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Monday, December 8, 2014

Our Winner

It's been fun!  Thanks to all of you for your participation.  It was so fun reading all of your comments :)

Our winner is Karen in Breezy Point!  You will be getting an email from Martingale soon!

Congrats!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Flair for Fabric Blog Hop Give Away!

I'm so excited it's my turn today! It's been really fun to follow along the blog hop and read all of the posts from each designer and hear what they have to say about the book, some of the projects and their tips.


One of my most favorite things in the world, crazy as it sounds is finding a quilt shop with a good variety of fabric and just wondering through it for a bit.  I just watch how people relate to fabric and the excitement they share with those around them when they find a piece or a collection they just can't live without!  

Years ago, I had woman that I had never met walk into my Quilt Shop with a very important project in mind.  She wanted to make a quilt for her sister, who was going through some serious medical issues.  This quilt was meant to comfort her sister through her many treatments. 
She was a beginner quilter and didn't feel comfortable picking and choosing lots of different fabrics. 
We walked around the shop, found a line of fabric that she loved, and added a couple funky pieces to the mix.  When we were finished she was so excited and ready to start her project, and I felt very close to someone I didn't even know just 10 minutes prior!  I love how quilting and sewing brings us together!  

There are so many different ways to pick out fabric, mixing and matching, or the opposite not matching at all.  If you are a beginner quilter, and picking fabrics is a little scary, find a line of fabric that you love, throw in a couple different unexpected pieces and your done!  


Line Upon Line is a quick fun happy baby quilt or table topper. Designed
and quilted by Amy Hamberlin (that's me! :))


I love this project, Where Flowers Blossom by  Lizzie B. Cre8ive!



And also Breezy by Jill Finley


We are giving away an eBook of A Flair For Fabric, and a bundle of Henry Glass fabric from Fresh Designs "At the Zoo" Shown here



I have noticed that quilters and sewers quilt and sew with a purpose!  What is your most meaningful
fabric related project and who was it for?


Answer my question, and you will be entered to win!
The give away will end December 6th when the blog hop ends.  I will announce the winner shortly thereafter!

Want to buy the Book, click here!




Here is a list of stops remaining on the hop!

Monday, December 1: Margo Languedoc (http://thepatternbasket.blogspot.ca/)
Tuesday, December 2: Little Quilts (http://littlequilts.blogspot.com/)
Wednesday, December 3: Lizzie B Cre8ive (http://www.lizziebcre8ive.com/#!blogger-feed/cvl9)
Thursday, December 4: Heather Mulder Peterson (https://ankastreasures.wordpress.com/)
Friday, December 5: Jacquelynne Steves (http://jacquelynnesteves.com/blog/)
Saturday, December 6: Wrap up at the Henry Glass blog (http://henryglassfabrics.blogspot.com/)

Thank you so much for participating!  We love that you love fabric :)

Hugs,

Amy

















Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Flair for Fabric Blog Hop

I am so excited to be a part of this book, full of great projects for a great cause! Besides all the projects and tips included in the book, the proceeds of the book will be donated to the American Red Cross.  I think that's pretty cool!

This blog hop is going to be fun……so don't miss out.  Lots of give-aways and great sewing tips will be shared at each blog on the hop.  Click HERE for your first stop.  Let this creative blog hop begin!

Friday, May 9, 2014

That's How We Roll!

Here is a video from Heirloom Creations, showing their bag of the month That's How We Roll!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Life is Better When You Feel Better

I am somewhat introverted and have a hard time sharing personal experiences with others.  Because of the health problems I have faced over the last two years, I have realized that somethings just need to be shared.

I had a second brain surgery in early December.  The tumor behind my left eye, was not cancerous, but it was attached to my optic nerve, threatening my eye sight.  Thankfully, my surgeons successfully detached it with no damage to my nerve (it's a coin toss 50/50).   I am happy to report that they saved my sight.  Miracles still happen everyday!

After surgery I had a really hard time dealing with my children and coping with day to day activities.  Not knowing this was likely to be a direct result of frontal lobe brain surgery, I didn't know how to cope with it.  To be honest I was starting to scare myself.  My husband was working far from home and I was facing this basically on my own.  I shared things with him over the phone that I'm sure made him feel  hopeless and scared, not really knowing how to help me.  I was ready to go to the doctor to get on some anti-depressants, when a friend of mine shared Q96 with me.  Which is a vitamin/mineral supplement.  It's crazy what can happen to our bodies when we give it what it needs!  You don't have to be bipolar for this to help you, I am not.   I met Autumn Stringam and heard her story and a few others that blew my mind away.  What did I have to loose?  I didn't want to go on medication, but I knew it might be inevitable.  After just a few weeks of taking Q96, I started to feel changes.   The fog started to lift, and my energy level started to increase.  I've now been on it for about 2-1/2 months and I cannot believe how good I feel.  I often wonder why I have been given such a wonderful life and have recently realized that those thoughts and feeling were nowhere near my soul just months ago!  I really do have a great life full of wonderful people, the best part is I know it and feel it again!





I still face the unknown with my genetic disease, and life in general, but at lease I can feel good while I'm facing it!

I hope these video's help you or someone you love!  Thank you so much to that person (you know who you are) that shared this with me.

If you or someone you know is interested in these supplements, I do not sell them, but you can get in touch with someone who does by going to this website.

xoxo


~Amy

Monday, April 14, 2014

Get Inspired!

I know the first of the year is over and we've all put our New Years resolutions behind us…..but I'm a little behind this year.  Not that I want to have a tell all session, but one of the hardest things for me is being content.  Maybe it's the creative side of me that is always wanting to move on, something more, something different and I don't necessarily want to change that part of me.  I guess it's enjoying now…right now, today and all the good, the bad, the boring and excitement, the creative highs and lows that comes with each new day.  We all have constant instabilities and insecurities that surface in our lives from time to time.  Learning that it's okay and moving past those things that we can't fix, change or control is empowering!  How we do it is the complicated part.  

I have found that part of that never ending journey for me is finding what makes me happy…….one of those things besides my family and all the fun that comes with that is inspiration, brain stimulation which creates motivation!  

I have recently become a book junky!  Seriously overnight I have a library of books from social network books to drawing, quilting, photography, illustrator and in the front of Lori Greiner's (from Shark Tank) new book Invent it, Sell it, Bank it, she quotes -Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Do not go where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

                                                          -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspiration, not just creative inspiration but also life's inspiration can come from almost anything!  It's catching it and tucking it away in your brain so that when you need it, you can find it.   If you can write it down, inspiration is sometimes a feeling and you can't write that down, but you can write down
how you felt an what created that feeling.

My resent surgeries have helped….  okay...forced me to slow down and take time to enjoy each day and the important things that go on around me.  There is always good that comes from a hard things!  They may be hard to find…if you can't find it…..dig a little deeper and you will.

Now to the fun part……paint your world with things you love!

My favorite thing is color!  I can't help but smile when I touch a piece of fabric that is full of beautiful color, or walk into a book store and find a piece of inspiration!



Things that inspire me may not inspire you……here are a few things that inspire me
Ellie Goulding very talented music artist!

Soft and Stable (I am love…..loving this!)

Mint Converse (it's the color I promise)!  No….I've always had a thing for Converse!


I found this book today at Barnes and Noble and I'm in love with all the color and style in this book!

Even the most unpredictable things can cause you to take notice and find beauty in them……like the water spicket on the side of my 100 + old house! I love the new growth of the bright greenery up against the weathered stone.  See…... Idaho isn't totally brown!



I just started digging into this book and I'm really loving it!  It's hard to admit how behind the times I am socially…..LOL!! Check him out here!


Issue #5 of Love Patchwork & Quilting This is a fun new magazine that is packed full of fun fresh sewing/quilting ideas!



Your challenge…..find one thing you love and dig in!

xx

  ~ Amy
                   

Friday, March 28, 2014

Our Winners Are…….

It's time to announce our winners!  With a drum roll……….Our fat quarter bundle winner is Linda from Montana………..our next winner will receive the pattern Road Trip which is Jodi from Rhode Island.  Sunnybec from France is the winner of Chev-skis pattern and our last winner is Amanda  from www.stitchtostichesstore.com, she will be receiving Sew Edgy.

Thank you all for participating! I will email each of you today!

Locally you can find Sweet Harmony at  Abbotts Craft in Rigby and also the Ribbon Retreat in Shelley.  If you haven't been by…..you NEED to go! I'm not joking. You will love it!  It is so much fun and they really have a great selection of the best fabric (including mine)!  They have the entire line.

I took a little trip down to Shelley a few days ago just to give you a little preview.






Here is a close up view of the quilting on Sew Edgy, quilted by Rhonda Walker with oLliE and EviE.  She did a great job.  I'm all about simple crisp quilting that make my quilts look happy!
I love happy quilts :)



Bon Voyage, inside the Ribbon Retreat……Although this bag is constructed very different from The My Favorite bag, it is a take off from it.   The handles are sewn into a seam inside the outside pockets,  giving it a different feel and look from handles sewn into the top seam of a bag.  You could easily change it up by making one sash double the length and tie it just like the My Favorite bag.  


That's How We Roll is such a fun bag.  You need a jelly roll with at least (36) 2-1/2" strips and 1/3 yard fabric for the ties along with stabilizers of course.  The inside is pieced including all the inside pockets (a total of 4).  I used Annies Soft and Stable for the main stabilizer and it is fast becoming my favorite stabilizer!  I love the texture and the stability that comes with it.  Because it isn't fusible (which I hope is in the works)  I like to incorporate quilting into those projects, which again gives it a totally different look.  It's not just a bag, it's now a quilted bag!

Make it a girls afternoon and head down to The Ribbon Retreat for some good fabric-ology! Whatever
ever that is :)

Amy