Sis Boom Super Fan: Meet Lisa Brosnan of Summer Lillies

From time to time, we enjoy featuring some of our biggest fans. In a time of mass production and clothing trends lasting one season, we love featuring these creative men and women who champion handmade and vintage. We hope this holiday season, you'll make a loved one a gift or shop a small business online and support handmade. We couldn't do what we do without all these Sis Boom-loving artisans around the world! My name is Lisa Brosnan, owner and designer of Summer Lillies. I live in Bunbury, WA with my husband, 2 daughters (Lillian and Summer) and my 2 golden retrievers (Diago and Soda). I come from a very creative family, my mother, grandmother and aunties are all quilters and bear and doll makers. So I have grown up appreciating anything handmade. Even my dishcloths are made by my grandmother. After I had my second daughter Summer, I became obsessed with handmade and discovered the huge handmade world in Australia! My husband purchased me a new sewing machine, and I started playing around with patterns, modelling them on my daughters. My friends all started requesting outfits, which was how Summer Lillies came about. It was an outlet for my creative side. And even though it started as a hobby, it is now my full time job. SL runs from a studio in my own home, and is still inspired by Lilly and Summer. I was on Etsy one day browsing fabrics, when i saw my first JPAG fabric... it was Happy Land Claudia, and it stole my breath. I very quickly became a stalker of her collections. Buying in all new collections, and sourcing out all her older pieces too. Too this day Claudia is still one of my absolute favs! I love to use Jennifer's designs so much, because I feel they represent my own tastes and styles... They are bold and loud and a little different, but still delicate, pretty, floral, and very feminine. Her collections are always so breathtaking, that's its hard not to pick up one her fabrics and not be inspired to create! She is constantly designing new collections, so i always have lots of her new fabrics to keep me going! I am obsessed with everything she creates. I have some of her paintings in my studio, to compliment my huge JP stash! Summer Lillies adores JP! The fabric that started it all! Claudia from Happy Land. claudia One of Lisa's pups looking dapper in a Melody scraf from Beauty Queen. pup Outfits in Phyllis and Melody from Good Company jp12 Sweet dress in Hillary and flutter sleeves in Figgy from the Nostalgia line. jp1 High-waisted romper in Gretchen from Color Brigade jp3

Hotel Frederiksted is Hitting the Shelves….

We are giddy to announce Hotel Frederiksted is arriving in stores around the world. Check your favorite local quilting store or online. Sarah Scott of Piccolo Studio did this amazing quilt with bunny by Rhapsody and Thread. Here is part of her lovely blog post on using Hotel Frederiksted. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-11-16-47-am Sophie's Quilt - Hotel Frederiksted Its Fri-yay! Not when you are a mum that makes a huge amount of difference but it is nice to feel I am celebrating with the rest of the world, even if it is just a bowl of doritos and a cup of peppermint tea lol. Now I have a LOT of photos to show you and I mean a LOT! You know how I always bang on about wishing I could improve my photo taking skills? Well problem solved guys - I asked talented local photographer Angela Lisman to accompany me to a photo shoot for my recent quilt - the result is that you are going to see a LOT of photos because I could not choose my favourites, she really is that good! One of my most favourite things to do in the world is work with the amazing fabrics designed by Jennifer Paganelli, the woman is a legend in matching colour and pattern and doing amazing things with both. Her latest range Hotel Frederiksted is no exception and I think it is my favourite so far. I love jewel colours and florals, throw in birds and I am in quilty heaven! screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-11-17-05-am screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-11-16-36-am Aren't the pictures stunning?? Make sure you visit her blog post for the full story and lots more pictures on the Hotel Fred line. Don't forget to tag us on Facebook or Instagram with anything you make with Hotel Frederiksted.

Getting Ready for the Holidays with Hotel Frederiksted

Once again Merav and Baby Hobbes of Baby Hobbes Design are back showing off this lovely Gabriella Fae in our newest fabric line Hotel Frederiksted due out in stores later any day now. We hope this post inspires you to include Sis Boom in your holiday sewing! Don't forget to share with us on Facebook and Instagram. We always love seeing what you are creating. hotel-fred-bh I am more of a last minute kind of gal! Somehow I stay organized (love my "to-do" list) but I am known to procrastinate A LOT! Hmmmm...starting my kids Halloween costumes 48 hours before they needed to be worn, for example! But when I received my Hotel Fredriksted samples, I couldn't resist jumping into "Holiday" Mode since this collection features gorgeous reds, greens, blue and white colorways that fit perfect with the Winter Holiday Spirit. It's tradition here for Hobbes grandparents to take her to see the Nutcracker Ballet, so I wanted to create a festive look that will mirror Hanukkah and Christmas enthusiasm, yet include the comfort and wear-abilty that is my signature style. hotel-fred-bh4 hotel-fred-bh6jpeg I instantly grabbed Gabriella Fae, Hobbes favorite Sis Boom pattern and went to work. I wove Krysta in white and Christie in Blue (cutting stripes) together to create the skirt. hotel-fred-bh5 For the top, I chose Sophia in pink, a bit of white half inch crochet trim for the centerpiece and a lacy exposed zipper for the back. hotel-fred-bh2 hotel-fred-bh3 I wanted a full skirt for Hobbes size three width-I cut each stripe from salvage to salvage and then curved the bodice to create a light bounce in the front. See here for my previous tutorial on curving bodice. Let me know what you think of Hobbes's Hotel Fred Holiday dress and of you had a chance to try out curving your dress bodices too. Till next time, Happy Sewing! Merav @ Baby Hobbes Design

Sis Boom and UncommonWares

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with UncommonWares, offering you an array of customizable Sis Boom goodies for yourself or friends and family this Holiday season. Over 30 items from door mats and cutting boards to pet beds and aprons, can be customized in over 150 new and unique patterns designed by Jennifer Paganelli and you can't get them anywhere else! Many items can be monogrammed making them perfect for gift giving. And now from today till Monday, October 31, UnCommonWares is offering Sis Boom fans 20% off everything with the code SISBOOM20! Happy Shopping. uncommonwares5 uncommonwares2uncommonwares1 uncommonwares3uncommonwares4

Blue Nickel Studios and A Color Brigade Giveaway

Scott, the "Mad Color Scientist" over at Blue Nickel Studios, wrote a lovely blog post on our Color Brigade line. We are so grateful for his kind words and support of Sis Boom. Read the beginning of his blog post below and then hop over to his site to read the rest. Psst...definitely read the whole thing, there might be a Color Brigade giveaway at the end!!! blue-nickel-studio One Fabric Nation – Color Brigade Honestly, I Just LOVE everything Jennifer Paganelli does. Her fabric design and color sense really speak to me. Well, serenade me is more like it. Full, rich, and over the top. Sheer joy to my soul. Seriously. Color Brigade is a perfect example. Lush florals and highly detailed damask like patterns. And a fun tiled geometric. Very reminiscent of the fifties. Read the rest of Scott's post over at Blue Nickel Studios....