Craft & Design

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!

382 thoughts on “Michelle Engel Bencsko Feature And Fabric Giveaway

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

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

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

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

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

  6. 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

  7. 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!

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

  9. 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!!!

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

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

  12. 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!

  13. 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 :)

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

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

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

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

  20. 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…

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

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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 :)

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

  31. 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…

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

  33. 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

  34. 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!

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

  36. 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!!!

  37. 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!

  38. 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!!!

  39. 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.

  40. 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!

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

  42. 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!

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

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

  45. 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!

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

  47. 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!

  48. 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!

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

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

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

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

  53. 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.

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

  55. 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!

  56. 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.

  57. 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!

  58. 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!

  59. 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 ;-))

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

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

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