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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Skopelos Blog Tour

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my stop on Skopelos blog tour! 
Skopelos is a brand new fabric collection by Katarina Roccella, for Art Gallery Fabrics



What can I say - Katarina did it again. Her first two collections, Indelible and Recollection went straight to deep pockets of my heart, where my origins and heritage reside, waking up all my love for where I came from and giving it a whole new wings and inspiration, new modern colors and design... Piles of those beauties are still on my cutting table in various stages of making. 
And then, here is Skopelos - the music of Mediterranean summer.
That is how it makes me feel, really. On one hand, passionate, bold and happy


Or on the other, subtle, gentle and maybe even a bit melancholy....



And no, I haven't been to this beautiful Greek island, but similar places in the Mediterranean that bring so many happy memories of childhood family vacations or summer travels with friends when we were young adults. Oh I can almost smell the pine needles and sea...



OK, OK time to come back from traveling down memory lane! Today, I might not be at the shores of Mediterranean, but surrounded with these beautiful colors and designs in my sewing room



and inspired by our sweet, beautiful granddaughter Juliana that is growing fast and more gorgeous by the minute - I was thrilled to answer Katarina's call for celebrating her new collection, by making something  for our little girl. I played with colors and came up with several choices right away. This one....



Or this one....



Or this one?



Yeah, you get the picture - so many possibilities! And eventually I might use them all, but started with this beautiful combo:



Out came the bin with all my patterns for little girls dresses and I thought that Sugar and Spice by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop will be just perfect!



It's not my first time using Peek-a-boo patterns and I love great instructions and photos. 
Oh how I love making little ruffles....


Or pipings and bias bindings...



One blissful afternoon of sewing...



and one evening of hand sewing facing and hem (yes, like in good old times, as I was taught)...



VOILA!!! - .... dress is done!




The only thing that I changed from the pattern is, I made the back button down completely, for easier dress-up (our little princess is not a big fan of over the head dressing up, like most kids :). 


And of course we had some perfect shoes to go with the dress... :)


I loved every minute of making this little cutie, but nothing prepared me for the heart-melting cuteness and joy when her wonderful mommy did a little photo shoot and send me these photos: 





 I am so incredibly lucky and blessed with my family and all their love and this luxury of expressing my feelings and inspirations in fabric, sewing and quilting. I am grateful for it every day of my life. :) 

I hope you enjoyed my stop at this lovely Blog Tour!

I am not nearly done creating with beautiful Skopelos and I can't wait to see what future days on the tour bring as inspiration, from all amazing participants! Here is the list once more for you to follow along:

1. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY - April 20th
2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st
3. ERICA TOOLE - April 22nd
4. RACHAEL GANDER - April 23th
5. AMY FRIEND - April 24th
6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ - April 25th
7. DANA BOLYARD - April 26th
8. ERICA JACKMAN - April 27th
9. JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS - April 28th
10. SVETLANA SOTAK - April 29th
11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS - April 30th
12. APRIL RHODES - May 1st
13. PAUL HALLINGER - May 2nd
14. SHARON MCCONNELL - May 3rd
15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th
16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th


Oh and don't forget the GIVEAWAY too!!
Follow Katarina  ( @katarinaroccella ) on Instagram and repost any of the photos from this Blog Tour with a hashtag  #skopelostourgiveaway and you are automatically eligible to win a half yard cut of the entire collection - wooo-hooo!!!

Wishing you inspiration and joy every day,

Marija

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Let's go to Greek Islands - Skopelos Blog Tour





Hi everyone,

lets skip, jump and hop from this lovely spring into even more lovely, colorful, happy summertime!!! No travel arrangements needed - just look at these gorgeous colors and designs - don't they say MEDITERRANEAN SUMMER??

Meet SKOPELOS !!! - new, beautiful collection by my talented, wonderful friend Katarina Rocella, for Art Gallery Fabrics! Katarina never ceases to amaze me with gorgeous new designs and colors, full of spirit and depth in so many ways!!



 The "princess" of the collection is certainly this gorgeous Poppy floral, but there is so much more...


And the best news is - you will be able to see so much more - just hop on for yet another amazing, inspirational Blog Tour, featuring creativity, fun and , of course Skopelos!!

I am a bit late with this post - tour already started on Monday, so if you are just finding out now, forst hop on to Lynne's wonderful blog for the first day inspiration and one amazing quilt to feast your eyes on!!
Tuesday's inspiration is Allegory's A1000Needles blog and a quilt I really, really love - go see!
And today,  Erica is going to wow you with not one, but TWO gorgeous bags she made!!!

And here is the whole Blog Tour list and schedule:
(yes, yours truly is coming up this Saturday - can't wait!!!)

1. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY - April 20th
2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st
3. ERICA TOOLE - April 22nd
4. RACHAEL GANDER - April 23th
5. AMY FRIEND - April 24th
6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ - April 25th
7. DANA BOLYARD - April 26th
8. ERICA JACKMAN - April 27th
9. JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS - April 28th
10. SVETLANA SOTAK - April 29th
11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS - April 30th
12. APRIL RHODES - May 1st
13. PAUL HALLINGER - May 2nd
14. SHARON MCCONNELL - May 3rd
15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th
16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th

Oh and there is one more fun thing - A GIVEAWAY!!!
If you are on Instagram, follow Katarina  ( @katarinaroccella ) and repost any of the photos from this Blog Tour with a hashtag  #skopelostourgiveaway and you are automatically eligible to win a half yard cut of the entire collection - wooo-hooo!!!

I hope you will enjoy it and be inspired to make, make, MAKE!!!
I am off to see my sweet little granddaughter now, accumulate kisses and smiles from her and then sew, sew and sew some more later tonight!

Wishing you beautiful spring days and lots of smiles,

Marija

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Springtime, let the quilt show season begin!

Hi everyone,
I hope you are enjoying your weekend! 
Here, Spring is finally showing up, some blooms in the garden...


And in the trees...


I just love the still chilly mornings, but full of sunshine and birdsong... And of course this handsome boy!

Today's walk was just beautiful and I had this intense feeling of  just ...gratitude. For everything. Such a good feeling.
Yesterday I got to spend some time with our gorgeous granddaughter Juliana too . She is just such a sunshine of my days, I love her sooooo much! 
She is always an inspiration too - currently in my sewing room is some pinks, flowers, ruffles... 


I can't wait to show you this one! (More later!)
Another great thing coming with warm weather - it's a quilt show season!!!
First one this year was this weekend, put wonderfully together by Twin City Quilter's Guild of Tonawanda NY. I just LOVE going to quilt shows!!! Besides amazing inspiration and visual feast (not to mention some shopping!!), it is meeting friends, old and new and so many of my students that I love the most!! 
So here is some eye candy for all of you - sharing photos I took at the show: 


This one was inspired by my class - how gorgeous!!!
Scrap-tastic!!!
Really loved the quilting on this one too:
Speaking of quilting, how beautiful is this?



Another classic beauty...


Show had traveling Hoffman Challenge exhibit too and few caught my eye:



Can you say - amazing?? 


And another classic beauty by my friend Mary:



Something you see rarely these days - a hand quilted whole-cloth quilt, such a beauty:


And here is the Best of Show quilt:



My favorite? It's this one:




Next weekend is another great quilt show, hooray! Back to the sewing room now - stay tuned for another wonderful Blog Tour, this time to celebrate gorgeous new collection by Katarina Roccella, SKOPELOS!


Just beautiful!!! And this is just a part of it...
Happy spring everyone,

Marija