Friday, October 24, 2014

The Blurry Before : :

The before!

This is my Quilt Market booth "before" shot! How silly of me to think that I could blog each day of this Quilt Market experience. I truly did imagine I'd have lots of downtime, at least at the end of each night, being away from the kids and the sewing machine and all, but no. This has been busier than I could have ever imagined, in the very best way! I want to be present for every single second of it, not behind the lens of my camera, a computer screen, or looking down at my phone. I'm taking it all in, having the most amazing time, and saving the picture taking for the end of each day.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram, where I do plan to share little snip-its beginning tomorrow, opening day of Quilt Market! Thank you so much for joining me on this journey, it's such a dream come true!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Off to Quilt Market!

We are off...well almost! Come early morning we'll begin our road trip to Houston for International Quilt Market. In just a few days, these pillows and many more will fill my very first Quilt Market booth space! 

Off to Quilt Market!

Tonight it's impossible for me to share in words all that I'm feeling right now. Just so much emotion over all of it! When I had learned that I most likely would not have any of my Wild & Free fabrics delivered before market, I was really beginning to doubt myself. I was unsure of how I could fill my booth space with just one small strike off of just seven prints. The somehow, as I went down the list of things I hoped to make, adjusting each to work with what I had, with so much help from my stash of Art Gallery solids, blenders, and prints that coordinate with my collection from other AGF designers, everything was actually coming together. Then my knits came in and with lots of last minute sewing by several talented folks, together we managed to stock my booth with Wild & Free garments & bag samples to add to all the quilty projects I've been working on these past few weeks.

There have been some ups & downs, of course, but overall I really have loved this process. I can't wait to finally put all the pieces together!

I'll be sharing more in the days ahead, so be sure to stop back, and if you're at market please do come visit me at my booth!

Have a great week!     Maureen

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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We hope you enjoy visiting the Pile O' Fabric sites! 


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!


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