Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Reusable Gift Bags in Garden Dreamer : :

Reusable Drawstring Gift Bag in Garder Dreamer

When I started making drawstring bags over the Summer, inspired by this tutorial by Svetlana of s.o.t.a.k. handmade, I decided right away they'd be my go-to bag for gift-giving. After all, it takes less time to make one than it does to run out to the store to purchase one. Plus, they just look so special and can be used again and again and again, I love that! So when Garden Dreamer arrived I decided to whip up a couple to both highlight a few prints in this new collection to share here on the blog, and to use for packaging up a couple of Haila's smaller gifts for her birthday next week! I like to quilt my bags, making use of all my batting scraps and so they're guaranteed to last for years to come.

First up is a combo of Garden Dreamer Bumble Beez and Twinklestar Berry to fill with new nail polishes, one of my girl's most favorite things!

Reusable Drawstring Gift Bag in Garder Dreamer

Reusable Drawstring Gift Bag in Garder Dreamer

These new nail polishes were included in my last month's PINCHme Box, a monthly subscription for receiving product samples to try out. It's a great way to discover new, amazing beauty products and these nail polish colors just happened to go perfectly with these Garden Dreamer prints!

Reusable Drawstring Gift Bag in Garder Dreamer

Reusable Drawstring Gift Bag in Garder Dreamer

Reusable Drawstring Gift Bag in Garder Dreamer

The second bag is a little larger, made to fit a new pair of pretty earrings from Applepear Handcrafted Jewelry! Haila's going to love these Rain Stud Earrings and their pretty packaging inspired this selection of Garden Dreamer prints -- Flower Dance + Terra Firma Humid paired with a little AGF Linen & Denim!

Reusable Drawstring Gift Bag in Garder Dreamer

Reusable Drawstring Gift Bag in Garder Dreamer

Reusable Drawstring Gift Bag in Garder Dreamer

I really fell in love with making these bags and the options are endless! I'm excited to grow a collection of them and I know they'll be lovely to give. I'll be back soon to share one more addition to the Garden Dreamer gift-bag stash!

♡ Maureen  

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Holiday Sample Sale : :

I'm having a special Sample Sale for holiday gift giving! Now through Friday use Coupon Code: FLASH20 for an extra 20% off ANY purchase in my Etsy shop --quilts, pillows, scrap bundles, stockings & more! Here are just a few of my favorites!

Bound in Denim 1

AMH Scrap Bundle Destash

Observer Pillow from Scraps

Herringbone Backpack in Denim

Love this combo!

A Nightfall Pillowcase Set

Patchwork Stockings

Quilt Sale!

Thanks for looking and have a great day! ♡ Maureen  

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!

FQS Nightfall 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 lucky MCH reader these beauties from my Nightfall collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, the Moonrise Fat Quarter Bundle! This prize includes TEN Nightfall prints! You can find this bundle available at Fat Quarter Shop right HERE!

FQS Nightfall Giveaway!

FQS Nightfall Giveaway!

You can find all of my fabric collections, including my brand new Garden Dreamer collection newly available right here at Fat quarter Shop -- http://www.fatquartershop.com/maureen-cracknell-limited-edition-art-gallery-fabrics

Enter to Win!

Here's how,
 
1.
Simply leave a comment here in this post! Feel free to share what you'd make with this collection of fabrics!? (one entry)
2.
Follow the Fat Quarter Shop 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! 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, December 5th. 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!


A BIG thanks to all who enter our Giveaway. Be sure to visit my Instagram for a second chance at winning this Nightfall bundle

♡ Maureen  

Thursday, December 1, 2016

In Garden Dreamer Canvas : :

A Garden Dreamer Canvas Tote

Since my last blog post I have been sewing nonstop with Garden Dreamer! Bags and pouches and pillows and even a completely finished quilt, all in just two days! Today I'm taking a little break to quickly share the last remaining member of my Garden Dreamer family -- the canvas!

With each new collection comes one new canvas and this canvas, named Moment in Time Dim, is my favorite one yet!

My Garden Dreamer Canvas

My roll arrived a few days before the quilting cottons and over the busy holiday Haila, my niece Ceci, and I found just enough time for us to stitch up new Easy Tote bags featuring this new canvas. The girls each made a slightly smaller version, paired with a Nightfall Moon Stories quilting cotton, and had such a blast sewing together!

A Thanksgiving Sewing Day

Haila and Ceci's tote bags

I chose to wait to finish my bag once the rest of Garden Dreamer arrived, and paired the medium weight canvas bag exterior & pocket with my quilting cotton print Climbing Posies in Blush for the lining, and used a heavy weight, solid textured colored denim in Scarlet Brick that I had on hand for the handles.

Canvas + Denim

Lined with Climbing Posies in Blush

Scarlet Brick Heavy Weight Denim

Once again we followed the wonderful bag tutorial on the Purl Bee Blog for their Easy, Easier, and Easiest Totes, opting for the "Easy" one that includes French seams, a tote bag lining fabric, a handy pocket, and roomy boxed out bottom. I prefer to finish my bags with a boxed bottom, but mostly chose this Easy version so I could combine two pretty Garden Dreamer fabrics into one bag!

A Garden Dreamer Easy Tote Bag

I am loving sewing with this new collection and I hope you'll love it, too! I'm excited to share that both of my sponsors Circa 15Lady Belle Fabrics & Llama Fabrics are already carrying the entire collection and I'll have lots of Garden Dreamer inspiration to share with you all next week!

xo Maureen

p.s. I'm having a Flash Sample Sale in my Etsy Shop! Use coupon code: FLASH20 for an additional 20% off on Easy Totes, handmade stockings, pillows, scrap bundles, and even a few quilts!! https://www.etsy.com/shop/maureencracknell

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Bundle of Garden Dreamer Love!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! As the official release of Garden Dreamer approaches, I hear it just started shipping to stores late last week, eek! I'm so excited to finally be able to share this new collection of mine in fabric form today!

Garden Dreamer Bundle

My advanced yardage arrived right smack in the middle of the busy holiday and so this morning I've been busy cutting and folding and bundling and photographing and ooohing and awwwing and I'm just so thrilled!

Garden Dreamer

In between holiday orders, I'll be working on as many Garden Dreamer projects as I can come up with for the LookBook. If you happened to miss it, click here: Introducing Garden Dreamer, to find a wordier post about this new collection. Here for you today are close-up views of each print, shown in both colorways, with very little words. I know I'll have much more to say about these new fabrics in the coming days as I share my own project ideas and lots of inspiration for your own Garden Dreamer sewing!

And so, without further ado, we have...

Love Garden in Vibrant & Calm

Love Garden

Triangular in Impression & Reflection

Triangular

Climbing Posies in Pale & Blush

Climbing Posies

Diamond Fragments in Rose & Gold

Diamond Fragments

Terra Firma in Humid & Sunlit

Terra Firma

Moment in Time in Dim & Light

Moment in Time

Bumble Beez & Buzz

Bumble Beez & Buzz

Twinklestar in Berry & Blu

Twinklestar

Flower Dance & Waltz

Flower Dance & Waltz

Sprinkled Peonies in Serene & Fresh

Sprinkled Peonies

I hope you love them as much as I do!

If you're in search of a bundle Lady Belle Fabrics & Llama Fabrics are stocked & shipping!

Garden Dreamer Bundle

Be back soon to continue sharing the rest of the Garden Dreamer fabric family with a first project using the new canvas!

♡ Maureen

Friday, November 25, 2016

A Fabric GIVEAWAY : :

It's Fabric Giveaway Friday!   

Garden Dreamer GIVEAWAY!

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My sponsor 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 lines of fabric, as quickly as they can! 
   
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For this week's special Fabric Giveaway Friday, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner a generous fat quarter bundle of my brand new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Garden Dreamer! This bundle will include a fat quarter cut of each of the TWENTY prints that make up this pretty new collection!!

You're all invited to checkout GARDEN DREAMER, along with a special discount of 25% OFF in the Lady Belle Fabric shop as fat quarter bundles and as half yard bundles! Be sure to visit this amazing shop!!



Garden Dreamer GIVEAWAY!
Garden Dreamer GIVEAWAY!

In addition, Lady Belle Fabric is having a HUGE Black Friday & Cyber Monday SALE!! With up to 40% off  bundles, 30% off precuts, 25% off quilt kits. PLUS free mini quilt pattern with orders over $50, visit Lady Belle HERE --  http://www.ladybellefabric.com/


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There is no code needed to enjoy any of these special discounts! Enjoy!!

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Enter to win! 

Here's how,
 
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! We'd love to know what you plan to stitch up with Garden Dreamer? Feel free to share! (one entry)
2. Follow Lady Belle Fabric on Facebook or on Instagram! Just be sure to let me know you do by making a separate comment here for an extra 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 Instagram, tweet, facebook, pin, blog, etc... (optional extra entry) 

That’s 4 possible entries! Enter now through Monday, November 28th!! Winner will be picked 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 who entered our Giveaway! This weeks random winner is commenter, EmileeHope
! I will be in touch shortly! 

♡ Maureen