Monday, September 29, 2014

An Autumn Sun Quilt : :

An Autumn Sun Quilt -- Kinzua Bridge

It's no secret that I love this area of ours. Having spent most of my life here, I may be a little biased, but I do think it's a really wonderful place to live, to raise families, and for taking pictures of finished quilts, ahem! So, naturally, when we headed to Kane, Pennsylvania for a soccer game yesterday I jumped at the chance to bring my newest quilt finish to nearby Kinzua Bridge for picture taking! If you're not a local, the Kinzua Bridge is located in McKean County, was once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure in the world, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003, and in 2011 was reinvented as a new pedestrian walkway where visitors can stroll 600 feet out on the remaining support towers, peer miles out into the Kinzua Gorge, as well as look down into the partial glass platform at the end of the walkway! If you are a local, you know the story, that there's always something new for you to discover there, and that it happens to be one of the best spots around to enjoy the beautiful mountain foliage this time of year!

Autumn from Kinzua Bridge

An Autumn Sun Quilt

This quilt was inspired by the colorful September landscape of goldenrod and sunflower fields. The medley of yellow, orange, and brown in my scrappy hourglass pattern reminded me of a sunbeam immediately upon layout, and so I quickly dubbed this one my Autumn Sun Quilt!

An Autumn Sun Quilt

It came together fast using the super quick hourglass block making method I use to create my favorite pillows that I share in issue 8 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine, and is made up of mostly Bonnie Christine collections and what Art Gallery Fabrics blenders I could find in my stash keeping this cheery, sunny palette!  

An Autumn Sun Quilt

I couldn't get a backing shot that does this print a justice, so I decided to share my favorite dreamy photo of it sailing in the wind!

An Autumn Sun Quilt, backing in Fly By Night

It's a gorgeous amount of my most favorite Sweet As Honey print, Fly By Night!

Fly By Night backing

I chose to have this one long arm quilted by Sew Shabby Quilting Melissa with some large, fun loops! She always does such an amazing job!!

Autumn Sun loops!

An Autumn Sun Quilt -- Kinzua Bridge

For the binding I chose to finish with another Sweet As Honey print, Bed of Daisies in Nutmeg!

Bed of Daisy binding

An Autumn Sun Quilt binding

I'm hoping for continued Fall exploring with the family & with a few more quilt finishes before this favorite, fleeting season of mine comes to an end!

Happy quilting!  Maureen

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

A Simply Sweet 1/2 YD GIVEAWAY!

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discover fabric

My sponsor Discover Fabric is an online fabric shop dedicated to supplying the needs of quilters, crafters, and sewing enthusiasts. Their goal is to delight customers with a large selection of colorful modern fabrics that inspire creative sewing projects. They offer designer quality fabrics, sewing patterns, sewing threads, gifts and much more! All of their fabrics are high quality quilting cottons perfect for quilts, apparel, and crafts, by companies/designers you know and love such as Camelot Fabrics, Riley Blake Designs, Clothworks, Michael Miller, Henry Glass, Anthology Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Marcus Brothers, and more!!


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We hope you enjoy visiting the Discover Fabric sites!! 


For this week's Fabric Giveaway Discover Fabric is offering a 1/2 yard of each of these adorable Riley Blake prints from their Simply Sweet collection! You can find these available at the Discover Fabric shop HERE!!

A Simply Sweet 1/2 YD GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Discover Fabrics on Facebook or sign up to receive their Newsletter. Just let me know that you did 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 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, September 29th! The 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 for stopping by today!  Maureen

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Binding & Destash Day!

Two beautifully long arm quilted quilts arrived back from Sew Shabby Quilting Melissa this week, my Emmy Grace and my Autumn Sun quilts! Today's plan is to make my binding and finish them up for hopeful picture taking this weekend!

Quilted with flowers & loops

At noon (EST) I plan to do a second Anna Maria Horner destash!

AMH Bundle Destash

I stayed up extra last night bundling some more of my precious out of print Anna Maria Horner fabrics to offer in a second little destash today. The last time I had a scrap bundle destash right here on my blog and although it worked out well, I'm going to give my Instagram a turn this time. Be sure to follow me over there if you're interested!

AMH Scrap Bundle Destash

Each scrap bundle will include approximately 1 yard of colorful AMH fabric scraps by weight and will vary in prints from several out of print collections. They are $15 a piece plus shipping, and I have just 20 bundles to offer today. All bundles will be shipped first class with tracking at $4 for USA residents. International friends are welcome to these scraps as well, but I will have to send the bundle in a flat rate envelope so the package is track-able, which is pretty pricey. 

AMH Bundle Destash

These will ship today for those of you who would like one and can pay right away. I'm offering just one per person this time and am not able to take any requests as they are already packaged into my mailing envelopes. Please join me on Instagram at noon EST, leave a comment with your Paypal email address to claim, and the first twenty to do so will receive an AMH bundle!

Is sold out!

Thank you!  ♥ Maureen

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

An Embroidered Luminous Field Pillow : :

Before I used up every last crumb of my Luminous Field strike-off to patchwork projects and quilt tops, I wanted to be sure to highlight this particular print in an item for my Quilt Market booth. I decided on a small decorative pillow that's much simpler than the Feather Sketch pillow I shared yesterday and the Stitched Arrow pillow that I plan to share next!

Embroidered Luminous Field Pillow

For this one, a small rectangle cut from my favorite print of colorful wildflower sketches is framed with a narrow stripe from my Sun Tracks print on one side, with a strip of Pure Element Spiceberry quilted with Aurifil in a variety of colors and decorative heirloom & satin stitches on the other. It was an easy, quick, and pretty project that adds the romantic bohemian touch that I hope to showcase in little bits as I share all the project ideas I have for this collection!

Embroidered Luminous Field Pillow

Stitchy Details

I'm such a fan of the rectangle pillows, the size & shape is so perfect for tossing onto a sofa, bed, or chair!

Bound in Indie!

In addition to highlighting this favorite print of mine in this pillow project, I've been working on a second quilt that will feature how nicely my Folk Plaid print will play with all the colors! I have such a small amount of each fabric to work with, with each new project I begin, at the start it feels a little limiting when it comes to size and design, but everything seems to be working out so far. Thank goodness!

Folk Plaid &

The stormy-midnight-denimy shade of blue I chose for this buffalo check plaid print partners so well with each of the solids I pulled for this quilt. If I had enough of this plaid I would love to make an entire quilt with blocks of it framed this way! But since I don't, I've added the ten blocks I've made to a folk medallion pattern I'm just designing as I go. This particular quilt I'm making for lounging on and snuggling under at games, picnics, and campfires!

Wild & Free Beginning

It hangs in my sewing room window now as I wait for more scraps to build upon to add and as I begin the next Wild & Free quilt idea on the list, involving my entire collection of Art Gallery Fabrics low volumes including my Fletching Chant and Luminuos Field print once again!

AGF low volumes!

Stay tuned!!  ♥ Maureen

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Feather Sketch Pillow : :

Lily's keeping watch over my Wild & Free fabric finishes! ♡

This weekend I finished up my first Wild & Free quilt top and it's a big one, measuring a 70" square!

Wild & Free quilt top finish!

This quilt top now makes four finishes for my Quilt Market booth. I know that's not much, but I'm feeling pretty good considering I'm working from just the strike offs right now, which amounts to maybe a 1/2 yard of each print, minus my stars print Midnight Roof that's still being tweaked. Working with my own fabrics is unlike anything I've experienced since I began this sewing journey. There's so much excitement and lots of nerves that come along with this chance to truly create things from the heart. But I'm trying my best to just go for it, just as I would when working with any other designer's collection. More than anything I am having so much fun, as I see the projects I've been dreaming of take form and as I check them off my to-make list!

Wild and Free feather pillow

In the time between finished fabric designs and actual printed fabrics, I've shared here a few sketch stitch pieces, one of a feather and the other a set of arrows inspired by my Fletching Chant print. Now those thread drawings have been framed with fabric, spiffed up with more embroidery, and made into a comfy stack of pillows. They're my first Wild & Free fabric finishes and the first things I want to share here!

Wild & Free Pillows

First up, my Feather Sketch Pillow!

A Feather Sketch Pillow

This sketch began with a rectangle piece of Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Element in Sweet Mint quilted to a scrap piece of Therm O Web StitchnSew fleece. Next I pulled an Aurifil thread color story that matches my collection, and I began to freely sketch stitch a simple feather.

Feather Sketch & Aurifil

Using a narrow strip from both my Woven Path and Sun Tracks prints I finished one side of my feather sketch with a simple quilted striping. The other side I left soft and sweet piecing together a few HSTs leftover from my quilt top making, adding more texture with my favorite triangle satin stitch!

woven path & sun tracks stripe

satin stitch detail

I used this stitch again around the inner edge of my pillow binding and I love the result! It's a little time consuming, but that extra texture and color is so pretty, I might have to finish a quilt this way sometime soon!

satin stitch binding detail

I have lots of new finishes to share in the days ahead including an Emmy Grace quilt that still needs a name, my Autumn Sun quilt, and I plan to share all the Wild & Free projects I'm working on as I prepare for Quilt Market. I really hope you'll enjoy following along with me!