Wednesday, November 30, 2011

{amylouwho} dyeing to stitch blog tour and giveaway!!

I'm so pleased that my friend Candy of Candied Fabrics invited me to be a part of her blog tour for Dyeing to Stitch!  She is a master at making her own hand-dyed fabrics and along with the folks at Quilting Arts Workshop she has put together a comprehensive guide to dyeing fabrics and creating art with the finished product!

Look at cute Candy! Unfortunately we haven't had the pleasure of meeting in person but we have exchanged many many emails and facebook messages.  I can't wait to give her a hug in person when we meet in real life!
It was really fun to watch her and hear her voice!  She is a biology professor by day and has great way of connecting with her audience.

The DVD is broken up in to the following chapters.
Not only does she talk about the basics of dyeing and how she came up with her process, she discusses color theory.  

My favorite quote from the video, "I get obsessed with a particular color..."  I so hear you! (#turquoiseobsessionmuch?)  We've bonded over our love of turquoise-y blues and bright greens (and bird silhouettes)!

She even came up with her own “Candiotic Table of Elemental Color” 

She is able to recreate any color here by using the recipes she also discusses.

In the chapter, "Using Quilting as a Line + Conclusion", she shows how she makes her mini art quilts.  This was probably my favorite part of the DVD - her botanical sketches are gorgeous!  I love this pillow in particular.
She has definitely cultivated her signature look and I love it.  I love how passionate she is about creating every element of her art.  And really, when you think about the fact that she creates every part from the color of the fabric on up, it really is art.

Here are a few other examples of things that she has made (that I love!)

And probably my favorite was this quilt for babylouwho that several blogging friends made for me.  Candy contributed the fabrics.
What's a baby quilt picture without the baby?  I can't believe she's not this little anymore!

I feel a little sheepish to say that I've never watched any Quilting Arts TV.  But after this I'm excited to find more workshops that they've produced.  It was really well done!

And here's a preview of the video!





Now, for what you have all been waiting for - the GIVEAWAY! Would you like to own your own copy? Candy is offering up one copy of her DVD to one of you.

To enter:
Leave a comment telling me about a current work in progress!  Me? I'm working on a dresden plate mini quilt.  :) And leave an email in your comment so I can reach you!!

Winners will be announced on Monday, December 5!

And as reminder, here’s the rest of the tour:
  1. Friday, 11/11 – Victoria Gertenbach of The Silly BooDilly­
  2. Monday, 11/14 – Susan Brubaker Knapp of Blue Moon River
  3. Wednesday, 11/16 – Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Studio
  4. Friday, 11/18 – Melody Johnson of Fibermania
  5. Monday, 11/21 – Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
  6. Wednesday, 11/23 – Diane Doran of Ooh! Pretty Colors
  7. Friday, 11/25 – Vicki Welsh of Field Trips in Fiber
  8. Monday, 11/28 – Brenda Gael Smith of Serendipity and the Art of the Quilt
  9. Wednesday, 11/30 – Amy Webb of Amy Lou Who Sews
  10. Friday, 12/2 – Robin Ferrier of Simply Robin
  11. Tuesday, 12/6 – Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
  12. Thursday, 12/8 – Beth and the gang from Sew Mama Sew
Hope you are all having a great week so far! I'm getting ready to paint my kitchen tonight. I CANNOT wait!

Friday, November 25, 2011

{amylouwho} sew & tell v3.10

Hello and welcome to black Friday sew & tell! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving day!



I wasn't will never be in the mood for crazy sale crowds the day after Thanksgiving (here in the US) and we were busy getting ready to travel all week to be with family.  I didn't get much accomplished in the sewing department, and the pillows I did finish are currently on my MILs bed, where FIL is still sleeping off the turkey and pie.  So no pictures... sorry!  But they did turn out really cute!

Was anyone else able to be more productive than me? It wouldn't be hard!  Show us what you've finished this week!

Linky Rules.  Please follow along for a fun party!
1. Please write the post for sew & tell - or add a blurb mentioning sew & tell to a post written since the last sew & tell.  If you are linking to a post with your own tutorial, please make sure it was a finish from this week and that the completed project is shown first.
2. One linky per person. (please put multiple projects in one post.)
3. Link to your specific post.  (See here for permalink instructions - or email me.)
4. Link back here with a link or a button (HTML on my sidebar).
5. Be sure to visit and leave comments on other's posts!


Please put your (blog)name instead of your project name, it helps us get to know each other better!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

{amylouwho} thankful for November beach days

I'm thankful that I live 15 minutes from the beach.
onslow beach
I'm thankful we can go on a November Sunday afternoon, look for shells and shark teeth, and not be cold.
inspecting
I'm thankful my kids get to enjoy one of my favorite things I did as a kid, on a more regular basis.
finding some shells
I'm thankful for it's beautiful skies,
november sky

and beautiful shells.

I'm thankful that even those these two can try my patience more than anything, I still love them just the same.
partners in crime
(ps - I am thankful for babylouwho, she was just at home napping with mrlouwho during this little excursion!)

Monday, November 21, 2011

{amylouwho} thankful for fabric

I've wanted to share some gratuitous fabric shots with you so I thought I would do some thankful posts this week.  I really am thankful for fabric and all the possibilities it holds!

Here's some pretties I picked up while in Utah at The Sewing Summit.

I don't get to shop much at shops that have fat quarters, so it was nice to walk through Pine Needles and pick out a stack of fabrics based solely on color! I've been really into orange with aqua lately.  Glad I'm not the only one!
orange, aqua and grey lusciousness

I almost died when I saw Sandi Henderson's Secret Garden fabrics in person at The Material Girls Quilts too.  The fabric itself is SO soft and I couldn't pass up this navy with the bright pinks and greens.
Secret Garden
I've finished a project with it this past week that I want to share with you. Soon.  I have enough fabric left over to make something matchy matchy for my girls. (oh and yes, that is some henna in leaf. couldn't resist.)

I got this cute stack from the SLC Modern Quilt Guild dinner, Fox Trails by Shari Butler of Doohikey Designs.
Foxtrails by Doohickey Designs

And yes, foxes are the new owls I hear, so I'm glad I'm up to speed on the trend. :) I think the racoons are pretty cute too!

And then cute Leigh from LeedleDeedle Quilts, shared her awesome stack of Fandango that she won from Nadine during the shop hop!
Fandango

I've wanted some of this for a long time.  Now I just have to decide what to do with it!

What are you thankful for today?

Friday, November 18, 2011

{amylouwho} sew & tell v3.9 a baby quilt

Hello everyone!
It's been one of those weeks where we've been super busy and I haven't had a lot of quality time with my blog or my fabric!

I have so many things that I want to talk to you about but nothing quite ready to show you. So, I'm sharing another quilt a different friend made for the same baby shower I made this blanket. She doesn't know I'm featuring her here today, so I hope she doesn't mind! (Hi Brynn!)

I took some pictures for her and am so behind I haven't even emailed them to her yet. My friend Brynn has become the unofficial baby quilt gifter for new babies at church. She's the perfect person for this because, unlike me, she knows how to finish a project before starting a new one. Plus she's great at math so she does a wonderful job planning out her designs. AND she's precise, so everything looks pretty much amazing! You can see more of her quilts on her blog Brynn Sews.  I'm really excited to see the ones finished that she's working on now: Kate Spain + Central Park + Lattice pattern!!

This cute little quilt was a big hit at the shower!
Brynn's quilt for Adrienne
I love plus sign quilts and these fabrics are great separated by the white. And the ballon fabric on the back?! SO CUTE!!
Brynn's quilt for Adrienne

and I just adore this pearl bracelet fabric she used on the binding!
Brynn's quilt for Adrienne
I want that pearl bracelet fabric in every color but I just put myself on a fabric diet! Gah!

Thank you Brynn for making awesome quilts! :) (Let's have another sewing day soon so I can finish up the rest of my projects!)

I can't wait to see what you all have been working on! Anyone working on Christmas presents yet?

Linky Rules.  Please read carefully.  The delete monster will be eating non-compliant links.

1. Please write the post for sew & tell - or add a blurb mentioning sew & tell to a post written since the last sew & tell.  If you are linking to a post with your own tutorial, please make sure it was a finish from this week and that the completed project is shown first.

2. One linky per person. (please put multiple projects in one post.)

3. Link to your specific post.  (See here for permalink instructions - or email me.)

4. Link back here with a link or a button (HTML on my sidebar).
5. Be sure to visit and leave comments on other's posts!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

{amylouwho} mini quilt party winners announced!

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed hosting this mini quilt party!!  I haven't had a chance to visit all the quilts yet, but I'm working on it!  I loved reading your comments too!

Before we get to the winners, I wanted to show you the mini quilt that I received from my end of the Post Sewing Summit Swap.  I don't even remember what I said in my little survey, but my partner Jill, from Made on Mainstreet,  must have also checked out my favorites on Flickr because she nailed it!
DSC_7446

I love my sweet little quilt and hung it up immediately in my kitchen.  Thank you so much, Jill!! I love it!

So now, onto the winners!
Oh wait, I should tell you that I used Random.org to choose 5 numbers between 1 and 201 (108 linkies + 93 comments, wow!), comment #1 being entry 109.  Okay, so now...

1)The 30$ gift card to the  Old Red Barn Co. soap shop:
#83 Diane of Random Thoughts Do or "Di"!

2) The flat rate box of swag from the Sewing Summit:
#135 Kristina at The Nerdy Sewist!

3) Kim's bundle of awesome Heather Ross scraps:
#61  The Quilted Fox

4) Candy's  set of “quilter’s 8ths” of her own hand-dyed cottons:
#104 Nona's Sews

5)The jelly roll of fabric from The Material Girls Quilts:
#105 Kwiltz by Stephanie

Look for an email from me in your inboxes!

Monday, November 14, 2011

{amylouwho} we interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post

We interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post with the announcement of the winners, because, well, in truth I'm unorganized!

mrlouwho and I are attending the Marine Corps Birthday Ball tonight.  I was still nursing last year when I  made and wore this dress.  I have to figure out how to take it in today, and get my hair done, and get ready for the sitter to come. Soooooo, if I have time I will post the winners today.  Otherwise, I'm so sorry - I'll announce them tomorrow!

In the meantime, continue looking through all of the amazing entries!  You guys blew me away with your response!  I've loved every comment and linky!

Today is also the last day to enter Sew, Mama, Sew's Doll Quilt contest! Go to their site and read the easy rules!  Just add your photo to their Flickr group.

AND every Monday over at Elizabeth's Pieceful Life it's Little Quilt Monday!  That's right!  A mini quilt party EVERY week!

I promise, I'll be back soon! Wish me luck on getting my dress to fit!

Friday, November 11, 2011

{amylouwho} sew & tell v3.8 mini quilt party and giveaway!

Hello!!!  It's here! I know, I'm probably more excited than you all are! But still :)









I mailed off this mini quilt early this week for my partner in the Post Sewing Summit Swap.  I'm not going to lie.  I was a little intimidated to sew for my partner (hi, partner!).  I went through all of her favorites on Flickr searching for some inspiration. Knowing she liked bright colors and her favorite being green, I decided on doing something bright with stars.
Then I got cold feet and went in a different direction.  Then I got cold feet again (and by cold feet I mean a little birdie told me my first idea was better) and dove back in with the stars.
Post Summit Swap - mini quilt!
I'm not going to lie to you - I love the way it turned out!
close-ish up

And the quilting on this was really fun to do!  I got to practice some of my skills that Allison taught me in her free motion quilting class.
backing on mini
I chose my favorite Amy Butler polka dots in Lime for the back.  (and said birdie told me this is one of my partner's all time favorite prints! Yea!)  Binding it in the turquoise really helps it pop! (birdie suggested this too - which was a better choice than the green I was going to go with.  Thanks birdie!!)

This quilt was so fun to finish.  It didn't take that long, and I learned how to  piece them in a "random" way so they weren't just all in rows.

figuring out the layout.
It was a little tricky at first, but I just layed them out and figured out where I needed to add more white. I love learning new things!  It was nice to practice on a small project too.

So many of us were inspired by the mini quilt class at The Sewing Summit!  Holly (who designed my new banner and button) started a new Flickr group!  You can head over there to add your quilts, or just look at some eye candy!











So now onto the details of the party + prizes!

Instead of making this a super long post and relisting all the prizes I'll summarize them. But you can go here to read the prize post.
1) Lovely Dana from Old Red Barn Co. is offering a 30$ gift card to her soap shop!
2) Erin, is offering up a flat rate box of swag from the Sewing Summit! 
3) Kim is offering up a bundle of awesome Heather Ross scraps!
4) Candy from Candied Fabrics is offering up a set of “quilter’s 8ths” of her own hand-dyed cottons. (check out the birthday sale in her shop!)
5) Nadine from The Material Girls Quilts, is giving away a jelly roll of fabric!

Now, for the fine print.
To enter:
1) Link up a new blog post about your mini quilt.  You can have blogged about the quilt before, I just ask you write a new post for our party, linking back to the fun!  Use a link or button in your post. (And by new post I mean written in the last 2 weeks, for you swappers who may have already blogged ~ just edit to add the button and/or link)
2) Leave a comment on this post.  Tell me one thing on your Christmas list.
**I really want a walking foot and a food processor.  :)**

3) If you don't have a quilt to enter, write up a blog post about sew & tell (button on sidebar) or the mini quilt party (also on sidebar) and let me know in the comments.  Leave a link to your blog post.

That's it! I hope you all have had fun getting ready for today!  I have!  Let's get the party started!
Linky will be open until Sunday night.  Winners announced Monday.  :)

I would love it if you put your name/blog name in the linky so we know who you are! :)


Thursday, November 10, 2011

{amylouwho} the mini that can be made in a day

Do you want to participate in the mini quilt party tomorrow?  There's a mini you can make today or tomorrow if you have just a little bit of time!  Mug Rugs!! Snack mats, coasters, whatever you want to call them! They're sweet, cute, small and quick!

Here's some inspiration for you!

Mug Rugs Galore!
image courtesy The Joy Cottage via Flickr
Finished Mug Rug
image courtesy Frecklemama via Flickr
Holiday Mug Rug
image courtesy Pin.Sew.Press via Flickr
Spooky & Splashy Goldfish Mug Rug
image courtesy Pin.Sew.Press. via Flickr
mug rugs 018
image courtesy Gock's Frocks via Flickr

And now I want to go make mug rugs. I should probably clean my house first... or not. See you tomorrow for the PARTY!!!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

{amylouwho} mini quilt inspiration

I have always been obsessed with things that are cute when tiny.  You know, things like, baby toes, baby shoes, mini tea sets, little boxes of altoids, mini reese's peanut butter cups, stuff like that.  Tiny quilts are no exception!

Now that I am obssessed with mini quilts I started to remember that my mom has actually been making them for a long time!  She was nice enough to take a few pictures of some of my favorites to share with you.

She made several of these for Christmas gifts one year.  I love an irish chain! I remember begging her to make one for me, but after making about 6 of these, I think her eyes hurt.  These are strip pieced from 1.5 inch strips!

mom's awesome mini 3


This log cabin is TINY.  1.5" strips. Also strip pieced.

mom's awesome mini 2

And this one has always been a favorite.  I remember when she made this one (over 10 years ago I think).  I remember thinking she was a bit nuts for cutting out all of those teeny tiny pieces and sewing them together.  THEN I remember being amazed at how perfect it was when she finished.

mom's awesome mini 1

Each square of fabric in the pieced portion is different! I appreciate the work in this so much more now.

So, do you have a mini ready to share for Friday?


Check out the prizes!  And really, you could make a mug rug before then!  Do it!  It's so fun and a fast rewarding finish!

{amylouwho} mini quilt challenge update - prizes!!

When the chit chat turned to a mini quilt party I had several people offer up some prizes to make things a bit more fun!!


By linking up on Friday you will be eligible for one of the following prizes!

1) Lovely Dana from Old Red Barn Co. is offering a 30$ gift card to her soap shop. I've personally used her soaps and they are, in a word, AMAZING!!
photo courtesy Old Red Barn Co.

2) Erin, one of the organizers of The Sewing Summit, is offering up a flat rate box of swag from the Sewing Summit!  Trust me, there is some amazing stuff in there!!
photo courtesy Erin


3) My dear generous friend Kim is offering up a bundle of awesome scraps - perfect for making some mini quilts!!
photos courtesy Kim

photos courtesy Kim


4) Candy from Candied Fabrics makes amazing hand dyed fabrics which she then uses for her sewing projects. She made the fabric for this  adorable baby quilt a group of friends made babylouwho.  She's offering up a “quilter’s 8ths” that includes all 6 of the jewel tones as WELL as a piece of multicolored fabric with all those tones.
  

photo courtesy of Candied Fabrics

5) Nadine from The Material Girls Quilts, one of the favorite shops along the shop hop during the Sewing Summit, will be giving away a jelly roll of fabric!  (prints TBA)

I'm excited to see what everyone is working on!  Please spread the word!

I finished a little mini I'm sharing with you on Friday, it was really fun!  Here's a sneak peek:

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