Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Boho Flower Child & Herringbone Patchwork Zipper Bag SALE!

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Ever since I found this amazing deal for a bulk order of colorful 9" zippers I've been on a zipper pouch kick, making the occasional batch whenever I get the urge and time. Now, whenever it comes time to begin making new items to offer in my yearly holiday sales, zipper pouches are #1 on my list!

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Inspired by my love of Sharon Holland's brand new collection for AGF, Spirited, I pulled together a pretty boho fabric combination that includes her new prints with a few of my own and whipped up TWO dozen bags over the past week, and I LOVE how they turned out!

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The front side of one dozen bags feature one of my Flower Child Flown Crown ladies and the second dozen is the herringbone qayg pattern I teach in my Craftsy class and use so often in a variety of the projects I make from bags to pillows to full size quilts. It will forever be my go-to for pretty much everything! I love sewing using this technique and I love the scrappy style of this pattern, especially when using thin strips of prints the way I did for these new zipper bags!

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Each bag has a cushiony layer of Hobbs cotton batting, a colorful zipper, denim side loop to add your own embellishments to the Flower Child bags and the Herringbone Bags come with an amazing Anthropologie Tassel Charm attached, suede zipper pulls and each bag is lined with an AGF cotton denim for a really nice finish!

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Each bag reverses to a striping of the same prints used for the bag fronts. I just can't get enough of this fabric combination. I think I'll make a few Spirited fabric pillows next!

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Both the Flower Child and Boho Herringbone bags measure a little bigger than 8" x 8" finished and have a boxy bottom making them perfect for makeup, travel, art supplies, knitting & epp project, and more!

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I've added all the bags that remain to My Etsy Shop and shared them on my Instagram in an early holiday sale where if you purchase two bags or spend $50 in my etsy shop you'll get free domestic shipping with coupon code: FREESHIP! You can also email me at maureencracknell@hotmail.com if you're interested in ordering directly from me anytime and I'm more than happy to avoid the etsy fees by sending a Paypal invoice! :)

As always,  a BIG thanks to everyone who purchases my handmakes this holiday season! I appreciate your support more than I can ever share!

xo Maureen

Monday, October 28, 2019

My Enchanted Voyage LookBook is out!

I'm so excited to share the LookBook for my brand new collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Enchanted Voyage and I hope you all love it just as much as I do!

My Enchanted Voyage Fabrics

Inside you'll find dozens of inspirational projects from quilts & home decor to lots of beautiful garments & bags made myself, my friends & AGF makers! Today I want to introduce the LookBook here on the blog and showcase the quilt projects I made to get you inspired for beautiful Enchanted Voyage sewing! I especially LOVED making quilts with this collection, BIG quilts and I hope you will, too!

The Enchanted Voyage LookBook

As always, with each collection comes a free companion Quilt Pattern PDF created with just the collection prints in mind and for Enchanted Voyage I designed Polar Compass, a graphic quilt with a center design that looks stunning on a bed and will keep you warm in style this winter! The Polar Compass quilt pattern makes a large throw size measuring 72" x 72" and was such an enjoyable quilt to sew that I'm hoping to make another soon combining a few Enchanted Voyage prints with a few wintry prints from my past collections mixed in. I've seen a few folks who have already finished their own Enchanted Voyage versions and shared them on Instagram, so be sure to let me know if you give it a go, too!

My Polar Compass Quilt Pattern

As soon as I finished this quilt top and the Destination quilt top that's in the LookBook (that I'll share more about soon) I sent them both to Brooke Becker of Lady Belle Quilting & Lady Belle Fabric to work her longarm quilting magic and she did such a phenomenal job!

This is an up-close look of the allover quilt design that we chose called Gemma by Karlee Porter. Isn't it perfect? I love it so much!

Polar Compass Quilt -- Quilting by Lady Belle Quilting

It added so much wonderful texture to the quilt which I think is so lovely on a simple quilt pattern like this one!

Polar Compass Quilt

I think what I love most about Polar Compass is the way it showcases the color palette of my Enchanted Voyage collection. It's a collection full of pretty blues paired with some of my favorite soft shades of pink, peach and creams. This is also my first true stripe print in all of my eleven collections. I love a good nautical stripe and creating this print was such a great way to marry all the colors I chose for my palette.

Enchanted Voyage Polar Compass Quilt

I'll be back soon to share another one of the quilts that I made for the LookBook, along with some maker projects and new projects ideas to get you inspired to sew with this new collection

Thank you all for your continued support, encouragement & love!

xo Maureen   

Friday, October 18, 2019

An Autumn Feels GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabric!

Today a have a special Giveaway to share with you all from Lady Belle Fabric!

Autumn Feels Bundle GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabric

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My sponsor 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, Free Spirit, &  Moda, just to name a few! Lady Belle Fabric's goal is to offer the most gorgeous lines of fabric, as quickly as they can! 
   
SHOP  *  Instagram  *  FACEBOOK
  *  Pinterest  
 
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We hope you enjoy visiting the Lady Belle Fabric sites! 

The Giveaway Prize

For this week's Fabric Giveaway Friday, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner their exclusive curated bundle of eight, beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics perfectly named, Autumn Feels! This bundle includes a fat quarter cut of each of the eight prints designed by Bonnie Christine, Amy Sinibaldi, AGF Studio and ME! You can find this gorgeous Autumn Feels bundle available at Lady Belle Fabric as both a FQ and 1/2 Yard bundle option HERE -- Autumn Feels

Lady Belle Fabrics Autumn Feels Bundle

Autumn Feels Bundle GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabric

In addition, Lady Belle Fabric is offering all USA readers FREE SHIPPING throughout this Giveaway! Be sure to visit Lady Belle for all your fabric shopping right 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. 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, October 21st! The winner will be picked 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 who entered our Giveaway! This week's random winning commenter is, Julie Spear! Congratulations, please check your email for a message from me!


xo Maureen

Thursday, October 17, 2019

An Autumn Feels Quilt Top

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If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen this quilt top, but I definitely think it's worth sharing more pictures and details here on the blog and I hope you agree!

This quilt began with the beautiful eight-piece Autumn Feels Bundle that Brooke Becker of Lady Belle Fabric curated for her shop including a few of my prints along with five coordinating prints by fellow AGF designers. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make a quilt top!

Lady Belle Fabrics Autumn Feels Bundle

At first I thought I'd make more of the scrappy bear paw blocks that I had just finished making with Enchanted Voyage, which you'll see soon in next week's LookBook, but when the time came to cut into this bundle I remembered a quilt that my friend Heidi Staples had made a few years back, her Big Bear Cabin Quilt, and I knew that would be perfection!

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When I made this quilt top I wasn't aware that Heidi had published her Big Bear Cabin Quilt in her latest book published with Lucky Spool, Patchwork USA, which I've since ordered. So, my quilt is completely inspired by Heidi's original quilt that she blogged back in 2016 with adjusted measurements to make a larger throw size quilt top with a scrappy twist!

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In addition to Lady Belle's Autumn Feels bundle I added in secondary colorways of several of the prints that I luckily had in my stash, prints from my Autumn Vibes collection, brand new prints from Enchanted Voyage and lots of low volumes. From start to finish, from pulling the prints from my stash to having a completed quilt top, it took me just one full day of sewing to make. I LOVE a quick quilt top and I was so happy to finish just in time for Kevin and I to take it to photograph on a short trip to the lake the next day on his day off, a beautiful Autumn day!

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Before this season is over, I have hopes of making some more things with this Autumn Feels bundle and this is absolutely one of those quilt tops that I can't wait to make again, so I may just make another if I have enough fabrics leftover. Brooke also turned this bundle into a simple, stunning patchwork quilt top that you'll have to check it on her Instagram, it's so, SO pretty!

If you love this bundle as much as I do you can find it in the Lady Belle Fabric shop here -- Autumn Feels Bundle, and tomorrow I have a Giveaway planned for Autumn Feels both here and on my Instagram so be sure to stop back!

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xo Maureen

Friday, September 27, 2019

An Enchanted Voyage GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabric!

Today a have a special Giveaway to share with you all from Lady Belle Fabric!

An Enchanted Voyage GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabric!

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My sponsor 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, Free Spirit, &  Moda, just to name a few! Lady Belle Fabric's goal is to offer the most gorgeous lines of fabric, as quickly as they can! 
   
SHOP  *  Instagram  *  FACEBOOK
  *  Pinterest  
 
*  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *
We hope you enjoy visiting the Lady Belle Fabric sites! 

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For this week's Fabric Giveaway Friday, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner my newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Enchanted Voyage! This bundle will include a fat quarter cut of each of the SIXTEEN prints that make up this beautiful collection!

An Enchanted Voyage GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabric!

An Enchanted Voyage GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabric!

In addition, Lady Belle Fabric is offering all of you wonderful readers 20% off your entire order! Be sure to use their coupon code: FALL20 and to visit Lady Belle for all your fabric shopping right 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. 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, September 30th! The winner will be picked 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 who entered our Giveaway here and on my Instagram for a bundle of Enchanted Voyage! This week's random winner is commenter, Jay! Please email me at maureencracknell@hotmail.com. Thank you!


xo Maureen

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Pure Solids Granny Square Pillows!

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Earlier this Summer Art Gallery Fabrics came out with a vibrant assortment of gorgeous new Pure Solids including twenty new colors and I was so excited to get them in my hands to make something for their Pure Solids Fabric LookBook. Take a look at this gorgeous stack!

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From these twenty new colors I chose nine to make a set of Granny Square pillows using the quilt block tutorial found in AGF's Quilt Block Collection and I really enjoyed making this block! I can't remember having made this one before, add to that I'm a fabric designer and therefore work with lots and lots of prints, so this project felt like a fun departure for me. Although next time I make this block I'll most likely use some of my own fabrics, I certainly love how the Granny Square looks in all solids. The colors really pop!

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To make one or a colorful set of pillows just like mine, all you need to do is follow the Granny Square Block PDF and add an 1.5" border to all four sides to make a 15" square pillow top once quilted and then squared up. I finished mine with an envelope style back, then added binding just as I do to my quilts and stuffed it with a 16" insert to keep it nice and full. Pulling the yellow from the center to add the border and using the same Ruby red in my block as the binding really tied the whole thing together, don't you think?!

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I kept with the same pattern for the blue version, using the Lemon Tart yellow again and pulling the bright Cozumel Blue for my binding. Sticking with the same pattern is really what makes these two pillows such a nice pair!

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And now you'll have to let me know which one is your favorite!

xo Maureen