Friday, December 19, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

RECOLLECTION FQ Bundle GIVEAWAY!

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My sponsor Llama Fabrics is a wonderful online Etsy fabric shop full of the most beautiful photos of each season's "must have" fabrics! Offerings include collections by Tula Pink, Leah Duncan, Jeni Baker, Anna Maria Horner and more, all from our favorite manufacturers Art Gallery Fabrics, Free Spirit, and Michael Miller, just to name a few! New fabrics are added often, sure be sure to follow Llama Fabrics!
  
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For this week's Fabric Giveaway Llama Fabrics is offering the ENTIRE Fat Quarter bundle of the brand new, beautiful Recollection collection by designer Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics! This bundle includes all TWENTY prints that make up this gorgeous, sweet collection! AMAZING!!

You can find this bundle newly available as a fat eighth, a fat quarter, a half yard, and as a complete one yard bundle, along with single cuts of your choosing in the Llama Fabric Shop!! 

RECOLLECTION FQ Bundle GIVEAWAY!

RECOLLECTION FQ Bundle GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Llama Fabrics on Facebook and/or Instagram! Just let me know that you did by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry) 

3. My followers get a third entry! If you follow here, on Instagram, or on Facebook just let me know 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 thought it would be nice to add that as another way to enter! Whether by instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, December 22nd! The winner will be picked next week at Random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on the 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! 

Thank you for stopping by today!  ♡ Maureen 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Back Home : :

With all that's been going on these past few weeks there hasn't been much time for sewing besides the etsy orders I've received. At times it's been frustrating. I look to the rolls of my first collection still wrapped, untouched, and I wonder when I'll find the time to begin creating the ideas and plans I've been scheming and dreaming of long before these fabrics were conceived. Oh, I can't wait!

Wild & Free rolls

When my box of Wild & Free makings recently arrived back home from their trip to Quilt Market and then onto Art Gallery Fabrics headquarters for their LookBook photo shoot, it felt like Christmas had come! Having all the quilts and pillows returned, that I had made so quickly to prepare for my booth, felt just as wonderful as when those rolls of fabrics arrived at my door. It's even made this lack of sewing time for all those new ideas feel much more bearable! 

Wild & Free Quilt #2

Wild & Free Quilt #1

Once I decide on where to take my first two Wild & Free quilts to photograph I'll be sure to share them here, I'm so excited! The same goes for each pillow made & not yet shared, as well as the many beautiful things made by others that I want to showoff!

Feathers!

Wild & Free Pillow Covers

Today, I hope to decorate our living room with all things Wild & Free. I love the way this collection looks when combined with holiday decor. I'll be sure to share more of that very soon!

♡ Maureen 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Janome Skyline S5 : :

I’ve been using the new Janome Skyline S5 for the last few weeks and I'm here today to share with you all that absolutely love it! Right out of the box I noticed that it has many of the same features I've grown to love and use daily on my regular more expensive home machine, the Horizon MC15000. Both include an extensive catalog of built-in stitches, a feature I often take advantage of. I love getting creative with decorative stitches and with the Skyline S5 you can, too!

Wild & Free Inspired

Embroidered Luminous Field Pillow

Wild and Free feather pillow

A few more of my favorite Skyline features include the start/stop button, an automatic thread cutter, easy set bobbin, speed control slider, wonderful lighting, and the Janome precision you get with each stitch!

Herringbone QAYG finish!

While I really love my current Janome, I found that this machine is equally sturdy & powerful and really does offer everything I use most in my day to day sewing. Plus it's nice and compact and pretty!

Janome New!

Over the weeks I enjoyed using the Skyline to make dozens of my birthday crowns and for piecing HST's for my current quilt wip. I made my niece a Christmas stocking and best of all taught my friend how to make her very first quilt!

Crown Making!

A Stocking for Grace

Using the Skyline to make a quilt was the biggest test for me! Since I've been pretty spoiled these past couple of years using both a Horizon MC12000 and now the MC15000, I was excited to see if my friend would appreciate the Skyline when compared to her current at home machine. It ended up being such a treat for her! The Skyline's spacious bed and throat space made her first try at quilting easy. Having the extra room made such a difference for my friend who's use to a much smaller space. The Skyline's extra lighting made for a much brighter work area, too, and we both love that!

Janome Skyline

Cynthia Sews!

Janome + Herringbone QAYG

Winged Herringbone QAYG

In the end she made a beautiful, first quilt! And hooray, I think she's hooked and I owe much of that to the experience and quality that comes from sewing with the Janome Skyline S5!

I want to thank Janome for giving me the opportunity to try out this new machine, I hate to have to send it back! And I also want to thank them for producing such high-quality machines! Oh how I wish I would have had a Skyline when I was first starting out!

Thanks for stopping by today! ♡ Maureen 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Busy Days : :

A Stocking for Grace

This time of year is so busy for all of us preparing for the holidays. For my family December is a month overloaded with the extra celebration of two Cracknell kid birthdays, as an etsy shop owner who receives a much needed high volume of custom handmade orders, and I'm unfortunately adding many doctors appointments and tests to my schedule these days. With each December that passes I promise myself to do better. To not take on so much, to be more prepared and organized. This year, for once, somehow I actually feel like I'm succeeding in that. At the end of each long day spent cutting, ironing, sewing, cleaning, cooking, wrapping, mailing, parenting, etc.. my only feelings of falling short comes from this blog and missing out on my plans for it.Typically I'd simply save all my unfulfilled goals for the slow Winter days of January. But after these holidays I'll be undergoing a Thyroidectomy and possibly a Tonsillectomy, still thinking about that one. While there's so much stress and exhaustion that comes with the crummy health stuff, I'm hopeful that all with be okay and in the end I'll feel much better. I'm grateful to be able to wait until after the holidays and to have all that I mentioned above to focus on and plan for. For once I'm finding these extra busy times extremely helpful for keeping me from worrying about the scary, unknown stuff. Today I thought I'd share a few of my favorite photos from these December days of crown creating, birthday celebrating, and merry making!

On our way to Philly to celebrate our Kaiden's bday weekend!

A birthday sundae for my birthday boy, Kaiden!!

Penny loves snow days!!

The best seat in the house!

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Today my Haila turns EIGHT!! Due to a nasty cold we're celebrating at home quietly & simply with a special dinner & a beautiful, fancy cake!

Make a wish!

Crown Making!

♡  Maureen

Friday, December 12, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Geometric Bliss Giveaway!

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My sponsor The Intrepid Thread is a family owned and run business. In their shop you'll find Fat Quarters, Half Yards, Yards, and Yardage, as well as patterns and embellishments. Their designer fabrics include many of our favorites -- Art Gallery Fabrics, Moda, Free Spirit, and Riley Blake Designs just to name a few! The owners work extremely hard everyday to bring their customers the best fabrics,at the best prices, with high quality customer service!
  
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For this week's Fabric Giveaway, Julie at The Intrepid Thread is offering a beautiful bundle of Geometric Bliss, Jen Baker's newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics!

This week's winner will receive this happy fat quarter bundle of folk & geometric inspired prints, including the TEN fabrics that make up this pretty Turquoise Angle colorway from the Geometric Bliss collection!

Geometric Bliss Giveaway!

You can find each colorful print in the Geometric Bliss collection available individually and as pre-cut bundles in quilting cotton, knits, & voile right HERE in The Intrepid Thread Shop!!

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow The Intrepid Thread on Instagram, Facebook, or sign up to receive their Newsletter. Just let me know that you did by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry) 

3. My followers get a third entry! If you follow here, on Instagram, or on Facebook just let me know 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 thought it would be nice to add that as another way to enter! Whether by instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, December 15th! The winner will be picked at Random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on the 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 990 entries, Mr. Random says the lucky winner is...

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Becky (My Fabric Obsession) *  Congratulations, I'll be in touch shortly!   

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Herringbone QAYG in Winged : :

Winged Herringbone QAYG

This week my friend and I continued our Herringbone QAYG sew-together and the end result is a finished quilt even more beautiful than I imaged it would be! She chose this bundle of Winged from the Fat Quarter Shop, a collection by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics of sweet nature inspired prints!

pretty Winged

For this quilt we used mostly the new Janome Skyline S5 sewing machine, a compact, mid-lined priced machine with lots of high end features. I've been using it for the past few weeks and plan to share my review early this next week. I can honestly tell you I love it, it's going to be so hard for me to send it back to Janome!

Janome + Herringbone QAYG

This Herringbone QAYG took us about two days of sewing time while our kids were at school. On the first day we cut the fabrics and batting panels to size, stacking the fabric strips in pattern order so we wouldn't have to do any rearranging as we sewed. We took turns using both the Skyline and my Janome Horizon MC15000 to make our QAYG panels. By the end of that first day we had just one panel left to do!

Herringbone QAYG in Winged!

This week's sewing day started with pressing the quilt top & seams open and making the prettiest Peach Sherbet binding!

Peach Sherbet Binding!

Next I shared a spray basting how-to, we added the last quilt stitches attaching the quilt top to a cozy flannel quilt back, and then taught my method for quick machine binding!

Backed n flannel

Winged Herringbone QAYG

Bound in Peach Sherbet

This is one gorgeous quilt, we both love it so much!! And now Cynthia's making a second one in her leftover Winged strips combined with Bari's Emmy Grace all on her own in time for holiday gift giving, yay!!

♡  Maureen