Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Aurifil ♡ : :

It's no secret that I love to use Aurifil thread in my projects. Recently I received the most beautiful collection of their threads to use in some big projects I'll be working on behind the scenes, but I just couldn't resist showing you these colors right away! It's as if this Arizona Thread Box by April Rhodes was made just for me! These colors are so lovely and of course they coordinate perfectly with all of April's fabric collections, which you may have noticed, I've been using quite a bit in recent weeks. These threads are all 40wt cotton, which is a favorite of mine for quilting and binding!

Arizona Aurifil Collection

Aurifil Love!

Since I had a newly pieced quilt top in April's new Bound fabrics waiting in the balance to be backed & bound, I decided to dig right into these gorgeous threads to finish it up!

A Summer Harlequin Quilt Top in Bound

First I picked up the Mustard yellow to match the Survey in Ochre print I chose for my quilt back. I usually choose a thread that will blend right into my quilt backing fabric and this was a pretty perfect match!

For Quilt Backing

For the binding I first considered this Stainless Steel grey thread, it looks so nice with the Bound Homebody stripe print I chose!

Bound Binding

Once I began adding my final quilting to the top, I loved the pop of color the Mustard added to the patchwork, how it mixed right into my backing fabric, and I decided it would work just as well for attaching the binding. No need to wind additional bobbins, hooray! I'm so happy with how it all turned out!

An Aurifil Finish!

Using both April's fabrics and this thread collection of hers certainly makes for a beautiful quilt! Now it's off to my friends at Love, Patchwork, & Quilting Magazine to be shared in an upcoming issue, yay!!

A Quilt in April Rhodes

How about you, have you tried Aurifil threads?

♡ Maureen


Thread Notes : : This Arizona Thread Box is designed by April Rhodes for Aurifil, it contains 12 large spools (1094 yards each) of 40 weight thread. Colors include Very Dark Navy(2785), Stainless Steel(2620), Grey Blue(5007), Medium Blue Grey(1310), Medium Juniper(2850), Plawnum(2912), Flesh(2205), Light Salmon(2220), Mustard(5022), Gold Yellow(5015), Light Beige(2310), and Medium Orange(5009).

Monday, August 31, 2015

A Cultivate Doll Quilt : :

Today is my stop on the Cultivate Fabric Blog Tour!

Cultivate Blog Tour

Cultivate is beautiful fabric collection inspired by designer Bonnie Christine's love for gardening! It's both Earthy and feminine, full of delicate blooms, garden patches, roots, seeds, and fresh cut flower bouquets. The color palette is a unique combination of peachy pink citrus hues, herbal greens, and warm nutmeg tones that I completely adore!

Cultivate by Bonnie Christine

There's such a sweetness to Bonnie's fabrics that work so well for stitching up children's items and so, I was inspired to try something new for my stop on the tour, a fun little doll quilt!

Cultivate Doll Quilt

Cultivate Doll Quilt

I began by making a small whole cloth quilt, basting a Cultivate favorite to a slightly larger layer of soft, cotton batting and a Winged butterfly print backing fabric. I kept the quilting simple, adding even, vertical quilt stitches in a pretty pink shade of an Aurifil cotton 40wt to highlight the beautiful blush colored roses!

Aurifil & Binding

Since I wanted to make this doll quilt similar to a miniature sleeping bag, I set aside the first quilt piece and began work on the top layer. For this I created the pattern as I sewed, using my go-to quilting as you go. I started by making teensy hourglass units that I combined with a variety of Cultivate strips and squares for a center patchwork design. For a little added detail and shimmer, I applique stitched two lengths of a Butterfly jacquard woven ribbon by Bonnie for Renaissance Ribbons. Pretty, pretty!

Ribbon Detail

Improv Patchwork

Once finished, I bound the top edge of this smaller patchwork quilt layer before attaching it to the first quilt piece I made using more of this beautiful coral stripe binding in Bonnie's Row by Row Cultivate print. This is actually the third time I've used this print for binding, it's certainly becoming a new favorite around here!

Row by Row Binding

Cultivate Doll Quilt

Simply add your favorite doll or cuddly friend and enjoy!

Cultivate Doll Quilt

Cultivate Doll Quilt

Bonnie's butterfly print from her Winged collection made the sweetest quilt back!

Winged Butterfly Back

This might just be the cutest thing I've ever made! I really want to make another just like it using more lovely Cultivate!

I hope you're feeling inspired by my project today! For more, be sure to visit the rest of the tour dates & stops right HERE! You can find these Cultivate fabrics available at Fat Quarter Shop, the Knotted Thread, and Lady Belle Fabrics, with whom I'm currently having a HUGE Cultivate bundle Giveaway!! Click HERE for a chance to win a Fat Quarter of ALL twenty prints!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!   ♡ Maureen

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!   

Cultivate FQ Bundle Giveaway!

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For this week's Fabric Giveaway Friday, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner a beautiful Fat Quarter bundle of Bonnie Christine's newest fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Cultivate! 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 Cultivate available in the Lady Belle Fabric shop in individual cuts, as Fat Quarter Bundles and as half yard bundles! Be sure to check out this amazing shop!!


Cultivate FQ Bundle Giveaway!

In addition, Lady Belle Fabric is offering my readers 15% OFF any order from the shop throughout this Giveaway until Tuesday September 1st, just use coupon code "QUILTS15" at checkout!! Such a great opportunity to stash unreleased fabrics from Lady Belle's Sample Sale section or their new Liberty of London bundles!

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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.
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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, August 31st!! 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 to all who enter our Giveaway! Have a great Friday & weekend!!   ♡ Maureen

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Last Night's Pillow Making : :

With the kids returning to school, comes the return of some regular daytime sewing hours for myself, and if I'm lucky, some after-bedtime sewing on occasion as well. Last night I treated myself to a little late night pillow making. Nothing fancy, just a quick fabric pull in a fun color scheme I've been brooding over. Black & whites + teal, mustardy yellow, blue, gray, & a rosy shade of pink, what's not to love!

Pillow Fabrics

It wasn't until I snapped this photo that I recognized the color similarity to Katarina Roccella's new Imprint collection. I'll have to add it to my must-stash list, I love the way these colors play together!

Scrappy pillows just make me happy, especially when they come together quick! I decided on a sawtooth-like design, sewing two strips together, a black & white print with one of the colorful fabrics, the same way I do when making quilt binding, piecing each strip with a diagonal seam. Once all the strips were sewn together, I staggered them to create a zig-zag pattern. A quilt in this style of block would be awesome!

Pillow Cover

For the very first time, I backed this pillow using an Art Gallery Fabrics voile. Voile has the most luxurious feel! I can't believe I haven't tried it before!

Voile Back

I finished my pillow with a Cultivate print binding leftover from my recent Arizona Herringbone Quilt. I love a striped binding and these peachy-coral colors are just perfect!

Pillow Binding

Pillow Cover

In went my pillow form and VOILA!

New Pillow

The first of many small items I hope to make and sell in my little Etsy shop!

♡ Maureen

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Boho Artisan Quilt Top : :

Today's the first day of the new school year! The kids were so excited and happy. For the first time ever, we're all equally ready to get back to a routine after a very fun, adventure-filled Summer! You can see them all smiles this morning over on my Instagram, our 7th, 6th, and 3rd graders! As for me, it's always bittersweet and it helps for me to keep extra busy these first few days.

Enter Artisan, the beautiful new collection by designer Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics!

Artisan Fabrics

For the past couple of weeks I've been working with these gorgeous fabrics behind the scenes, creating a somewhat complex quilt design full of tiny patchwork squares, I'll share more on that next month. Since I haven't quite had my fill of Artisan just yet and because it's impossible for me to wait that long to share something made with these wonderful fabrics, I thought it would be fun to design a quick sew. A quilt that's simple to make, but still allows each unique Artisan print to shine!

Love these colors!

Just an easy strip pieced pattern, alternating rectangle striped blocks with herringbone blocks. A straightforward pattern that creates such an eye-catching, bohemian style quilt!

Boho Artisan Quilt

I especially love the colors. It reminds me of a clear blue sky on a warm Fall day!

Artisan Quilt Making

The perfect complement to these changing days and the season that's upon us. I should have it finished just in time!

♡ Maureen

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to School & Sewing : :

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Wednesday morning, my children will all be back to school. Though it's bittersweet, certainly there's something both wonderful and refreshing about fresh starts and the beginning of a new school year. As the kids get older, our Summer routine shifts and shapes and changes constantly. I don't think we ever firmly fall into a schedule the way we do during the school year. We take it day by day and embrace the adventure. All that to say, by this time each Summer, we're all pretty ready and excited about the new school year!

I'll be honest with you here, this Summer was challenging for me. As far as creativity goes, my kids naturally gravitate towards making and I'm so grateful to share this with them. Having every available medium for them to mess around with in a casual unstructured way has been a huge benefit. I've come to rely on it for finding my own creative/work time. But in general, I work so much less in the Summer. Which means I always feel behind and often overwhelmed with trying to keep up. I'm really ready for that to end! Still, I know come Wednesday morning when it's quiet and I sit down behind the sewing machine, it will be these last three months, the times I did slow down, the intention to connect, and the value of our Summer adventures that will be on my mind and no doubt will be what inspires my sewing.

New rhythms, more time spent learning, growing, and discovering - all great things!

Ready, steady, GO! ♡ Maureen