Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt Top : :

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt Top

In the early afternoon yesterday we decided to ignore the cloudy skies and took my finished scrappy hourglass quilt top using Alison's new Field Day collection to our favorite fields nearby for picture taking. Which in the end we all agreed made much more sense for this particular quilt than those beach photos I tried to get. It turned out to be the most perfect lighting for my pictures and was such a fun time for all of us!

Dailylily & Field Day

We took our time walking along the stream that separates the two fields picking bouquets of wildflowers, turning over rocks, catching crayfish, all while snapping the occasional photo!

Field Day!

Field Day & Wildflowers

Field Day + Bouquet

Crayfish

Found!

The light in this photo is my absolute favorite and really captures both the warmth and brightness of this collection!

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt Top

My quilt top is made up of sixty-four hourglass blocks. I wanted to be sure that the overall look would be super scrappy, while still keeping symmetry & balance with my placement of a few prints, particularly the lightest & brightest white as well as the deepest purple X & + print!

Field Day Scrappy Hourglass

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt Top

Deciding on this place for these quilt top pictures truly was the most perfect way to showcase just how beautiful these fabrics are and for me to share all the reasons I love living right here in Pennsylvania!

A Scrappy Hourglass Quilt 
Top

Maureen 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to Busy : :

Pressing quilts for picture taking at the beach!

Along with my Friendship Diamond quilt I had also planned to have Field Day quilt top photos to share with you all last week, but the strong winds that blow across the ocean and up the beach made it impossible for me to catch the lovely photos of my newly finished, delicate scrappy hourglass quilt top that I had envisioned. That glowing light illuminating each piece of patchwork that I had so hoped to catch again, this time at the shore, was nearly all blocked out by my sweet quilt holder husband's silhouette. Returning home to Pennsylvania, although wonderful, the gloomy overcast is still putting my plans on hold. So, it back to work for me today as I wait to take my pictures. I have lots of felt and fabric to order, etsy business to handle, a few mid-progress projects I'm eager to get back to, and lots of new ideas!

Wising you all a wonderful beginning to this new week!

Maureen

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

The Loopy Ewe Short Stack Giveaway!!

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The Loopy Ewe started in a little basement corner in St. Louis back in the summer of 2006, moved to Fort Collins, CO. in 2011, and just last Summer expanded once again to open up the fabric side of their business. Today The Loopy Ewe is a 7000 sq. ft. space filled with gorgeous yarns and fabrics for people to wander through (either in person or online) for inspiration, and to find their next project! They add new yarn to the website almost every Monday, and new fabric is added almost every Thursday. They ship most orders within 24 hours (Mon-Sat) and offer free U.S. shipping on all orders over $75. They have a fun rewards program which gives you a $25 Loopy Ewe credit every time your orders accumulate to $250! Plus other fun rewards that you can read about here! They sponsor Quarterly Challenges, a virtual Camp Loopy each summer, and a yearly Fall Fling retreat. They love having fun with their customers, whether in person or online! 

Unique to The Loopy Ewe are: Loopy Short Stacks in the fabric shop, and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Seasonings Series, Loopy Legends, Celebrations, and Loopy Cakes in our yarn shop!

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For this week's Fabric Giveaway, The Loopy Ewe is offering the winner their choice of any Short Stack Collection available in the shop! Each stack includes fat quarter cuts of some of our most favorite fabric lines, consisting of eight different, coordinating quilting cotton prints that will provide you with a nice array of fabrics from so many wonderful collections!

You can find The Loopy Ewe's Short Stack Collection right HERE in their shop!!

The Loopy Ewe Short Stack Giveaway!!

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! We'd love to know which Short Stack Collection you would choose, should you win?! (one entry)
2. Follow The Loop Ewe on Facebook or on Instagram! Just let me know if you by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry too! Whether 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 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, July 21st! 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 so much for stopping by! Maureen

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

NouvElle { A Fabric Giveaway } : :

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The Knotted Thread is offering a beautiful fat quarter bundle of Pat Bravo's NouvElle collection today! We thought it would be fun to have a special midweek giveaway once I shared my Friendship Diamond Quilt that's made up of this gorgeous collection!

Friendship Diamond Quilt beginnings!

Friendship Diamond Quilt

NouvElle is full of wonderful prints, with feminine and modern fabric designs! With colors of indigo, blush & bright pinks, slate, and airy blues it's so pretty! Be sure to click right HERE to get a better look at lovely NouvElle in the Knotted Thread shop!!

Beautiful NouvElle!

Enter to win a bundle today!

 -- Simply leave a comment here in this post! I'd love to know what you'd make with your FQ bundle of NouvElle?
-- You can follow the Knotted Thread Facebook page or Instagram as an optional extra entry! Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry.
-- My followers get an extra entry, too!
-- Help spread the word! I know that many of you already do, so I've added that as another way to enter. Whether by Instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc...   

I'll be sure to add the winner to the bottom of this post next Monday!
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  Maureen

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Friendship Diamond Quilt : :

Friendship Diamond Quilt

Each Summer, for one glorious week, my big, wonderful family rents a house right on the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It's my most favorite week of the year, the only time I truly count down the days. It's always so special, but after the recent loss of our Father, we're enjoying every moment of this much-needed time together as a family.

Our home for the week!

Beach Backyard

And even though I vowed to spend my time this week at the beach, swimming, relaxing, being silly & carefree, I couldn't resist bringing along my most recently finished projects for picture taking!

My Friendship Diamond Quilt at the beach house!

This Friendship Diamond quilt is made with Pat Bravo's newest collection NouvElle, along with lots of pretty, coordinating Pure Element solids. I'm loving the ripple of pinks framed by these watery blues, and I'm so glad I added in the diamonds!

Friendship Diamond Quilt

Friendship Diamond Quilt

My quilt design was inspired by the friendship bracelet diamond pattern I attempted to make as a child, and is something I plan to continue to work on to offer eventually!

Friendship Diamond Quilt

Once my quilt top was complete, I sent it out to Melissa Sew Shabby Quilting, and decided on an overall, feminine floral quilting pattern and I love the way it turned out! You can really see in my sunny photos how densely this one is quilted!

Friendship Diamond Quilt

Now that it's finished & photographed, I've been enjoying using it here at the beach house!

Friendship Diamond Quilt

And, now that it's blogged I'm heading back to the beach!

First Shell

Maureen