I've been nominated!

The nominations are up in the Blogger's Quilt Festival and, holy smokes, I've been nominated...Twice!

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Thank you, thank you to those who nominated Jane's Black and White Quilt.  It's a finalist in the "Favorite Two Color Quilt" category and I've been nominated in the "Favorite Quilt Photographer" category.   I'm absolutely flattered!  I've been trying to work on my photography, and this is a complete surprise.  It truly does mean the world just to be nominated...there are some fabulous entries out there.

To say the least, I would love a vote from you in one, or even both categories.  The link to the voting page is here:  http://amyscreativeside.com/2012/05/28/bloggers-quilt-festival-vote-now/

Scroll through and vote for your favorites now!  :)

Amy's Creative Side



Blogger's Quilt Festival - Jane's Quilt

It's that time of year, again... Blogger's Quilt Festival!  The time for all of us non-market-goers to have our own little party. 
Amy's Creative Side

When I first posted this quilt last November, I knew I loved it, but I've been completely overwhelmed at the response.  1,183 page hits...the most of any of my quilts by far.  I didn't have it up in time for last fall's Quilt Festival, so I'm posting it for this one.

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I made this quilt for my friend, Jane.  She and I met via my best friend Ashley as part of a beach trip years ago and continue to go on the same beach trip and have made many others.  She's a runner, too, and I gave her this quilt during our last half-marathon trip...in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. 

The pattern is Full Swing by Rachel Griffith and I used a black-and-white bundle from Fabricworm with Kona White for the background.  The back is a gorgeous fabric I picked up at a fabric store in Charlotte.  In fact, I bought the backing fabric before I had even picked out the quilt pattern!  You can also see a hint of some black-and white half-square triangles on the back.  The strip is a nod to our much-loved Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and our wonderful beach trips.

Photo from lighthousefriends.com

The quilt is about 50" square and I quilted it myself on a long-arm that I rent at my local quilt shop.  Binding is Kona Black, sewn on by hand.

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Photos are at the beach house we rented on Tybee Island, just outside of Savannah.  It was a beautiful house and the town reminded me a lot of the NC Outer Banks.

When I finished taking pictures, I went upstairs to her room and spread it across her bed.  It took her for-ev-er to go upstairs, and I think my friend Lisa and I ended up designing a scheme to get her up there.

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To say the least, she loved it.  Hope you do too!


Refreshed, revitalized and re-inspired

Classes are over and exams are done - and I've been sewing!  *squeal*

Last week was a busy but oh, so awesome week.  I turned in my final paper and stats exam - and was able to host Quilt Dad at the Triad MQG meeting.  And what amazing timing it turned out to be!

I was so excited to meet John - I've stalked his blog for well over a year - and he did not disappoint.  He talked to our group for about an hour, detailing his way through his first quilt to recent finishes.  Inspiration extravaganza.  It was comforting and encouraging to hear that he started out, basically, just like most of us.  Loving fabric and enjoying putting them together. 

He walked us through his quilting "story" peppered with humorous anecdotes and stories - like how he named his blog on a whim at work one day - and how amazed and humbled he felt when designers would ask him to do things.  (I'm thinking...the same way I'm humbled and amazed that he came to visit us!).  I love it when quilting giants - um, quite literally in this case, he's so dang tall! - turn out to be real people.

I pushed people down  had the opportunity to help him display his quilts during the talk.  I can't even tell you how beautiful these quilts are in person.  I may or may not have tried to steal this one... 


You know, John, I do have a big birthday coming up in July.  Just sayin'.... ;o)

Another of my favorites...


Does it look familiar?

Couldn't help but think that was cool.  I mean, I have a quilt just like one of his... eek!

And yet another...I really loved this Christmas one, even though the prints weren't necessarily Christmas-y.  In fact, that's probably what I liked most about it.  Outside the box thinking and oh, so beautiful.


John capped off the evening by revealing his two Nightshade quilts... Double, Double, Toil & Trouble ...that he made for his girls. 


By the way - you can see here that despite my 3-inch wedges, John still towers over me!

Afterwards, Karen Gray and I had a late dinner with John, where I pretty much just sat like a fly on the wall.  I'm so humbled to have been included in conversations with such wonderful people.  I quite literally sat there soaking in all I could of their advice, thoughts, and ideas.  On the way home, all I could think about is this - it's about doing what you love.

Throughout his talk, and in the ensuing conversations, it was obvious that John has a passion for this hobby.  I think that's why it's so easy to connect with him.  Shared passion creates an instantaneous common ground from which inspiration and encouragement flow.  It's so easy to learn from people who are truly excited about what they do. 

The next day, I was fired up and ready to hit my machine and dive back into this hobby that I have grown to love so dearly.  In fact, within 20 minutes of turning in my stats exam, I was on the floor in our office mail room working on a paper-pieced layout of my next quilt.  More than one person walking through commented on how they could tell classes were over....LOL!

Refreshed, revitalized and re-inspired....and ready to go!

**Special thanks to my friends Kelly and Abby for their photos - so glad you took them while I played Vanna!**