Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New : :

Last night just after 8 pm, once everyone was in bed and in our 'back-to-normal routine,' and I was enjoying my first alone moments of 2013. I began to look back on this blog, through the projects I had finished and shared here throughout 2012 and I was a little shocked, in a good way, at my output. For weeks now, because of the busyness of our move into our first home and all the holiday orders, I have been sort of beating myself up over all the unfinished things -- the qayg quilt top and tote bag I had hoped to finish and share here with tutorials, the Scrappy Chevron pillow I ran out of time to post, the unfinished quilt tops and projects, the lists of things never started. Taking that time to look back at all I HAD finished was so nice and just what I needed to take the time to do for myself!

So, today I've decided to feel good about all the finishes, skip the recap, and jump right into 2013 with something new to share!

Allegria Pillow Set

Just before Christmas, this quilted pillow set was made for my sister and her husband to give as a gift. I used some of the fat quarters from the Alegria bundle that I stashed from Project Anthologies a few months ago. This collection is SO gorgeous! It's all organic cotton, designed by one of my favorite bloggers Gennine D. Zlatkis for Cloud9 Fabrics. Isn't it lovely?

Alegria Quilted Pillows

I added in what little I had left of the brown floral Flea Market Fancy print, with some Art Gallery Pure Elements in a navy to frame the Alegria fabrics, and then lots and lots of quilting stitches!

Quilted Pillows

Gennine's birds are so beautiful!

Alegria birds

Today, just after I finally catch-up on my emails and finish this movie with my little girl who is home with a nasty chest cold, I hope to make two more. But if not, that's ok, too!

I'm just really happy to be back here, in my little space today!!
Happy New Year, friends! ,  Maureen

74 comments:

Katy Cameron said...

Happy new year!

Gorgeous cushions there, the fabric is beautiful :o)

Hope the wee one feels better soon!

Sarah said...

Happy New Year Mo!! Gorgeous cushions!! =D

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you Sarah!! Happy New Year to you and congrats again on your engagement!! :)

Tsoniki Crazy Bull said...

Very beautiful!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you!! :)

Jacey said...

Hi! The pillows are lovely, and I'm glad to be back in your space, too! I've missed you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Kerrie Porter said...

Oh this is soooo pretty are you going to post a tutorial? I would love it!

Irene said...

Your cushions are stunning! I love the fabric. I hope your little one gets better soon. Have a happy, creative and inspirational 2013.

Sondra Borrie said...

I absolutely love these! The fabrics, the stitching...wonderful, as always. Thank you for inspiring all of us! Sondra

Annette Beanland said...

The pillows are gorgeous Maureen! I hope your sister loved them.
Today is my first day with 'alone time' and I was so ready. After getting things done around the house, catching up on emails and blogs, I'll be camping out in my sewing room!

Jennifer @ Busy Being Jennifer said...

You always make such beautiful things and I always leave your blog feeling inspired to make something pretty! I don't always get something made... but I'm learning that its ok to just be inspired sometimes! I don't need to rush and start a new project every single time, even though I'd like too ;)

Karin - The F Girl said...

That fabric is gorgeous! What a wonderful present, I am sure she will love them!

Melissa Loves Color said...

Beautiful pillows! I'm proud of you for being ok with what you got done last year, seeing what got finished rather than what didn't. Happy New Year, Maureen!! :)

Mar García said...

What a lovely pillows, I love that fabric. Congratulations Maureen and Happy New Year.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Maureen! They are super beautiful pillows and I'm also fan of Gennine's art and fabrics! I do hope you can take a moment and make pillows just for you! Happy New Year! x Teje

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

Oh my goodness, please don't give another thought to the unfinished things. You inspire me constantly with what you can output, even in the course of a day.
New beginnings...a great way to start a New Year!:)
xo

CitricSugar said...

Great attitude!

The pillows are gorgeous!

selfsewn said...

Lovely cushions, that bird fabric is sweet indeed!
Happy new Sewing year!!

Geninne said...

Gorgeous work Maureen! LOVE the pillows! You've inspired me to make some with my stash of Alegria :-)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Geninne, Thank you! I am such a fan!! I plan to do a little re-stashing of Alegria. They are so lovely, how could anything made with them not be beautiful!! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for 2013! Thank you for sharing your amazing gifts with us!!

xx Maureen

Tad n' Tina said...

So gorgeous.. I just ordered all the fabric so I could make them too!! Lol

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

That's wonderful!! If you need any tips, just let me know! I love when fabrics are so beautiful, you can just do some simple patch-working and quilting, and the end result is still really special. I hope this is just the beginning of Gennine's fabric designing! :)

Holli said...

I love your pillows, Maureen! I have had the Allegria birds for some time now - I take them out, look at them, feel I'm unworthy to use them properly . . . put them back - but these pillows are gorgeous! What a great way to showcase those birds. Perfect! Happy New Year!

Tamie said...

These are beautiful. I'm sure your sister loved them.

Rene Sharp said...

Absolutely stunning, those colors are so bright, and bold and happy. All the best for 2013, I look forward to your posts, whenever you have the time to write them ;)

Elsa said...

Beautiful cushions ~ love the straight line quilting.
Hope your little feels better soon.
Happy 2013 Maureen ~ may this year hold lots of creativity for you!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I should be back to my regular routine of blogging in the morning Mon-Thurs, with my weekend giveaway's beginning on Friday for awhile now! I have lots planned for 2013 -- Thanks Rene!! :)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Oh gosh, if I made anymore pillows for us my husband would seriously commit me! lol Of course, I probably will sooner than later anyways!

When the kids built forts and gather up all the pillows from around the house, it is really something!! :)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

My sister gave the pillows to her in-laws and they love them, Yay! And, thank you!! :)


Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I still have so much catching up to do, too! With my daughter home sick and now I have this nasty cold, I think camping out on the couch sounds perfect for a little while! :)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I didn't plan on a tutorial, although that's not a bad idea! :) For now, if you need any pointers just email me and maybe I can help you out!

Swedish Scrapper said...

Absolutely, it's ok! That Alegria looks so nice with the smidge of Flea Market Fancy! Andthe stitching and more stitching really make them sparkle! You did plenty last year and inspired all of us too. Thanks for neutralizing my own thought about the unfinished list-- it's ok anyway!

gloriajanine said...

I totally agree with Hollis' comment - I get my little Alegria blue birds out - stare at them - get afraid to cut into them and put them back - HOWEVER - these pillow are so gorgeous, I may just get up the nerve to make a set for my daughter - thanks for the inspiration!!

gloriajanine said...

I totally agree with Hollis' comment - I get my little Alegria blue birds out - stare at them - get afraid to cut into them and put them back - HOWEVER - these pillow are so gorgeous, I may just get up the nerve to make a set for my daughter - thanks for the inspiration!!

**nicke... said...

i love this cushion! it is gorgeous!!! i bet they loved it!!! can you tell i am catching up??? comment overload!

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Jeanette Schnell said...

Maureen, I would LOVE a tutorial on this!! I want to copt this pillow using as many of the same fabrics as I can! Pretty please?

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Jeanette Schnell said...

Maureen, how much fabric do I need to order of each of these pillows to make exact duplicates (as close as possible)? My birthday is soon & I am ordering all fabric & I want to make these EZACT pillows. Thanks for the link to Project Anthologies:)!!

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photosarah said...

I just recently made a quilted mat for my sewing machine out of an Alegria charm pack.
I'd love you to check it out here: http://sarahdudik.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/quilted-mat/

The bird fabrics are some of my favorite fabrics ever. They look great as pillows!