Hand Quilted with Love blog tour

My dear friend Sarah has written another book. Maybe you’ve heard of it — Hand Quilted with Love. I’ve horned in on her book blog tour to celebrate her talent and creativity, among her many other fine attributes.

I admit that I squeal every time I get to take a sneak peek into her latest work. Yes, I am lucky that way. So, she may have showed me some of the quilts from the book in advance. And I squealed like a little girl and once again decided that I wanted to make every quilt in the upcoming book. Seeing as I am still working on quilts from the last book….ahem…why not dive in and start a quilt from the new book too?! Frankly though, I see nothing wrong with that because, as the book’s subtitle says, “Patchwork projects inspired by a passion for quilting.” And who doesn’t get a little carried away by the passion for quilting? And I can feel Sarah’s passion for quilts in each of the designs in Hand Quilted with Love. And so I get carried away and squeal a little and decide that every one of the quilts speaks to me (and says “make me….”).

In the sewing room, you will find my copy of Hand Quilted with Love duly page marked on All That and the Hatter.


You will find a stack of light Kaffe Fassett shot cotton fat quarters and a stack of Liberty Lifestyle Stile fat quarters.


You will find me puttering around with background stripe combinations and cup and saucer combinations and teapot combinations.




You might also find me squealing like a little girl over the fun I’m having with Sarah’s lovely design. This one is VERY, VERY satisfying to undertake as well — put the thinking cap on on occasion, it’s a good thing.

Sarah’s new book also includes an incredibly special design. You might have seen it. Or been a part of it. Along with squealing, there was crying. Which is to be expected. Seeing it in print took my breath away. Not in a bad way. Just in the way that it is.


The version in the book is Anabel’s quilt.


At fall quilt market, I picked up my quilt. I have slept under it every night since Sarah presented it to me. In fact, she had it on the bed at the hotel. I am still overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity and caring for us. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Please know that not a day goes by when I don’t look at this quilt in amazement and appreciation. It is a great comfort to read your names and admire your fabric choices. Thank you.


In the future, I hope you will also find me making more of the quilts from Sarah’s wonderful new book. Congratulations, miss! I’m thrilled for you, I admire your talents and hard work and I’m so happy to call you a friend!

Be sure to visit the other stops on the blog tour:

SewTake a Hike – 4th May

Belinda Stitches – 5th May

True Up – 6th May

LilysQuilts (UK) – 7th May

Creative Dabbling (Australia) 8th May

Mrs Schmenkman Quilts (USA) 9th May  (you are here)

I’m A Ginger Monkey (UK) – 10th May

Petits Elefants -(Australia) 10th May

Prints Charming (Australia) – 11th May

RedPepper Quilts (Australia) – 12th May

HandMade by Alissa (USA) – 13th May

Meet Me at Mikes (Australia) – 14th May

Sew Mama Sew (USA) – 15th May

Since I have been away away away for so long, I’ll include some updates. I came back from quilt market in the fall to news of another serious health concern in my immediate family. It was jarring and once again scary and it set me back somewhat. But all is now well and we’ve been lucky to have had the best outcomes all the way along.

I have also been keeping up with the kid. Here are some recent action shots because it seems that she is all action and I am her personal assistant making sure she is where she needs to be and she is fed and garbed.




Good kid.



  1. Susan said

    This book looks as fascinating as all of her books. I must add this one to the list. Your teapots and cups look terrific. Real stripes (no cheater stripes here). Hugs.

  2. So good to “hear your voice” again, Amy. And the book looks GREAT!

  3. Jan said

    So happy to see you pop up again, Amy. I had seen your blog name on a list of stops on the book tour so I’d been waiting. 😉
    Your fabric combos for Sarah’s teacups quilt are wonderful. I hope you’ll share the finished quilt! And how nice to see Anabel’s quilt featured in the book.

  4. Best possible book review. Ever. Maybe because it was personal & from the heart? I always love Sarah’s quilts. And your quilts! Hugs!

  5. Brenda said

    I made some blocks for that bass line quilt, and it’s fun to see them in a book, but its even better to know the quilts are used and loved. take care!

  6. Nedra said

    I have missed you, Amy. but, also totally understood that life has been difficult. Just know you have been in my prayers, and I’m so happy to see you are still able to work on quilts. (I made one of those little blocks in your quilt, and it was fun to see it in the book)

  7. Nedra said

    Oh, yes, and your daughter is lovely!

  8. Sarah said

    so nice to see you back Mrs Schmenk. Mwah. Xx

  9. I’m always happy to see you !!! I loved reading about the quilt and participating. I know the miles seperate us but in my heart we’re always neighbors. (with wine. Stop hoarding the chips.)

  10. Teresa Bryant said

    Happy to see you pop up again in my inbox! What a great expression of love and hugs from your quilting community. Will share with Marie. Annabel looks great!

  11. Jopsy said

    Hurrah, Hello! Lovely to ‘see’ you! I must add that book to my Amazon Wish list 🙂 x

  12. Ellen Ban said

    So glad to see you back!

  13. Tamie said

    Good to hear from you. I remember those days when all I did was to drive from here to there and back only to hear- what’s for dinner- like that is what I had been thinking about while doing all that driving and waiting and driving.

  14. Julie Parrish said

    Missed you too much—
    you inspired me to start Hanging Lanterns last year and I am now piecing the background—
    the lanterns are all strung and ready to be appliqued when the back is finished—

  15. kim mclean said

    Love those teacups and teapots Amy, lovely use of the Kaffe Marquee fabric, great to see you back! kim mclean

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