Friday, May 19, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Aurifil Thread!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!  

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!
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!

Our Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Today's featured Sewcial Bee sponsor is Aurifil Threads!



LOGO_AURIFIL


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  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  We hope you enjoy visiting Aurifil!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Aurifil is offering the lucky winner the Maureen Cracknell Bohemian Garden Aurifil Thread Collection! This hand-selected set of threads includes TEN colorful spools of Aurifil thread, in 50wt 100% cotton, in colors chosen to coordinate with my Art Gallery Fabric collections!

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Aurifil Threads!

You can find both the small and large spool Bohemian Garden thread collections available on Amazon, Fat Quarter Shop, Checker Distributers, Red Rock Threads, and Pumpkinvine Corner!



Enter to win! 

Here's how,

1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Aurifil on Facebook and/or 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've added 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, May 22nd! 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 of you who are joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who entered our Giveaway! This week's lucky winner is commenter, Kathy! Congratulations, I will email you shortly! ♡ Maureen

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 16!

SBS Block 16 King's Crown

It's Wednesday, which means 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 #16: King's Crown. This morning both Sharon and I posting a little early since we're both currently on our way to St. Louis for International Quilt Market and we had to write our  posts a little early. I'll be sure to add this new pattern to my Sewcial Bee Sampler Page with the previous week's patterns, so you can easily find everything you need right in one place! Simply click on the link or the image below to be directed to this week's new SBS pattern!

Week 16 SBS Block: King's Crown!

For my version of this week's King's Crown block, I used three Nightfall prints -- Bird of Night Mist, Luminaries Silver, and Moon Stories Spark with What Awaits Profoundly from Fleet & Flourish, framed in AGF's Soft Sand Linen. I think this is my favorite combination of fabrics that I have used for an SBS block so far! I love the purple and have been on such a purple kick these last couple of weeks sewing with my next collection, Soulful, as I prepare for Spring Quilt Market. 

King's Crown Block & Fabrics

This is the second block I have made with a fussy cut owl and I LOVE it! My owls are a little too tall to include the complete owl in the center of the block, but I don't mind at all. I think it still looks perfectly cute and has me convinced that I really need to make another quilt full of owl quilt blocks, they're so much fun!

King's Crown in Nightfall + Fleet & Flourish

I can't wait to see all of the King's Crown 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 Aurifil!

Our Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Happy SBS sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen   

Friday, May 12, 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 * INSTAGRAM * 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, 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 joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who enter our Giveaway!  
Maureen

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 15!

Week 15 Broken Dishes Block and Fabrics

It's Wednesday, my new favorite day of the week, and that means 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 #15: Broken Dishes. 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!

Week 15 Block: Broken Dishes

For my version of this week's Broken Dishes block, I used a combination of three prints -- Luminous Field from my very first AGF Limited Edition collection, Wild & Free +  Miniments Unpolished from my first full collection Fleet & Flourish + Twinklestar Blu from my beloved Garden Dreamer collection, all framed with AGF's Soft Sand Linen!

Week 15 Fabrics

This week's block is another quickie, featuring the make 2-at-a-time HST method that's fast, simple, and leaves no waste! If you need a little extra help Sharon has a super helpful step-by-step tutorial with photos and instructions here on her blog! Broken Dishes also includes a large framing, and I love the way it looks when arranged with my other blocks. I can't believe we've already come to the last block of row three. Our bee is flying by way too fast!!

Week 15 Broken Dishes Block

Broken Dishes in Fleet and Flourish, Wild and Free, and Nightfall!

I can't wait to see all of the Broken Dishes 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!

Our Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Happy SBS sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen   

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Omnigrid!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!  

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Omnigrid!
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!

Our Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Today's featured Sewcial Bee sponsor is Omnigrid!

Omnigrid Giveaway!

Omnigrid® is a family of measuring and cutting products. When Omnigrid® tools are used together they provide quilters, sewists and DIY aficionados with unsurpassed accuracy and quality. A product concept born of the genius of Peggy and Randy Schafer, Omnigrid® products work behind the scenes allowing makers to flawlessly bring their creations to fruition. - See more at: Omnigrid!

Products  *  Projects & Patterns  *  Instagram  *  Pinterest  *  We hope you enjoy visiting Omnigrid!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Omnigrid is offering an incredible prize! Both the blog and Instagram winner will receive all of the wonderful Omnigrid sewing/quilting products shown below! This prize pack includes: 

2050 45mm rotary cutter * R24 6” x 24” ruler * 18 x 24 cutting mat * 2102 Glow-Line tape * R1264S Marking ruler trio * R1 1” x 6” ruler * 2064 4” needlecraft scissors * 2045 28mm rotary cutter * 2051 45mm blade replacement * 2046 28mm blade replacement

Thank you Omnigrid for this incredibly generous prize!

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Omnigrid!
Omnigrid GIVEAWAY!




Enter to win! 

Here's how,

1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Omnigrid (Dritz) 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've added 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, May 8th 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 of you who are joining the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along and to those who entered our Giveaway! This week's lucky winner is commenter, Brianna Kightlinger! Congratulations, I will email you shortly so you can receive your prize! ♡ Maureen

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 14!

Star and Cross Block

It's week FOURTEEN 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 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 #14: Star and Cross. 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 Week 14: Star & Cross

For my version of this week's Star and Cross block, I used a combination of Garden Dreamer's Bumble Beez with Lace in Bloom Cloud & Roadside Guides Opal from Fleet & Flourish, framed with AGF's Soft Sand Linen!

Garden Dreamer and Fleet & Flourish

This block comes together super quick, which couldn't be more perfect timing considering how much sewing I have yet to do for the Spring Quilt Market show that's just a couple of weeks away. If you follow along on my Instagram, you'll see that I've been working on samples made using my next collection for Art Gallery Fabrics due out later this month, Soulful. It's a busy, busy time! So this block was just perfect, the fastest SBS pattern yet, made up of just simple squares and rectangles. Rather than use all 2.5" patches, you'll notice that I turned several double square sections into a single 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle, making this block even quicker!

Week Fourteen Block Star & cross

My favorite part is, of course, the bumble bees! Fun fact ~ the scale of this print was decided with 2.5" patches in mind. It's perfect for fussy cutting!

Fussy Cut Bees

I originally had planned to add in a fourth print, but the busyness of the Roadside Guides painterly log cabin print adds plenty of colorful fun in combination with the pretty bees and subtle lacey print!

Week Fourteen Block & Fabrics

I'm excited to see all of the Star and Cross 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 Omnigrid!

Our Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors

Happy SBS sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen