Friday, October 17, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Color Wheel Bundle GIVEAWAY with Pile O' Fabric!

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My sponsor Pile O' Fabric started off primarily as a modern quilting blog with tutorials and project inspiration, but this year Pile O' Fabric has branched out and is now also a full service online fabric, supply, and pattern shop. Every Monday Alyssa releases a new custom curated stash bundle in solids and prints based on a color scheme. She also stocks a great selection of modern quilt and bag patterns, as well as a large selection of her utmost favorite quilting supplies. She offers *free domestic shipping* on all orders over $45, a rewards program for returning customers, all fabric is labeled with the designer, collection, name, etc. and most in-stock orders placed Mon-Sat before 2pm MST are shipped the same day!
 
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For this week's Fabric Giveaway, Alyssa at Pile O' Fabric is offering one of her custom curated ​fat eighth Color Wheel Bundles! This week's winner will receive this beautiful bundle including 35 gorgeous prints! WOW!!

You can find each of the lovely fabrics that make up this bundle available for sale individually by the yard HERE, and you can find the bundle in the Pile O' Fabric shop available as a fat eighth, fat quarter, and half yard bundle right HERE!!

Color Wheel Bundle GIVEAWAY with Pile O' Fabric!

In addition, Pile O' Fabric is offering my readers 15% OFF any order from the shop, just use coupon code "maureencracknell15" at checkout!! Discount valid until the end of the day on Sunday, October 19th!
 

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Sign up to receive the Pile O' Fabric Newsletter, when you join the newsletter you will receive a FREE Rainbow Coin Quilt pdf pattern by email! Just let me know that you did by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (second entry) 

3. Follow Pile O' Fabric on Facebook or Instagram! (optional extra entry)
4. 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)
5. 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 5 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, October 20th! 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 for stopping by today!   Maureen

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Low Volume Canvas : :

I've been feeling an extra creative push with these Quilt Market projects, making sure to highlight my collection in each one without having much fabric to work with has really forced me to think outside the box. I'm down to just the itty bitty scraps now and my sewing time is running out fast! A few weeks ago when I pulled from my stash my entire collection of low volume Art Gallery fabrics I had a new quilt project in mind, but this idea was quickly pushed to the side along with all the other plans I have waiting for when my yardage arrives. Then yesterday, even though I have two quilts yet to bind & a bench still to reupholster, I decided to cut this low volume quilt idea of mine down to an achievable Euro pillow size and I got to work!

AGF low volumes!

In no time at all I had my low volume canvas!

A low volume canvas!

To make it quick, I used my quilt as you go method of sewing the fabrics right to the batting in narrow panels, just as I do for my Herringbone QAYG quilt pattern, but stacked as I did for my Endless Summer quilt. Scrap friendly and super fast!

My plan for this was always to sketch stitch out a dream catcher, with Wild & Free feathers, and layers of decorative stitches! Since my canvas is pillow size, rather than the dramatic quilt size I originally hoped for, I simply began by tracing a large dinner plate with a Hera marker for my starting point.

Dreamcatcher beginnings!

From there I sketched out a simple dream catcher shape for me to build upon with lots of sketchy stitching, hand cut feathers, and colorful Aurifil!

Wild & Free feathers!

This is the last photo I took right as the kids were getting home from school!

Dreamcatcher quilting!

I was able to finish it up once they were in their beds for the night, and I'm so happy I took the time for it. I'll be sure to share photos of it finished soon and I can't wait to try this one again -- quilt size!

  Maureen

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Knit Sewing : :

I'm late with today's post, but at last I'm beginning to see just how my Quilt Market booth is coming together! Goods I've ordered to decorate, display items, and some of the beautiful things made by willing & kindhearted sewing friends are beginning to arrive! Today I want to share just a few of those lovely things!

When my knit strike offs arrived, right away I sent them off to Caroline Hulse, aka Sew Caroline, clothing maker extraordinaire and fellow AGF Limited Edition Gleeful designer! With just my two little knit samples she whipped up the most adorable Kensington Dress, pattern by Hey June, and a super cute Recess Raglan tee, pattern by See Kate Sew!

Wild & Free Kensington Dress

Recess Raglan

These two were the first knit garments made with my Wild & Free collection, a sight I'll never forget! Once my knit yardage became available, Caroline was so sweet to make a few more pieces that I can't wait to share here after Market. Just check out this tee she recently made herself from the scraps!

Another sweet friend happy to help with a couple of items was Virginia Lindsay, aka pattern & book author Gingercake! She made this incredible Make Your Getaway Duffle in denim, with Honey PE solid details, a large pocket in my Wild & Free Folk Plaid, with Spiceberry lining. I'm in love with it!! To add a little extra color Virginia also added a quick and fun tassle from some leftover Sun Tracks knits for the handle. It's so perfect!!

Make Your Getaway Duffle

Also arriving in today's mail from Virginia is this Wild & Free knit Sally Dress shown here on the most adorable model! This dress is made with my Woven Path knit as the main dress fabric with over-sized Sun Tracks pockets, accessorized with a brilliant headband!

Wild & Free Sally Dress

I was so inspired by these pieces I made a first attempt at garment sewing for an adult, using knits, without a pattern to make this simple tank dress. I have so much to learn, but seeing their beautiful creations encouraged me to try and I'm so glad I did!

A simple tank dress in my Woven Path knit!

Be sure to visit the Gingercake blog to read more about Virginia's Wild & Free sewing! And please keep an eye out to see more of Caroline's Wild & Free garments on her blog after Quilt Market!    Maureen

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

A Gleeful 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, 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 sweet fat quarter bundle of the beautiful AGF Limited Edition collection by Sew Caroline, Gleeful!

This week's winner will receive this happy bundle including the EIGHT prints in fat quarter cuts that make up this fun collection!

A Gleeful Giveaway!

You can find each pretty print in the Gleeful 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 Tuesday, October 14th! 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 for stopping by today!   Maureen

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

An Arrow Sketch Pillow : :

My gosh I'm so behind on sharing my project here! Each day my goal is to at the very least begin one new project for Quilt Market in addition to the etsy orders I'm still making and all the little side projects I have going. Bouncing from one project to the next means I rarely stop to take the proper photos I like to share here, but today I finally took the time. First up is my Sketch Stitching Arrows turned comfy pillow!

An Arrow Sketch Pillow

This pillow began several weeks ago inspired by my Wild & Free Fletching Chant arrows print, to give myself a head start on creating items for my booth, as well as keeping me occupied during those restless days waiting for my strike offs to arrive!

I started by thread sketching a set of arrows onto a quilted piece of Pure Element Peach Sherbet using a colorful selection of Aurifil that matched the solids that coordinate with my collection.

Arrows & P E Solids

Once my strike offs were delivered, which put simply are just small pieces of test print fabrics used to finalize color, scale, & details before final printing, I got right to work on finishing this pillow with a simple framing using my Sun Tracks and Woven Path prints. It's not likely that I'll receive any fabric yardage to work with before I leave for Quilt Market, so I'm doing my best to really stretch what I have and to make the most out of each print!

Wild & Free Strike Offs!

Arrow with Wild & Free

Fletching with Wild & Free

I really do love the way these two fabrics look together, the warm Autumn color palette combined with the sharp denim geometric print! I can't wait to have enough to make some of the quilts I've been dreaming up!

Framed with Wild & Free

Just as I did when finishing my Feather Sketch Pillow, I used lots of decorative satin stitches and finished with a binding detail using the last of the Dynasty in Saffron binding leftover from my Indie Quilt.

Inspired by Fletching Chant

Wild & Free Inspired

This finish, plus the Feather Pillow, and my Embroidered Luminous Field Pillow makes three pillows that I've photographed and shared here, and I'm hoping to have at least three more to share before Market! I can't believe I leave in less then two weeks!

Be sure to let me know if you'll be stopping by my booth. I'd love to meet you!!    Maureen