Monday, May 2, 2016

Bound in Denim & a question : :

Now that it's officially May, it has fully hit me that I leave for Quilt Market in just fifteen days, which means my Nightfall sewing just kicked into high-speed! Rather than diving into a new blog post first thing this morning, I made yet another pillow composed entirely of what little bits of strike off pieces remain scattered around my sewing room. I'm now down to just small patches & narrow strips, but I'm going to try my best to stretch them into as many projects as I can in the days ahead!

Bound in Denim

One constant in each of the samples I've made for my Nightfall booth so far, is the use of AGF's new Denim! I've mentioned more than a few times now how much I love this denim, but I'm starting to realize just how much I love it when combined with Nightfall!

I recently made an extra large roll of denim binding in the Solid Smooth Cool Foliage, with the intention of using it to finish up my Moon Struck Quilt.

Denim Binding

Binding & Moon Phase print

This particular shade of denim looks so perfect with the steely blue & mustard yellow prints in Nightfall!

Bound in Denim

But as I worked on new pillows over the weekend, I kept reaching for that same roll of denim binding!

Bound in Denim

Bound in Denim

Ahhh, I just love it so much!!

Today I had just planned to gush about this denim binding, but since I have a stack of newly finished Nightfall projects next in line to blog about, before I jump ahead I want to ask how you feel about me sharing so many of my Quilt Market prep projects? I've seen now, several times, where folks are finding it irritating or bothersome to see so many designers sharing the projects they're creating with their new, not yet released fabric collections. One comment mentioned that by the time the collection hits stores, they're already so sick of seeing it. As a designer, that reads a little harsh, but I can understand it to a certain point. Put aside all the excitement I feel for each new collection and how wonderful it feels when all the behind the scenes work that went into creating it is finally revealed and I get the green light to share photos & projects. The reality is, preparing for a show like Quilt Market is a tremendous amount of work. Almost all of the sewing time I have has to be dedicated to creating projects for it. Because of this, I truly don't have much else to blog about, and I love to blog as much of my sewing as possible. After all, this is my journal, my daily record of how I've grown as an artist and now designer. As a great lover of fabrics, I still get so excited to see the release of my favorite designer's new collections. If I see it prior to Quilt Market, well then I can't wait to see how they put their booth together at the show.

I'm curious how you feel, does it become overkill or does seeing all the projects generally make you excited for a collection?

Thanks in advance for joining the conversation! ♡ Maureen

54 comments:

  1. I will never, ever be bored seeing your inspirational projects. Please keep them coming.

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  2. I love to see all of your projects. More ideas the better.
    Thanks.

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  3. I love seeing your projects early on.
    Keep up the awesome work. Love your style.

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  4. I love seeing your projects early on.
    Keep up the awesome work. Love your style.

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  5. No way! After seeing your Fleet Flourish booth come together last market with the flowers and butterflies installation you created, I for one am really looking forward to seeing what you have planned that we can't see until it all comes together. I think there is a trend with people complaining no matter what these days. There's no such thing as too much inspiration, that's like saying there's too much chocolate! hehe

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  6. Eh no overkill for me!! Love seeing what you create with your own (ekkk!!) fabric collections. I just wish that in the UK more of the collections were available, rather than just a few of the prints. Looking forward to more of your posts and posts from Quilt Market.

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  7. I'm loving seeing your projects and I'm excited for the release of the fabrics. Actually, I think it is helpful to read what you are doing and discovering (like how well the denim is working) because this will help me "think ahead" to what I might want to purchase for myself. While I'd love to just order a "whole bunch" of everything in this line, practically speaking, that isn't going to be possible.

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  8. No complaints here!! Keep 'em coming, baby ������

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  9. It just dawned on me... your new line is going to match perfectly with the new color scheme I'm planning on for my new place!!! Fall won't come soon enough!! Thinking a throw will be in order :)

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    1. That's exciting!! The release for Nightfall is early August I believe. :)

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    2. PS: KEEP THE POSTS COMING :)

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  10. Generally, I'm in the "overkill camp" but I think the way you approach it is great. Your enthusiasm and excitement really come through, and keeps it from being too much of "buy my fabric". I'm not sure if this makes sense... but I say share away!

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  11. I don't mind seeing your projects. Actually I find the whole thing interesting because I had no idea what "strike offs" were or what goes into designing a fabric and then seeing the drawings next to the actual fabric once it's printed. That said, I believe that this is your blog and. as you said. a journal of your quilting life. If people aren't interested in reading about what you are doing, i.e., all the prep work involved in Quilt Market, they they can unsubscribe and pick it up again after Quilt Market is over with. There are times when I find your color choices and block patterns repetitive. But I often do the same blocks over and over again myself because it's comfortable for me, as I am sure it is for you. I have learned things from your blog like Quilt as You Go which I had never tried until reading about it on your blog. Your color choices aren't the ones that I find lovely (I like jewel tones and pastels), but that's okay. What I find interesting about your blog is the process of taking something from drawings to fabric, your work in felt (which I have never tried), the support from your husband and children, the constant battle with chronic illness and the other things you've talked about over the years.

    While I may just read and quickly delete some of your entries about fabric, I am nevertheless, interested in the process. By the way, I just love the drawings with thread that you apply to your pillows. When you have time someday, I wish you would pursue that a little more in depth.

    Each blogging entry isn't going to appeal to everyone, but we are grownups. We can read it and delete it if we're not interested.



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  12. I really like seeing all the projects you make. Keep doing your blog the way you want it done. I do enjoy reading all your posts, and I can't wait to hear about quilt market.


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  13. I really like seeing all the projects you make. Keep doing your blog the way you want it done. I do enjoy reading all your posts, and I can't wait to hear about quilt market.


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  14. Please keep showing all your colours and processes, I live in uk and can never get to the shows or in most cases buy the fabric but that doesn't mean I don't want to see everything I can. These colours are particularly beautiful. I say it is your blog, continue to do as you like.

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  15. I agree with everyone here, Maureen. It's your blog, so you're in charge. Make, write & share what you like. Those who love you will love it too!

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  16. I agreed with everyone else. I get so inspired by your blog. Keep doing what makes you happy because in return you make it enjoyable for us too! I would also love to see a tutorial from you on your thread sketching like Maxine suggested.

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  17. I enjoy seeing all your posts of the fabrics and projects. I get ideas from those posts. If someone doesn't enjoy reading about and looking at upcoming fabric I think they should just skip the post. Why complain about it when you have a choice to look or skip. Keep on posting!
    Patty
    paweis at yahoo dot com

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  18. definitely excite! I love seeing early views and cheer you on from the comfort of my couch on your way to market.

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  19. I like seeing all of the projects for inspiration. There are so many ideas for each fabric collection.

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  20. So love seeing all the projects, ideas, creative starts and finishes... Like to see as much as you have time to post about, Maureen. You are a fabulous inspiration and I can't see enough of your work. Keep it coming !~! please, she says politely.

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  21. I think a higher percentage of negative comments get made on the internet than percentage of positive comments. Darn trolls...
    When I like fabric, I add it to my list so I can remember (whether it's pre-release or pre-money :-)
    I say show me your projects!

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  22. Your fabric and projects are beautiful. Share away!

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  23. I love the sneak peaks! If it makes you happy and keeps your mojo alive, do it. Too many WIP's like most of you out there and this way I can plan ahead what to make w/AGF, and purchase the fabrics when released and my enthusiasm remains.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. Sharing your projects makes me excited for the new collection and allows me time to think of what I might want to make with it. By the time a collection comes out, it may be too late to ponder possible projects as some of the fabrics may sell out (hopefully!).

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  25. Fine by me if you share away!

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  26. I love seeing your new fabric lines. I agree with Carol, it helps me plan what I would like to do with the fabric when it releases. Blog on!

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  27. As a person who doesn't get to go to quilt market, I find it very enjoyable and useful to see what new fabrics are coming up. The samples are great to see. Definitely not oversharing from my perspective. Thanks for what you do.

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  28. I'm not ONE BIT tired of your projects. In fact, I appreciate the process of watching you and other designers share as you introduce your new fabrics. It makes it so much better. Just keep on being YOU.

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  29. I like seeing your new fabrics and the projects you make with them. I don't get to go to market so it is a treat to see what will soon be in stores, especially your designs which I always love! It is helpful too seeing the companion fabrics you choose like the denim in today's post. Thanks for the work and time you put into writing for us!

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  30. I enjoy your blog very much. It's good to see items made with fabrics not yet released as opposed to seeing something made only to find out the fabric is no longer available.
    Jeri

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  31. I enjoy your blog very much. It's good to see items made with fabrics not yet released as opposed to seeing something made only to find out the fabric is no longer available.
    Jeri

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  32. I love reading about the process of creating a fabric line. You are such a talented thread artist! Please keep sharing-I'd miss it if you stopped!!

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  33. Keep the previews coming! I love seeing what's coming so I know what to look for -- lol.

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  34. I for one find nothing but inspiration in what you share. It is awesome to see what you make. Keep on being a creative genius!

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  35. I love seeing your work Maureen and even better when it's created from your up and coming fabrics. Please keep sharing :)

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  36. I love everything you share!! Keep it up! It just makes me convinced I need your fabric all the more once it hits stores. I love the denim binding idea. I use denim as my backings quite a bit but have never thought to bind with it. You are full of innovative ideas!

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  37. I say don't change your approach. I look forward to seeing how the designer and others utilize the new lines. As a not very imaginative person I appreciate what you do.

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  38. I love the inspiration you give us.

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  39. I love the inspiration you give us.

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  40. I think it's just fine. After all you aren't selling-selling-selling. Because there is nothing to buy--at least not yet.
    I sometimes find the selling aspect of blogging a bit heavy. But I've never felt this on your blog.

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  41. I love to see your projects and I think it makes us look forward to the fabric release with anticipation...our society is so into instant gratification that we have forgotten what it is to look forward to the release of a product you really like! I'm all about enjoying the process and appreciate your inspiration also!

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  42. I love to see all your new creations and it is really exciting when I see them in a quilt shop. I almost feel I know this artist. Just keep showing your creations and designs as many of us do enjoy it.

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  43. please don't stop being your excited self. I enjoy watching the thoughts become realities.

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  44. please don't stop being your excited self. I enjoy watching the thoughts become realities.

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  45. It's exciting and wonderful, your designs are incredible, I love to see what you make!

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  46. Hello, I love your blog it's really nice
    continued like that for the rest of it is really perfect believe me.

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  47. Hello, I love your blog it's really nice
    continued like that for the rest of it is really perfect believe me.

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  48. I love seeing everything you are making. After all, we all can't go to market and see the wonderful booths. A picture of a booth isn't as good as seeing your work close up. BTW, the little butterfly print and the moon bunnies are on my "to get" list. Be excited about your lovely work and keep the inspiration coming. I just downloaded your tutorial from Janome.

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  49. Keep sharing!. It's great seeing what you're making. Those pillows are great and the binding looks great!

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  50. Thank you very much for this article as always very interesting.

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