Friday, August 28, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!   

Cultivate FQ Bundle Giveaway!

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My sponsor Lady Belle Fabric is run by husband and wife team, Rob & Brooke! In their shop you'll find both bundles and single cuts of handpicked fabrics that are fresh, modern, and fun! Designer fabrics include many of our favorites -- Art Gallery Fabrics, Cotton + Steel, Free Spirit, and Moda, just to name a few! Lady Belle Fabric's goal is to offer the most gorgeous lines of fabric, as quickly as they can! 
   
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For this week's Fabric Giveaway Friday, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner a beautiful Fat Quarter bundle of Bonnie Christine's newest fabric collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Cultivate! This bundle will include a fat quarter cut of each of the 20 beautiful fabric prints that make up this wonderful new collection! How very generous!!

You can find Cultivate available in the Lady Belle Fabric shop in individual cuts, as Fat Quarter Bundles and as half yard bundles! Be sure to check out this amazing shop!!


Cultivate FQ Bundle Giveaway!

In addition, Lady Belle Fabric is offering my readers 15% OFF any order from the shop throughout this Giveaway until Tuesday September 1st, just use coupon code "QUILTS15" at checkout!! Such a great opportunity to stash unreleased fabrics from Lady Belle's Sample Sale section or their new Liberty of London bundles!

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Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know which of these new arrivals are catching your eye, feel free to share! (one entry)
2. Follow Lady Belle Fabric on Facebook or on Instagram! Just be sure to let me know you do by making a separate comment here for an extra entry! (optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry! Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
(optional extra entry)
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 Instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, August 31st!! Winner will be picked 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!


Thanks to all who enter our Giveaway! Have a great Friday & weekend!!   ♡ Maureen

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Last Night's Pillow Making : :

With the kids returning to school, comes the return of some regular daytime sewing hours for myself, and if I'm lucky, some after-bedtime sewing on occasion as well. Last night I treated myself to a little late night pillow making. Nothing fancy, just a quick fabric pull in a fun color scheme I've been brooding over. Black & whites + teal, mustardy yellow, blue, gray, & a rosy shade of pink, what's not to love!

Pillow Fabrics

It wasn't until I snapped this photo that I recognized the color similarity to Katarina Roccella's new Imprint collection. I'll have to add it to my must-stash list, I love the way these colors play together!

Scrappy pillows just make me happy, especially when they come together quick! I decided on a sawtooth-like design, sewing two strips together, a black & white print with one of the colorful fabrics, the same way I do when making quilt binding, piecing each strip with a diagonal seam. Once all the strips were sewn together, I staggered them to create a zig-zag pattern. A quilt in this style of block would be awesome!

Pillow Cover

For the very first time, I backed this pillow using an Art Gallery Fabrics voile. Voile has the most luxurious feel! I can't believe I haven't tried it before!

Voile Back

I finished my pillow with a Cultivate print binding leftover from my recent Arizona Herringbone Quilt. I love a striped binding and these peachy-coral colors are just perfect!

Pillow Binding

Pillow Cover

In went my pillow form and VOILA!

New Pillow

The first of many small items I hope to make and sell in my little Etsy shop!

♡ Maureen

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Boho Artisan Quilt Top : :

Today's the first day of the new school year! The kids were so excited and happy. For the first time ever, we're all equally ready to get back to a routine after a very fun, adventure-filled Summer! You can see them all smiles this morning over on my Instagram, our 7th, 6th, and 3rd graders! As for me, it's always bittersweet and it helps for me to keep extra busy these first few days.

Enter Artisan, the beautiful new collection by designer Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabrics!

Artisan Fabrics

For the past couple of weeks I've been working with these gorgeous fabrics behind the scenes, creating a somewhat complex quilt design full of tiny patchwork squares, I'll share more on that next month. Since I haven't quite had my fill of Artisan just yet and because it's impossible for me to wait that long to share something made with these wonderful fabrics, I thought it would be fun to design a quick sew. A quilt that's simple to make, but still allows each unique Artisan print to shine!

Love these colors!

Just an easy strip pieced pattern, alternating rectangle striped blocks with herringbone blocks. A straightforward pattern that creates such an eye-catching, bohemian style quilt!

Boho Artisan Quilt

I especially love the colors. It reminds me of a clear blue sky on a warm Fall day!

Artisan Quilt Making

The perfect complement to these changing days and the season that's upon us. I should have it finished just in time!

♡ Maureen

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to School & Sewing : :

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Wednesday morning, my children will all be back to school. Though it's bittersweet, certainly there's something both wonderful and refreshing about fresh starts and the beginning of a new school year. As the kids get older, our Summer routine shifts and shapes and changes constantly. I don't think we ever firmly fall into a schedule the way we do during the school year. We take it day by day and embrace the adventure. All that to say, by this time each Summer, we're all pretty ready and excited about the new school year!

I'll be honest with you here, this Summer was challenging for me. As far as creativity goes, my kids naturally gravitate towards making and I'm so grateful to share this with them. Having every available medium for them to mess around with in a casual unstructured way has been a huge benefit. I've come to rely on it for finding my own creative/work time. But in general, I work so much less in the Summer. Which means I always feel behind and often overwhelmed with trying to keep up. I'm really ready for that to end! Still, I know come Wednesday morning when it's quiet and I sit down behind the sewing machine, it will be these last three months, the times I did slow down, the intention to connect, and the value of our Summer adventures that will be on my mind and no doubt will be what inspires my sewing.

New rhythms, more time spent learning, growing, and discovering - all great things!

Ready, steady, GO! ♡ Maureen

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :


Color Your Stash Club GIVEAWAY!

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My sponsor the Fabric Shoppe was founded in 2008 by Jody -- a wife, mama, and blogger at Everyday Beautiful! The Fabric Shoppe carries many of our favorite quilt and craft fabrics, including - Amy Butler, Robert Kaufman, Riley Blake, Joel Dewberry, just to name a few! Quilt supplies include - Aurifil thread, quilt patterns & kits, sewing patterns, a large variety of precuts, and so much more!!
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For this week's giveaway the Fabric Shoppe is offering their April "Color Your Stash" Club, including TWELVE colorful fabrics in a fat quarter bundle to one lucky MCH reader! The Color Your Stash Club is a new monthly fabric club exclusive to the Fabric Shoppe! Each month subscribers will receive a hand selected, lovely stack of quality modern cotton print fabrics, along with a bonus matching spool of Aurifil thread! 

You can find all the club info right HERE and find the sign up page HERE

Color Your Stash Club GIVEAWAY!

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Enter to Win!

Here's how,
 
1.
Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know which color your stash is lacking? (one entry)
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Follow the Fabric Shoppe on Facebook or Instagram! Just let me know you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
(optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry! If you follow here, on Instagram, or on Facebook just let me know by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)
4. Help spread the word!! I know that many of you already do, so I've added sharing 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, August 24th. 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!

Thanks to all who enter our Giveaway! ♡ Maureen

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Handmade Traditions : :

Last week I asked my baby sister to list her favorite colors, I wanted specifics, down to her favorite shade of each. For the last several years I've made her something for her birthday, a tradition I'm happy to continue! Searching my stash for her colors -- Mustard yellow, deep turquoise, light gray, pale greens, and Earthy browns, had me reaching for April Rhodes' fabric once again.

Pillow Fabrics

I settled on making a pillow, a mini version of a quilt pattern I plan to share soon. The patchwork design and fabrics paired up perfectly! I loved it so much that if I had the time, I would have loved to make a quilt.

Birthday Pillow Front

Birthday Pillow for Biz!

While I sewed, my husband and kids were at the nearby river. When I joined them with my finished pillow and camera I was amazed to see what they had created together! Ending the Summer with a river rock sculpture is a tradition my husband started a few years ago. It was beautiful to see Haila decorating their project with wildflowers, something I had done in previous years.

Summer's End Rock Sculpture

Haila Decorating this year's Rock Sculpture

I took photos of my finished Birthday pillow, sitting just above the moving water!

On the River

Birthday Pillow Back

My sister loved her pillow. It truly is a blessing to have so many to make for. Continuing these creative family traditions is a beautiful thing!

♡ Maureen