Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Beginning : :

Yesterday as I cut and sewed with the strike offs of my first ever fabric collection, there was a flood of emotions and lots of tears as I realized, this is what it feels like to have you're wildest dream come true.

Arrow with Wild & Free

Fletching with Wild & Free

First quilt -- Wild & Free

Indie + Aurifil with Wild & Free

Wild & Free details

Woven Path -- strap scraps!

Feather with Wild & Free

Wild & Free flowers from Biz!

I have been so touched by the sweet comments and messages from those of you who have been following my blog throughout these past four years, and by the amazing generosity of those of you who have offered to help me create garments and bags and whatever else is needed as I prepare my Quilt Market booth. I'm going to cherish this experience even more just knowing how incredibly generous and considerate the people who make up this amazing sewing community are. This kind of kindness is far more beautiful than anything I could ever create with these fabrics. Thank YOU.

These are just a few peeks of yesterday's Wild & Free beginning, more soon!

Maureen

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My Wild & Free Strike Offs are HERE!!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you might have seen yesterday, the best mail ever, my Wild & Free fabric strike offs arrived at my door!!

Wild & Free Strike Offs!

Seeing my name on the selvage end brought lots of tears, as you can imagine!

Wild & Free Selvage Excitement!!

Today I'm sharing just this quick little peek, since I'm still waiting on my metallic stars print, Midnight Roof in both the quilting cotton and voile to arrive. Once they're all here I'll be sure to do a proper show and tell. First cuts have already been made! I've been so eager to begin the projects I have been dreaming up for these! Now that they're finally here, with Quilt Market just a few weeks away, I'm so excited to get to work and to sharing my booth plans and projects with all of you!

Thank you for stopping by today, for sharing in my excitement, and for all the love and encouragement you've shown me!

Maureen

Monday, September 15, 2014

An Autumn Sun Quilt Top : :

One week ago I began work on this new quilt top with the colorful September landscape of goldenrod and sunflower fields as my inspiration!

Autumn Sun Quilt Top = done!

I love this medley of yellow, orange, and brown in all their variations, and since this pattern is reminiscent of a sunbeam, I've decided to call this one my Autumn Sun Quilt!

an autumn Sun quilt top -- yellow + orange + brown

An Autumn Sun Quilt Top

It came together fast, using mostly Bonnie Christine collections and the quick hourglass block making method I use to create my favorite pillows that I share in issue 8 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine! After using this method with smaller cuts to create my scrappy hourglass quilt in Alison Glass Field Day fabrics with happy results, I've been waiting for the chance to try it again using larger pieces!

An Autumn Sun Quilt Top On Friday my Sweet As Honey backing and binding prints arrived from Art Gallery Fabrics -- Bed of Daisies in Nutmeg wound neatly on an empty spool of Aurifil!

Bed of Daisy binding And for this quilt back, a gorgeous amount of my favorite print -- Fly By Night!

Fly By Night backing

I've boxed up this one, along with my Emmy Grace quilt top to be sent off to Sew Shabby Quilting today for some long arm loops and daisies!

Autumn Sun quilt top & backing

I hope to have them back in time to finish and photograph at the same spots that inspired them!

Wishing happy September days to you!

Maureen

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Low Volume with a Smile Bundle Giveaway!

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My sponsor The Intrepid Thread is a family owned and run business. In their shop you'll find Fat Quarters, Half Yards, Yards, and Yardage, as well as patterns and embellishments. Their designer fabrics include many of our favorites -- Art Gallery Fabrics, Moda, and Riley Blake Designs just to name a few! 
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For this week's Fabric Giveaway, Julie at The Intrepid Thread is offering her custom fat quarter bundle, Low Volume with a Smile, featuring a wonderful collection of trendy low volume prints that will blend in softly, adding an interesting and modern twist to sewing and quilting projects!

This week's lucky winner will receive this gorgeous bundle including the ten fat quarters you see here!

Low Volume with a Smile Bundle Giveaway!

You can find this custom bundle newly available as both a fat quarter and as a half yard bundle in the Intrepid Thread Shop!!

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow The Intrepid Thread on Facebook, their blog, 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 15th! 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 11, 2014

Found : :

Yesterday while rummaging through my collection of scrap holding vessels in search of more yellows to add to my new Autumn Sun quilt work in progress, I uncovered this long forgotten baby quilt project that I started more than a year ago! Discovered again at the most perfect timing, as my sister Catherine who lives far away in Hawaii just delivered a healthy baby boy during the night while all of us on the East Coast were fast asleep!

Woodland Celebration Baby Quilt

I referred to this baby quilt planning blog post to refresh my memory on where this one was headed, but already I'm considering a completely different direction, hmn? I do know that my love for this Reminisce inspired Pure Element solids bundle and the super cute & cozy FanFare flannel by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 Fabrics combination is definitely still there! Look how pretty!

Mmmm... I love these together! An AGF Pure Element bundle from Stash Fabrics and Made By Rae's new Fanfare collection for Cloud9 Fabrics!

After etsy order duties, turning these into a finished woodland celebration quilt for my new, baby nephew is priority number one!

Happy sewing!
  Maureen