Friday, November 21, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

Doe Bundle GIVEAWAY!

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My sponsor Fabric Spark is a Canadian online fabric shop on a mission to help others make, to offer inspiration, and to help you find your sewing spark! At Fabric Spark you'll find beautiful designer fabric, designer bundles and unique bundles for patchwork projects and quilts. They offer lots of sewing patterns from quilt patterns to Kwik Sew garments for adults and children, and offer sewing kits containing all of the notions you'll need to make it easy! They're always on the lookout for new fabrics, so stop back often to see what they've found!

"Happy sewing, and remember to do something creative every day!"
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For this week's giveaway Fabric Spark is offering a Doe fat quarter bundle, including eight beautiful fabrics from Carolyn Friedlander's popular Architectures and brand new Doe fabric collections, plus three Free Spirit Solids in Gold, Freedom Blue, and Crystal! You can find this bundle available as a fat quarter bundle here and a half yard bundle here in the Fabric Spark shop, as well as they're new Doe collection offerings right here!

Doe Bundle GIVEAWAY!

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Enter to Win!

Here's how,
 
1.
Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know what you'd create with this bundle? (one entry)
2.
Follow Fabric Spark on Facebook or Instagram! Just let me know you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
(optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry, as well! Just let me know 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 facebook, instagram, tweet, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, November 24th. The winner will be chosen 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 so that I can contact you should you win!


Thank you for stopping by today!  ♡  Maureen

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just For You Book & GIVEAWAY : :

Long ago I was invited to contribute a project for the new book Just for You: Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers: 24 Simply Stylish Projects by authors Sarah Markos and Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield of SewCanShe. Over the years the SewCanShe blog has so kindly featured many of my own tutorials and I was thrilled to have been asked. To celebrate it's release there's a fun blog hop happening all month long, featuring all the book contributors, including a sneak peek of each project, with lots of chances to win your very own copy of Just for You! This is my very first book contribution, so it's all very exciting!

Just For You book & GIVEAWAY!

The book is a collection of "selfish sewing" projects from bags & totes to skirts & tops to scarves & aprons and more, all designed by many of your favorite bloggers! The projects are arranged into twelve chapters, one chapter for each month, so you can sew along with the book throughout the year. In October, you'll find my project for a Pretty Pocket Apron!

A Just For You book!

This apron is made using just five fat quarters of fabric, a denim linen, my favorite English Garden Serene print by Bari J, Art Gallery Fabrics Flumes in Citron and PE solid Nocturnal, with several scrappy bits for the colorful pocket applique!

Apron 1

Today, Stash Books is offering a copy of Just For You to one of my readers!

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Enter to win!  

Here's how,  

1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. My followers get a second entry whether you follow here, on Instagram or Facebook! Just let me know by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)
3. Help spread the word!! I know that many of you already do so, I've added sharing as another way to enter! Whether by instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry

That’s 3 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, November 24th! 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. U.S. winner will receive a hard cover book, International winner will receive the eBook version! 

In addition to this chance to win, Caroline is also giving away Just For You plus fabric for four projects! Enter HERE and be sure to click through the blog hop to see the other project previews from the book!

Thanks for stopping by today!  ♡  Maureen

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Making Plans : :

With the completion of those eight simple & sweet pillows for my sister last week, and being just one binding session away from finishing the last of my neglected quilt makings, I feel safe to do a little quilt project planning. I'm thinking of maybe making a Christmas tree quilt, but something nontraditional since I recently destashed all of my holiday novelty fabrics and now my stash is majorly lacking in both reds & Christmas green.

Quilt Planning!

The fabrics are mostly a mix of Art Gallery Fabric collections - light citron, fern, emerald, jade, and several other variations of green, coral, cerise, fuchsia, crimson, and a little brown. Not a single print even slightly holiday-ish but still, I think these will work for what I have in mind.

Red & Green

I plan to combine the "reds" with low volume prints to make HST's!

Red!

AGF low volumes!

For the "greens" I'll cut a variety of  wide strips, in various lengths, to build a stacked scrappy fabric tree!

Green!

For me, beginning a new quilt is one of my most favorite things! The only thing better is seeing them in action, giving them to the ones I love, knowing they'll keep warm under a quilt made just for them. Today, I'm helping my best friend make her very first quilt for her family. I have a feeling that she's going to be hooked and that this opportunity to help her make her first quilt will join the top of my favorite things list!

I'll be sure to share more soon!  ♡  Maureen

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Utopia Giveaway today!

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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 very cheery fat quarter bundle of the colorful Art Gallery Fabrics collection by Frances Newcombe, Utopia!

This week's winner will receive this happy bundle including the TEN prints in fat quarter cuts that make up this fun Fantasy City Fervor colorway from the Utopia collection!

Utopia Giveaway today!

You can find each colorful print in the Utopia 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 Facebook, their blog, 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, November 17th! 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 1,129 entries, Mr. Random says the lucky winner is...

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Michelle Holloway *  Congratulations, I'll be in touch shortly!   

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Simple & Sweet : :

I can't thank you enough for all the kind words and advice so many of you left me yesterday. I read every comment and felt, more than anything, lifted up by your support and encouragement. I had originally decided that I wasn't going to share what's currently happening with my health, especially after having such an amazing Quilt Market experience. I didn't want to spoil the news and excitement of it all. I came back feeling SO good. Then immediately to have what feels like my whole system just crash on me, has really got me down, which is what brought on yesterday's post. I've been dealing with some pretty severe Autoimmune issues for as long as I've had this blog. That's not a coincidence. I've turned to being creative and sharing my passion for it to get me through it all, without ever dreaming what it would turn into. I don't feel a pressure to continue on the days I'm struggling from my readers, my sponsors, or any contract I've signed. The pressure comes from ME. Each day that passes that I don't spend being productive, creative, and happy is one I feel I've wasted. There's being tired and needing rest, which I think I have no problem conceding to and feel I get plenty of. Then there's what I'm dealing with now, which is an exhaustion and fogginess that leaves me feeling defeated before the day begins. I don't want to be overcome by my grief and illness, I want to succeed more than ever despite of it. I do need to learn to give myself a break on the days I don't. Yesterday, you all reminded me of that and I can't thank you enough. I feel much better today, like a weight has been lifted. Today I'm going to continue working on my sisters pillows at my new pace, without worry or guilt for how behind I feel I am. I'm going to continue counting down the days to when my fabric collection arrives at my door with excitement, which with perfect timing should be right when I can take my medication again.  I'm going to do some of that "selfish sewing" that so many of you mentioned in the comments yesterday. I definitely don't do enough of that! I'll continue to update you all on what's going on, without feeling embarrassed and shy, because pretending it all away just isn't working anymore. But first I want to share a few photos of what I made yesterday. Just a sweet & simple set of whole cloth pillows, quilted with Aurifil, bound in a solid navy.

Simple & Sweet Pillows

Sketchbook in Pink

Quilted with Aurifil

Bound in Navy

Such an easy project, but still I managed to create something rewarding that is beautiful and special for my sister. A good reminder that sometimes the grand plans, long to-do lists, and big goals can be forgotten for awhile. That sometimes simple is exactly what's needed to bring the joy and magic of making back to our days and hearts.

Thank you all again!  ♡  Maureen