0 Replies to “Simply Amy/Simply Frances–She’s a done deal!”

  1. Frances,

    I love the look… so bright and cheerful.

    YOU will get the hang of WORDPRESS … If you have questions I can try to answer some, but you look like you are off to a great start.

    I can not wait until I have had a chance to download and listen to your podcast…. then I will be back.


    Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams

    Pod cast about quilting, life, rants and raves

  2. SPRING GARLIC … MY dad always just use to stick garlic cloves in the dirt … let it winter over … then we would harvest in the fall. I always thought that SRING GARLIC was the garlic someone else planted in the fall. I will have to look into the WHITE FLOWER FARM…. I always ordered from BLUESTONE in Ohio and Johnny Seeds when I got plants and specialty seeds. I stopped gardening when my HIPS gave out. I just grow tomatoes cause there is nothing better than home grown MI tomatoes and I make my daughter help.

    Do you use covers over your plants when it goes cold? I made / sewed plastic covers for my tomatoe cages way back when I first started gardening. I use it to protect my plants… kind like mini green house. We can not plant frost free till after Memorial Day … this lets me get the plants in the ground a couple of weeks earlier.

    Please …..Show pictures of your quilt in progress…. HIDDEN STARS Pattern sounds neat…. Sounds you are mastering Chain PEICING… A technique that are great to use. I have never done much chain peicing because I play with color too much when I make my quilts.

    Sound like you are making flying geese units with the diagonal …. Can you post a link to your book… I keep screwing up the name when I type it into google…. There are so MANY jelly roll/ charm sq books available. My only problem with most pre cut quilts is they do not have the value changes that traditional quilts have so they all kind of blend. I have gotten over this problem by adding my own stash fabric of background colors. FUN Quilts can be inspirational….


    I like the simpler decorating style of the contemporary modern patterns. My niece and daughter really love them. Also getting away from the traditional might be something that takes less time to get a quilt done. I like the colorway of the modern quilts they are fresh, fun and different. Kinda 1930s-40s but with nicer prints. I want/ need to make two quick quilts … have the fabric and the ideas but little or no time for the sewing. I bought 3 charm packs of HAPPY by MODA.

    I have given up trying to quilt when my grandson is home…. it just does not work. Today I have a cold and can barely get this comment written… keep sneezing and coughing…. it is an effort to breath. So unless my head clears up no sewing for me.

    Looking forward to pictures of the new quilt. … I googled the pattern but have not gotten it to come up…. dying of curiosity.


    Nonnie’s Quilting Dreams

    Pod cast about quilting, life, rants and rave

  3. That looks fabulous, Frances! Congratulations!

    PS – now that I see it on a bed, I think you’re right – it probably IS the biggest quilt ever. 🙂

  4. Frances, I love Simply Amy, Simply Frances. Your quilting looks amazing. Your new blog is pretty cool, too.

  5. wow–your quilt looks beautiful! congratulations 🙂

    i’m only on episode 35 and maybe you’ll talk about this on #36–but you’re saying you want to do 3 quilts at a time. have you looked into Bonnie Hunter’s “leaders and enders” method? basically, you sew 2 projects at the same time, using one as the leader/ender of the other block. hmm…does that make sense? in other words, when you first start a seam, you either have a tail of thread hanging off, or a scrap of cloth as a “leader” –instead of a scrap, you actually sew another block of another quilt at the same time. oh well, let me know if you have questions. but it was such an eureka moment when i read about it on Bonnie’s site and i’ve made a couple of quilts this way.

    i’m looking forward to seeing what your 3 projects will look like 🙂

  6. Hi Frances!
    Congratulation! It looks great on your bed! It looks very cosy and spring like because of the colour. I love the red frame arround it!
    Have to listen to the podcast now….!
    Kannst Du ein wenig Deutsch?
    Liebe Grüße von Birgit aus Deutschland!

  7. Dear Francis,
    Triangles! They are not that hard! There are all kinds of tips, speed piecing techniques, and specialty rulers, but they are not neccessary. Start simply, say with half square triangles. Starch your fabric, watch the pressing so you don’t stretch them out of shape. Math is not my favorite thing, so it’s easier to size traditional blocks to sizes that work out in whole numbers. Nine patch blocks work most easily at six, nine, or twelve inches. Four patch blocks are easy in six, eight, etc. Cut the triangles by cutting squares 7/8″ bigger than the finished side of your triangle, then cut them diagonally. I love to use modern fabrics to make traditional blocks! Also, when I’m making something with a lot of wierd and wonky triangles, I use EQ7 – it tells me exactly how to rotary everything!

    (I can’t see how to attach photos here, so I’ll send some to fdowell.)

  8. It looks fantastic, Frances! You ought to be very proud. I am about 2/3 of the way finished quilting my first bed size quilt and it is a LOT of work so I know some of what you have experienced. And I am only doing straight line quilting!


  9. Francis, it looks really and truly awesome!! yay for you!! the quilting fits the pattern perfectly.
    and congrats on the new blog, i do hope that it will be totally easy for you to post pictures here… (hint, hint) 🙂
    have a good week,

  10. Oh, Frances, it is beautiful! You must be so proud. I can not wait to see what you get into next – I feel like I quilted this one along with you.

    You had me giggling in the car the other day – your quilting head/shoulder ache that can quickly be resolved with wine. I’ve done it myself 🙂

  11. I really like it! Quilting looks great!

    I wanted to let you know about a site that may help if you want to make a sampler. quilterscache.com has lots of free patterns. I used this site to make my first quilt. It is a sampler made with contemporary fabrics. I picked a bright focus fabric and then picked coordinating fabric from the colors in the focus fabric. I will send a pic to your email as soon as I can.

  12. Hi Frances, I’m a long time listener but not sure If I’ve commented to you before. I love SA SF quilt. It is not what I imagined in my head and so glad you have shared the photo with us. All your hard work has been worth it. Love listening to you so keep sharing on a regular basis. I listen in the car everyday and they keep me amused in the traffic. Thanks for sharing. Vanessa (Australia)

  13. Hi Frances,
    Your SA SF quilt is beautiful. I love the colors and design. I’ve finally caught up on listening to your podcasts. I really enjoy them. Your gardening sounds like fun. I’ve never tried it because I kill houseplants. Enjoy!

  14. Very nice job! Great bridge between the traditional and the modern movement in quilting.
    “One less UFO!” was the theme for the Thursday evening guild to which I belong. You’re definitely inspirational. I often find my work gets finished for a project or show, then languishes.
    This is what it’s really all about.
    Enjoy in good health for many years to come!

  15. Great job. I’ve been listening to all your podcast driving on my commute the past two weeks. I love the look of the quilt. reminds me of gee’s bend quiltwork.

    I enjoy your podcast too.

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