Dream a Little Dream….

We have fans all over the world, but a large contingency is down under in Australia. It's fun to see how our Aussie fans use our fabrics especially since they are in the southern hemisphere and thus in opposite seasons. Today, we are sharing a look from Amanda of dream.forgirls.handmade. The model, Bella, wears the sweetest outfit in Krysta from the Hotel Frederiksted Collection. Thanks Amanda and Bella's mom Heidi for sharing. You can follow Bella over at isobellas.world. Don't forget to share with us on Instagram and Facebook. We love seeing what you are up to! Bella jp 4 Bellajp5 Bellajp2 Bella jp 1

The Jamie Pattern Review

We love hearing positive reviews of our patterns. Alison and her company, Sew Bee It Clothier, has sewn a lot over her 35+ years as a sewist and she loved working with our Jamie pattern for a client. If you are new to sewing patterns, or love to chat about sewing in general don't forget to join our Sis Boom Pattern Co Facebook page. Give Alison a follow on her social media pages. She has an Etsy Shop and makes lovely robes perfect for bridal parties, bags, and custom dresses and maternity gowns. The Jamie I recently had the chance to sew a new-to-me pattern from Sis Boom. I already owned several of the Sis Boom patterns so I was excited to stitch this one up for a dear friend. The bonus was I got to use some fabrics from Jennifer Paganelli’s latest collection, Hotel Frederiksted! Si Boom Jamie dress in Hotel Fred The pdf patterns that Sis Boom offer are second to none. I have years of experience working with other pdf patterns, some of which promptly ended up in the recycle bin! That was due to their poor printing layout, lack of clear, concise directions and just awful fit. The Jamie pdf pattern from Sis Boom was a pleasure to work with and didn’t disappoint! I could easily print THE ONLY SIZE I NEEDED. Included in the pattern is just how to measure for the proper length for the skirt. The Sis Boom patterns are what a pdf pattern should be. The Jamie had many clear color photos. Step by step directions with tips and tricks that even this sewist with 35+ years of experience made me say, “wow!”. Sis Boom Jamie Close Up My model was very pleased with the end result. She loved the style of The Jamie and the fact that it was different with a personality all it’s own. (I offered to make her more even!) My model really liked the bright happy colors that the fabric line, Hotel Fred offers. This fabric makes you feel stylish and The Jamie is perfect for a flattering dress! I cannot wait to sew more of this pattern. Give The Jamie a try. You won’t be disappointed! Sis Boom Jamie Dress in Hotel Fred II Alison J. O'Grady Sew Bee It Clothier www.sewbeeitclothier.etsy.com www.facebook.com/SEWIST Instagram- sewbeeitclothier

Sew4Home Bag and Totes Book Review

Marsha (follow her over on Instagram @cutestuffinside), lives close to us here in CT. She is a long time fan and makes the most wonderful things using Sis Boom fabric plus so much more. Sew4Home Totes and Bags by Marsha of Cute Stuff Inside One of my favorite new books for bags and totes is this book by Sew4Home. Book3 I first made the Easy Wave Top Shoulder Bag and I have to say, I love this bag. Following the excellent directions from the book, this bag went together super easy. It's roomy with two pockets and has a great strap that feels secure. I made this purse out of 2-1/2" squares from Jennifer Paganelli's Hotel Frederiksted line of fabric. I chose 15 different fabrics from this line and sewed each square together with a 1/4" seam in horizontal rows of 6 squares each. I made a total of 16 rows for the purse body and sewed them altogether, top to bottom, to create my fabric. Following the directions in the book, I fused my batting to the quilt fabric and then proceeded to machine quilted in a cross-hatch pattern diagonally across all the squares. I did have to draft a curved shape for the top of this bag, but following the instructions and diagram, it was a piece of cake, even with my limited drawing skills. For the lining of this purse I chose Hotel Frederiksted Krysta, in white. Frannie After completing the body of the purse, I decided to go ahead and finish off the top with a bias binding. This was just an extra step I took to finish off the quilt look I was going for. I chose Terrie from Hotel Frederiksted, lighter blue, for the finishing touch. This fabric makes a great binding and I have used it on lots of projects. In keeping with the theme of this bag, I chose to make a strap from additional squares. Making two long strips of 24 squares (one strip for each side of the strap), I fused batting to each side and again, machine quilted through each square. Then, wrong sides together, I basted the layers together and applied binding all around, and continued with the instructions for attaching to the purse. The instructions also suggest putting a label on the front of your bag. I love this touch. I took a Sis Boom label, applied it to a square a felt with a pinked edge and added it to the front of the purse as a finishing touch. Love It! The best part of all, is that this purse is just the right size for a laptop, and since it can be carried cross-over style, it makes for perfect hands-free carrying! The second bag I made from the book is the Boho Shoulder Bag. I made it for my daughter, Frannie, and she loves it. Christie in blue, also from the Hotel Frederiksted line of fabric, was the perfect choice for this purse. Although the directions for this purse suggest using two different fabrics for the body, my daughter Frannie requested just one, and the look came out just the way she wanted. Frannie2 We added Patrice in Pink for the lining of the bag and strap so just enough of it peeks out while carrying to complete a young, hip look. I found the red with white polka-dot foldover elastic on Amazon. It really looks great against the blue fabric, makes everything pop! As expected, the instructions for this purse are perfect and it went together so easily. I love that there are no pattern pieces, just measure and cut! The strap is adjustable with a D ring which means you can wear it short or carry it long across your body. Fits a laptop and the outer pockets are great for tucking in your phone or keys. Another great, easy to sew bag!

The Sis Boom Holiday Blog Tour – Day 1

sis-boom-holiday-blog-tour-graphic   It's time for another blog tour! Hope you'll join us sewing a few goodies to gift or wear during the most wonderful time of the year. As always, share what you make with us on Facebook and Instagram. We love seeing what you are up to! Rachel Hodges kicks off our Holiday blog tour with a review of the Patricia Tunic. Here she is modeling her Patricia Tunic in the fabulous Sophia in green fabric from the new Hotel Frederiksted line. Rachel has sewed this beauty numerous times and worn them all over the world. It's the go to pattern she uses for herself. Read about why she loves the Patricia Tunic on her blog - Mrs. Podge. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Next up on Wednesday, November 17 is Anna's Heirloom Boutique and a Gabriella Fae with stunning embroidery! You won't want to miss it.

Hotel Frederiksted with Snickerdoodle Stew

Hotel Frederiksted is out and we are grateful for the positive response. This bright, cheery line with lush florals, colorful toiles and bright geometric designs combines everything you love about Jennifer Paganelli's designs. The vibrant greens and reds are the perfect compliment to your Christmas sewing this time of year. We want to share part of Jessica of Snickerdoodle Stew's post on Hotel Frederiksted and the Izzy and Ivy skirt she made using our fabric. One Fabric Nation- Hotel Frederiksted by Jessica It’s that time again! I’m here to tell you all about Hotel Frederiksted, the newest line from Jennifer Paganelli that ships this month from Free Spirit Fabrics! I’m not gonna lie . . . I never turn down an opportunity to sew with my favorite JPags, but this line takes the cake! I had such a hard time deciding what to do with it because I seriously loved it ALL! I finally decided on a few projects, so today I’m revealing a skirt that I made that I hope showcases these prints to their fullest. snickerdoodle-stew I’m a big fan of trims, and sometimes more is more, especially when Jennifer Paganelli prints are involved! I added a few and when I liked what I saw, I added one more for good measure. These are ribbons from Bonnie Christine and Renaissance Ribbons, paired with Cluny lace and trim from Little Red Cottage. snickerdoodle-stew2 I made a skirt similar to this for a birthday party my 7 year old attended, but it didn’t have the half doily on top of the apron like she wanted. I promised her I’d try it again on something for her, and I love the way it turned out. I wanted over the top, and I got it! The apron was an addition to the Izzy & Ivy Designs Addie Jo Skirt pattern. It’s a simple, yet versatile, skirt and it’s becoming my go-to for a quick project. snickerdoodle-stew3 Jump over to Jessica's blog over at Snickerdoodle Stew to finish reading the blog post. Thanks for all you do Jessica.

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

Hotel Frederiksted Tote Bag – Free Pattern

2016-08-26-11-27-39-1 Hurry up November! We are over the moon with the new Hotel Frederiksted line and can't wait for its arrival in stores this fall (probably early to mid November). If you have a few moments, take a peek at our video on the Hotel Frederiksted collection. It's filled with amazing clothing, quilting and decor inspiration by a few special sewists and quilters in the Sis Boom Sisterhood. We also wanted to show you this lovely patchwork tote bag and give you the Hotel Frederiksted Tote Bag Pattern for free. Finished size is 19 X 14 and it has lots of pockets. Great sewing tote or perfect bag while running errands. Download and make one today with your favorite Sis Boom fabric. Don't forget to tag us on Facebook or Instagram! We always love seeing what you create.

Hotel Frederiksted Spiderweb Blocks with 100 Billion Stars

spiderweb-mat-1 We are honored to have Melissa from 100 Billion Stars join us and show you how to make a Spiderweb quilt/mini quilt/placemat. The sample above is in the Hotel Frederiksted Collection coming out in November. Hello fellow Sis Boom Fans! I'm thrilled to be here as a guest blogger. In case you don't know me, my name is Melissa P and I blog at 100 Billion Stars. I have a penchant for bold, bright fabrics and alove of all things sewing and crafty. And I have been a Sis Boom fan since the very early days of Jennifer's grand adventure. It was Mod Girls that first grabbed my heart. I stumbled on Jennifer's blog and was drawn immediately to her aesthetic. (Oh the drama of that black and white zebra print!). This was back in the days before we were spoiled with so many choices in quilting fabrics. Sis Boom stood out from the crowd and I loved that! Fast forward to 2016 and guess what...Jennifer's prints still stand out. There's nothing quite like Sis Boom fabric collections. They are fun, nostalgic, pretty and joyful. They have a unique personality, something that every Sis Boom fan relates to easily. Over the years, I've built a grand stash of Sis Boom and have used it for all kinds of creative projects. But more importantly than finding fabrics that inspire playful creations are the people I met. Wonderful friendships formed over a shared love of Sis Boom. All because of Jennifer. She has created a beautiful safe place in the online world—a place filled with color and love. A place that has room for everyone. In 2011, I started a spiderweb quilt made entirely from my Sis Boom stash. I finished that quilt in 2012 and it remains one of my favorites to this day. It's a celebration of Sis Boom—of my stash at that time and also of my Sis Boom Sisters. Here's what I said in my post of the finished quilt: spiderweb-quilt-sis-boom “A web of friendships spanning the globe–that’s what I see every time I look at this quilt. It’s a symbol of the interconnectedness of our lives. So this is really a tribute of sorts to all my friends. If you feel like you’re outside the circle, don’t worry. You’re just a bit further out on the web. Venture in, join a conversation, send an email. There’s always room for one more in this web.” Those sentiments still hold true in 2016. You are welcome here. There are friends you haven't met yet. And your creative journey will be brighter and happier for the time you spend here. I am so very grateful for Jennifer and her beautiful Sis Boom world. If you feel the same, don't be shy. Shout it out! Generosity is a huge part of the Sis Boom Sisterhood. As an expression of that, I've prepared a project sheet for you so you can make a Spiderweb quilt/mini quilt/placement/etc. of your very own. A personal celebration of your Sis Boom stash to represent your own journey. More on how to make my original spiderweb quilt can be found on my original post. You can also download the spiderweb-block-project-sheet. sb-hf-spiderweb-quilting

Mary Fancy Sash Dress Part Deux

Merav, of Baby Hobbes Design, is back again and shows you how she did the reverse scoop curve on her Mary Fancy Sash Dress. The fabric used for this project is Sophia and Terrie, both in Green from the Hotel Frederiksted collection due out in November. Girl's World patterns are only available as paper patterns in the back of the book, so make sure you grab yourself a copy off Amazon. It's filled with 21 amazing projects for girls of all ages. As always, thanks Merav for all you do for Sis Boom. Make sure to follow Merav on Instagram and Facebook for more inspiration. Mary fancy 3 Hey hey! I am back again, this time with the inside scoop on how to add that 'reverse scoop' curve to your Mary Fancy Sash pattern. Last week I shared with you my take on the pattern for my new line of separates. I am all about sewing tops, skirts and pants this fall for Hobbes B2S wardrobe, so she can mix and match mama-made goodies with store bought tops and pants. I love this pattern for it easy-fit feel. Hobbes loves dressing herself in the morning, and this top (or dress version) just slips on over the head, without zippers or buttons to close. As previously shown, I made three easy tweaks to the pattern: turning into a tunic, lining it so I can skip the bias tape and cutting the front bodice on a curve to add a bit more volume and bounce to the top. It's really easy to add a curve to your bodice. Just as long as you follow these SIX easy steps. 1) Be AWARE of your fabric pattern. Check the size of your bodice. A curve bodice on a smaller pattern may mean that your LARGE center flower in your fabric may be cut off. Play around with your precious fabrics before you cut. 2) Trace (if using Mary Fancy Sash from Girls World) or print and cut your pattern according to size. 3) After tracing or cutting your bodice, place it in front of you. Sis Boom Patterns are usually graded on a half bodice, see how I laid my front bodice? 4) Locating the bottom corner of the center bodice (this will be on the side with the word fold) decide on how wide of a scoop or curve you want in the top. Remember that you need to add length to the skirt to accommodate what you removed from the top) otherwise it will be too short. For this top, I measured 1.5 inches from the bottom and marked it with a dot. *****When curving a top, you will start at the bottom edge under the arm and create a 25-40 degree line to meet the dot on the opposite side. Sept Blog 1 5) Draw curve your line. 6) Re-cut your pattern with the curve. Sept Blog 2 That's all sewing friends! It's so simple to add a bit of curves in your dresses and tops. Sept Blog 3 Till next time, happy sewing! -Merav @ Baby Hobbes Design