Quiltcast #3

Hey! You guys get us – yay! This week Amy and April recap Amy’s trip to Wisconsin for Quilt Expo, and talk about their creative processes. Check out our top 5 sources of inspiration, and share your inspiration sources.

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Show notes :


Completely hand pieced and quilted this quilt was beautiful to look at. I was amazed by her tiny hand stitches and all the details included.

Quilt Expo Best in Show Winner

“Creation Springs Forth” by Betty Ekern of Racine, WI


Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen

Quilt design software mentioned : Electric Quilt 7 also available Quilt Design Wizard this is a simplified option, with less features.

Design process – keeping a notebook of ideas, EQ7 to draft patterns, audition fabrics, and first round of fabric calculations.

Button Box Quilt –

Button Box_0102 copy

Button Box_0127 copy

Making a quilt for myself is always a treat! If you are up for the challenge the pattern is available here.

top5Places of Inspiration

April – Small collections of objects, (you’ll have to listen to understand!) Russian Rubix

Concrete & steel construction images, Sweetie Pie,

Other crafty genres, paper crafting, crochet, follow fashion

Color palettes pulled from images, variety of colors

Menswear textiles, Houndstooth pattern by Vanessa Christenson, mens ties

April posted all about her inspiration here.

Amy – Home decor magazines

Nature shots, TV, random inspiration collection on my phone

Home decor email lists, use pinterest to collect as well

Share your sources of inspiration in the comments!

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By | 2017-02-06T09:18:09+00:00 September 10th, 2013|podcast, Quiltcast|4 Comments


  1. Carolyn September 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    Love love listening to your podcast. You both are so fun and bring inspiration. Keep bringing it on. I so want to do my own creating,but I always feel I don’t have it. Keep inspiring , carolyn

  2. verylazydaisy September 13, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Fantastic episode! I love hearing about the process of designing and appreciate the valuable insight about the process of submitting to magazines. I hope you feel better soon, Amy.

  3. Rachael September 15, 2013 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Love your button box quilt, especially the different neutrals in the background. And yes, how amazing is Betty Ekern’s quilt! That would have taken ages!

  4. Jaye May 4, 2014 at 11:07 am - Reply

    I really enjoy your podcast and am listening to the back catalog. Episode #3 is really great. I was concerned when I was listening to you talk about writing patterns for Improv quilts that you haven’t looked at non-Modern quiltmakers. Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quiltmaking books have good explanations of making Improv quilts. I think it is important to look beyond Modern. Not everything before the Modern Quiltmaking era came upon the scene is bad.

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