Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Dixie Belle Paint: LOVE in Apricot!

Today I'm SO excited to introduce you all to Dixie Belle Paint as a new sponsor here on the blog!

I'm a HUGE fan of their Chalk Paint ever since Haila and I spent a weekend painting our dining room set together -- you can see that fun project HERE! Since that first project, I've been using Dixie Belle for all kinds of paint projects both small and really big, like transforming a gloomy, neglected office space into a colorful new sewing studio, where I happily go to work each day. These days I now find myself constantly on the lookout for old forgotten furniture pieces that I can transform with this magical paint! So when Dixie Belle Paint invited me to join their affiliate program, I happily accepted and I'm so excited to add sharing an occasional Dixie Belle before and after project with all of you all right here in the weeks ahead. My hope is that it will inspire you to join me in freshening up our homes and sewing rooms with some colorful Dixie Belle Paint projects!

Introducing, Dixie Belle Paint!

For the past few weeks my big project has been to create a display for Autumn Vibes, my upcoming collection with AGF, since I was unable to attend Spring Quilt Market in Portland this past weekend. Before I could spend my time stitching up samples, first I had to find the perfect furniture pieces for showcasing this new collection. Enter: Dixie Belle's Apricot Chalk Paint!

Dixie Belle in Apricot

Inspired by the changing leaves of Autumn, with colors ranging from deep scarlet to the softest apricot, I decided to keep the main furniture piece in my booth, the shelf that would be front and center, nice and soft to show the sweeter side of these colorful fabrics!

Autumn Vibes Colors

Pretty Apricot

We've had this little bookshelf in our home, purchased from a local thrift store several years ago. It's either held children's books or supplies in my home sewing room. But the extra dark brown mixture of stained wood and paint has always been a little too harsh for me.  In person you can see well the rough paint and stain job. Still, it has serviced us well and I love it's size and details. It was time for a pretty update!

Shelf Before

This paint is so easy to use, it's amazing! It requires no prep work, goes on smoothly, covers wonderfully, and dries quickly. What more can you ask for, right?! I would never be able to think of projects like this one with my limited time if not for this paint, because of the sanding and priming that is required with other paints. I'm just so grateful to have discovered Dixie Belle, and the colors are all so beautiful, too!

Painting with Dixie Belle

Once I was finished and I put my shelf in place, I began adding some accessories that would coordinate well with my Autumn Vibes fabrics. Pretty, pretty!

Shelf in Apricot

This first photo is a close-up look at how well this apricot color plays with the vibrant, saturated colors of my Autumn Vibes collection. And notice how smoothly the paint looks, like a brand new piece!

With Autumn Vibes

In this photo I was still sewing up samples and working on how the Apricot shelf would be styled. Even my new Opal House pillow from Target matched this color perfectly. It's nice to find new products in the stores in the colors that I'm currently working with. It's always nice to know that I'm on-trend with my choices. Yay!

Dixie Belle Apricot for Autumn Vibes

Before I share the final display reveal, I have to share the little plant stand that I painted with the Apricot Chalk Paint, too. I bought this stand at a church rummage sale across the street from my studio for just $2. Major score! It was marked up bad and had a giant water stain on the tabletop that took up almost the entire circular surface and now you'd never know!

Apricot Plant Stand

And, now I'm super excited to share the reveal of how this Apricot painted shelf at the center of my Autumn Vibes display turned out! You may have seen photos of my display posted on my Instagram and Facebook page at the start of Spring Quilt Market this past Friday. I received such an amazing, supportive response from so many, and now I'm thrilled to share these details about my Dixie Belle painted Apricot shelf. I absolutely love it!

Dixie Belle in Apricot for Autumn Vibes

I'd love to know what you think of this project and what kind of before and after Dixie Belle Paint projects you'd like to see me share? My plan is to keep the focus on sharing things that are functional for us sewers, as well as nice display pieces to showcase my fabrics and handmade items. I'd both LOVE and appreciate your feedback, so please chime in! Be sure to take a look at the colors that Dixie Belle offers and let me know which colors you love most and that you'd like to see me use! Click here to see -- Dixie Belle Paint Colors.

Already lined up I have plans to paint an interesting shaped wood coffee table that's perfect for displaying sewing books and has a bottom shelf that's holding extra pillows. I have a huge wall shelf unit that came out of a house built in the 1800's! It has been beat up pretty bad over a decade of use to store cans in an old basement, so I'm hoping to bring it to life! I also have a few little projects in the works and a newly painted sewing table that's already finished and just needs photographed. You're going to love this one!

I can't wait to read what projects and colors you'd like to see next!

xo Maureen

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Fat Quarter Shop!

Community Sampler Giveaway for City Loft Fusions by AGF

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Each Friday, throughout the Community 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 Community Sampler you can follow this link for all the info and can join us anytime - it's never too late to jump in!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Today's featured Community Sampler sponsor is Fat Quarter Shop!

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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We hope you enjoy visiting Fat Quarter Shop!

This week the Fat Quarter Shop is generously giving away this fun, 10-pc City Loft Fusions bundle! Art Gallery Fabrics has curated bold and eccentric prints from the various AGF designers you love to bring you the essence metropolitan chic in City Loft Fusions. Trendy florals and striking geometrics are colored in saturated plum contrasted by edgy grays and touches of orange for contemporary sewing. You can find the City Loft Fusions collection in a variety of bundles and as individual prints available HERE at Fat Quarter Shop!

Community Sampler Giveaway for City Loft Fusions by AGF

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 Fat Quarter Shop on Facebook or Instagram! Just let me know that you do by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (optional extra entry)
3.  Sharon and 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...

That’s 4 possible entries!


Enter now through Monday, May 21st! 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 of you who are joining the Community Sampler sew-along and to those who enter our Giveaway! xo Maureen

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Community Sampler Week #13!

It's Community Sampler sew-along Wednesday!

Community Sampler with Block Setting

For those of you that are new to my blog, Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting this block-of-the-week community sew-along, and you can visit my Community Sampler Page above in my tabs bar to retrieve all of the released PDF's so far to jump in anytime! We're so thrilled to have so many sewing with us once again!

Community Sampler Sew-Along

Today's PDF for week thirteen is -- Block Setting. Yes it's time to turn all of our pretty blocks into a top! This week we'll choose our background fabric and we'll follow the PDF instructions to cut the pieces needed to set our blocks on-point into a quilt top. If you're in need of extra visuals for this week's Community Sampler instructions, be sure to visit Sharon's blog today to see her step by step how-to for setting our blocks!

Community Sampler Week No. 13

For my Community Sampler background fabric I'm using Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Element Solid in  Grapefruit. I love this color paired with my Love Story fabrics, the collection I used to create each of my Community Sampler Blocks!

PE in Grapefruit

From the background fabric we'll cut twenty-one 9 1/2" squares diagonally.

Cutting Half Squares

Four diagonal cuts of the background fabrics will then be added to each of the square blocks, and two diagonal cuts added to the half-blocks, that we created throughout our sampler to set all of our blocks on-point!

Block Setting

Keep working until all of the blocks are in the background setting, arranging them in an order that looks balanced and that you're happy with. Because I stuck pretty closely to the mock-up that I created in the beginning of this sew-along, I was able to keep my blocks in the order I made them in. Easy, peasy!

Here's a look at my blocks arranged on the floor of my sewing studio. I had a design wall for about two weeks, but now I'm back to using my floor space once again!

Ready To Assemble

Community Sampler Assembly

Once all of my blocks were in the block setting, I sewed my three rows together to make my top!

Community Sampler Quilt Top

I'm so happy with the grapefruit solid I chose to be my background!

Love Story Blocks

Last night after dinner we took my top to the park behind our house for some pretty shots. It's been raining here in Pa for days, so everything is finally green and starting to bloom!

Community Sampler in Love Story

This week takes a bit longer than previous weeks when we were making the blocks, so be sure to give your self some extra time. I did all of my cutting and added my block settings to half of my blocks Monday evening, and it took me another few ours yesterday morning to finish my block settings and assembly.

I'm so happy with how my Love Story Community Sampler is coming together!

Community Sampler in Love Story

I'm excited to see your tops this week! When you share on Instagram use the hashtag #CommunitySampler and be sure to tag @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell so we can be sure to see your beautiful Community Samplers!

Using #CommunitySampler hashtag will also automatically enter you in the weekly IG Giveaway pool! Remember that your Instagram account does need to be a public account for your post to show up in the Instagram hashtag pool. But please don't worry, if you don't have Instagram or you'd like to keep your account private, we will also be hosting the same giveaway prize, alternately between Sharon's and my blog, so you can choose how and where to enter each week!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for more info on this week's Community Sampler Giveaway with our wonderful sponsor Fat Quarter Shop!

xo Maureen  

Friday, May 11, 2018

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Sharon Holland & Art Gallery Fabrics!

Sharon Holland Book & AGF Bundle Giveaway!

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Each Friday, throughout the Community 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 Community Sampler you can follow this link for all the info and can join us anytime - it's never too late to jump in!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Today's featured Community Sampler sponsors are Sharon Holland and Art Gallery Fabrics!

Sharon Holland is offering a signed copy of her wonderful book, Utility-Style Quilts for Everyday Living (Landauer Publishing 2017). This quilt book is as much a lifestyle book as it is an 80-page, beginner-friendly guide to patchwork. Find easy-to-follow instructions, beautiful photos, fully illustrated step-by-step essential techniques and information to stitch 12 different quilt projects from beginning to end.

Each project is fast-pieced and encourages creative changes with skill-building design tips throughout. The lovely patterns are a reason for you to dig into your stash to make quilts you love. This paperback book encompasses traditional and modern quilting for truly timeless everyday use and functional patchwork. You can purchase this book from your local quilt shop, favorite book store, find signed books available in Sharon's shop -- https://www.sharonhollanddesigns.com/store/ OR on Amazon HERE!

Utility Style - Quilts for Everyday Living

PLUS, a bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics!

Sharon and I are also excited to share that along with a copy of Utility Style, Art Gallery Fabrics is offering this gorgeous ten-piece pink & cream fat quarter bundle with prints from various AGF designers!

AGF Bundle Giveaway!

Art Gallery Fabrics was started in 2004. Since then creativity, beauty, and design have been their passions, and to this day, they have not changed and bring a chic and modern perspective to the quilting industry. When it comes to designing a fabric collection we always keep originality and uniqueness on the top of our list. We have the pleasure of working with a talented fabric designers who create enticing color palettes and artful, intricate prints that make our collections one of a kind.

Art Gallery designs modern fabrics that keep up with ongoing trends and at the same time it encourages our customers to use new colors and patterns so they venture out of their usual comfort zone. At Art Gallery Fabrics believes strongly in the quality of the fabric and that is transcended in their superior thread count and fine weave. This makes our premium cotton as soft and smooth you can get. You really feel the difference with just one touch!

Be sure to follow Art Gallery Fabrics on their --


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AGf Bundle Giveaway!

Enter to win!

Here's how,

Since Sharon and I are taking turns hosting Community Sampler Giveaway Fridays, this week I'm sending you to Sharon Holland Design's blog to enter!

A BIG thanks to all of you who are joining the Community Sampler sew-along and to those who enter our Giveaway! Have a great Friday and weekend! xo Maureen

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Community Sampler Week #12!

It's block release day of the Community Sampler sew-along!

Sawtooth Half-Block

This week's release is for block number ELEVEN of the Community sampler! For those of you that are new to my blog, Sharon Holland and I are co-hosting this block-of-the-week community sew-along, and you can visit my Community Sampler Page above in my tabs bar to retrieve all of the released PDF's so far to jump in anytime! We're so thrilled to have so many sewing with us once again!

Community Sampler Sew-Along

Today's PDF is block ELEVEN -- Sawtooth, the last block of our sampler! For this week's block we're making a half-block that comes together super quick! If you're in need of extra visuals for making this Sawtooth block be sure to visit Sharon's blog today to see her step by step how-to!

Week 12 -- Sawtooth Block

For my Community Sampler I'm using prints from my Love Story collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, and this week's block includes -- Soulmate Blooms Lust, Mixed Emotions, Delicate Veil and Daring Tribal Sunset!

Love Story for Sawtooth

This week we all get to enjoy easy cutting once again! I stuck right to my original fabric plan in my initial mock-up from the beginning of the sew-along. I'm actually quite proud of myself for sticking to a plan, because typically I change directions a dozen different times!

Sawtooth Fabric Cuts

When it came time to sew my Sawtooth together I couldn't believe how quickly this one came together! All the weeks of making HSTs has really helped my confidence when block patterns call for the make two at a time method. I have become such a better quilter because of these sampler sew-alongs and Sharon's perfect instructions!

Sawtooth Half-Block

I can't believe this is our very last block for the Community Sampler already! I'm so excited to see how all of our samplers come together in the remaining weeks ahead!

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I'm excited to see your blocks this week! When you share on Instagram use the hashtag #CommunitySampler and be sure to tag @sharonhollanddesigns and myself @maureencracknell so we can be sure to see your beautiful blocks!

Using #CommunitySampler hashtag will also automatically enter you in the weekly IG Giveaway pool! Remember that your Instagram account does need to be a public account for your post to show up in the Instagram hashtag pool. But please don't worry, if you don't have Instagram or you'd like to keep your account private, we will also be hosting the same giveaway prize, alternately between Sharon's and my blog, so you can choose how and where to enter each week!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Be sure to check back here on Friday for more info on this week's Community Sampler Giveaway with our wonderful sponsors Sharon Holland and Art Gallery Fabrics!

xo Maureen  

Friday, May 4, 2018

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Lady Belle Fabrics!

It's Community Sampler Giveaway Friday!

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Lady Belle Fabrics!

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Each Friday, throughout the Community 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!

Thank you, Sponsors!

Today's featured Community Sampler sponsor is Lady Belle Fabrics!

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!

For this week's Community Sampler Giveaway, Lady Belle Fabric is offering the winner a complete Fat Quarter Bundle of my brand new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics, Flower Child! This pretty bundle includes all TWENTY Flower Child prints and can be found at Lady Belle Fabrics as both Fat Quarter and Half Yard Bundles, along with bundles of the Pure Element Solids that coordinate perfectly with this collection!

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Lady Belle Fabrics!

A Community Sampler Giveaway with Lady Belle Fabrics!

In addition, Lady Belle Fabric is having a wonderful 20% OFF ALL NOTIONS & BUNDLES SALE, including this week's Flower Child Giveaway bundle!
Be sure to visit Lady Belle HERE -- http://www.ladybellefabric.com/

Enter to win!


Here's how,

 
1. Simply leave a comment here in this post! (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. Sharon's and 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, May 7th!! The winner will be picked at random and I will announce their name at the bottom of this post here on the blog!


Our Giveaways are always open to EVERYONE, anywhere! Just please remember that if you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, to include your email address in your comment!

A BIG thanks to all joining the Community Sampler sew-along and to those who entered our Giveaway! This week's winner is commenter, EmileeHope. Congratulations, please look for an email for me! xo Maureen