Monday, November 20, 2017

AGF Quilt Block Tour of Makers ~ A Love Story Moroccan Pillow!

AGF Quilt Block Tour Moroccan Pillow in Love Story

Love Story Moroccan Pillow

Several weeks ago I was invited to join the Art Gallery Fabrics Quilt Block Collection Tour hosted by my friend, Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts!

AGF Quilt Block Collection Blog Tour

I was asked to choose one block from AGF's collection of quilt block YouTube video tutorials to make and share as a finished project today. I chose one of my favorites from the bunch, the Moroccan quilt block!

AGF Quilt Block Tour -- Moroccan Quilt Block

The Moroccan block is perfect for fussy cutting from a favorite fabric and instructions include two fun techniques -- the a make eight at a time half square triangles and flying geese using the corner triangle method. I chose to make my Moroccan block using several pretty prints from my brand new Love Story collection!

AGF Quilt Block Tour in Love Story

For my Moroccan block I began by fussy cutting a floral cluster from Love Story Soulmate Blooms to be my center fabric and framed that print in Compassion Ruby. Next I made my HSTs and flying geese units using Love Story prints -- Reflection of Love Light,  Soulmate Blooms in teal and Flower Stamp Charm. I LOVE this pretty combination of reds, peach, aqua & teal!

AGF Moroccan Quilt Block in Love Story

Once my block was complete I added a 3" border in Daring Tribal Sunset to turn my Morrocan block into a pillow!

AGF Moraccan Block in Love Story

I basted my pillow top to a layer of Hobbs cotton batting and added lots of quilting using an Aurifil 40wt in Light Beige.

I'm so happy with how my Love Story Moroccan pillow turned out!

AGF Quilt Block Collection Tour Project -- A Love Story Moroccan Pillow

Love Story Moroccan Pillow

My Love Story collection should be shipping to stores any day! I hope you check out the Art Gallery Fabrics YouTube Channel for the Moroccan quilt block video tutorial that I used today, along with lots of other beautiful quilt blocks! Be sure visit the rest of the makers who've joined the AGF Quilt Block Tour to see what each of these talented sewing gals have made!

November 13 ~ Color Girl Quilts @colorgirlquilts
November 14 ~ Karen O’Connor @ladykquilts
November 16 ~ Amy Friend @duringquiettime
November 17 ~ Kate Basti @katebasti
November 18 ~ Yvonne Fuchs @quiltingjetgirl
November 19 ~ AnneMarie Chany @genxquilters
November 20 ~ ME @maureencracknell
November 21 ~ Sharon Holland @sharonhollanddesigns
November 22 ~ Lucy Brennan @charmaboutyou

Happy Sewing! xo Maureen

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Denim Patchwork Stockings : :

Denim Patchwork Stockings

Making holiday stockings are right up there with my favorite things to make! I LOVE patchwork and unique, dreamy, homey décor with a bohemian feel is without a doubt my style for decorating each room in our home, so why not make holiday stockings with the same feel for holiday decorating!

Denim Patchwork Stockings

This week on my Instagram I shared a little peek of the denim patchwork I've spent the last couple of days making, and today I'm so excited to share this new handmade holiday item with all of you!

AGF Denim for Stockings

Making Denim Twine

Denim Floral Clusters

Denim Patchwork Stockings

I started my own stocking assembly line using the pattern I created last year by tracing one of my favorite extra-large sized stockings purchased several years ago before I had learned to sew, to use as my template. I pulled out my collection of AGF Denim Studio solid smooth and printed denims, first I sewed together strips and then added my patchwork using my Quick Quilt As you Go method to create these double-sided stockings that can be hung whichever direction you choose!

Denim Patchwork Stocking

Each stocking is lined with my navy & white Wild and Free Woven Path quilting cotton and the hanging loops are made with a thick & sturdy heavyweight AGF denim!

Floral Cluster Details

With each stocking comes a beautiful denim + fabric + felt flower cluster with handmade denim twine that I made, as well. I had so much fun making these and love how they turned out! Each is finished with a vintage ricrac loop so they can be easily removed to double as a pretty ornament, as well!

Denim + Felt + Little Town

Denim Floral Clusters

Stocking Details

Holiday Stockings 2017

You can find these new quilted denim patchwork holiday stockings and my other handmade gift items in my Etsy Shop

I hope you love them as much as I do!!  XO Maureen

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Bountiful Sewing Day -- Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour!

Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour

The Bountiful Holiday Blog Tour started November 1st, organized by my good friend Sharon Holland to get you inspired for holiday sewing with her beautiful Art Gallery Fabrics collection, Bountiful! Sharon + Me + ten wonderful, talented designers have joined the tour to share fast, fun, inspiring projects! Here's the list of names and dates so you can catch up,  join us and follow along!

11-01  Mathew Boudreaux  Mister Domestic
11-02  AnneMarie Chany  Gen X Quilters
11-03  Brooke Sellmann  Silly Mama Quilts
11-06  Blair Stocker  Wise Craft Handmade
11-07  Silvia Sutters  A Stranger View
11-08  Peta Peace  She Quilts A Lot
11-09  Sharon Holland  Sharon Holland Designs
11-10  Heather Andrus  Quilt Story
11-13  Maureen Cracknell  Maureen Cracknell Handmade
11-14  Anjeanette Klinder  Anjeanettek
11-15  Alexis Wright  My Sweet Sunshine Studio
11-16  Katie Skoog  The Simple Life Company

Bountiful LOVE

I couldn't decide on just one Bountiful project to make and share today, so last week I had myself a Bountiful sewing day! I went to my studio early and spent the entire work day sewing with this pretty collection. My to-make list included a variety of pillows and bags and I'm so happy with each of the things I was able to make!

Each of the four finished projects I have to share today started with cutting several 1.5" x wof strips from the dozen or so Bountiful prints I had in my stash. First up is my Bountiful Shine Pillow -- a mini remake of my Soulful QAYG!

Bountiful Shine Pillow

For this 18" pillow I separated the Bountiful blues from the coral and yellow prints to create this pretty diamond pattern that looks to radiate from the center!

Bountiful Shine Pillow

For my second pillow project I used more of the same narrow strips to create one of my Herringbone qayg pillows, adding in AGF denims and keeping like colors together to create a pretty rainbow order pattern!

Bountiful Herringbone Pillow

Bountiful Herringbone Pillow

Bountiful Herringbone Pillow

Using up the trimmed away length scraps from my two pillow projects, I stitched up two Bountiful zipper bags in the perfect size for art supplies or cosmetics. The pattern used for this first one again is my herringbone qayg pattern with a fun yellow zipper and tassel detail.

Boutiful Zipper Bags

This Bountiful bag reverses to an identical pattern on the back side. I picked up a dozen or so of these tassel keychains on clearance when I was shopping last Spring and they have been perfect for adding to my new zipper pouch obsession!

Bountiful String Bag

This next bag and final Bountiful project is a larger size bag with boxy corners perfect for carrying larger items such as notecards and markers or a hair brush and hair accessories. I love using up scraps when making these zipper pouches & bags and experimenting with different quilt patterns & sizes. They are so much fun to make!

Bountiful Make-up Bag

Bountiful Make-up Bag Reversed

I LOVED my Bountiful sewing day! If you haven't yet added this collection to your stash, you can find it available in my sponsor's shop Fat Quarter Shop, Lady Belle Fabrics and + Sharon has organized two Giveaways for the holiday tour -- one on her blog Sharon Holland Designs at the end of the tour, thanks to Fat Quarter Shop: Bountiful Harvest Giveaway, and one on Instagram for sharing maker's posts of your favorite tour projects. Pop over to Sharon's IG for chances to win there!

Be sure to visit Quilt Story to see the pretty Bountiful dress she made and to stop by Anjeanette Klinder to see tomorrow's inspirational project! I can't wait!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my Bountiful projects! xx Maureen

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Friendship Braids QAYG : :

Love Story and Indie Folk Friendship Braid QAYG

For my Flower Child Quilt Market booth I made four pillow samples, one including a new quick quilt as you go pattern inspired by friendship braids.  Immediately after finishing my Flower Child pillow I knew I wanted to make an entire quilt using this pattern, combining prints from my new Love Story collection with Pat Bravo's newest, Indie Folk!

Love Story Strike Offs

Indie Folk

This is such a beautiful block with these pretty saturated prints, and it’s so fast! This block is assembled in very much the same way that you would construct a qayg log cabin pattern, but for this one I sewed the fabric strips working my way from the top to the bottom of each rectangle cut of batting which gives the illusion of woven strips, just like a braid!

Love Story and Indie Folk Friendship Braid QAYG

To make this quilt top I used all twenty Indie Folk quilting cotton and several Love Story prints cut into strips measuring 3" x WOF. Once each rectangle cut of batting was covered with fabric edge to edge, I trimmed away the access fabric and added the trimmed block to my pile. I spent all of yesterday morning and afternoon stitching up blocks and this morning I had enough to piece together this new friendship braid qayg quilt top to photograph and share today!

Love Story and Indie Folk Friendship Braid QAYG

Love Story and Indie Folk Friendship Braid QAYG

Love Story and Indie Folk Friendship Braid QAYG

Love Story and Indie Folk Friendship Braid QAYG

Isn't she pretty? There's no way I'm done with this new quick quilt as you go just yet! I'm waiting on a new can of basting spray to arrive so I can back and bind this one to add to my shop, and I'm tempted to begin another right away with a little twist, using just Love Story this time! This will be such a great quilt pattern for using up those scraps, too!

Let me know what you think of this new qayg pattern, and if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments! Happy sewing!

xx Maureen

Monday, November 6, 2017

Love Story for Holiday : :

Love Story Bundle

I promise that I'm not one to skip over Fall & Thanksgiving decorating and celebrating, but in an effort to get a jump on my holiday sewing, I dove right into my list just as soon as I flipped our calendar to November! I mentioned last week that when I unpacked my rolls of Love Story I realized right away just how perfect this collection will be to add to my holiday sewing. I've never been one to stick to using just the traditional red and green color scheme, always adding in lots of minty blue, aqua, teal, blue, black and metallics to the mix. Since I love patchwork and home décor with a bohemian feel is without a doubt my go-to style, I decided to test out Love Story for holiday on a set of extra large, scrappy quick quilt as you go stockings and I LOVE the results!

Love Story Patchwork Stocking 1

I spent both Friday and Saturday's studio sewing time strip piecing, cutting patchwork and quilt as you going my assembly line of Love Story stockings, snapping photos to share along the way. Creating at the new studio has been an adjustment, it all feels so new & different after being in the same home studio space for the past several years. But already the extra space has made making more a possibility and now my children join me with their own creating at the same big table once again, which is so nice!

Love Story Strip Piecing

Love Story Patchwork

While working on my stockings I think I fell in love with one Love Story print in particular, Soulmate Blooms. Inspired by my appreciation for flash art and ink drawn florals, this print amongst the mix of patchwork squares kept catching my eye! I love the way the leaves and flowers look to be growing right out of the seams no matter how it was cut and pieced, it's so pretty!

Love Story Favorite

It's been dark and pouring rain here for days, so finished photos of my first little collection of Love Story stockings will have to wait a bit. Plus I think I'll add a floral embellishment to each just as I did to last year's stockings. (You can see those here!) I'm certainly biased, but I do believe that Love Story is adding some high-style to my handmade holiday plans!

Love Story Patchwork

Today I'm beginning a new quick quilt as you go quilt pattern that I came up with while making pillows for my Flower Child Booth! I'll be back soon to share these new blocks and finished stockings just as soon as this weather decides to cooperate. Happy Sewing!

xx Maureen

Friday, November 3, 2017

Love Story Delivery!

Today is my first full day back at the new studio since returning home from my trip to Houston Quilt Market! Just a few days before I left I received an exciting delivery from Art Gallery Fabrics, my Love Story advanced yardage! That's fifteen yards of each of my twenty quilting cottons, five knits, one roll of canvas and one roll of rayon. It's always such a treat when a new collection arrives!

Love Story Delivery

Shown below are the ten prints that make up the Love Story Enamored colorway -- teal, red, minty aqua and peachy pinks may just be my ALL TIME favorite color combination. I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this group of fabrics! This is also my first collection with a little black, which I wear pretty much every day, so I'm thrilled to have this tribal print to use for wearable accessories and home décor projects!

Love Story: Enamored

Next we have the ten rolls that make up the Love Story Enchanted colorway! This group includes more pretty reds, peach and coral paired with my favorite Cornflower blue and navy, with a little touch of green. When I designed Love Story I knew it would be a Fall 2017 release, but it wasn't until these fabrics arrived that I realized just how perfect this collection will be for holiday sewing! Today, for my first Love Story sewing day I plan to make a few of my quilt as you go patchwork stockings to share, so you can see for yourself!

Love Story: Enchanted

You may have seen in my Instagram stories that I had an adorable helper when I unpacked my Love Story rolls! This is Dharma, she's a Shih Poo puppy (a shih Tzu/toy poodle), she's the sweetest little girl and new addition to our family. She belongs to my sister and I hope she visits me here at the studio often!

Dharma and Love Story

See how little! She's sleeping on two of the Love Story zipper pouches I made a few weeks back and still I think the scale read at about 2lbs. So teeny tiny!

Love Story and Dharma

October was such a busy month with moving into the new studio, finishing up my Summer 2018 collection, with all of the secret sewing I had to do for my Flower Child Quilt Market booth and from traveling to Houston. It feels so good to be back in the studio this morning with these pretty Love Story rolls, endless possibilities and the freedom to sew whatever I want! I'll be back Monday to show you what I stitched up!

xx Maureen