Thursday, November 20, 2014

Another Vintage Vibe Quilt

Shhh... don't tell anyone.


But I am completely (completely!) obsessed 
with my friend, Aniva's yellow and white Vintage Vibe quilt.


Aniva used the same long-arm quilter that I used for my aqua and white Vintage Vibe quilt so she was able to use the same fabulous design!  It was a design that I spied on Pinterest one day on an antique, hand-quilted, two-color quilt (which you can see HERE).  I asked my quilter (Kaylene Parry in Lehi, Utah) if she could do that same design with her long-arm machine. She had a friend tweak it just a little (so as not to infringe on any copyright laws) and then the friend digitized the pattern so Kaylene could quilt it as an edge-to-edge pattern.  I'm absolutely in loooove with it!


And the yellow?  With the colorful, floral back?  
Obsessed.  Obsessed, I tell ya.


Hope that inspires you today :)

This pattern is available in my new book, 
Vintage Vibe: Traditional Quilts, Fresh Fabrics
available HERE.

P.S., There's another stop on the Vintage Vibe Blog Tour today.
Be sure to stop by Corey Yoder's blog (Little Miss Shabby) to check it out!  She's sharing another project from Vintage Vibe.

Happy quilting!
~ Amber

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Simply Strings Winner + Vintage Vibe Stuff

Thanks to all of you for entering the giveaway for the book, Simply Strings by Rana Heredia.  It was fun reading how all of you cut, organize and store your fabric scraps.  It sounds like I've got a long ways to go in the organization department now!  I'm not sure if my cute little jars are going to cut it anymore!


I want to say congratulations to the winner of Simply Strings.  Maryjo, I sent you an email!  Please send me your mailing address.  You've got a fabulous book coming your way!  Congratulations and thanks again to everyone for playing along!  And if you're crying, heartbroken or angry that you didn't win this giveaway, just remember, everything's going to be okay!  
You can click HERE to purchase your very own copy :)

So are you guys following along on the Vintage Vibe blog tour?  I can hardly stand waiting for the Tuesday and Thursday postings!  So much fun!  



Did you see Jessie Finchman's cute Rainy Day block from last Thursday?  I didn't post that day to remind you but it is SO CUTE!  You'll have to check it out (plus, I saw that she's doing a giveaway - woot! woot!!)  I always love Jessie's fabric choices.  She's inspired me for a long time and I feel so lucky to have her on the tour :)

And another group of ladies that I'm super happy to have on the tour ~  The Fat Quarter Shop!  They're posting today about their favorite project in the book and doing a little giveaway!  Be sure to stop by! 

I'm hoping to get some sewing time in today.
But first, I've got to get the post office.  Vintage Vibe books are finally being sent out (after a little loading dock delay) plus I've restocked my Etsy Shop with more Pineapple Block paper piecing patterns so I've been a busy girl the last few days.  Sew for me okay!?!?

Happy quilting!
~ Amber

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Simply Strings Book Review + Giveaway!

At the International Quilt Market a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Rana Heredia.  She is the author of Simply Strings, a fabulous new book geared towards using up scraps.


I was quite taken with her book because, well, the scraps seem to be never ending around here.  So using them up is a concept I can get behind!


I like to keep my scraps in jars, as many of you know.  I divide them up by color into 6 different jars.  The colors I use the most are in these large jars.  I also have 3 smaller jars just like them with yellows and oranges, blacks and greys, and browns.


I like many of the projects in Simply Strings.  There are a few that I could see myself making, such as this one (below) called, Organic.  I've been itching to do a bit of improve piecing (since I've never really done it before).  I think this pattern is perfect for that, yet there is still some order to the overall pattern.


Twinkle Toes is another one of the projects that I've got my eye on.  I'm thinking I may have to make this with bright scraps for the stars and low volume scraps (pieced in the same manner) for the background.  Wouldn't that be cute?!?


These look really fun.  I think the patterns in Simply Strings are a great way to empty out some of my jars - and make room for more scraps!  'Cause you know there will be more - LOL!


Rana was so kind to GIVE me not one, but two copies of Simply Strings and I would looove to give one away to one of you, my quilty friends!


So let's do a giveaway okay?  Leave a comment below telling me how you organize your scraps and I'll pick a winner later this week.

You can stop by Rana's website, Sewn Into The Fabric, to see more photos from her book or to purchase your own copy of Simply Strings.

Also, be sure to stop by April Rosenthal's blog today for the next stop on my VINTAGE VIBE Blog Tour. A little birdie told me she's doing a giveaway too!  

Happy quilting!
~ Amber



Thursday, November 6, 2014

VINTAGE VIBE BLOG TOUR

 Well, it's about that time folks.
My new book, VINTAGE VIBE is shipping to stores any day now!  
So, let's have some fun, shall we? 
It's time for a VINTAGE VIBE Blog Tour!!!


I've got some really amazing quilty friends sharing different projects from the book every Tuesday and Thursday in November and December (except holidays).  I hope you'll join in the fun!

I'm going to kick things off with the very first project, Skipper.

[Image credit: Martingale, Brent Kane]

Skipper puts a little twist on the very traditional Flying Geese block.  This quilt comes together quickly and it's perfect for beginners!
The fabric line I used in the book is called Out To Sea by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics.  The whole thing just kind of screams "boy" to me.

But what if we changed things up a bit?


I've been dying to see what this pattern would look like made up in some girly fabrics from my stash.  And well, I think it works.  Don't you?


I started making these the other day and I didn't want to stop!  My little pile of Skipper Blocks kept growing and growing!  Now, I'm just trying to decide if I need to make a whole other quilt...or just a table runner?  Hmmm.  Decisions, decisions...


So, as you can see, there's lots of fun to be had with VINTAGE VIBE.  
This is just the beginning!

I do hope you'll tour around with me and the rest of my quilty friends 
on the VINTAGE VIBE Blog Tour.  And hey, who knows?  There might even be a few fun surprises along the way :)

Here's the schedule:

11/11/14 - April @ http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/
11/18/14 - The Fat Quarter Shop @ http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
DATE CHANGE! 11/24/14 - Sherri @ http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
12/11/14 - Heather @ http://quiltstory.blogspot.com/
12/16/14 - Andy @ http://www.abrightcorner.com/
12/23/14 - Melissa @ http://www.polkadotchair.com/

P.S.  For those interested, 
you can get your autographed copy of VINTAGE VIBE HERE :)

Happy quilting!
Amber

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Quilty Fun Turns One!

And to celebrate,
Lori Holt created the most darling birthday block!


When I saw it, I knew I just HAD to make one too!


It was so much fun to make and came together so quickly.
I seriously spent more time picking out fabrics 
than I did on the cutting and piecing.


I'm still debating how I want to finish this little cutie 
but for now I just want to say... 


Happy Birthday Quilty Fun!  It's been a fabulous year!
I ♥ my Apple-licious quilt and my Quilty Fun Sampler! 
(which is almost bound - pictures coming soon :)

If you haven't had the chance to get your own copy of Quilty Fun, 
it's not too late!  It's available HERE from the Fat Quarter Shop. 

Happy quilting everyone!
~ Amber

Click HERE for the instructions 
to Lori Holt's birthday block.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

My Book, Vintage Vibe: Traditional Quilts, Fresh Fabrics

 You guys, things have been very exciting around here lately.


When one copy of my new book, 
Vintage Vibe: Traditional Quilts, Fresh Fabrics 
landed on my doorstep last Friday evening, there was a nervous, excited feeling that I hadn't known before.  I opened the package and eyed it - from a distance - for about an hour.  Every few minutes I would stop back by the book and squeal, pet it, flip it over (there may have even been a little bit of jumping up and down and clapping).  But I couldn't open it.  I was frozen with anticipation.  My husband was on his way home from a business trip.  My children were at friends' houses.  I had to share the excitement with someone so I called my mom.  She finally convinced me to open it and then listened as I described every detail to her. 


This book has been a two year project (me: working on the quilts and instructions for one year and my publisher: editing, editing, photographing and more editing for the second year).  I'm thrilled with how it turned out and am so thankful to the amazing crew at Martingale Publishing.  They have been so fabulous to work with!!!



This book is full of 14 bold projects, tid-bits about the inspiration behind the projects, beautiful photography, quilt making basics, tips on fabric selection and lots, lots more.


One of my favorite quilts in the book (okay, let's be honest, I LOVE them all!)  But one of the most unique quilts in the book AND the namesake behind the book itself, is this 2-color quilt called Vintage Vibe.  


It was inspired by this cover of a home decor catalog I received in the mail.  It's one example of what you'll find in this book ~ the quilts, the stories behind them and hopefully a new appreciation for the little things in your lives that can inspire your own projects!  

The quilting on Vintage Vibe is amazing!  Kaylene Parry in Lehi, Utah quilted it for me (in fact she quilted several of the projects in the book.  I use her a lot and she always does a fantastic job!)


I was also blessed to have Natalia Bonner from Piece 'N Quilt quilt four of the projects in the book, including the cover quilt and pillow, this black and white quilt (above) and the Rainy Day Table Runner (below).  She is amazing and it was so fun to meet and collaborate with her!


You guys, all of the quilting in this book is amazing!!!  You're sure to be inspired!  And the great thing is, I share lots of specific tips in the book about long-arm quilting ideas and how to get great results from your quilter!


The projects in Vintage Vibe range in skill level.  There's a little something in there for everyone.  Including 3 different types of applique, different methods for making Half Square Triangles and how to make both classic and new blocks alike!


I wish I could share with you all the projects, and the inspiration and stories behind the projects but you'll just have to get one to see.  I (think?!?) it will definitely be a fun and inspiring read, along with lots of eye candy and fun projects to make.

If you want to pre-order an autographed copy today, click HERE.
Vintage Vibe: Traditional Quilts, Fresh Fabrics
Coming November 4th.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Playful Petals Blog Tour

Welcome!  
Today I'm thrilled to be another stop on 
Corey Yoder's Playful Petals Blog Tour!


I was super excited when Corey asked me to participate.  I've been swooning over her beautiful creations on Instagram for some time now and her new book, Playful Petals, really caught my attention as I am OBSESSED with the petal shape right now!  After checking out my e-copy (courtesy of C&T Publishing) I was highly impressed!  The book is beautiful inside and out.  Just filled to the brim with lots of eye candy and Corey's use of color is really inspiring! 


Her book includes tons of fabulous tips on fusible applique.  She walks you through every step of the way and includes lots of great photos and options to help you become a confident appliquer.  She also includes a great section on quilt making basics, fabric selection and using pre-cuts.  I also love the fact that each of the 9 beautiful quilt projects featured in Playful Petals has a coordinating mini project!  

There were several projects in the book that I wanted to make but in the end, I couldn't resist the Rainbow Petals Pillow.  You can see Corey's version (above) which she made up in some super cute vintagy florals.  I was really taken to the sweet prints and colors she used but I decided to use up some left over Joel Dewberry charm squares I had laying around (plus a few more scraps from my stash) to make this version:


It adds a fun pop of color to my family room and I guess it's fun to see it in a more modern, darker color way.



It was really fun to make and I hope to find time to try some of the other projects in Playful Petals.

Thanks to all of you for stopping by today.  I do hope you'll check out the other stops on this blog tour to see more beautiful projects from Playful Petals.

September 15: Amy @   http://www.stitcherydickorydock.com/
September 16: Melissa @ http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/
September 17: Jessica @ http://quiltyhabit.blogspot.com/
September 18: Faith @ http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/
September 19: Amy @ http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
~Break for Weekend~
September 22: Sherri @ http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
September 25: Amanda @ http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/
September 26: Lee @ http://www.freshlypieced.com/
September 27: Corey @ http://www.littlemissshabby.com Final Round-up & Giveaway

Happy quilting!
~ Amber