It’s my turn on the Riley Blake Knit LOVE Blog Tour! If you’ve been here for any time at all, you probably already know how much I love working with RB’s stretch jersey knits. They wash and wear beautifully. The weight is perfect. They’re easy to sew, and the selection of prints and basics has grown so large, you’re sure to find something that you love! (Check them all out right here: Riley Blake Knits, and purchase them at your favorite local quilt shop!) Continue reading
Whew! It’s hard to believe that the Jersey Love Blog Tour is over already! I had a blast seeing all the Beachcomber Dresses, Downtown V-Necks, Carnival Skorts and Runaround Pants sewn by this collection of talented sewing bloggers in those amazing Riley Blake Jersey Basics. If you missed any of them along the way, be sure to click on the photo below and go take a peek!
We’re closing out the Jersey Love Blog Tour with two more amazing bloggers today! Shannon from Little Kids Grow has a Downtown V-Neck to share, and Max from Max California is showing off a pair of Runaround Pants! Shannon is a talented seamstress, a busy homeschooling mom to six (soon to be seven) and an inspired writer who shares her faith, her family and her sewing on her blogs, Little Kids Grow and Motivation Mondays. There are so many great tutorials at LKG — I love that Shannon has a way of putting together tutorials that allow you to take a simple pattern and make it something amazing! Check out Drafting a Shirt Collar, Adding a Single Piece Placket and the Peek-a-Boo Button Fly! The clothing that Shannon sews for her children has this amazing classic but modern feel to it, like these Princess Dreams Dresses for her twins or this Big Boy Style outfit for her little big boy. Shannon sews beautiful clothing for herself, too, like her stylish Ladder Skirt (which happens to have a tutorial, too)!For the Jersey Love Blog Tour, Shannon sewed a Downtown V-Neck for her son. You can see more by clicking the sneak peek picture below!Max (or Ari and sometimes, Adam West) is the unforgettable blogger behind Max California. Max has this geeky, modern, fun style that is sort of irresistible. (My 15-year-old crafting daughter and fellow comic book/sci-fi nerd adores Max’s blog!) Max has plenty of great little boy tutorials, like The Tuxedo Tee and The Robin Tee, and some sweet girl stuff, too — this upcycled Wanderlust Shirt from PR&P is amazing! Max sews great stuff for herself, as well. Love Star Wars? You have to see the12 Parsec Dress that she made for this year’s Make for Mom series. There are plenty of crafting ideas that aren’t sewing related, too. This Crayon Wall Explosion art piece is so cool!For the blog tour, Max sewed a pair of Runaround Shorts for her son, Vincent. To see them, just click on this picture:
The Jersey Love Blog Tour is speeding along! We’re all the way up to Day 7! Today, Laura from Crafty Hour and Suzanne from Winter Wonderings . . . Wanderings and Whatnot are each sharing TWO Jersey Love patterns sewn with Riley Blake’s Jersey Basics. (Between the two blog posts this morning, you’ll get to see all four Jersey Love patterns — how cool is that?)I started following Suzanne from W3 when she competed in Season 6 of Project Run & Play. I fell in love with the clothing that she designed for her twin boys! I think my favorite was the Collegiate Cool Look — love those red pants! Wait, though, maybe my favorite was Elephant Shoes? That hand-stamped elephant fabric is amazing! I also think it’s amazing that through the use of upcycled, donated and stashed fabric, Suzanne kept her PR&P spending under $20 for the entire season: The Cost of Competing! Suzanne sews for her daughter, too, and she has the cutest new tutorial for a dress made from cloth napkins: The Crumbcatcher Dress. She even occasionally sews something awesome for herself like this Ariadne (Not-a-Potato-Sack) Top.For the blog tour, Suzanne sewed two Downtown V-Necks and a pair of Runaround Pants for her boys. To see more, just click on this picture:
Laura is a long-time online friend who I met while sewing cloth diapers for my now 6-year-old. Laura’s blog, Crafty Hour, is only about a year old, and she’s doing amazing things with it! Laura makes beautiful quilts, like this Flannel Rail Fence Quilt and this Disappearing Nine Patch (a collaboration with several other quilters), both sewn as donations for her local Pregnancy Care Centre. Laura sews the sweetest outfits, like this Bubble Dress and this Piped Pocket Skirt, for her two-year-old daughter, Abigail. She also shares some brilliant ideas for fun kid stuff — be sure to check out the Curious Benjamin Birthday Party. And, Laura’s building a collection of great tutorials which include these very cool Quick Quilted Coasters and this Lined Zipper Pouch.For the blog tour, Laura sewed a Beachcomber Dress and a Carnival Skort! To see both of them, just click on the sneak peek picture.
It’s Day 6 of the Jersey Love Blog Tour! Today, we’re visiting Caroline at Sew Can She and Suzanne at Making More with Less for their versions of the Runaround Pants and the Beachcomber Dress!My talented friend (and another of my nearby neighbors), Caroline, gathers tutorials from sewing bloggers around the world and shares a new one daily on the Sew Can She website. On her blog, though, she shares some pretty amazing tutorials of her own! Some of my personal favorites include this Quick Oilcloth Table Cloth, the Snappy Coin Pouch, the 3-Ring Zipper Pouch and this How-to for Sewing on Patches. She even has a super tutorial for How to Write a Super Tutorial! She also has a brand-new-to-her, beautiful Sewing Studio with a pretty cool story that you just have to go read to believe!Caroline sewed a pair of Runaround Shorts for her son. Go check them out by clicking on the sneak peek picture below.I “met” Suzanne and her sister, Alisa, years ago when I participated in their Mending Week challenge, and I’ve loved keeping up with them since. The two of them blog together at Making More with Less where they share beautiful sewing projects of all sorts! Their quilts are gorgeous, like this Going in Circles Quilt made by Alisa and this Cheerful Children’s Quilt sewn by Suzanne. Their other sewing projects are just as lovely, like this Wall Organizer and this sweet Bow Pillow complete with how-to tutorial! Occasionally, they share creative projects outside of sewing, too. Alisa’s Frugal Kitchen Transformation is a perfect (and impressive!) example.For the Jersey Love Blog Tour, Suzanne sewed two Beachcomber Dresses, one for each of her daughters. To see both of them, just click on this photo:
Welcome back to the second week of the Jersey Love Blog Tour! Kristy from Hopeful Threads and Vanessa from Designs by Sessa are up today with a pair of Runaround Pants and a Beachcomber Dress both sewn with those amazing Riley Blake Jersey Basics.Kristy from Hopeful Threads is not only an incredibly talented seamstress, but she’s one of the most generous people I know. Each month, Kristy runs a special project that encourages sewists from around the world to sew and give to various charities. This month, she’s collecting Pencil Pouches for the children of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Her blog is packed full of fun and practical tutorials like the 2-minute Pencil Pouch (perfect for this month’s project), Big Daddy’s X-Large Oven Mitt, Whaley & Starla Stuffed Friends and the Pet Treat Pouch. I absolutely love Kristy’s Sewing Essentials Series that she uses to share her favorite indispensable sewing tools. I keep finding new things that I simple must try! Kristy also shares many of the projects that she completes for her own family, too, like this adorable I-Spy Quilt. Can you believe that it was her first ever completed quilt?!For the Jersey Love Blog Tour, Kristy sewed an adorable (and comfy!) pair of Runaround Pants for one of her little guys. You can check them out by clicking on this sneak peek picture:Vanessa shares her beautiful sewing along with peeks into her busy life as mom and foster mom on her blog, Designs by Sessa. She sews the cutest clothes for herself, like her Monogrammed Seafarer Top and this Women’s Rash Guard (complete with tutorial!). Vanessa shares all sorts of sewing tutorials on her blog! I love this Chevron Applique Skirt — so sweet and so simple. And, these Vintage Sheet Mommy – Daughter PJ Pants? How can you resist such cuteness? I think my favorite thing on the Designs by Sessa blog, though, is The Porch Series. Vanessa invites talented sewing bloggers from all over to share a little bit of insight into who they are via conversations on the porch. You really have to go check it out!For her stop on the blog tour, Vanessa sewed up a Beachcomber Dress for her niece, and she even took pictures at the beach! To see how sweet it is, just click on the sneak peek picture below.
The Jersey Love Blog Tour will be back tomorrow! We’ve got eight more amazing bloggers coming up this week. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few pictures from Spring Quilt Market a few months ago. I had planned to attend, but we had a last minute change of plans. Rachael from imagine gnats was so kind to take pictures for me! (Thank you, Rachael!) My Jersey Love patterns along with a few of my older patterns were featured in the Riley Blake booth.
Day four of the Jersey Love Blog Tour has arrived, and I am so excited that we have two sibling groups modeling Jersey Love patterns sewn with Riley Blake Jersey Basics today! Ready to check out what Leigh at Rooibos Mom and Terra at Mama Says Sew created for the tour?Many of you already know Leigh as my amazing virtual assistant. I can’t imagine how I’d make it without her! Leigh has her own blog, too, though! She shares her adventures in urban farming, raising kids and creating at Rooibos Mom. Leigh sews beautiful, feminine outfits for her daughter, like this sweet Lazy Susan Dress, and adorable, but very boyish clothing for her two boys, like these Boxer Brief & Tank Sets. Leigh is a talented seamstress, but her woodworking skills are just as impressive! She and her husband raise chickens for eggs in their backyard, and together they built this incredible (and oh-so-pretty) Handmade Chicken Coop. Early this year, the two of them built this Birthday Bunkbed Set for their two oldest, too! Leigh is great about mixing in real-life stories that are sure to make you laugh. Preteen Jammies and Freshly Licked Walls is my current favorite! For her stop on the Jersey Love Blog Tour, Leigh sewed three Downtown V-Necks, one for each of her littles. Go check out the cuteness by clicking on the picture below.Terra from Mama Says Sew is a multi-talented crafter, too! Her blog is full of inspiring sewing projects, decorating ideas, party suggestions and tons of tutorials. In fact, it’s not often that Terra shares anything that she creates on her own without sharing how she did it! Check out her Color Blocked Leg Warmers tutorial for adorable little girl legwear, and her Vintage Headband Tutorial for the sweetest headwear ever. There are great mama-fashions, too! I love this dolman-sleeve Set Sail Top! Need a great birthday party project? How about a handmade Rainbow Pinata? And, for the perfect finishing touch to your family room, this I Heart My Town Map is sure to impress all your visitors!Terra made coordinating Carnival Skorts for her girls, and they are so sweet! To see more of them, just click on the sneak peek picture below.
It’s Day Three of the Jersey Love Blog Tour and two more amazing bloggers are sharing Jersey Love patterns sewn with Riley Blake Jersey Basics. Up today are Sarah from Blue Susan Makes and Scary from The Shaffer Sisters!The Blue Susan Makes blog is packed full of creative inspiration from my friend and neighbor, Sarah! She has a lovely selection of sewing tutorials including this gorgeous Bursting Heart Toss Pillow and this stylish Girlfriend Clutch. Sarah shares great sewing tips, too — you have to check out her genius tips for Pattern Cutting! If you have a superhero-loving little one, you’ll love reading about the Superhero Training Academy Birthday Party that she threw for her son this year, including ideas for invitations, decorations, games and food! One of my favorite things on Sarah’s blog is the series she did late this spring called I Am a Soccer Mom! I happen to be a football and track mom, but Sarah’s ideas and tips are perfect for surviving and enjoying all sorts of kids sports.Sarah sewed Runaround Shorts for her son, Jack. Just click on the preview picture below to see how cool and comfy they are!The Shaffer Sisters, Al, Jo and Scary, all blog together, and they’re a trio that is inspirational in all areas from family to faith to creativity. Their blog is bursting with practical, budget friendly sewing ideas like Boston’s Miniature Minky Blanket and Rogue’s Bold on a Budget Overalls. The sisters share tasty recipes like this Fresh, Light Pasta Dinner that I can’t wait to try! (Have to put bacon on my shopping list.) One of my favorite things on the Shaffer Sisters blog right now is Scary’s Beginner’s Guide to Pattern Testing. If you’ve ever considered joining a pattern-testing team, you should definitely check it out!Scary sewed the cutest preppy Downtown V-Neck for her son, Ryder! To see it, simply click on the picture below.
Day two of the Jersey Love Blog Tour is here! Today, Rachael from imagine gnats and Caroline from Busy, Beautiful and on a Budget are ready to share adorable and comfortable clothes sewn with Riley Blake Designs’ Jersey Basics and my Jersey Love patterns!Rachael from imagine gnats is incredibly talented and so much fun! (And, the sweetest ever — I have loads of pictures to show you next Monday that she took for me at Spring Quilt Market!) I love that her girls always seem to be having as much fun as she is! Rachael sews everything you could imagine from clothes for her girls and herself (Don’t you love her Lady Skater Dress, complete with skating pose?) to beautiful hand-embroidered wall-hangings (Be sure to check out her free Sewing Sayings embroidery pattern!) to practical, but pretty accessories (I hope I can find time to sew her Cammy Pack before Fall Market!). Rachael has two patterns of her own now, the Roly Poly Pinafore and the Tumble Tee, and a third one coming soon!For the blog tour, Rachael sewed a Carnival Skort for her oldest daughter. Go check it out by clicking on the sneak peek picture below!I have known Caroline, the incredibly creative blogger from Busy, Beautiful and on a Budget, for years. (We met on an online sewing board for moms who sew cloth diapers. Pretty cool, huh?) I love that she shares such a wide variety of clever tips and tutorials on her blog that are fun, simple and practical. She has sewing tutorials like this adorable Mermaid Costume, storage ideas like Turning an Old Box into Beautiful Storage, organization ideas like her Housekeeping Binder, and party decor like this great Mermaid Party Photo Prop!Caroline sewed a pair of Runaround Pants for her oldest daughter. You’ll want to hop over to her blog and see how cute they are! Just click on the photo below.