Monday, February 11, 2013

New & Finished : :

I had a really productive sewing weekend, and I'm excited to share it all throughout this new week! Of course, I have no clue where to begin. Gosh, I took so many pictures over the weekend! Before I do share any of them, I want to start by quickly saying thank you for being so generous and sweet with your comments lately. It's the greatest feeling and motivator to know that all this making I do, and that all the time it takes to share it all here, might mean something to more than just me. It's wonderful and I thank you!

On Thursday I found a new piece for my sewing room that I really, really like. I plan to use it as an inspiration board eventually. For now I'm using it to encourage some long overdue finishes! Which is working!!

A little new for the sewing room!

Time to turn this one into a finish!

After finishing up some crown orders on Saturday I finally turned my "Stitch Sketch" girl into a finished quilt top! I hope to share all the details tomorrow, but here's a peek!

Yoyo flowers

Butterflies

In the Sun

In the sunlight I could easily see the imperfection of my stitch sketching, and I actually think my mistakes are beautiful. Hoping the recipient of this quilt agrees.

I finished up my Tsuru & Pure Element Quilt top, as well! I stayed up late Saturday night until it was done! I'll be sharing it with a special Tsuru Giveaway on Valentine's Day!!

AGF & Tsuru

In the morning

Tsuru Quilt Top -- I can't wait to share it later this week with a Tsuru Giveaway!!!

Besides lots of crown making, I have plans to finish a few more wips this week. First in line is already hanging on my new inspiration board! And, I've already begun work on yet another quilt. This time, Chicopee was on my cutting table, and the laborious task of turning this gorgeous collection into a high stack of triangles is already complete!

Chicopee fun!

Chicopee stacked

Today, I've got Ray...

Ray

and some crown-making to do!

Happy Monday, friends!! Maureen 

p.s. I just tried to "Pin" some of my photos and it won't work?? Does anyone know how to fix that?? Thanks!  Problem fixed! Pin if you're interested!!

48 comments:

Jean(ie) said...

Love the stitch-sketching! It's so much fun when you let the feed dogs down and gooooo!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

It is! And, something I don't do nearly enough -- I really hope to change that!! :)

Jess said...

Wow, the stitch sketch is amazing! I can't wait to see the finished quilt. You definitely had a productive weekend!

Christina said...

AMAZING! You really do produce works of art!

Kelly Smith said...

I love your stitch sketch! Amazing! You really have some gorgeous projects! I can't wait to see more of the Chicopee triangles!

Ruth said...

Love it! I bet it was fun to see the progression during the creation of the top.

Vicki H said...

Great! I don't know how you get so much done and have time for the family. You are amazing.

suzmary said...

I love the stitch sketching, too. I wish I could have been as productive as you this weekend, but here in Massachusetts, productivity was only measured in how much snow we could shovel. No power for a good bit, too, so no sewing.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

The kids are with me, or around me, the entire time, often making something of their own. With temperature being so cold and us being indoors this much, there's so much more time for sewing/crafting. I do love Winter for that reason alone!!

Katie P said...

The sketch girl is beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished quilt :)

Nikita said...

Beautiful sketch... and ahh chicopee..I love your work, so I can't wait to see what you do with that bundle.. I am obsessed with that line.

Jodi said...

Wow! Everything looks lovely. Love the quilt on the line, and your girl!

Linda said...

Love all the projects your working on! That snow is beautiful, but you can keep it. I will keep my temps of 75-80.

Kristy said...

The stitch sketching is absolutely amazing! How in the world do you do something like that? I am blown away by your talent and creativity.

sarah said...

Everything looks beautiful and you sure did get a lot of sewing in over the weekend! I hope your productivity continues. Have a great week!! =D

Kathy said...

Don't you think great music -like Ray- make quilting and sewing much more enjoyable? "I've been saved by a woman" you tell them Ray! Love him and all your sewing! Thanks for the tips and pictures!!

Debbie Weishaar said...

Beautiful! Can't wait to see it. Looks like you are going to have a productive week and I hope that I do as well. I've begun putting borders on my Sampler blks so that I can learn to free motion quilt each one and then learn to put the 20 blks together to complete the quilt. I won't get mine done this week but hopefully over the next month I will.

Roberta Cogan said...

You are consistently amazing, Maureen! The stitch sketching is just beautiful!

Missy Shay said...

You seem to have some kind of block on your images to where no one can pin them. Check your settings on your blog, maybe you have it set that way accidently. I love your butterflies, I can't wait to see the finished quilts!

Donna~~ said...

Your sneak peek looks great! Love Chicopee--look forward to see that too!

Unknown said...

Where have I been- stitch sketching? You show me a whole new world. I like your quilt blocks as a stained glass window- esp the Frank LLoyd wright one. Thank You.

Elsa said...

Oh WOW! Stitch Sketch Girl is amazing ~ love her! You've got lots going on ~ love the butterflies too ~ just everything you do is lovely!

Unknown said...

Where have I been- stitch sketching? You show me a whole new world. I like your quilt blocks as a stained glass window- esp the Frank LLoyd wright one. Thank You.

Selfsewn said...

Are you kiddingI see no wrongs with your stitching!!
Love the tsuru too, and that stack x

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Hi Missy! I noticed that myself, looked into it, and a friend told me that she found in the Flickr Forums that there is something wrong currently with being able to pin images that are shared through flick, like mine are. Hope they fix it soon!!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I was referring to the wrinkles and slight pulling I got around the eyes from the heavy stitching! :) The outdoor sunlight shows it much more than I could see indoors. However, I kind of like it?! :)

SIMPLESEW said...

Love the Quilt.. Stop by the blogaversary and link up and show off !

Amy said...

Ditto with a capital D!!!

Jeanne said...

I draw quite well and am very curious as to how you stitch sketch? Could you give me a few tips? I would appreciate it so very much. Your work is awesome! I see nothing at all wrong with it. It is gorgeous and unique!! And I have the FQ of Chicopee and am too scared to cut into them yet. How did you do it? Help!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work Maureen!

Cheryl said...

Oh my gosh - that stitch sketch is wonderful! You even included the "wrinkles" around the eyes like I've acquired over the years from too much smiling (wink!).

chicken lover said...

Wow I love that Stitch sketching - fabulous. Your record player picture bought back real memories for me - I could even smell that distinctive record scent!!

Annette said...

You are such a tease sometimes, showing us glimpses of what's to come!!! I'm glad you had such a productive weekend and I can't wait to see what you will show us this week!

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

gosh i really love your colours and your girl sketch and am just inspired! I have no idea how to quilt, anything that needs precision, measuring or anything similar my mind is like 'LA LA LALA' that's why i do machine embroidery instead, but oh boy your work makes me want to try! i love the new find as well, what was it, was it some sort of coat rack? so excited to be following along now and to be one of the people giving you some comment love, it makes a difference doesn't it! Keep making and send me a hug (my sewing machine blew up yesterday!)

deborah said...

Your stitch sketch girl is wonderful!

Handmade in Israel said...

The stitch sketch is incredible! I am blown away by it. You have been busy!

Swedish Scrapper said...

I'm adoring all your glimpses ! Nice to see you're really in the groove at your newplace! Hey**when is Ray gonna something new?! Stopping by tomorrow to see more :-)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you! Yes I have definitely found my groove and I'm very comfortable in my new space! It makes all the difference having it right in the center of everything!!

I would love some new Ray, myself! Good thing he never gets old!! :)

Karena Lindell said...

I have to say that I love all of the things that you make and find your blog very inspiring, but your stitch sketching absolutely blows me away! It is truly incredible! :) What an incredible talent you have.

Katy Cameron said...

Loving the new furniture, and fab sneaky peeks!

**nicke... said...

totally loving that new piece! and this quilt is gorgeous! i can't wait to see what the recipient says! xoxo

♥Duff said...

so many surprises in store--I'm looking forward to them all! I bet your sketch art quilt is a jaw-dropper!

Teje said...

Hi Maureen! Your new inspiration board is wonderful! I can't wait to see your new quilt - I love your stitched faces and butterflies promise something beautiful and unique! x Teje

pasqueflower said...

Amazing work, as always! I marvel at your creative output.

Hitch & Thread said...

Is it just me(having stayed up way too late again) or is there a heart in the middle of the tree the quilt is on?? Can't wait to see what you've done with your girl!

Jacey said...

I could listen to Ray all day, every day.
Love your Tsuru project so far!

**nicke... said...

i love ray! love love love!

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