Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Fleet & Flourish

welcome to my day of the beautiful fleet & flourish blog tour.
this day is very important to me as maureen is one of my most very favorite people.  
she has a beautiful kind heart, she is crazy talented and she is an amazing friend. 
when i started looking at the fabrics and what each print was named; i was inspired, deeply.


what does it mean to be innocent and tenacious? how does one do it? 

 all paths sunlit, expanded aim, what awaits profoundly, roadside guide...

my thoughts were everywhere... how can i honor the beauty of the fabric?  how can i infuse my love for maureen into what i make?  how do i do it???

one word.


i took very favorite duffle bag pattern,
and i started sewing.

i wanted to highlight every print so i cut 3.5 inch squares and made the exterior panels a patchwork masterpiece.

when i finished this duffle i really wasn't ready to be finished.
not at all. 
another bag needed to be made and of course i went to my absolute favorite bag...
i am a lover of big purses...they just hold so many things!

this bag has very significant meaning and showcases my two favorite prints.

all paths sunlit (main exterior) and expanded aim (violet pocket) signify that though the path may be bright we must keep our eye on the constantly expanding horizon; forever seeking out and welcoming new experiences. 

though this life and the experiences/successes/failures we have may be innocently fleeting, we must tenaciously aspire to flourish.

thank you dear maureen, for inviting me to participate along side the other amazingly the talented people that are sharing their fleet & flourish projects on this blog tour!

Feb 22nd ~ Amy Friend : During Quiet Time { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 23rd ~ Heidi Staples : Fabric Mutt { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 24th ~ Amy Smart : Diary of a Quilter { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 25th ~ Amanda Jean: Crazy Mom Quilts { Blog & Instagram }
Feb 26th ~ Brooke Sellmann : Silly Mama Quilts { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Lady Belle Fabrics!!

Feb 29th ~ Amber Carillo : One Shabby Chick { Instagram & Blog }
March 1st ~ Nicke Cutler : Kiss Kiss Quilt { Instagram Blog }
March 2nd ~ Nicole Daksiewicz : Modern Handcraft { Instagram & Blog }
March 3rd ~ Christopher Thompson : the Tattooed Quilter { Instagram & Blog }
March 4th ~ Alexis Wright : My Sweet Sunshine { Blog & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with Llama Fabrics!!

March 7th ~ Jessica Stewart : Izzy & Ivy Designs { Blog & Instagram }
March 8th ~ Stephanie Kendron : Modern Sewciety { Blog & Instagram }
March 9th ~ Heather Bostic : House of A La Mode // Citizens of Textile { Instagram }
March 10th ~ Ali Brorsen : Because of Brenna { BlogFacebook, & Instagram }
March 11th ~ Melissa Kelley : Sew Shabby Quilting { BlogFacebook, & Instagram } Visit Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a Fleet & Flourish GIVEAWAY with the Intrepid Thread!!

March 14th ~  Maureen Cracknell Handmade { BlogFacebook, & Instagram }



  1. your bags are so very pretty. perfect for bringing in spring and summer
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  2. Gorgeous bags, and Maureen knocked the fabric design out of the park!

  3. These are just to gorgeous! I love love love them both!

  4. Thank you for making my fabrics look SO good!! You are an amazing, Nicke!!

  5. Nicke, it's really cool to meet you via Blog. I'm a total Noodlehead bag lover but haven't yet purchased the poolside tote pattern.
    Especially love that you capitalized on Sunlit Paths, you rocked it Nicke!


  6. Your bags are so cute. Love the fabrics.

  7. Oh my, these are so beautiful.

  8. HELLO,your totes are so neat! Love both of them>want to make some similar!
    Thanks for sharing! msstitcher1214@gmail.com

  9. Awesome bags! They are lovely and the fabrics are divine!!!

  10. oh that getaway duffle in fleet & flourish is just delicious!! they both are actually :-) I've just got to get me some of that fabric!

  11. It's so much fun to sew tote bags. I love the duffle and tote bag you made with Fleet & Flourish

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

  12. These are wonderful tributes to the fabrics and your friendship! Such great photographs too :)

  13. These are wonderful tributes to the fabrics and your friendship! Such great photographs too :)

  14. This is a very nicely explained article. I'll try doing it.


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