Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Whole Cloth Pillow : :

Some fabric, I think, looks just as lovely left whole rather than all chopped up into little patchwork pieces. And, sometimes it's nice to just keep things simple, don't you think? In my sewing room there's a vintage metal rolling cart that houses all the pillow forms that I'd love to free up as soon as possible to use in the kitchen or out on the deck as a bar cart this Summer. So, yesterday I made the first of several whole cloth pillows -- The perfect quick & beautiful solution to turn those pillow forms into something cozy to use and admire!

A Whole Cloth Pillow

I decided to start by making a new quilted Fletching Chant pillow cover. The last one was made the night before I packed up and left for Quilt Market, using what remained of my arrow print strike-off. Since returning back from Market it's been a favorite pillow around the house, has seen lots of wear, and never had that special, beautiful feel that only Art Gallery Fabrics have since strike-offs aren't printed on their Pima cotton. You can see the first one in this photo that I shared just before packing up and hitting the road!

Off to Quilt Market!

As I'm typing this I'm realizing just how sentimental a print can be. Just thinking about this pillow takes me back to what an amazing experience Quilt Market was for me!

A Whole Cloth Pillow

To add to my "keep it simple" plan for this pillow I auditioned the quilt binding scraps I had laying around for finishing.

Binding Scrap Finish

I added a bit more quilting this time, using a white Aurifil 50 weight, to add a bit more sturdiness and durability in hopes this one holds up better than the first one.

Quilted in White

I chose my Midnight Roof metallic stars print for the back and my scrap of Squared Elements binding was just enough to finish one raw edge of each backing piece for a neat but quick envelope finish!

Backed with Stars

I know I'm going to love digging through my stash to choose what other prints to use for these whole cloth pillows!

♡ Maureen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Twenty Crowns : :

Twenty Crowns

At the end of last week I spent two days making the twenty crowns for my Summer Princess Crown Sale! A huge thanks to everyone who ordered! This crown is one of my most favorite designs ever and is made in my very favorite color palette. Still, making twenty of anything is a pretty big undertaking, especially during these busy Summer days when sewing time is hard to come by! Is anyone else having this problem?

Summer Princess Initial Crown

I broke into my newly stashed Aurifil Aurifloss Set from the Fat Quarter Shop to add my hand-stitched flower details. This beautiful quality 6 strand floss is perfect for hand-embroidery and quilting. I'm so excited to have started a new collection!

Aurifil Floss Stitching

Today I'll continue the crown making until I'm all caught up with my Etsy orders! For those of you who missed out on my crown sale this time, I'm hoping to plan another with a new design, for August sometime!

Twenty Crowns

I'll be back soon with something quilty to share! ♡ Maureen

Friday, June 26, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

 It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

A Fabric Spark GIVEAWAY!

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My sponsor Fabric Spark is a Canadian online fabric shop on a mission to help others make, to offer inspiration, and to help you find your sewing spark! At Fabric Spark you'll find beautiful designer fabric, designer bundles and unique bundles for patchwork projects and quilts. They offer lots of sewing patterns from quilt patterns to Kwik Sew garments for adults and children, and offer sewing kits containing all of the notions you'll need to make it easy! They're always on the lookout for new fabrics, so stop back often to see what they've found!

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This week Fabric Spark is offering a custom Fat Quarter bundle, including TWELVE beautiful fabrics from many must-have collections, curated by me for Fabric Spark's exclusive Monthly Sparks Club! You can find this bundle available as the July fat quarter set here in the Fabric Spark shop! 

A Fabric Spark GVEAWAY!

In addition, Fabric Spark invites you to checkout their new Summer long event, "2015 Summer of Fabric Love!"  They're celebrating fabric all Summer with special promotions, surprise offers, and spectacular new fabric every week throughout the Summer! Sign up for the newsletter to know what's happening and be sure to follow on Instagram and Facebook for chances to have a sparkling fun fabric-y Summer!

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Enter to Win!

Here's how,
Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know what you'd create with this bundle? (one entry)
Follow Fabric Spark on Facebook or Instagram! Just let me know you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
(optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry, as well! Just let me know 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 thought it would be nice to add that as another way to enter! Whether by facebook, instagram, tweet, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, June 29th. The winner will be chosen 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 so that I can contact you should you win!

Thank you to all who enter our Giveaway!! Have a great Friday and weekend!

♡ Maureen

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Almost Finished : :

Yesterday was basting day for my latest quilt-as-you-go make, my giant Crisscross Diamond quilt in Pat Bravo's Etno collection and AGF Prisma Elements! I snapped a few photos just after I finished piecing together my quilt back, before trimming away some of the excess. I like to have just a 2-2.5" overage on all sides. Measuring almost an 80" square, this quilt is big enough as it is!

Basting Day !

After I shared a photo on my Instagram and Facebook yesterday I received lots of questions asking both about basting on the floor and spray basting. I don't have a tutorial to link to, but I can share that I always spray baste on my nice, flat living room floor using ThermoWeb's SpraynBond basting spray! Remember this quilt-as-you-go means that my quilt blocks are already sewn to my batting squares.

Crisscross Diamond QAYG Block

To baste I lay my quilt with the top side down on the floor and I spray the batting side to attach my quilt backing working my way out from the center to the bottom and then from the center to the top.

Today these brand new Fat Quarter Shop exclusive Aurifil Thread Boxes showed up just in time to use for finishing my quilt!

Fat Quarter Shop Patchwork Thread Sets

Aurifil's 50 weight thread spools are my very favorite to use for machine piecing and quilting! I'm especially loving this Tart Colorway!!

Aurifil Thread Boxes

This spool of aqua will be perfect for piecing and attaching my Etno Pyramids in Aqua binding!

Binding Thread check!

I'm hoping to be back soon with a finished Crisscross Diamond quilt to share!

♡ Maureen

Friday, June 19, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

Wanderer FQ Giveaway!
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Pink Castle Fabrics  is an online fabric shop full of Modern Fabrics, owned by Brenda & Jason. Fabric selections include all of the latest designer fabrics, Japanese kawaii fabric, vintage-inspired fabric, geometric name it! They specialize in modern quilting fabrics, but also carry flannels, apparel fabrics, as well as a very exciting selection of monthly Fabric Clubs!

We invite you to visit the links below to see more and to follow Pink Castle Fabrics at their --


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We hope you enjoy visiting Pink Castle Fabrics!! 

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Beginning this week Pink Castle Fabrics is now selling Janome Sewing Machines!! To kickoff their new partnership they're offering some amazing, exclusive packages full of free notions and gift cards! Be sure to check out their new stock of Janome machines and accessories, right HERE!

To celebrate they're giving away an entire Fat Quarter bundle of April Rhodes' Wanderer collection to one MCH reader! The lucky winner will receive all twenty prints that make this wonderful collection!! WOW!

Wanderer FQ Giveaway!

You can find this Wanderer collection available with coordinating Art Gallery solids and blenders right HERE in the Pick Castle Fabrics Shop!  And, be sure to checkout their amazing Art Gallery Fabrics Bundle Club while you're looking around!

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Enter to Win!
Here's how,   

1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Pink Castle Fabrics on
Facebook or on Instagram! 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 on 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 thought it would be nice to add that as another way to enter! Whether by tweet, instagram, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, June 29th. The winner will be chosen by Random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on the blog!

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Thank you all for entering! From 796 comments this week's winner is comment #403, Janet Schultz! Congratulations, I will be in touch shortly!!

♥ Maureen

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Scrappy Arrow Stitched Pillowcase : :

Scrappy Patchwork Arrow Stitched Pillowcase

It's been a couple of years now since I've made a pillowcase. I've made them for a pillowcase drive and with a friend, but never have I made any for our very own beds. This morning I pulled this Arrow Sketch Stitch patchwork from my work in progress basket and decided to turn it into a first quilted pillowcase for US!

Stitched Arrow

A quick glance at the Pretty Quick Pillowcase Tutorial with French seam instructions that I've always used for pillowcase-making and I felt confident turning my abandoned patchwork into something fun and useful!

I used some leftover Folk Plaid binding for the trim, easy & perfect!

Folk Plaid Trim

I found just the right piece of a Honey Pure Element solid in my scrap bin to use for the cuff. The French seams really make a perfect pillowcase finish inside and out!

Honey Cuff and French Seams

I love these colors & fabric prints so much together and my Aurifil thread arrow sketch, with all the Janome built-in stitch details, really makes it special!!

Aurifil Stitched Arrow

Haila approves, hooray!

Haila Approves!

♥ Maureen