Michelle Engel Bencsko Feature And Fabric Giveaway

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. wsinner says:

    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 says:

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

  3. srod19 says:

    these patterns are beautiful. love the colors!

  4. cravingkiwi says:

    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 says:

    would love to win this, thanks for the opportunity!

  6. Mackenzie says:

    Oh my those patterns are lovely!

  7. kaela says:

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

  8. mercedes says:

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

  9. Jenny says:

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

  10. longlifelove says:

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

  11. kmcmoobud says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…i hope I win!

  12. Ambersaurus says:

    I love fabric of awesome kinds.

  13. sewmesam says:

    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 says:

    Fingers crossed! This fabric is lovely!

  15. Jane MadK says:

    because it’s totally MINE!!!

  16. astrosleuth says:

    Would love to make these into dolls!

  17. ywilken says:

    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. Betsy says:

    everything in life is luck :)

  19. aldin124 says:

    oooh, how purrrtttyyy!!!!

  20. DearMildred says:

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

  21. Erin says:

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

  22. stringsofme says:

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

  23. junie12e says:

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

  24. missDTM says:

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

  25. vanessa says:

    gorgeous fabrics and kick ass theme

  26. MyScarletThread says:

    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 says:

    love fabric

  28. rambleonrosemary.wordpress.com says:

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

  29. Pleksi says:

    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 says:

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

  31. Ashley says:

    Those fabrics are gorgeous!!

  32. PenguinBot says:

    Oh these are gorgeous!

  33. Christina says:

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

  34. Mia says:

    Oh my! What lovely fabrics! Inspiring!

  35. carrie says:

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

  36. katherine says:

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

  37. michelle777 says:

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

  38. SewLindaAnn says:

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

  39. Elli says:

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

  40. sara says:

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

  41. ThreeInaRow says:

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

  42. Lindsey says:

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

  43. Stacey S. says:

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

  44. equisetaceae says:

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

  45. Jessica says:

    I would love to win those beautiful fabrics!

  46. jalphaiv says:

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

  47. jana-weekend-vintage.myopenid.com says:

    I would so enjoy sewing with these!

  48. faeriebeliever says:

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

  49. verly says:

    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 says:

    Love the new fabrics! They’re beautiful!

  51. jenna says:

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

  52. ferilyn says:

    I love that top fabric. Fingers crossed!

  53. Suzanne says:

    I love the Sand Piper design.

  54. jamietwilson says:

    these are so beautiful!!

  55. owlreally says:

    these are so beautiful!!

  56. Rose says:

    You can never have too much fabric!

  57. muddyfingersmeg.wordpress.com says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    These fabrics are just gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. RedRobin says:

    Your fabrics are so wonderful.

  61. stown says:

    Gorgeous! Fingers crossed.

  62. drainl says:

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

  63. jen says:

    those are really lovely. thanks for the opportunity.

  64. mommymae says:

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

  65. auschick says:

    These fabrics are just beautiful!

  66. wormandflowers.wordpress.com says:

    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 says:

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

  68. Aimee says:

    these fabrics are gorgeous, yes please!

  69. mama4jc says:

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

  70. Claude says:

    Thank you so much for the chance to win!

  71. Claude says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  72. Dawn Alley says:

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

  73. diana says:

    Love the new fabrics! They’re beautiful!

  74. dippydisco says:

    I would love to add to my growing fabric stash.

  75. Caitlin T. says:

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

  76. befadee says:

    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 says:

    These fabrics are my new spring crush! Thank You!

  78. clzjjw says:

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

  79. stblaize says:

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

  80. Kim Lam says:

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

  81. deletia.com says:

    These are gorgeous!

  82. HeIsCrafty says:

    Ooohhh! That fabric looks delicious!

  83. kimbobo says:

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

  84. zoejeanne says:

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

  85. potionmistress5 says:

    Those are *gorgeous!*

  86. Judy LeVang says:

    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. Me says:

    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. runa says:

    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. flas says:

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

  90. eleska says:

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

  91. kunni says:

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

  92. Stephanie says:

    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 says:

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

  94. Wendy says:

    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. karin says:

    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 says:

    Please ! Let me have it ! ^_^

  97. Mew says:

    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 says:

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

  99. upstatelisa says:

    I would love some of this fabric!

  100. Diver says:

    those are lovely prints!

  101. pita says:

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

  102. Rachel says:

    Great fabric, colors and prints!

  103. bulblight says:

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

  104. Deborah B. says:

    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 says:

    ME ME ME!!!

  106. saintjay says:

    Such pretty fabric designs! Thanks for highlighting these.

  107. nostephot says:

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

  108. Rachelle says:

    Beyond Happy for Beyond The Sea!

  109. mamaspocketbook says:

    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 says:

    Yes, please!! Pick me! Pick me!

  111. gakreiner says:

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

  112. JM says:

    I like that fabric! I hope I win!

  113. ann m says:

    I’d love to win some very pretty fabric!

  114. Cat says:

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

  115. Stella says:

    The patterns make me sigh…

  116. hanigan5 says:


  117. kat says:

    I also love the top fabric. Pretty colors…

  118. KimberlyGrommes says:

    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. Emory says:

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

  120. annem76 says:

    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 says:

    This is so cute! Love it! :)

  122. priz_m says:

    such a great giveawaym thank you!

  123. sheed-o Hooshmand says:

    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 says:

    oooh pretty.

  125. Nadia says:

    Thanks for another great giveaway opportunity!

  126. Bev says:

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

  127. Brightsider says:

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

  128. Natty says:

    Great giveway, I love the designs!

  129. Ophelia says:

    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 says:

    Absolutely lovely fabrics.

  131. teresita says:

    Looks great!

  132. SarahT says:

    Lovely fabric!

  133. Holly says:

    That fabric is beautiful!

  134. Jodie Cord says:

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

  135. frothie51 says:

    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 says:

    How awesome. Beautiful fabrics!

  137. Marissa says:

    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. drmom says:

    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. Karen says:

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

  140. Danielle says:

    Cute fabrics!

  141. lovethyscent says:

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

  142. LimeLight says:

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

  143. superstitches says:

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

  144. Erin says:

    beautiful, love the fabrics!!

  145. Sasha says:

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

  146. vivian_tang says:

    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. Marie says:

    These are great! I would love to win them!

  148. avquilts says:

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

  149. Allypattern says:

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

  150. Michelle says:

    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 says:

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

  152. _name_taken_ says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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. jdoan says:

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

  156. bthm says:

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

  157. edina says:

    lovely fabric – thanks for a chance to win!

  158. hopeful heart says:

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

  159. edina says:

    lovely fabric – thanks for a chance to win!

  160. jellyfisharerad says:

    So pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

  161. Rach says:

    Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win!

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

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

  163. EmilyHop says:

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

  164. drienny says:

    It is very pretty fabric.

  165. holly says:

    Fabric rules it.

  166. megthom says:

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

  167. megthom says:

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

  168. carilou says:

    My sister would love these prints!

  169. mikki says:

    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 says:

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

  171. liligo.wordpress.com says:

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

  172. amylou61 says:

    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 says:

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

  174. firstthingsfirst.myopenid.com says:

    I would love to work with those beautiful fabrics!

  175. gypsyeye.livejournal.com says:

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

  176. nado says:

    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 says:

    Hope I win! ;-)

  178. Mary Pustejovsky says:

    I really love this new collection.

  179. senzhan says:

    Putting in my comment for the draw! Thank you!

  180. Erytanthes says:

    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 says:

    Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

  182. pamw17 says:

    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 says:

    What great fabrics!

  184. lieblingsdecke says:

    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 says:

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

  186. modernolive says:

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

  187. scrapperdeb says:

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

  188. cinemacupcakes says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway, such beautiful fabrics.

  189. Erin says:

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

  190. thatgrrl says:

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

  191. gwendrr.wordpress.com says:

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

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