of the panel.  

3.  Trim your red and white heart print fat quarter to 12" x 15 1/2".

Assembly Instructions:
1.  Sew the 4 1/4" x 12" scalloped strips onto the short ends of your heart print rectangle with right sides together.  Press the seam allowances toward the scallops.

2.  Sew a white square onto each end of the two 4 1/4" x 15 1/2" scalloped strips.  Press the seam allowances toward the scallops.  Then sew the two strips onto the rectangle unit.  Press the seam allowances toward the scallops.

3.  Trace the "Love You" template onto the paper side of the Heat 'N Bond.

Roughly cut out the words.

Press the words (paper side up) onto the wrong side of the black fabric.

Cut out the words on the traced lines.  Peel off the paper and center the words onto the red heart print rectangle.  Press the words with a warm iron to adhere in place.

4.  Stitch around all the letters using black thread and a straight stitch (about 1/16" inside the raw edges).  Just go slow and you'll be fine!

Finishing Instructions:
1.  Make a quilt sandwich with the placemat top, batting and the backing fabric.  Quilt as desired.  I had my neighbor, Cathy Barney, quilt it for me using Mono Poly invisible clear thread.  She did an all-over squiggly design that doesn't compete with the words or scallops.  I love it!

2.  Trim the placemat (and any excess batting or backing) leaving 3/4" between the tips of the scallops and the edge of the placemat.

3.  Bind the placemat using two 2 1/4" x width fabric strips and it's ready to use!  Serve up some sweet little goodies to your loved ones and they'll (for sure) feel special!

This quick project is perfect for Valentine's Day or any day that you want to say I love you!  

I've got some extra scalloped fabric that I would LOVE to share with one of you so just leave a comment below telling me about any Valentine's Day traditions you have in your family and I'll pick a winner this weekend!

~ Amber

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Modern Sewciety

At The International Quilt Market in Houston last October, I met the darling Stephanie Kendron who is the founder and host of Modern Sewciety (a series of sewing/quilting related podcasts).  

(Left to Right: me, Stephanie and my roomies: 

On Modern Sewciety, Stephanie chats with friends in the industry about all sorts of topics.  Recently I enjoyed listening to her chat with "The Butlers" (as in Amy of Amy Butler fabrics and sewing patterns and David Butler of Parson Gray fabrics) who are so down-to-earth yet so inspiring!  

Our chat aired last Friday.  We talked about how I got started in the industry, Market, the book, what I'm up to now...  You can click HERE to listen. 

I'm relatively new to the podcast scene but am glad I found Modern Sewciety because I often find myself thinking it's too quiet when I sew!  Do you listen or watch anything when you sew?  Suggestions??? 

Be sure to stop by to enjoy all of Stephanie's podcasts!

Happy quilting!
~ Amber