Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Project Beginnings : :

Thank you all for your kindness and understanding this past week, as well as over the past several weeks that have come after the loss of my Dad.  I'm so grateful to have such wonderful, positive, and encouraging family, friends, sponsors, and readers. From your words we've received so much love and wisdom, from those of you who have and are still grieving the loss of a parent, and now from those of you who have suffered or have had a loved one suffer a similar heart event as my husband just did. Your shared stories have been a powerful and extremely helpful resource for us as we understand what happened, how to prevent a recurrence, and now as we begin to heal after going through so much these past several weeks. We are all on the mend. As for me, at any moment a thought will come to mind and will bring me to tears. It's been a very tough, extremely emotional Summer to say the least. I've shared before that for me creating is medicine, and I trust that many of you who read this blog will understand that. Just as running is so helpful and healing for my husband, this hobby of mine nourishes my soul and spirit, it makes me feel good, as does any great love. Today I'm sharing the first sewing I've done in two weeks, other than a few etsy orders that had to be done quickly. Yesterday I was so grateful to wake up to a rainy day, and as soon as I made it to my sewing machine I felt the calm and soothing of a long exhale, as I began to stitch.

When issue ten of Love Patchwork & Quilting arrived I immediately fell in love with the Hourglass Twist quilt Karen Lewis created on the cover. I even had a fat quarter bundle of the gorgeous Cloud9 Fabrics Grey Abbey collection she used just waiting to become something. Since I had so much fun making my recently finished scrappy hourglass quilt top, loved that this pattern had a twist, and wanted to begin my return to sewing with a project that was repetitive, effortless, and pretty. This was perfect!

issue ten LP&Q

Grey Abbey Gorgeousness!

Grey Abbey quilt beginnings

chain piecing

The quick work of this pattern, a little chain piecing, and since I decided to make my blocks just a little bit larger, easily used up all of my Grey Abbey fat quarters. After laying out each hourglass block and cut piece I only had enough to create a large crib size quilt. Which would be adorable and would give me the quick quilt fix I need, but still I decided to go bigger!

Grey Abbey blocks

hourglass twist quilt beginnings

I'll be adding in my Simpatico stash which I think will blend in nicely, and possibly a few coordinating solids. What do you think?

Simpatico

After snapping a few shots this morning I've tucked these pretty project beginnings away for another day!

Gosh does it feel good to be back in this space! I'd love to hear what you're working on these days?

Maureen

Friday, July 25, 2014

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We had a big scare this week!

Some of you took notice, so I wanted to share quickly why it's been so quiet on my blog this week. We returned home last night from a pretty intense stretch of days. My husband, Kevin ended up in the ER Tuesday night and was taken by ambulance to Hamot in Erie for a possible heart attack. Without getting into all of the details, I'm so grateful to share that he did not have a heart attack, he is back at home recovering, and after some much needed rest and an overdue reevaluation of his schedule, we're hoping that this was nothing more than an incredibly frightening perfect storm of things that we can prevent from ever happening again.

This morning as I walked from room to room, while everyone was still sleeping, I was stopped in my tracks by it all. With emotions still so fresh from losing my dad to heart failure just last month, everything seems to have a slightly altered sense to it now, like I'm seeing everything with new eyes. For me, my family is everything. As these days wear on, I promise to hold even closer all that we've created together. All that is busy and beautiful and ordinary that I don't ever want to take for granted.

  Maureen

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt Top : :

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt Top

In the early afternoon yesterday we decided to ignore the cloudy skies and took my finished scrappy hourglass quilt top using Alison's new Field Day collection to our favorite fields nearby for picture taking. Which in the end we all agreed made much more sense for this particular quilt than those beach photos I tried to get. It turned out to be the most perfect lighting for my pictures and was such a fun time for all of us!

Dailylily & Field Day

We took our time walking along the stream that separates the two fields picking bouquets of wildflowers, turning over rocks, catching crayfish, all while snapping the occasional photo!

Field Day!

Field Day & Wildflowers

Field Day + Bouquet

Crayfish

Found!

The light in this photo is my absolute favorite and really captures both the warmth and brightness of this collection!

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt Top

My quilt top is made up of sixty-four hourglass blocks. I wanted to be sure that the overall look would be super scrappy, while still keeping symmetry & balance with my placement of a few prints, particularly the lightest & brightest white as well as the deepest purple X & + print!

Field Day Scrappy Hourglass

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt Top

Deciding on this place for these quilt top pictures truly was the most perfect way to showcase just how beautiful these fabrics are and for me to share all the reasons I love living right here in Pennsylvania!

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt 
Top

Maureen 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to Busy : :

Pressing quilts for picture taking at the beach!

Along with my Friendship Diamond quilt I had also planned to have Field Day quilt top photos to share with you all last week, but the strong winds that blow across the ocean and up the beach made it impossible for me to catch the lovely photos of my newly finished, delicate scrappy hourglass quilt top that I had envisioned. That glowing light illuminating each piece of patchwork that I had so hoped to catch again, this time at the shore, was nearly all blocked out by my sweet quilt holder husband's silhouette. Returning home to Pennsylvania, although wonderful, the gloomy overcast is still putting my plans on hold. So, it back to work for me today as I wait to take my pictures. I have lots of felt and fabric to order, etsy business to handle, a few mid-progress projects I'm eager to get back to, and lots of new ideas!

Wising you all a wonderful beginning to this new week!

Maureen

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

The Loopy Ewe Short Stack Giveaway!!

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The Loopy Ewe started in a little basement corner in St. Louis back in the summer of 2006, moved to Fort Collins, CO. in 2011, and just last Summer expanded once again to open up the fabric side of their business. Today The Loopy Ewe is a 7000 sq. ft. space filled with gorgeous yarns and fabrics for people to wander through (either in person or online) for inspiration, and to find their next project! They add new yarn to the website almost every Monday, and new fabric is added almost every Thursday. They ship most orders within 24 hours (Mon-Sat) and offer free U.S. shipping on all orders over $75. They have a fun rewards program which gives you a $25 Loopy Ewe credit every time your orders accumulate to $250! Plus other fun rewards that you can read about here! They sponsor Quarterly Challenges, a virtual Camp Loopy each summer, and a yearly Fall Fling retreat. They love having fun with their customers, whether in person or online! 

Unique to The Loopy Ewe are: Loopy Short Stacks in the fabric shop, and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Seasonings Series, Loopy Legends, Celebrations, and Loopy Cakes in our yarn shop!

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For this week's Fabric Giveaway, The Loopy Ewe is offering the winner their choice of any Short Stack Collection available in the shop! Each stack includes fat quarter cuts of some of our most favorite fabric lines, consisting of eight different, coordinating quilting cotton prints that will provide you with a nice array of fabrics from so many wonderful collections!

You can find The Loopy Ewe's Short Stack Collection right HERE in their shop!!

The Loopy Ewe Short Stack Giveaway!!

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! We'd love to know which Short Stack Collection you would choose, should you win?! (one entry)
2. Follow The Loop Ewe on Facebook or on Instagram! Just let me know if you by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry too! Whether you follow here, on Instagram, or on Facebook, just let me know by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
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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, July 21st! 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!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Maureen