Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Pretty Start : :

Yesterday completely flew by and so did my Emmy Grace sewing time, therefor I don't have as much to share as I had hoped today, but it's such a pretty start! Emmy Grace is a collection of twenty prints, but for this quilt pattern I need just sixteen to create my blocks. First I chose those and then divided them into piles of four by color. Pink, grey, aqua, and yellow -- such a great combination!

Finally cutting into the beautiful Emmy Grace collection!

For quilts with a repetitive block pattern I like to do all of my cutting right away using a common cutting method referred to as "stack and whack." To stack and whack is to simply cut multiple layers of fabric, stacked in a single pile, simultaneously, rather than cutting one single fabric at a time. For this quilt I layered my four cuts of fabric by color and had no problem cutting them all at once with accuracy. It makes the cutting easy, quick & fun!

Stack and Whack!

I was only able to finish piecing my grey blocks yesterday, but I'm already so happy to have paired this pattern with these beautiful fabrics! This is going to make such a sweet quilt, I can't wait!!

Emmy Grace blocks

Happy sewing!
  
Maureen

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Emmy Grace Plans : :

It's the first day of the new school year. My children have been so excited which makes it all so much easier, and I'm equally ready to get back to a schedule! Here they are -- my 2nd, 5th, & 6th graders! Oh, how time flies!!

It's the first day of school: 2nd, 5th, & 6th grade!! They are so excited!!

Today I plan to clean my oddly quiet house, but first I'm going to treat myself to finally cutting into my beautiful stack of Emmy Grace fabrics from Bari J.!

Emmy Grace by Bari J.

I plan to remake my Winter's Garden quilt, to draft the pattern to offer once I finish!

Another pretty quilt back from Sew shabby Quilting!

I've been waiting for just the right fabric collection to come along to make these quilt blocks again, and I think Emmy Grace is it!

Winter's Garden Blocks!

How about you, what are you working on these days?

Maureen

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

My sponsor, Contemporary Cloth
has a wonderful offer for this week's Giveaway! 

Cherie FIVE yard Giveaway!!

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For this week's Giveaway, Contemporary Cloth is offering FIVE half yard cuts from the gorgeous, Art Gallery Fabric's Cherie collection by Frances Newcombe! Aren't they beautiful?

Cherie Giveaway!

 I had the pleasure of meeting Frances and seeing her booth at Spring Quilt Market and photos just don't do these fabrics justice, they are gorgeous!!

Cherie by Frances Newcombe

You can find these lovely fabrics available HERE in the Contemporary Cloth shop!

In addition,  Contemporary Cloth is offering a special discount to my readers in honor of my new fabric collection!! To receive 20% off ALL orders use discount code :  CongratsMaureen on orders placed now thru Wednesday, August 27th!  Be sure to check out these wonderful New Arrivals, the Coming Soon fabrics, where you'll find Wild & Free, as well as the new expanded category for the ever popular Low Volume, Neutral + Gray Fabrics we all love to use in our sewing projects!

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1. Simply add a comment to this post! If you'd like, you can share with us what you'd stitch up with these beautiful Cherie fabrics? (one entry) 
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Please enter now thru Monday, August 25th. Mr. Random will pick the winner and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on the blog!


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Thanks for stopping by today!  Maureen

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sketch Stitching Arrows : :

Sketch Stitch Arrows on PE Peach Sherbet

The promises I make to myself are the hardest one's to keep, but last night after a rough day I knew I'd feel so much better if I spent the hour I had pledged to devote to my sketch stitch ideas working on something new. It absolutely worked, I felt better and was quickly reminded that when I feel better, I do better!

I'm having so much fun working on these pieces! This one I created to match my Fletching Chant arrows print in my fabric collection, Wild & Free. I started by thread sketching a set of arrows onto a quilted piece of AGF's Pure Element Peach Sherbet with a white Aurifil 50wt. This colorful stack of AGF Pure Element solids coordinate with my collection and inspired the thread color story I used to create this new sketch.

Arrows & P E Solids

Experimenting with the combination of threads and stitches feels just like coloring! It really is so much fun!

Stitchy Details

The feather I shared earlier in the week began with a simple sketch in a dark blue thread, then came all the color. This time I used a variety of decorative satin stitches in a mix of widths and patterns, saving the dark blue thread for my final outline. The triangle stitch patterns are my very favorite and so closely match the details I added to the very first pen drawings that became my Fletching Chant print!

Stitchy Details

I'm so excited to have this new stash of AGF Pure Element solids to sketch on and to sew with while I wait for my fabrics to arrive. It's going to make this waiting time much more enjoyable and bearable!

Free Sewn Arrows

Art Gallery Fabrics recently shared their interview with me, where I talk about the inspiration behind my collection, what it means to me, along with my hopes for the rest of this year! I'd love for you to check it out by clicking -- here!

Maureen

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

this week's sewing time

It's the last week of Summer vacation and so, since Monday, I've only been taking the sewing time I need to fill my etsy orders, which happens to be alot more than I realized when I took time to sketch my feather Sunday night. Oops! Ever so often I receive an inquiry for this Train Pillow set through my little shop. I don't offer this set as a regular listing simply because even though I really do love making these pillows, I wouldn't want to make them more than just once a month or so. I figure if someone stumbles upon my design through Pinterest or a Google search and takes the time to reach out to me, well then the time it takes for me to make these for the recipient will be time well spent!

Train PIllow Set in Moda & AGF Pures!

For all of my fabric applique pillows I love to use ThermoWeb's iron-on fabric adhesive HeatnBond Lite! To create each pillow I first prepare each fabric by fusing on the adhesive, sketching my applique train shapes right onto the paper side of the HeatnBond, cut out my shapes, iron them onto to neutral shades of solid fabric, in this case Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Light Gray & Ash. Using a light blue shade of cotton Aurifil 50wt and my satin stitch, I simply stitch around each shape to finish. It's fairly time consuming, but so worth it! These steps create such an adorable, well-made pillow!

Train PIllow Set

The back of each pillow in this set is finished in a bright aqua Amy Butler geometric print, with a little colorful touch of binding on each in Patchwork Plaid by Michael Miller!

Backed in Amy Butler with Michael Miller plaid binding Besides this order, I'm a Birthday Crown factory! I'm turning out so many of these, I rarely take the time to photograph them anymore. However this colorful set in my celebration style matched too perfectly with the Moda fabrics I used in this newest set of Train Pillows not to snap and share!

Birthday Crowns -- Celebration

Now that these are done, this afternoon I promised one last sewing session to my girl. We're making a tote bag, which I'll be sure to share soon!

Maureen