Category Archives: pattern

Sue Sweet!! Block 2 of Sue Through the Seasons

Good MORNING everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  I tend to celebrate all week.  Mostly food stuff, but the kids like it.  I have a few more of those to post.  But until then……..  Meet Sue Sweet!sunbonnet sue february dot

Isn’t she cute?   Notice the love letter in her hand!  This applique is a heart topiary, and the second applique pattern features a mailbox.  Once again, Dorothy Gautier did the sample.  I LOVE hourglasses.  And her choice of colors are always spot-on.  You can find the file here———> (Sue is no longer free….please find her at the ETSY store.)

Like last month, we ask that you simply leave a comment if you downloaded our pattern.  This link will be taken down on March 1st.  Since February is a short month, you better hurry!  Share, pin, and let your friends know!  New Sue is available in my Etsy store.

I have 3 big projects going on at the same time, and I hope to have pictures and finished products REAL soon!!  So stay tuned!

peace and pieces,
amy

Happy Sue Year!!

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Happy Sue Year!  Isn’t that just adorable?  hehe   Ok, so it’s not showing much.  But I want to let you all know that Stitches and Kisses are still on track!!  Sun Bonnet Sue Through the Seasons will start Tuesday as planned.

Here are the details.

1) Each block will be 12 inch finished.
2) Each block is mostly paper pieced.  The other half will be applique.   It IS possible to only do the paper pieced Sues, but they won’t be nearly as cute!!!
3) We are creating samples from each of the blocks (remember Witchy Sue as a pillow?) but next January you will receiving finishing instructions for a KICKBUTT quilt top.
4) The blocks will be released on the 15th of each month.   You will have access to a free download until the end of the month.  There will be 2 ways to get the free download.   First, I will hook it up through paypal so Dorothy and I can keep track of how many have saved the pattern.  If you do NOT have a paypal account, then please leave me a comment or shoot me an email and I will email you the pattern.
5) All back order patterns will be available for a small price here via paypal.

Does all of this make sense??  I sure hope so!!   I am SOOOO excited about this project.   I suspect Stitches and Kisses will take off with our new enterprise!!   In the mean time, Butterfly Angels is trying to figure out a pattern similar to the Skating Sue…..a scene of sorts.  But I have to decide what I want.   Sew Hooked is an amazing designer.  I managed to expand on her main block.   Time to do my own!!

Here is another shot of the sample.   I LOVE my partner!!  IMG_0353

 

She made mine a Saints Sue Year!!!!

peace and pieces,
amy

Shades of Camo

I’m humbled and awed by the response I’m getting concerning Stitches and Kisses New Venture.   If you missed the announcement, go take a peek!  And if you’re looking for the giveaway, it’s here.

Now, the last BIG Christmas order is DONE.100_4665

Talk about a modern take on a vintage block, huh?  100_4667

The pictures STINK, because we had nasty rain again.  I hate taking them indoors.  Do you know how hard it is to find grey solids locally?   I knew I should have ordered from Kona directly.  Oh well.   2 shades of grey,2 black, and 2 white.  It worked.100_4666

A meander to mimic the camo print, and echoing in the churndash itself.100_4672

It really looked cool!   I was scared to work with camo again, but it worked just RIGHT!100_4670

Even a cool back!  I didn’t quilt as heavily as some of my other quilts, so I was a tad worried about the crinkle factor.   But….100_4669

…Yup!!   It still worked nice!!

The clients already gave it to their son.   (grin) Apparently, it was a HUGE hit!

peace and pieces,
amy

 

 

GIVEAWAY! Announcements, and more!

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

Thank you for playing!

YAY FOR BLOG HOPS!

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Welcome ALL!    I know there are quite a few of you linking in from The Quilting Gallery!   I’m so happy to see all these new and smiling faces!!  welcome_mat

Allow me to introduce myself.  I am Amy Gay; wife for 12 years to a HANDSOME blue-eyed man; mother to 2 blue eyed girls (The Apprentice and WildChild); a Blue-Eyed Boy, and a Brown-Eyed Boy.  I quilt for the public, and am beginning to create patterns.  I can’t go back to my professional life (LONG hours) so I hope that my quilting can be a blessing to my family as well as my well-being.  I tend to like more traditional patterns, but the modern creeps in sometimes.

Currently, my partner Dorothy and I are going to host a Block Of The Month.  Remember the Witchy Sue100_4287

There will be a Sue for each month.   Starting January 15th, there will be a paper pieced pattern with applique embellishments released each month on the 15th.  The pattern will be free ONLY until the end of the month.   All previous months will be released for $0 .99.  So please PLEASE pop in and get your patterns.

Now, the reason you are here!!   FREE STUFF!   How’s this?20121209_150717

6 Fat Quarters, Valentines stuff!   Perfect for a runner or candle mat kind of mini-quilt.20121209_150513

To win, just comment below.  Maybe you could tell me which of my projects you have liked.  It would GREAT if you followed me on Facebook, or Twitter, or signed up for the blog (email link to the right!)  But none of that is required.  Just comment.  And PLEASE, go take a peek at the rest of the members of the Blog Hop sponsored by Quilting Gallery.  Over 150 other blogs are giving goodies away!   Oh-And I will ship internationally!

Thanks again for stopping by!

peace and pieces,
amy

Witchy Sue–A FREE Paper Pieced Pattern

I am super excited to announce the debut of

Stitches and Kisses

Dorothy Gautier and I have joined our brains, and are creating the CUTEST series.   This is just the first of many.  We are not sure of the exact format, but keep your eyes open.

So here she is!   Our first Baby–Witchy Sue!  PDF file is here—–>Sunbonnet Witchy Sue

This is the same block in fabric!

Isn’t she SWEET?  And here is Dorothy’s version.   We have made a few changes since she made this, but you can see how the fabrics she used gave the project a different look.  The FLY and broomstick were both from a magazine about 3 years ago.   If anyone can identify the magazine issue, PLEASE let me know so we can offer proper credit. 

I made mine into a pillow slip cover. 

Isn’t Sue perfect?

Just remember that Stitches and Kisses will be releasing more stuff as the months go on.  Keep your eyes pealed!   Dot and I are AWESOME together!!!

peace and pieces,
amy

Johnny’s Cajun Cathedral Window

**This pattern is now available in my Etsy store.

This is a pattern born of necessity.  The father of my oldest and dearest friend of 25+ years has Stage 4 Cancer. 

I started this quilt late September, knowing that I needed to hurry.  His chemo was starting soon and he needs a QUILT!!  There is a Cathedral Window quilt in the family, and they all love it, but I knew I didn’t have the time. 

I did some research–Google is AWESOME–and stumbled on Chapel Windows at Hills Primitive Cupboard.

http://www.hillsprimitivecupboard.com/shop/index.php

A GORGEOUS quilt!  Thank you for the inspiration!!!  Still wasn’t quite what I was looking for, but close—OH so close.  I shrunk the size of the color patch, finagled the setting triangles…  I think this is perfect.

This is a queen.   Each piece is 2″ finished.  Yes, that’s a LOT of tiny squares.  But strip piecing makes it go fairly quickly.

The wind wanted to show off the back!!   It’s a BUNCH of FQ’s cut into squares.  Feels like fall, doesn’t it?

I am totally in love!   The quilting really makes it!!   I did an orange peel over the entire quilt. 

While quilting this, I thought about life.   Each of these individual arcs were off.  Wonky.  IMPERFECT.  Some of them, a LOT imperfect.

But when you step back, they blend.  Beautifully.  Seamlessly.

Like life.   Each moment in your life may not be perfect.  May not be good.   But life in general……is perfect!

I can’t WAIT to show this off at the guild meeting, and then it’ll be on it’s way to Mr Johnny.  FILLED with love and prayers for a full recovery.

The pattern will eventually be for sale as a PDF file.   Part of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Association.  I have testers working on the pattern now.  *****It’s now for sale in my Etsy Store****

I’ve also decided to enter this quilt in the Bloggers Quilt festival!  I can’t get to Houston–so let’s have a quilt show here!  LOL

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 92″x 92″
Special techniques used : strip piecing
Quilted by : Amy Gay on an Empress Long Arm
Best Category : Favorite Bed Quilt, Professionally Quilted, Favorite Quilt Photographer.
Go take a peak at some of the other quilts!   Especially if you can’t make it to Houston this year!!

peace and pieces,
amy

Cajun Cathedral-Work In Progress

Just a quick preview.  Making some progress!! 

Strip piecing is FUN when you make bunting out of it!!

peace and pieces,
amy

Glorious Autumn Block Party!

The Giveaway is closed.  But please enjoy the free pattern!!

 

The wonderful Michelle at Quilting Gallery has been giving us a walkthrough to these amazing blocks!  In her words…

“Over 15 weeks, 45 designers will create 12″ blocks for the Glorious Autumn Block Party. These blocks will be featured, three per week, on the Quilting Gallery site starting September 4th. In addition to the blocks, there will be Super Deals for Quilters from our favourite online retailers. Be sure to check each designer’s post, as many will be offering give-aways on their own site that everyone can participate in.”

My bio with some cute pics is on The Quilting Gallery‘s main page.

And now it is MY turn!!   Here in SW Louisiana, teal season has already opened.  Duck and goose seasons will open shortly.  The hunters around here get up before the sun, and sit in their blinds (usually freezing their patooties off) and wait for the sun to rise.  This is my representation of a goose in front of the sunrise.

The base of the block is easy, but tedious.  I used 1 inch squares to make a bargello-ish block.   Took me a WHILE, but they all came from the scrap bin.  Leftovers from strips sets, bits from squaring up quilts, etc.  I sat down and picked out 14 shades.   This was what I had the first time.There was WAY too much pattern.   Soooo, I flipped most of them over!!!!   Yes folks, you ARE allowed to use the backside!  Doesn’t this look MUCH better?

You will need 1.5 inch strips.  I could have used the bargello method-long skinny strips, sewn with strip piecing, etc but I had several pieces that weren’t going to work.   Sooooo, bunches of tiny, 1.5 inch squares!!!

I STRONGLY recommend some sort of labeling system.   I did not, and the cat decided it made a great resting place.   And when she skeddadled, the pieces went everywhere.  Thankfully, I had the above picture to reference!  Darn cat.

This will take concentration.   I recommend a glass of wine, and nobody to interrupt you.  LOL  I used the EQ mockup to keep my rows in order.  You can do one row at a time, or several, or all.   That part is up to you.  Once you have the 12 rows (sorry-forgot the picture) sew them into pairs.

Then put all the rows together and press VERY well!

The take the template plain duck and create your applique.   (Yes, I know it’s a goose.   Not sure why I named it duck)  I used raw edge with a blanket stitch to hold it down.  The pattern is already reversed.

In this picture, I have already added a 2inch border in the darkest blue.

Finish it whichever way you’d like!  I added 3 rows of Flying Geese, and a panel for a Welcome sign.

Next order of business, a GIVEAWAY!!   I hand picked, especially for YOU, 10 Fat 1/8s. 

I visited my local quilt shop, Quilts Bayou, so these are all good, quality quilter’s cottons.   Aren’t these yummy?  I see another wall hanging, or a bag.  Perfect colors for fall!!  To win this bundle, tell me what your favorite fall food is.  That’s it!   No hoops.   I’d LOVE if you’d subscribe to my blog, or visit me on FaceBook, or even Twitter.   I have Flicker too.  And Pinterest!  But the ONLY requirements are that you comment below, AND that I have a way to contact you.   (I have to re-give away a set of mugrugs from 2 weeks ago, because the person who won hasn’t gotten in touch with me.)  A name will be selected no earlier than Friday, October 6, 2012.   For those of you who are NOT quilters/sewers/crafters, I offer you this—if you win, I’ll make a table runner or small wall hanging with these fabrics instead.  Deal??

It would also be awesome if you’d at least check out the 2 other designers this week.  We all worked very hard on our blocks.   Sew Joy creations  and Harding Hill join me this week.  And for the entire list, head to the Glorious Autumn page!

Thank you again for visiting.   I really hope you enjoy my block.

peace and pieces,
amy

Star of the Tiger

My oldest BFF asked for a quilt for her son.   He likes LSU and the Saints, and attends Holy Cross.   HOW do you fit all that into one quilt??  Well, take a Carpenter’s star …..

and add my Fleur de lis….

finish with a blue back….

and there ya go!   Now, look at that above picture a little closer.   Do you see it????

NOW you can see it!  I two toned the back.   I love how you can see the pattern on both sides, using both the quilting pattern, AND the color changes!!

Look really really close, and you can JUST make out the fleur de lis with a “tiger” print.   And don’t forget the butterfly!
Sorry folks—boy or girl–that butterfly is a mandatory requirement.  If you don’t want the butterfly, you don’t want the quilt.  I do a pretty good job of hiding it!!

I sure hope this keeps Joe warm for many years to come.

But even if he hates it, his mom loves it.   So she’ll just steal it back!!  HAHAHA

I made a top today, too.   The crib version of that Irish Sister set.  I had to rebuild the EQ block to make it fit my purposes, which took forever, but I LOVE it!!   The sun kind of washed out the picture, since it’s so BRIGHT.   (please, lets not discuss the humidity that kept fogging up my camera lens) 

The client loves “shabby chic” stuff.   I think this fits the bill!!

Lat order of business, but CERTAINLY not the least important!!  I told you that I’m doing several blocks over the next 2 months.   The first is a bloghop called “Glorious Autumn”   It is sponsored by Miska at Quilting Gallery.   In her words,

Over 15 weeks, 45 designers will create 12" blocks for the Glorious Autumn Block Party. These blocks will be featured, three per week, on the Quilting Gallery site starting September 4th. In addition to the blocks, there will be Super Deals for Quilters from our favourite online retailers. Also, be sure to check each designer's post, as many will be offering give-aways on their own site that everyone can participate in."

Sounds like fun, right??????   The first 3 blocks are already out!  Click HERE to find the schedule and links.   There is also a linky square to the right.   That will take you to it, too.   MY day is September 27th.  I’m featuring a COMMON sight here in SWLA.  I just finished sewing up the block last night.  I can’t wait to show it off!

I should probably go, before I say too much more!!  LOL

peace and piece,
amy

 

All Paths….

I’ve been working on a pattern.  I think I have it ironed out, but will need to make one more to test it out. It will be a PDF pattern for sale.  If you want to start amassing the supplies, I used 2 charm packs, and two 1 yard cuts to make the center.  The borders were from my stash, so I’ll have to work those out.

Notice the “paths” that lead to the center.  I want to quilt in a cross.  “All Paths, good and bad, lead to the Cross”  With some help from a quilty buddy, she led me to the pattern!  Thanks, Steam!  (Shoot LOTS of buddies helped!  My Partner Dot was in on 90% of the design process, and Manders and Squirrel helped as well.)

Yesterday, during naptime, I drew it out.  I have one other quilt that must be done first, but All Paths is calling me!

This is destined for a friend of mine who is having a rather rough spot right now.  She is an amazing woman, and very strong in her Faith.  She will love this.

peace and pieces,
amy