Circle of Life and Blog Festival

It’s spring and time for Amy’s Creative Side to have the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!  I am pleased to again enter one of my quilts. :)


Cindy, a dear friend and co-worker, is retiring this year.  I started the year knowing it was coming… I wanted to make a special quilt for a special person.  I chose Circle of Life by Jacqueline deJonge.


I started in October…

By April I had finally got it together!


Putting on the boarders.


A test drive on my bed!


Up close pictures of Peggy’s quilting magic!

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The unveiling by Cindy!

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Success!  Happy retirement!

Back to Amy’s Creative Side.

Springbreak 2015 Quilt Retreat

My spring breaks are usually full of quilting.  Nonstop.  Chalkerbox full.  Thankfully this spring break was no exception!  My plan was to have a Paradise in Blooms class–introducing Judy Niemeyer’s newest quilt (and applique methods) to students in Kodiak.  What a success! One student opted to do the Fire Island Hosta queen and everyone fell in love with her color choices. Check out my student’s work…

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This was a week of sewing, laughing, eating (healthy) food, and (more) sewing…

So Many Projects…

I have been super busy lately! I just go from one project to another–multitasking my quilting projects.

One new obsession I have now is called Days for Girls.  It’s this fantastic organization that makes feminine hygiene kits for women in 3rd world situations where they have nothing.  A fellow quilter, Ardell Kerr who owns Quilting from the Heart, had advertized a day at her quilt shop to make these kits.  I read about this and immediately contacted her, emailed my guild, bought the correct fabric and snaps on Amazon and am lining up an All Day Sew in February.  I also have been working on making samples to show the other volunteers.


Another project I am working on is a few Bionic Gear Bags.  I made a few for my regular sewing girls and now I am working on making a few to sell.  I LOVE THESE BAGS!

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My Glacier Star class is cruising along–this week we will begin bag 3/3rd technique.  I better get busy with the 2nd technique!  I like to make the quilt I am teaching with my class and this is a very fun quilt to make!  I had made another of these about 3 years ago but ended up giving it to Hospice of Kodiak for their raffle so I needed a new one to round out my collection of Judy Niemeyer sample quilts!

IMG_0575Additionally, I am working (slow and steadily) on the Circle of Life quilt as a retirement gift for a dear friend.  I wanted something BRIGHT and lovely.  The background is called “spinach” and it’s a Hoffman.  BEAUTIFUL green!

IMG_0571Katja’s Quilt Shoppe is hosting The New Hexagon Milleflori Quilt Along.  I was happy as a clam when I gave away my Milleflori quilt/pieces/templates/blocks at Christmas and all it took was one look at her quilt pattern and I started afresh! Will the madness ever end?!  (I hope not!)


This pattern caught my eye over the holidays and I wasn’t able to stop myself on it either!  This is Joseph’s Coat.  The pattern was used in Kona’s 30 Days of Kona celebration–and it’s free!  It’s also quite addictive.  I think I am making this for a dear friend who lives in Fairbanks!


OK, just to add a little mania to my ever so busy week–I’m teaching a few bag classes this coming month.  I appreciate the Pink Sand Beach patterns.  SO EASY!  I’d recommend starting with Fiji bag–it’s a simple intro.  I’m trying to get caught up on my samples as as soon as I make them they fly out the door! (so many “as” in one sentence!).


Well, that’s all I can think that I am working on now.  Stay warm, wish for snow in Alaska and sew on!

Christmas rush and all that!

Well, it’s Christmas Eve… so, of course, I am busy cranking out a few little presents!  I had originally envisioned a quilt each for the two new boys living upstairs but all I could manage was a Superhero pillow for Max, Lars, and Erik. That’s what happens when I start out two weeks before Christmas!

I completed a 20″ Ironman pillow for Lars:

ironmanpillowI completed a 20″ Spiderman pillow for Max:
spidyI completed a 24″ Batman pillow for Erik (the smallest boy gets the biggest pillow!):

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One final little something.  I small gift for Martha–the owner of my local quilt shop where I teach and an all around wonderful friend!


I wish a peaceful, happy holiday for everyone!

Reclaimed West BLOG Tour!

reclaimed-west-blog-tour-graphicI was THRILLED to be asked to be part of Timeless Treasures Reclaimed West Blog Tour.  I had worked this past June for Judy Niemeyer and had seen the samples.  Judel had taken a quick trip to New York to work with Timeless Treasures and had come back so excited that it was hard to not be about this fabric line!

I got the package from Hayden at Timeless and IMMEDIATELY started working on my quilt.  I decided to do the Desert Sky.  It’s a very simple, fast quilt that is FULL of New York Beauties (my FAVORITE block!!).

IMG_9649I started by cutting out pattern.  IMG_9654The directions lay out exactly how to cur the fabric for the templates.  The 24 fabrics lend themselves so nicely to this pattern!IMG_9656A little glue and I was off and sewing!IMG_9658Stacking techniques are laid out in the directions.IMG_9659 My first batch of New York Beauties done: IMG_9663Then on to more!IMG_9674 IMG_9676 IMG_9694Once all blocks were pieced I used my design wall to lay it all out…IMG_9708 IMG_9709 IMG_9720The back was made from the Firestorm, the coordinating batiks!IMG_9725IMG_9727I had a local quilter quilt it and then hand stitched the binding on the way to Quilt Market.

IMG_9852Bradley, Judel and Judy Niemeyer at Quilt Market 2014!

At the end of Market, Judel took it back to Montana to take a few snaps of it.  I was so excited to see how beautiful the photos turned out!

JN74 JN75Thank you for stopping in!  More of the Tour:

November 17

November 18

November 19

November 20

November 21


PRIZES: Enter the giveaway HERE at SewTimeless starting Nov 17 – it will be open for entries throughout all five days of the blog tour. THREE WINNERS will be selected on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 at noon (12 PM) eastern time.

EACH OF THE THREE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE: one fat eighth bundle of the entire Reclaimed West collection (24 pcs), one 52-pc charm pack of the Reclaimed West collection, one Braided Table Runner pattern by Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer, one Geese in the West pattern by Cindi McCracken, one Reclaimed West bookmark & bag tag set from Quilt Dots, one spool of coordinating thread from the Reclaimed West designer thread set available from Aurifil.

Reclaimed West Blog Tour!

reclaimed-west-blog-tour-graphicYAHOO!  Next week will be the start of the Reclaimed West Blog Tour by Timeless Treasures!  I have been excited about this line of fabric since seeing the samples this summer.

I have some crazy serendipitous connections to it…  My friend Vernie, who lives in Kodiak, is the daughter of the man who owns the ranch where so many of the photos for this fabric line were taken.  She was the person who connected me with Judel Niemeyer about an upcoming vacation their family would be taking in Kodiak.  From connecting with Judel I arranged my local guild, Kodiak Bear Paw Quilter’s Guild, to hire Judy to teach a couple classes this past summer.  I decided to take a Quiltworx retreat in 2013 at Kalispell and Empty Spools in Asilomar in early 2014.  Judy had me come work for her for the month of June 2014.  I was SUPER jazzed about the whole experience and when Hayden from Timeless Treasures asked for participants I signed up!

The fabric is so great to work with–very high quality. I made a quilt from one of Quiltworx simple patterns–the Desert Sky.  (You will see more on the 20th!)  The person I asked to quilt it for me is a local quilter named Julie–who happens to be an in-law of Vernie!  I took my completed quilt to Quilt Market in Houston at the end of October and left it with Judy who (I believe) is taking it to Australia.  I have one final plan for it when I get the quilt back–a little surprise–it will all come full circle.

I can’t wait for the Tour to begin!  Here’s the schedule:

November 17

November 18

November 19

November 20

November 21