Friday, May 26, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with the Knotted Thread!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!  

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with the Knotted Thread!

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Each Friday, throughout the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along community event that Sharon Holland and I are hosting together, we've lined up a new, special Giveaway with one of our amazing, participating sponsors! If you happened to miss the launch of our Sewcial Bee Sampler you can follow this link for all the info and can join us anytime - it's never too late to jump in!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Today's featured Sewcial Bee sponsor is the Knotted Thread!

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Our sponsor the Knotted Thread is run by Jenn, a fabric lover with a passion for sewing! In her shop you'll find both bundles and single cuts of Fat Quarters, Half Yards, Yards, and Yardage, as well as some of Jenn's very own handmade items up or sale!! Designer fabrics include many of our favorites -- Free Spirit, Cotton & Steel, and Art Gallery Fabrics just to name a few! You can visit the Knotted Thread blog to sign up for the new monthly Newsletter, HERE! 

Shop  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  Blog   We hope you enjoy visiting the Knotted Thread!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, the Knotted Thread is offering one lucky commenter a $20 Gift Certificate to her wonderful shop!

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with the Knotted Thread!



Enter to win! 

Here's how, Sharon and I have taking turns hosting Sewcial Bee Giveaway Fridays, so this week I'm sending you to Sharon Holland Design's blog to enter!

A BIG thanks to all of you who are joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who enter our Giveaway!  ♡ Maureen

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 17!

Week 17 block & fabrics

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for another block release of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along!

Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting this community sew-along now through early August and as usual, I like to begin each Wednesday by reminding folks just learning about the bee that it's never too late to jump in! We continue to have new participants joining us each week, the blocks typically take about an hour to male, so feel free to join us and play catch-up at anytime! I also love to continue to encourage all who join us to keep posting to Instagram with #SewcialBeeSampler tagging both @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell when you post anything SBS so we can all see and easily keep track of all your wonderful bee block posts. We'll continue to try our very best to visit with all who join the sew along. Thank you so much for making this so much fun!

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Today's free download is for block #17: Spools. I'll be sure to add this new pattern to my Sewcial Bee Sampler Page with the previous week's patterns. It's a great place to start for those of you just discovering our bee, where you can easily find everything you need to begin right in one place! Simply click on the link or the image below for direct access to this week's new SBS pattern!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 17 Block: Spools

For my version of this week's Spools block, I went a little crazy with purple! I used a combination of both Moon Stories and my Lunation Dark prints from Nightfall, the violet blender from Fleet & Flourish, and my Fleet & Flourish Lace in Bloom recoloring in the new Boho Fusions!

Week 17 Fabrics

This week's block provides another chance to perfect the make 8-at-a-time HST method, a favorite fast way to make half square triangles and that leaves no waste! If you need a little extra help Sharon has a super helpful step-by-step tutorial with photos and instructions here on her blog! Spools is such a great combination of both large cuts perfect for fussy cutting fabrics and little patchwork pieces. I really loved making this block!

Week 17 Block & Fabrics

It wasn't until after I had finished, and felt really happy with how my very purple Spools block turned out, that I set it on top of the previous week's SBS blocks and noticed how it stuck out like a sore thump. I've used purple in a few other blocks, but not quite this much purple! I'm going to see how it looks as I continue to build my sampler, but I might be doing a redo of this one? Do you have any blocks you might need to make again? Pinpointing the issue that makes the block not really work helps, and in my case it's the dark, eggplant purple. The violet would have been perfect, but the eggplant looks too dark. I may try to sneak this color in, in a few more places to see if that does the trick!

Week 17 Block with the SBS Blocks

I can't wait to see all of the Spools blocks you'll make this week! Be sure to visit Sharon's blog today to see her beautiful versions, and to stop back for details on how to enter this week's special Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday with our wonderful sponsor The Knotted Thread!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Happy SBS sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen   

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Aurifil Thread!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!  

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!
Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Each Friday, throughout the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along community event that Sharon Holland and I are hosting together, we've lined up a new, special Giveaway with one of our amazing, participating sponsors! If you happened to miss the launch of our Sewcial Bee Sampler you can follow this link for all the info and can join us anytime - it's never too late to jump in!

Our Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Today's featured Sewcial Bee sponsor is Aurifil Threads!



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Aurifil is a wonderful thread company dedicated to developing amazing, new products based on quality and solutions. Established in 1983, Aurifil is an accomplished Italian company based near Milano, with a full- grown experience in producing superior quality threads for professional and domestic quilters. The company headquarters is the ground where new ideas generate original items, always more refined and advanced, to provide assistance to all the quilting needs through a wide range of threads in several weights & accessories. Aurifil's success is based on developing projects carefully, always looking for high quality and great style, with a commitment to create contemporary products that will appeal to everyone!

Aurifil.com  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  We hope you enjoy visiting Aurifil!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Aurifil is offering the lucky winner the Maureen Cracknell Bohemian Garden Aurifil Thread Collection! This hand-selected set of threads includes TEN colorful spools of Aurifil thread, in 50wt 100% cotton, in colors chosen to coordinate with my Art Gallery Fabric collections!

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!

You can find both the small and large spool Bohemian Garden thread collections available on Amazon, Fat Quarter Shop, Checker Distributers, Red Rock Threads, and Pumpkinvine Corner!



Enter to win! 

Here's how,

1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Aurifil on Facebook and/or Instagram! Just let me know that you do 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've added 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, May 22nd! The winner will be picked next week 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 of you who are joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who entered our Giveaway! This week's lucky winner is commenter, Kathy! Congratulations, I will email you shortly! ♡ Maureen

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 16!

SBS Block 16 King's Crown

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for another block release of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along!

Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting this community sew-along now through early August and as usual, I like to begin each Wednesday by reminding folks just learning about the bee that it's never too late to jump in! We continue to have new participants joining us each week, the blocks typically take about an hour to male, so feel free to join us and play catch-up at anytime! I also love to continue to encourage all who join us to keep posting to Instagram with #SewcialBeeSampler tagging both @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell when you post anything SBS so we can all see and easily keep track of all your wonderful bee block posts. We'll continue to try our very best to visit with all who join the sew along. Thank you so much for making this so much fun!

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Today's free download is for block #16: King's Crown. This morning both Sharon and I posting a little early since we're both currently on our way to St. Louis for International Quilt Market and we had to write our  posts a little early. I'll be sure to add this new pattern to my Sewcial Bee Sampler Page with the previous week's patterns, so you can easily find everything you need right in one place! Simply click on the link or the image below to be directed to this week's new SBS pattern!

Week 16 SBS Block: King's Crown!

For my version of this week's King's Crown block, I used three Nightfall prints -- Bird of Night Mist, Luminaries Silver, and Moon Stories Spark with What Awaits Profoundly from Fleet & Flourish, framed in AGF's Soft Sand Linen. I think this is my favorite combination of fabrics that I have used for an SBS block so far! I love the purple and have been on such a purple kick these last couple of weeks sewing with my next collection, Soulful, as I prepare for Spring Quilt Market. 

King's Crown Block & Fabrics

This is the second block I have made with a fussy cut owl and I LOVE it! My owls are a little too tall to include the complete owl in the center of the block, but I don't mind at all. I think it still looks perfectly cute and has me convinced that I really need to make another quilt full of owl quilt blocks, they're so much fun!

King's Crown in Nightfall + Fleet & Flourish

I can't wait to see all of the King's Crown blocks you'll make this week! Be sure to visit Sharon's blog today to see her beautiful versions, and to stop back for details on how to enter this week's special Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday with our wonderful sponsor Aurifil!

Our Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Happy SBS sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen   

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with The Intrepid Thread!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!

Sewcial Bee Giveaway The Intrepid Thread

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Each Friday, throughout the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along community event that Sharon Holland and I are hosting together, we've lined up a new, special Giveaway with one of our amazing, participating sponsors! If you happened to miss the launch of our Sewcial Bee Sampler you can follow this link for all the info and can join us anytime - it's never too late to jump in!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors!



Today's featured Sewcial Bee sponsor is The Intrepid Thread!

The Intrepid Thread

With over 15 years of experience in ecommerce, The Intrepid Thread is a family owned business employing 5 amazingly creative quilters and sewists. Julie, the owner, is dedicated to offering quality quilting fabrics at competitive prices and takes special pride in knowing her customers receive unparalleled service!

SHOP  *  BLOG  *  FACEBOOK * INSTAGRAM * We hope you enjoy visiting The Intrepid Thread!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Julie at The Intrepid Thread is offering a $20 Gift Certificate to her wonderful shop to one commenter!!

Sewcial Bee Giveaway The Intrepid Thread


Enter to win!

Here's how, since Sharon and I will be taking turns hosting Sewcial Bee Giveaway Fridays, this week I'm sending you to Sharon Holland Design's blog to enter!

A BIG thanks to all joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who enter our Giveaway!  
Maureen

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 15!

Week 15 Broken Dishes Block and Fabrics

It's Wednesday, my new favorite day of the week, and that means it's time for another block release of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along!

Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting this community sew-along now through early August and as usual, I like to begin each Wednesday by reminding folks just learning about the bee that it's never too late to jump in! We continue to have new participants joining us each week, the blocks typically take about an hour to male, so feel free to join us and play catch-up at anytime! I also love to continue to encourage all who join us to keep posting to Instagram with #SewcialBeeSampler tagging both @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell when you post anything SBS so we can all see and easily keep track of all your wonderful bee block posts. We'll continue to try our very best to visit with all who join the sew along. Thank you so much for making this so much fun!

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Today's free download is for block #15: Broken Dishes. I'll be sure to add this new pattern to my Sewcial Bee Sampler Page with the previous week's patterns. It's a great place to start for those of you just discovering our bee, where you can easily find everything you need to begin right in one place! Simply click on the link or the image below for direct access to this week's new SBS pattern!

Week 15 Block: Broken Dishes

For my version of this week's Broken Dishes block, I used a combination of three prints -- Luminous Field from my very first AGF Limited Edition collection, Wild & Free +  Miniments Unpolished from my first full collection Fleet & Flourish + Twinklestar Blu from my beloved Garden Dreamer collection, all framed with AGF's Soft Sand Linen!

Week 15 Fabrics

This week's block is another quickie, featuring the make 2-at-a-time HST method that's fast, simple, and leaves no waste! If you need a little extra help Sharon has a super helpful step-by-step tutorial with photos and instructions here on her blog! Broken Dishes also includes a large framing, and I love the way it looks when arranged with my other blocks. I can't believe we've already come to the last block of row three. Our bee is flying by way too fast!!

Week 15 Broken Dishes Block

Broken Dishes in Fleet and Flourish, Wild and Free, and Nightfall!

I can't wait to see all of the Broken Dishes blocks you'll make this week! Be sure to visit Sharon's blog today to see her beautiful versions, and to stop back for details on how to enter this week's special Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday with our wonderful sponsor The Intrepid Thread!

Our Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Happy SBS sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen