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Coastline Blog Tour Week 2 Recap

Sharon Holland

I'm as happy as a clam! Although I really have no idea how a clam might feel, I am so thrilled with the projects being made for the Coastline Blog Tour. Aren't they awesome?!! In fact, there were so many projects this week I had a real tough time getting them onto one recap image! 

Yeah, I know, right! There were 6 amazing makers this week, all sewing with fabrics from my new Coastline fabrics collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. Projects were made from the variety of different substrates available from Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) cotton, knit, voile, and canvas. Since this is only a recap and cannot do full justice to each blogger, be sure to visit each blogger to read more details about the projects and patterns used to create this beautiful pieces. 

I want the thank the following bloggers for their professionalism, extremely amazing sewing skills, and creative talent in making my prints look beyond beautiful. 

Monday was a special "two-fer" day on the tour when good friends Sue Stone owner of Needle in a Fabric Stash and talented clothing designer Alexis Wright of My Sweet Sunshine Studio paired up to photograph their work on the San Diego beach. Sue designed and made the drool-worthy Beachcomber quilt (kits available on Sue's website) and the Noodlehead's Bucket Bag from Sand Bar canvas and Trade Winds Harbor cotton. My friend Alexis and her two beautiful children brought us the Violet Field Threads Cosette Dress and ModKid Keagan boys shirt made with Beachcomber Nocturnal, Sand Bar Driftwood, Netting String, Netting Twine, and Tradewinds Port prints.

Jennifer DeShazer of Jennuine Design has designed the fun and flirty Naples Dress for children. She used the Tropical Breeze voile to stitch a dreamy pattern that every girl (me included!) will be wanting to wear this spring. Stop by Jennifer's blog to learn more about this pattern and all the other beautiful projects Jennifer has to offer on her website.

You can't help but smile and share the joy and excitement with Kristen Wright of Two Blondes and a Sewing Machine as she shares her makes with us. Kristen made her baby bump self a AGF knit top with my High-Flown and Trade Winds Port knit prints with the Linden Sweatshirt pattern by Grainline Studio, baby leggings using Sand Bar knit with the Just Hatched Baby Leggings by Made by Rae, and an adorable baby outfit with Sailcloth Quietude and Netting Twine prints with the Purl Soho pattern. 

If you flipped through the pages of the Coastline fabrics AGF Lookbook you may have seen the adorable outfits by Katie Skoog of The Simple Life Company and her two too cute daughters. See even more of these to die for Bella maxi dress in Tropical Breeze voile and the AGF canvas Bermuda shorts and Conchology Dune cotton top summer set on Katie's blog. 

If you weren't already ready for it to be summer, you will certainly be counting down the days till you can sit poolside once you see Friday's Coastline fabrics tour project! Cristy Stuhldreher of I Love You Sew used Sew Caroline's Kimono pattern to make this oh-so-flattering swimsuit coverup from my Tropical Breeze voile. Cristy modified the pattern in clever ways and added the perfect fringe to the kimono for a positively perfect touch. Cristy gives us some tips for sewing with voile and has an amazing website so be sure to visit her blog for more wonderful sewing. 

Only one more week left of the Coastline Blog Tour. Keep following along as 5 more days of inspiring projects are brought to you from amazing sewist from around the globe!

Don't forget to repost Coastline Blog Tour images on Instagram to enter into a chance to win a 20 piece Coastline Fabrics fat quarter bundle!

RULES TO ENTER:

  • Be a public Instagram user 

  • Repost your favorite image(s) from the Coastline Blog Tour on your Instagram account and include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway in your post to qualify - enter as many times as you like - entries from outside the USA are also welcome to enter 

I love getting comments here on my blog posts but sorry, those comments will not be counted as part of the drawing entries for the fabrics. So you will want to head over to Instagram and follow me there to see all the projects, easily follow your favorite makers, and repost your favorite tour pics to enter. Don't forget to also include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway when you repost!

I will randomly select the winner from the #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway hashtag pool on Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm EST. The winner will be announced on my IG account and also here on the blog on Saturday, February 20th. 

Coastline Blog Tour Week 1 Recap

Sharon Holland

What a fantastic first week of February with the inspiration packed start of the Coastline Blog Tour and the Art Gallery Fabrics and Aurifil thread set giveaway! I hope you've been following along and visiting the amazing bloggers on the tour. Here's a look back at what happened this week. Find the entire tour schedule on my earlier Coastline Blog Tour post.

Coastline Blog Tour Week 1 Recap

Coastline Blog Tour Week 1 Recap

A huge thanks goes out to all the makers in the tour but I want to give a shout out to this weeks talent:

Thank you to my friend Heidi Staples of Fabricmutt for the perfect Brass Ring Pillow project from her book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl and her support and friendship. I love this gal and her attention to detail and enthusiasm for all things fabric and sewing.   

How about the amazing job Bethany Raymond of Sew-Not-Perfect making the Jenna Tote by Sotakhandmade purse pattern made with the Sandbar canvas and in drafting a skirt pattern using my High-Flown knit print.

Talk about gorgeous, Lisa Mabey of Mabey She Made It braves a snowstorm to be photographed in her Tradewinds knit mermaid skirt and Sew Caroline Sugar Pop Top pattern. Wow, I think she pulled it off beautifully!

On day 4 of the tour, Corinne Sovey of Must Love Quilts showed off this stunning Boardwalk quilt she designed with all the prints in the Coastline collection. Quilt lovers be sure to check out her site for more inspiration behind this design.

My tour would not be complete without Raedene Averitt of Chasing Mermaids Shop because Raedene is possibly the biggest fan of the coast and ocean. Her daughter looks so adorable in the Kailua Town Dress pattern by Little Lizard King. 

Be sure to visit the blogs of these talented makers to read more about each of these projects and keep following as 6 more must see designers show us more ways to sew with my prints on week 2 of the tour. 

Don't forget to repost Coastline Blog Tour images on Instagram to enter into a chance to win a 20 piece Coastline Fabrics fat quarter bundle!

RULES TO ENTER:

  • Be a public Instagram user 

  • Repost your favorite image(s) from the Coastline Blog Tour on your Instagram account and include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway in your post to qualify - enter as many times as you like - entries from outside the USA are also welcome to enter 

I love getting comments here on my blog posts but sorry, those comments will not be counted as part of the drawing entries for the fabrics. So you will want to head over to Instagram and follow me there to see all the projects, easily follow your favorite makers, and repost your favorite tour pics to enter. Don't forget to also include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway when you repost!

I will randomly select the winner from the #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway hashtag pool on Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm EST. The winner will be announced on my IG account and also here on the blog on Saturday, February 20th. 

Aurifil for AGF

Sharon Holland

Sewing is not only about what fabric you use but also about the quality of thread you use to stitch it all together. That's why Art Gallery Fabrics has teamed up with Aurifil threads to bring you first quality threads packaged in fabulous thread sets.

A few months ago, AGF decided to rebrand their Aurifil boxes to better showcase the identity of each AGF designer and have a unified look to the box sets. Each designer has a large and small spool box of threads hand picked and curated by the designers for the color and thread weight. 

Since I now have three fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics I decided to put together boxes that would coordinate across all three collections--Gossamer, Sketchbook, and Coastline. My "Color Story" boxes have a very useful selection of colors in a variety of hues for all those sewing projects.

My large spool box is all about machine sewing whether that's garments or patchwork quilts. The large box contains 12 large spools of 50 weight cotton thread with 1422 yards on each spool. These babies last a long time! My small spool box I think of as my accent thread set. It contains 5 small spools of 50 weight cotton in playful colors, perfect for topstitching and 5 small spools of Aurifloss that are perfect for hand stitching, embroidery, and quilting. 

February seems to be the month of giveaways and the new thread sets are no exception. Here's another reason to get on Instagram because you can only enter the giveaway there. Follow Art Gallery Fabrics and the ten talented (me too) AGF designers for a daily chance (weekends excluded) at winning designer thread sets and a curated fat quarter bundle of mixed prints and coordinating solids to get you started sewing with your new thread sets! Read more about the giveaway on the AGF blog.

As part of the #AURIFILforAGF promotion, each AGF designer created a small project to show off their threads. These projects will be part of a traveling show to introduce the new box sets to shop owners and sewing enthusiasts. I decided to highlight the Aurifloss accent spools in my small set and hand quilted stitches on my paper-piece Kaleidoscope wall hanging. 

Kaleidoscope by Sharon Holland

Kaleidoscope by Sharon Holland

For this month of love and giving, I am adding my Kaleidoscope pattern to my Free Patterns page. This is a nice beginner paper-piecing project if you've always wanted to give this technique a try. I love the scrappy color wheel look of this energetic wall hanging and how I incorporated some prints from all three of my collections along with a few Pure Element solids. I finished the quilt with simple straight line hand quilting using in the five different floss colors from the small spool set to accentuate the rainbow of colors and echo the lines on the blocks.