Maxie Makes Subscription Sewing Box - August 2018

Want a peek inside the August 2018 Maxie Makes Subscription Sewing Box?  Click the video below! This month features Bonnie Christine's newest fabric line, Gathered, for Art Gallery Fabrics. We brought a project that was requested several times when I polled earlier subscribers: Paper Piecing! Whether you love it or avoid it at all costs, with the help of my friend, Sarah Overton, you'll overcome any hesitations quickly with her expert tips and attention to detail in her original patterns. This month we make the Tony Danza Mini Quilt!

Just to give you a glimpse of the planning that went into this month's box, one of the first steps I usually take is to create a mock up of the project. The one above, left, was made in EQ8, quilt design software. I imported images of Bonnie's fabrics and and had fun creating with Sarah's block design. With a few final changes, the outcome, right, was fairly predictable!

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Because Sarah is such a great teacher of paper piecing, I asked her to help with the video tutorial and we had so much fun that day! There were plenty of giggling bloopers, but we ommited them for the sake of respectability.

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Happy sewing and God bless! Maxie

Binding the Quilt: A Video Tutorial!

I have two reasons for today's post. First of all, I've received several requests to publish a video tutorial on the topic of quilt binding. Second, this month's Maxie Mail box contains a quilt project, binding included, and I wanted to provide information for the beginner quilter as well as the experienced. Hence...the video tutorial, "Binding the Quilt" was made!

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Maxie Mail Subscription Sewing Box is Here!

You probably know how passionate I am about sewing, and even more so about sharing that love of sewing and the benefits it brings, not only to our souls, but to those that we love. I understand what expressing this inspiration does for us, and that we are fulfilling an innate need to create when we work with our hands. So this project comes from an anticipated plan to share with you in such a way that will nurture that creativity inside you and help build skills that will give you the confidence to tackle anything your sewing heart desires!

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Maxie Mail is a subscription box for sewists that comes right to your door every month, filled to the brim with happiness that will include fabrics, patterns, new ideas and tools to help you be successful in your sewing room. But perhaps most importantly, my motivation for this box is to sweeten your skills month to month, growing your knowledge and self assurance! There will even be something personal tucked inside, just to celebrate you! And if you subscribe before October 16, I’ll include one of my favorite notions in your box!

What's in the box? Having owned a quilt shop for over 12 years, I know the value of having the best fabric, quality tools and notions, well composed patterns and, of course, good instruction through either written or video tutorials. My box is packed with all of the above, and will include a password to the "Members Only" section where you'll find even more information, available exclusively to subscribers! Hop on over to the Maxie Mail Subscription Box page to read more about it and get started! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Let's celebrate YOU! You get a value-packed surprise once a month, filled with something wonderful, easy enough for beginners yet sophisticated enough for the more experienced.

Thanks for visiting! Happy Sewing and God bless! Maxie

Lambkin Goes To Spring Quilt Market!

It's that time again...Spring Quilt Market with all the preparations and excitement for new fabric lines, notions and products! I always anticipate Bonnie's new fabric lines and have the unique opportunity to get my hands on them before they hit the stores! I'm excited to share two little quilts made from the line, with a video, (below) sharing a few of my favorite sewing features on my machine.

Little Lambkin loves it!

Bonnie's newest line, Lambkin, will be released by Art Gallery Fabrics in August, 2017, and it's justifiably as sweet as all her previous lines!

Lambkin Fabric by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
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Both quilts are made using the new pattern, Orange Blossom, from Plum Easy Patterns by Bethany Miller. The petals are not fused in place, but sewn! Don't leave, please, I promise this is easy and that you'll love the technique Bethany uses! (I'll link to Bethany's video tutorial at the end of this post!)

Bethany uses freezer paper templates for perfect curved edges and seams. Her pattern is also layer-cake friendly for a scrappy look.

Orange Blossom Quilt by Plum Easy Designs

Let me share with you three of my favorite sewing features on Baby Lock's Destiny sewing machine (These features are available on several other Baby Lock models as well!)

Orange Blossom Blocks ready for assembly!
Orange Blossom by Plum Easy Patterns, made with Lambkin fabrics by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics

To view Bethany Miller's video tutorial for Orange Blossom Quilts click here! Thanks for visiting today! Happy sewing and God bless! Maxie