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Interview with Amy Gibson From Stitchery Dickory Dock

I have been reading Amy Gibson’s blog since I started blogging this past summer. What intrigued me was the name; Stitchery Dickory Dock; Cuckoo for Quilting, www.stitcherydickorydock.com/, my curiosity about the Sugar Block Club, which immediately made me think Amy lived or lives in Texas, probably near my relatives, (wrong), and the cheerful spirit coming from the “Woman behind the blog.”

With that, I am happy Amy agreed to an interview. It was so much fun for me to research and develop questions for her. I think her answers will not only make you smile, but inspire you, to be even more creative, as they did me.

Interview with Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock 

Tell us how you began quilting? Were there other quilters/sewers in your family?  I love those photos on your blog of you when you were sewing with your Great Grandma, and the one of you in the front of the 4H banner.

Hi Anne! First off, thanks so much for having me! What a treat to be featured! I learned to sew when I was 6 or 7 years old in 4-H. My mother and grandmother were both 4-H club leaders, and great sewers, so I learned from them, starting with a gathered skirt and moving on to other garments and home dec projects. When I was 12 years old, I decided to take the “Patchwork Arts” unit in 4-H, and joined a local charity quilting group to help me learn  the ropes. 

That was so life-changing! It was a humble little group, that met in the basement of a tiny little rural church, but was thoroughly equipped with everything a quilter could need. It was from those sweet ladies that I learned about rotary cutters and strip piecing, how to baste, and how to tie a “quilter’s knot”…so many little tips and tricks. Watching my first quilt come together was such a thrill! Wish I could have kept it, but I also felt great to give it to charity. 

Where did you grow up? Where do you live now? 

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado! I went away for a short spell, to get a college degree in central Virginia (and a husband!), but I couldn’t stay away for long – we moved back to the Mile High City right after our wedding, and are thoroughly enjoying raising our 4 children here. It’s really a blessing to be raising my family in the same area that I grew up…taking them to all the fun spots and events that I enjoyed as a child…it’s really cool. 

How did you come up with the name β€œStitchery Dickory Dock” for your blog/business? And why did you start a blog? 

I started my quilting business in 2008, and actually started off as a small Etsy shop selling quilts, retro-inspired aprons, and other little patchwork items. 

I have to give my husband credit for coming up with the name though! I remember we were having a burger at our favorite little local spot, and I was dreaming aloud of the things that I wanted the name to embody…”it needs to be whimsical, vintage nursery rhyme-ish, and somehow stitching related”…he immediately shot out Stitchery Dickory Dock” and we both said THAT’S IT! www.stitcherydickorydock.com/

It really was a great fit, because clocks (like in the Hickory Dickory Dock nursery rhyme) have a really strong place in my family heritage. My grandfather was an engineer who spent a lifetime restoring beautiful clocks- his home was filled with them. And my grandmother, on the other side of the family, had an old German cuckoo clock in her kitchen for as long as I can remember – brought to America by my great grandparents. 

That clock was absolute magic! It had heavy weights that hung down low and looked like pine cones, and a funny little bird that popped out every hour… Magic. I love my heritage full of tick tocks! Once I began blogging, I found my true passion, and the Etsy shop quickly fizzled away. I had no interest in making quilts to sell, but every interest in designing and making them for myself and friends, and have always been a bit of a writer at heart…the rest is history. πŸ™‚ 

I love the monthly personal challenge posts on your blog. It’s so original and authentic. How did that idea come about?  

I can’t tell you what joy it brings me to hear how folks are excited and moved by the personal challenge portion of this month’s Sugar Block Club. So much,  partially because I felt it was a risky direction to take. Folks would either love it, and join me, full hearted, or they’d hate it, and be annoyed that we were straying so far from quilting. 

In the end, my heart won and I went with it. I suppose I craved an excuse to write about something deeper than wonky stars and paper piecing technique. Yes, I will always be hopelessly in love with quilting, but what really moves my heart is the relationships and growth that I see in the online quilting movement. People coming together, supporting one another, making things with meaning and love and passion, overcoming self doubt and learning to be fearless. To me, this is such a big part of quilting – personal growth – so it felt so natural to pair it with the community I have come to love so much. 

Tell us about the Sugar Block Club? How it begin, and how is it evolving? Were there really 1000 quilters from all over the world and now 100,000? How did that happen? 

Well, the Sugar Block Club really came into being as the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month was nearing an end. That year was AMAZING – so many quilters coming together, making the same blocks but with their own unique twist – and it boggled my mind at how diverse the group was. About 175,000 quilters came together over that sampler, modern to traditional to art quilters – everyone found a place – and I just couldn’t bare to see that momentum and enthusiasm end. 

We were having way, way too much fun to stop! So I decided I’d continue it by creating a monthly BOM subscription that was full of all the things I loved – classically inspired blocks, yummy recipes, pretty fabric, and now the even deeper challenge of looking inward and doing a little piecing of the heart. As it continues to grow, I am so grateful and inspired by all those who have decided to join in. 

How did you become a Craftsy instructor, and tell us more about this experience? 

Oh, what a joy to work with Craftsy! What an enormous blessing to have the opportunity to be part of that wonderful family. They came onto my radar back in 2010 or 11 I think, when Jenny Doan of The Missouri Star Quilt Company released a class for them called “Quilting Quickly.” I actually won enrollment in the class in a giveaway (crazy, right?!), and I was just delighted by the unique advantages that their online class platform had to offer. 

When I met the Craftsy folks in 2011 at a sewing event, and discovered they were also based in Denver, we really hit it off. I designed a couple of workshops for them first, and then when they asked if I’d be interested in working with them on a monthly series, I was like, “Cool, I’d love to be involved! Who’s gonna host it?” Ha! She said “You!” Totally stunned. Totally excited. When I told my mom, I think she just about had a heart attack- “You can finally put that acting degree to good use!” 

How did you learn to create and write your own patterns? What would you recommend to those who want to learn how to design fabric and patterns? 

As far as quilt design goes, for me it was pure trial and error…and a whole lot of math. A ton of math. And boy did I hate math in school, but now that I use it every day to make quilts that I love, I actually kind of enjoy all the number crunching. It can be a brain bender at times, but once you get a strong grip on the basic formulas for calculating patch sizes and fabric requirements, it’s liberating. 

As far as inspiration goes, the sky is the limit for me – I’m constantly taking photos on my phone of tiled floors and woven rugs…pretty garments or architecture that contain an element I love, and think I could incorporate into a quilt. I’d also advise anyone interested in designing their own quilts to pick up a sketch pad – I love the White Lines graph paper pads – and some colored pencils. Sketching is a really helpful step because when you have a cool idea in your head, it’s important to put it on paper right away. No need for the sketch to be perfect or even the right colors, scale, etc. For me, it’s just getting it from my head to the paper. 

After that, I usually take my sketch and create the design in a quilt design software program. I use EQ7 by the Electric Quilt Company. The software allows me to tweak things and play with the design and fabrics, without having to re-sketch it every time. Definitely a major time saver, and admittedly, a whole lot of fun! 

How would you describe your design style? Traditional, modern, other? 

You know, I don’t know quite where I fit in. I wouldn’t say I’m modern because I love the classic vintage piecing, but then again I’m not entirely traditional because I love bright, poppy colors and modern prints. 

I was with Leah Day when someone asked her this same question, and I loved her reply, “I’m just a quilter.” πŸ™‚ 

Tell us what inspires you? 

Oh my, so much! Rich colors, meaningful stories, nature, history, family… Everything and anything. 

What is your favorite part, and least favorite part of the quilting process? 

Favorite part is probably design and piecing. Least favorite…mmmm, probably cutting. Especially on larger quilts, it can get sorta tedious. I’ve definitely suffered sore arms the day after cutting patches for a great big quilt! 

You have a large family and a thriving business. How do you juggle it all?

Sshhhh…the secret to my madness is a messy house and totally unorganized schedule! Seriously though, I wish I had some amazing tips to share. The reality is, I don’t quite know how it works. Sometimes it works because I spend all day in pajamas and let the kids enjoy movies & popcorn in bed. And sometimes it works because I “get it together”, and actually do organized things like freeze-ahead meal planning and task lists. 

Usually though, it’s just day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute survival. When the kids are in school or napping, I have to prioritize – what can I not do when they are around? Work on this quilt, or fold this laundry? The quilt always wins out. And when they are all home and awake, I just have to go with the flow. Sometimes that means a family outing, or room cleaning extravaganza, and sometimes it means we’re all working on something…a quilt, a blog, homework, a beaded necklace…or scattering food about the floor. You know, work things. πŸ™‚ 

Quilters love fabric. What are some of your favorites and why?  

Oh goodness, this is a tough one. Designers? Collections? I’m a major sucker for modernized vintage reproductions – love sweet dainty flowers in poppy colors and funky little geometrics. And really any bright small scale blender prints are my friends, as well as great low volume neutral prints. Oh, and dots! Tiny pin dots- I can’t get enough of them.

A Great Give-a-Way – Amy is offering two great give-a-ways for two lucky winners. All you need to do is leave a comment in my comment box below, telling us what online class you would like to see in the future. Please leave me your e-mail address as well, so we can contact the winners. This give-a-way ends on Saturday, February 15th at 12:01 AM, and the winner will be announced on Saturday morning.

The first of these prizes is a free Quilty Class that Amy is teaching, called….
 

for more details about this very cool class click on the link below; 
http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=562318&U=745336&M=29190&urllink=

The second of these two prizes is a is a beautiful  bundle of fabrics, True Colors by Joel Dewberry.

Thank you so much Amy, for sharing your thoughts, your life, and quilting and sewing inspirations!!

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143 Comments

  • Reply QuiltSue February 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Thanks for a very interesting interview. I'd love to see classes based on choosing the right quilting design for each quilt – my pet peeve is the phrase "quilt as desired", specially in patterns for relative newbies, cos I remember from my own days as a beginner that I didn't have a clue just what "I desired"!

  • Reply Emily Breclaw February 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    What a great interview, Anne!! And it's so reassuring to know I'm not the only person who quilts while laundry waits for folding πŸ™‚

  • Reply ledamewood February 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    As far as quilting goes, I'd love to see some classes involving quilts that combine piecing and applique, like Anne Sutton and others make. Also, Annie Smith has a great sampler quilt, where she also teaches fabric selection – it's a fabulous quilt and she has classes on her website, but they would be so much better with Craftsy. A class on borders, selection and sizing those border and edge treatments would be great. Outside of quilting, I keep hoping they will offer classes in stained glass and sculpting.

  • Reply annieb February 10, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I was thinking the same thing. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks.

  • Reply annieb February 10, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Hhhmmm. Let's see if Amy or someone at Qultsy can answer that.

  • Reply annieb February 10, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Oooppps!! I meant Craftsy.

  • Reply ozone3 February 10, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Would love to see more classes about selecting fabrics/colors for quilts. That is the hardest thing for me!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  • Reply Mrs MomMegan Craftsalot February 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    This was a great interview, Thanks. I love scrap quilts and I would love to learn how to pick and choose prints and colors from our own stashes. Also organizing my stash so I spend less time digging thru it.

  • Reply Linda June February 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Amy literally taught me how to piece a quilt and finish it! Found her on Craftsy in 2012–love anything that's free. But to me it was worth GOLD!

  • Reply deelish10 February 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I took Amy's bom class on craftsy and the lovely left hander helped through some tough stuff like paper piecing ! I had a terrible time with that and she helped a lot and I finally get it! I didn't take her bom this year as I am recovering from CHF but I have taken your classes and have always learned something. I had no idea so many people are following her and her family on her blog. I think anything Amy teaches is awesome! thanks for the opportunity for another quilter and fabric hoarder to enter!

  • Reply Patricia Barnhart February 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I loved Amy's block of the month for Craftsy and would like to see her do another one.

  • Reply Katie February 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    Sorry if this posts twice! But I'd love to see a curved piecing class! A big thanks to Amy for a great interview πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie February 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I love Amy dearly! Hmmm… what online class? I think I'd love to get more practice at curved piecing!

  • Reply annieb February 10, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Me too!!

  • Reply annieb February 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I am a lefty too!! Paper piecing does not come easy for me either. I just finished a paper piecing project that was much easier that my first attempt.

  • Reply annieb February 10, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I am for sure, going to take a Craftsy Class with her. Isn't it amazing how much we appreciate free? I always say that's my favorite four letter word πŸ™‚

  • Reply annieb February 10, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    I can relate to that!!

  • Reply Cindy February 11, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Great interview with Amy! I know Amy and she is the sweetest person.

  • Reply dancnds February 11, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Wow! That's a toughie. Craftsy already has so many great classes that I think I have been able to find one that covers anything I want to learn. I think I agree with ozone3 – a class about selecting fabrics and colors would be beneficial, that would include explaining "value." It is difficult for me to visualize how colors go together. But, I think that is already offered. Like Amy, I use my EQ7 a lot. Great interview. Love Amy's attitude about life in general. A messy house is essential to show she has her priorities in order. dancnds@gmail.com

  • Reply Aunt Bee February 11, 2014 at 2:13 am

    I agree with QuiltSue about having a class for choosing right quilting designs. I have taken Amy's BOM class and her Sugar Block Club for two years. I am taking her The Twisted Irish Chain now but I surely could use those beautiful fabrics.

  • Reply Caroline Kalvaitis February 11, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Enjoyed this interview! I'm fairly new to quilting and appreciate Amy's outlook on quilting. Traditional or modern, its all great to me!

  • Reply Danbury Quilter February 11, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    amyd14_1999@yahoo.com

  • Reply Quilted Lily February 11, 2014 at 2:13 am

    Great interview… am enrolled in Amy's Twisted Irish Chain class on Craftsy. Thank you for the chance to win that lovely bundle of colors!

  • Reply maggieinthemountains February 11, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Paper piecing

  • Reply annieb February 11, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I think you and Quilt Sue have a really good point. The more I think about it, I chose my quilt designs based upon what I thought looked right to my eye. If my quilt was very geometric and had lots of sharp edges, I chose quilting patterns that had lots of curves to soften it.I would audition a stencil, and just place it upon the quilt of looking used tracing paper with meandering patterns and placed it on top with a light box underneath. For me, it was more of an art than a science. But I would love a class from Craftsy on that. Yours and other comments are well thought out and appreciated πŸ™‚

  • Reply annieb February 11, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Thanks, Caroline πŸ™‚

  • Reply annieb February 11, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Thanks for entering!!

  • Reply annieb February 11, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Great suggestion. Thanks!!

  • Reply Samantha Le Blanc February 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Hi! I would love to see a class about holiday quilts and wall hangings, as a mom we are always decorating the home for the little ones. It would be a great way to show some applique and specialty paper peicing! Samantha@slbsewing.com

  • Reply Sheryl February 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Quilt design! Sometimes it is so hard to choose a design that will complement the top.

  • Reply ellabella February 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I'd like to see a class on getting the full potential out of EQ7. I play with it a bit but am sure I'm missing out on a lot of its features.
    I need someone to tell me more about what it can do as well as explain how to do it.
    Liz

    lizyrts@gmail.com

  • Reply Alison Gibbs February 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    What a lovely interview. I'm a HUGE fan of Amy, having made my first quilt from her Craftsy class. I just couldn't wait to sign up for the Sugar Block Club last year, and I'm really enjoying this year's challenges too. She's a star. x

  • Reply charlotte February 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    What a wonderful interview. I love Amy's blog and loved reading more about her. The one thing I have never tackled is paper piecing. Maybe I just need the right project to inspire me?

  • Reply Hanke February 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    What a great interview! I have made the craftsy BOM and for the second time the BOM from Amy and love it! I think every class is great because of the teacher! Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply SewLittleToSay February 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I like a course that explained the quilt maths for triangles. I can manage squares and rectangles, but am completely at a loss for knowing what size HST or QST to cut.

  • Reply Juels February 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I'd like a class on trapunto. Thank for the giveaway!

  • Reply My name is Wynneth February 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Oh my ! I've taken quite a few Craftsy classes now and they are brilliant. I love the Suagar Block BOM2013 with Amy it cured my fear of paper piecing ! Can't think of a class I'd like that isn't already on offer right now, I don't know how they come up with so many great classes. What yummy fabrics, thanks so much for the chance to win it.

    Hugs
    Wynneth
    Wynneth_happer@hotmail.com

  • Reply Rita T February 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Loved this interview. I enjoyed Amy's bom with craftsy and her 2013 sugar block club. She helped me make my first real quilt! I have been sewing and crafting since I was 7 but not quilting. I now have a new love. Thanks for inspiring me on so many levels.

  • Reply sheryl matteson February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Anything Amy teaches is great . Being a follower of her work and member of SBC . She just has a way of making things very understandable. Thank you for the great interview

  • Reply jenniferingalls February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Love to win that fabric! I would be interested in a class that teaches different quilting methods/designs. I'm getting tired (but very good at) "meandering" quilting!

    jenniferingalls@live.com

  • Reply QuiltinGram February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Great interview. Would love a class relating to designing….the mathematics behind figuring out how to enlarge or shrink blocks, calculate how much fabric you will then need,etc.

  • Reply Dee D February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I'd like to see a class on choosing quilting designs to go on the quilt once you've finished the top.
    Great interview.

  • Reply phatbobbingirl February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Great interview with Amy! Thanks for sharing both of you. I would like to see a class about how to use pre-cuts in a modern way. I just love pre-cuts (especially 2 1/2 inch strips), they just really work for me being a busy mom too. Thanks again for sharing and if you get a minute you can check out my blog at http://www.phatbobbingirl.wordpress.com

  • Reply Cheryl February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I adore Amy and her blog! Made my first sampler quilt with her on craftsy! Thanks fur the interview. I'm always up for FREE πŸ™‚ domestic free motion quilting classes that include the patterns. I'm so not creative whenit comes to designing the quilting to complement my piecing. Tips would be great! Mrscwatson81@hotmail.com

  • Reply Heidi Jameson February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I would love to see Amy teach a class on just about anything, maybe on ways to put those delicious brights together and how to limit the endless beautiful choices into a cohesive quilt. Thanks for the chance to win and for the interesting interview.

  • Reply Sue February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I love the Sugar Block Club. Last year, it was really good. This year, it is spectacular! I love the motivational blurbs that cause me to rethink my days and lift me into something better than I would have had without them. Amy inspires me in many ways. Thanks, Amy!

  • Reply Tamie February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    How about a class called Quilt as Desired? I have a couple of small tops done and am paralyzed as to how to quilt them.

  • Reply Amy Harward February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    What a great interview! I follow Amy's blog and it was great to get to know her better. I would love to see a class about creating stained-glass quilting!

  • Reply Geni Pickens February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Enjoyed the interview and looking forward to the opportunity to win a class or bundle of fabric!! I would love to learn more about curved piecing and selecting colors for a quilt. I seem to go towards the same color choices too often and need to get out of this rut, lol…

  • Reply Rhonda Davis February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Wonderful interview! I would like to see more on Mixed Media Art Quilts. I'm trying to find my talent…my brother is the musician and painter of the family and my sons inherited both of those talents. I've always been good with numbers thus the bookkeeping profession. Thanks for the chance to win some beautiful fabrics!

  • Reply laurie robinson February 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I would love to see a class for a circle quilt!

  • Reply laurie robinson February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I would love to see a class for a circle quilt

  • Reply Kelly Miller February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    An online class on the tilt-a-whirl quilt!! πŸ™‚ That's my favorite one πŸ˜‰ Great interview Amy!
    kelamilrn@gmail.com

  • Reply Donata Rolf February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I would love another class by Amy! If I win either prize, I will purchase the other. Her teaching style is like an old friend and makes me think I could do anything. Keep up the good work. Currently, I am trying to finish the 2012 BOM along with this year's Sugar Block Club. I can't wait to see what comes next.

  • Reply Rose Schuldt February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Great interview with Amy, I have been following her for the last 3 years, Quilting has helped me get throw a lot of stuff, with my kidney troubles, and my husbands cancer, Puts my mind in an other place.

  • Reply Sandhya Karandikar February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Wonderful interview of a wonderful person. I love Amy. I was sort of new to quilting when I came across Amy's free craftsy class and I was over the moon. Here in India though quilting and piecing has been a tradition it is not taught anywhere and is supposed to be an old fashioned craft for village grandmothers. So taking the class and doing it along with so many quilters from all over the world it was great. I love her blog. I would love to do a paper piecing class.

  • Reply Sarah February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I would love to see a class that teaches how to quilt using curves or a quilt with circles of some kind. I enjoyed the interview! I am always enjoy reading how others balance their mommy duties with sewing and blogging! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Pam February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I have loved Amy's Craftsy BOM and Sugar Block BOM's! I have also done a workshop of hers on Craftsy! Love her use of colors and design!! Nice interview. Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!

  • Reply Kay Holm February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I think that they should have a class on leaders and enders and how to use your scraps together in "extra" quilts.

  • Reply Christine Slaughter February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    What a wonderful interview! I absolutely adore Amy and her blog! Her Craftsy BOM 2012 was one of my first Craftsy classes! I'd take any class of Amy's on craftsy, no matter what it is! I love paper piecing though, so a class on that would be fantastic!

    christine81474 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Caliwaters February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I love Amy Gibson from her Craftsy BoM class and I follow her blog. As a newbie I would say I would love to see a quilt class where all the skills get put togeather like piecing and sewing by hand if you can't get time on a machine

  • Reply HotPinkThread February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Curves or English paper piecing or paper piecing. Just adore Amy and would probably enroll in any class she teaches!

  • Reply Gina February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I fell in love with Amy in the BOM Craftsy class, which was also my first Craftsy class. I was relatively new to quilting, too. I also helped my 85 year old mother-in-law complete 17 of the 20 blocks long distance. I would cut and customize her printed directions for her fabrics, send them from Texas to her in Chicago, and she would sew them. She passed away in November 2013. Her quilt never got assembled, so I am in the process of finishing each of her squares as a wall hanging or mini-quilt for each of her grandchildren – ages 20-29. Each of her three adult children got one, too. (Guess who got first pick of her squares?!?)
    I finished last year's Sugar Block and am now two blocks behind on 2014, as my oldest son is getting married in 12 days! I made the ringbearer a satin cape to wear down the aisle with Thor's Hammer on it, as that's our last name. So cute!! I'll be tearing up that sewing room in a couple weeks, so some new fabric would be great!! Thanks for being so awesome, Amy!!

  • Reply Donna Baker February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    What a great interview; I loved finding out about the name of her blog, such great family history. I would like to see a class about free moton quilting. My email is linked to my profile

  • Reply karen February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I have heard people talk about fabrics that are warm, or cool in quilts I have made. Yet , being self taught, and imperfectly at that, I have no idea what that means. I would love a class explaining what fabric " temperatures" mean, and how to know which would be appropriate in different styles of quilting..

  • Reply karen February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I love working with color in my quilting, but sadly, whenever someone tells me that colors are either warm or cool, I have no idea why they say that. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a class explaining the differences between fabrics that are warm or cool, and how to know which is which in fabric selections.. I hope this doesnt sound to amauterish in the question..:)

  • Reply busyizzie February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    So glad you asked Amy about the new extras in the Sugar Block Club. That's why I joined. I would love a tips and tricks class.

  • Reply miniren February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Sorry I forgot to leave my email address miniren24@yahoo.com

  • Reply miniren February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I would love a class just about the basics of quilting. I am just staring out and need all the help I can get!!

  • Reply MarinΓ©s February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I am new to quilting. I started with Amy's Workshop of the Secret Garden quilt, which I just finished piecing and have yet to bind. I found her Block of the month and look forward to starting that as soon as I have the fabrics that I have in mind for it. I recently signed up for her blog and love her ideas because they are fresh, have a modern twist and thrifty. I enjoyed learning more about her in this interview. Thanks.

  • Reply Unknown February 11, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    this is Tami Paul. My email is tamieast101@msn.com I dont use the one that is posting

  • Reply j meddock February 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Great interview!

  • Reply Mary Ann February 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I admire Amy so much. As a Mother myself of four, I don't know how she does it. I didn't sign up for her Craftsy class, but am a Sugar Block Fan.

  • Reply Jana Machado February 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    OOOps I forgot to suggest a new class by Craftsy! I'd love to learn more about quilt designs!

  • Reply Unknown February 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Great interview. I just loved getting to know a little bit more about Amy. I think we could sit down and have a good chat, lots of the same interest. I loved her BOM on craftsy. I am lefthanded too. so it was nice to get to see a lefty at work. There was some complaints I remember from some right handed. I was like wow , now you know how we live haha. I class I would like to see,is tough. I always thought a class on colors. But they have the 1/2 year one, so I am waiting to see how it goes and if I will be able to translate that into other projects. And the other was a whole cloth. which, yap I am signed up for, Just havent had a chance to get working on it. I have so many that I am signed up for ( just cant pass on the class sales they have). The only thing that I can think of would be bargello. I am not sure if I would want a traditional way of doing or something like Maggie Ball does. I would probably need help with color choices with something like that. ( but then again maybe I will be a pro after this current BOM on craftsy) Thanks Tami Paul. ( am I suppose to leave my email here?)

  • Reply Ashley February 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I love Amy, and her blog. I have only been quilting for a little over a year now, and have a few quilts tops completed, but not quilted yet…so I am thinking a class on quilt design would be super helpful. I am intimidated to quilt them myself, but I don't really know enough to know what design would look best with each quilt top.

  • Reply Jana Machado February 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Annie! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! It was a pleasure coming here and reading this interview with Amy, I'm a fan! You did a great job with the questions, it was fun to read! Thank you also for the giveaway!

  • Reply FawnJ February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Most of my quilt group took Amy's 2012 Craftsy BOM class. We all learned a lot and enjoyed the process. I also did the Sugar Block Club last year and have signed up for 2014. Craftsy offers so many great classes. I think I would like to see a class on quilt as you go – including binding methods.Thanks.

  • Reply Diane Ebel February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Thank you for the interview! I loved Amy's class…felt like she was a friend chatting me through the blocks. I've got the binding class on my wishlist so i can get a little more creative with that.

  • Reply Megan Collins February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Great interview- Amy is my fav, and I love the Sugar Block Club! I would like to see a class on the design aspect of quilting. Maybe the process of taking an idea (or cool looking rug/tile/etc) and making it into a pattern to follow? Thanks!

  • Reply Michele February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I love Amy's classes and I love hearing about how she got involved with Craftsy! I am already enrolled in her new Irish Chains class. I would love to see Amy teach a sampler class or a class on scrap organizing and choosing fabrics from scraps!

  • Reply Rockester February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Beautiful! What yummy fabrics. I can imagine lots of projects with these! πŸ˜€ Congrats to whoever wins it! Kathy Aho in MN

  • Reply Margaret February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    great interview; I think I would like to see piecing with applique. I love those type quilts. I love the way Amy teaches. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Reply madfabriholic February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Hmm, there are so many good classes already. I need to improve my free motion skills, and there are at least 2 classes already that could probably help me. Maybe a collection of secret tips from various accomplished quilters? Those little tricks that make all the difference?

  • Reply Jennifer Roy February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I would love to see a class on paper piecing or color choices( always love the fabrics she chooses) or you know I think id take any class by amy.

  • Reply Terry Knollhoff February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I am a new quilter at the age of 60 i decided i wanted to try quilting i have always loved homemade quilts so i found Amy block of month free on crafsty and gave it a try i also did her sugar block club last year had so much fun and learned so much , I now have the quilting bug and want to learn every thing she puts out i would love to win this to enhance my stash

  • Reply sonia February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I have learned a ton from Amy! I've been following her blog for a couple of years and also did the Craftsy 2012 BOM. My mom was a quilter but passed away in 2005 and I did not start really quilting until four years ago. Amy has been one of those that has taught me things I can't ask mom, and I'm very grateful for her excellent and simple style. I'm loving her Sugar Block Beyond the Block this year, especially since my Christian life is more important to me than my love of quilting. I often see an inspiration from the Lord, a life illustration at times, while I'm sewing and looking at the colors and textures and all that's happening in the quilt I'm working on and reflecting on who I'm making it for and so on. When Amy began doing Beyond the Block, I really connected with her even more.

    Now, she has introduced me to you and your blog, which I was not familiar with before! I'd sign up for any class she instructed; have already signed up for Twisted Irish Chain (but I'd love to get my hands on that beautiful bundle :)). I've been interested in playing around with piecing a quilt on my serger – it was my mom's also and I've used it here and there but not a lot. I'd love a class on that. Not sure if Amy does much with a serger, just a thought. Thanks!!

  • Reply lindag1947 February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Love fabric Linda gerig

  • Reply tamara cruz February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I would like to learn a hand technique, embroidery, applique, anything I can take with me on our family road trips: tamcrusan@gmail.com

  • Reply Susan Stanton February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    A wonderful interview and a lovely giveaway. I'd like to see another BOM. I enjoy learning how to put together different blocks. It's all so much fun!
    yoyopattycakes at hotmail.com

  • Reply Bethany M February 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I would love to see paper piecing and curved piecing, I have been wanting to try out both but haven't gotten around to it yet!

  • Reply Whit February 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    What a great interview! Thanks for doing it! And thanks for the giveaway Amy! So sweet! I would love to see a class on sewing with different batting and how they are different to work with and what the quilts will be like with various batting & quilting.
    whitclark (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • Reply DeborahGun February 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I really need to learn how to do machine applique – would love a class on that. Thanks for a great interview and a lovely giveaway.

  • Reply PGANANA February 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Loved the interview. Would like to see Amy do another BOM with Leah doing the quilting class the following year. Love these two working together. Thanks for the opportunity to win these gorgeous fabrics.

  • Reply j2 February 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I would love an instant replay of Amy's Block of the Month on Craftsy with a different quilt pattern. I loved her teaching technique!

  • Reply amy appleton February 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    the wedding band quilt I think that's what it is called. Would love to make this for my 20th anniversary.

  • Reply Wanda February 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I would like a class on resizing blocks –seeing a big block scaled down to a mini or vice versa.
    Then making the quilt either big or mini. A wonderful interview about Amy and her thoughts –thanks so much.
    Wanda

  • Reply martha cook February 11, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Amy! love,love,love your classes and blog. next class:like your first Craftsy class with different patterns to try. martha.cook51@gmail.com

  • Reply imabetty February 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Great interview. Love Amy's quilts and her classes!! This give away looks awesome!
    bettycrenshaw@yahoo.com

  • Reply Kay Strong February 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I am new to quilting and I am signed up for your Sugar Block club block. The technique I am struggling with is the flying geese unit. I am doing a block of the month with my local quilting store and had no problem with it because we used a template. I need to know the math for a 3 1/2 block square that finishes up at 12 1/2. Love the fabric

  • Reply Kay Strong February 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I have signed up for your Sugar block this year. I am new to quilting and have found out that the flying geese is the most challenging thing so far. I have watched many tutorials but don't feel I have truly mastered it. I guess the math for figuring out what size to cut to fit the quilt is my need. Love the fabric.

  • Reply Kim February 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I would love to see machine quilting incorporated into a quilting class. It's like taking a quilting class from beginning to finishing.

  • Reply SimplytoDelight February 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Great interview!!! I'm fairly new to quilting, so I don't have any advice on future classes!

  • Reply Diann February 12, 2014 at 2:18 am

    I'd be interested in learning to choose appropriate quilting designs for the quilt if that make sense. Also, combining embroidery and quilting.

  • Reply Melissa Miller February 12, 2014 at 2:18 am

    I need to work on FMQ. That fabric looks super yummy!

  • Reply sonia February 12, 2014 at 2:19 am

    sonia.plyler@gmail.com

  • Reply martha cook February 12, 2014 at 2:19 am

    I was thinking the same thing!

  • Reply martha cook February 12, 2014 at 2:19 am

    good idea!

  • Reply Melissa February 12, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Thanks for this great interview. I first discovered Amy last fall through the Craftsy BOM tutorials. She is a great teacher and her love of teaching and sewing/quilting is so readily apparent in the videos. I have never made a quilt, so any and all videos are helpful to me.

  • Reply Jeff February 12, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Amy is such a wonderful person, we are lucky to have her in our quilting world!
    I would like to see more classes on improve/wonky/scrappy piecing. I know it is something you kind of just have to try to get comfortable with, but it would be helpful to see a class where someone actually takes a scrap basket (not one that has been pre-stocked : ) and see what process they go through to put together just a quilt block maybe?
    Thanks for the giveaway ladies!
    Chrystal
    cambroz at yahoo . com

  • Reply Marta Salvado February 12, 2014 at 2:20 am

    I'm a huge fan of Amy! I did my first ever quilt doing the BOM 12. I also joined her SBM 13 and my last quilt has been Cross My Heart featured in the Craftsy Twisted Irish Chain course. I would probably like to see a course for more modern quilts… just to say something. If Amy teaches it, I'll love it anyway!
    Marta

  • Reply Amorette February 12, 2014 at 2:20 am

    A class for quilting on home machines is always great, abbr one for choosing the best pattern for your fabrics, size or use would helpful too.

  • Reply ~Pam February 12, 2014 at 2:20 am

    Great interview! I would welcome a class on choosing colors, types of batting, thread choices (manufacturers), measuring vs. using a die cutter … I guess the "ins and outs" of quilting. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Good luck everyone!

    Pam
    phunter89@aol.com

  • Reply Stephanie February 12, 2014 at 2:21 am

    I've played around with quilting in the past, but my very first (and sadly, still unfinished) quilt was the 2012 block of the month with Amy. Curved piecing makes my eyes twitch, but I really want to do a double wedding ring quilt. I think that would be a fun month-to-month project. three_pink_roses (at) hotmail (dot) com

  • Reply AStrangerView February 12, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Great interview! Amy is very inspiring and I am happy to be part of this year's Sugar Block. For class, well, I don't know, I am brand new at quilting and feel that I still have so much to learn. I think I am still intimidated by the design and fabric choice and saw that some people suggested a class in that area. I think I would greatly benefit from some directions on that topic also.
    Thanks for the giveaway! ssutters@gmail.com

  • Reply Susan Paxton February 12, 2014 at 2:21 am

    I Love Amy's blog and her classes. I took her BOM class on Craftsy and made my first quilt from that class. She has inspired me to make 11 more quilts this last year. I joined her Sugar Block Club too. I personally need more help in picking patterns where I can use my stash up…I can't usually afford a lot of material living on a fixed LOW income. Most of my quilts (like Amy's disappearing nine patch) are made scrappy. My family loves that and I have made lots of my quilts for them.

  • Reply M. Stephens February 12, 2014 at 2:21 am

    I've been following Amy's blog since I "met" her through the Craftsy BOM. I actually met her in person at QuiltCon. πŸ™‚ I enjoyed reading this interview.
    may sound funny, but I wish fabric designers would let us in on their secrets, so I'd like to see a class on designing fabric. I love colors, photography and graphics design, and sometimes have a hard time finding the exact print I want. I'd love to design my own.

  • Reply P Bybee February 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    pramuditahandaristi at gmail dot com

    I'd like to learn how to plan the quilt.. Like choosing the fabrics, and arranging them to make a pattern. A lot of people seems to be great at that and I would like to learn!

  • Reply Heather Shore February 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Thank You Anne for the interview. I love Amy and now other people will too.
    It was nice to meet you too. Can't wait til Saturday, hope I win. To bad everyone can't win.
    Heather shoremail@juno.com

  • Reply Lee February 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I would love some online classes on Free MotionQuilting, hand turned applique and/or sewing curves! thank you!

  • Reply GranChris February 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I would love a class where someone takes a fabric with several colors and then finds colors that match. So many of you are really good at this but the rest of us aren't so good. If you could teach us the key to success it would be wonderful. Maybe one fabric -8 quilts combinations.

  • Reply Peaches1003 February 12, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Choosing the right quilt pattern (seems to be a popular theme) and one that is easy to do on a small machine… Or QAYG on something other than a log cabin

  • Reply Jo February 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I really enjoyed the interview. I would love to see more classes about color theory, and the way color and value effect a quilt my biggest problem so far free motion quilting aside is color

  • Reply Susan February 12, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I would be interested in learning how to choose quilt designs.

  • Reply Iris February 13, 2014 at 2:02 am

    I would like to take a class in the future on making/designing a pixelated quilt. And otherwise a class on computorized Quilt design (what programms there are and how to best use them.)
    Lovely interview and thank you for the great prizes!

  • Reply annieb February 13, 2014 at 2:05 am

    I actually e-mailed Amy about wanting to cover this topic too. There are a few other responses who have had the same or a similar request – broader in some instances.- as in quilt designing, but not necessarily computerized. I wouldn't mind a bit of both.

  • Reply Emily C February 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    A class on how to choose quilting motifs would be great. I really just outline my design right now, a bit of an echo effect. I also hand quilt right now, need to work on my FMQ.

  • Reply Peggy February 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I sew quilt tops for my group, World of Charity Stitching, so anything for new quilters would be great.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
    peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

  • Reply Karen February 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I have trouble figuring out what designs to quilt on my quilt once I get it pieced. Don't have trouble with the actual quilting, but just not sure of my designs. A class on this would help me out.

  • Reply 46cdb652-94d2-11e3-85ba-000bcdcb8a73 February 13, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    A class on how to do the intimidating double wedding ring would be great! veeveebug@aol.com

  • Reply Robin February 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    FMQ on a regular sewing machine.

  • Reply Carla G February 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Great interview!! πŸ™‚ I'd love to see more classes on curved piecing as it scares me… πŸ™‚

  • Reply Dawn Jones February 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I would like to see piecing with applique. dawnm1993@gmail.com

  • Reply Carole Shaffer February 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    curved piecing

  • Reply Kathy Davis February 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I would like a class on how to quilt using a regular machine. I love to make quilt tops but can't afford to get them quilted. Thanks, Kathy
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

  • Reply Lisa Marie February 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Various techniques for applique compared and contrasted.

  • Reply annieb February 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Hi Laurie, Congratulations!! You are the first of the two numbers I randomly chosen to win a prize from my interview with Amy Gibson. Please send you mailing address and preference between the two prizes to acbeier71@gmail.com and we will send it out to you.
    All The Best,
    Anne

  • Reply annieb February 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Danbury Quilter, Congratulations!! You are the second lucky winner of the give-a-way from the interview with Amy Gibson. Please e-mail me your mailing address at
    acbeier71@gmail.com
    All The Best,
    Anne

  • Reply Lena Yakim February 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Great interview! I have made several quilts, so i am a rookie :). Choosing fabrics and how to quilt with a machine would be great.

  • Reply barb February 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    i love joel dewberry fabrics. these would make such great charity lap quilts. i would like to see more on picking colors that go together and how to match fabric to a certain pattern and vice versa. babscorbitt@gmail.com

  • Reply cristina maria February 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    OlΓ‘!
    Gosto de ver o trabalho se formando as pecinhas se juntando, formando uma nova ideia.
    Aprendo muito com os tutoriais.

  • Reply sofen February 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Something modern, with colors and patterns.

    jachelno at gmail dot com

  • Reply Jeanne Gwin February 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I agree with the curved piecing something I am not fond of and could use some tips

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