Friday, May 27, 2016

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Boardwalk Delight Giveaway!!

Boardwalk Delight Giveaway!!

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For this week's Fabric Giveaway Llama Fabrics is offering the ENTIRE Fat Quarter bundle of the brand new, adorable Boardwalk Delight collection by designer Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics Limited Edition! This bundle includes all TEN prints that make up this colorful collection! How amazing and generous!!

You can find this bundle newly available as a fat eighth, a fat quarter, a half yard, and as a complete one yard bundle, along with single cuts of your choosing in the Llama Fabric Shop!! 

Boardwalk Delight Giveaway!!

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Llama Fabrics on Facebook and/or Instagram! Just let me know that you did 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 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 Tuesday, May 31st! 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! 

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Thank you to all who enter our Giveaway! Have a great Friday & weekend!!  ♡ Maureen

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Home from Market : :

I'm back from Salt Lake City! It was such a wonderful trip. I had big plans to blog & Instagram & post on Facebook while at the show, but it became such a beautiful whirlwind of catching up with old friends and making new, that each day I came up short. Just imagine being surrounded by that much creativity, by so many who share such similar goals as your own, who are both so full of passion and are so very generous to share their dreams with others. Market is overflowing with inspiration everywhere, and it's best to soak it in. So that's just what I did. Then yesterday, after a long day of traveling home I did something I never do, I went back to sleep after I saw the kiddos off to school. I woke up at eleven! I opened my eyes with a renewed perspective and a feeling of rejuvenation. While this was only my forth Quilt Market -- the first being a four-hour flurry, followed by three where I presented my fabrics, and although with each one it has felt new and very different in both good and disappointing ways, here's the thing about going to Market and getting away -- you end up returning home with exactly what you need to keep going & growing: Inspiration.

Nightfall -- Spring Quilt Market 2016

My booth design turned out exactly as I dreamt it would, but not without a few little mishaps along the way. I've learned by now that's to be expected and it's best to just stay focused, adjust when needed, and to keep working your vision. In the end, it told the Nightfall story I was hoping to convey and that felt truly magical!

Nightfall Logo

Nightfall Details

Nightfall Details

Nightfall Details

Nightfall Details

Just for today, I thought I'd start by sharing these photos that I took at the very end of set-up Thursday night. If you'd like to see and hear a little bit more about my booth design and Nightfall projects, you can view the video Art Gallery Fabrics shared live from the show on their Facebook page right HERE! You can also checkout the collection hashtag #NightfallFabrics on Instagram. I’m so grateful for this amazing opportunity. It was so good to get away but it's so great to be home! I'll be back soon with more to share!

XO Maureen

Monday, May 16, 2016

Herringbone in Nightfall : :

Most of the Nightfall fabric samples my friends and I have made for Quilt Market combine prints from both colorways, Moonrise & Moonset, with a substantial amount of solids and denim added in to each project since the size of strike off pieces are limiting. I love the addition of all the denim! But when a second set of strike off samples arrived the other day, I finally had enough to make a few things with no need to add in any blenders at all! At this point, it was only the shortage of sewing time that narrowed my options. So, I decided to stick with my favorite, fast, and faithful herringbone quilt-as-you-go! I separated colorways to make one big pillow in Moonrise and a second big pillow in Moonset, and I love the result!

To make each 20" square bound pillow, I started with two batting rectangles measuring 10½ " x 20½" and 2¼" long strips of each Nightfall print, beginning with Moonrise!

Herringbone In Nightfall

Then with Moonset!

Herringbone In Nightfall

I teach how to make these blocks into both pillows and quilts in my Craftsy class, Quick Quilt As You Go!  They are so much fun to make, I always want to keep going until I have enough to make a quilt. I didn't have the time with these, but now I can see what a pretty Diamond Strings Quilt these would be and have made it my plan for when I return from Salt Lake City!

Herringbone In Nightfall

Each pillow is backed in my Mystical Woods Canvas, is bound using the same Essentials II gold stripe I used to finish my Owl QAYG quilt, and showcases a Nightfall colorway, minus the owls!

Herringbone Pillow in Moonrise

Herringbone Pillow in Moonset

Once these two large pillows were finished up, I decided to whip up a quick, scrappy, mini 12" pillow!

Herringbone Mini Pillow

And with that, is the last of my Nightfall Quilt Market prep sewing & posts before the big show! I've really enjoyed sharing so much of what I've been making with all of you who take the time to stop by & who so sweetly encourage me to keep dreaming big, I can't believe where all this has taken me! I started packing over the weekend and leave tomorrow afternoon. This trip is another first for me, since I'm flying solo this time around. I'm quite nervous, but am so excited at the same time! If you're attending the show, be sure to stop by the Art Gallery Fabrics booth to visit. Otherwise, I'll be back as soon as I can to share how it all comes together!

XO Maureen

Friday, May 13, 2016

An Aurifil GIVEAWAY : :

For this week's Giveaway I'm offering my new Aurifil for AGF thread collection, Bohemian Garden!

Instagram ~ Aurifil Giveaway!

My collection of thread features some of my favorite colors from all of my fabric collections with Art Gallery Fabrics, but it's full of pretty colors versatile enough to stand on their own beyond sewing with just my fabrics!

Bohemian Garden Aurifil Thread Collection

The threads are all 50wt cotton, my favorite for piecing, quilting, and "sketch stitching!"  You'll find twelve 1422yd spools in the large box, and ten 220yd spools in the small box. I've been using a large box plus a few extra spools of Aurifil White from Lady Belle Fabrics for ALL of my Quilt Market sewing these past few weeks, including the stitched dragonfly and owl pillows I've made!

Dragonfly Stitching

Sketch Stitching

I love this thread so much and I know once you try it you'll love it, too!

Instagram ~ Aurifil Giveaway!

TO WIN my 10 piece Aurifil thread set, Bohemian Garden : Simply comment HERE for a chance! For extra chances follow me @maureencracknell on Instagram + feel free to share this Giveaway with all of your sewing friends, just leave additional comments to let me know if you do! I'll randomly select a winner next Monday!

* Giveaway is Closed * Congratulations commenter, Ali! You are the winner of my Aurifil thread box! I'll contact you shortly via email, so I can send you your prize!

♡ Maureen

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hello Pillows : :

This past October my Fleet & Flourish Fall Quilt Market sewing came to an unexpectedly abrupt halt when my son Jacob ended up in the ICU with Colitis just a week and a half before I had to leave for the show. What I was able to make up to the point of him getting sick had to be enough, and it was. Thankfully he recovered quickly, I was able to leave for my trip without worry, and it all came together as I hoped it would without anyone seemingly noticing there was a whole list of things missing that weren't able to be made. When I finished setting up my booth it was just the absence of a few more pillows that had me a little disappointed. And so... this time around my Quilt Market pillow making is verging on excessive! I figure I can always edit some out if it's too much in the end, right? I mentioned last week that I had made three new pillows with a star theme and today I thought I'd share two more of those before blogging about the three I made this week, Ha!

Star Pillow

This first pillow is a simple Sawtooth Star block with a tiny Nightfall patchwork center and border.
My patchwork squares finish at just 2" and I was able to use so many of the tiny scraps I had leftover from my larger projects. Love that!

Tiny Nightfall Patchwork

I finished the back of this pillow with AGF's Solid Textured heavy weight and Smooth Solid denims, a framed piece of my Moon Stories in Spark bunny & moon print, with narrow strips of Nightfall scraps.

Backed with Bunnies

I used my very favorite denim, Cool Foliage, for the binding! I love this vintage gray-blue with my Nightfall fabrics!

Denim Binding

This next pillow is made using the same quilt as you go method I teach in my Craftsy Class, Quick Quilt As You Go, to make my Criss Cross Diamond Quilt project. For the pillow I simply switched up the size of each block, used different piecing, and strip width. I can't wait to make a Nightfall quilt using this QAYG pattern!

Criss Cross Diamond Star Pillow

I designed this one to feature my dragonflies print, Nox Iridescence in Aglow, adding a single, pretty, fussy cut dragonfly to each corner!


I finished this one using up the last of my Nightfall scraps and more denim!

Backed in Patchwork

I'll be back soon with a few more things to share, but first... Tomorrow I have a Bohemian Garden Aurifil Thread Box Giveaway planned, so be sure to stop back!  ♡ Maureen

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

One More Finish : :

Too many pretty Nightfall finishes are happening this week, during these final last days of Quilt  Market sewing before it's time to pack it all up, to not share just a few more project peeks here on the blog! As soon as the kiddos were off to school this morning, I immediately cut into the second set of strike offs that arrived just in time for me to check a few more things off the to-make list and to send off to my willing friends who kindly volunteered to stitch up a few last minute garments!

Nightfall Strike Offs

This time before cutting into my Bird of Night in Slate print I remembered to snap a few photos! This dark gray-blue is my personal favorite colorway of the Nightfall owls. I love it and can't wait to have yards and yards of it to make things!

Bird of Night in Slate Owl Fabric

This  morning's newly bound quilt was designed to highlight these very owls. It's a Quick Quilt As You Go log cabin style quilt with an owl at the center of each block. I can't wait to share the whole thing soon at Quilt Market!

Essentials II Binding

Because my most favorite owl is the mustard yellow fellow, I decided to use this matching, pretty yellow stripe for my binding from Pat Bravo's new Essential's II collection.

Stripey Binding

With extra binding left to finish a few more Nightfall pillows, of course!

How about you, what are you working on this week?