Friday, July 31, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!   

Anna Elise FQ Bundle GIVEAWAY!
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My sponsor Lady Belle Fabric is run by husband and wife team, Rob & Brooke! In their shop you'll find both bundles and single cuts of handpicked fabrics that are fresh, modern, and fun! Designer fabrics include many of our favorites -- Art Gallery Fabrics, Cotton + Steel, Free Spirit, and Moda, just to name a few! Lady Belle Fabric's goal is to offer the most gorgeous lines of fabric, as quickly as they can! 
   
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For this week's Fabric Giveaway Friday, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner a beautiful Fat Quarter bundle of Bari J.'s newest fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Anna Elise! This bundle will include a fat quarter cut of each of the 20 beautiful fabric prints that make up this wonderful new collection! How very generous!!

You can find Anna Elise available in the Lady Belle Fabric shop as a Fat Quarter Bundle and a half yard bundle! Be sure to check out this amazing shop!!


Anna Elise FQ Bundle GIVEAWAY!

In addition, Lady Belle Fabric is offering my readers 15% OFF any order from the shop throughout this Giveaway until Tuesday August 4th, just use coupon code "SUMMER" at checkout!!

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Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know which of these new arrivals are catching your eye, feel free to share! (one entry)
2. Follow Lady Belle Fabric on Facebook or on Instagram! Just be sure to let me know you do by making a separate comment here for an extra entry! (optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry! 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 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, August 3rd!! 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!

Thank you to all who enter! Have a great Friday & weekend!! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Bound : :

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This week a beautiful bundle of Bound, April Rhodes' newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, arrived at my door! Without planning it April's gorgeous fabrics have certainly become a feature this week on my blog! Having just finished the Arizona Herringbone Quilt that I shared on Monday, made using April's debut Limited Edition Arizona collection for AGF, and today's sewing time has been dedicated to making new quilt plans for Bound!

Bound 1

With the Morning Palette colorway still neatly tied with a strand of wool yarn and my sketchbook before me, I first sketched out a quick and simple idea of improv squares and rectangles, inspired by the idea of random stamped blocks. I love this idea, but imagine my bricks of patchwork to be framed in very light neutrals. Since several of the prints are very light, low volumes, I'm thinking this idea might work best for a fabric collection more saturated with color.

Bound 2

Bound 3

My next idea is something still very geometric, still very inspired by this idea of stamped shapes, but this time I started sketching out random broken hexagon shapes. I loved it immediately!

Bound 4

After taking a closer look at my favorite Bound prints, I'm even more inspired to give this idea a try! I especially love this two-tone section of the Bound in Homebody stripe!

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And, the beautiful colors of this Painting Celebration print will surely influence which solids I'll use!

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I can't wait to begin! ♡ Maureen

Monday, July 27, 2015

An Arizona Herringbone Quilt : :

An Arizona Herringbone Quilt

Inspired by last week's new quilt top that had me digging through my abandoned project baskets, I decided to turn another forgotten quilt beginning into a big finish! I can hardly believe it was more than a year ago when I started this Arizona Herringbone quilt-as-you-go. When this Limited Edition bundle of eight beautiful & inspiring prints, April Rhodes' first collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, had arrived at my door, I knew immediately what I would make and wasted no time diving right in. The gorgeous Arizona prints with strips of AGF Pure Element solids in White Linen, Sweet Mint, Nocturnal, Honey, Apricot Crepe, and Peach Sherbet were the perfect fabrics and color combo for a new, scrappy, herringbone qayg!

Arizona

Arizona QAYG

Another quilt top finish from the abandoned work basket! This time my #arizonaqayg!! Not sure what took me so long, I LOVE it!!

This quilt is made using my go-to herringbone qayg pattern, but this time I wanted to make one that would showcase how creative you can get with this method by including panels with varying widths, as well as panels including just a narrow strip of one print.

An Arizona Herringbone Quilt

It's bound in a stripe from Bonnie Christine's Cultivate collection. A pretty coral, peach, & white that matches those Arizona colors perfectly.

Row by Row Binding

An Arizona Herringbone Quilt

For the back I used my own Woven Path print from my Wild & Free fabric collection. The tribal pattern goes so well with April's Arizona prints!

Woven Path Backing

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For my quilt photos, we first stopped at a wildflower covered hillside just up the road from our house. The light and scenery was beautiful! Then we continued onto a nearby farm where the horses were so friendly and curious. It was absolutely perfect!

An Arizona Herringbone Quilt

An Arizona Herringbone Quilt

An Arizona Herringbone Quilt

An Arizona Herringbone Quilt

I'm so happy to have finally finished this quilt! I have no idea what took me so long. I love it and I hope you do, too!

Happy Monday! ♡ Maureen

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Gift Certificate GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

$50 GC Giveaway with Southern Fabrics!

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For this weekend's Fabric Giveaway Southern Fabric is offering the winner a $50 shop Gift Certificate! A generous prize amount to spend on anything in the store from their New Arrivals section including Bonnie Christine's Cultivate, Skopelos by Katarina Roccella, and new offering from Moda and Riley Blake -- to their sale section including hundreds of newly marked down prints for up to 50% Off!
 
$50 GC Giveaway with Southern Fabrics!

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Enter to Win!

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know which bundle you'd most like to add to your stash? You can see them all HERE! (one entry)
2. Follow Southern Fabric on 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... (optional extra entry)  

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, June 27th. The winner will be randomly chosen and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, right 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 so that I can contact you should you win!      


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Thank you to all who entered our Giveaway! From 667 entries, comment #204 was chosen at random, Connie Cain! Congratulations, I will be in touch shortly!!

♡ Maureen

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Patchwork Easy : :

So often it's just one print in a fabric collection that will inspire the direction I choose to go when starting a new quilt. In this case, it was the gorgeous Wispy Daybreak floral from Leah Duncan's Morning Walk collection for AGF that both influenced each of the fabric choices I made when putting together my latest Monthly Sparks bundle and what would become of them.

Morning Walk Inspired

As I shared in my last post, my goal this week was to sew, simply. To head straight to the lovely bundle of Summer colors that's been waiting for me and to just begin. I started by laying out each print in a way to imagine them as simple patchwork squares for an easy, fun, relaxing quilt top.  As a way to make this bundle of twelve FQ cuts expand just a little, I started digging through my baskets of scraps and unfinished work. At the very bottom, a stack of sweet pastel colored fabrics, neatly trimmed, completely abandoned, already pieced in little hourglass blocks. Perfect!

hourglass twist quilt beginnings

To keep things easy and relaxed, I used a 6" ruler to do most of the work as I cut my bundle into a pile of squares for patchwork to alternate with the finished hourglass blocks.

simply & easy

In no time at all I was piecing together the beginnings of a new quilt top. The reward was the sewing. After such a long break it felt so good. The bonus is having something pretty to share that I really love!

Hourglass & Squares

Quilt Top Center

Illuminated Patchwork

Since I'm always trying to sneak at least a little of my Wild & Free collection into each new thing I make, I decided to give this a little 3" Folk Plaid border before adding a final row of patchwork.

Finished!

My Fletching Chant arrows prints will make the perfect back for this one!

Ready For Quilting

This quilt top feels so very different from my usual style, much more effortless and uncomplicated. I really enjoyed this one and hope you do, too!

♡ Maureen

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer Sewing : :

Yesterday I took and shared this photo, after entering my sewing room for the first time in ten days, with a smile and thought that one of the very best parts of going away for a long vacation, is the coming home again.

One of the very best parts of going away for a long vacation -- coming home again.

I really missed this space and had been missing it even before we left. The busy Summer days never leave much time for sewing, do they? It's been a struggle to keep up with my shop, deadlines, and this blog these last several weeks, more so then I remember previous Summers being. I'm always reminding myself how generous the long Winter's are for work & sewing time, when I start to miss it or feel behind. These sweet days of Summer are not forever, they are happening now, and I need to enjoy them.

This morning at the Park

But today, since afternoon rain and thunderstorms are on the way, I will be sewing! I truly need it. I plan to head straight to the Monthly Sparks bundle I shared last week!

Monthly Sparks Bundle

I've already decided on a simple, easy quilt. A quilt that isn't needed, that has no deadline to be finished, and no set pattern even. If at the end of today, I have a new quilt start to share tomorrow, that will be lovely. But really, in this particular case, a finished object will just be a bonus. It's the sewing that I'm really after, and the sewing itself that is precisely what I need and am so grateful for!

♥ Maureen