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

Sis Boom Super Fan: The Gold Magnolia

Happy Friday everyone! Hard to believe it's October tomorrow. I hope you have been busy with your Fall and holiday sewing and crafts. I just wanted to share this darling Girls Boho Maxi Dress by the Gold Magnolia. Lynn Owen, owner of the Gold Magnolia, made this stunner with fabric from our Nostalgia line. This beautiful dress really highlights our soft and romantic Nostalgia fabric line! gold-magnola Model: Claudia Mia Hope Andona Photographer: Claudia Medina Dress Designer: The Gold Magnolia Crotchet Bolero: LooHoo Creations Thanks for sharing with us Lynn. Visit the Gold Magnolia website for clothing for kids from tots to tweens. Don't forget to share with us on Facebook and Instagram. We love seeing what you are up to!

Instagram Inspiration – Kids’ Edition

I LOVED seeing all your spring and Easter creations recently. You guys are a talented bunch. Thanks so much for sharing with me on Instagram and Facebook. Here is a run down of a few of our favorites this month. mick_rose_handmade: we love this romper with the intricate tribal beading accent in Daisy from the Caravelle Arcade line. March_blog laneyclaire: stunning navy dress using Charlotte and Melody from the Beauty Queen line. March Blog_2 qwirkykreationsboutique - great dress in Isabelle from Good Company with a contrasting white and black belt. March Blog_3 lolly.and.me - some bunny was pretty lucky to wear this dress in Daisy from the Caravelle Arcade line for Easter! March Blog_ 4 danilittletreasures - it's a sunny shiney day every day when you are wearing a dress in Melody from the Good Company line. March Blog post_5 sewvolution - we'd be jumping for joy if we had on a dress in Eloise from the Happy Land line too. March blog_5 alliegraycreations - We love seeing old lines dug out of the fabric stash and come to life. Sweet romper in Siobahn and Lisa from the Poodle line. March Blog _ 6' summer.lillies - this little fashionista is rocking a dress in Hillary from the Nostalgia line. March_blog 8

You’ll Soon Be Nostalgic for Nostalgia

Thanks to everyone who made last fall's romantic and vintage inspired fabric line, Nostalgia, a huge success. It's still out there but supplies are running low, so if you have any favorites make sure to stock up on a few yards before its gone....we don't want you to miss out. We wanted to share these stunning photos by Angie Davis. Angie is the owner of Bella Marie Photography NYC, and she designed this amazing dress for one of her daughters using Kitty and Jackson in Green from the Nostalgia line. Two Snuggle Bugs sewed the design and they came out perfectly. The gold lace is a striking contrast on both fabrics. Hope you are inspired by them as much as we are. Angie Davis   Angie Davis3 Angie Davis 2 Angie Davis4jpg

Sis Boom Super Fan: Paisley Avenue

We are always filled with joy when the amazing Sis Boom creations by Danielle Giffin of Paisley Avenue pop up on our Instagram feed. From bags and clutches to amazing children's clothing and  home goods, Danielle knows how to bring Sis Boom fabric to life. Please follow Danielle on Facebook and Instagram.

My name is Danielle and I live on the Sunshine Coast, in Queensland, Australia, with my husband and two beautiful daughters. We love living by the beach, in a lovely community with our friends and family. I work part-time in a profession that I thoroughly enjoy, although I’m incredibly lucky to have a hobby (sewing and fabric collecting) that is such a contrast to my day job. It’s a wonderful creative outlet!

I have fond childhood memories of my mum staying up late at night, sewing an outfit for me to wear to a dance in Primary school. That would’ve been in the mid 80’s, and at the time I didn’t know that one day that would be me with my own daughters!

Both my grandmothers sewed leather jackets in the 1950’s-70’s in Melbourne. I still have some of the beautiful leather in my personal collection, and it’s very sentimental! My grandfather worked in a lingerie factory in the 1960’s – 80’s, and I have a collection of beautiful vintage laces from all over the world that he passed on to me. I love to use this lace to add vintage lace embellishments to special sewing projects.

 I remember sewing my first project, a patchwork cushion, in Year 7 at high school. It was fun, but I think I liked choosing the fabrics even more than sewing them! I don’t remember sewing again until my Year 12 formal school dance. My mum and I made a beautiful maroon and lace formal dress, and it was so much fun to learn from her! I dabbled over the years with sewing some of my own clothing, but it wasn’t until my brother and I both got married in the same year that I began to make bridesmaid and wedding dresses. That was truly a specialised skill, and I loved it!

I began to make much more of my own clothing, but my true passion for fabric ignited in 2006 when I had my first daughter. The gorgeous prints, and the vibrant colours were a magnet for my creativity and I sewed nearly everything that she wore. A few years later my second daughter was born, and I was able to concentrate more on sewing. I had many requests from people that wanted to buy my clothing, and that was when my hobby turned into Paisley Avenue!

 When making clothing, my motto is that the fabrics are the star of the show! For me, it is all about the fabric choice. I have a lot of fabric, and luckily I have a very supportive hubby that embraces my love of creating with this wonderful medium. My eldest daughter is now showing an interest in sewing, so I cannot wait to introduce the next generation to the wonderful world of fabric! She can already pick Jennifer Paganelli fabrics without any prompting...and so can my hubby!

A few of our favorite items Danielle has made over the years using new and vintage Sis Boom fabrics.

Darling shorts using Kitty from the Nostalgia line.

Paisley Ave_2 Lovely, feminine clutch with a lace accent and Loopy Vintage Floral from the Flower Power line. Paisley Ave_3 Who wouldn't love this wallet combining soft, buttery leather and colorful Gretchen fabric from the Color Brigade line due out in May! Paisley Ave_4 Lucky girl enjoying this beautiful view in a sweet dress using Marcella from the Lucky Girl line. Paisley AVe  

Instagram Inspiration- Kids’ Edition

Hope everyone had a fabulous week. I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to spring. Warmer weather, longer days, flowers and trees in bloom and of course Spring and Summer items made out of Sis Boom fabrics. Don't forget, we love seeing what you're doing. Share with us on Facebook and Instagram. tadacreations - Hard to believe Easter is around the corner! We are loving this darling Easter basket featuring Siobahn from the Poodle fabric line. 2_19a paisleyavenue - We'd have a big smile on our face too if we had on this sweet tank in Vickie from the Good Company line! 2_19b tiedyediva - Jen, of tiedyediva, went deep into her fabric stash and pulled out this blue floral from Mod Girls. 2_19c blue.pelican - I spy a wonderful headband explosion in lots of fabric from the Caravelle Arcade line. 2_19d summer.lillies - Adorable bloomers and matching bow in Maggie from the Circa line. 2_19e sewweedesignsbygb - lovely Easter dress in Daisy from Caravelle Arcade 2_19g summer.lilles - another stunner from @summer.lilles, any girl is lucky to have this Nostalgia banner in her room 2_19f

A Sweet Sis Boom Room for a Little Girl

Valentines Day is just around the corner and we couldn't help but be inspired by all the pink we are seeing in stores. We created a sweet and simple Sis Boom Room for the pink-loving girl in your life. Sis_Boom_Room_Little_Girl(1) Sew a duvet cover or curtains in Figgy in pink from the Nostalgia line. A reading corner complete with a domonio char in gold plus a few comfy Sis Boom pillows makes anyone look forward to reading time. A sweet area rug tops off the room perfectly. If you haven't already, check out Jennifer's book Girl's World, for 21 additional projects to finish decking out a girls' room - think banners, floral lamp shades, and bed canopies plus additional patterns for dresses, aprons, overnight bags and a cuddly puppy!

Think SPRING

Hard to believe it's February already! The good news is Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow today, so legend has it spring will be early this year. We sure hope so. If you're thinking ahead to spring and Easter, the PERFECT sewing project is our darling Shannon Dress. While you're at it, make yourself one in one of our more popular women's patterns, the uber flattering Carolina Mae. Both dresses would look especially spring-like in fabric from the Nostalgia collection. Shannon Dress_fabricideas If bright jewel tone colors are more your style, you're going to love the Color Brigade collection. It's coming May 2016 and we can't wait. You'll definitely want to celebrate summer in an easy breezy Tortola top made with fabric from the Color Brigade collection. For the young girls in your life, the Tabago Top is another must have summer staple. Thank goodness May is a just a few months away... Tortola top _color brigade No matter the season, we love to see what you're doing on Facebook and Instagram. Don't forget to share with us what you are making!

Sis Boom Super Fan: Alison O’Grady of Sew Bee It Clothier

We'd like to introduce you to the inspiring Alison O'Grady of Sew Bee It Clothier. Please be sure to check out her lovey Etsy Shop and Facebook page. Her stunning robe in Kitty from the Nostalgia line first caught our eye on Instagram, but she has other lovey totes and clutches in her shop as well. As always, thanks for sharing what you are creating with Sis Boom fabric on Instagram and Facebook. It always makes us smile! Sew Bee It Clothier About me: I am a breast cancer survivor and that taught me to live each day to the fullest..... Every. Single. Day. I work full-time outside my business for the incredible benefits that this job possesses. They are very flexible with me. That is critical as my business is my true passion that makes me wanting to wake early each day. Some days my studio time is in the morning before work, sometimes it is afterwards. But no matter what, I sew every day. I was encouraged to open an Etsy shop with my 35 + years of garment sewing. I started with silk jackets and tote bags. Once silk prices went crazy, AND it became hard to compete with items from China, I adjusted my custom items. I tried tunics, clutches, cases and such. Then I sewed a Buttercup purse that was purchased by the fabric designer! I was in a state! I was so honored. That led to my freelance sewing that I currently do, mostly with Windham Fabrics, and occasionally for Bari J. at Art Gallery Fabrics. I am so proud of my skills and ability to showcase fabrics in their best light. I love this work so much! I was able to attend Market in Houston this year. A dream for me as I have had many of my garment creations there in the past years on display but I never attended. What an amazing Community of Sewists, Quilters, Designers and so many other important people that I have admired for so long, gathered in the same room! Oh my! I still re-live that time often. So that is a quick snapshot of me and what drives my passion. Thank you Jennifer for sharing your vision and talents with all of us sewists! Alison in a lovely shirt she made in Cecilia from the Crazy Love Line Sew Bee It One of Sew Bee It Clothier's robes - very popular with bridal parties to wear on the big day Sew Be It 2 Alison's trusty sewing machine turning Kitty fabric into something magical. Sew Bee It 3

Sis Boom Super Fan: Robin of Kiddlestix Quilts

Every day our heart skips a beat when you guys share all the amazing things you're making with the Nostalgia line on Facebook and Instagram, and today's post is no exception. Kiddlestix Quilts posted this stunner of a beautifully sewn and photographed Nostalgia baby quilt. Some lucky babe and momma are going to enjoy countless hours snuggling and rocking wrapped up in this beauty. nostalgia quilt 3 My name is Robin Densford. I hardly remember a time when I didn’t enjoy sewing. But it wasn’t until my youngest daughter decided wearing Mom made dresses wasn’t cool anymore, that I had to find another outlet for my love of sewing . . .enter, quilting. Now I quilt full time, from making award winning quilts and beautifully modern baby quilts for my etsy shop, to actively participating our local quilting guild. When Jennifer’s beautiful Nostalgia line was first released by Free Spirit, I received an email from Hawthorne Threads and immediately clicked the link and bought fabric from the entire line. It’s truly one of the most beautiful fabrics I’ve ever seen. The classic designs and beautiful colors, along with all the coordinating fabrics in the line, give Nostalgia a timeless quality not often found. I’m loving how perfectly the colors go together, making Nostalgia the perfect choice for baby quilts and matching crib sheets. Baby/toddler quilts and crib sheets in Jennifer Paganelli’s Nostalgia can be found at my Etsy shop, Kiddlestix Quilts. nostalgia quilt nostalgiaquilt2