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

Gathered Fabrics & Free Quilt Pattern by Bonnie Christine!

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I always get excited when Art Gallery releases a new line by Bonnie Christine, but...have you seen the new Gathered Look Book? Click here to take a walk into Bonnie's garden and to see other's presentations of projects with her fabrics. (Ollie makes an appearance!) Do you like that quilt on the cover? It's very easy piecing and you can grab the free pattern, Harvest, here! Quilted by the amazing Andrea Walker. Also, be sure not to miss the beautiful quilt by Sarah Overton on pages 28-29. You can find her pattern, Elinor, on her webpage, or directly linked in the lookbook.

And...if you like the looks of this line, you'll love August's Maxie Mail Subscription Sewing Box! I loved working with these fabrics for this month's project...and...if you love Sarah Overton's work you'll doubly love this month's Maxie Mail!

This line is as delicate as Bonnie is. As her mother I can see her personality in every design, but I especially love the print (below, left) and metallic (right) that quotes Claude Monet's "I must have flowers, always and always" because it's written in her own handwriting. It is pretty sweet, right?

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I made these Folded Star Hotpads by Plum Easy Designs for Bonnie's kitchen (pattern here). I must say that sewing with Bonnie's fabrics always make me happy. I told Bonnie a long time ago that when her dreams come true, mine will too. I celebrate that every day. Watching both my daughters' dreams and aspirations come true are the biggest blessings. So true for every parent. The journey isn't always easy and, as a mom, watching the hard work along their journey isn't easy, either.  But, it makes me ever thankful when the pursuit yields the objective.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy sewing and God bless! Maxie

What's in July's Maxie Mail Subscription Sewing Box?

Because I get lots of requests to see what's inside...

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Never fear a curved seam! I'll show you every step of the way in my video tutorial for this fun, easy and accurate technique! Are you subscribed? Each month box includes fabrics and supplies for a specific project, and a video tutorial with the goal of building your sewing skills. For more information, click here!

Orange Blossom Quilt, made by Maxie; pillows by  Sarah Overton . Pattern by  Plum Easy Patterns .

Orange Blossom Quilt, made by Maxie; pillows by Sarah Overton. Pattern by Plum Easy Patterns.

Happy sewing & God bless! Maxie

Alphabet Lovelies Quilt Kit!

I've been sitting on this pattern and kit for a while now, and today's the day to share it with you!  The fabrics are designed by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics, and she had a quilt very similar to this one in her booth at quilt market when these fabrics, Joie de Vivre, were released. She had not created a pattern, however, and gave me her blessings to do so! This is my version, using her Joyeux Alphabet panel (included in kit), and other fabrics from her line, with a couple of Katarina Rocella's tossed in as well! Fabrics are Art Gallery's 100% Pima Cotton, and the kit includes all fabrics for the top and binding. Backing is not included, but note in a photo below that I used Bari J's knit as a backing! This quilt is so soft, and at 45" x 63" it's perfect on my chair. At this time I only have two kits, but if I have enough requests I will restock to make more. If you find it's sold out just message me and I'll start a list to see if I have enough requests!

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Want a matching bin for your quilt? This month's Maxie Mail Subscription Sewing Box was all about bins! Subscribers received fabrics and supplies to make a set of two matching bins from Dana Willard's pattern, "Hold it Bin", and access to video tutorials by both Maxie and Dana! Have you subscribed yet? For more information, click here!

All fabrics are 100% Pima Cotton from  Art Gallery Fabrics , designed by Bari J and Katarina Roccella.

All fabrics are 100% Pima Cotton from Art Gallery Fabrics, designed by Bari J and Katarina Roccella.

For a soft and snugly quilt, try using  knit  as a backing! Art Gallery's excellent knit is about 56" wide, so smaller quilts don't require piecing. At this time I don't offer knit on my shopping page...just check your local quilt shop.

For a soft and snugly quilt, try using knit as a backing! Art Gallery's excellent knit is about 56" wide, so smaller quilts don't require piecing. At this time I don't offer knit on my shopping page...just check your local quilt shop.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy sewing and God bless!

Maxie