Friday, February 27, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

Hello, Bear Fabric GIVEAWAY!

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small 274 x 137Southern Fabric has been an online fabric shop since 2004. They are located in the heart of middle Georgia, have a very experienced staff that specializes in customer service, and sell top quality quilting fabrics and precuts from Moda, Westminster, Free Spirit, Riley Blake and Alexander Henry!
 
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For this week's Fabric Giveaway Southern Fabrics is offering the winner's choice of a fat quarter bundle from either colorway of Bonnie Christine's newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Hello, Bear! Each of these FQ bundle offerings includes an assortment of the 10 sweet prints that make up each Hello, Bear colorway!

Choose between Hello, Bear in Timber...

Hello, Bear in Stone


Hello, Bear in Timber

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Enter to Win!

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know which Hello, Bear bundle you would choose?! (one entry)
2. Follow Southern Fabric on 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! Whether you follow me here, on Facebook, or on Instagram, 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'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, March 2nd. The Random Number Generator will pick the winner and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post, right 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 so that I can contact you should you win!


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Thanks for stopping by!   ♡ Maureen    

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Scrappy Film Strip Pillow : :

Scrappy Film Strip Pillow

Throughout this week, Amy Ellis of Amy's Creative Side is hosting her second annual Pillow Collective series to inspire fun, fresh, patchwork pillow making! You can find my last year's pillow tutorial contribution right here. As you know, I love making pillows for their quick, yet satisfying finish! Creating a new pillow is such a great, functional way to test out a new quilt idea or fabric pull and so, this year Amy asked us to use one of the blocks in her new book Think Big as the inspiration for our pillows!

I decided to use Amy's Film Strip block pattern for my pillow design inspiration, with a super scrappy twist, choosing a fabric mix of Art Gallery's Wild & Free, Wanderer, Winged, and Prisma Elements!

tiny patchwork

Each of the blocks in Think Big are 18"x18," a perfect throw pillow size, but since I happen to only have 16" inserts on hand, I had to play with my measurements a little. I love how it turned out so much that if I hadn't needed to finish this block as a pillow to share here today, I would have kept on going until I had a new quilt top!

Scrappy Film Strip Block 

I quilted up the pillow front with straight lines every 1/4" in a pretty sky blue Aurifil 40wt cotton!

Quilted with Aurifil

For the back I used one of my most favorite Wanderer prints, Crocheting Crops, with some scrappy bits leftover from the pillow front patchwork. I love these colors!

Quilted Pillow Back

After finishing with Emmy Grace quilt binding, I added in my insert, and I really love how it turned out!

Bound in Emmy Grace

Scrappy Film Strip Pillow

Color Love!

Scrappy Film Strip Pillow Back

Be sure to check out Amy Ellis' blog this week to see all the other Think Big pillow creators. I was so excited to see Amy Smart's Wild & Free pillow! Amy Ellis is offering 30% off all copies of Think Big purchased from her online shop, now through March 1st, just use the coupon code: ILOVEPILLOWS at checkout! There's also a fun Giveaway including fabric bundles and even a quilt made from Amy's Moda Modern Neutrals fabric collection! To enter to win, all you need to do is Pin (via Pinterest) any pillow image from this week's Pillow Collective tour using the hashtag #ThinkBigBook and #PillowCollective. You can visit Amy's blog for more details. Enjoy! 

♡ Maureen    

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Wanderlust Quilt Top : :

Wanderlust Quilt Top

Today is my stop on April Rhodes' Wanderer Fabric Tour that I am so, so excited to be a part of! At Fall Quilt Market I completely fell in love with this new, inspiring collection and have been so looking forward to it's release!

Wanderer LOVE!  Wanderlust Quilt Top

A couple of weeks ago I shared a peek of my plan for a flying geese quilt featuring each lovely Wanderer print with a mix of complimenting AGF Pure Element solids in a layout that I was really excited about. I'm calling this my Wanderlust Quilt. The name is inspired by the prints themselves that tell a story of World travel, adventure and dreams. And, is equally inspired by the flow and movement of my flying geese pattern!

Wanderer Flying Geese

I love the impact of separating each of these beautiful Wanderer fabric colors!

Wanderer in Fiery Orange

Wanderer in Blue

Here we are at Cherry Springs Vista, an amazing place to view the rolling hills of Potter County, even in sub-zero temperatures!

Wanderlust Quilt top

I'm definitely not finished playing with this beautiful collection! I have several more Wanderer projects and plans in the works that I'll be sharing throughout the next few weeks, I can't wait! In the meantime, be sure to check out the rest of the Wanderer Tour stops! Here's the full list...

Sunday Feb. 15 - Nicole Morgenthau - finchsewingstudio.com
Monday Feb. 16 - Holly Hughes - hollygetsquilty.com
Tuesday Feb. 17 - Shannon Cook - veryshannon.com
Wednesday Feb. 18 - Becca Bryan -  bryanhousequilts.com
Thursday Feb. 19 - Rochelle New - luckylucille.com
Friday Feb. 20 - Kate -  http://seekatesew.com
Saturday Feb. 21 - Amber - oneshabbychick.typepad.com
Sunday Feb. 22 - Caroline Hulse - sewcaroline.com
Monday Feb. 23 - John Adams - quiltdad.com
Tuesday Feb. 24 - Maureen Cracknell - maureencracknellhandmade
Wednesday Feb. 25 - Delia - deliacreates.com
Thursday Feb. 26 - Kelly - cutcutsew.com
Friday Feb. 27 - Christopher Thompson - thetattooedquilter.com
Saturday Feb. 28 - Jen - www.littlewifepowerhouse.com

Of course there's also an amazing Giveaway!

Wanderer Tour Giveaway!

Enter to win! --> Here's how, simply follow April (@aprilarhodes) on IG and repost any of the Wanderer Tour photos with #wanderertourgiveaway and she will randomly choose a winner from the hashtags pool on March 1st! You can find my Wanderer, Wanderlust quilt top to share on Instagram right HERE!

As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 23, 2015

A Flower Crown Fox Pillow : :

Flower Crown Fox Pillow

While finishing up a batch of Etsy crown orders Saturday morning, dreaming of spring, I got the idea to give my little fox pillow design a pretty crown of flowers. So many of my very favorite projects begin with a plan to simply merge two separate patterns, and this newest one makes me so happy!

Flower Crown Fox Pillow Cover

Doesn't she look sweet?

New Fox Pillows!

Her flowers are made in my most loved color combination of felt choices -- dusty pink, minty aqua, buttery yellow, smoky blue, dark berry, with leafy, sage greens!

Fox with Flowers Detail

For the pillow back I quilted up two pieces of scrappy Wanderer and Wild & Free patchwork for an envelope style closure!

Scrappy Quilted  Patchwork

The bindings are leftover from my Endless Summer quilt in Meadow and my Autumn Sun quilt in Sweet as Honey. I always make extra large rolls of quilt binding to have on hand to add to my pillows. It adds such a nice, neat, & special finish!

Bound in Sweet As Honey

Today I'm finishing up three more, using a different background colors for each, and plan to pop them in my Etsy shop soon!

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Happy Monday!  ♡ Maureen   

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

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It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

$50 FQS Gift Certificate Giveaway!

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! 
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For this week's giveaway the Fat Quarter Shop is offering to one very lucky MCH reader a generous $50 Gift Certificate to the shop!!

$50 FQS Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Enter to Win!

Here's how,
 
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Simply leave a comment here in this post! Feel free to share what you'd use this Gift Certificate towards? (one entry)
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Follow the Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook or subscribe to their wonderful Youtube Channel! 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! 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 facebook, instagram, tweet, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry)

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, February 23rd. The winner will be chosen 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 so that I can contact you should you win!


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Thank you to all who entered the Giveaway!! From 1,370 entries, Mr. Random says the lucky winner is...
  Comment #613 --   * Debbie Wiese *  Congratulations, I'll be in touch shortly!  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Scrappy Grocery Tote : :

Scrappy Grocery Tote

Since Fall Quilt Market I've been looking forward to the release of April Rhodes' new collection Wanderer. Now that they're here I just can't get enough of these gorgeous fabrics! Last week I shared a glimpse of the quilt I've been working on as part of her Wanderer fabric tour, and yesterday I turned my lovely heap of Wanderer and Wild & Free fabric scraps into a new grocery tote!

Wanderer and Wild & Free

I love seeing these two collections together!

Sparkle!

It's a simple quilted bag, soft but sturdy enough for how I plan to use it. While I don't favor myself to be much of a bag maker, I do enjoy whipping up an easy bag like this one! Finding such a purposeful use for scraps makes me very happy!

Grocery Tote  From Scraps!

For the bag body I used one of my favorite methods quilt as you go, sewing each piece of fabric to scrap pieces of batting at random.The straps and little pocket were densely straight line quilted and ended up being my favorite parts of this quick bag project. I do think for my next tote bag experiment I'll take the time to quilt each piece!

Woven Path Straps

Overall I'm feeling pretty pleased today with the prettiness and purposefulness of yesterday's sewing time. Hooray!

♡ Maureen