Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Community Sampler Week #9!

It's block release Wednesday of the Community Sampler sew-along!

Block No. 8 Morning Star

Today is the release of block number EIGHT of the Community sampler! For those of you that are new here, Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting this block-of-the-week community sew-along, and you can visit my Community Sampler Page above in my tabs bar to retrieve all of the released PDF's so far to jump in anytime! We're so thrilled to have so many sewing with us once again!

Community Sampler Sew-Along

Today's PDF is for block EIGHT -- Morning Star. Instructions always come complete with cutting information plus step-by-step illustrations, and you're always welcome to hop on over to Sharon's blog if you're in need of additional images and tips for this week's block! Her perfect flying geese units, Morning Star block and photos are so gorgeous, you won't want to miss her post this week!

Community Sampler Week No. 9

For my Morning Star block I'm using four pretty prints from my Love Story collection for Art Gallery Fabrics -- Delicate Veil, Reflection of Love Light, Flower Stamp Spell and Darling Echoes Red!

Love Story for Morning Star

After nearly two weeks away, it felt so good to be back in my studio yesterday to sew together this week's block, even though it was a dark and snowy day and I am sick once again with a bad chest cold. Sewing always has a way of making everything better, don't you think?

Back in the Studio

The combination of Love Story prints that I used for this week's block were a breath of fresh air! My Darling Echoes Red blender is a much needed vibrant addition to my sampler, and I love the way this print forms a ribbon around the center star!

Pretty Red

Block No. 8 Morning Star

I always look forward to choosing the center focal print for my blocks and since I'm using Love Story, the main florals in this collection are the ones I reach for whenever I have the chance. So pretty!

Reflections of Love Focal

Block No. 8 Morning Star

As always, I'm looking forward to seeing all of your Morning Star blocks this week! When you share on Instagram use the hashtag #CommunitySampler and be sure to tag @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell so we can be sure to see your beautiful blocks!

Using #CommunitySampler hashtag will also automatically enter you in the weekly IG Giveaway pool! Remember that your Instagram account does need to be a public account for your post to show up in the Instagram hashtag pool. But please don't worry, if you don't have Instagram or you'd like to keep your account private, we will also be hosting the same giveaway prize, alternately between Sharon's and my blog, so you can choose how and where to enter each week!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for more info on this week's Community Sampler Giveaway with our wonderful sponsor Hobbs Batting!

xo Maureen  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Campsite Gift Sets : :

Bag Set

Last month I shared this post gushing over Art Gallery Fabrics brand new capsules collection, Campsite. Full of foxes, feathers, wildflowers, stars and so many more adorable motifs made this ten piece collection perfect for creating something special for anyone that loves woodland themed prints just as much as I do! Right away I got to work on a new small run, limited edition gift set inspired by this adorable collection!

Campsite Gift Sets

Campsite Bag Making

Keeping with the outdoors adventure theme of Campsite I ordered supplies to include with these zipper pouch bags that would set the mood for some adventurous sketching -- a Rustic Branch Pencil and Handcrafted Journal were the perfect gift items to include tucked inside each cute bag!

Campsite Bags with Handcrafted Journal and Branch Pencil Set

Campsite Gift Sets

Each Campsite Zipper Pouch Bag has a side loop perfect for adding a fun tassel, like this handmade wool felt tassel that I made as a quick experiment, or to hook on a handy wristlet strap to make these easy to carry on your wrist or shoulder while out adventuring.

Campsite Gift Set Details

For the zipper pull on each bag I added a length of genuine suede cording in a pretty light blue shade that coordinates perfect with the orange zipper and the colors of Campsite. I love getting creative and adding all of the little special details to each of these small run gift sets!

Suede Zipper Pulls

One side of these zipper pouch bags are a version of my herringbone quilt as you go that includes some larger fussy cut patches so I could feature Campsite's Sneaky Little Fox print The reverse side of each bag was designed to feature Fireflies Glow, a print with sparkling metallic painted fireflies circling a jelly jar with some captured fireflies. So cute!

Firefly Log Cabins

I can't tell you how much I love making these gift sets! Since I moved out of my home studio into a much larger space, it has been so wonderful to think bigger when it comes to the things I can make. In the past I would typically make just one or sometimes two of each new idea I that had. These days I'm really enjoying having the option to make as many as I can of whatever new idea I have. My only restriction now that limits how many I'll make of something is the amount of supplies that I have on hand. It's so wonderful!

Branch Pencils

I hope you all love these new gift sets just as much as I do and that this project idea inspires your own sewing! If you're interested in purchasing one of my handmade items, you're welcome to visit my Etsy shop anytime to find most of the things that I make to share here on the blog. Mostly my hope is to excite those of you who stop by to sew with the collections that I love, as well as the collections that I design!

I'll have a new fabric collection to share with all of you later this week on my Instagram, so be sure to visit me there!

Campsite Gift Sets

Happy Monday and happy sewing!  xo Maureen

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!

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Community 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 Community Sampler you can follow this link for all the info and can join us anytime - it's never too late to jump in!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Today's featured Community Sampler Giveaway sponsor is Aurifil Threads!

LOGO_AURIFIL

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  *  Aurifil on Facebook Aurifil on Instagram

We hope you enjoy visiting Aurifil!

For this week's Sewcial Bee
Giveaway, Aurifil is offering the lucky winner Sharon Holland's Color Story Aurifil Thread Collection! This hand-selected set of threads includes TEN colorful spools of Aurifil thread, in a variety of weights, in colors chosen to coordinate with her beautiful Art Gallery Fabric collections!

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!

You can find the large spool Color Story thread collection available on Amazon and Checker Distributers!

Enter to win! 

Here's how, since Sharon and I are taking turns hosting Community Sampler Giveaway Fridays, 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 Community Sampler sew-along and to those who enter our Giveaway! xo Maureen

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Community Sampler Week #8!

It's block release Wednesday of the Community Sampler sew-along, and this week I'm blogging from Hawaii where I'm visiting family!

Weathervane Block

Today is the release of block number SEVEN of the Community sampler! For those of you that are new here, Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting this block-of-the-week community sew-along, and you can visit my Community Sampler Page above in my tabs bar to retrieve all of the released PDF's so far to jump in anytime! We're so thrilled to have so many sewing with us once again!

Community Sampler Sew-Along

Today's PDF is for our SEVENTH block -- Weathervane. Instructions always come complete with cutting information plus step-by-step illustrations, and you're always welcome to hop on over to Sharon's blog if you're in need of additional images and tips for this week's block!

Community Sampler Week No. 8 -- Weathervane

For my Weathervane block I'm using four of my Love Story favorites -- Lovebirds Amber, Reflection of Love Light, Delicate Veil and Soulmate Blooms Lust!

Week #8 Fabrics

Favorite Fabrics

The variety of Love Story prints that I used for this week's block are my favorite so far! I think this combination is so sweet. I swapped my original center fabric plan for this pretty floral cluster. The perfect modest addition to follow last week's more flashy block!

Week 8 -- Weathervane Block

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your Weathervane blocks and playing catchup on last week's block once I'm back home from my trip! As always, when you share on Instagram use the hashtag #CommunitySampler and be sure to tag @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell so we can be sure to see your beautiful blocks!

Using #CommunitySampler hashtag will also automatically enter you in the weekly IG Giveaway pool! Remember that your Instagram account does need to be a public account for your post to show up in the Instagram hashtag pool. But please don't worry, if you don't have Instagram or you'd like to keep your account private, we will also be hosting the same giveaway prize, alternately between Sharon's and my blog, so you can choose how and where to enter each week!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for more info on this week's Community Sampler Giveaway with our wonderful sponsor Aurifil!

xo Maureen  

Friday, April 6, 2018

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Lady Belle Fabrics!

It's Community Sampler Giveaway Friday!

Week 7 Giveaway with Lady Belle Fabrics

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Each Friday, throughout the Community 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!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Today's featured Community Sampler sponsor is Lady Belle Fabrics!

Lady Belle Fabric is run by husband and wife team, Rob & Brooke. In their shop you'll find both bundles and single cuts of handpicked fabrics that are fresh, modern, and fun! Designer fabrics include many of our favorites -- Art Gallery Fabrics, Cotton + Steel, Free Spirit, and Moda, just to name a few! Lady Belle Fabric's goal is to offer the most gorgeous fabric as quickly as they can!

Shop  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  Pinterest  We hope you enjoy visiting Lady Belle Fabric!

For this week's Community Sampler Giveaway, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner an EIGHT piece fat quarter bundle of prints from my various Art Gallery Fabrics collections, called the Maureen Cracknell Mix Up Bundle! This pretty bundle of prints would make a wonderful addition to any Community Sampler quilt! I'm using a few of these prints in my own version!

Week 7 Giveaway with Lady Belle Fabrics

In addition, Lady Belle Fabric is having a wonderful 20% OFF ALL BUNDLES SALE, including this week's Giveaway bundle available right here in their shop for just $18.99!!  -- https://www.ladybellefabric.com/products/maureen-cracknell-mix-up-bundle


Be sure to v
isit Lady Belle HERE -- http://www.ladybellefabric.com/

Enter to win!

Here's how,

 
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Lady Belle Fabric on Facebook or on Instagram! Just be sure to let me know you do by making a separate comment here for an extra entry! (optional extra entry)
3. Sharon's and my followers get a third entry! Just let me know that you do 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 thought it would be nice to add 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, April 9th!! The winner will be picked at random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post here on the blog!


Our Giveaways are always open to EVERYONE, anywhere! Just please remember that if you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, to include your email address in your comment!

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

xo Maureen

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Community Sampler Week #7!

It's block release Wednesday of the Community Sampler sew-along!

Community Sampler Squaredance Block

Today is the release of block SIX of the Community sampler! For those of you that are new here, Sharon Holland and I have teamed up once again to co-host this block-of-the-week community event and we're so exited to have so many sewing with us again! You can visit my Community Sampler Page above in my tabs bar to retrieve all of the released PDF's so far to jump in anytime!

Community Sampler Sew-Along

Today's PDF is for our SIXTH block -- Squaredance. Block instructions always come complete with cutting information plus step-by-step illustrations, but be sure to visit my co-host Sharon's blog for additional images and tips for this week's block. This week we're revisiting the make-four-at-a-time flying geese method and the two-at-a-time HST method, plus Sharon has included a "Wild Card" option to add some free-style fun to the Squaredance block if you'd like OR you can join me in making this one just as directed in the PDF!

Week #7 of the Community Sampler

For my own Squaredance block I'm using three bold, colorful prints from my Love Story collection -- Soulmate Blooms Lust, Daring Tribal Noir and Hugs and Kisses Warm!

Week 7 Fabrics

bold prints and color

My Soulmate Blooms print was designed with this style of quilt block in mind -- a pretty bouquet of flowers that can be easily fussy cut and framed with additional fun prints!

Week 7 Squaredance Block and Fabrics

This combination of prints & colors definitely makes a statement and I think it will look really great positioned at the center of the middle row of my Community Sampler! Adding in a little black to my Love Story collection felt like a brave and unique choice, and I am so happy I did. This black & white print provides just the right vigor to liven up my sampler quilt plan!

Squaredance Block

I'm looking forward to seeing all of your Squaredance blocks! When you share on Instagram use the hashtag #CommunitySampler and be sure to tag @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell so we can visit and see your beautiful blocks!

Using #CommunitySampler hashtag will also automatically enter you in the weekly IG Giveaway pool! Remember that your Instagram account does need to be a public account for your post to show up in the Instagram hashtag pool. But please don't worry, if you don't have Instagram or you'd like to keep your account private, we will also be hosting the same giveaway prize, alternately between Sharon's and my blog, so you can choose how and where to enter each week!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for more info on this week's Community Sampler Giveaway with our wonderful sponsor Lady Belle Fabric!

xo Maureen