The Start of Something Sewcial

Today I'm so excited to share some BIG news! Whether you're a first-time quilter, a beginner, or a quilter extraordinaire my friend and fellow AGF design sister Maureen Cracknell and I are thrilled to announce and welcome ALL to join our very first co-hosted community event, the Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along!

Sewcial Bee Sampler

Beginning this Wednesday, February 1st and continuing through July, Maureen and I will be releasing a new PDF block pattern on our blogs every Wednesday (Block of the Week). We'll share pictures of our own finished block along with inspiration and tips and tricks to make piecing more enjoyable. The Sewcial Bee Sampler introduction PDF, available on Wednesday, includes a coloring sheet to help you plan out your fabrics plus a fabric supply list. The twenty-five fully tested PDF patterns have step-by-step illustrations for each week’s block plus detailed assembly instructions for a beautiful finish! You'll be getting the first block pattern on Wednesday!

I'm planning to use prints from my upcoming Art Gallery Fabrics fabric collection--Bountiful (available this March) together with Pure Element solids for the block framing and sashing. Maureen will be making her sampler quilt using prints from all of her Art Gallery Fabrics fabric collections and combining them with linen and denim for the frames and sashes. Feel free to use fabrics from your stash or maybe it's time for a little trip to your local fabric shop for some new inspiration! A sampler quilt is a great opportunity to use many different fabrics. Here's a virtual look at the blocks and sampler quilt so you can get started thinking about the look of your quilt.

The Sewcial Bee Sampler is made up of twenty-five 12" blocks with added sashing to create a finished quilt measuring 72" x 72". Once all of the block patterns are released at the end of July, we'll share the assembly instructions, followed by a big quilt top reveal day the first Wednesday in August!

To add to the fun, we've joined forces with wonderful sponsors to offer new, amazing giveaway prizes each Friday both on our blogs and on our Instagrams throughout the sew-along! More information about the giveaways in future posts.



Maureen Cracknell

Fat Quarter Shop

Sharon Holland

The Intrepid Thread


Llama Fabrics

Lady Belle Fabric

Needle in a Fabric Stash

Color Girl Quilts


Knotted Thread


Join Us

Half the fun of a sew-along is getting to connect with other makers. We invite you to join in as much as you are able to! Each week you're welcome to share links to our Sewcial Bee Sampler blog posts within the comments so we can visit each other.

On Instagram you can find me at Sharon Holland Designs and Maureen at Maureen Cracknell where we'll be using the hashtag #SewcialBeeSampler to create a community, stay connected, entry giveaways, and share our progress. Of course Maureen and I love it when you tag us so we don't miss a single thing!

So what do you say, will you join us in making a Sewcial Bee Sampler? We hope you will! You don't need to do anything official to join, just let us know in the comments that you plan to! We also created this cute badge for you to share on Instagram, if you'd like!


And here's a button if you'd like to add one to your blog. Simply click to download the badge and button.

We hope you join in the fun and I can’t wait to spend the next several months creating with you!