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Monday, April 14, 2014

Get Inspired!

I know the first of the year is over and we've all put our New Years resolutions behind us…..but I'm a little behind this year.  Not that I want to have a tell all session, but one of the hardest things for me is being content.  Maybe it's the creative side of me that is always wanting to move on, something more, something different and I don't necessarily want to change that part of me.  I guess it's enjoying now…right now, today and all the good, the bad, the boring and excitement, the creative highs and lows that comes with each new day.  We all have constant instabilities and insecurities that surface in our lives from time to time.  Learning that it's okay and moving past those things that we can't fix, change or control is empowering!  How we do it is the complicated part.  

I have found that part of that never ending journey for me is finding what makes me happy…….one of those things besides my family and all the fun that comes with that is inspiration, brain stimulation which creates motivation!  

I have recently become a book junky!  Seriously overnight I have a library of books from social network books to drawing, quilting, photography, illustrator and in the front of Lori Greiner's (from Shark Tank) new book Invent it, Sell it, Bank it, she quotes -Ralph Waldo Emerson 

"Do not go where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

                                                          -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspiration, not just creative inspiration but also life's inspiration can come from almost anything!  It's catching it and tucking it away in your brain so that when you need it, you can find it.   If you can write it down, inspiration is sometimes a feeling and you can't write that down, but you can write down
how you felt an what created that feeling.

My resent surgeries have helped….  okay...forced me to slow down and take time to enjoy each day and the important things that go on around me.  There is always good that comes from a hard things!  They may be hard to find…if you can't find it…..dig a little deeper and you will.

Now to the fun part……paint your world with things you love!

My favorite thing is color!  I can't help but smile when I touch a piece of fabric that is full of beautiful color, or walk into a book store and find a piece of inspiration!



Things that inspire me may not inspire you……here are a few things that inspire me
Ellie Goulding very talented music artist!

Soft and Stable (I am love…..loving this!)

Mint Converse (it's the color I promise)!  No….I've always had a thing for Converse!


I found this book today at Barnes and Noble and I'm in love with all the color and style in this book!

Even the most unpredictable things can cause you to take notice and find beauty in them……like the water spicket on the side of my 100 + old house! I love the new growth of the bright greenery up against the weathered stone.  See…... Idaho isn't totally brown!



I just started digging into this book and I'm really loving it!  It's hard to admit how behind the times I am socially…..LOL!! Check him out here!


Issue #5 of Love Patchwork & Quilting This is a fun new magazine that is packed full of fun fresh sewing/quilting ideas!



Your challenge…..find one thing you love and dig in!

xx

  ~ Amy
                   

Friday, March 28, 2014

Our Winners Are…….

It's time to announce our winners!  With a drum roll……….Our fat quarter bundle winner is Linda from Montana………..our next winner will receive the pattern Road Trip which is Jodi from Rhode Island.  Sunnybec from France is the winner of Chev-skis pattern and our last winner is Amanda  from www.stitchtostichesstore.com, she will be receiving Sew Edgy.

Thank you all for participating! I will email each of you today!

Locally you can find Sweet Harmony at  Abbotts Craft in Rigby and also the Ribbon Retreat in Shelley.  If you haven't been by…..you NEED to go! I'm not joking. You will love it!  It is so much fun and they really have a great selection of the best fabric (including mine)!  They have the entire line.

I took a little trip down to Shelley a few days ago just to give you a little preview.






Here is a close up view of the quilting on Sew Edgy, quilted by Rhonda Walker with oLliE and EviE.  She did a great job.  I'm all about simple crisp quilting that make my quilts look happy!
I love happy quilts :)



Bon Voyage, inside the Ribbon Retreat……Although this bag is constructed very different from The My Favorite bag, it is a take off from it.   The handles are sewn into a seam inside the outside pockets,  giving it a different feel and look from handles sewn into the top seam of a bag.  You could easily change it up by making one sash double the length and tie it just like the My Favorite bag.  


That's How We Roll is such a fun bag.  You need a jelly roll with at least (36) 2-1/2" strips and 1/3 yard fabric for the ties along with stabilizers of course.  The inside is pieced including all the inside pockets (a total of 4).  I used Annies Soft and Stable for the main stabilizer and it is fast becoming my favorite stabilizer!  I love the texture and the stability that comes with it.  Because it isn't fusible (which I hope is in the works)  I like to incorporate quilting into those projects, which again gives it a totally different look.  It's not just a bag, it's now a quilted bag!

Make it a girls afternoon and head down to The Ribbon Retreat for some good fabric-ology! Whatever
ever that is :)

Amy

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sweet Harmony Fat Quarter Bundle Give Away!

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments, I love reading through each one.  We are going to wrap up this give away on Thursday March 27th!  I will announce the winners on the 28th.  We are also going to give away a couple new patterns, so tell your friends and quilting buddies!


Chev-skis, Sew Edgy and Road Trip paper patterns are now available on our website.  You can click the Shop Kati Cupcake button at the top right corner of our blog or click here.

I am working on digitizing a few favorites, The Carry On, Paige Perfect, Bon Voyage, That's How We Roll and Summer Afternoon along with Chev-skis, Sew Edgy and Road Trip!

Thank you all for stopping by!  Hope you have a great Saturday!

Amy

Sunday, March 16, 2014

SOMETHING NEW

Whether it's a new day, a new pair of shoes, a new line of fabric or new patterns, I'm in love with what new brings!  New shoes do come a little easier for me than a new line of fabric or new patterns, but the journey of creating is far more memorable.  Here is a little bit of what I've been working on over the past few months.

Road Trip Measures: 13" Wide x 6" Deep x 15-1/2" Tall.  Sweet Harmony is used for the main outside and the pockets.  I used Annies Soft and Stable for the outside stabilizer and Pellon Fusible Fleece for the lining stabilizer.  I love Annies Soft and Stable because of the extra stability and the quilting feature it can offer.  This is a perfect size for that next "Road Trip".



I love this for a baby boy!
……and a baby girl




Sew Edgy brings a little modern Aztec to the sewing room, then the living room or maybe even the nursery.  This one comes in both throw and baby!


Chev-skis baby.  It's pretty quick!  I can get this one done in less than a day!

Patterns will be shipping Monday and fabric I hear is in transit!  These patterns will also be available on
my website in both paper and a pdf download.


I am going to give away a free fat quarter bundle of Sweet Harmony to one very lucky person! Write me a comment, or pin this post for a chance to win!

Amy








Friday, February 28, 2014

Lost In The South!

I got to take a little break and fly down to North Carolina to visit my sweetie! He's been working their since August…..long distance relationships are so hard, but distance in my case makes the heart grow fonder.  Our 11th year anniversary is coming up March 14th, while he still isn't going to be home by
then I decided to fly down while I had a little down time.  I got patterns out to my wonderful testers
and booked a flight.

His condo is nestled right on Lake Norman.  I could have stayed forever.  It was so beautiful and quiet.
and so so refreshing.


As you can see….I didn't leave all my work behind!  This is a little peak of one of my newest patterns Edgy.  It will be available along with Sweet Harmony the end of March.  

Scyril and I decided to head down South to Charleston. Wow what a city full of history and beautiful
architecture.


This was by far my favorite historic Inn.  I took so many pictures of this one….I think I just wanted to make sure that I got a good one.  I think I did!

I've decided I'm going to give up an entire wall in my house to Charleston.  
There was so much inspiration lining the streets, it was hard to take it all in.  I couldn't help but think about all the untold stories of peoples lives.  Maybe because all of the church courtyards were lined with headstones which sounds eerie, but it wasn't.  
This is where the first shots of the civil war were shot, just outside the harbor of Charleston onto Fort Sumter.

Fort Sumter


Here are a few pictures of what this incredible city looks like! I called it Sardine City while I was there because everything was just stacked ontop of each other, but it was also so much fun to tour!  



It was so fun just wandering the streets and market place!


If you ever get the chance go…it was totally worth it.  This place was so amazing and so was spending some much needed one on one time with my husband.   He is so good to me!  I had a great time Babe!  ( I know he'll never read this but….it's all good, right?!!)

Unfortunately I had to go back home to the real world….but it was nice to have a break from it for a few days.  I can't wait to see what's next!

  


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sweet Harmony Give Away

I should have mentioned this the end of December, …..The Ribbon Retreat  is having a bag lady series the entire month of January…..  Each week of January they have a bag spotlight tutorial which is really cool and also a tutorial on The Carry On (by me) one of my favorites of course.   The best part is they (me included) are giving away a fat quarter bundle of my new line of fabric Sweet Harmony!  It's the only way you can get it.  It won't be out in stores for 6-8 more weeks.  There are only two days left to get entered so head on over and check it out!



-Amy

Winners

Joan and Kevin and Cheryl are our winners.  Thanks for playing!  Hope everyone is warm and sewing :) I know I am.  (Winners…..please email me your shipping info. so I can send you your fun prizes!!)

amy@katicupcake.com

I just received designer cuts of Sweet Harmony (which I hope you are all going to LOVE as much as I do).  Designer cuts are pretty cool.  The fabric gets mailed directly to me from the plant and the rest gets shipped more cost efficiently.  This gives me a little window to  create new patterns and getting them  ready to meet the new fabric when it arrives at your favorite quilt shop!

Truth be told the patterns have already been created and sewn up a couple of times.  When the fabric arrives I get to do it one more time,  photo-shoot for covers, send them out to testers, make corrections
(which are always needed) I wish I were perfect, but God didn't let me get in the perfection line….dang it!  Then we print….this is always a nail biting day….I'm not sure why, I guess by that time what's done is done! right?!!



Fabric should be arriving soon!