GIVEAWAY ALERT! Be sure to read to the end of this post to find out how you can win a Fat Quarter bundle of our new fabric collection: Little Flyers from Riley Blake Designs! And check out the FREE pdf pattern to download for our Little Flyers Hoop Art.
Today is the day! Thanks for stopping by! I'm thrilled to be a featured stop on the Riley Blake Designs Spring Quilt Market Blog Tour. Have you been following along? I have and it's been great seeing my fellow designers' blogs previewing their beautiful new collections and fun projects.
Previous Blog Stop: Samantha Walker
Next Blog Stop: Riley Blake Designs
Little Flyers is our second collection with Riley Blake Designs. It features cute and colorful critters soaring in the air aboard whimsical flying machines. I was inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's sketches and Rowland Emett's kinetic sculptures when I was creating this collection but my designs are not nearly as complex (more info and pics about the inspiration are directly under this post).
Jina and Cindy at RBD requested a boy theme collection so I used some of my critters from my stamp designs (Hampton Art) and combined them with new ideas to create Little Flyers. The result is 6 different patterns in 3 cotton colorways. You can see the complete collection at Riley Blake Designs. It will be shipping in June so I hope you'll look for it at your local quilt shop.
I wasn't able to go to Spring Quilt Market earlier this month, but Little Flyers was well represented at the Riley Blake Designs booth. Thank you to Julia for sending me pictures of the booth and projects made by the talented sewists at Riley Blake Designs. I get the biggest kick out of seeing what others make with our designs. Just look at all the fun projects!!
Now let's have a closer look at some of those fun projects!
Wouldn't these pillows look great on top of the quilted bed cover below? Free pattern for the quilt on the Riley Blake Designs website.
Aren't these pajamas the cutest? This pattern is called: the Pajamas Party PJs by Fishsticks Designs
And I love this piece of wall art! I wouldn't have thought about quilting a hot air balloon. This piece inspired my Hoop Art project below.
Even though I'm just a beginner sewist, I wanted to make something with my samples of Little Flyers. I loved the hot air balloon wall art above, so I thought I might be able to do something like it on a much simpler and smaller scale. Hoop art is trending now and I had an embroidery hoop and thread already, so I decided to give it a try. I first came up with the design on my computer (using my fabric designs), then printed the words onto the fabric with my HP laser printer. After a couple of hours of cutting, sewing and hand worked embroidery, it was finished. It's not perfect - I had some puckering issues that I'll fix for next time, but overall not bad. I created a pattern that you can try if you'd like. Click here to download the FREE pdf file: Download Little Flyers Hoop Art
Here’s the complete line-up of talented designers on the blog tour - Go and check them all out - so much amazing inspiration!!
5/30 – Kelly Panacci
If you made it to the bottom of this blog post you deserve a chance at a Give Away. Write a comment below for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of Little Flyers. To triple your chances go to our Facebook page and Instagram where we're having more GIVEAWAYS. The winners will be announced at the end of the Riley Blake Designs Spring 2015 Quilt Market Blog Tour - June 2nd.