Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On My Table & Mind : :

Today will be a very busy sewing day for me! So, I thought I'd share quickly what I've been working on and will be working with today!

First up -- Willow! Have you seen this gorgeous new collection by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake? It's what I chose, months ago, to use for this week's Design Team project and I absolutely adore it!! It's so soft and sweet!

Willow by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake
photo via Hawthorne Threads

The fabric designs inspired me to work with Dresdens, once again!

Playing with Willow Dresdens...

Here's a little peek today! Tomorrow the tutorial will be up on the Riley Blake Blog and I'll have a HUGE Willow Giveaway happening right here!!

Willow Dresden Pocket Half Apron

Next on my list -- Rock & Romance by Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics! LOVE, Love, love!!

Rock & Romace Gorgeousness!!

I'm sure we'll all agree that this is just pure gorgeousness! I have major plans for these, including a new Fat Quarter Gang Tutorial that I can't wait to write up and a new quilt top all planned out, as well!

Rock & Romance

Then there's my finished Indie quilt top, patiently waiting!! My hope is to draft up my very first quilt pattern and finish this lovely quilt by the end of September, but that might be wishful thinking? We'll see!

My Indie Quilt Top

And, now there's this. THIS is my Big News that I hinted about last week. My biggest project ever and ALL I can think about these days -- our HOME!

HOME

Just writing that word make me tear-up. It's been a long, long road. Filled with seven moves, some pretty big disappointments, struggles, heartache and worry that the day might never happen when we would be able to give our children a real, permanent HOME. But it's been fun too and we have SO many beautiful memories, that I really can't look back and regret or feel bad about any of it. There is still so much to do and that I want to share, and it will be weeks before we can hold the key, but I can't keep it in any longer. It is much too Big! And, the perfect thing to dream about today while I sew!

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110 comments:

  1. congrats, Maureen! Your house is totally adorable! :D

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  2. Congratulations Maureen! What a beautiful home. Can't wait to see the inside, and what you do with it. Having a home is such a concrete decision for a family. I never had a permanent home growing up, but since I married and started a family we have had a solid foundation :-) Enjoy your new home.

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  3. Oh Maureen, it's such a beautiful home!! You will love it and it's all worth it in the end. Congratulations!

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  4. Congratulations! Your home is beautiful! And I can't wait to see your finished project with Willow. It looks gorgeous!

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  5. Absolutely charming!!! Love it! It looks like HOME! :) Congrats to you!

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  6. Congrats on the new home, you will have that key in your hands soon! It will be worth the wait!

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  7. Beautiful fabrics - I LOVE the dresdens on the grey background, and that house is absolutely precious!

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  8. Your home is beautiful!!! What an inspirational home for sewing! Congratulations!

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  9. Congrats! Looks like a house with charachter, love the old ones. And your family will make it a home.

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  10. I'm indescribably jealous. Will you look at that gingerbread?! And the porch is to die for.

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  11. absolutely gorgeous....reminds me of the "Bobwhite Cottage" from Department 56 New England collection. One of my favorite houses..Congrats, you deserve it!

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  12. What a charming home. Will we be allowed in to see your home decorating skills? Lovely fabrics!

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  13. Congrats Cracknell Family!!!

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    1. oh yeah and gorgeous projects and fabrics, too! :)))

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  14. Looks like you have found yourself. Happy moving day.

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  15. Congratulations, Maureen! It truly is a Dream House!

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  16. The roller coaster is definitely on the uphill for you! Hope the ride lasts. Willow is just perfect for Dresdens, great call! I will be looking for that tutorial! Lovely home; it will all be worth it once you have a permanent nest.

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  17. Congratulations on your home!!! So exciting!

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  18. Oh wow, congratulation Maureen & family!! I hope you'll have yourself a sewing space in this new home?!!! =D

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  19. Your home is beautiful, Maureen! SO excited for you and your family :) What a wonderful place to build lasting memories! Yay for no more wallpaper!!!!

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  20. Beautiful Home for a beautiful family. ENJOY~

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  21. Congratulations!! There really is no place like home :-)

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  22. I'm so happy for you, Maureen!! You're going to have so much fun planning and decorating your new home, and I can't wait to see what you do!
    I'm also looking forward to seeing what you have planned for that gorgeous fabric.

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  23. Absolutely delightful!!! We have lived in an old house for 38 years. When the kids were young, we were so tired of trying to fix it up that we actually looked at a new house. Our kids had a fit - they loved our old house and their friends could always be here. They loved the yard and all that went with it. So we have fixed it up and they still love it just as much!!!

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  24. What a beautiful house! I am sure it will be the perfect HOME!!

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  25. Congrats on the dream home! It is very lovely, and I am sure you will decorate it in your own unique way!

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  26. It's all so lovely, the house, the fabric - YOU! congratulations. That porch looks absolutely fantastic! Good luck with everythign that comes along with another move.

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  27. What a beautiful Victorian, Maureen. Wishing you and yours all the best, and, I can see, if I squint, a beautiful grey and yellow quilt sitting on the wicker settee on the front porch, just waiting for a cool summer evening!

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  28. What a beautiful home...reminds me a little of a gingerbread house! Congrats on your big news. I know you'll be happy here.

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  29. Congratulations on your new home.I absolutely love the porch.
    Love the Willow line it is gorgeous.

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  30. Congratulations!! What a wonderful HOME! That great porch is just begging for a couple of rocking chairs with Willow fabric quilts on them! Enjoy! :)

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  31. Such a beautiful home and seems to fit your blog personality perfectly! Looks very much like the home we are moving into in October as well, funny! www.thiessenrenos.com ... ours is the yellow house.

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  32. Lovely home! So excited for you!!!! Everything else is exciting too! Love the fabric, and can't wait to see the first quilt pattern!

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  33. Wow, what a wonderfully beautiful home! Congratulations!!! And what beautiful fabrics. Your apron is gorgeous. I finally washed my little stash of Indie, but I haven't cut into it. I think I should have ordered yardage rather than fat quarters! Need to put some new things in my Etsy shop to fund it for sure!

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  34. Yay! Congratulations...your house is beautiful! Best of luck getting all moved in and settled in the coming weeks. Love all the new projects and love the new fabrics....I need to get my new fabric sewn up so I can buy some more ;)

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  35. Wow ~ what a beautiful home! It really does make a difference for children to have a home. Yellow is a great color too!
    Love the apron and the fabric is so lovely.
    Can't wait to see what the next tutorial will be!

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  36. What a completely gorgeous home, so very YOU! Puts a smile on my face knowing it's worked out so wonderfully.

    And I LOVE that grey herringbone print in the top photo...definitely adding it to my "hope to stash this soon" list!

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  37. Congrats Maureen! Hope you and your family make many happy memories in your beautiful new home.

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  38. Big and wonderful news, indeed! :)

    Love the use of the Dresdens and all that pretty fabric.

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  39. What a beautiful apron! I am so impressed. And the house, so picturesque!

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  40. Love the house with the gingerbread trim and the big front porch -- and all those windows for natural light!!

    And have fun sewing with all those gorgeous fabrics!

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  41. Congrats again m'dear! so excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIg hugs!!!!!!!!!!!

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  42. Congrats!!! Your new home is adorable!

    Karyn

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  43. The house is beautiful, Maureen. Congratulations!

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  44. Congratulations on your home! May you fill it with tons of hugs and memories.

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  45. Congrats MC.. I just love it, It has your name all over it.. will you do me a fav??? make sure I am not a NO REPLY Blogger??? I sent you an email.

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  46. OOooooh congrats on the house!!! It is so quaint and perfect! Love your fabrics too, always.

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  47. The house is beautiful. Kinda goes with the colors of the tutorial tomorrow.

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  48. YAY! A home of your very own! Absolutely wonderful.

    My best to you.

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  49. Your home is lovely--looks like a dream house. I love the beautiful fabrics you are working with. The quilt will be gerogous as usual. Keep on sewing--that is what I am doing today--my last day of vacation--so sad.

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  50. I also love Willow. The entire collection is so pretty.

    Wow. You must be dancing in your chair Maureen! That house is gorgeous. So pretty. Congratulations.

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  51. It is beautiful! Wow! Congratulations!

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  52. Totally adorable house! It screams you, it really does. I am so happy for you.

    I totally put Willow in that colorway in my shopping cart a few weeks ago but have yet to push the checkout button. It reminds me of Seaside, and I love the color combination.

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  53. The house is beautiful and it looks like you! Not totally sure what I mean but it seems to suit you!

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  54. Yay, Maureen! I have been checking your blog every 5 minutes waiting for your big news - I'm so thrilled for you! It's EXACTLY the kind of home I picture you and your family living in. Congrats!

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  55. First- I love the fabrics you are working with. They are beautiful. And congratulations on your house. It's beautiful too.

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  56. How exciting for you!! Congratulation Cracknell's!!!

    Love, Susan

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  57. Congratulations! Lovely home...looks a lot like the house my daughter purchased a few years ago as her first home. We have done a lot of work on it and there always seems to be something to do, but she loves it.

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  58. Congrats! The house is beautiful! May you have many happy years and wonderful memories made there!

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  59. You future home is gorgeous! Congratulations!

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  60. It is a beautiful house!! You'll have so many to make for your new home and so many new memories will build within! Congrats!! Love love your apron!

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  61. I truly love it and so very happy! It took us 20 years to get there with hubby in the Navy (we chose not to do it while active duty because we had 13 moves in those years!) But so happy we are HOME now ourselves! Congrats and Welcome to the "sometimes not liking the money paid out for upkeep bills", and it is definetly a "happy about HOME" Family! :-)

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  62. I dont know what happened but my profile dissappeared, I had to revert back to the old blogger style. I have to find someone to build me a blog.. any suggestions.. will you try it again PRETTY PLEASE......

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  63. Congratulations. That is big and exciting for you and your family. Welcome home.

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  64. Wonderful! And what a fabulous front porch!

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  65. What a gorgeous house! I'm sure it will make a wonderful home. The exterior colour scheme reminds me of the Willow line - coincidence?

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  66. I'm so excited for you and your family, Maureen. Can't wait to hear more about the house as it develops! And your sneak peek looks amazing!

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  67. Oh Maureen, Im so happy for you all! Some day I want a tour:) Theres nothing like living in a big, old home. Does it need work inside or is it in great condition?

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  68. That Victorian is a beauty! Congrats

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  69. Gorgeous set of prints and the Dresdens are perfect for it!.
    Gosh I want your house it looks amazing! We sure don't have houses like that over here! =D

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  70. A big thumb's up to you and the family. There is nothing like the feeling of walking into a house and making it a home, best of all your home. In 2006 my family moved into our own home, it was Christmas eve and it was the best Christmas present ever. So I wish you and your family many, many happy years in your new home.

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  71. Congratulations!! What a beautiful house!

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  72. What a beautiful home it is! Here's to many more happy memories for you and your family!

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  73. Amazing news, Maureen! Congratulations!!

    Carla

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  74. How wonderful for you! LOVE it! And cannot wait to see all the project you are working on.

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  75. Your home is BEAUTIFUL! Congrats!

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  76. Oh my Maureen... what a lovely home!!! I can't wait to see the inside! So glad you finally have your first home! Oh the memories you'll make!

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  77. I love the gingerbread...that is what they call the victorian detail trim, right? Regardless, it is just a perfect home. Congratulations!

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  78. What a beautiful house!!!!! So happy for you and your family!

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  79. OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, I am so very happy for you and you family. You are going to have so much fun. I can't wait to see all of the beautiful projects that you will have planned. The kids must be just thrilled.

    Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

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  80. Congrats Maureen to you and your family. I just love the house, it is so cute. I also love the fabric you used for your apron. It turned out so cute.

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  81. Oh Maureen, I am so happy for you!! We all are! I can't wait to see that new sewing room too!!

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  82. What a beautiful house! The perfect backdrop for showcasing your sewing! Not to mention all of the wonderful memories you will make in it! When can I come over? (even just to peek in the windows.) ;)

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  83. I know one of the first things you can make for the new digs: Cushions for the front porch chair with a bunting or flag with a family crest to match!

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  84. Oh my! What a gorgeous house! Congratulations! And such a lovely dresden project - might be the very thing to get me over my fear of dresdens and actually try one out!

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  85. CONGRATULATIONS! It is so cute! Having only owned for a few months I can tell you that is an awesome feeling going home to your OWN house and doing whatever you want with it. I'm sure you will have a blast decorating it!

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  86. That Willow fabric is beautiful! Congratulations on your new home - it looks lovely!

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  87. Love the fabrics and looking forward to the tutorial...but the house...beautiful!!! Congrats! Keeping my fingers crossed everything works out well for you :)

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  88. congrats maureen (& fam!) the house looks amazing. love that apron too. :)

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  89. OMG, your new home is so pretty! I just love a big front porch and the gorgeous trim! I hope you'll show us the inside after you get moved in. Congratulations! And the Willow fabric line is so pretty. I added it to my shopping list.

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  90. Your home is beautiful. Wow I love it. Congratulations. And the Willow, I really like the soft look. Very pretty.

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  91. Beautiful! Congratulations, I hope the weeks til you have the key don't take too long to go by!

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  92. Congratulations on the new home, it is beautiful! and I love your dresdens.

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  93. It is already so pretty! Most people are not so lucky. You must wake u SINGING and ready to pack--one more time, the last time.

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  94. oh, Maureen...
    well I wish I was in your shoes, your nwe home is really beautiful, now it's my turn to find one for my family ^_^

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  95. First, those Willow fabrics have to be my favorite of All time!! Second, that house is just indescribably delicious, and I'm so envious, and so happy for you!

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  96. Oh, my, that is an absolutely darling house--the kind we don't have here in the Southwest but the kind I love because I grew up in the Midwest. I'm so excited for you. And I absolutely adore all that gingerbread!

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  97. I am in love with rock and romance. It is one of the best collections since sliced bread!!!!! I also love the skull quilt that they made with it. Please show us what you make it with while I drool until I can get some.

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  98. The house is so cute! Congratulations. Where abouts do you live? I live in Australia. I enjoy reading your blog and your fabric creations. sarahleighATinternodeDOTonDOTnet

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  99. Ahh geez, I adore your house. My dream is to get to America and wander around little towns looking at the architecture. Your house looks like a crafters delight. Our houses in Australia don't seem to have alot of character. ONE day I'll get over there. A mighty congrats on your new home and it'll be brimming with love and happiness I'm sure.

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