Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 4!

Crow's Nest & Materials

It's week four and new block release day of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting now through early August! A quick reminder that it's never too late to jump in, so feel free to join us at anytime! Keep posting to Instagram with #SewcialBeeSampler and feel free to tag @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell when you post anything SBS so we can both see and easily keep track of all your wonderful bee posts. We'll continue to try our best to visit with all who join the sew along. We're having so much fun!

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Today's free download is for block #4 Crow's Nest! I'll be sure to add this new pattern to my Sewcial Bee Sampler Page, so those of you just discovering our bee can find everything you need to begin right in one place!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Block No. 4: Crow's Nest

This pretty block reminds me of the popular Churn Dash block and is doable for even the newbie quilter! The materials and directions suggest choosing one A and one B fabric, but I decided to go more scrappy and included four different prints. I chose one of my Nightfall owls to be the focal patch in the center with a combination of pretty Nightfall and Garden Dreamer prints for the remainder of the block piecing. I really love how it turned out!

SBS Week No. 4 Fabric Pull

SBS Week No. 4: Crow's Nest

SBS Week No. 4: Crow's Nest

Once again my partner Sharon is sharing super helpful, extra step by step images on her blog today, in addition to the pattern information illustrated and written in the download material! Over the weekend Sharon also wrote a helpful blog post on HST and deciphering SBS blocks that includes this handy SBS Extras PDF full of additional patchwork piecing information. She's the best!

Sewcial Bee Sampler SBS Extras

I still plan to make TWO Sewcial Bee Sampler quilts, but have gotten a little behind this past week from being both sick and super busy working on my new studio! Eek! I'm relocating from the studio space I've had here at home since we moved in a few years ago, to a space right downtown on main street in our little town. It's been a lot of work getting it move-in ready, we're almost there, and once we are I plan to share lots of photos!  

I hope to play catch-up with my SBS blocks over the next few days and I can't wait to see the Crow's Nest blocks you'll make this week! Don't forget to visit Sharon's blog to see her beautiful Bountiful version and to stop back for this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday with our sponsor the Fat Quarter Shop!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors!

Happy SBS sewing!  ♡ Maureen 

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Sewcial Bee GIVEAWAY with Color Girl Quilts!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!  

Color Girl Quilts Pattern Giveaway!

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 Color Girl Quilts!

Color Girl Quilts

Color Girl Quilts is run by Sharon McConnell, a talented maker with a passion for designing and sewing unique quilts! In her shop you'll find designs for beginners and advanced quilters, projects for pre-cuts, scraps or for showing off a favorite collection of fabrics. Sharon has been blogging her quilty adventures since the Summer of 2012 as a way to both document the quilts she creates and to share things she learns along the way. The Color Girl Quilts blog will always be filled with positive energy, colorful images, and exciting quilting projects, and we invite you all to visit her blog and to check out her wonderful line of quilt patterns available for PDF download here!

Shop  *  Blog  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  We hope you enjoy visiting Color Girl Quilts!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Color Girl Quilts is offering the winner's choice of any TWO PDF quilt patterns in her lovely shop!

Color Girl Quilts Pattern Giveaway!

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Aurifil Designer of the Month!

Dutch Treat Block & Supplies

I was thrilled to have been asked to join Aurifil's seventh year of their Designer of the Month Challenge & Interview series hosted by my fabulous friend, Pat Sloan! February is my assigned month and yesterday Aurifil shared my interview, along with the block pattern I designed on the Auribuzz blog. I hope you'll check it out!

Dutch Treat Block

For this year's challenge we're celebrating the rainbow and Pat assigned each designer a color from the color wheel to create their block in. Mine landed on Blue-Purple and I'm pretty thrilled with what this pretty color inspired!

Blue-Purple Mosaic

My assigned shade of purple had me thinking of Summer blooms right away -- Hydrangeas, Delphinium, and Hyacinth flowers, so I knew my block design had to be a play on a pieced floral pattern. While I was searching for images to include in the color mosaic I created above, I stumbled upon the prettiest picture of a field of purple tulips in Holland that became my main inspiration for creating my block, Dutch Treat!

Blue-Purple Threads & Fabrics

Blue-Purple Block

You can download the free pattern towards the end of the interview, and by entering your block on Pat's blog you could win a box of Aurifil! My partner in pattern designing these days, Sharon Holland helped to make the PDF amazing with her incredible writing and graphic design skills. I think it's pretty special and hope you enjoy making this block as much as I did!

As always, be sure to let me know if you give it a go! Feel free to find & tag me on Instagram if you make & share one of your own Dutch Treat block, or you're always welcome to share the things you make using my project tutorials and/or fabrics on my Facebook page Maureen Cracknell Handmade!

Happy sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 3!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 3: Flock!

The second week of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along has come to an end and that means it's time for a new block! Sharon and I continue to be amazed by the participation and by all of the beautiful blocks that have been shared since we released the first pattern earlier this month. It's never too late to jump in, so feel free to join us at anytime! Keep posting to Instagram with #SewcialBeeSampler and feel free to tag @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell when you do so we can both see and easily keep track of all your wonderful bee posts. We'll continue to try our best to visit with all who join the sew along!

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Today's free download is for block #3 Flock! This block includes a fun combination of  half-square triangle sizes and once again makes use of both the two-at-a-time and the super fast technique for making eight HSTs at a time. I think it's my favorite block yet, and is definitely one I plan to use again as an entire quilt pattern! I'll be sure to add this new pattern to my Sewcial Bee Sampler Page, so those of you just discovering our bee can find everything you need to begin right in one place. Once again Sharon is sharing super helpful, extra step by step images on her blog today, in addition to the pattern information illustrated and written in the download material!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Week No. 3: Flock

I'm making TWO Sewcial Bee Sampler quilts, and therefore two of each block, but have just one finished to share today! This block is for the first sampler I started that includes prints from all of my Art Gallery Fabrics collections together for a very scrappy look, paired with AGF linen and denim. This first Flock block includes my Nightfall moon phase print Lunation Bright and Garden Dreamer prints Twinklestar Blue and Triangular Reflection with AGF's Soft Sand Linen!

Nightfall + Garden Dreamer + Linen

I love this combination of fabric prints and colors so much, it inspired me to start a new pillow that I hope to finish today to share soon!

Sewcial Bee Sampler: Flock

I can't wait to see the Flock blocks you'll make this week! Don't forget to visit Sharon's blog to see her beautiful Bountiful version. She'll be hosting this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday for our sponsor Color Girl Quilts -- I'll be back Friday to share those details!
The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors!



Happy sewing!  ♡ Maureen 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Sweet Dreams Pillow { Tutorial } : :

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sweet Dreams Pillow Tutorial

Today I'm excited to share that my Sweet Dreams Pillow Tutorial is now live and available for download on Janome's Inspire project page!

This project tutorial is for my Sweet Dreams Pillow pattern, featuring my Love Garden print from my Garden Dreamer fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics and a variety of AGF Denim Studio denims and linen. I used a raw edge reverse applique technique featuring Janome's satin stitch and my Quick Quilt As You Go method to create this beautiful throw pillow that's both fun and easy to make!

Sweet Dreams Pillow Materials


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Pillow Binding

I hope you love making this pillow as much as I did!

Pillow Finish

As always, be sure to let me know if you give it a go! Feel free to find & tag me on Instagram if you make & share one of your own, or you're always welcome to share the things you make using my project ideas and/or fabrics on my Facebook page Maureen Cracknell Handmade!

Happy sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen

Friday, February 10, 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 * 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, 
 
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow The Intrepid Thread on Facebook, their blog, Instagram, or sign up to receive their Newsletter. 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 Monday, February 13th! The winner will be picked at random and I will announce their name at 4pm EST 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 joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who entered our Giveaway! This week's GC winner is commenter, Katherine! Congratulations on being this week's lucky winner, I will be in touch shortly via the email you've provided in your blogger profile!


♡ Maureen