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Michelle Engel Bencsko of Cloud 9 Fabrics and Cicada Studio has just released her latest line of fabrics, Beyond the Sea. She took time to chat with CRAFT and filled us in on her design process, her inspiration from nature and balancing life as a designer, business owner and mom. You can read our feature on Michelle in our Crafter section.
Giveaway time!
One lucky CRAFT reader will win a set of 1/8 yards of the 10 fabrics (7 prints, 3 solids) from the Beyond the Sea collection. Just leave a comment below by Noon PST on Thursday, April 15. Winners will be announced on the site. Good luck!


191 Responses to Michelle Engel Bencsko Feature And Fabric Giveaway

  1. wsinner on said:

    i would love this…PLEASE PLEAASE PLEASE!!!!! you’re all so awesome to be always giving stuff away!! love love love!!

  2. visualinfluence.wordpress.com on said:

    I love this fabric! I know how it is to balance being an artist, business owner and mom myself!!! Kudos :)

  3. srod19 on said:

    these patterns are beautiful. love the colors!

  4. cravingkiwi on said:

    These prints are gorgeous! The colors are perfect for a quilt to remember the time I lived in Malindi, Kenya!

  5. Total All Out Water on said:

    would love to win this, thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Mackenzie on said:

    Oh my those patterns are lovely!

  7. I want, I want (starts making plans in her head….)

  8. mercedes on said:

    very nice set of fabrics, they go very well together.

  9. These fabrics are very pretty! I’m already drooling over them! Thanks for the chance at them!
    Jenny

  10. longlifelove on said:

    Oh how I would love to have some of these fabrics! They look stunning!

  11. kmcmoobud on said:

    Thanks for the giveaway…i hope I win!

  12. Ambersaurus on said:

    I love fabric of awesome kinds.

  13. sewmesam on said:

    these are lovely, i love love love these.
    i have tons of plans for them already
    Thank You for this chance.
    Sam xx

  14. jencox on said:

    Fingers crossed! This fabric is lovely!

  15. Jane MadK on said:

    because it’s totally MINE!!!
    (please?)

  16. astrosleuth on said:

    Would love to make these into dolls!

  17. ywilken on said:

    i love all fabric – the touch, the feel, the smell everything about it and oh the things you can make – i would like to win too

  18. everything in life is luck :)

  19. aldin124 on said:

    oooh, how purrrtttyyy!!!!

  20. DearMildred on said:

    When I saw the sandpipers, it was love!
    April 15th is my birthday, by the way.

  21. I think I’m in love with the cherry blossom-esque one on top!

  22. stringsofme on said:

    This fabric is gorgeous! I would love to win this set!!!

  23. junie12e on said:

    Would love to use the beautiful fabric for quilting. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!

  24. missDTM on said:

    so many wonderful things i can imagine making with this……

  25. vanessa on said:

    gorgeous fabrics and kick ass theme

  26. MyScarletThread on said:

    I always love giveaways! Sewing for your new grandchild means lots of pretty fabrics. The Beyond the Sea collection is perfect!
    thanks and good luck everyone!

  27. Natalya on said:

    love fabric

  28. rambleonrosemary.wordpress.com on said:

    …that I would love to own! Thank you for doing this giveaway :)
    rosemary

  29. Pleksi on said:

    I can think of many things a can make with those… must not count my chicks before they hatch, but oh! how can I not!!!

  30. Chylau on said:

    These are so great! I’m a beginning crafter, so hopefully I’ll be able to win these to start out.

  31. Ashley on said:

    Those fabrics are gorgeous!!

  32. PenguinBot on said:

    Oh these are gorgeous!

  33. Christina on said:

    These fabrics are lovely! I can just imagine the projects . . .

  34. Oh my! What lovely fabrics! Inspiring!

  35. carrie on said:

    Pick me! I’d love to have these fabrics!!

  36. katherine on said:

    these are so beautiful. i would love to use them in some of y projects!

  37. michelle777 on said:

    I want to use my new sewing machine! I’d love this fabric!

  38. SewLindaAnn on said:

    I would love the chance to work with her fabrics!!

  39. I am swooning over this fabric. I’d love to take some home with me!

  40. How beautiful! I would love a chance to work with these fabrics.

  41. ThreeInaRow on said:

    I love the seashell and starfish she made with the fabrics–what a cute idea!

  42. Lindsey on said:

    what lovely fabric!! would love to win this! :)

  43. Stacey S. on said:

    I just can’t say no to fabric!
    Saw this fabric on mayamade.com and I need some sandpiper love.

  44. equisetaceae on said:

    lovely lovely lovely!
    please put my name in the hat!

  45. Jessica on said:

    I would love to win those beautiful fabrics!

  46. jalphaiv on said:

    Beautiful! I would love to get my hands on those fabrics!!

  47. jana-weekend-vintage.myopenid.com on said:

    I would so enjoy sewing with these!
    Jana

  48. faeriebeliever on said:

    I can see so many projects I can use this fabric for. it looks beautiful.

  49. Among other things, I’d use the fabric to make appliques for my kids shirts. Great to read about the organic fabrics at Cloud 9 Fabrics. Way to go!

  50. Jennifer Ladd on said:

    Love the new fabrics! They’re beautiful!

  51. i have been admiring these fabrics on other blogs. i would love to win!

  52. ferilyn on said:

    I love that top fabric. Fingers crossed!

  53. Suzanne on said:

    I love the Sand Piper design.

  54. jamietwilson on said:

    these are so beautiful!!
    jaytay5@gmail.com

  55. owlreally on said:

    these are so beautiful!!
    jaytay5@gmail.com

  56. You can never have too much fabric!

  57. muddyfingersmeg.wordpress.com on said:

    love, love, love those fabrics – and my semester is almost done which means I’ll have more craft time in just a few short weeks :)

  58. Jean C on said:

    Wow…I love the whimsical patterns and color scheme of this collection and the other one on Cloud 9. I particular love that the cotton is organic and the manufacturing practices used are low impact to the environment! Can’t wait to see what else they also come up with.

  59. jstone483 on said:

    These fabrics are just gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. RedRobin on said:

    Your fabrics are so wonderful.

  61. Gorgeous! Fingers crossed.

  62. drainl on said:

    Very pretty fabric! I’d love to put it to use.

  63. those are really lovely. thanks for the opportunity.

  64. mommymae on said:

    i love michelle’s designs, whether it’s from cicada or cloud 9. great quality & beautiful prints!

  65. auschick on said:

    These fabrics are just beautiful!

  66. wormandflowers.wordpress.com on said:

    WOW, I’ve always lusted after the graphic prints Michelle offers at Cicada. I can’t believe I have a chance to win these awesome fabrics that I totally don’t have the budget for.

  67. Elisha on said:

    Just finished peicing a quilt top (log cabin)– time to start another, hopefully with this collection!!

  68. these fabrics are gorgeous, yes please!

  69. mama4jc on said:

    Yay for fun prints on ORGANIC fabric – love, love, love! :)

  70. Claude on said:

    Gorgeous!
    Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  71. Claude on said:

    Gorgeous!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  72. Dawn Alley on said:

    I’m really trying to increase my sewing skills right now, and this would be the perfect boost!

  73. Love the new fabrics! They’re beautiful!

  74. dippydisco on said:

    I would love to add to my growing fabric stash.

  75. Caitlin T. on said:

    love michelle’s fabrics! they would be great for so many projects.
    thanks for the giveaway!

  76. befadee on said:

    Oh man I love me some giveaways… Hope I win, because it’s time to bring new blood to the fabric stash and I can’t afford it right now…

  77. mmcpeek on said:

    These fabrics are my new spring crush! Thank You!

  78. clzjjw on said:

    This fabric is inspiring. Would love to let my creative juices flow with this!

  79. stblaize on said:

    I would love to have this as the seed for my as-yet-nonexistent fabric stash.

  80. Kim Lam on said:

    Those are beautiful fabrics! I would love to make a patchwork dress for my daughter with them.

  81. deletia.com on said:

    These are gorgeous!

  82. HeIsCrafty on said:

    Ooohhh! That fabric looks delicious!

  83. kimbobo on said:

    I love the coral one! I have the perfect project for that! Where can I buy these in San Francisco? Anyone know?

  84. zoejeanne on said:

    Those are great! I’m working on my first quilt and those fabrics would be great for my next project!

  85. potionmistress5 on said:

    Those are *gorgeous!*

  86. Judy LeVang on said:

    Pick me! Pick me!! Oh how I love the colors and prints in Michelle’s line of fabrics, “Beyond the Sea”. I would love to make a table runner, and some hot pad for my sister, Rose. The colors are PERFECT for her dining room and kitchen!

  87. I would love to have the fabric!!! I really need to get working on a gift for my mom and some new fabric could really get me going!! Beautiful patterns by the way!

  88. The prints are so lovely….like the ones I only get to see in online stores :( have loads of ideas with lovely fabrics like these….hope I can win them……keeping my fingers crossed.

  89. Very creative designs – a fresh new look! It reminds me of vacations!

  90. eleska on said:

    And especially these are amazing! Dear Craftzine, thanks for all those giveaway events!

  91. I love the combination of the colors and the prints. Have been looking for turquoise lately.

  92. Stephanie on said:

    I just want to touch and stare at that beautiful fabric!!! It is so inspiring! I would love to create something beautiful with those fun summery prints. Thanks for considering me!

  93. wendylou on said:

    Lovely fabric. I’d love to add them to my stash.

  94. even if i wasn’t entering in this competition i would say the same thing. What an amazing site, I will recommend this site to all my family and friends. it is awesome.

  95. i love these soft and charming colours.
    the fabric actually cries to get in contact with a sewing machine.
    i hear the pieces whisper:”cut me, sew me, use the product!
    simply georgeous designs!

  96. The French Frog Touch on said:

    Please ! Let me have it ! ^_^

  97. I have been looking for more mature patterns and these are fabulous! Thanks for giving us all a chance to work with them for free :)

  98. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623015629 on said:

    Fun fabrics and a little insight into Benscko’s creative process. Count me in!

  99. upstatelisa on said:

    I would love some of this fabric!

  100. those are lovely prints!

  101. This looks lovely. I have a project that this would be perfect for. Please,pick me.

  102. Rachel on said:

    Great fabric, colors and prints!

  103. bulblight on said:

    this fabric is beautiful! Can’t wait to get some :)

  104. Deborah B. on said:

    I love these subtle colors and prints–Cape Cod ocean breezes are calling to me to come visit soon! Would love to make a beach side quilt with these…

  105. the yam puff on said:

    ME ME ME!!!

  106. saintjay on said:

    Such pretty fabric designs! Thanks for highlighting these.

  107. nostephot on said:

    what beautiful fabric! I would LOVE to receive it! I already have a great project in mind!

  108. Rachelle on said:

    Beyond Happy for Beyond The Sea!

  109. mamaspocketbook on said:

    Those would make some gorgeous porch pouches/totes! I’d be thrilled to win such a lovely package of fresh new fabrics! Thanks for the chance! Dianne – Mama’s Pocketbook

  110. mandyjoe on said:

    Yes, please!! Pick me! Pick me!

  111. gakreiner on said:

    Just looking at the fabric starts ideas running through my head!

  112. I like that fabric! I hope I win!

  113. I’d love to win some very pretty fabric!

  114. That would be a great beginning to me learning to quilt!

  115. Stella on said:

    The patterns make me sigh…

  116. hanigan5 on said:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THE FABRIC

  117. I also love the top fabric. Pretty colors…

  118. KimberlyGrommes on said:

    I follow her site as well as her twitter stream. Her fabric is simply beautiful. Her other products (like the wall calendar) are just amazing too!

  119. I really hope I win this time! That fabric is super cute.

  120. annem76 on said:

    I’m just learning to quilt — working on project #3 now — and just got married. This would look incredible in our new home.

  121. abcrawford2 on said:

    This is so cute! Love it! :)

  122. priz_m on said:

    such a great giveawaym thank you!

  123. sheed-o Hooshmand on said:

    Always admired Michelle’s work! Her fabrics are such an inspiration!!! I would love to win some of her fabric. Just thinking about the projects makes me swoon!!!

  124. cericericeri on said:

    oooh pretty.

  125. Thanks for another great giveaway opportunity!

  126. Michelle, your fabrics look awesome! I would love them.
    Bev

  127. Brightsider on said:

    I’d love to win that fabric, it looks lovely.
    Brightsider

  128. Great giveway, I love the designs!
    :)

  129. Ophelia on said:

    oh my goodness i am in love with the sandpiper fabric! and the coral weed as well!
    if i win, i will make a case for my camera and a cozy for my french press. if i don’t, i will still buy some of the sandpiper, for it is truly wonderful!

  130. trinichicaknit on said:

    Absolutely lovely fabrics.

  131. teresita on said:

    Looks great!

  132. Lovely fabric!

  133. That fabric is beautiful!

  134. Jodie Cord on said:

    Yay giveaways! Beautiful Fabric:)
    I look forward to my craft email EVERY DAY!

  135. frothie51 on said:

    ok that was a simpsons reference…but I just love love LOVE the coral pattern!! And the sandpiper is just far too cute to use!!!

  136. acajjou on said:

    How awesome. Beautiful fabrics!

  137. Marissa on said:

    The patterns aren’t overworked or ostentatious. They’re simple, but with just the right amount of character. My favorite is the pink coral–it looks like cherry blossom branches.

  138. I would love to have this awesome fabric to make things for my daughter. Plus, I’m a marine biologist, so it’s meant to be mine!

  139. Thank you for the giveaway. What a treat it would make something pretty with these lovely fabrics. :-)

  140. Danielle on said:

    Cute fabrics!

  141. lovethyscent on said:

    Simply beautiful fabrics. I admit I’m addicted to pretty fabrics lol.

  142. LimeLight on said:

    Can’t wait to see who the winner is! Hope its me!

  143. superstitches on said:

    This fabric would be so awesome to design a quilt with.

  144. beautiful, love the fabrics!!

  145. I love these fabrics!!! I would love love love to have these!

  146. vivian_tang on said:

    I LOVE the first print in the stack of fabric in the picture! I’ve been thinking about learning to sew, but this adorable fabric has finally persuaded me. I’d love to have these fabrics!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  147. These are great! I would love to win them!

  148. avquilts on said:

    Beautiful *and* organic – now *that’s* fabulous! Congratulations on another great line, Michelle!

  149. Allypattern on said:

    Oh, I’m giddy thinking of the delightful pillows and throw I will make if I win that fabric!

  150. Michelle on said:

    I love cloud 9’s my happy garden fabrics. I am sure I will love beyond the sea as well. Great quality organic textiles in pleasing prints from a wonderful company. What more could you ask for. Such a wonderful give away!

  151. kaye77 on said:

    Love these fabrics, they are soo soft perfect for crib sheets for my baby on the way!

  152. _name_taken_ on said:

    I’ve been excited about Beyond the Sea for way too long! It’s great that it’s making its debut during Earth Month:)

  153. Christine's Curiosity on said:

    The number of delicate and gorgeous things one could make with fabric like that. That wonderful passport travel wallet springs to mind for my upcoming trip to Montreal!

  154. giggles on said:

    Perhaps I can make a fabric wall art with the first one on top of the picture. And then I can cut some birds from the other fabric to make the pic more interesting. The second one i am gonna cut circles and paste on my cream colored curtain. Maybe I can make a bag with mix and match fabric and then add buttons! OMG I am bubbling with ideas. Cant wait to get them and show you what i did with it!

  155. The fabric designs are so cute! I would love to incorporate this into my next fabric craft!

  156. love love love this fabric- can see it on my daughter in adorable summer dresses!

  157. lovely fabric – thanks for a chance to win!

  158. hopeful heart on said:

    oh man so many projects to make with these lovely fabrics.
    thanks for the opportunity, i’m crossing my fingers!

  159. lovely fabric – thanks for a chance to win!

  160. jellyfisharerad on said:

    So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

  161. Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

  162. I carry a log--yes. Is it funny to you? on said:

    This is gorgeous and would fit in incredibly well with the quilt I’m currently making!

  163. EmilyHop on said:

    The fabrics are beautiful!! I’m excited for the chance to win and have them as part of one of my quilts.

  164. drienny on said:

    It is very pretty fabric.

  165. Fabric rules it.
    End.

  166. megthom on said:

    Those fabrics are so pretty! It’s a shame the winner only gets 1/8th of a yard of each.

  167. megthom on said:

    Those patterns are so pretty!
    It’s a shame the winner only gets 1/8th of a yard for each.

  168. carilou on said:

    My sister would love these prints!

  169. ok i have NEVER won anything in my life…seriously. but i have a good feeling about this because i WANT it. i want to make a baby pinafore, a magazine holder, pockets for my apron, a set of framed fabric art for my girls room, mismatch place mats, a sash for my back dress and so much more. this fabric is so inspiring and resonates with me. i really really wanna get crafty with it.

  170. liligo.wordpress.com on said:

    I would love to win this, it’s so wonderful. Good luck to everyone (but especially me!)

  171. liligo.wordpress.com on said:

    I would love to win this. Good luck everyone (but especially me ;)

  172. amylou61 on said:

    Finally! I’ve been trying to get the comment box to come up for ages! The fabric is so cute, and my daughter has a new sewing machine that she’s been having so much fun with. I know she’d love to create some great projects with with the fabric if I win it. Thanks!

  173. Necromantic Baby on said:

    I’d love to win this. The fabrics look so nifty!

  174. firstthingsfirst.myopenid.com on said:

    I would love to work with those beautiful fabrics!

  175. gypsyeye.livejournal.com on said:

    I would love to win this fabric, I could make the cutest dress from it!!

  176. I’ve been a fan of her fabrics for awhile but have none due to finances so I would just love to win some. They are so lovely she has such great talent.

  177. carrauntoohil on said:

    Hope I win! ;-)

  178. Mary Pustejovsky on said:

    I really love this new collection.

  179. senzhan on said:

    Putting in my comment for the draw! Thank you!

  180. Erytanthes on said:

    I entered a contest for a set of this exact same fabric just a little while ago and didn’t win, but maybe the second time around’ll be the charm!
    I want to get my hands on this!

  181. Zinkernaut on said:

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

  182. pamw17 on said:

    I am working on a quilt that these would look perfect in… and signed up for an account just for the chance to win them!

  183. norarachel on said:

    What great fabrics!

  184. lieblingsdecke on said:

    Finally! This fabric line has been announced for such a long time and… I have been waiting for an equally long time! I am so happy it is out now!
    If I am the winner, you make me a happy girl ;-))

  185. lieblingsdecke on said:

    If I am the winner, you will make me a very happy girl… I have been waiting forever for this fabric line ;-)

  186. modernolive on said:

    Beautiful colors, fun prints, wonderful theme! Can’t wait to get my hands on some!

  187. scrapperdeb on said:

    Love those yellows and aquas in that fabric bundle. I would love to win it!

  188. cinemacupcakes on said:

    Thanks for the great giveaway, such beautiful fabrics.

  189. This is a beautiful collection and organic, too. Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  190. thatgrrl on said:

    Excellent fabrics! Perfect for the quilt-inspired skirt I want to re-make (wore out the last one).

  191. gwendrr.wordpress.com on said:

    Oh, me please! They’re beautiful :-)

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