Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 9!

SBS Block Week 9 Wedding Ring

It's week NINE and another block release day 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 still have quite a few new participants joining us each week, the blocks typically take about an hour, so feel free to join us and play catch-up at anytime! I also love to encourage you all to keep posting to Instagram with #SewcialBeeSampler tagging @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 #9: Wedding Ring. 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! Simply click on the link or the image below for direct access to this week's new SBS pattern!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Block No 9: Wedding Ring

For this week's Wedding Ring block I'm using my Garden Dreamer Sprinkled Peonies Serene as my main fabric, with two Nightfall prints - Lunation Bright and Illumination Gold. I used the same warm, mustard yellow to color all three of these prints and I'm excited to use them together for the first time!

Week Nine Fabrics

This week's technique, once again, is the 8-at-a-time HST units method that we've already used. This is my personal favorite method for making HSTs! For those of you in need of a little extra visuals to help you along, you can visit the link to find the generous tutorial Sharon put together. This is the second block in the sampler that doesn't require a framing fabric, so be extra careful to use accurate seams when you sew this one together. I've realized while working on my blocks that I have a tendency to go scant with my seam allowance and often times that results in a larger finished block size. I haven't perfected my consistency just yet, but this sew-along is certainly helping me improve, I can definitely see that!

SBS Week 9 Block Wedding Ring a

I'm can't wait to see the Wedding Ring 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 Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday with our wonderful sponsor Aurifil!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors!

Happy SBS sewing! ♡ Maureen 

Friday, March 24, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Llama Fabrics!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Llama Fabrics!

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!


llama longToday's featured Sewcial Bee sponsor is Llama Fabrics! 

Our sponsor Llama Fabrics is a wonderful online Etsy fabric shop full of the most beautiful photos of each season's "must have" fabrics! Offerings include collections by Tula Pink, Leah Duncan, Jeni Baker, Anna Maria Horner and more, all from our favorite manufacturers Art Gallery Fabrics, Free Spirit, and Michael Miller, just to name a few! New fabrics are added often, sure be sure to follow Llama Fabrics!

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We hope you enjoy visiting Llama Fabrics!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Llama Fabrics is offering to one lucky commenter a gorgeous bundle from Sharon's brand new Bountiful collection for Art Gallery Fabrics! This prize includes a complete Fat Eighth bundle of all TWENTY beautiful Bountiful prints! You can find this bundle, a variety of additional bundle sizes, and Bountiful yardage all available now at Llama Fabrics right HERE!

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Llama Fabrics!

Enter to win!

Here's how,
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Llama Fabrics on Instagram! Just let me know that you do 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, March 27th at 4pm EST! 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! 

A BIG thanks to all joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who entered our Giveaway! This week's lucky commenter is, Seacoast Quilter! Congratulations, I will be in touch shortly!!

♡ Maureen

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 8!

SBS Block Week 8 Clay's Choice

It's week EIGHT and another block release day 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 still have quite a few new participants joining us each week, the blocks typically take about an hour, so feel free to join us and play catch-up at anytime! I also love to encourage you all to keep posting to Instagram with #SewcialBeeSampler tagging @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 #8: Clay's Choice. 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! Simply click on the link or the image below for direct access to this week's new SBS pattern!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Block No 8: Clay's Choice

For this week's Clay's Choice block I'm using Nightfall Mothlike Shadows Deep as my dark print and the subtle, hand-drawn lace print from my Fleet & Flourish collection, Lace in Bloom Cloud. I snapped the photo below just before adding the AGF Soft Sand Linen framing that I'm using for this first version of the SBS sampler. I really love the contrast of pairing these two prints together, especially how these dancing butterflies pop against the neutral background!

Week 8 Block before framing

This week's technique, once again, is the 8-at-a-time HST units method that we've already used. I love this method for making HSTs! You can visit the link to find the generous tutorial Sharon put together including extra visuals to help you along. Today Sharon is including some more wonderful, extra info on her blog about using directional prints and understanding how they'll work in your SBS blocks, so be sure to visit her today to see her pretty blocks & post!

SBS Block Week 8 Clay's Choice

My block could still use a good press with steam, this linen really shows the wrinkles in my photos, but for now it hangs with the others on my rack of projects!

I'm excited to see the Clay's Choice blocks you'll make this week! Be sure to stop back for this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday with our wonderful sponsor the Llama Fabrics!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors!

Happy SBS sewing! ♡ Maureen 

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!

A Sewcial Bee GIVEAWAY with Fat Quarter Shop!

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 Fat Quarter Shop!

FatQuarterShop-275(1)My sponsor the Fat Quarter Shop was founded in 2003 by Kimberly Jolly. An avid quilter, Kimberly began her shop as a side business while still working a corporate position, cutting, packing and shipping right out of her house during evenings and weekends. From the very beginning, she was committed to delivering top-notch service for every single order and customer. As the Fat Quarter Shop's reputation grew, Kimberly decided to make it a full-time operation. Her husband Kevin joined her not long after, and with his help, lots of hard work, and a tireless commitment, the store began to grow. Over the past few years a few more people have joined the staff! As a team, they continue to branch out with the best fabrics, exclusive kits, quilt clubs, BOMs, and more. And they will always be driven by the passion that Kimberly founded the store upon, which is always giving you the best products and service!

SHOP  *  PINTEREST  *  TWITTER  *  BLOG  *  FACEBOOK  *  YOUTUBE

We hope you enjoy visiting Fat Quarter Shop!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Fat Quarter Shop is offering to one lucky commenter these beauties from Sharon's Tapestry collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, the Winter Garden Fat Quarter Bundle! This prize includes TEN Tapestry prints! You can find this bundle available at Fat Quarter Shop right HERE!

A Sewcial Bee GIVEAWAY with Fat Quarter Shop!

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 7!

SBS Block Week 7 Dove in the Window

It's week SEVEN and another block release day 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! The blocks typically take about an hour, so feel free to join us and play catch-up at anytime! I also love to encourage you all to keep posting to Instagram with #SewcialBeeSampler tagging @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 #7: Dove in the Window. 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! Simply click on the link or the image below for direct access to this week's new SBS pattern!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Block No 7: Dove in the Window

For this week's Dove in the Window block I'm using my Garden Dreamer Moment in Time Light as the main focal print, a colorful pressed flower design, with three different Nightfall prints!

Week 7 Fabrics

I'm so happy with this color & fabric combination, it made such a pretty block!

Dove in the Window Fabrics

The two techniques used in this week's fun Dove in the Window block are the 8-at-a-time HST units and the No-Waste Flying Geese units that we've already used! I linked up to the generous tutorials Sharon put together and recommend you take look if you're in need of a some extra visuals to help you along.

This week's block is also the first that doesn't require a framing fabric, so be extra careful to use accurate seams when you sew this one together!

Dove in the Window SBS Block


I can't wait to see the Dove in the Window blocks you'll make this week! Be sure to visit Sharon's blog today to see her beautiful versions, and to stop for details on how to enter this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday with our wonderful sponsor the Fat Quarter Shop!

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors!

I also want to send you all to the Needle & Foot blog to check out yesterday's Part:1 & today's Part: 2 of the "Meet the Designer" Interview I recently had with Bernie, owner of the Needle & Foot shop! She's also having a Garden Dreamer SALE with bundles less than $14.50!

Happy SBS sewing! ♡ Maureen

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Needle & Foot Interview & Garden Dreamer Sale!

Happy Tuesday! Today I want to send you all to the Needle & Foot blog to check out Part:1 of the "Meet the Designer" Interview I recently had with Bernie, owner of the Needle & Foot shop!

Needle & Foot Interview and Garden Dreamer Sale!

I so enjoyed the interview and I'm excited to share it, along with a special Garden Dreamer SALE for 15% off my newest collection happening now through March 17th!

Garden Dreamer SALE!

Hope everyone is having a good week!  ♡ Maureen