Friday, May 29, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Loopy Ewe Short Stack Giveaway!

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The Loopy Ewe started in a little basement corner in St. Louis back in the summer of 2006, moved to Fort Collins, CO. in 2011, and just last Summer expanded once again to open up the fabric side of their business. Today The Loopy Ewe is a 7000 sq. ft. space filled with gorgeous yarns and fabrics for people to wander through (either in person or online)! They add new yarn to the website almost every Monday, and new fabric is added almost every Thursday. They ship most orders within 24 hours (Mon-Sat) and offer free U.S. shipping on all orders over $75. They have a fun rewards program which gives you a $25 Loopy Ewe credit every time your orders accumulate to $250! Plus other fun rewards that you can read about here! They sponsor Quarterly Challenges, a virtual Camp Loopy each summer, and a yearly Fall Fling retreat. They love having fun with their customers, whether in person or online!

Unique to The Loopy Ewe are: 
Loopy Short Stacks in the fabric shop, and The Loopy Ewe Solid Series, Seasonings Series, Loopy Legends, Celebrations, and Loopy Cakes
 in our yarn shop!


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For this week's Fabric Giveaway, The Loopy Ewe is offering the winner their choice of any Short Stack Collection available in the shop! Each stack includes fat quarter cuts of some of our most favorite fabric lines, each consisting of eight different, coordinating quilting cotton prints that will provide you with a nice array of fabrics from so many wonderful collections!

You can find The Loopy Ewe's Short Stack Collection right HERE in their shop!

Loopy Ewe Short Stack Giveaway!

In addition, the Loopy Ewe is offering 15% off any 1/2 yard cuts or larger now through Tuesday, June 2nd! Simply leave them an order note that you saw the offer on here on my blog and the discount will be applied when the order goes through!

Enter to win!

Here's how,

1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! We'd love to know which Short Stack Collection you would choose, should you win?! (one entry)
2. Follow The Loop Ewe on Facebook or on Instagram! Just let me know if you by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)
3. My followers get a third entry too! Whether 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, June 2nd! Winner will be picked at Random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, here on the blog.
Thanks to all who enter! Have a great Friday and weekend! ♡ Maureen

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Yellow Diamond Strings : :

Yesterday I finished up another Diamond Strings quilt top using my favorites yet again - April Rhodes' Wanderer and Pat Bravo's Indie, along with my Wild & Free fabrics!

Yellow Diamond Strings Quilt Top

The last one was made in a hurry for a local quilt raffle that turned out to be a huge success, hooray for that! It made it much easier to let that quilt go but, here I am just a couple weeks later already making another! This time I am changing up the design just a little. It's much more scrappy for one! I didn't use a single strip wider than 2."

Wanderer, Indie, Wild & Free

Super Scrappy!

I also didn't start and finish with blocks including the larger cuts to create the sharp angles you'll see at the tops and bottoms of my other Diamond String quilts. Instead, this time I began and ended each of my qayg blocks with a few strips of the warm, golden yellow that all three of these collections include.

New Diamond Strings Quilt -- block

Choosing that one color to begin and end with really makes all the wonderful diamonds that are created within this pattern pop!

Yellow Diamond Quilt Blocks

Yellow Diamonds

I'm always so amazed at how the slightest change in a pattern can create something so new and different, even when using the very same colors and prints. These three collections just speak to me, I can't seem to get enough of them! Hopefully you all don't mind!

Yellow Diamond Strings

I'll be sending this one off to be photographed and shared along with an article I'm writing on quilt-as-you-go for a magazine due out this Fall, and then I have plans to make it our porch swing quilt!

Diamond Strings Porch Swing

♡ Maureen

Oh, and if you love these fabrics together as much as I do, the Intrepid Thread still has some of their custom bundles available that were inspired by these quilts right HERE!! XX

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Something New : :

This morning, after a busy, beautiful, fun, exhausting long weekend, our regular routine returns. The weather's warm and cloudy and I do love Spring mornings like this, when it's so quiet and dim. After a few long days where much-needed yard work replaced any chance of sewing time, and since I'm still waiting on the backing and binding fabrics to arrive so I can finish up my new Diamond Crisscross quilt, this morning feels like the perfect time to begin something new. A few years ago, around this very same time, I put together a bundle of soft grays, blues, corals, yellows, and aquas called Sweet Summer Dreams. These fabrics became the quilt I made to share my very first quilt-as-you-go tutorial and is one of my most favorite color combinations and quilts to date.

Sweet Summer Dream Bundle

This morning I can't get these same colors out of my head. Pretty little piles left on my desk from the kids crafting are inspiring me to start pulling fabrics in this color palette once again!

on my desk

Plus, for once everything's all nice and organized! That never lasts too long in this room!

AGF Cabinet -- color order

I'll be back to share what I come up with soon!

Happy quilt planning & sewing to you! ♥ Maureen

Friday, May 22, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

Boobie Lou $50 GC Giveaway!!

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My sponsor Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory is an online Fabric Shop inspired and named after the owner Chelsea's Grandmother, a master seamstress named Bobbie Lou, who would be quite amazed at the selection of beautiful fabrics available today! At Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory you'll find a wonderful range of the best designer quilting cottons, including an great selection of colorful florals, modern geometric, and so many more gorgeous brand new prints cut straight from the bolt when ordered!

Be sure to stop by Bobbie Lou's --

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This week, Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory is offering a very generous $50 Gift Certificate to her wonderful shop to one lucky MCH reader!!  In addition, at Bobbie Lou's you'll always find FREE Shipping on all U.S order over $50, as well as a $5.00 International shipping discount on orders over $50!!

Here's a little Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory eye candy to get you inspired! Be sure to visit the shop to see all her amazing offerings!!

$50 GF -- Bobbie Lou Fabric Factory Giveaway!!

Priory Square at Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory!

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Enter to Win!

Here's how,
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Bobbie Lou's Fabrics on Instagram! Just let me know if you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)

3. Followers of Maureen Cracknell Handmade get an additional entry, too! Whether you follow me here, on Instagram, on Facebook, etc... 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, Google, Tweet, Facebook, Pin, blog post, etc... (optional extra entry)

Enter now through Tuesday, May 26th! The number generator at will pick the winner and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post here on the blog!

Thank you so much for supporting my blog and sponsors! ♡ Maureen

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A Felt SALE : :

This time every year I get the itch for handwork, projects that can easily be taken on the go for those longer road trips or just to have to work on while outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather. In the past for me that's either meant a simple knitting project or some kind of embroidery hoop work that I never seem to finish. Well, this year I'm planning ahead and I'm putting together a portable basket of my wool blend felt and embroidery floss with supplies for making all the beautiful felt flowers!

Luminous Field Felt Flowers!

I recently restocked my Etsy shop with my favorite wool blend felt colors, adding a few new options to the mix that I'm really excited about! So today I thought I'd share a sale with those of you who might be looking for something new, portable, and fun to do, as well!!

Felt Sale!!

Felt Sale!!

Now through the end of May use Coupon Code: SUMMERLOVE for 20% OFF any Wool Blend Felt order in my Maureen Cracknell Handmade shop! I went ahead and added a few easy felt flower tutorials to my "Just For Felt" Pinterest Board to help you get started!

Thanks in advance to those of who support my little shop, I really appreciate you! Happy hand-working!!

♡ Maureen

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Natalie's Wild & Free Quilt : :

Natalie's Wild & Free Quilt

This past weekend I was thrilled to have Natalie of Green Leaf Goods here for a visit! We met each other a few years ago through a quilting bee we both had joined. Her distinct modern improv style caught my eye right away! I was new to quilting then and was so inspired by her color, fabric, and block style choice when her turn to choose the bee quilt design would come around every few months. The Improv Chevron block pattern that she introduced to me is still a favorite of mine! Being just a newbie then, making these bee blocks was one of my first enjoyable experiences with quilting, and no doubt influenced my own style!

Improv Chevron Bee Block -- stash pulls and more scraps!

Over the years Natalie and I have kept in touch through social media and had made a few different attempts to get together that just never worked out. A few months ago I sent her a bundle of my Wild & Free fabrics to have some fun with, I love her style and knew she'd make something to inspire us all! I was so excited on Saturday when our plans to get together finally worked out, we had such a great time, and I was overjoyed to see her beautiful quilt work in person! My husband snapped this photo of us together with her Wild & Free quilt right in our backyard, what a surreal & special moment!

I had the most wonderful visit with my sweet, amazingly talented friend Natalie @greenleafgoods yesterday, who brought along her beautiful #wildandfreefabric quilt!! Here we are in my backyard!

And then, we decided to have ourselves a Potter County quilt photo shoot at the park nearby, how could we not!!

Natalie's Wild & Free Quilt

Isn't her quilt beautiful?! I've been combining Wild & free with mostly other Art Gallery Fabric collections, so I especially loved seeing my collection used with so many different prints, by so many different designers!

Natalie's Wild & Free Quilt -- woodgrain quilting

Natalie's work is complete perfection! From her color & print selections, to the balance she created in her quilt design, to her wood grain quilting. It's all such flawless work!

Natalie's Wild & Free Quilt

I especially love these little red nine patch blocks and the green Lizzy House print binding!

Natalie's Wild & Free Quilt -- Red Nine Patches

I have to showoff her quilt back, too! The combination of prints and colors she chose is too amazing not to share!

Natalie's Wild & Free Quilt -- Love this quilt back!

I'm so grateful for this chance to share Natalie's quilt today, I hope you're feeling as inspired as I am!!

I wish you all a beautiful day! ♡ Maureen