Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 19!

Circle of Friends block & fabrics

Happy Wednesday, friends! It's time for another block release of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along!

Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting this community sew-along now through early August and as usual, I like to begin each Wednesday by reminding folks just learning about the bee that it's never too late to jump in! We continue to have new participants joining us each week, the blocks typically take about an hour to male, so feel free to join us and play catch-up at anytime! I also love to continue to encourage all who join us to keep posting to Instagram with #SewcialBeeSampler tagging both @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell when you post anything SBS so we can all see and easily keep track of all your wonderful bee block posts. We'll continue to try our very best to visit with all who join the sew along. Thank you so much for making this so much fun!

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Today's free download is for block #19: Circle of Friends. I'll be sure to add this new pattern to my Sewcial Bee Sampler Page with the previous week's patterns. It's a great place to start for those of you just discovering our bee, where you can easily find everything you need to begin right in one place! Simply click on the link or the image below for direct access to this week's new SBS pattern!

SBS Block: Circle of Friends

For my version of this week's Circle of Friends Block, I used a combination of prints from Garden Dreamer: Moment in Time Dim and Climbing Posies Pale with a pretty Teal blender, Labyrinthine Dusk from Nightfall! I love this week's fabric combination!

Garden Dreamer & Nightfall

I'm excited to bring in two more of my prints in this week's block that I haven't used in previous weeks. The pressed flowers print was chosen specifically for the fussy cut squares of Circle of Friends and because I'm continuing to try to add in some deep colored prints to make my week 17 block fit in a bit better, but I'm still on the fence with that one! I've loved adding in fussy cut bees to my blocks whenever there's a chance, but since I had just done so last week, I'm happy to replace them with pretty pressed flowers this week. I love how the HSTs dance around the flower centers!

Dancing Corners

I really love the name of this week's block: Circle of Friends! Although it's been difficult for me to keep up with commenting as much as I'd like to on all that's being sharing in the #SewcialBeeSampler -- from how busy it was preparing for & traveling to Quilt Market last month, Circle of Friends describes so perfectly what I feel those of us participating in the SBS have created. So many new friendships have formed and I love how many of us are in this together! I'm so inspired each week, it's been an incredible experience!

Circle of Friends block & fabrics

I can't wait to see all of the Circle of Friends blocks you'll make this week! Be sure to visit Sharon's blog today to see her beautiful versions, and to stop back for details on how to enter this week's special Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday with our wonderful sponsor the Intrepid Thread!

Sewcial Bee Sampler SponsorsHappy SBS sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen   


  1. So cute! I love to see both Sharon's and your versions! So many options, such a fun block!

    1. Thank you! Sharon and I never share what fabrics we're going to use with each another before hand, so it's so much fun! I always love her versions!

  2. Lovely block, the final result will be amazing.

    1. Thank you! I might have a to redo a block or two and play with my sampler arrangement a bit but that's part of the fun!

  3. Gorgeous! Love those fussy cut centers, Maureen!

    1. Thank you! Yea, I'm really happy how the flowers worked in this week's block!

  4. Now that is just the cutest block ever and I love the colors and the fussy cut center!

  5. Great block and I always like to see your fabric choices and placement. It is nice to see how each of you take the block. This is such fun. Thank you.

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