Monday, April 28, 2014

Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips

Fabulously Fast Quilt patterns by Amy Smart
Lots of fun stuff going on around here today! As you probably already know (because I can't stop talking about it) my new book Fabulously Fast Quilts came out earlier this month. Fabulously Fast Quilts is available on Amazon, the Martingale shop (where you can get an ebook version for free with your purchase of the hard copy) and if you'd like a signed copy from yours truly, you can order one through my shop 
Fast strip-piece quilt pattern, Zig, by Amy Smart
Clearly, I really like to make quilts. But, like most of you, my time is limited because of 4 kids, responsibilities at church, schools, writing and maintaining a blog, yard, a dishwasher that constantly needs unloading, etc, etc. Also, I have a short attention span. I'm always itching to start a new project. I'm pretty good at finishing my quilts, (well, most of the time) but that could have to do with the fact that I don't typically make a lot of really complex quilts. Or at least I like if they look complex, but in reality they are fast. There are so many great short-cuts when it comes to quilting and I like to use as many of them as possible to speed up the entire process.
Book: Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart
And hence, the idea for this book was born. A collection of 12 patterns - many that are pre-cut friendly -using quilting short cuts to help you create a gift quickly. Some of these patterns are definitely faster than others, but all use techniques to help you save time. Some patterns are inspired by traditional designs and methods, and others are hopefully something new entirely. I want this to be a good resource for finding a selection of quick go-to quilt designs. 
Quilts from the Fabulously Fast Quilt book by Amy Smart.
It's crazy to think that this process started almost 2 years ago. And I'll admit it feels very good to have reached this point! 
Green and white quilt pattern, Crossing Guard, by Amy Smart
This quilt is one of my favorites - it's called Crossing Guard. I want to make another in a totally different color scheme. Last week my friend Pink helped me scout out some fun locations to shoot pictures of these quilts. Our favorite find was an old turquoise barn (!) with an antique ladder hanging on the side (!!). We may have hyperventilated a little. (Four of the quilts are still with the publisher, so I'm going to have to shoot them when they come home in May.)
In honor of the release of Fabulously Fast Quilts, I asked some sewing and quilting friends to share some of their favorite fast sewing and quilting tips. Feel free to stop by each site to check out what they have in store. Click here to see links to all of the quick quilting tips!


Quilts and patterns from book Fabulously Fast Quilts
In the mean time, thanks for all the support of Fabulously Fast Quilts. I am still slightly amazed by the whole thing. Thanks again SO MUCH for your support and big hugs to all of you!

Free Churn Dash Quilt Along tutorial pattern by Amy Smart
And speaking of quick quilt patterns, today starts part 2 of the Churn Dash Quilt Along at We All Sew! You can visit week 1 of the Churn Dash Quilt Along to find out about yardage requirements and choosing fabrics.
This week we will be cutting fabric and piecing blocks. CLICK HERE FOR PART 2 of the Quilt Along. It should be fun. (I hope!) I've figured out a good method for speeding up the process. Someone suggested starting a Flickr group so I did. Here is the link to the Churn Dash Quilt Along Flickr group.

25 comments:

riddleandwhimsy said...

That barn is divine!

I'm looking forward to the next Quilt Along instructions! I think I've picked a great bundle of fabric to use for it!! Will have to get some pictures to share in the flickr group :)

Jo

Michele T said...

Your book would suit my style perfectly!!! I hand quilt which takes a looking time so I like to put a quilt together that is quick but not complicated. Looking forward to checking out the tips from the other quilters.

Lauren Deel said...

I'm just loving what I see here. My book should arrive from Amazon today - can't wait!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

great place for a photo shoot!!

Diane said...

Love, love, love the photo of the quilts on the side of the barn. That is perfect!

iwantobakefree said...

Love the one witth squares and mini squares in solid colours! Genius!

Jess (a.k.a. Rosie) said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilts!!! Checking out the book now :-) May have to put that on my wish list!

~ Jess (a.k.a. Rosie) ~
Everything Is Coming Up Rosie

CathyK said...

I received mine from my preorder with Amazon last week and I LOVE it! I can't wait to start on one!

Kristie said...

So excited for you, Amy!! I must be living under a rock because I hadn't realized you had a book out!! I am ordering one through your shop right now- must have a signed copy!! Congratulations xoxo

Kay said...

Wonderful!!! I love fast because I tend to get bored rather quickly, even with beautiful fabric.xx

Katy Cameron said...

Great idea behind the book, and I might have hyperventilated a bit at that barn/ladder combo too!

Anne said...

Congrats on the new book. Looks wonderful. I know exactly what you mean about wanting fast quilts. I have too many new ideas to spend very much time on any one quilt.

dolores said...

This is a great book....got my copy from Amy last week....I've already earmarked the modern buzzsaw, roundabout, fast four patch and moroccan tile and have fabric ideas too!

What is great about this book IS the ease of the quilt, yes, but they also look great and sometimes there is just a fabric you want to play with but not have some hugely intricate design but something fast but very satisfying...this will do it!!
Thanks kiddo! xoxo

Sharon Brennan said...

LOVING my signed copy of your book, Amy. I was one of the many that asked for instructions for the "Countdown to Christmas" quilt so of course, it's the first one I'm making. Holy moly that turquoise barn is ah-mazing!!!! And a super cool ladder to boot!! Lucky find!!

Melissa Corry said...

Congrats, Congrats, Congrats!!! What an amazing Book!!!

annieb said...

Hi Amy, This looks like a incredible book. I can't wait to see it, and hopefully order a copy for our library.
On a personal note, just curious, how many of the patterns are paper pieced? Good luck and congratulations!! abeier71@gmail.com

amy smart said...

Thanks so much for your nice note! None of these patterns are paper pieced. All traditional piecing. I hope that's good news? If you are looking for paper pieced patterns I have some good recommendations!

amy smart said...

Thanks to everyone for such kind words!

Helen L said...

Just read your post on the Aurifil blog and enjoyed it. So nice to hear from a fellow Latter-Day Saint! :-)
It'll be fun doing your block. Hugs, H from Healdsburg

annieb said...

Wonderful news. I'm not a good paper-piecer, because I am slightly dyslexic and left-handed. During my 20 years of quilting, that is my only weakness, and something I just don't enjoy.
But I love everything else about sewing and quilting. Some other good news - one of the libraries in our system has purchased your book. It hasn't been cataloged yet, but you can bet I will be taking it out as soon as it is. (I am a part-time library at a different library in the Westchester Library System). I can recommend it to one of my co-workers who does the buying in that genre. She generally trusts my opinion, because I am the only quilter she knows. If you haven't already done this, you may want to donate a copy or two to your local public library, and sign the copies. Public libraries love that and often promote local authors. I can't wait to see the book now - happy about that it is traditional piecing!! Congratulations and good luck!!

Angie said...

Hi Amy! I'm LOVING reading all the posts on the blog hop for your book...so many great tips!! I can't wait to get book in the mail! And, (I'm sure you hear this all the time!) I started quilting 4 years ago when I came across your blog...I read and re-read all your posts, and was so inspired! Thanks for all you do!

Joe and Xoch (mostly Xoch) said...

Hi Amy...I am soo happy to see this!! I've seen everything you pin on pinterest, but didn't realize that you were this AMAZING!! I've been wanting to try quilting, and I think I may actually start now, instead of just thinking about it. I hope you are well!!
Have a great day!!
Xochitl

creativecallings@gmail.com said...

Thank you for the post.. Beautiful quilts.. And tips.

amy smart said...

Xochitl!! I don't have an email address for you so I'm hoping you'll see this here. So awesome to hear from you!!! If you start quilting and need some fabric, let me know. I have enough to share! :) Seriously. I hope you guys are doing great! xx

Amy

Stacy said...

Thanks for sharing about quilt market. It looks like so much fun! Your new book looks great too - I've entered some giveaways for it so hoping to score one! If not, I'll be buying one for sure..