Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Riley Blake Design Team Project & GIVEAWAY!!

Today I'm SO excited to be sharing a new project for the Riley Blake Design Team!!

Quilted Chevron Tote Bag tutorial

This step by step tutorial is for making a Quilted Chevron Tote bag, using very simple instructions, Riley Blake's new Chevron fabric collection, that's casual and useful. You can take this method of tote bag making and go crazy with your own ideas, just by adding a few steps.

Remember this Chevron Quilt Block from last week?

Chevron Quilt Block

Well, now it's a Quilted Chevron Tote Bag! A bag that's soft and easy, perfect for shopping, the beach or pool, and for washing after much use!

Quilt Block Chevron Tote Bag

I really hope you like this tutorial! You can get very creative using this method of tote bag making. You can swap out the batting for interfacing, to create a sturdier bag, add pockets, appliques, magnetic closures for a fancier version, etc.. The possibilities are really endless!! My project will be up on their blog later this morning, they are a few hours behind those of us on the East Coast, so be sure to stop by and check it out later this morning!

GREAT NEWS, besides having the honor of guest posting on the Riley Blake Blog as part of the Design Team, I also get to host a new RBD Fabric Giveaway right here today!!!

How does a chance at winning a Fat Quarter Bundle of an entire Riley Blake Collection sound??!!

RBD sponsor

Well...the sweet folks at Riley Blake are so generously offering a Fat Quarter bundle of the entire Riley Blake Chevron Collection to one lucky reader!!! WOW!

My creation
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Enter to Win!

Here's how,

1. Simply add a comment to this post. (one entry) If you want, you can let me know one thing you hope to stitch up soon?
2. Followers of Maureen Cracknell Handmade get a second entry! Whether you follow me here or on Facebook, just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (one entry)
3.
Follow the Riley Blake Blog or facebook page for a third entry. Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (one entry)

That’s 3 possible entries! Enter now through Friday morning and I will announce the winner in a new post here on the blog.

* Note * This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! If you're a "no reply" or an anonymous commenter, remember to include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you, should you win!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I'm so excited to be a part of this Riley Blake Design Team!!!

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B Greene said...

I would love to make the Prismatic Quilt that has a quilt-along gearing up, but I am not sure I can handle all those triangles :-? Nexy project may be a paper-pieced mini-quilt!

ThatCleverClementine said...

What a fun giveaway! No matter which collection it is, I know I'll want to fire up the sewing machine and jump right in!

ThatCleverClementine said...

I follow your blog, for sure!

ThatCleverClementine said...

And I also follow Riley Blake, on Fb.

B Greene said...

I am a happy follower of your blog! Always exciting to see all the creative projects you come up with! Great Chevron Tote - I have loved seeing that fabric everywhere, but now I am glad to start seeing some projects actually using it!

B Greene said...

I also follow the RBD blog - Thanks for the chance to win!

Kasey said...

I need to bite the bullet and make a new wallet. But, I"ll probably make a new purse first.

Kasey said...

I follow your blog. Thanks for the chance to win, and congrats on being part of the RB design team! Love the tote.

Gingerscraps said...

I hope to stitch up a nice quilt made with embroidered redwork blocks on it for my granddaughter! Very old fashioned! Thanks for the give away offer Maureen!

Marika said...

I can't wait for the new Erin McMorris's collection to come out in June so I can start a Retro Flower quilt for my bed !!

flossyknits said...

oooh I;d maybe make an apron for myself or include it in a quilt for my son. or a bag!!

Gingerscraps said...

I also follow you here on the blog and on facebook!

flossyknits said...

I follow you on facebook

Marika said...

I follow you here and on Facebook ! I don't want to miss anything hehe :)

Jennifer Gail said...

i would love to win this:)

flossyknits said...

I follow riley blake on facebook too

Marika said...

I like the Riley Blake facebook page ! Thanks for the giveaway!

Gingerscraps said...

I also follow Riley Blake on facebook!

Jennifer Gail said...

I follow you.

elaineridley said...

Well, after seeing the chevron tote tutorial I would like to have a go at that!
Elaine

Toni said...

Well, since we just found out we're having a girl after having three boys, I'm thinking I need to start on some cute dresses! Thanks!

elaineridley said...

I follow you on Facebook!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Sew little time said...

ooh, is this open to the UK? if so, I would love to win! Those Millie's closet prints on the riley blake site are gorgeous! i am currently in summer wardrobe mode, but i would love to try a quilt, so that's what I would do.

Toni said...

Yes, I am a follower!

Gwen said...

My granddaughter will turn one year old on May 5, and I am planning to make her a birthday outfit -- complete with a special crown! :-)

Toni said...

And I follow Riley Blake in my Google Reader. Thanks again!

Gwen said...

I follow your blog on GFC and also on Facebook! Thank you so much for all the fun giveaways you have! :-)

Gwen said...

I follow Riley Blake on Facebook, too! :-)

Sherry said...

I have been fighting with two skirts I am making my twin daughters. I can not wait to finish them and make something easier and fun!

Sherry said...

I follow you on FB.

Sherry said...

I follow Riley Blake on FB.

Amstaff Mom said...

I follow Riley Blake on FaceBook

elaineridley said...

I follow Riley Blake on FB.
Elaine

Jenny said...

hoping to stitch up some teacher appreciation gifts very very soon!

Amstaff Mom said...

I follow you on FaceBook

Jenny said...

i follow your blog maureen

Lee Ann L. said...

I am determined to finish a mug rug before we move. The binding needs to be made and sewn on. That is all I have left to do on this itty bitty project. When we finish with the move and have my sewing/crafting room set up, I'll be wanting to make a grand-niece a Halloween quilt as she is a Halloween baby. I also want to make a couple of skirts, some other miscellaneous projects.. Thank you for a chance to win!

supersara20 said...

I am a follower of Maureen's blog.

Lee Ann L. said...

I follow you on both your blog and facebook. :-)

Amstaff Mom said...

This is a fabulous giveaway! In the meantime I need to finish up my daughter's birthday quilt (considering her birthday was last week and I haven't started piecing it together, I really need to start!)

supersara20 said...

Great bag, I may need to whip one up since in the next year all plastic bags are being banned in Austin... will need to get my groceries home some way!

br1ghteyes37 said...

That chevron fabric is so cute! I would probably use the fabric for your bag tutorial Maureen.

br1ghteyes37 said...

I follow you on Facebook too!

br1ghteyes37 said...

I also follow Riley Blake on Facebook!

jlk said...

Cute bag! I have a list of "want to do" projects a mile long -- but I'm getting ready for a craft show. When I'm done with craft show prep, I've got an Amy Butler bag ready to go.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

WOW! That's awesome! If I were you, I'd just skip the quilting and the lining and make a bunch of them!!

Lee Ann L. said...

I follow Riley Blake on facebook. I also follow their blog! Thanks again!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Oh, congratulations!!!

jlk said...

I follow your blog (and love it!)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thanks for saying so, Gwen! I always worry that I have too many, I know some people frown on them! I personally love giveaways, well..obviously! :)

Sweetester1 said...

I follow your blog & facebook

jlk said...

I follow Riley Blake on FB. They are fabulous!

Jodi said...

Ooh! How exciting! I love a 'surprise' giveaway! I really want to play with more zigzags. In pinafores, in quilts. So many ideas, only 2 hands! :)

Sharon B said...

Winning an entire Riley Blake Collection sounds AMAZING! I LOVE the purse!

Jodi said...

I'm a follower!

Sweetester1 said...

I follow your blog & facebook

Jodi said...

I like RB on FB!

Sweetester1 said...

I follow Riley Blake on facebook

ELNM said...

I like Riley Blake on Facebook - thanks for the chance to win!

**nicke... said...

hi maureen, love the tote bag! i am looking forward to some basting and quilting this weekend. i have a couple more blocks to make for swaps but then it is all me and the quilting... i can't wait!

ELNM said...

I follow you by email and Facebook - thanks for the chance to win!

Sweetester1 said...

I will be working on a quilt for my nephews. I am also working on a dress for my granddaughter.

ELNM said...

I just purchased some of the Riley Blake chevrons in aqua for a future quilt - thanks for the tutorial and the chance to win some great fabric!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I love Riley Blake fabrics! I just started quilting, so I'd use the fabric for that!

Stephanie said...

I follow you on FB. And you made my list of favorite sewing/fabric/quilting sites to go to on a friends recent informal poll. :o)

Stephanie said...

And.... I follow Riley Blake on FB, too. Love their fabric lines - and their fabulous tutorials. I made the Peak Hour Quilt - as my 1st quilt - and it was very well received by the Momma-to-be!

Sharon B said...

I am a follower and so enjoy your blog!

Sarah B. said...

Commenting for Entry 1. I LOVE the Chevron series, I want to make oh so many bags with them all! <3

Sarah B. said...

This is my entry 2 - I follow you on FaceBook :)

Sarah B. said...

Entry 3- I just followed Riley Blake on FaceBook. Should have done it sooner, I love their stuff!

Carrie said...

So great! I love Riley Blake fabric! I hope to win!

Carrie said...

I follow you on Facebook!

bethanndodd said...

Adorable bag! I will definately check it out. I would love to finish the binding on a few quilts and work on my Granny Square quilt. With 3 boys, baseball has officially taken over my life for now so sewing time is very limited. Thanks for the chance! Smiles~Beth

Carrie said...

I follow Riley Blake on Facebook!

Marion said...

I think I'm gonna have to make a cheveron bag. That is beautiful!

bethanndodd said...

I am a happy follower of yours on FB. Thanks for the chance and congrats on joining the Riley Blake team...how exciting! Smiles~Beth

Marion said...

I'm a faithful follower :)

Sharon B said...

I am a follower of Riley Blake's Blog

Laurel09 said...

Well, I have to quilt and bind a wheelchair quilt I am making for my husband's great-aunt who is in the hospital. After that, I bought a pattern and have fabric picked out to make my first bag ever... I'm nervous about it, but excited!

Marion said...

Im following Riley Blake on facebook.

bethanndodd said...

I happily follow Riley Blake on FB (I absolutely adore their fabric lines!!!). Thanks so much for the chance. Hope your day is lovely. Smiles~Beth

Laurel09 said...

I follow you and really enjoy your blog. I saw above that you worry about having too many giveaways - I wouldn't worry about that. They're fun! Who doesn't love the chance to win beautiful fabric???

Sharon B said...

This is SEW cute and would be a quick project for my DD!

Melinda said...

Well, right now I am quilting, so I really, really hope I'll be stitching up some binding soon!

niveas said...

A Giveaway?! Great because I love the Chevrons and I'm sure that the new fabricline will be as good as well! Thank you!

niveas said...

...and for sure I follow you on Facebook ;)

Melinda said...

I follow your blog and like you on facebook!

Melinda said...

I like Riley Blake's facebook page!

niveas said...

and right now I've discovered the Facebook-page of Rile Blake Designs - I'm now a follower and looove the page already ;) Thank you for showing this!

Lauren said...

Love your Chevron bag! I'm hoping to stitch up some summer clothes for my little girl in the next few weeks.

memmens said...

Love the bag, need to make a new one for me soon and this is a great one. I'm busy making quilts for Siblings Together a UK charity supporting children separated by the care system, I've got one top finished, another more than half done and another waiting to be cut! Thanks for the great giveaway

Reader Owl said...

Love surprises! Hope to finish a birthday quilt soon for someone's 4th birthday.

Lauren said...

I follow both your blog and your facebook page.

memmens said...

I'm a follower of yours by RSS and on facebook.

memmens said...

I'm already a Riley Blake blog follower and facebook fan - thanks very much

domestiCass said...

I can't wait for the tutorial to go up...I was looking for a pattern to use for a tote as a teacher appreciation gift for next week! Perfect timing. Thanks!

teammckown said...

I love the bag and the chevron pattern! I NEED to get some dresses made for my girls! I need an awesome sewing room (or any at all would be awesome) so I don't have to pull it all out and put it all away. I think I would get a lot more done!

domestiCass said...

I follow you on GFC and facebook as well.

Lauren said...

Already following Riley Blake's blog and facebook page. Thanks for the chance!

teammckown said...

I follow you on fb!

domestiCass said...

I also follow Riley Blake designs on both too. :)

Gill said...

I love the chevron fabric! at the moment I'm cutting out a charity quilt for siblings together!

teammckown said...

And I am a RB follower as well!

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower!

Gill said...

I follow Riley Blake!

Jo said...

Love that fabric...and your quilt block....!
boppiesgirll@gmail.com

ChristineD said...

I am loving all the projects I've been seeing from the Riley Blake team using the Chevrons! Not sure what I do with them yet, but I know some would end up in a quilt in the near future.

LeAnne said...

I think that chevron fabric could be used in so many ways.

RSHudson said...

I'm planning to start a baby quilt later this week using Peak Hour! Thanks for chance to win some wonderful Riley Blake! (marshudson at comcast dot net)

ChristineD said...

And I follow your blog on Google Reader.

LeAnne said...

I follow you on FB.

RSHudson said...

I'm one of your followers; thanks! (marshudson at comcast dot net)

LeAnne said...

I follow Riley Blake on FB as well.

RSHudson said...

I'm signed up for Riley Blake's newsletter; thanks (marshudson at comcast dot net)

Cyndylou said...

Good Morning Maureen, I'm getting excited about all the new chevrons going around the fabric world. I'd want to make lots of things. Maybe some pillows.cyndylouquilts@yahoo.com

Debora said...

My next project...this tote bag of course. Love a quick project in between bigger ones.

Cyndylou said...

I follow you on your Blog and Facebook. cyndylouquilts@yahoo.com

Debora said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Me too!! I love anything chevron! :)

Cyndylou said...

I follow Riley Blake on Facebook, too. cyndylouquilts@yahoo.com

Debora said...

I follow Riley Blake Designs on Facebook.

stephmabry said...

By the end of the week I'm hoping to finish at least one of the three baby quilts I'm working on, all three of which will be given to a dear friend of mine to help with fundraising to adopt a beautiful little girl from Russia who has down syndrome. Beautiful quilts for a beautiful cause!

pkrueger said...

Love that bag, want to make one. Right now I am working on a baby quilt and a queen size quilt for myself. Thanks for the tutorial.

stephmabry said...

I follow your blog. Thanks for the chance!

pkrueger said...

I follow you on facebook. Love your blog.

pkrueger said...

I follow Riley BLake on facebook too.

iluvmybugs said...

The next project I hope to stitch up are some table runners and place mats.
~Terry~

iluvmybugs said...

I'm already a happy follower of your blog :o)
~Terry~

shirley said...

I Love Giveaways, its exciting to be in a contest so easily, I have never one any, but hey, I dont by lotter tickets either... LOL

shirley said...

I follow you MC and like I stayed yesterday, I am trying to save up enough fabric with color and style for a KINGSIZE BED SPREAD..

shirley said...

I am a big follower of Riley Blake,even painted my shed outback like some of their fabric design.

iluvmybugs said...

I follow the Riley Blake blog. Thanks for the chance! :o)
~Terry~

kari said...

I love the tote, it looks like a great size!

kari dot stewart at me dot com

Jennifer Ladd said...

I would love to make myself a fun new summer skirt ... it's been a while since I've made anything for myself!

Jennifer
jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

kari said...

I follow you here. Always enjoy seeing your creations.

kari dot stewart at me dot com

Jennifer Ladd said...

I follow you on Facebook.

jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

What a lovely tote bag! I really grow to like chevrons, until now I used to make them myself with HST... ;-)

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

I'm a follower of your blog. I cannot like you on FB because I've quit the Blue Universe for good.

Barbara @ Nähtante Quilts said...

I've just become a follower of the Riley Blake blog.

marymac said...

Maureen, Chevron design is perfect for your tote bag.

kari said...

I follow RBD on Facebook.

Thanks again for the opportunity to win some great fabric.

kari dot stewart at me dot com

Amy said...

I love a chevron bag!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

I am hoping to be done with stitchin the pinwheel blocks for my 1st ever quilt soon so I can put them together and get my daughter's quilt done before she moves to her big girl bed!

marymac said...

I am a follower.

Amy said...

I'm a MCHM follower!

Jennifer Ladd said...

I like the Riley Blake Facebook page.

jennifereladd at yahoo dot com

Rainpatter said...

Following Maureen on RSS.

♥Duff said...

I need to get a baby quilt done--I'm going to force it on myself this weekend because the baby is due May 7. I keep imagining a 'modern' version of something but then back down. I'm going to find the courage! dammit! And yesterday was my birthday. I'm getting too old to be such a chicken liver!

Rainpatter said...

I hope to stitch up some wallets!

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

I follow you here and on facebook

donna said...

I am in love with that tote, black and white anything makes me drool......

donna said...

I follow you on FB

♥Duff said...

oyes, I'm a follower! looking forward to more sewing machine info.....crossing my fingers and toes that you got one free!

donna said...

I also follow Riley B on FB

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

i follow rileyblake on facebook

Katie P said...

I love the chevron prints! I haven't bought any yet, I need to destash a bit first :) Thanks for the chance to win some great RBD fabric!

Svetlana said...

love this chevron fabric!

Svetlana said...

I'm a follower!

Katie P said...

I already follow Maureen Cracknell handmade on facebook.

Cheri said...

This is great. I have crocheted chevron afghans forever and so excited to see them hit the fabric world. I would have to make your cute little tote bag for starters. Thanks for the tutorial and another great giveaway.

Cheri said...

I am a FB follower of you.

Katie P said...

I also follow Riley Blake Designs on facebook, and I LOVE all of their fabrics :D

Cheri said...

And now a Riley Blake follower.

Jessnmary said...

Wow this would be spectacular! I'm trying to figure out what I want to use to make a picnic blanket, so this would be super useful!

fenna said...

I'm hoping to sew up some baby gifts--I'm a little behind :-o

Melissa Corry said...

I love these chevrons!! I would love to be stitching with them but I am playing with an early line of Riley Blake's so that is fun as well :)

fenna said...

O and, I follow you on google live feed :)

Melissa Corry said...

I follow Riley Blake!! They are incredible!!

Melissa Corry said...

I follow your super fun blog as well :)

~Kelie~ said...

What an amazing giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance to win! I am HOPING like crazy to get my daughter's quilt (my first complete quilt EVER) COMPLETELY DONE very soon!

~Kelie~ said...

I am a follower of your blog! (and I love it!)

Petit Design Co. said...

I really want to get my hands on some of those chevrons, I think they would make super fun bindings

Petit Design Co. said...

I follow your blog

Phyllis said...

Great bag! Thanks for the giveaway! I'm wanting to make some tote bags since they are quick to do.

Mareenchen said...

I hope to find time to make a toile for my hen do dress soon. I still got 3 months but its nice to be ahead of your game, right? :)

Mareenchen said...

Still following. :)

Phyllis said...

I follow your blog!

Allison C said...

Love the tote! I think these fabrics are a great stash builder. No specific plans right now, but I'm sure I will come up with something.

Allison C said...

I follow you!

DanaK ~ WaterPenny said...

Adorable bag! I like you on facebook!

Allison C said...

I like RB on FB

DanaK ~ WaterPenny said...

And I follow riley blake !

DanaK ~ WaterPenny said...

Thanks for the opportunity !

~Kelie~ said...

I follow Riley Blake's facebook page!!! Thanks again!

Elsa said...

Really like this bag ~ it's so cute! Really a great way to show off quilt blocks.
I've always got plans for something or other. Think a bag like this would be the thing!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Marie said...

Love your bag and all the ideas for variations. I have started my first H2H quilt which I hope to finish by next week. I'll bet a Riley Blake bundle would make a great H2H quilt too -- although I'd probably have to split it and use some for myself! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa Marie said...

I follow your blog.

Elsa said...

I'm following you on your blog and facebook ~ don't want to miss out on anything ~ teehee!

Elsa said...

And I get Riley Blake's newsletter!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

wow!!thank you Maureen and Riley Blake folks. I am about to start a few bags and table toppers....love your tote

Rebeckah Austin said...

I an hoping to finish some diaper covers this week.

Rebeckah Austin said...

i follow you

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I follow your here Maureen

Rebeckah Austin said...

I follow RBD on FB

Phyllis said...

I like Riley Blake on facebook!

WoolenSails said...

There are a lot of things I want to make, need more time and energy, lol.
I am working on an americana piece now, and I want to make some more quilts to hang around the house, some charity quilts, and then learn how to make bags and clothing, so lots on my to do list.

Debbie

WoolenSails said...

I am a follower!

Debbie

Diane N said...

I LOVE tote bags! And I especially like the black/white zigzag fabric. I'm hoping to finish up a checkerboard quilt I started a couple months ago...got in to other projects and haven't gotten back to it!

tiffany said...

love the bag! the stitch project at the top of my list these days is my daughter's Daisy uniform... she's earned several new patches lately but oh-my-word i don't get along with clear thread (and unfortunately that's the only way to get them to look nice & stay on through the wash).

tiffany said...

i'm a MCH blog follower!

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