Graduation quilt workshop from Amy Ellis & a kit giveaway!

Hi ! I’m Amy Ellis, from Amy’s Creative Side and I love to make handmade gifts for the holidays.

Try as I might, I never start early in the year, and end up scrambling to make during the month of December!  Sound familiar?  I’ve just added a workshop for a fast and fun quilt on Craftsy – Graduation – and the best part is, it can be customized to suit anyone on your list, and you can ask as many questions as you need to!  Quilt with me today!

Graduation is one of the quilts from Modern Basics– I love the proportions of it, and the LACK of blocks.  It makes for a fast quilt, and great for a beginner!

I re-made Graduation, and took lots of pictures to offer it as a quilting workshop.

The Workshop section has detailed, online patterns and the Graduation workshop includes a pdf download straight from Modern Basics.

 

Of course, I shared some of my organization tips for quilting.  Since I sew at the kitchen table, I cannot leave pieces out, and expect them to have not transformed into a fork blanket, or cup cozy while my back is turned.  But, if they are collected and stacked together, my kiddos know to not touch.  I do keep scraps around for them though – just in case they feel like helping!

If you would like to have me walk you through the making of Graduation, click now and join the fun.


Amy has a GREAT giveaway for you! How would you like to win all of the fabric needed to work through Graduation along with Amy?  All you have to do is click here and comment on Amy’s gorgeous project, telling her why you’d like to make one, too!  We’ll announce the winners on Monday, December 12.

Graduation Kit includes all the fabric needed for the quilt top, back and binding!  Just add thread, batting and your time!

63 Comments

Susan

Wow! What a beautiful design, and I LOVE the colors of this quilt. Purple is my very favorite color, so I would love to make this quilt!

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Tiffany

My mother is a quilter, It is such wonderful artform and I have always wanted to learn how to do it!

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Nancy L

I saw a similar quilt displayed and loved it and wanted to take a class on it. How great you are teaching this and what a great incentive to have a chance to win these fabrics. Looove it!!

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patty happel

I would love to win this kit. Fast and easy is always good. And this one is striking as well!

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Marlyn Mallady

That my new year project for next year is do more quilting.

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Mary

I would like to win this giveaway. I’ve been quilting for about 4 years, never thought I would, but my daughter got into quilting when she was 11 and I kind of helped her and thought I would try it and now I have made more than her. It looks like a fun quilt to make and now my almost 9 year old daughter wants to learn to sew and we are making a quilt for her 4-H fair next summer. This would be a good one for her to do too.

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Diana

Love the colors and the simplicity of the quilt. Have a place in my new home for it.

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Diane

Love the colors! Would love to make this quilt. Currently working on Jacob’s ladder quilt with tons of scraps.

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Donnah Rouse

I would LOVE to make this quilt for my grandaughter!!! She loves all of these colors, she would so enjoy it very much, I would love to join in on this with you, I have done one quilt in my entire life and never have understood how to get the batting and the back on, it always (at other attempts) turns out wrong! lol

Have a great day!

Thank You,
Donnah Rouse

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"Lindee

i just started quilting so i am still collecting patterns and looking for free stuff all the time. Love the colors you choose . thanks for sharing

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Val

I love this quilt. Purple is my 87 year old moms favorite color and it would make a great and easy Christmas present for her. I love the graduation of the pieces. Haven’t seen a quilt like this before.

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Ruth

I love the simplicity and focus on the bright colors. Great for a graduation gift…hmmm…maybe for my daughter graduating next spring?

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Julie Appleby

I love those vibrant colors, so fresh and bright, you did a great job…love it.

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adele hetzel

I love quilting , having learned as a teen. Now that I am no longer working I have time to start again with the local quilt club and make gifts for friends, family, and local childrens homes, hospitals and nursing homes.

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Linda E Doherty

This is very cute. I immediately thought of my 11 year-old granddaughter. Would love to make it for her…or better yet get her started quilting with this project. Thank You for the opportunity to win the exact fabrics needed for it.

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Debi

Love this quilt. I’d love to make one for a new baby at our church!

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Darlene

What a beautiful quilt, love the striking design and colors!

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LInda McHatten

I love this quilt….my granddaughters would go wild over it and the youngest wants to learn how to quilt with me. Never too young to learn

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Ruth Bowers

WOW!!! Such a beautiful quilt, really it’s a piece of art.I can see a lot of love went into making this quilt because you can’t make something this beautiful without loving it !!!

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Jeanette

Love the simplicity of this quilt….would love to make one for me or a gift for a friend. :)

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Brenda

This is a great look for my last child to leave the nest, the colors are bright and cheery. I can see her cuddled up underneath it studying at college.I can see us making it together as we prepare for her leaving home.Boohoo!!!!!

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Cory

What a fun quilt to make,,, I have foster children and love to make a quilt for each so they can take it with them > sorta like a hug from me after they leave my home. <

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NANCY

Would love to win these wonderful colors. Have a very colorful grandaughter who would love all these colors in a quilt for her room.

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BRENDA BLAIR

my grandmother was a quilter also…i have procrastinated too long to begin quilting for myself. this looks like a wonderful beginning quilt for me and my first grandchild graduates next year so I need to get started…I hope i win your wonderful kit….

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Donna

I too find myself struggling to get my Christmas quilts done this year. Due to an unforeseen tragedy in Oct. I find myself in a BIND, but am working to catch up. This quilt, made a couple of times, just might be part of my solution!! The bright, cheery colors make me smile.

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PPardue

Absolutely gorgeous. The colors absolutely pop! Very contemporary.

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Judy Scalf

I am trying to learn how to make quilts and table runners etc. Most of the ones on here are too hard but I was so glad to see yours because I think I can try them. Thank you.. Have a good old quilting day. Judy from Kentucky

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DHARE

Love this quilt! This would be a great gift to have on hand because it’s appropriate for anyone! I’m looking for something for a gift exchange and this will work nicely.

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Bev Lowe

Looks beautiful and simple! I like quilts that are easy to make someone else, then I can crank out more of them!!!

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Linda

What a awesome quilt I would like to teach my granddaughter to sew. This would be a great project when she visits. I would like this to be a tradition she can pass on to her daughter. I took sewing in school but they dont teach this in school any more. It is becoming a lost art. Thanks

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Joanne Plesman

Wow what a neat quilt… my daughter is graduating this year AND her favorite color is Purple. She would just LOVE this.

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Patricia F McLaughlin

I love the quilt and would love to make it.

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Cindy Gardiner

Wow, this quilt looks easy BUT IMPRESSIVE! And those are my kind of quilts. :)

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Barb Hale

Looks like a quick project. Love your organization tips!

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Diane

Always amazes me how people can pick color combinations that end up looking GREAT that I would never imagine together! I think I am “color-combo challenged!!” Love the simplicity that makes it very striking and appealing! Thx for sharing ur organizing tips, too!

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Frankie Bumgarner

Thanks for all the tips and tricks of the trade in quilting…….

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Jeanette B

This would be the perfect quilt for my 16 year old. Hard to find something that is for that age, youthful and fun but not flowery. He loves bright colors. My son has a chronic illness and has to have infusions every 8 weeks. The quilt would be for those times, it can get chilly there! Also, I’m trying to figure out the blogging thing. Not as much time to devote to it but it will develop! This would be a fun project to highlight and make me spend more time on getting my site better organized. Even if I don’t win the fabric, it’s a cool quilt and I’ll probably still make it for my son…. After the holidays! Thanks!

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LINDA CABALLERO

You should definitely win the fabric. You and your son deserve to win!! I pray that you do.

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Carrie

I love this quilt. I have never made a quilt because I cant ever decide which colors should go together. I would love to have all the fabric all picked out so i know what works together!!

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Kristina Penfold

Of course the colors are brilliant, but what I like even more are the growing bands of color. It’s so clever and yet simple. I think I might even be able to get it done in time for my sister’s college graduation…

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Janice

I usually pick flowers or cute prints, but I really like this design with the solid colors. Very nice.

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Elaine Clark

I love this design and the colors. I have three grandchildren who will be graduating from high school in the next several years. The first one will graduate this year, and another grandchild will be graduating from a technical computer school this spring. I would love to make some graduation quilts.

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joanna Hamilton

this quilt is beautiful I would love to make this for my grand daughter who will be graduating from nursing school on the 10th of Dec

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Donna Russ

I would love to join you in making the graduation quilt, that will be a great learning experience for me, and I love the colors, my grandaughter graduates from High School next year and I will be early for one thing in my life……thanks for a chance

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Jean McMurry

WOW, love those colors! They are great, what a beautiful quilt they make.

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Kay

Purple is my favorite color, and the quilt is beautiful and the colors are outside my normal “box” so I would love to do this. I like the quilting itself in just stripes, it works well for this project!

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Kim Santre

i just bought a small sewing machine to teach my 9 yr old granddaughter to sew. it’s a surprise the quilt would be an added surprise for her bed. the colors are so vibrant! and the design of quilt would be a great first project for granddaughter jordyn and i. we could spend a lot of time together away from tv and gaming systems, ipods… we could actually do something together and she would hopefully have a memory about us when she grows up and hopefully something to pass on to others. she would be so excited..

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Kathy Balzer

That is just gorgeous. I’d really like to win this.

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Euolinda R. Logan`

Hello, I am a new great grandmother. I found that bright colors stimulate a childs intellect. This quilt is right up my alley, expections and time constraints. I now am sewing for holiday time birthday gifts and for our blessed Christmas. I would love to be entered for a chance to win the quilt and the fixings. Our church of less than 100, gave away 150 turkeys for Thanksgiving, and we are planning to give away 100 bicycles this month. I would love to bless a derserving child with this quilt. (Living in a poor, multi ethnic and under served community, where KFCC chose to relocate in October 2011 is hard living). The largest demographic is female single headed households with median incomes of less the $23 K./yr.)

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Euolinda R. Logan`

This quilt is right up my alley, time constraints and expecations. I would love to make several quilts for my church SS class. The children all live in poverty, single headed households and the area is considered underserved. A quilt give away would allow me to bless several as the design seam easy for beginners that I can teach in an afternoon program.

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Ardeth Gentry

I’m very interesting in learning to quilt and these are so attractive that I would love to try one.

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Tanya Dayton

Love the colors! I would love to learn quilting this quilt and give it to a local organization for the homeless. Those colors could brighten up someone’s life!

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Sue Monahan

WOW! My son (the baby) is graduating from CU in Boulder, CO in May. Would love to make this for him because he has worked so hard these past 4 years.

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Barbara Coutcher

On oct 22 we had a house fire .I lost all my material,and sewing machine.the insurance com will replace my machine. We can’t go home for 3 more months. This would be something fun and I would not have to search for the colors.this is very nice

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Karen Kirkham

Beautiful! Would make a wonderful gift for guys or gals!

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Ann-Maree Jacobs

Love the simplicity of this quilt, quilting complements the quilt as opposed to taking over a quilt for all ages .

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Karen Templeton

Hello, I love sewing, and like learning everyday. I have a Granddaughter who will be Graduating from High School with her AA degree. She also coaches soccer, working her first job in a sportings good store for the holidays and goes to College. Next fall she will be heading off to Washington Central University college for her BA degree. I would feel so honored to make this quilt with you, and give it to my Granddaughter for her Graduation/Birthday/ Going away to college gift next fall. Thank you for this opportunity to enter this give away……….

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Donna M

What a pretty quilt and not too hard to make by looking at it. Would make a great gift for a granddaughter graduating in 2013. Give me plenty of time to get it done.

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Pam Pugh

Just a beginner but would certainly be proud to say I made one of these. Have made one table runner for Christmas and enjoyed it very much. Love the colors and it’s simplicity. Thanks for the opportunity.

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Deb Crivello

I would love to make this quilt for my daughter; it is just like her, simple yet brilliant. She deserves to be wrapped in warmth and love after all the work and effort she has put forward. She will be finishing up at Yale this month and graduating on the 18th. Thanks so much for the inspiration.

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Beni

Oh I just love craftsy classes and this one looks like a lot of fun. I am only just learning how to quilt and have made two from simple designs with large blocks. I would also learn more about the color values. Thank you!

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