Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Special Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

While I wait for the snow, ahem, to melt to take photos of my newly finished Rapture quilt, my friend Pat and I thought it would be fun to have a special midweek giveaway!
 A Rapture Fabric Giveaway!
 Beautiful Rapture

Pat Bravo is the Creative Director behind Art Gallery Fabrics and Co-founder, along with her husband Walter. In 2004 Art Gallery Fabrics was born out of a desire to bring creative, chic, and modern fabrics to the quilting industry that are not only gorgeous and sophisticated in design, but the quality is like nothing else on the market! Over the years Pat has produced so many amazing collections including Summerlove, Indie, Rock 'n Romance, & Rapture just to name a few! Be sure to check out this sneak peek of her latest, NouvElle, and to visit and follow Pat here, if you're not already!

Blog  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  Twitter 

We hope you enjoy visiting Pat Bravo's sites!!  

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Today Pat is offering to two winners, one Half Yard bundle in one colorway each, from her gorgeous Rapture collection! This time the winner's choose their favorite, between Subtle Joy or Citric Happiness! If you visit my blog often, you know that I'm such a HUGE fan of Pat and of all things Art Gallery Fabrics! I'm so very excited to be able to share these gorgeous fabrics here with all of you, and to be able to offer this special Fabric Giveaway today! 

Beautiful Rapture

Enter to Win!  

Here's how,
 
1.
Simply leave a comment here in this post. We'd love to know what your most favorite print is in this beautiful Rapture Collection?  (one entry)
2.
Follow Pat Bravo's Blog, Instagram, or Facebook! Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
(optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry! Whether you follow me here, on Facebook, or Instagram. Just let me know that 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 instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (one optional entry)

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Wednesday morning, April 23rd. I will pick the winner
at random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on my 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!

Good luck everyone! Have a great day!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Binding Day : :

My newest Making Rows quilt arrived back home from Sew Shabby Quilting this past Friday (you can see the beginnings of this quilt here, here, and here). It is all Pat Bravo, from her lovely Rapture collection with a few coordinating Pure Element solids. 

Rapture Making Rows Quilt

It's backed in my favorite Wild Beauty print, with 100% cotton batting. Rather than quilting it with my machine, I sent it off to Melissa for some long arm quilty swirls and loops!

Wild Beauty

Today I'm ready to bind with an AGF Squared Element in Noir! 

Binding Spool

Since I didn't have a solid plan when beginning this quilt, just a simple quick sketch of a few rows of pattern ideas, this one became another make-as-I-go 'throw size' quilt, my favorite size to make! With these improv style of quilts, I simply stop when I start running out of fabrics!  

Swirls & Loops

On Saturday I took this unfinished quilt, along with the four others I have finished so far this year and my current Endless Summer wip, and demonstrated my quilt as you go technique at the Potter County Artisan Center Grand Opening. I got a little nervous setting up since there aren't many opportunities locally for me talk about my work, but realized quickly that when it comes to speaking about quilting, I have a lot to say! It was really fun! The experience left me with plenty to think about, and has certainly sparked in me an interest in speaking and teaching more often!

Recent Quilts

I'm quite the lonesome modern quilter here in Potter County, Pa and realize that if I were to offer sewing/quilting classes that I won't be blessed to see many of you wonderful readers. However, your feedback is always incredibly helpful! So I'm wondering, how many of you have taken a sewing/quilting class? Do you prefer an online workshop forum such as Crafty or Creative bug or do you like to attend face-to-face classes and retreats when you have the chance? How have classes added to your skills as a quilter?

Thank you in advance for sharing with me today! 

  Maureen

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Custom Bundle 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!

  
SHOP  *  BLOG  *  FACEBOOK

 

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We hope you enjoy visiting The Intrepid Thread's sites!! 

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For this week's Fabric Giveaway, Julie at The Intrepid Thread invited me to create a custom bundle for her wonderful shop! This bundle includes fifteen, fat quarter Art Gallery Fabric prints and Elements from a number of my very favorite collections, inspired by my newest quilt as you go quilt, Endless Summer! 

You can find this custom bundle newly available in both Fat Quarter and Half Yard cuts right HERE in The Intrepid Thread Shop!!

Custom Bundle Giveaway!!

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! I'd love to know what this custom bundle would inspire you to make?! (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! Just let me know that you follow me here, on Instagram, or Facebook 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, April 14th! 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  1,645 entries, Mr. Random says the lucky winner is... 

Comment #155 --   * Lindsay Rodems * 

Congratulations, I'll be in touch shortly!   

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Progress Report : :

My Sewing Table

Yesterday I finally managed to start this new quilt. It was seeming as though beginning this one just wasn't meant to happen there for a little bit, sheesh! Happy that's behind me. Beginning is so, so good!

Wednesday Sewing

And, I'm extra happy to report that I accomplished quite a bit!

Endless Summer Fabric Strips

Batting Strips

Easy Straight Strips

I share often that both my quilt as you go tutorial and my newest qayg tutorial for my Herringbone quilt pattern are both extremely quick makes. Well this version of adding each strip straight across rather than on the diagonal, working my way down the panels of cut batting, one piece after the other definitely exceeds those speedy methods!

Easy Strips

It's exactly the perfectyly laid-back, enjoyable quilt project I'm so needing right now!

Loving it!

  Maureen

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Change of Plans : :

I used my quilting ruler to cut one triangle from each Meadow print, setting them aside, waiting for my chance to begin my new quilt. I wanted to sew just one row together before committing fully to my design plan. Then yesterday, as I finished up a few etsy orders while enjoying my daffodils, I changed my mind!

Making Crowns & Daffodils

Meadow & Sunshine

The warm, sunny yellow and bright orange flowers were too convincing, and so out went any Meadow blues darker than a clear Summer sky and in came cantaloupes & peachy creams, mint & pale aqua, more sunshine yellow & tangerine, grassy greens, and bright teals.

Inspired

This bundle feels so much like Summer to me. Those shiny, carefree days I'm so ready for! An easy quilt as you go of bright stripes in varying widths of these pretty fabrics. Simple and fun!

Summer in AGFs

My plan, to take my Herringbone quilt tutorial and rather than add each fabric on the diagonal, I'll be adding each strip straight, one after the other just like a patchwork stacked coin quilt. I printed out AGF's Rustic Autumn quilt pattern quite sometime ago, loving both the diagonal direction and the orange! I plan to keep it close by for a little extra inspiration!

AGF Quilt Inspiration

And how about you, what are you working on these days?

  Maureen