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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!


  • wsinner

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

  • visualinfluence.wordpress.com

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

  • srod19

    these patterns are beautiful. love the colors!

  • cravingkiwi

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

  • Total All Out Water

    would love to win this, thanks for the opportunity!

  • Mackenzie

    Oh my those patterns are lovely!

  • kaela

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

  • mercedes

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

  • Jenny

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

  • longlifelove

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

  • kmcmoobud

    Thanks for the giveaway…i hope I win!

  • Ambersaurus

    I love fabric of awesome kinds.

  • sewmesam

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

  • jencox

    Fingers crossed! This fabric is lovely!

  • Jane MadK

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

  • astrosleuth

    Would love to make these into dolls!

  • ywilken

    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

  • Betsy

    everything in life is luck :)

  • aldin124

    oooh, how purrrtttyyy!!!!

  • DearMildred

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

  • Erin

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

  • stringsofme

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

  • junie12e

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

  • missDTM

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

  • vanessa

    gorgeous fabrics and kick ass theme

  • MyScarletThread

    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!

  • Natalya

    love fabric

  • rambleonrosemary.wordpress.com

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

  • Pleksi

    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!!!

  • Chylau

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

  • Ashley

    Those fabrics are gorgeous!!

  • PenguinBot

    Oh these are gorgeous!

  • Christina

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

  • Mia

    Oh my! What lovely fabrics! Inspiring!

  • carrie

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

  • katherine

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

  • michelle777

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

  • SewLindaAnn

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

  • Elli

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

  • sara

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

  • ThreeInaRow

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

  • Lindsey

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

  • Stacey S.

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

  • equisetaceae

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

  • Jessica

    I would love to win those beautiful fabrics!

  • jalphaiv

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

  • jana-weekend-vintage.myopenid.com

    I would so enjoy sewing with these!
    Jana

  • faeriebeliever

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

  • verly

    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!

  • Jennifer Ladd

    Love the new fabrics! They’re beautiful!

  • jenna

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

  • ferilyn

    I love that top fabric. Fingers crossed!

  • Suzanne

    I love the Sand Piper design.

  • jamietwilson
  • owlreally
  • Rose

    You can never have too much fabric!

  • muddyfingersmeg.wordpress.com

    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 :)

  • Jean C

    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.

  • jstone483

    These fabrics are just gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • RedRobin

    Your fabrics are so wonderful.

  • stown

    Gorgeous! Fingers crossed.

  • drainl

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

  • jen

    those are really lovely. thanks for the opportunity.

  • mommymae

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

  • auschick

    These fabrics are just beautiful!

  • wormandflowers.wordpress.com

    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.

  • Elisha

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

  • Aimee

    these fabrics are gorgeous, yes please!

  • mama4jc

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

  • Claude

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

  • Claude

    Gorgeous!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Dawn Alley

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

  • diana

    Love the new fabrics! They’re beautiful!

  • dippydisco

    I would love to add to my growing fabric stash.

  • Caitlin T.

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

  • befadee

    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…

  • mmcpeek

    These fabrics are my new spring crush! Thank You!

  • clzjjw

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

  • stblaize

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

  • Kim Lam

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

  • deletia.com

    These are gorgeous!

  • HeIsCrafty

    Ooohhh! That fabric looks delicious!

  • kimbobo

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

  • zoejeanne

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

  • potionmistress5

    Those are *gorgeous!*

  • Judy LeVang

    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!

  • Me

    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!

  • runa

    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.

  • flas

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

  • eleska

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

  • kunni

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

  • Stephanie

    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!

  • wendylou

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

  • Wendy

    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.

  • karin

    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!

  • The French Frog Touch

    Please ! Let me have it ! ^_^

  • Mew

    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 :)

  • www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=623015629

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

  • upstatelisa

    I would love some of this fabric!

  • Diver

    those are lovely prints!

  • pita

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

  • Rachel

    Great fabric, colors and prints!

  • bulblight

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

  • Deborah B.

    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…

  • the yam puff

    ME ME ME!!!

  • saintjay

    Such pretty fabric designs! Thanks for highlighting these.

  • nostephot

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

  • Rachelle

    Beyond Happy for Beyond The Sea!

  • mamaspocketbook

    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

  • mandyjoe

    Yes, please!! Pick me! Pick me!

  • gakreiner

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

  • JM

    I like that fabric! I hope I win!

  • ann m

    I’d love to win some very pretty fabric!

  • Cat

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

  • Stella

    The patterns make me sigh…

  • hanigan5

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THE FABRIC

  • kat

    I also love the top fabric. Pretty colors…

  • KimberlyGrommes

    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!

  • Emory

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

  • annem76

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

  • abcrawford2

    This is so cute! Love it! :)

  • priz_m

    such a great giveawaym thank you!

  • sheed-o Hooshmand

    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!!!

  • cericericeri

    oooh pretty.

  • Nadia

    Thanks for another great giveaway opportunity!

  • Bev

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

  • Brightsider

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

  • Natty

    Great giveway, I love the designs!
    :)

  • Ophelia

    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!

  • trinichicaknit

    Absolutely lovely fabrics.

  • teresita

    Looks great!

  • SarahT

    Lovely fabric!

  • Holly

    That fabric is beautiful!

  • Jodie Cord

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

  • frothie51

    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!!!

  • acajjou

    How awesome. Beautiful fabrics!

  • Marissa

    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.

  • drmom

    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!

  • Karen

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

  • Danielle

    Cute fabrics!

  • lovethyscent

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

  • LimeLight

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

  • superstitches

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

  • Erin

    beautiful, love the fabrics!!

  • Sasha

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

  • vivian_tang

    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!

  • Marie

    These are great! I would love to win them!

  • avquilts

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

  • Allypattern

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

  • Michelle

    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!

  • kaye77

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

  • _name_taken_

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

  • Christine’s Curiosity

    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!

  • giggles

    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!

  • jdoan

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

  • bthm

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

  • edina

    lovely fabric – thanks for a chance to win!

  • hopeful heart

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

  • edina

    lovely fabric – thanks for a chance to win!

  • jellyfisharerad

    So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Rach

    Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • I carry a log–yes. Is it funny to you?

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

  • EmilyHop

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

  • drienny

    It is very pretty fabric.

  • holly

    Fabric rules it.
    End.

  • megthom

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

  • megthom

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

  • carilou

    My sister would love these prints!

  • mikki

    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.

  • liligo.wordpress.com

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

  • liligo.wordpress.com

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

  • amylou61

    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!

  • Necromantic Baby

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

  • firstthingsfirst.myopenid.com

    I would love to work with those beautiful fabrics!

  • gypsyeye.livejournal.com

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

  • nado

    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.

  • carrauntoohil

    Hope I win! ;-)

  • Mary Pustejovsky

    I really love this new collection.

  • senzhan

    Putting in my comment for the draw! Thank you!

  • Erytanthes

    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!

  • Zinkernaut

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

  • pamw17

    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!

  • norarachel

    What great fabrics!

  • lieblingsdecke

    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 ;-))

  • lieblingsdecke

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

  • modernolive

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

  • scrapperdeb

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

  • cinemacupcakes

    Thanks for the great giveaway, such beautiful fabrics.

  • Erin

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

  • thatgrrl

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

  • gwendrr.wordpress.com

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