Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Boho Gift Sets : :

I'm so excited to share this new batch of Boho Clutch Gift Sets!

Boho Geese

Boho Zipper Pouch Bag

Have you seen the brand new Splendid and Printemps Fusions for Art Gallery Fabrics? These ten-piece quilting cotton collections are new colorings of favorite prints by AGF designers, grouped together in conceptual themes that make these prints feel brand new! I love these Fusions collections and I think these two new ones are so beautiful together!

Spledid & Printemps

Before I knew what project I'd be making with these Fusions, I cut into this stack of prints and made a pile of flying geese units. You can never go wrong with flying geese, right?! It wasn't until the end of my geese-making session that I decided to make them into these colorful, boho bags and I love them so much, I'm even keeping one for myself and I never do that!

Boho Zipper Pouch Bag

For the limited edition gift sets that I make, I source out special items to include that make them extra special. For these Boho Gift Sets I attached to a sturdy denim side loop a Tiered Tassel Decorative Charm from Anthropologie and inside each clutch is a Rattan Floral Covered Journal that goes so perfectly in both color and style. I love how each piece of this new batch of gift sets coordinate together!

Boho Gift Sets

The exterior of each clutch is made of the flying geese units and Quick Quilt As You Go in Splendid, Printemps, and my new Flower Child fabrics. The interior is made in my Garden Dreamer Canvas for extra added durability and sturdiness.

Lined with Garden Dreamer Canvas.0.

I made ten large bags in total, half with these happy yellow zippers and half with bright fuchsia zippers, that come with a pretty blue suede zipper pull. Each bag measures about 11"x12" with a 2" boxy bottom. They're the biggest zipper pouch bags that I've made yet and I've decided I prefer my bags big like this. I think these will actually fit all of my makeup, perfume, hairbrush, sun glasses, etc.. so it will be perfect to carry in my purse to keep those things organized.

Suede Zipper Pull

Can you believe I bought these Anthro tassels before I planned to use these fabrics to make these bags? How perfectly everything came together made me giddy! And I'm all about tassels these days, how about you?

Tiered Tassel Charm

Anthro Tassel

I hope these bags inspire you to sew something fun with these new AGF Fusions and my Flower Child fabrics! I've added the six Boho Gift Sets that I have left to my Etsy Shop, incase you're in need of a gift or feel like treating yourself to something handmade by me! :) I have some new scrap bundles in the shop that include some pieces of these pretty fabrics, as well!

Boho Gift Sets

Boho Gift Sets

Thanks so much for stopping by! xo Maureen

Monday, April 23, 2018

Flower Child is HERE!

Flower Child Poster

I'm so happy to see Flower Child arriving to shops! Before I share how excited I am about this new collection I have to ask, did you happen to see that Art Gallery Fabrics revealed my next collection, Autumn Vibes on their social media pages this past Friday? If you happened to miss it, you can find it here -- Autumn Vibes Reveal on Instagram

AGF and I would both love to know what you think, so feel free to leave a comment for them on Instagram! I'll be sharing more about Autumn Vibes soon. I've already started sewing samples with my strike offs for Quilt Market next month!

Autumn Vibes Banner

I'm always a ball of nerves around a fabric collection reveal - the days just before and after are such a mix of emotions, anticipation and excitement! This time I was a bit distracted from my usual nervousness because simultaneously my brand new Flower Child collection has been arriving to shops!

Flower Child Banner

When asked to describe this new collection I wrote, "Hidden amongst Mother Earth’s beauty lives the Flower Child. A colorful world filled with lush meadows, wild bouquets & the spirit of the flower child painted with fuchsia, blush pink & teal." This is perhaps my most colorful collection to date! I've fallen in love with sewing with it, it just makes me smile and happy and my BIG hope is that you'll feel that, too!

In Flower Child Quilting Cottons there are the standard twenty prints divided in two pretty colorways. This time I'm excited to have five new Garden Dreamer Knits and one beautiful Rayon!

Quilting Cotton: Festive Burst Palette

Flower Child ~ Festive Burst

Quilting Cotton: Warm Charm Palette

Flower Child ~ Warm Charm

Garden Dreamer Knits + Rayon:

Flower Child Knits & Rayon

With each new fabric collection, comes a free quilt pattern designed to pair perfectly with the quilting cottons that I have designed. This time I'm thrilled to share my first collaboration with Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts! Sharon is the queen of sewing curves and even has her very own Classic Curves Ruler that she offers to help others make curved piecing quilts quickly without templates. What could be more fitting for these Flower Child fabrics than to make a quilt made of flowers! I'm completely in love with the Flower Crowns quilt pattern that Sharon designed and I hope you'll want to make one!!

Flower Crowns FREE Quilt Pattern for Flower Child

Be sure to check with your favorite online and brick & mortar fabric retailers and ask for Flower Child! I'm currently compiling a list of retailers that you can find on "My Art Gallery Fabrics" page (see above) with direct links to each shop who's carrying Flower Child. I'll be sharing many more images, project inspiration, giveaways and Flower Child sewing here and on my social media accounts in the weeks ahead. Be sure to follow along to see what I'm stitching up, and please remember to share your own Flower Child makes with the collection hashtag #FlowerChildFabrics!

I can't wait to show you the LookBook a little later this month/early next month and I REALLY can't wait to see all of what you'll create with this new collection!!

Have a great Monday! xo Maureen 

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Hobbs Batting!

It's Community Sampler Giveaway Friday!

Hobbs Batting Community Sampler Giveaway!

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Each Friday, throughout the Community 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!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Today's featured Community Sampler sponsor is Hobbs Batting!

Sponsor: Hobbs Batting

Hobbs Quilt Batting has manufactured high-quality batting for hobbyist, commercial, art and show quilters since 1978. They're proud to come from a family of quilters and are committed to providing the same quality Hobbs batting that provide to their own family of quilters. At Hobbs Batting, they never forget that quilts are gifts from the heart - an expression of love, commitment and caring for a specific recipient - or an expression of artistry and skill - artistry and that's submitted and judged in quilt shows and events around the word - or both! At Hobbs they're committed to doing their part to enhance our #JoyofQuilting!

Hobbsbatting.com  *  Blog  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  We hope you visiting Hobbs Quilt Batting!

For this week's Community Sampler Giveaway, Hobbs Batting is offering a lucky winner both here and on Instagram $50 worth of their wonderful batting! Sharon and I both love the quality of this batting, especially Hobbs line of Tuscany battings that includes Silk, Wool and Cottons that add a soft, luxurious feel to any quilt!

Hobbs Batting Community Sampler Giveaway!

Here's how,

1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Hobbs Batting 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. Sharon's and 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, April 23rd!! The winner will be picked at random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post here on the blog!

Our Giveaways are always open to EVERYONE, anywhere! Just please remember that if you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, to include your email address in your comment!

A BIG thanks to all joining the Community Sampler sew-along and to those who entered our Giveaway! This week's blog winner is commenter, Charlene S! Congratulations, please check your email for a message from me!

xo Maureen

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Community Sampler Week #9!

It's block release Wednesday of the Community Sampler sew-along!

Block No. 8 Morning Star

Today is the release of block number EIGHT of the Community sampler! For those of you that are new here, Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting this block-of-the-week community sew-along, and you can visit my Community Sampler Page above in my tabs bar to retrieve all of the released PDF's so far to jump in anytime! We're so thrilled to have so many sewing with us once again!

Community Sampler Sew-Along

Today's PDF is for block EIGHT -- Morning Star. Instructions always come complete with cutting information plus step-by-step illustrations, and you're always welcome to hop on over to Sharon's blog if you're in need of additional images and tips for this week's block! Her perfect flying geese units, Morning Star block and photos are so gorgeous, you won't want to miss her post this week!

Community Sampler Week No. 9

For my Morning Star block I'm using four pretty prints from my Love Story collection for Art Gallery Fabrics -- Delicate Veil, Reflection of Love Light, Flower Stamp Spell and Darling Echoes Red!

Love Story for Morning Star

After nearly two weeks away, it felt so good to be back in my studio yesterday to sew together this week's block, even though it was a dark and snowy day and I am sick once again with a bad chest cold. Sewing always has a way of making everything better, don't you think?

Back in the Studio

The combination of Love Story prints that I used for this week's block were a breath of fresh air! My Darling Echoes Red blender is a much needed vibrant addition to my sampler, and I love the way this print forms a ribbon around the center star!

Pretty Red

Block No. 8 Morning Star

I always look forward to choosing the center focal print for my blocks and since I'm using Love Story, the main florals in this collection are the ones I reach for whenever I have the chance. So pretty!

Reflections of Love Focal

Block No. 8 Morning Star

As always, I'm looking forward to seeing all of your Morning Star blocks this week! When you share on Instagram use the hashtag #CommunitySampler and be sure to tag @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell so we can be sure to see your beautiful blocks!

Using #CommunitySampler hashtag will also automatically enter you in the weekly IG Giveaway pool! Remember that your Instagram account does need to be a public account for your post to show up in the Instagram hashtag pool. But please don't worry, if you don't have Instagram or you'd like to keep your account private, we will also be hosting the same giveaway prize, alternately between Sharon's and my blog, so you can choose how and where to enter each week!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for more info on this week's Community Sampler Giveaway with our wonderful sponsor Hobbs Batting!

xo Maureen  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Campsite Gift Sets : :

Bag Set

Last month I shared this post gushing over Art Gallery Fabrics brand new capsules collection, Campsite. Full of foxes, feathers, wildflowers, stars and so many more adorable motifs made this ten piece collection perfect for creating something special for anyone that loves woodland themed prints just as much as I do! Right away I got to work on a new small run, limited edition gift set inspired by this adorable collection!

Campsite Gift Sets

Campsite Bag Making

Keeping with the outdoors adventure theme of Campsite I ordered supplies to include with these zipper pouch bags that would set the mood for some adventurous sketching -- a Rustic Branch Pencil and Handcrafted Journal were the perfect gift items to include tucked inside each cute bag!

Campsite Bags with Handcrafted Journal and Branch Pencil Set

Campsite Gift Sets

Each Campsite Zipper Pouch Bag has a side loop perfect for adding a fun tassel, like this handmade wool felt tassel that I made as a quick experiment, or to hook on a handy wristlet strap to make these easy to carry on your wrist or shoulder while out adventuring.

Campsite Gift Set Details

For the zipper pull on each bag I added a length of genuine suede cording in a pretty light blue shade that coordinates perfect with the orange zipper and the colors of Campsite. I love getting creative and adding all of the little special details to each of these small run gift sets!

Suede Zipper Pulls

One side of these zipper pouch bags are a version of my herringbone quilt as you go that includes some larger fussy cut patches so I could feature Campsite's Sneaky Little Fox print The reverse side of each bag was designed to feature Fireflies Glow, a print with sparkling metallic painted fireflies circling a jelly jar with some captured fireflies. So cute!

Firefly Log Cabins

I can't tell you how much I love making these gift sets! Since I moved out of my home studio into a much larger space, it has been so wonderful to think bigger when it comes to the things I can make. In the past I would typically make just one or sometimes two of each new idea I that had. These days I'm really enjoying having the option to make as many as I can of whatever new idea I have. My only restriction now that limits how many I'll make of something is the amount of supplies that I have on hand. It's so wonderful!

Branch Pencils

I hope you all love these new gift sets just as much as I do and that this project idea inspires your own sewing! If you're interested in purchasing one of my handmade items, you're welcome to visit my Etsy shop anytime to find most of the things that I make to share here on the blog. Mostly my hope is to excite those of you who stop by to sew with the collections that I love, as well as the collections that I design!

I'll have a new fabric collection to share with all of you later this week on my Instagram, so be sure to visit me there!

Campsite Gift Sets

Happy Monday and happy sewing!  xo Maureen

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!

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Community 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 Community Sampler you can follow this link for all the info and can join us anytime - it's never too late to jump in!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Today's featured Community Sampler Giveaway sponsor is Aurifil Threads!


Aurifil is a wonderful thread company dedicated to developing amazing, new products based on quality and solutions. Established in 1983, Aurifil is an accomplished Italian company based near Milano, with a full- grown experience in producing superior quality threads for professional and domestic quilters. The company headquarters is the ground where new ideas generate original items, always more refined and advanced, to provide assistance to all the quilting needs through a wide range of threads in several weights & accessories. Aurifil's success is based on developing projects carefully, always looking for high quality and great style, with a commitment to create contemporary products that will appeal to everyone!

Aurifil.com  *  Aurifil on Facebook Aurifil on Instagram

We hope you enjoy visiting Aurifil!

For this week's Sewcial Bee
Giveaway, Aurifil is offering the lucky winner Sharon Holland's Color Story Aurifil Thread Collection! This hand-selected set of threads includes TEN colorful spools of Aurifil thread, in a variety of weights, in colors chosen to coordinate with her beautiful Art Gallery Fabric collections!

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!

You can find the large spool Color Story thread collection available on Amazon and Checker Distributers!

Enter to win! 

Here's how, since Sharon and I are taking turns hosting Community Sampler 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 Community Sampler sew-along and to those who enter our Giveaway! xo Maureen