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...

Click above to play, or to view it on Youtube click here.

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

Cricut + Simplicity Patterns = Clever Companions!

I've posted before to acclaim the Cricut Maker's ability to help me sew, and maybe you even downloaded my slipper .svg file and made a pair or two for yourself! Cricut's exclusive new Rotary Blade is what makes this precision cutting possible, cutting fabric with no backing or stabilizer. Did you know that Simplicity Patterns has chummed up with Cricut to make sewing patterns available in .svg format for your Cricut Maker Machine? When I decided to give that duo a try I came across this sweet doggie dress that I knew would be perfect for my Pinkie!

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Click photo, above, for more information about the Cricut Maker Machine.

Making her dress with Art Gallery Fabric's "Wonderful Things", designed by my daughter, Bonnie Christine, would make it even more perfect! Look how accurately the rotary blade cuts! And...the marking pen precisely marked each piece for ribbon, pocket and velcro placement. Click on the photo for a close-up view.

One of the best things about Cricut Maker and Cricut's Design Space, is how user friendly they are. They work together so easily and all the guesswork is taken out because you just choose your design, click "Make It", and follow the prompts! It's that easy, and Cricut has an abundant supply of videos and tutorials to help with most any situation that could arise.

  • Bottom Left: Sewing the leash ribbon in place.
  • Bottom Center: Sewing the gathered ruffle in place.
  • Bottom Right: Stitch around treat pocket on fold line. Clip to line in corners. Tip: Glue seam allowance in place and press well. Sew to the front of the dress as shown in the top photo.
  • Top Photo: Finished and ready for velcro. Click to enlarge.

What do you think?

Sewing with Cricut Maker has many benefits; to name a few:

  1. Cutting and marking accuracy.
  2. No hand fatigue from scissors or rotary cutter.
  3. Youngsters can sew small projects without having to use sharp cutting tools.
  4. Much easier for handicapped or arthritic hands.
  5. It's fun!

Can you tell how much I love my Cricut Maker? Thanks for visiting today! Happy Sewing and God bless!

Maxie

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