Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along Week 26!

My Sampler

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Before I share our final PDF, once again Sharon and I are asking for all SBS makers to take the 8-answer survey we've prepared! This quick questionnaire is completely anonymous and the answers will give us better insight into how you've enjoyed this sew-along. To ensure the most accurate results, please only take the survey once. A BIG thanks to those of you who've participated in the SBS questionnaire already! If you've not yet had a chance to take the survey, please do so as soon as you can, we're only keeping it open now through the end of the SBS sew along. The link provided on both our blogs will link to the same survey. So, if you access the questionnaire from either Sharon's site or mine, your answers are compiled to the same place. Thank you in advance for your help!

A SBS Survey

Now it's time for the very last block release of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along!

Today's free download is for : Quilt Assembly and Finishing. I'll be sure to add this final pattern to my Sewcial Bee Sampler Page with the previous week's patterns, where you can easily find everything you need to make an SBS Sampler right in one place, anytime! Simply click on the link or the image below for direct access to this week's final SBS pattern!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 26: FINISHING!

For my version of the Sewcial Bee Sampler I have used Art Gallery Fabric The Denim Studio Soft Sand Linen for each of my block frames and for the final sashing I'm using AGF's Solid Smooth Denim in Cool Foliage, a vintage looking blue that pairs perfectly with the colors I love to use when coloring my fabric collections! The photo below is a recent one I took of several of my collections together. Using prints from each of the five collections I've released so far is one of the many reasons I loved making this quilt so much!

My Fabrics

Before I began adding my sashing strips to connect my blocks and rows, I had to remake just one block, my week 17 block: Spools. I knew this one would need remade as soon as I laid it out with the previous week's blocks. The eggplant purple is so pretty, and although I did include this print and color in other blocks throughout my sampler, including such a dark print as a star fabric, rather than a supporting print was just too much eye-catching eggplant purple. This lighter, brighter selection of prints works so much better with my other blocks and I was thrilled to add a little Soulful to my Sampler!

Spool remake in Soulful

Once you're happy with your blocks and arrangement of each, it's time to connect your blocks and rows together! I left my Sampler arranged almost in exact week order, making just one swap of my first and sixth week blocks. Feel free to layout your blocks in any order that makes you happy and finds the right balance of color and pattern before adding the sashing. Once you're ready, the Quilt Assembly and Finishing PDF includes everything you need, with many bonus images and info on Sharon's blog today, as well! To add my sashing I began by sewing my denim sashing strips between  five blocks at a time to make a vertical row, until I had all five vertical rows sewn together.

First make rows

Once my rows were complete, I used my long lengths of sashing to connect each vertical row together. Simply pin to attach the long strips to the length of each vertical row and sew the vertical sashes alternately together with the block rows until your quilt top is complete!

connect rows with sashing

pin sashing in place

row by row

My SBS

Now that my Sewcial Bee Sampler quilt top is finished, I'll be sending my top off to Lady Belle Fabrics, my friend and long-time sponsor who will be adding a brand new long-arm service to her amazing shop soon! For my Sampler I'm planning to choose an all-over floral quilting pattern to pair with the prints I used, something simple not to take away from these beautiful blocks! All that's left for me to do now before boxing up my SBS top to send off to Brooke is to choose and prepare my backing fabric. Again, I'm leaning towards a pretty floral print! Lady Belle Fabrics plans to have their long-arm service info up in a week or two, so if you'd like to send your quilt top to be long-arm quilted as well, feel free to leave me a comment or to contact them for additional info!

In the light

I can't wait to see all of the finished SBS Quilt tops this week! Be sure to visit Sharon's blog today to see her beautiful versions and for her post that's full of helpful finishing info! Be sure to stop back for details on how to enter this week's special Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday with the Circa 15 Studio!

Sewcial Bee Sampler SponsorsHappy SBS sewing, friends!  XO Maureen      

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Needle & Foot!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!  

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Needle and Foot

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 Needle & Foot!

Needle and Foot

Our sponsor Needle & Foot is run by Bernie, a wife, mom, quilter, fabric shop owner, and gardener, living in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California. The Needle & Foot blog features Bernie's inspirational quilting, sewing and crafting experiences, as well as a bit of random family musings. We invite you all to stop by and to sign up for the Needle & Foot Newsletter HERE!

Shop  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  Blog   We hope you enjoy visiting Needle & Foot!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Needle & Foot is offering one lucky commenter a $20 Gift Certificate to their wonderful shop!

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Needle and Foot

In addition, Needle & Foot is offering a discount for Sewcial Bee Quilters!  Use coupon code: SEWCIALBEE15 for an additional 15% OFF now through Sunday night!

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!  

xx Maureen

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 25!

Week 25 Block and Fabrics

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Before I share our week TWENTY FIVE block, once again Sharon and I are asking for all SBS makers to take the 8-answer survey we've prepared! This quick questionnaire is completely anonymous and the answers will give us better insight into how you've enjoyed this sew-along. To ensure the most accurate results, please only take the survey once. A BIG thanks to those of you who've participated in the SBS questionnaire already! If you've not yet had a chance to take the survey, please do so as soon as you can, we're only keeping it open now through the end of the SBS sew along. The link provided on both our blogs will link to the same survey. So, if you access the questionnaire from either Sharon's site or mine, your answers are compiled to the same place. Thank you in advance for your help!

A SBS Survey

Now it's time for the very last block release of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along!

Today's free download is for block #25: Prairie Queen. 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 the SBS Sampler 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 25 Block: Prairie Queen

For my version of this week's Prairie Queen block I used several prints from my various collections including Nightfall, Garden Dreamer, and Fleet & Flourish. The 3.5" center of Prairie Queen was perfect for fussy cutting a pretty pink owl from my Nightfall print, Bird of Night Mist. The rest of the prints were chosen to add balance to my sampler quilt once I laid out all of my blocks to see which colors I needed to bring into this last block. I really LOVE this combination!

Week 25 Block Fabrics

I snapped a few photos of this one before I added the frame because I love it SO much! I think this is such a wonderful block for featuring my Bird of Night owls. And now I'm wondering this morning how this block might look if I eliminated the bottom, center four-patch to include a complete fussy cut owl. I might have to give it a try!

Week 25 Block without frame

Finishing up this last block of our Sampler has me excited to add the sashing, but first I'm going to remake my week 17 block: Spools. For this block I had introduced more of my eggplant purple Lunation Dark Nightfall print and it turned out to be too dark when arranged with the rest of my blocks. I'm excited to redo this one in Soulful and will be sure to share it on Instagram later this week! Sharon and I encourage you to remake any blocks that you think might need a little tweaking in next few days because next week we'll have instructions for adding sashing and finishing up our Sampler quilts!

Week 25 Block and Fabrics

I can't wait to see all of the Prairie Queen blocks 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 the Needle and Foot!

Sewcial Bee Sampler SponsorsHappy SBS sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen    

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with Lady Belle Fabrics!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!  

Summer Nights Maureen Cracknell Mix Up Bundle with Lady Belle 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!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Sponsors


Today's featured Sewcial Bee sponsor is Lady Belle Fabrics!

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Lady Belle Fabric is run by husband and wife team, Rob & Brooke. In their shop you'll find both bundles and single cuts of handpicked fabrics that are fresh, modern, and fun! Designer fabrics include many of our favorites -- Art Gallery Fabrics, Cotton + Steel, Free Spirit, and Moda, just to name a few! Lady Belle Fabric's goal is to offer the most gorgeous fabric as quickly as they can! 

Shop  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  Pinterest  We hope you enjoy visiting Lady Belle Fabric!

Summer Nights Maureen Cracknell Mix Up Bundle with Lady Belle Fabrics!

For this week's Sewcial Bee Giveaway, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner an eight piece fat quarter bundle including prints from my Fleet & Flourish, Nightfall, Garden Dreamer and  my new Soulful collections for Art Gallery Fabrics! This pretty bundle is also available for purchase and would make a wonderful quilt! Look for the Summer Nights Maureen Cracknell Mix Up Bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics in the Lady Belle shop!

Summer Nights Maureen Cracknell Mix Up Bundle with Lady Belle Fabrics!

In addition, Lady Belle Fabric is having a wonderful SALE with some amazing deals on Art Gallery Fabrics! ALL Bundles are 20% OFF and Christmas Bundles will be 25% OFF for their Christmas in July SALE! Visit Lady Belle HERE --  http://www.ladybellefabric.com/

Enter to win! 

Here's how,

1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Lady Belle Fabrics on Instagram and/or Facebook! 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, July 17th 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! Congratulations, Karrie S, on being this week's winning commenter!

♡ Maureen 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along: Block 24!

Week 24 Block Crosses & Losses

Join the Sewcial Bee Sampler!

Once again this week before I share our week TWENTY FOUR block, Sharon and I are asking for all SBS makers to take the 8-answer survey we've prepared! This quick questionnaire is completely anonymous and the answers will give us better insight into how you've enjoyed this sew-along. To ensure the most accurate results, please only take the survey once. A BIG thanks to those of you who've participated in the SBS questionnaire already! If you've not yet had a chance to take the survey, please do so as soon as you can, we're only keeping it open now through the end of the SBS sew along. The link provided on both our blogs will link to the same survey. So, if you access the questionnaire from either Sharon's site or mine, your answers are compiled to the same place. Thank you in advance for your help!

A SBS Survey

Now it's time for another block release of the Sewcial Bee Sampler sew-along!

Today's free download is for block #24: Crosses and Losses. 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 the SBS Sampler right in one place! Simply click on the link or the image below for direct access to this week's new SBS pattern!

Sewcial Bee Sampler Week 24 Block: Cross & Losses

For my version of this week's Crosses and Losses block I used two Nightfall prints, Aura Fletchings Rose and Mothlike Shadows Deep with two prints from Garden Dreamer, Diamond Fragments Rose and Climbing Posies Blush. I LOVE pretty combination!

Week 24 Fabrics

This week's block once again revisits the make 2-at-a time HST method used to make two different size units. I didn't add any fussy cut patches to my block this week, but instead focused on creating a pretty palette. After laying all of my finished blocks out, it was time for a softer block that included pink as a main color!

Week 23 Block & Fabrics

I can't wait to see all of the Crosses and Losses blocks 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 the Lady Belle Fabric!

Sewcial Bee Sampler SponsorsHappy SBS sewing, friends!  ♡ Maureen    

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with The Intrepid Thread!

It's Sewcial Bee Giveaway Friday!

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with 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!

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 one lucky winner a fat quarter bundle of these beautifully curated, spectrum of mixed designer prints from Art Gallery Fabrics!

A Sewcial Bee Giveaway with 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