Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fabric Destashing : :

With each finished sewing project & quilt comes more precious scraps that I tuck away into drawers, bins, and boxes!

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I have so much difficulty letting go of anything usable and even more trouble admitting that lately it feels as though my fabric stash is stifling my creativity more than it is helping it. These days it feels a little overwhelming and so I've decided it's time to do a major destashing of fabrics, to quiet my shelves a bit, and I'm hoping you're up for it?!

LOVE!

I've started making piles and oh, committing is so hard! I love my fabrics or they wouldn't be here! Reading Faith's, Fresh Lemons Quilts, perfectly timed super helpful post this morning was just the encouragement I needed! Her tips are wonderful, especially since Instagram is where I plan to share my destash, as well!

More Love!

It's going to take me some time to get everything ready and I'm still not sure on the best way to divide up my fabrics -- by color, theme, designer, manufacturer, all of the above? I know I'll have lots of scrap bundles, which would be my favorite if I were looking to stash! What would you find most helpful?

all stacked up -- pinks

Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you're interested in joining in! I hope to start listing as soon as tomorrow or Friday if today's purging goes well! I'll be pricing to sell, including the hashtag #thegreatfabricdestash on each post, and the first person to leave me a comment including their email address will receive the stack.

Hoping to sew lots & lots today!!

Wish me luck!!    Maureen

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Rapture Making Rows Quilt : :

Rapture Making Rows Quilt

Happy Monday everyone, I'm excited to have a new quilt to share with you all today!

Rapture Making Rows Quilt

Yesterday, just before Easter dinner, Kevin and I slipped away to a pretty spot in town to take photos of my newly finished Rapture Quilt. It was such a beautiful, sunny day which certainly made for pretty, yet extra bright photos!

Floating!

This quilt is made in my "making rows" style of piecing, similar to the approach I used for this favorite quilt I designed for my son Kaiden. Rather than creating an assortment of quilt blocks, I simply make rows in the length of my desired quilt, keeping symmetry and balance. My favorite parts of this one are the strips of solids I added to break up this soft-hued Rapture collection. The ultra sweet color palette is so Springy, such a perfect finish for this time of year!

Making Rows #2

Inspired by Rapture's Windswept print, I sent this one off to Melissa, Sew Shabby Quilting, to long arm quilt with her loops & swirls pattern. I'm so happy with my choice and am always so impressed with Melissa's work!

Loops & Swirls quilting!

This quilt is bound in Art Gallery Fabric's Squared Element in Noir, to highlight the black bits of this quilt that I love so much!

Bound in Squared Elements Noir

For the back I went with my most favorite Rapture print, Wild Beauty in Pineapple, saving one row of patchwork to add in, as well!

Rapture Quilt Back

Rapture Quilt Back

While snapping photos of my quilt against the ashy woods and rock, if I focused in just enough, I could see little peeks of green sprouts on a few of the branches and beneath the layer of last Fall's leaves. It was encouraging to see!

Rapture Making Rows Quilt

Today we'll be celebrating my son Jacob, who's turning ten! I wish you all a wonderful day & happy sewing!!

  Maureen

Friday, April 18, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

Giveaway with CVQW!

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Canton Village Quilt Works has been in business since 2000. They started as a long arm business. As they grew, they began design work, teaching, and selling fabric, kits, notions, and more online in 2009. Quilting is their passion and fabric inspires them. They want to bring to you the best quality and most gorgeous fabrics that the industry has to offer so that you can be inspired in that next project of yours. Education is a key part of CVQW. Passing along tutorials, podcasts, and traveling to teach and lecture helps them to continue inspiring all quilters alike. CVQW is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Shop (CS) and Jackie Kunkel, the owner, is a Certified Instructor (CI). At  CVQW they are continuing to learn to bring you only the best! They welcome all quilters to peruse their site and hope that their products will be in your next project... they would love to see what you have made!!

Website * Shop * Blog * Facebook * Podcast

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We hope you enjoy visiting Canton Village Quilt Works!!  

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For this week's Giveaway, Canton Village Quilt Works is offering up this pretty Red and Blue Batik Fabric Fat Quarter Bundle! This bundle includes NINE different red and blue batiks from the Robert Kaufman Color Source collections.

You find this bundle available in the Canton Village Quilt Works shop right HERE!

Giveaway with CVQW!

Giveaway with CVQW!
   
Enter to win! 

Here's how,

1. Simply leave a comment! (one entry)
2. Follow Canton Village Quilt Work's blog and facebook page! Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (one optional entry)
3. My followers get a third entry! Whether you follow me here, on Facebook, or Instagram. Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (one optional entry) 
4. Help spread the word!! I know that many of you already do, so I've add that as another way to enter! Whether by instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (one optional entry)

Please, enter now through Monday, April 21st. The winner will be picked by random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on my blog!
 

* Note * This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment!

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Thank you to all who entered the Giveaway!! From  1,022 entries, Mr. Random says the lucky winner is... 

Comment #14 --   * Lindsay Rodems *

Congratulations, I'll be in touch shortly!   

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Special Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

While I wait for the snow, ahem, to melt to take photos of my newly finished Rapture quilt, my friend Pat and I thought it would be fun to have a special midweek giveaway!
 A Rapture Fabric Giveaway!
 Beautiful Rapture

Pat Bravo is the Creative Director behind Art Gallery Fabrics and Co-founder, along with her husband Walter. In 2004 Art Gallery Fabrics was born out of a desire to bring creative, chic, and modern fabrics to the quilting industry that are not only gorgeous and sophisticated in design, but the quality is like nothing else on the market! Over the years Pat has produced so many amazing collections including Summerlove, Indie, Rock 'n Romance, & Rapture just to name a few! Be sure to check out this sneak peek of her latest, NouvElle, and to visit and follow Pat here, if you're not already!

Blog  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  Twitter 

We hope you enjoy visiting Pat Bravo's sites!!  

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Today Pat is offering to two winners, one Half Yard bundle in one colorway each, from her gorgeous Rapture collection! This time the winner's choose their favorite, between Subtle Joy or Citric Happiness! If you visit my blog often, you know that I'm such a HUGE fan of Pat and of all things Art Gallery Fabrics! I'm so very excited to be able to share these gorgeous fabrics here with all of you, and to be able to offer this special Fabric Giveaway today! 

Beautiful Rapture

Enter to Win!  

Here's how,
 
1.
Simply leave a comment here in this post. We'd love to know what your most favorite print is in this beautiful Rapture Collection?  (one entry)
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Follow Pat Bravo's Blog, Instagram, or Facebook! Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
(optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry! Whether you follow me here, on Facebook, or Instagram. Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)
4. Help spread the word!! I know that many of you already do, so I've added that as another way to enter! Whether by instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (one optional entry)

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Wednesday morning, April 23rd. I will pick the winner
at random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on my blog!

* Note * This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you should you win!

Good luck everyone! Have a great day!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Binding Day : :

My newest Making Rows quilt arrived back home from Sew Shabby Quilting this past Friday (you can see the beginnings of this quilt here, here, and here). It is all Pat Bravo, from her lovely Rapture collection with a few coordinating Pure Element solids. 

Rapture Making Rows Quilt

It's backed in my favorite Wild Beauty print, with 100% cotton batting. Rather than quilting it with my machine, I sent it off to Melissa for some long arm quilty swirls and loops!

Wild Beauty

Today I'm ready to bind with an AGF Squared Element in Noir! 

Binding Spool

Since I didn't have a solid plan when beginning this quilt, just a simple quick sketch of a few rows of pattern ideas, this one became another make-as-I-go 'throw size' quilt, my favorite size to make! With these improv style of quilts, I simply stop when I start running out of fabrics!  

Swirls & Loops

On Saturday I took this unfinished quilt, along with the four others I have finished so far this year and my current Endless Summer wip, and demonstrated my quilt as you go technique at the Potter County Artisan Center Grand Opening. I got a little nervous setting up since there aren't many opportunities locally for me talk about my work, but realized quickly that when it comes to speaking about quilting, I have a lot to say! It was really fun! The experience left me with plenty to think about, and has certainly sparked in me an interest in speaking and teaching more often!

Recent Quilts

I'm quite the lonesome modern quilter here in Potter County, Pa and realize that if I were to offer sewing/quilting classes that I won't be blessed to see many of you wonderful readers. However, your feedback is always incredibly helpful! So I'm wondering, how many of you have taken a sewing/quilting class? Do you prefer an online workshop forum such as Crafty or Creative bug or do you like to attend face-to-face classes and retreats when you have the chance? How have classes added to your skills as a quilter?

Thank you in advance for sharing with me today! 

  Maureen