Wednesday, July 27, 2016

From Scraps : :

Immediately after finishing Haila's pretty drawstring bag, I collected the odd Fleet & Flourish, Tapestry fabric, and AGF Denim scraps scattered throughout my sewing room floor and turned them into a sweet matching pillow. I carried on sewing with the same herringbone pattern and added lace embellishments that I have loved using so much lately!

A Little Lace Pillow

It's a cute little pillow, barely fitting the 14" pillow insert that's stuffed in there so tightly, but I'm sure over time, after a little use, it will look just perfect! I always make my pillow covers a little smaller than the size of the pillow insert I plan to use. They always settle a little and I love them to stay looking nice and full!

Lace Pillow Binding

Nothing went to waste in the making of this quick project - even the pillow back is finished with more scraps and a little linen.

Lace Pillow Back

For the binding I used the very last of that BIG role of Hello, Bear Summit in Twilight binding I made a few months back. I love the combination of each fabric & trim that makes up this pillow, pretty, pretty!

Lace Pillow Details

I especially love it paired with the Fleet & Flourish pillow I made for last year's Fall Quilt Market to showcase my Miniments and Lace in Bloom prints. Doesn't in make a lovely set?

Lace Pillow Favorie

A Little Lace Pillow

I think they look so beautiful together, tossed on the Anthropologie Victoriana Silk Throw blanket that I received for Christmas last year!

Lace Pillow Love

I've been working, slowly, on building up my handmade inventory in the hopes of having a local pop-up shop around the holidays or possibly here online, and both of these pillows have been added to the pile!

♡ Maureen  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Something Pretty : :

Yesterday I set out to make a new drawstring bag for Haila. We have a shared love for floral fabrics, lace, and thrifting, so for her bag I knew I could really go crazy with all the sweet, special details!

A Pretty Bag for Haila

This bag started with a bundle of pretty Fleet & Flourish and Tapestry prints, a pile of narrow strips cut for a herringbone quick quilt as you go patchwork for one side of the bag and a simple qayg stacked stripe for the reverse side.

Fleet & Flourish and Tapestry

Strips for Herringbone

As I pieced the front, I added in little bits from vintage tablecloths we found together at our local consignment shop and lace she helped me pick out at our recent trip to JoAnn Fabrics.

For Something Pretty

Pretty Details

As I sewed she'd pop in and out of the sewing room, not knowing this bag was for her! The added embellishments are my favorite part of making these otherwise simple backpacks, the added extra details are so pretty, perfect for my girl!

Pretty Details

I love using AGF denim for the backpack casing and tabs, and for the lining of this one I tried something new -- my Fleet & Flourish Swifting Flora knit!

Lined with Fleet & Flourish knit

Denim Casing

To finish, I used more of my stash of vintage bias tape stitched closed for the drawstrings and added two, fun tassels Haila & I bought a year ago at a local yard sale!

Drawstring from Vintage Bias Tape

Thrifted Tassel

These bags have quickly become my new favorite quick-sew project, perfect for these busy & HOT Summer days that don't leave much time for sewing!

Bag Back

You can find Fleet & Flourish and Tapestry available at Fat Quarter Shop, Llama Fabrics, and Lady Belle Fabrics!

XO, Maureen

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

Summer Elements GIVEAWAY!


FatQuarterShop-275(1)My sponsor the Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop's reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff!
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For this week's Giveaway the Fat Quarter Shop is offering to one lucky MCH reader a beautiful bundle Art Gallery Fabrics exclusive Summer Elements! This Fat Quarter bundle includes TWENTLY stunning contemporary prints including a colorful selection of Nature Elements, Oval Elements, and Pure Elements Solids! You can find this pretty bundle available at Fat Quarter Shop right HERE!

Summer Elements GIVEAWAY!

Summer Elements GIVEAWAY!

Enter to Win!

Here's how,
 
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Simply leave a comment here in this post! Feel free to share what you'd make with these gorgeous fabrics!? (one entry)
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Follow the Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook! Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
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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, July 25th. 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!


A BIG thanks to all who enter our Giveaway! Have a great Friday & weekend!

♡ Maureen  

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Roadside Guides Quilt : :

It's been way too long since I shared a new quilt photoshoot here on the blog! This quilt traveled with us to the beach last week where we had planned to carve out a little time to finally photograph it after sitting folded up for months and months. I was so excited to see it's beautiful colors against the ocean landscape. Each day away we'd decide tomorrow would be a better day until we completely ran out of days, oops!

I made this quilt months ago for my Fleet & Flourish fabric collection Quilt Market booth and LookBook using Art Gallery Pure Elements Solid fabrics, inspired by the only print fabric included in the quilt, my Roadside Guides in Opal print. I'm so excited that we made photographing it a priority now that we're back home in beautiful Potter County, PA!

Roadside Guides Quilt

Below you can see it on display at Fall Quilt Market in Houston last October, and you can also find it featured in my Fleet &  Flourish LookBook!

International Quilt Market : : Fleet & Flourish

Even though it was shared a couple of times already, for me there's nothing quite like taking a quilt out to our beautiful surroundings here in Potter County. I never feel completely done with a quilt project until that happens!

Roadside Guides Quilt

This quilt is made & finished using my Quick Quilt As You Go technique with QAYG Log Cabin style quilt blocks turned on point to mimic my Roadside Guides fabric design. I only had a small amount of strike offs to mix into the quilt pattern, so I chose to add it in little triangles at all four corners and four points within the quilt top. This is the quick phone snap photo I shared on my Instagram way back when I was still working on it!

Roadside Guides Inspired

It was such a fun, creative way to show off this fabric design at Quilt Market, without having much fabric available to use! I've always wanted to create an all solids quilt and although this does include a little print, it still feels like I can go ahead and cross an all solids quilt off my to-make list!

Roadside Guides Quilt

Potter County Wildflowers

Roadside Guides Quilt

I still have one more finished Fleet & Flourish quilt to photograph and share! I'm hoping to do that next week, because I hear my newest fabric collection, Nightfall, should be arriving in a couple of weeks. I can't wait!!

♡ Maureen

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Pillow Form Solution : :

When my favorite brand, Soft N Crafty Premier pillow forms go on sale at Jo~Ann I always stock up! At any given time I typically have at least a dozen, in a variety of sizes, piled in one corner of my sewing room since I lack the space in any of my cabinets and shelves to accommodate that many pillow forms. It always looks a little messy since they never seem to want to stay neatly stacked together. Well, last month I finally discovered a solution, and because it's been such a good, multifunctional fix for me, I thought I'd share with those of you who might also be looking for a way to store these necessary pillow forms, quilt batting, Poly-Fil, etc...

Boho Pouf : A Pillow Insert Solution

While shopping for a new hammock on Amazon a few weeks ago this Boho Ottoman Patchwork Cover popped up in the "frequently bought together" area on the page, and right away I thought of filling it with my pillow form stash!

The colorful, scrappy patchwork fabrics go so well with my style and I love the little tassel details!

Boho Pouf : A Pillow Insert Solution

It ended up being the perfect, extra-large size cover to fill with ALL the pillow forms I currently have unused, at least a dozen ranging in sizes from twelve to twenty inches!

Boho Pouf : A Pillow Insert Solution

The kids love sitting on the pouf when they join me in the sewing room and I love not having to see those plastic covered pillow inserts! I'm even considering ordering a second to house my prepackaged batting, to have one in front of each the matching chairs I have it my sewing room.

Boho Pouf : A Pillow Insert Solution

I hope you find this solution idea helpful!

How about you, do you have any tips/tricks for keeping your sewing space organized that you'd like to share?

♡ Maureen

Monday, July 18, 2016

Back from the Beach : :

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Last week we headed South to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for our annual beach vacation. I had every intention of popping in to share a quick couple of blog posts that I had planned in advance, but it was much too beautiful to be on the computer at all, the weather was perfect, and we kept busy. Busy playing in the ocean and in the pool and in the sand. Busy eating lots of yummy food and making drinks all day long. Such fun, I tell you! It was a wonderful break that provided just what I needed -- a gathering of inspiration, some much-needed refueling, and a little bit of letting go.

Now that we're back home Kevin and I have a long list of house/yard things that need done before this Summer season ends, and I certainly have plenty of sewing projects I'd love to tackle, but our Summer fun to-do list is even longer and it's time to get serious! Before school starts, before the leaves fall, there's still plenty of time for more playing in the water and for picnics and for ice cream cones and for enjoying Summer's beauty.

I wish you all the best in the Summer days to come! ♡ Maureen