Friday, April 24, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

Color Your Stash Bundle Giveaway!!

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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 Bundle Giveaway!!

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Enter to Win!

Here's how,
Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know which color your stash is lacking? (one entry)
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, April 27th. 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!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great Friday & weekend! ♡ Maureen

Thursday, April 23, 2015

QAYG-ing : :

This morning while snapping photos of this week's quilt work it was a sad sight out the front door. I love Winter more than most, but I'm so ready for warmer days!

Spring in PoCo

Back inside I'm feeling extra grateful for the two very different, very colorful quilt as you go projects that are keeping me busy this week, in between my Etsy order makings! This first one I shared the beginnings of a couple weeks back. It's a new qayg pattern I designed for Pat Bravo's latest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Etno, paired with several of their new Prisma Elements. Such a happy combo! I'm taking my time with this one, reminding myself to take photos of each step along the way for a future tutorial. So I'm happy to report that after a long strip piecing session this past Saturday, I've finished up the remaining twenty-eight Etno patchwork rectangles needed for each qayg block! The rest should come together super quick!

Making Etno  Strips

Etno Patchwork


This second quilt as you go began just yesterday in the late morning, when I cut a few long, narrow strips from each of my Wild & Free prints and this gorgeous stack of Indie, Wanderer, and new Pure Element solids!

Indie + Wanderer + Pures

Unlike my Etno quilt that's been slow-going, this one is under a tight deadline! After an all day speed quilting, diamond strings qayg assembly line, followed by last night's quilt top assembly session, I managed to make this quilt top from start to finish all in one day! I hope to have it completely finished & photographed by Monday for a last minute local quilt raffle!

Wild & Free QAYG

I knew I'd love seeing these three collections together! How could I not, they are my very favorites!!

Wild & Free + Wanderer + Indie

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a new Fabric Friday Giveaway! Have a great day!!  ♡ Maureen

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Wild & Free Quilt

A Wild & Free Quilt

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our 13th Wedding Anniversary!! Since Mondays are always so busy and today is all about celebrating our son Jacob who turns ELEVEN, we decided to honor the occasion with a quick breakfast date, stopping after at a few of our favorite spots along the road back home, to finally photograph my Wild & Free Quilt!

A Wild & Free Quilt

This quilt was made for my Wild & Free fabric Quilt Market booth, it's the very first idea I ever dreamed up for my Limited Edition collection with Art Gallery Fabrics. I started it weeks before my strike-offs even arrived, beginning with a pile of Pure Element solids that coordinated nicely with the colors in my collection which I turned into dozens of HST's, until I could fill in the center squares of my design with those first fabric samples.

Wild & Free quilt top finish!

Of all the quilt patterns I've dreamed up for Wild & Free, to me, this one's the most fitting. For sentimental reasons, it's become one of my very favorites, and the pattern is one I would love to take the time to try again. It's on this Summer's to-make list and I'm hopeful!

A Wild and Free Quilt

A Wild and Free Quilt

As much as I love each little piece of it, one of my favorite parts is the finished quilting, a beautiful wildflower pattern longarm quilted by Sew Shabby Quilting! The sweet flowers were the perfect choice to add a little touch of femininity and to accent the wildflower prints!

Quilted in Wild Flowers

Bound in Emmy Grace

Since it was returned to me after being photographed for the Wild & Free lookbook, it's been in constant use! For weeks now I've been meaning to take it out, to finally have the chance to share it photographed in the same place that inspired my collection. It feels really, really special to be able to do so today!

A Wild and Free Quilt

Thank you so much for stopping by to see! ♡ Maureen

Friday, April 17, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Indie Giveaway with Stash Fabrics!

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My sponsor Stash Fabrics is an online store full of fresh, modern fabric. They carry many of our favorite designer fabrics, including Art Gallery, Cotton + Steel, Free Spirit, Cloud9, Moda, and many more! They offer exclusive Club offering and FREE shipping on all orders over $50 in the US!!

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We hope you enjoy visiting the Stash Fabrics sites!! 
For this week's Fabric Giveaway, Stash Fabrics is offering the winner a beautiful bundle of Pat Bravo's Indie, a favorite collection of mine! I used many of these prints in my most recent pillow and plan to begin a new quilt including Indie this weekend! This Fat Quarter bundle of Indie will include thirteen different fabrics, one of each print pictured below! Aren't they gorgeous?!!

Indie Giveaway with Stash Fabrics!

In addition, Stash Fabrics has both Wanderer and Wild & Free in stock, if you're feeling inspired by my recent makings! They offer 1/4 yard minimum cuts, a great amount if you're looking to stash! Plus there's free US shipping on any order over $50!! And, don't forget to check out Stash Fabrics amazing selection of clubs...

Stash Clubs 1

And custom bundles!

Stash Clubs 2

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Enter to win!

Here's how,   

1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! If you'd like, we'd love to know which of the Art Gallery Fabrics collections, from the ones deputing at Quilt Market this Spring, that you are the most excited about?  AGF recently shared these new collections on their Instagram right HERE! (one entry)
2. Follow Stash Fabrics on Instagram or
Facebook! 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! Whether you follow me here, on Facebook, or on Instagram, 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 tweet, instagram, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, April 20th. The winner will be chosen by 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! 

Thank you to all who entered! From the 741 comments #387, Camille Mendel was chosen as the winner! Congratulations, I will be in touch shortly!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My New Pillow : :

I finally have a new pillow to share, hooray! Although it took me about a week to finish completely, taking a few minutes of extra sewing time here and there, this pillow is truly a super quick make! Along with these photos today I'll be including the details for those of you who'd like to make your own!

Herringbone QAYG Pillow

As I shared last week, this is simply a fun pillow version of my Herringbone QAYG tutorial. To fit the long 14" x 28" pillow insert that I purchased for this project, I started by making four quilt-as-you-go blocks that each measure  7.5" x 14.5."

Scrappy QAYG Pillow Making

Once my fabric strips were sewn to all four qayg rectangles, I squared them up, and sewed them together to create my finished pillow top. I chose to leave mine simple, but added hand or decorative stitches would be really lovely here!

Scrappy QAYG Pillow Making

You can see below that this is the exact same method I use to create my Diamond String QAYG quilts, using just slightly different measurements for my rectangle blocks. One of the many reasons I love this pattern so much is because you can get so creative, using any size block you'd like, rectangle or square for this style of pillow or quilt. For a quilt, just continue making blocks until you have the desired size, sew them together when finished, and attach the quilt back by sewing 1/4" to 1/2" from each vertical and horizontal seam. So easy and a beautiful end result!

Gramercy QAYG

Gramcery -- QAYG

To finish my pillow I quilted up a large piece of this Indie print with an Auriful 40wt in a sweet pink shade. Once quilted, I cut it into two pieces measuring 14.5" x about 16.5" for an envelope style back, and bound each unfinished edge with some leftover bright orange Tule fabric binding!

Herringbone QAYG Pillow Back

Next I made and added my pillow binding in this rich chocolate brown Pure Elements solid. To create enough binding for this size pillow you'll need just 3 strips, 2.5" x wof. Brown isn't a popular choice very often, but I personally have always loved the combination of brown with pink so, when I auditioned all the binding options yesterday, the brown won out and I'm really happy with how it turned out! This pillow will live on our bed after all, and I think a little added masculinity is a nice contrast to all the flowery sheets, quilts, and duvets that dress our bed throughout the year!

Herringbone Pillow bound in Chocolate!

Herringbone QAYG Pillow

Be sure to let me know if you give this pillow design a try! I plan to make many more myself! ♡ Maureen

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Sketch Stitch Quilt Plan : :

This week I plan to begin work on a brand new "sketch stitch" quilt and I'm so excited! Here's a reminder of the first one, An Applique Art Quilt!

Applique Art Quilt

This time my plan is to create a throw size quilt-as-you-go quilt, using this block style method, one of my most popular tutorials! I plan to include lots of "sketch stitch" elements to showoff both how creative one can be with this type of "freehand" embroidery and with all the amazing built-in stitches that my Janome sewing machine offers!

Feather Sketch & Aurifil

Inspired by Fletching Chant

Embroidered Luminous Field Pillow

Dreamcatcher Pillow Details

Wild and Free feather pillow

I recently had a nice chat with one of the education supervisors at Janome and signed on to create this quilt project to send in to have on display at the Janome education center, as a way to share this type of unique, creative work that's made possible by Janome's amazing machines! Whether you're using the wonderful Horizon Memory Craft 15000 that I use daily, other Memory Craft models, or their newest Skyline machine, in the quilt process posts that I'll be sharing along the way you'll see lots of tips and new ideas to add to your own projects!

Janome New!

For the fabrics I'll be using my very favorites, Art Gallery Fabrics' Indie by Pat Bravo, Wanderer by April Rhodes, and my very own Wild & Free collection!

More Indie!
Wanderer LOVE!

Wild & Free Strike Offs!

Just a few more orders and projects to finish up and I'll be ready to begin, I can't wait to share more soon!

♡ Maureen