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Through The Eyes Of A Quilter

Musings by Ami Simms

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Opulent Ornaments: A Delightful Rabbit HoleBakersDozenOpulentOrnamentsamisimmsBakersDozenOpulentOrnamentsIMG_4030IMG_4029IMG_4030 (1)#IMG_4032IMG_4028

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:40:40 +0000

I went off the deep end about a year ago after I accidentally came across instructions for Paula Nadelstern’s Opulent Ornaments and decided I needed to make one. Or a dozen. Get her directions here. (Embrace the bling; resistance is futile.) I spent a long time collecting sequins, pins, beads, and other shiny objects and […]

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Locker Hooking Tutorial: Make a Rug From Recycled Men’s Shirtsamisimms01 Overall02 Thrift store04 pile of shirts03 tag04 washer06LeftoversShane'sQuiltSuppliesPQuilllGlovesBlackBiasImage01Image02Image03Image04IMG_6608IMG_6609Tweezers2IMG_6617Cut out the cornerNext SideNextSide2QuilllLookLikeThisMiterQuill2CutBackStripsArrangedChainMiterClipApartClipApart2FingerPressFoldedBasketFrontBack

Fri, 06 May 2016 00:16:05 +0000

This tutorial is for quilters—who have sewing machines, thread, hand scissors, and rotary cutting tools—and know how to use them. Most of the photographs can be clicked to enlarge them. Back arrow to return to the text. Step 1:  Fabric Procurement & Preparation Head for your local Goodwill, Salvation Army, Purple Heart, second hand, resale […]

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Old Dog #2amisimmsOldDog#2-OverallOldDog#2-BlueBackground'OldDog#2-GreenBodyCirclesOldDog#2-circle motif on backOldDog#2-CirclesFromBackOldDog#2-CirclesBackLines

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 14:29:12 +0000

Adding another quilt today in the Old Dog: New Tricks Series.  The original block, from my now de-constructed quilt, ended at the edge of the blue background and the bottom of the dog. I added a busy floral border and a simple cross-grain applied binding. To clarify, to make the binding I fold my fabric […]

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Origami Folded Fabric OrnamentsamisimmsImage02Ormer01Ormer 2Ormer02Ormer03Ormer04Ormer05Ormer06Ormer07Ormer08Ormer09Ormer10Ormer11Ormer12Ormer13

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 00:52:32 +0000

Kevin MacLeod made a great video showing how to make origami folded fabric ornaments. Thanks to his video I’ve been having a blast making Christmas ornaments! Take a look and then come right back for my tips below. Ami’s Tips 1. Pre-wash your fabric. I know, I can hear the moaning already. If you pre-wash […]

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Old Dog #1amisimmsOldDog#1FullOlddog#1-UpperRightOldDog#1-bindingjoinBinding join-ABinding Join-BBinding Join-CBinding Join-DBindnig Joine-EOldDog#1-SafetyPins

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:57:14 +0000

Here’s the first quilt created in the “Old Dogs, New Tricks” series.  Pretty basic stuff. I’m just getting my feet wet. I added a blue border and bound it with a 1/4″ binding. It measures about 14″ square. New Tricks 1. Believe it or not, I don’t ever recall making a bias binding using striped […]

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Old Dogs, New TricksamisimmsPuppusDoggusDeconstruction'

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 09:00:00 +0000

I’m developing a new workshop called Beautiful Basic Binding for Beginners. I know; that’s a lot of B’s. Apparently I’m into alliteration. In preparation for my “guinea pig” class this spring I needed samples. I had originally thought of putting some really nice bindings on pre-quilted muslin squares (ick) but I just couldn’t bear to […]

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In Search of the Perfect BibamisimmsBibsFinalBibBib Tutorial -3Bib Tutorial-3Bib Tutorial-4Bib Tutorial 5Bib Tutorial 6Bib Tutorial-clippingImage-2Image-3Image-4BabyVille Snap Plierssnaps

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:45:42 +0000

My granddaughter spits up a lot and might be starting to teethe. She goes through a lot of bibs. Most bibs are too small, too thin, and the plastic backing rips and tears after multiple trips through the washing machine and dryer. Fastening a bib at the nape of the neck requires a third hand. […]

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Scooter Did A Bad ThingamisimmsScooter (The Wonder Dog)Deck Surfing

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:13:34 +0000

It’s me, Scooter. I did a bad thing. I wanted to go out last night, you know, to be OUTSIDE. There are things outside that I like. One of them was furry and soft with a long tail. Mom couldn’t see it, but she didn’t know where to look either. I was barking at it […]

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Baby WatchamisimmsTLCB-overall-lowrezImage0210-12-14FullSizeRender

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 21:04:47 +0000

Grandmotherhood awaits! As a quilter, I think it’s appropriate that I’m “on pins and needles,” don’t you? At this moment, we are Due Date Minus THREE Days. We’re having a baby! No idea if it’s a boy or a girl, we’re just praying for healthy with the full complement of fingers and toes. Sweet anticipation. […]

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DIY Pencil PocketBohin Pencil PocketamisimmsBohin Pencil PocketSewTrimPressFold labeledButtonDoneStitchedBohin refill BACK

Thu, 04 Sep 2014 00:29:56 +0000

I love the ceramic Bohin marking pencils. They make a thin, perpetually sharp line that I can see. The line stays on just long enough to quilt or applique through. And, it totally comes out with a light wash or by erasing. With Bohin refills (6 of each color per pack) I have my choice […]

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