Thursday, January 12, 2017

new year.

i love the beginning of a new year.  i love the gleaming possibilities that come with the new beginning. there are so many books i want to read, recipes i want to try, places and people i want to see and things i want to make.  

not a lot of sewing happened for me over the last year.  i usually make several bags, a couple of quilts and various this and that's but the last year was very unproductive for several reasons (new house, busy work schedule, etc...).  

in an effort to keep myself accountable creatively and also emotionally i shall make a list.  i do know that i can get overwhelmed with too much so this is just for january...

January 2017

1.  Catch up with Fantastic Quilt Voyage

2.  Visit New Orleans with Friends

i think that is a good plan for January.  cheers to the new year and all it has to offer. 



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fleet & Flourish

welcome to my day of the beautiful fleet & flourish blog tour.
this day is very important to me as maureen is one of my most very favorite people.  
she has a beautiful kind heart, she is crazy talented and she is an amazing friend. 
when i started looking at the fabrics and what each print was named; i was inspired, deeply.


what does it mean to be innocent and tenacious? how does one do it? 

 all paths sunlit, expanded aim, what awaits profoundly, roadside guide...

my thoughts were everywhere... how can i honor the beauty of the fabric?  how can i infuse my love for maureen into what i make?  how do i do it???

one word.


i took very favorite duffle bag pattern,
and i started sewing.

i wanted to highlight every print so i cut 3.5 inch squares and made the exterior panels a patchwork masterpiece.

when i finished this duffle i really wasn't ready to be finished.
not at all. 
another bag needed to be made and of course i went to my absolute favorite bag...
i am a lover of big purses...they just hold so many things!

this bag has very significant meaning and showcases my two favorite prints.

all paths sunlit (main exterior) and expanded aim (violet pocket) signify that though the path may be bright we must keep our eye on the constantly expanding horizon; forever seeking out and welcoming new experiences. 

though this life and the experiences/successes/failures we have may be innocently fleeting, we must tenaciously aspire to flourish.

thank you dear maureen, for inviting me to participate along side the other amazingly the talented people that are sharing their fleet & flourish projects on this blog tour!

Feb 22nd ~ Amy Friend : During Quiet Time { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 23rd ~ Heidi Staples : Fabric Mutt { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 24th ~ Amy Smart : Diary of a Quilter { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 25th ~ Amanda Jean: Crazy Mom Quilts { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 26th ~ Brooke Sellmann : Silly Mama Quilts { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabrics!!

Feb 29th ~ Amber Carillo : One Shabby Chick { Instagram & Blog }
March 1st ~ Nicke Cutler : Kiss Kiss Quilt { Instagram Blog }
March 2nd ~ Nicole Daksiewicz : Modern Handcraft { Instagram & Blog }
March 3rd ~ Christopher Thompson : the Tattooed Quilter { Instagram & Blog }
March 4th ~ Alexis Wright : My Sweet Sunshine { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Llama Fabrics!!

March 7th ~ Jessica Stewart : Izzy & Ivy Designs { Blog & Instagram }
March 8th ~ Stephanie Kendron : Modern Sewciety { Blog & Instagram }
March 9th ~ Heather Bostic : House of A La Mode // Citizens of Textile { Instagram }
March 10th ~ Ali Brorsen : Because of Brenna { BlogFacebook, & Instagram }
March 11th ~ Melissa Kelley : Sew Shabby Quilting { BlogFacebook, & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with the Intrepid Thread!!

March 14th ~  Maureen Cracknell Handmade { BlogFacebook, & Instagram }