Sis Boom Quilted Coasters

It’s almost the holidays and Sew 4 Home has a great last minute holiday project idea. These darling coasters use our Spring 2016 Color Brigade. Sew up a few as hostess gifts or for the tea and coffee drinkers in your life.

Fast Fridays: Free Motion Quilted Coasters
Editor: Liz Johnson


Pieced strips of colorful cotton and wavy, free motion stitching give these coasters the look of a tiny quilt. They’re a wonderful last minute gift idea for the holidays or any special occasion. Wrap up a stack to give by themselves or bundle them with a set of mugs or glasses. Need to make a bunch? No problem; Fast Fridays are all about whipping out something wonderful in no time at all. Pull together some of your best bits of bright fabric and you’ll have scads if these snazzy squares in just a few hours.


The gorgeous fabric we used is the vibrant Color Brigade, a newer collection by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics. You can find Color Brigade in stock now at Hawthorne Threads and

There is an edgestitched frame around each coaster that acts as the pivot point for the vertical wavy lines. The free motion stitching comes up to but does not cross the edgestitching. The lines themselves are not individual but rather a continuous seam that snakes up and then back down as it moves across the coaster.


The gorgeous fabric we used is the vibrant Color Brigade, a newer collection by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabrics. You can find Color Brigade in stock now at Hawthorne Threads and

There is an edgestitched frame around each coaster that acts as the pivot point for the vertical wavy lines. The free motion stitching comes up to but does not cross the edgestitching. The lines themselves are not individual but rather a continuous seam that snakes up and then back down as it moves across the coaster.

Continue reading the rest of the article over at Sew4Home

Living the Girl’s World Dream!

We introduced you to Jenny and her daughter Kelsey last fall on the blog. Here is Kelsey in her adorable room modeling new PJ pants made with fabric in Krysta from the Hotel Frederiksted line. How many Sis Boom fabrics and projects can you spot in her room?


Kelsey has been a Sis Boom fan since she was a 2 year old sporting her pink Casey Scroll (From the Bell Bottoms fabric line) Leighanna Peasant. When Jenny would get new fabric in the mail, Kelsey would take out the Sis Boom fabric and spread it all over the floor and lay on it. Can’t we all relate when we get our Sis Boom in the mail?!? Her all time favorite print is Dance With Me Kayla in Aqua but really she has favorites in every collection. Again, can’t we all relate? Her favorite pattern is Mary’s Fancy Sash (Only available in Girl’s World).

When Girls World was published, she would pour through it over and over. Her book is now so incredibly worn. She even learned to sew with several of the projects in the book. To this day she pulls out her mom’s Sis Boom fabrics and asks Jenny sew up things for her or she makes little things for her dolls. She is living the Sis Boom Girl’s World dream!

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.


One of Lisa’s pups looking dapper in a Melody scraf from Beauty Queen.

Outfits in Phyllis and Melody from Good Company

Sweet dress in Hillary and flutter sleeves in Figgy from the Nostalgia line.

High-waisted romper in Gretchen from Color Brigade

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!!!


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.


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….

ScrapBusters with Sew4Home: Rainbow Zippered Pouches in Two Sizes

Thanks to Sew4Home for another great tutorial using Sis Boom Color Brigade fabric. We are always thrilled to see our fabrics in an array of projects for home, office and fashion!


By Sew4Home Editor: Liz Johnson

Designed to be the perfect size to drop into a larger bag or tote, these little pouches are really too pretty to hide! They’re long and slim with a full 12” opening. We combined a bold stripe with a pretty floral and topped them off with a striking rainbow zipper. Follow our design or create your own unique combination of fabric and hardware. It’s a fun and easy project – perfect for experimenting with unusual pairings of color, texture and motifs. So dive deep into your stash pile and pull out something new and different.

Continue reading the article here….

Color Brigade Patchwork Lumbar Pillow by Sew4Home

Sew 4 Home made a sublime Patchwork Lumbar Pillow with Free-Motion Quilting in Color Brigade fabric. We are thrilled and honored with the results. If you are looking for a bright and cheerful addition to your home decor, this pillow it is!


Patchwork Lumbar Pillow with Free-Motion Quilting
By Liz Johnson

Having grown up in the Virgin Islands, Jennifer has always embraced the world of mismatched patterns. They were a dominant part of the world around her, showing up in layers of different cloth as well as the distinctive head wraps of her homeland’s Cruzan culture. Textiles played a huge role in her early aesthetic development and are the foundation for her designs and their signature saturated colors.

As Jennifer explains it, “Built of florals, a huge Fleur de Lis, a wonderful check, two-tone wood cuts, and rhythmic lines; this collection works together effortlessly and allows the color harmonies to impart a strong island vibe.”

Read the easy-to-follow step by step instructions over at Sew4Home


Sis Boom Super Fan: Amanda Wilson of Dream-for Girls

We are in the dogs days of summer here in the States, but our down under fans are enjoying cooler weather. Amanda Wilson of Dream-for Girls in Sydney, Australia released a darling collection of clothing for girls featuring our Color Brigade fabric and we are so flattered. She even named the collection Jenny Rose after Jennifer saying “it’s for a beautiful lady named Jennifer, with a sprained ankle and who paints roses with magic as well.” Jennifer sprained her ankle earlier this summer when her dog, George, took off after a chipmunk. Luckily she is OK and pleased old George still has some peep in his step.

Amanda’s collection is available in her Etsy Shop, so hop over and check it out. Amanda has 2 beautiful children, a playful puppy, a great loving husband and a large extended adorable family too. She has worked as a designer/patternmaker and it’s always been her passion.

When we asked Amanda to send her a little bio about herself, she sent in the sweet little poem below. Judging from her joyous spirit, a little extra love and happiness is sewed into every garment she makes.

“Once upon a time…
from down under here…
There was a dream…
of sunny days, beautiful fabrics, sweet party dresses, smiles and fun twirly skirts in our aussie gum tree bush, pretty bows and playful pants down under here !!
Along came a friend and captured some magical photos with love, along came another friend,to walk us on the way…
and hello !!! Dream – for girls.

Photo credit: Meredith West of Dee Dub Designs






Color Brigade Quilt Tutorial by Garen Sherwood

Full Quilt- CB

If you’ve never seen a quilt by Garen Sherwood of Tranby Lodge Quilts, get ready to be wowed by this stunner in all 18 fabrics from the newest Sis Boom line, Color Brigade. Garen has graciously written up a tutorial for you all and you can download the full instructions here-Color Brigade Quilt by Garen Sherwood pdf.

Garen has made many gorgeous quilts using Sis Boom fabric over the years and we always look forward to her creations when a new fabric line comes out!

We hope you are enjoying Color Brigade and please share what you are making with us on social media – tag us on Instagram (SisBoomCo or JenniferPaganelli) and we’ll share it with all your fellow Sis Boom fans.

Off the Shoulder Marlo Tutorial with Jeanine Thomlinson

Once again Jeanine Thomlinson takes you through a wonderful tutorial on an off the shoulder Marlo dress with lace trim. She is using Rachel in Green from the new Color Brigade line. If you have any questions on this pattern or any other Sis Boom patterns, please join our Sis Boom Pattern Co Facebook Group.



Your first step is going to be to hit that “patterns” tab and pick up the Marlo pattern.
Then you cut the pattern pieces as directed. I used the longest cutting length for this for a nice mini dress length, but honestly I almost went maxi length…. the only thing that stopped me was not having 3yds of this fabric – and I HAD to have this fabric! lol.
Now when you get to cutting your ruffle strips, you will want to use the BACK ruffle length (it is shorter, and with a longer ruffle too much width will make it stand out poofy a bit) and then ADD many inches to the length of the ruffle. Remember it is easier to do a wider hem or cut an inch off the bottom than to add it later. so be generous. Here you can see how wide I cut my ruffle. Also, if you CAN cut on the bias (aka. you have enough fabric) I would recommend you do so for the drape. I didn;t since I was tight on fabric only have 2yds to do this entire dress in.


Sew the sides of the dress together and finish the armholes as per the pattern. Then finish the top edging of the neckline – this is not in the pattern, but serge or zig zag or something to finish that edge and finish one edge of the ruffle with the serger/zigzag as well.
Now you are going to put the dress into the ruffle. right side of the dress to the wrong side of the ruffle fabric. Move the ruffle up from the top edge of the dress neckline by elastic length plus 1/4″ for turning a hem. Please do make sure everything is nicely centered – you can refer to your pattern as needed.
Now you are going to start making your casing. Fold the ruffle over just overlapping the serged edges. do this all the way around and sew closely along the edge. Remember to leave a space for the elastic to be threaded.


Now this is what your dress/shirt will look like.


Try it on. Decide where to hem the ruffle. and pin some fabric selvedge to the back side of the dress near where the armhole bias is. and mark the  top edge as you can see I did below. With the dress on fold the slevedge over to the front and pin or mark. This is how you get perfectly placed and length of straps.


I had such a hard time deciding to trim or not to trim…. I also added a little elastic to the waistline at this point. I would not have needed to if I had done shirt length, but as a mini dress I thought it needed a little taking in.


Sew your homemade like bias tape straps in place and you are done!



Color Brigade Tulip Star Quilt – Free Pattern

Color Brigade has been in stores a little less than a month and you have helped make it a runaway success. Thanks for all the Sis Boom love. We do what we do because of you! Don’t forget to share with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Color Brigade quilt

If you are a quilter, Coats has a free Tulip Star Quilt pattern available for download. Definitely a intermediate to advance quilting project but with a little determination you can do it. We are here to cheer you on. So grab up Color Brigade and get inspired!