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NEW: The Sirena Fabrics Lookbook

I’m excited to share with you today the brand new lookbook for my second fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Sirena.

>> CLICK HERE to head straight to the lookbook.<<

It’s full of fantastic projects, patterns for download, inspiration, and more. Here are a few of my favorite images from the lookbook:

Want to purchase? Here’s how:

Sirena is currently stocked in shops around the world. You can find a list of online retailers on the AGF website, and your local independent quilt/fabric shop just might carry it as well. (If they don’t, ask them to order it!). Did you know there’s also an Art Gallery Fabrics APP where you can check out all the collections, shop, search for a local store, and more? It’s true. It’s available for download for iPhone and Android. Download it today and give it a whirl!

Shop the full collection online now at the Fat Quarter Shop and Hawthorne Threads.

I hope you love this collection and the lookbook as much as I do.

Make sure to follow me on Instagram to see what I’m currently sewing myself as well as what others are creating with my Sirena fabrics.
And if you’re using the collection yourself, make sure to share your creations using the hashtag #AGFSirena on Instagram!

xo
jess


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The Sirena Summer Tote Sewing Challenge winner is…

Holly Lange!

Holly created this adorable pineapple tote using my Sirena fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics and is the lucky winner of a bundle of 16 half-yard cuts from the Sirena line. Congratulations, Holly, and huge thanks to everyone who participated in the challenge! It’s been amazing to see what everyone is creating using my fabric. Pinch me – it’s such a dream come true!

Check out all the totes here, and make sure to follow me on Instagram where I’ll be posting totes on my feed throughout the rest of this month. :)

Happy Monday!


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Voting open for the Sirena Summer Tote Sewing Challenge

My Sirena Summer Tote Sewing Challenge is officially over now that it’s August, and voting begins! Head over to Pinterest to check out all the totes and to vote for your favorite.

HOW TO VOTE:

  1. Tote makers: tell your friends and community to head over and comment on your image (one comment = one vote)!
  2. Voters: leave a comment on your favorite tote image!! Please leave just one comment.
  3. The image with the most comments at 11:59pm on AUgust 5, 2018 will be the winner.. I will announce the winner of the challenge on Monday August 6, 2018 on Instagram and Facebook.
  4. The winner will receive a half-yard bundle of their choice of 16 fabrics from my Sirena and Tallinn fabric collections, along with a few other amazing sewing-inspired surprise goodies.

Here are a few of the gorgeous bags that talented makers have created using my Sirena fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics:

by Eleri / @elerihandmade

by Holly Lange / @holly.lange

by Isabelle Selak / @southbaybella

by Kathy Green / @designsktg

by Melanie / @mellierc

Amazing, right??

Hope you enjoy checking out all the totes over on Pinterest, and I also invite you to head over to my Instagram and follow me to see even more stunning tote bags that I’ll be sharing over the month to come.

xo
jess


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Introducing the Sirena Summer Tote Sewing Challenge

I’m so excited to announce my first-ever sewing challenge today – the Sirena Summer Tote Sewing Challenge!

My Sirena fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics is bright, summery, tropical, and perfect for making all sorts of bags for summer adventures. (I made the tote in the image above!)

Whether you’re a beginning sewist or you’ve been sewing for decades, I hope you’ll have so much fun joining in this challenge.

The official challenge will take place on Pinterest, but I encourage you to also share your images on Instagram, Facebook, your blogs, and anywhere else online that you’d like to show off your creations, of course. :)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Choose your ideal summer tote that you’d like to make. You can use a pattern or create something on the fly, whatever suits your sewing style. The sky is the limit on what type of bag to make – as long as it can carry things around, it will count! Travel bags, duffles, totes, backpacks, grocery bags, beach bags, etc. All are fair game.
  2. Purchase fabric from my Sirena fabric collection. Your local quilt shop may carry it (if they don’t, ask them to order it!), and you can purchase it online at places like Hawthorne Threads, Fat Quarter Shop, and Fabric Worm.
  3. Sew your tote anytime between now and July 31, 2018.
  4. Once your tote is finished, take a photo of it and upload it to Pinterest. Make sure to use the following hashtags so I can find your image and add it to the Sirena Summer Tote Sewing Challenge pin board: #mysummertote, #agfsirena, and #sirenafabrics
  5. Tell your friends and community to head over and comment on your image (one comment = one vote)!
  6. Viewers and participants will be encouraged to like their favorite totes from August 1-5, 2018, once the challenge has officially ended, and then on Monday August 6, 2018 I’ll announce the winner of the challenge. The winner will be the creator of the tote bag that receives the most likes on Pinterest.
  7. The winner will receive a half-yard bundle of their choice of 16 fabrics from my Sirena and Tallinn fabric collections, along with a few other amazing sewing-inspired surprise goodies.

And that’s it!

If you have any questions, please send me an email.

Happy sewing!
I can’t wait to see all the amazing totes you’re going to make!

xo
jess


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My Sirena Fabrics booth at Quilt Market

I never showed you photos of my Quilt Market booth from a couple weeks ago! If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw them, but I can’t not share them here on the blog, too. It was such a fun show with Art Gallery Fabrics and I love the way my booth came together (even though I had some moments in the middle of set-up when I wasn’t sure I was going to pull it off because it wasn’t looking great…. but with some rearranging I made it happen. Yeah!)

Anyway, here’s my booth:

(the above photo is by my friend Gwyneth Colleen)

I’m obviously partial to making things feel very busy and colorful. ;) I’ve tried to simplify my look before (I have no idea why) and it never works, so now I just go with it and let the color and crazy flow!

I made these (intentionally raw-edged) quilted rugs for the booth floor, and I’m crazy about them:

I made all the pillows, too, and this was one of my faves:

Several people helped me with making things for the booth; working with other talented makers is definitely a highlight of putting a booth together!

This quilt was made by Sharon of Color Girl Quilts:

And this one was made by Kimberly Baird 

Aren’t they both gorgeous?

Jessica, the owner of Sallie Tomato, made one of her brand new bags using my Siren Song Orchid fabric and some super cool peach-colored metallic cork that I’d never seen before:

And speaking of cork, Sarai of Sarai’s Hobbies made a few amazing things for me, including this wallet that also included some awesome cork:

And this zippered pouch with some purple metallic cork! So cool:

Eleri of The Sew and Tell Project  made some adorable children’s garments:

(Pardon the wrinkles!)

LOOK at these tiny tiny creations:

Can you believe humans start out that size??

These two were made to fit my own toddler-sized kiddo:

They’re even cuter in person if you can believe it.

My friend Gwyn made me this dress to wear:

And she also made the adorable girl’s dress below:

And I wish I had a better photo of me in the gorgeous dress that Loni of Havin Sew Much Fun made for me to wear (that’s her in the handmade green jeans!):

(photo by Gwyn)

It was so comfortable and fun to wear. Both dresses were! How lucky am I to know people who will custom-make things for me? (SO LUCKY!)

My friend Spencer’s mom Cathy made me this gorgeous wall hanging:

And this fantastic zippered pouch:

She also made another item which I dumbly didn’t get a good photo of. Dang.

And Paola of Love of Fabrics made these awesome zippered pouches (also using cork! It’s so popular these days!):

And then a week or so later, my much-anticipated Sirena fabric rolls arrived on my doorstep and it was like Christmas:

That’s it! Hope you liked my lil’ booth tour!

xo

 


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Tallinn Fabric Blog Tour Round-up #3

My Tallinn Fabrics Blog Tour ended last week and I’m finally getting around to posting the final round-up of amazing things people made for the tour.

Are you ready?

Karen of Lady K Quilts made those large Euro sham pillow covers above, and aren’t they cool?? I love seeing my fabrics used in a more traditional design. So cool. And that DOG, omg. Obviously he’s adorable!

 

Sarai of Sarai’s Hobbies made these beautiful dresses for her daughters. The Odessa floral print was just MADE for dresses, I think! I love how these turned out so much.

   

Elise and Emelie created a few amazing things for the tour:

This English Paper-Pieced tote is pretty much to die for, don’t you think? I love each section they fussy-cut (which is a term I didn’t know until recently!) to feature in the hexies. :)

They also made a super sweet zippered pouch using my Baltic Swans fabric and the some very hip and trendy sewable cork (I just bought some myself yesterday to try out!):

And this Booklet Pouch, which I just make have to try to make for myself because look at all those pockets!!

I created a tiger pillow for my Mother-in-Law:

My friend Gwyn of Clever Colleen made several completely adorable dresses for her own daughter and a friend’s:

Matching!!! I die.

And look at this one! I want one for myself!

And last but certainly not least, closing out the tour was Loni of Havin Sew Much Fun:

She made this completely crazy awesome dress for her daughter, and I love that little peek-a-boo orange pleat surprise. Isn’t it great?

This was for her daughter, too (SO CUTE):

AND a quilted jacket for herself, lined with my Baltic Swans print:

I am so amazed and grateful at all the time, effort, creativity, and talent that these makers and all the others on the blog tour shared these past few weeks.

Thank you, thank you, everyone!!

Again, here are direct links to everyone’s projects. Make sure to check them out so you can see everything that was made on the tour!

Thursday April 19 – Mathew Boudreaux | Mister Domestic (Puffer Vest Outfit)
Friday April 20 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company (Girl’s Dress, Girl’s Romper)
Monday April 23 – Sharon Holland (Kantha-style Duffel Bag)
Tuesday April 24 – Eleri | Sew and Tell Project (Large Quilt)
Wednesday April 25 – Paola Baker | Love of Fabrics (Throw Pillow)
Thursday April 26 – Maureen Cracknell (Friendship Braid Pillow)
Friday April 27 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio (Girls’ Top)
Monday April 30 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio (Travel Bag and Accessories)
Tuesday May 1 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates (Knit Girl’s Dress)
Wednesday May 2 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams (Boy’s Button-down Shirt and Shorts, Girl’s Racerback Dress)
Thursday May 3 – Alisa Kutsel | A Stitch In Between (Reading Pillow)
Friday May 4 – Sharon McConnell | Color Girl Quilts (Little Quilt)
Monday May 7 – Karen O’Connor | Lady K Quilt Designs (Large Euro Sham Pillow Covers)
Tuesday May 8 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies (Girls’ Dresses)
Wednesday May 9 – Elise and Emelie Baek | Elise & Emelie (Booklet Pouch, Zippered Coin Purse, Tote Bag)
Thursday May 10 – Jessica Swift (Tiger Pillow)
Friday May 11 – Gwyn LaSpina (Many Girls’ Dresses!)
Monday May 14 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much Fun (Girls’ Dresses and Woman’s Quilted Jacket)

Explore the Tallinn Fabrics collection:The Collection | The Lookbook | On Instagram

I hope you enjoyed this Tallinn Fabrics Blog Tour!

My new fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, called Sirena, is coming out next month andI can’t wait to sew with it myself and to see what others are going to make with it. And there may be another blog tour as well… we shall see! ;)

xo
jess

 


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Tallinn Fabrics Blog Tour – it’s my stop today!

OK, so I intended to make two of these pillows for the Tallinn Fabrics Blog Tour, but only one is done… so I’m letting that be ok. I’m in the throes of Quilt Market prep, where I’ll be showing my next collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Sirena – it starts next Friday May 18! – and let’s be real: all the amazing things that people have created for this blog tour have left my beginning sewist self feeling a little intimidated!

BUT, I told my mother-in-law that I would make her a couple of tiger pillows, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get a start on them. So here’s one!

I used my Tigris Indigo print for the main tiger square and Odessa Traditionale and Magija Pumpkin fabrics for the border strips.

For the back I used my Sofia Midnight print in a simple overlapping pillow back style:

I am not the best at sewing in straight lines – my sewing machine set-up is not ideal (I like blaming that rather than my novice-ness!) – so everything I make is a bit wonky and crooked, but I’m ok with that. :) It has that handmade charm, right?!

Anyway. That’s my tour creation! Hope you like it. :)

There are two more stops, tomorrow and Monday May 14th.

Here’s the full schedule, with direct links to everything that’s been created so far:

Thursday April 19 – Mathew Boudreaux | Mister Domestic (Puffer Vest Outfit)
Friday April 20 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company (Girl’s Dress, Girl’s Romper)
Monday April 23 – Sharon Holland (Kantha-style Duffel Bag)
Tuesday April 24 – Eleri | Sew and Tell Project (Large Quilt)
Wednesday April 25 – Paola Baker | Love of Fabrics (Throw Pillow)
Thursday April 26 – Maureen Cracknell (Friendship Braid Pillow)
Friday April 27 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio (Girls’ Top)
Monday April 30 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio (Travel Bag and Accessories)
Tuesday May 1 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates (Knit Girl’s Dress)
Wednesday May 2 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams (Boy’s Button-down Shirt and Shorts, Girl’s Racerback Dress)
Thursday May 3 – Alisa Kutsel | A Stitch In Between (Reading Pillow)
Friday May 4 – Sharon McConnell | Color Girl Quilts (Little Quilt)
Monday May 7 – Karen O’Connor | Lady K Quilt Designs (Large Euro Sham Pillow Covers)
Tuesday May 8 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies (Girls’ Dresses)
Wednesday May 9 – Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie
Thursday May 10 – Jessica Swift
Friday May 11 – Gwyn LaSpina
Monday May 14 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much Fun

There are also a couple of round-up posts with photos of all the creations, here and here.

Explore the Tallinn Fabrics collection:The Collection | The Lookbook | On Instagram


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Tallinn Fabric Blog Tour Round-up #2

The Tallinn Fabrics Blog Tour continues!

Here’s a round-up of the most recent stops on the tour. SO MANY TALENTED MAKERS you guys, omg.

This completely adorable top is by My Sweet Sunshine Studio. I am in love with the tiger fabric for clothing! I am reminded of my complete sewing fail a couple months ago, trying to make myself a dress out of this same fabric. It did not go well, haha. But I’m inspired to try again looking at this! There are lots of more photos of the top over on My Sweet Sunshine’s blog. Check it out!

For the next stop, South Bay Bella Studio made this amazing travel bag and coordinating accessories. That tag says ‘handmade’ but it’s so perfect it looks store-bought for sure. Unbelievable! Check out more photos on her blog, too.

Lily Shine Creates made the CUTEST dress from the knit Baltic Swans fabric from my Tallinn collection for her adorable daughter. I’m so into the way the back is constructed! SO cute.

And Becca of Sunflower Seams tossed a BOY into the mix! Look at this super cute shirt and shorts combo:

And of course her daughter wasn’t left out:

That dress!! The tassels on the pockets! Amazing. More photos of these lovely creations (and her adorable kids!) are on her blog as well.

Next on the tour was Sharon of Color Girl Quilts, who made these cool little quilt:

Sewing circles is a skill that I do not yet have… it seems so hard and intimidating! Sharon makes it look so easy. Hers are perfect! More photos of the little quilt are on her blog.

And Alisa of A Stitch In Between closed out the week with this reading pillow that she made for her kiddos. Isn’t this such a fun and creative idea??

I hope you’re enjoying the tour so far! You can follow along on Instagram where I’m posting pics from each tour stop every day, and I’ll do one more round-up post next week at the end of the tour as well. Here’s the full tour schedule again, with direct links to all the stops that we’ve made so far:

Thursday April 19 – Mathew Boudreaux | Mister Domestic (Puffer Vest Outfit)
Friday April 20 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company (Girl’s Dress, Girl’s Romper)
Monday April 23 – Sharon Holland (Kantha-style Duffel Bag)
Tuesday April 24 – Eleri | Sew and Tell Project (Large Quilt)
Wednesday April 25 – Paola Baker | Love of Fabrics (Throw Pillow)
Thursday April 26 – Maureen Cracknell (Friendship Braid Pillow)
Friday April 27 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio (Girls’ Top)
Monday April 30 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio (Travel Bag and Accessories)
Tuesday May 1 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates (Knit Girl’s Dress)
Wednesday May 2 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams (Boy’s Button-down Shirt and Shorts, Girl’s Racerback Dress)
Thursday May 3 – Alisa Kutsel | A Stitch In Between (Reading Pillow)
Friday May 4 – Sharon McConnell | Color Girl Quilts (Little Quilt)
Monday May 7 – Karen O’Connor | Lady K Quilt Designs (Large Euro Sham Pillow Covers)
Tuesday May 8 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies
Wednesday May 9 – Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie
Thursday May 10 – Jessica Swift
Friday May 11 – Gwyn LaSpina
Monday May 14 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much Fun

Explore the Tallinn Fabrics collection:The Collection | The Lookbook | On Instagram


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Tallinn Fabric Blog Tour Round-up #1

A week in to my Tallinn Fabrics Blog Tour and I am just stunned and giddy over what everyone has created so far. LOOK!

The tour kicked off with Mister Domestic, who created this awesome lil’ outfit for his daughter. THAT PUFFER JACKET. Why is it not sized for me?? I would so wear that. I need to up my skills so I can tackle a project like that. Amazing.

Next up was Katie from Simple Life Pattern Company. This adorable dress and romper actually hung in my Quilt Market booth back in October, but I hadn’t seen these photos yet of Katie’s adorable daughters in them. THE CUTEST, right?

Oh, the things I could dress a daughter in if I had one…!

This amazing Kantha-style bag made by Sharon Holland (a fellow Art Gallery Fabrics designer) was next up on the tour:

Why is that bag not mine?? I’m sensing a trend here. On my next blog tour I guess I’ll just have to ask people to make things and send them to me so I can keep them for myself. Ha. ;)

Eleri of The Sew and Tell Project made this gorgeous quilt for the tour’s next stop, and I just love how she placed all the different fabrics and made my Village Adventure print the star of the show in the center there. She’s got a couple of lucky daughters who are getting this in their new bedroom, I think!

Paola of Love of Fabrics was next on the tour, and this pillow that she made is unreal:

I recently learned that sewing in a circle is not easy. How did she make this so perfect? And that horse in the middle…. gah! I’m in love.

And speaking of beautiful pillows:

This one was made by fellow Art Gallery Fabrics designer Maureen Cracknell. It’s a Friendship Braid design and has this signature Maureen quality to it that just blows me away. What a beauty.

Here’s the full tour schedule again so you an continue to follow along:

Thursday April 19 – Mathew Boudreaux | Mister Domestic (Puffer Vest Outfit)
Friday April 20 – Katie Skoog | The Simple Life Company (Girl’s Dress, Girl’s Romper)
Monday April 23 – Sharon Holland (Kantha-style Duffel Bag)
Tuesday April 24 – Eleri | Sew and Tell Project (Large Quilt)
Wednesday April 25 – Paola Baker | Love of Fabrics (Throw Pillow)
Thursday April 26 – Maureen Cracknell (Friendship Braid Pillow)
Friday April 27 – Alexis Wright | My Sweet Sunshine Studio
Monday April 30 – Isabelle Selak | South Bay Bella Studio
Tuesday May 1 – Cassie Massolia | Lily Shine Creates
Wednesday May 2 – Becca Plymale | Sunflower Seams
Thursday May 3 – Alisa Kutsel | A Stitch In Between
Friday May 4 – Sharon McConnell | Color Girl Quilts
Monday May 7 – Karen O’Connor | Lady K Quilt Designs
Tuesday May 8 – Sarai Schuk | Sarai’s Hobbies
Wednesday May 9 – Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie
Thursday May 10 – Jessica Swift
Friday May 11 – Gwyn LaSpina
Monday May 14 – Loni Jakubowski | Havin Sew Much FunExplore the Tallinn Fabrics collection:The Collection | The Lookbook | On Instagram

Enjoy, and I hope you’re feeling inspired!
xo
jess

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Sneak Peek of my new fabric line, Sirena!

Today I’m sharing a sneak peek video of my new fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics! The collection is called Sirena, and it will start shipping to stores in June 2018.

I’ll be showing this collection at Quilt Market this May, and I’m currently sewing and crafting up lots of goodies for the booth that I can’t wait to share with you in the next couple of months.

I hope you love the video and the peek into what’s the come fabric-wise. I’m so psyched for this collection to make its way into the world!

Here’s a look at the two colorways:

 

And don’t forget, the blog tour for my current Tallinn fabric line is happening now. Today is Day 2 of the tour! Check out the details and the full schedule of posts here.

Have a great day!

 


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