Guest Blogger Edwina Foskew Tell and Nostalgia

Today’s guest blogger is Edwina Foskew Tell from Western Australia. We sent her a package of the Nostalgia line debuting this November and told her to create something wonderful. We love her stunning chair and hope you do too!

I’m Eddie… I’m a fabricphile … work full time as a Nurse at nights, but my dream is to own a fabric shop/quilt retreat/ coffee shop selling only the loveliest fabrics (no muddy reds and browns) and teaching quilting and serving home made cakes…. and nice tea in fine bone china cups….

I’m married to Ian, we have 4 children: 15, 17, 18 and 25 and 3 grandchildren…. 3 dogs, 3 Devon Rex cats and a ferral Australian cat who was sent home from work with me one morning after I had worked a nightshift in ED. I co admin The Real Quilters of Australia (and sewers) … and ‘own’ the Nanny Gruff page…. which isn’t kept up to date because I’m too busy.

We live in Rockingham, Western Australia …. just 10 minutes walk to the white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean and a 30 minute walk to natural bush and wild kangaroos…. Its a wonderful country… vast. You could fit the whole of Europe into Australia land wise… and the population is relatively tiny. Australia is a red brown and blue green country… very different to the greens found in the England I grew up in.

I make ‘useable’ quilts… ones that can be taken to the beach, to a barbie, sat in front of a bonfire with and dragged around the house then thrown in the washing machine… week in week out…. not ‘works of art’ …. but I DO love making them in fabrics which are works of art in themselves (and Minions… the grandees love Minions).

What else can I tell you? Quilting is my ‘therapy.’ Its my ME time… and along with the medications it keeps me sane …. almost. I love sharing my skills with others. I love the social aspect of quilting… and yes, sometimes getting together to quilt is sometimes an excuse to simply chat and eat chocolate cake.

People ask me to make them a quilt…. and my stock answer is, sorry I don’t have time… but I will teach you to make your own. Many have taken me up on that offer and have gone on to become quilt addicts too… only one person as far as I can remember didn’t finish hers!

When I was given the opportunity to work with the wonderful new Nostalgia fabric I wanted to combine my love of quilting with my new love of reupholstering chairs. It seemed natural to make a quilt and use that as ‘fabric’ …. I love wonky blocks and crazy quilts… and with the stretch and positioning of fabric in upholstery, I wanted a ‘design’ that wouldn’t loose anything when it was stretched and pinned to the chair. I also wanted to showcase the entire fabric line range. I think I achieved what I set out to do!

It was an honour and a privilege to be allowed to work with Nostalgia before it was launched.. but I need MORE because I have so many things I am going to do with it when it arrives! Pretty things.. with ruffles and vintage lace… and quilts. I have a million ideas flying around in my head…. but I shall have to wait for Nostalgia to arrive in November to be able to satisfy my need to create …



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Here is the amazing quilter and upholster Eddie and one of her adorable Devon Rex kitties. Thanks Eddie for an amazing chair and post!
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Intsagram Inspiration

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer! Our new patterns and videos called Sew with Me debuted with Sew News last month and are just darling. Check them out if you haven’t already.

Everyone has been busy tagging me on Facebook and Instagram. I always love seeing what you are up too. Here are a few of my favorites. I hope they inspire you as much as they have inspired me!!

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meandleighcreations made this lovely iPad case or clutch using Caravelle Arcade Daisy in Ivory

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alliegraycreations Who couldn’t dance all night in this dress? Rachel must have dug deep into her fabric stash to combine these lovely fabrics from the Happy Land, Crazy Love and Queen Street (all retired lines).

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gumnutsandtulips Renee sewed this sassy number using Vickie in Peacock from Good Company

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millaruby Another use of Daisy from Caravelle Arcade this time in blue for this adorable romper.


butterflybees Denise used Jessica in Blue from Caravelle Arcade for this swim suit. Loving the matching headband.

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jordankclothing A sweet floral romper for an older girl is perfect!

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hickitypickity Boho tunics in Caravelle Arcade will always be in style!

thefancyashley The dog days of summer aren’t so tough when you have a Hooray pillow to get you through….

Sis Boom in South Africa

I was thrilled when my friend Rachel shared these photos of a woman named Gloria receiving Sis Boom fabric all the way in South Africa. Gloria, a mother of 4, is an aspriring entrepreneur who sews bags, baby bibs, shoes and commissioned work from her community to help support her family and hopes to one day design and open her own boutique. Gloria’s smile says it all in this picture: complete JOY! Gloria said she’ll be using the fabric for various projects and clothing and not a scrap will go to waste.

As a child, Gloria made clothing for her dolls from bits of plastic and whatever she could find. Gloria always wanted to learn how to sew and was thrilled when a missionary named Anneke with Ten Thousand Homes taught Gloria how to sew. Anneke gifted Gloria with her sewing machine before leaving South Africa.

Gloria’s family and others have been helped through Ten Thousand Homes, which is “a movement of ordinary people activiely building HOPE and creating HOMES for African’s orphans and vulnerable children.” I’m so grateful to organizations like Ten Thousand Homes for making a difference in this world, my friend Rachel Berwick for contacting me about donating the fabric and Christine Reinhardt for lugging the fabric and other sewing notions half way around the world!



Photo credits: Jennifer Price and Christine Reinhardt

They’re here, they’re here!

We have been working hard for the past few months with Sew News to debut our newest patterns and special videos and it’s happening TODAY!  The new Sew with Me video series features moi and the ever-talented Carla Crim.  In each video, we take you through one new project from start to finish. Sis Boom Pattern Company developed four new amazing projects including Bonnie’s Flouncy Skirt, the Peggy Party Runner, the Wendy Weekender Bag and the Shellie Clutch, and all are shown in Sis Boom’s newest fabric line Caravelle Arcade.  Find the kits, patterns and videos exclusively at Shop Sew It All and all go on sale today.  Go check them out and let me know what you think! Carla and I had so much fun filming the video series, and I hope you enjoy watching and creating along with us!

skirtClutch runner  wendy weekender

Instagram Inspiration

Seeing lots of great stuff on Instagram lately! I’m always delighted and inspired to see what a talented bunch you all are. Here are some of my favorites from the last few weeks. Keep on sharing with me. Seeing my fabrics come to life always brings me JOY! Thanks for choosing Sis Boom fabrics for your amazing creations.

Pleatie dress by Grace of Belle Violette


Crazy drunk psychedelic love dance quilt by Jennifer at oneofthetribeofjennifers

Beauty Queen Romper by Feeling Peachy Creations

Memo boards by The Tulle Box

Lovely tunic top by Amanda at Handmade Musebellamoon

Long sleeve dress by Bellamoo Designs



Raffle Time

So much going on at Sis Boom and Jenny Eliza  We have been developing fabrics for both the Independent stores and for JoAnn Stores  and we are loving the end result and we think you will tooooo!!!!  Good Company released earlier in the month and I am watching Facebook Daily for your wonderful creations..God I love my job!! Good Company has sent you all swooning and I am so appreciative of your positive responses!! Then I got the most amazing delivery from JoAnn Stores of our new release in January!!

….and finally the Sis Boom Sale is heating up!!  Please bring friends, I have #overdoneit this time and plenty of stock on the things you love! and Jewelry at cost..What’s a girl to do!!

Watch facebook for an upcoming video of what we have in our little factory/studio.


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Holiday Show

That chill in the air could only mean one thing…The Sis Boom Holiday Sale is around the corner!


Wahoo!! Get excited because this year’s annual event will take place on December  4th, 5th and 6th! The sale, located at the address above in Wilton, CT, will feature many handmade items crafted by Jennifer herself as well as items featuring exclusive Sis Boom designs!

Handmade items will be easy to spot with this adorable tag attached:


FYI – If there are any business owners out there looking to make tags and save some money, here’s how we did the one above:

Click this link and follow the prompts to create your tag using the business card template. Scroll to the bottom and upload your artwork by clicking on “Use Your Complete Design.” Design the artwork for your tag using Photoshop or Illustrator. After the upload process is complete, expect to cut and punch holes in your card.

Here is how we cut ours:




We are so excited about this year’s show and can’t wait to see you there!!


Monarch Workshop

This past weekend I had the luxury of attending Monarch Workshop.  The workshop is run by an incredible group of women (including our very own Madeline) and aims to support “those who need a little push, those who are looking for a creative connection, and those who need inspiration to believe they can follow their dreams.”

The attendees were made up of a spectacular group of women whose occupations ranged from bloggers to therapists and real estate agents to artists.  The two day workshop consisted of non-stop activities (lessons, speakers, crafting) that catered to the mind, body and soul. It was FABULOUS.

Our fearless leader, Jennifer Paganelli, was a guest speaker and led the group in creating vision books.  The books were created by gluing inspiring cut outs (words, quotes, images) from magazines onto blank notebook pages.



There was yoga and lessons in make-up and skincare. We made our own dream catchers, ate delicious food (from the ladies at Whisk + Brush) and had a tutorial in all things confetti! Take a look below of more images from the incredibly talented Victoria Gloria:




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For information on Monarch Workshop and to receive notifications about the upcoming Spring 2015 Workshop click here








Job Perks

Can you keep a secret? Since I totally trust my Paganelli Peeps, I’m going to let it all out…just don’t tell my boss…

You guys, I have the BEST job in the world! I get to be surrounded by incredible people and breathtaking fabrics all day. We chat, we work, we craft, there are puppies here…what more could you ask for? I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful to have landed a job with Sis Boom that if someone dared me to eat dirt, I’d totally do it!

So, what has me jumping for joy today? The answer is: the job perks, of course!

Yesterday the most incredible dress arrived at the office and I got to try it on!!


This patchwork Good Company (in stores November 2014) dress was inspired by a J.Crew silhouette and the seamstress absolutely nailed it! Not only was it super comfortable, but it ended up being super convenient during a business meeting as well. When speaking about Jennifer’s upcoming line, Good Company (did I mention it will be available in stores November 2014), I simply stood up to reveal what was to come!

What else did I do for the hour I spent in the dress? Craft and snap some selfies, of course!



Hope everyone enjoys the sneak peek at the collection!


Sis Boom, Baby!

Ooooh baby! Something very special is happening around our offices these days… Jennifer’s right hand gal, Madeline, is pregnant! Yaaaaayy to Madeline and her hubby, Jordan!!  Thanks to my fellow Sis Boom admirers (i’m talking about YOU!) and a one stop shop at Etsy, Madeline can spend her entire maternity surrounded by all things Sis Boom!

Need some bloomers? MaggieBogart has you covered:


Rattles? LoneCedarStudio saves the day:


Mama needs a coffee break? Protect your fingers thanks to ckstitches:


Ensure sweet dreams for your little one thanks to bailybelle:


Zurelli knows that no nursery is complete without some plush animal friends:


And finally, for when you’re overwhelmed with joy, love, and happiness towards the perfect little human you’ve created, reach for those tissues in style with help from SarasDaisyLove:




P.S. Madeline will be posting a big nursery reveal in the coming weeks on her blog, Oh My Gemini!! Make sure to check it out!