Tuesday, August 23, 2016

AGF Stash -- Observer : :

There's nothing that sparks my creativity more than a fresh bundle of fabric! When April Rhodes' new Observer collection first arrived earlier this month, I wasted no time turning those beauties into a new quilt top! Using big 18" squares of each Observer print and the "Eight At a Time" method for making eight half square triangles at once, I quickly had more than enough HSTs needed to create the quilt top I had sketched out, with plenty of 8" trimmed & ready-to-sew units leftover.

Observer Quilt Plans

Observer Quilt Making

From that first half yard bundle of Observer, all that remained was a pile of narrow strip scraps and a whole lotta HSTs. While I was trying to figure out a way to combine the leftover HSTs with these scraps, a commenter either here or on my Instagram mentioned what an amazing Diamond Weave Quilt this collection would make. Yes!! That idea was such a great one that my mind has been stuck there ever since! But, I'd need MORE Observer...

More for Diamond Weave quilt making.

Observer Love!

More for backing my first Observer quilt.

Observer Quilt Backing

More for Observer quilt bindings.

Observer Quilt Binding

And, even a little Observer canvas for pillow backings and an upholstery project I'm hoping to tackle soon.

Observer Canvas

I think these Observer fabrics will keep me busy for a little while, and I hope you're inspired by these amazing fabrics that are so inspiring me!

My kiddos head back to school this Thursday, so I'm not looking to find much sewing time until then. It's been a wonderful, fun, & busy Summer, but I have to say -- I'm really looking forward to the return of a routine schedule! Who's with me?

XO Maureen  

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!   

Nightfall Rolls are HERE!

My first bundle of Nightfall

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For this week's Fabric Giveaway Friday, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner a generous fat quarter bundle of my brand new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Nightfall! This bundle will include a fat quarter cut of each of the TWENTY prints that make up this exciting new collection!!

You're all invited to checkout Nightfall, along with a special pre-order SALE of 15% OFF in the Lady Belle Fabric shop as fat quarter bundles and as half yard bundles! Be sure to visit this amazing shop!!


Nightfall Bundle

Nightfall Strike Offs!!


In addition,
Lady Belle Fabric is having a bundle SALE!! With discounts between 15% & 30%, right HERE -->  http://www.ladybellefabric.com/collections/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 what you plan to stitch up with Nightfall? 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 22nd!! 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! 

A BIG thanks to all who enter our Giveaway! ♡ Maureen

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sweet Sewing : :

The month of August is packed full of birthdays for my big family and this week we're celebrating many! Amongst the cluster of festivities my twin nieces, Elizabeth and Maeve, will turn ONE. It is so often said with each new year and travel around the sun, but it is indeed so hard to believe it's been a year already for these precious baby girls.  Blink.  We're having a big, group birthday party at our house tomorrow and I'm so excited to see their sweet faces, with their happy grins and tiny teeth, wearing their birthday crowns for the very first time. Different but matching. ♡

The Twin's BDay Crowns

Birthday Crowns & Playground

Without realizing, I chose a color scheme for these two flower crowns that coincidentally matches the colors of the newest fabric collection to arrive at my door, Playground by Amy Sinibaldi for AGF! The peachy pinks and cream, dusty blues, and mauve play together beautifully!

Pretty Playground

Matchy, matchy

Such perfect colors for a new quilt and for birthday crown making don't you think?! I hope to decide on a plan for Playground to keep me busy next week when the Summer vacation comes to an end and the kiddos head back to school, but before that...

Happy, happy Birthday to so many of the ones I love who we're celebrating this month!

XO Maureen  

Friday, August 12, 2016

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Playground Fabrics GIVEAWAY!

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For this week's Giveaway, Julie at The Intrepid Thread is offering a pretty Fat Quarter bundle including the TEN prints that make up the Fresh Adventures colorway from Amy Sinibaldi's new Playground collection for Art Gallery Fabrics!

You can find this collection newly available at The Intrepid Thread, in a variety of bundles and individual cuts, HERE!

Playground Fabrics GIVEAWAY!

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, Instagram, 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, August 15
th! 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 to all who enter our Giveaway! Have a great Friday & weekend!

♡ Maureen  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

An Observer Quilt Top : :

This past Saturday we took a daytrip to one of our most beloved places to visit, Allegany State Park. Knowing we'd likely hike our favorite trail, the Bear Caves, where the kids love to explore amidst the hemlock forest and naturally formed caves, I brought along my newly finished Observer quilt top!

Observer Quilt Top

The forest backdrop was the perfect place to photograph the Earthy colors, pretty indigo and natural tie-dye look of this collection!

Allegheny Sky

Observer Quilt Top

This quilt top pattern is simple, made up of large HSTs (half square triangle units) measuring 8" each. I arranged them in a layout that would showcase the four main colors that make up this collection -- khaki, mustard, dusty blue, and dark navy, and I love how it turned it out!

Observer Quilt Plans

Observer Quilt Top

It was so much fun to watch the kids journey through the woods and to see Kevin climb the giant trail boulders hoping I'd get a cool shot from below!

Allegheny Forest Love

Observer Quilt Top

I'm waiting for more Observer fabrics to arrive so I can finish it up, I can't wait! In the meantime I'll have to come up with a clever name for this new quilt pattern, any suggestions? I hear this beautiful collection is due to arrive in stores next week, so be sure to keep an eye out!

♡ Maureen

Monday, August 8, 2016

Nightfall is HERE!

Nightfall Rolls are HERE!

My Nightfall fabric advanced yardage has arrived and today I cut my very first bundle from the rolls, Yay!! Before I begin my first Nightfall quilt, I had to take a few collection photos to share here on the blog!

My first bundle of Nightfall

My first bundle of Nightfall

My first bundle of Nightfall

My first bundle of Nightfall

My first bundle of Nightfall

Nightfall will be available in stores a little later this month, so be sure to check with your favorite independent fabric retailers and ask if they'll be stocking it! I'll be sharing many more images, project inspiration, and behind the scenes sewing here and on my social media accounts in the weeks ahead. Be sure to follow along to see what I'm stitching up, and please remember to share your own Nightfall makes with the collection hashtag #NightfallFabrics!

You can see the full quilting cotton collection, plus which prints are available in knit, voile and canvas, NOW at


I can't wait to show you the LookBook a little later this month and I really can't wait to see all of what you'll create from these fabrics!

♡ Maureen