Coastline Blog Tour Week 3 Recap

The final week of the Coastline Blog Tour was just as exceptional as the first two weeks with five more uber talented makers showing off their sewing skill. I want to thank all the bloggers for making this the best tour ever. My deepest thanks and profound admiration for their sewing skills--you guys are the BEST!

To see all the blog post from the 16 Coastline Blog Tour makers, visit them here:

Feb. 1  Heidi Staples - fabricmutt.blogspot.com

Feb. 2  Bethany Raymond - sew-not-perfect.blogspot.com

Feb. 3  Lisa Mabey - mabeyshemadeit.com

Feb. 4 Corinne Sovey - mustlovequilts.com

Feb. 5 Raedene Averitt - chasingmermaidshop.com

Feb. 8 Sue Stone - needleinafabricstash.wordpress.com

Alexis Wright - mysweetsunshinestudio.com

Feb. 9 Jennifer DeShazer - ajennuinelife.com

Feb. 10 Kristen Wright - twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

Feb. 11 Katie Skoog - TheSimpleLifeCompany.com/Blog

Feb. 12 Cristy Stuhldreher - iloveyousew.com

Feb. 15 Sharon Mcconnell - colorgirlquilts.com/blog

Feb. 16 Candice Ayala - CandiceAyala.com

Feb. 17 Anorina Morris - sameliasmum.com

Feb. 18 Aida A. Valverde - aikamaku.com

Feb. 19 Jessica Stewart - snickerdoodlestew.com

Week 3 closed the tour with quilts, kids garments, and a travel tote. I want to thank and shout out to these designers for their beautiful and professional work!

On Monday, my very good friend and Quilt Market roomy Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts designed and made a stunning quilt. Sharon is the master of curved piecing and also did an amazing job spiral quilting her quilt. 

Candice Ayala of Candice Ayala made two outfits. The first is a Summer Dress by Bubby and Me from AGF knit in Tradewinds. The second is the adorable Beachcomber print cotton Pensacola Beach Petal Top by Seaside Notions. I love all the details and variations Candice made to the patterns to add her own touch to the garments. 

On Wednesday, Anorina Morris of Sameliasmum showed us her Oh Buoy quilt. Oh Buoy is right, what a beautiful quilt that uses all the prints from the collection and photographed at a marina and lighthouse. Perfect design and tribute to the collection.

Aida Valverde of Aikamaku gave us another stunning local and made us all want to be on that sunny beach with her as she photographed her California Traveler Bag made from Sandbar canvas and assorted cotton prints from the Coastline collection. Aida designed this bag just for the Coastline Blog Tour and it's perfect for travel or a day at the beach!

Last, but not least, Jessica Stewart of Snickerdoodle Stew (and Izzy and Ivy Designs) wowed us with her children's clothing. Jessica used knit, cotton, and canvas from the collection to stitch the super cute Evie Sundress and Pippa Jacket. Find the patterns for these garments on Jessica's blog and shop. 

A blog tour would not be complete without a fabric giveaway, right? Instagram followers were asked to repost their favorite images from the tour and use the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway to enter into the drawing. A name was randomly drawn from the hashtag pool entries and the lucky winner of the 20 piece fat quarter bundle from the Coastline collection was Kathy Cummings! Congratulations Kathy, I hope we've inspired you to sew something amazing with your fat quarters. 

Thank you everyone for following along. I hope you have discovered some new bloggers to follow and have loads of idea of what to sew next. Find more inspiration on the AGF blog and the Coastline fabrics Lookbook. 



Coastline Blog Tour Week 2 Recap

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

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. 

Paperie Fabrics Blog Tour

Meet Amy Sinibaldi, the super sweet and extremely talented new designer at Art Gallery Fabrics. I had the pleasure to get to know Amy in person at Quilt Market this fall in Houston. My AGF sister was in attendance to launch her Limited Edition fabric collection--Paperie

   Amy Sinibaldi showing off her Paperie fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics

 

Amy Sinibaldi showing off her Paperie fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics

When Amy asked me if I wanted to be part of her Paperie Blog Tour I jump on the offer in a heartbeat! These prints are so adorable it was hard to choose. 

I knew I wanted to make something for my granddaughter and remember my daughter saying she will need to pick up some bibs eventually and didn't have anything yet. I bought "The Bapron" pattern from Cratiness is not Optional patterns. A super easy project that comes in two sizes and has a clever construction to fit around the baby's (or toddler's) shoulders for more coverage and better fit. 

bibs web.jpg

I put my own spin on the pattern by layering some thin cotton batting between the front and backing materials. Machine cross hatch quilting was done to the layers before stitching on the bias binding. I made my bias binding and instructions for making your own binding are included in the pattern. I cut a 1-3/4'' wide binding because of the batting adds some extra thickness. These cute aprons are completely reversible!

To spice up the blue apron I appliquéd a heart made from Art Gallery Fabric knit material. Because knit does not unravel or fray, I left the edges raw. I am not a fan of the stiffness fusible webbing creates on appliqué and wanted another alternative. The saying, "necessity is the mother of all invention" couldn't be truer. Knit can curl so to hold the shape of the heart while I cut it out and sewed it in place, I used freezer paper. 

Here's how to appliqué using knit:

Cut desired shape from freezer paper

Using a dry iron, press the shiny side of the freezer paper to the right side of the fabric

Cut out shape using the edge of the freezer paper as a guide

Leave freezer paper in place and pin the cut out shape, fabric side down to the right side of fabric to be appliquéd

Stitch in place as desired through all thicknesses, including freezer paper

Carefully remove freezer paper

The apron is a little big on her but before you know it she'll be making big messes when eating and her Mommy will get a lot of use out of these over the years. Maybe a brother or sister some day will also enjoy these?!? Isn't she adorable--kiss, kiss--love those cheeks :)

Be sure to visit Amy's blog Nana Company to see the full line-up of talented bloggers for her tour. Yesterday, Cheri Lehnow of tinkerwiththis.blogspot.com posted a tutorial on how to make a cute and easy pincushion. Tomorrow Jemima Flendt of tiedwitharibbon.com will be posting her project on the Paperie fabrics blog tour. Follow along for chances to win fabric and be inspired by more great projects!