Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quilt Inspiration : :

It's been so exciting and inspiring to see how folks are quilting with my Fleet & Flourish fabrics so, today I thought I'd share some quilt inspiration for those of you who have added this collection to your stash! Be sure to let me know which one of these most speaks to YOU!

My Diamond Weave Quilt -- ready for binding!

Binding Day!

Cindy @Clammon's Outlined Plus Quilt 

Inspiration - Cindy @clammon

Amanda Jean @CrazyMomQuilts Fleet & Flourish HST Quilt

Inspiration -- Amanda Jean @crazymomquilts

Amy Friend @DuringQuietTime's Modern Patchwork Log Cabin 

Inspiration - Amy Friend @DuringQuietTime

My Quick QAYG Fleet & Flourish Herringbone Quilt 

Inspiration -- Me @MaureenCracknell

They're all so different and lovely! OK, so which of these project snapshots most speaks to you?

♡ Maureen

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!  

Coastline Giveaway!!

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My sponsor Llama Fabrics is a wonderful online Etsy fabric shop full of the most beautiful photos of each season's "must have" fabrics! Offerings include collections by Tula Pink, Leah Duncan, Jeni Baker, Anna Maria Horner and more, all from our favorite manufacturers Art Gallery Fabrics, Free Spirit, and Michael Miller, just to name a few! New fabrics are added often, sure be sure to follow Llama Fabrics!

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We hope you enjoy visiting Llama Fabric's sites!! 


For this week's Fabric Giveaway Llama Fabrics is offering the ENTIRE Fat Eighth bundle of the brand new, beautiful Coastline collection by designer Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics! This bundle includes all TWENTY prints that make up this gorgeous collection! How amazing and generous!!

You can find this bundle newly available as a fat eighth, a fat quarter, a half yard, and as a complete one yard bundle, along with single cuts of your choosing in the Llama Fabric Shop!! 

Coastline Giveaway!!

Enter to win! 

Here's how,
1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (one entry)
2. Follow Llama Fabrics on Facebook and/or Instagram! Just let me know that you did 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, February 8th! 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! 

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Thank you to all who enter our Giveaway! Have a great Friday & weekend!!  ♡ Maureen

Thursday, February 4, 2016

#FleetandFlourishFabrics : :

Over the next few months anything that I sew or quilt will likely include at least a teensy bit of my Fleet & Flourish. This collection has proven to be my little dream come true, as I can't help but to smile when I see the rolls of fabric as I enter my sewing room each morning. It's going to be tough to plan anything that doesn't include a bit or a lot of it. Which is just one wish I had hoped for when designing it!

My other BIG wish is that you might love it, too!  Now that it's available, I can't stop myself from checking the collection hashtag #FleetandFlourishFabrics on Instagram each day to see the many different ways folks are using my fabrics. It's amazing to see!!




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For those inquiring, here is a list of online shops I've discovered selling Fleet & Flourish:

Fabric Spark (Canada)
The Fabric and Crafts Shop LLC
Pumpkin Head Threads (Facebook Group)

I am so thankful for your support, and for all you do and say to continue to inspire me as a quilter and as a designer. So please keep sharing with me!! Feel free to add photos of your own projects made using my fabrics to my Maureen Cracknell Handmade Facebook Page (it just reached 125,000 "likes" the other week, Eeek!) When you share on Instagram be sure to tag me @maureencracknell and use #FleetandFlourishFabrics! Of course you know I'll be posting lots of Fleet & Flourish projects and inspiration for you as well!

Have a great day! ♡ Maureen 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Aurifil, AGF, & ME : :


It's an exciting week for Art Gallery Fabrics, Aurifil threads, & ME! A few months ago, AGF decided to re-brand their Aurifil thread boxes to better match with the identity of each AGF designer. As a brand new full collection designer for Art Gallery I was given this amazing opportunity to have my very own thread collection with Aurifil, my absolute favorite thread manufacturing company!


This is such a HUGE dream come true for me!! Each of the boxes, both large & small, come in a variety of thread weights and colors that were hand selected and curated by each designer to better match our designs and AGF collections. My collection is full of colorful 50 wt threads and is called Bohemian Garden!

Bohemian Garden Thread Collection

Bohemian Garden Thread Set

Throughout this week I'll share more about my collection, but I wanted to share some pretty photos and to invite you to join in our big celebration!!

Bohemian Garden Aurifil Threads!





Art Gallery Fabrics and Aurifil are hosting a spectacular 10-day Giveaway to celebrate #AurifilforAGF, each day there's a new chance to win thread boxes and fabric from each of the AGF designers! Please visit the AGF blog for all the details -- HERE!

♡ Maureen 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Chalk & Paint : :

Last week I received a beautiful bundle of Sew Caroline's newest collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Chalk & Paint, due out in stores this month!

Chalk & Paint Fabric LOVE!

This collection is SO sweet! The colors are warm & soothing and the prints are happy & fun, just a real pleasure to sew with! Right away I knew they'd make a perfect Herringbone QAYG Birthday pillow for my Mama!

Chalk Paint Pillow

She loved it! I only took this one photo before gifting it to her, but I know I'm not at all finished sewing with these pretty fabrics. I cut just one narrow strip from 18 of the 20 prints to sew up this 18"  pillow, and now I'm dreaming of Chalk & Paint quilt plans!

Chalk & Paint Bundle

By the end of last week I also decided on a plan for my bold Fleet & Flourish quilt beginning!

A Start

I love when you chime in and share your opinions! Reading through your comments always leads me in a direction that feels right. I'm happy with what I have now, but it's just a start. I'm thinking of using this as a center medallion piece for a new "making rows" style quilt. Hoping to have more to share soon!!

Happy Monday, friends!

♡ Maureen 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

HST Options : :

For Something New

After finishing up my Diamond Weave quilt top using my Fleet & Flourish blues, aqua, creams, peach, and reds, I pulled the plum prints from my basket, adding in AGF's new Aurora Red Pure Element, plus a pretty variety of purples and golden yellows. These colors are certainly bold, vibrant, and attention getting! A perfect project wake-me-up for these stark Winter days!

Purple & Gold

When I pulled these fabrics I had a very specific pattern idea in mind. Something I dreamt up while working on the last quilt, that sadly left my mind since. I know it involved HSTs, again, so I've started there, hoping to summon up my lost plan. But, nothing is coming back to be...

And so, I've been playing with HST's, lots of them! Below is the first block option I put together. Something simple with endless possibility!

Block Options

Setting four together could be the start of a very pretty medallion style quilt... But I wasn't in love, so I couldn't commit to sewing my units togther. What do you think of this design?

Four Blocks

Then this morning, with fresh eyes, I happened upon this new layout option. 

This Morning

Both work beautifully as a center medallion beginning or as a repetitive block style quilt, maybe set on point? Do you have a preference? 

I'd love to know!

 ♡ Maureen