For the first time in many, many years a push of the reset button is needed for Amy Wade. The numerous changes in my life during 2016 (all VERY GOOD) leads me to believe a fresh start is the first thing on Amy Wade Originals agenda. This website is about my business and my creativity. A reset isn’t going to be possible until I clear the “to do shelf” in my studio and there is one quilt leftover from last year that must get finished. This is my accountability spot. Today, January 9, 2017, I’m finishing a very dear friend’s custom order. The humorous part of not having this finished is that I am the one who begged her to let me customize it.
P.S. I’m having lunch with her tomorrow so it would be a thrill to give it to her then!
P.P.S. This IS the first day of my business year because my kiddo’s school went back this morning. PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE. Can I get Amen on that?
I am really looking forward to sharing this quilt tonight with the BookTrust crowd. It is up for auction and although you never know how quilts will be received in an auction situation I will tell you that it was made with love and I know it will make someone very happy. Thanks to Wendy Bermingham and Chelsea O’Hayre for their help in making this.
I am in the middle of a new quilt that I can’t wait to finish. Normally I dread cutting pieces when I know I have a lot to do. However, I found a new love and I’m bursting at the seams to share it with you. It is the Stripology Ruler from Creative Grid. To truly appreciate it’s power you need to watch their video http://www.creativegridsusa.com/products/CGRGE1 . I am not kidding when I say I cut 2,000 3″ squares (precisely, mind you) in couple hours. Check it out!
FINALLY! Finally, I found a project for the patchwork on the right. Finally, I made a mug rug. Do you have a project in the back of your mind that you really want to do but you never find the time? For me that was a mug rug. They are so cute, however do I really need to use my sewing time to do such a silly little thing? I say YES! And I love it! And I found a great use for a patchwork sampler I did months ago when I was testing a new technique.
For those of you who might like to do your own, let me tell you what I did for this one.
Found this patchwork which was twenty-one 2″ charm squares sewn together (on the right in the photo).
Then I started slicing and dicing and sewing it back together!
What to do with the scraps I have. The ones I loved when they were fat quarters or yardage. After finishing a project, I know I shouldn’t throw the scraps away. Pretty soon I have too many to ignore. Today I started a January Project. Sew MY Stash of Scraps. I finished yellow, green, and aqua. I do not feel guilty getting rid of the scraps that are left from these blocks. I can say that I have used them more than once and I wasn’t wasteful. Maybe next January I will do the same with the scraps I collect this year. Stay tuned.
Seeing this quilt hanging at the International Quilt Festival made my eyes tear up. My heart even raced for a moment and then a beautiful calm filled me full. This quilt is the brain child of The Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild. One member had an idea and presented it at a meeting. By the following meeting we were laying out the blocks that 28 members had made and contributed. And then at the next month’s meeting we were all standing in front of it in a state of amazement. It bonded us like no other project could. I’m still collecting my thoughts on why this has had such an impact on our guild, however, for now I can say that I know it has made us bold and confident in our voice as a guild.
One of the best Quilty moments this past year was experiencing quilt market for the first time. Working with Pink Door Fabrics gave me the opportunity. It was incredible to walk the isles and see so much inspiration and fun! I have a lot of photos to share but I think this is a good one to start the ball rolling. Follow these links for to see the shots I took: http://blog.pinkdoorfabrics.com/market-day-1/http://blog.pinkdoorfabrics.com/market-day-3/