Blush fabric tour round-up

Fabric Tour! Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsReady for the holidays??
Christmas is only a few weeks away! And I’m sure you have SEW much to do?
Me too.
So here’s a little inspiration (in case “yards of fabric” is on your Santa list).

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsLast month I sent Blush Fabrics out to some of my favorite makers, to see what they’d come up with.
Ready for all the awesomeness?

Let’s start with this darling crew.
If you don’t follow Aubrey of Aubrey Plays, you need to. She lives in a magical world of dolls (which she sells! Christmas gifts!) Remember her Fiesta family picnic?  I’m so happy she joined the BLUSH tour for round 2.

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsWith Blush, she designed Miah the Birthday Kitty and all her friends – including an owl and unicorn. Really, you have to click over to read the story and details. Aubrey is one talented woman.

Next we have THIS BAG by Vanessa at LBG Studio. Ahhh.  The leather accents. This “Tulips” fabric is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the collection.  The zipper clutch she made to go along (in the peach Tulip fabric) is equally as cute. Vanessa added so many pro touches. Now I seriously need a purse with FIVE pockets.

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsThen there are the fresh and clean placemats that Rose from Threadbare Creations made for her daughter! I love this beautiful housewarming gift. And even better — she included a pattern to go along, and it’s free. Go visit her site to read more and make your own.

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsNext up QUILTS.

This English paper piecing “kite” quilt is kind of blowing my mind.  Jodi at Tales of Cloth shared so many fun photos on instagram and on her blog of this quilt coming together.  The process!  It’s so cool.  And the way she fussy cut each motif, and the way she laid it all out?  It’s just perfection. I’m pretty sure it would take me a year to do something like that. Guess what, she has a free pattern for this quilt here. THANK YOU Jodi!

I want every one of the quilts that I’ve seen made with Blush.

Like this beauty from Tiffany at Village Bound Quilts….which is a prime example of how excited it makes me to see what others make with my fabric designs.  I adore the print/color combination she chose. And I’m happy she picked the “less obvious” fabrics in the group. She says the quilt design will be released as a pattern next year, so be sure to check out her post for the details.

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsAnd finally, the Maypole Quilt from Amanda at clark|pharm, with another amazing color combo! Oh my gosh, so many cool photos in her post. And such a great way to use big blocks of fabric to let the fabric designs shine.  Click over to see it all.

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsOkay, let’s talk clothing.
The Floret prints were a big hit with the ladies!

Floret Sunkissed rayon | Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsDid you know that the Floret comes in rayon?  With sunkissed pink flowers?
Alexis from My Sweet Sunshine used it for this stunning dress
(and modeled it adorably as well). Click over to her instagram feed for more pics. She nails it every time.

The rayon is dreamy. Lightweight but not sheer, and I love the drape.
Erin Keith also used the rayon to make this beauty (she has fun details about the sleeves in her feed):

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsAnd if you make twinner outfits for yourself AND your daughter, then my heart might explode.  Ahhh. Jill! Of @kneesocksandgoldilocks is pretty much amazing. Just click over to her feed and you will find endless inspiration and smiles.  She’s great at sharing tons of photos–you have to see the back of June’s little dress.
And just when it couldn’t get any better, the floret also comes in KNIT! With honeydew blooms.

Elizabeth from Pins & Pinot is one of my new favorites on Instagram.  She’s always sewing!–cute things for herself (you should also check out the ice cream dress she made with Boardwalk Delight fabric. Ahhh)
I adore this Colette Moneta Dress in the Floret Honeydew knit.

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsAnd as it turns out, Floret works for ladies of all ages…

Inês from La Folie also used the knit for this Spin Dress for her daughter. I looove how the florets look on the circle skirt! Changing directions, blowing in the wind…

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsOf course you can get the Floret Honeydew in a woven cotton too….which is darling for this romper (above right) by Summer of sevenpretty—click over to see pics of the front!

How about sewing for sisters?  Erin Keith shared so many cute pics of her girls in their Blush outfits. I’m such a sucker for those back button details. And for pictures of sisters being sweet. Check out Erin’s instagram feed for more.

Floret Bright | Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsBlush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsHere’s some more Floret beauty from Cassie of Lily Shine Creates and Emi of Just Add Fabric
I love how these two dresses show the different properties of the rayon vs. the cotton. See how small the folds are in the drapey rayon on the left? And with the cotton on the right, it’s full-bodied and crisp. Both work great, it just depends on what you’re going for. Cassie and Emi perfectly paired their patterns and substrates!

Floret Sunkissed | Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsNow it’s time to get real serious.
About cats.

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsThe Cat Nap print was a personal favorite when I put this collection together, but I had no idea what you guys would think. As it turns out, my Clara isn’t the only one crazy for kitties! Meow.
And now I need these pajamas in my size.

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsDelia of Delia Creates not only made some snuggly pajamas for her daughter in the KNIT fabric, but she added a pocket kitty. Yep. A POCKET KITTY. And she has the free pattern for it in her post!

The only thing better than pink cats?
Sara from The Sara Project made this darling dress (left):

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsAnd Summer from sevenpretty gave her dress a twirl with this knit cutie as well. Tumbling kitties on the circle skirt!

As much as I love the kitties on their own (and I DO), I think something special happens when they’re combined with another print in the collection, like Abby did for her daughter’s Sullivan Dress:

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery FabricsJust enough coordination without going too matchy-matchy.

Emi from Just Add Fabric made the dress below for her younger daughter, and then was able to squeeze a top from the leftovers. (More ruffles YES.)

The contrasting trim she used on both was just the right touch! The top was supposed to be for big sister, but a little drama ensued involving fabric dibs. Haha! Check out her post for the scoop.

And in case you were wondering, dogs and cats can totally play together.  More darling pics from Jill @kneesocksandgoldilocks.

Phew, that was a long one. I hope it gave you some ideas for Blush sewing — it did for me! Don’t forget to visit Blush Headquarters to purchase fabric, and for even more project ideas.

Blush Fabric Collection designed by Dana Willard for Art Gallery Fabrics

chocolate hazelnut caramel ganache

I’m a big believer that amazing things come in little packages.
And when things are little, I can eat more of them.  Right?

If you knew me in college, or in LA, or if you know me now!…you know that I always have a bag of little chocolates stashed somewhere in the kitchen, for those times when I just need a little treat.  Sometimes there’s a bag in the fridge (cause some chocolate is better cold). And sometimes there’s a bag of chocolate chips half-opened and half-eaten (cause they’re great on crackers with peanut butter).

But in general–Life is like a box of chocolates.  And every day should include a small bit of it….with all the caramel strings attached.

Seriously.  I may or may not be eating chocolate AS I’m writing this post.  But what is one to do, when this is their job for the day??? My kids watched me editing these photos and said, Mom, your job is to talk about chocolate?? (this is going to take career day to a whole new level)

But yesss.  I was contacted by Godiva Masterpieces to share a little story.  And to share their cute indulgent chocolates, which you can now buy in a bag at the grocery store! Woohoo! They’re individually wrapped (perfect)
((and easy to give away in goodie bags or gifts))
(((and would be so fun in a guest room)))

But I’m getting ahead of myself here.  Let’s jump back to 1992.
Yep. That’s me with those awesome eyebrows.

And when Godiva asked me to share their new Godiva Masterpieces I was like….ummm. Yes! I worked at a Godiva shop in high school!  It was blogging destiny.

I don’t know why I have a photo of me in my Godiva apron, working at the store, when I was 16?  My mom must have stopped by the mall that day. But I’m glad I do. It’s fun to see these pics side-by-side, 20 (+) years apart.
I can still remember that first day on the job when we tried some of the famous Godiva flavors, which is what the Masterpieces are based on–their most decadent, legendary pieces.  Like the Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Oyster:

Guys.  Up until this point in my short life I had never tasted hazelnut before.  How is that possible?
And when I bit into that thing, it was like piece of my life had been found.  And now I think of it in two parts–life before hazelnut chocolate filling; and life after.  Mmmm.  So delicious.

Of course there’s also the famous Milk Chocolate Caramel Lion (which also comes individually wrapped in the Masterpieces bags).  And I love how easy it is to purchase high-end chocolates, right at the grocery store, and have a little treat when I need it.

They’re the perfect little size.
We “heart” dark chocolate ganache. Heh heh.

So for this post, Godiva asked me to come up with a fun way to use their new Masterpieces for the holidays, and every day.

And since my family loves to sit around the table and chat and share stories and laugh (that’s my brother and his wife in the photos above), I immediately thought of a dinner party.

I grabbed a bag of Godiva Masterpieces, wrote some mixer-game questions on pieces of paper, and taped them to the back of each individually-wrapped chocolate.

You could do this so many different ways…as an appetizer or as a post-dinner sweet treat.  But the idea is to pass the basket around, each person picks a chocolate and has to answer the question on the back before they can eat the chocolate.

Share two truths and one lie.
Where would you like to travel to most?
What was your best grade in school? Your worst grade?
Three things you’re thankful for?
The craziest thing you did as a teenager?
Share something you love about the person on your left?

Obviously the questions can be modified to include children in the game too. And you can mix it up with “questions” like, steal the candy of the person on your right and answer their question.  And then that person gets another piece of chocolate.  I really love this kind of conversation, even with family that I’ve known for years.  You always find out things you still don’t know about a person–even your spouse.

And, You get to eat chocolate.

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Sewing a Beach Coverup, for ME!

Texas is doing that weird thing again, where it’s hot, and then it’s 30, and then it’s back up to 90.  Maybe I should accept that it’s not “weird.” It’s just Texas.

So before it gets back into the 30s, let me share this fun Beach Coverup that I made for myself.  I’m really digging this selfish sewing.  And especially with easy summer items like tanks and tees.  It’s so fast to sew one of those.

This coverup was something I based on a dress I already have.  And I know I called this a “retro” coverup.  The style is not particularly retro….in fact it’s more modern with the racerback. But the fabric is from my BLUSH fabric collection and it’s called Retro Petals!  So there you go.

I’ve mentioned this before, but Art Gallery knits are really some of the softest that I’ve ever felt.  They are buttery. And so stretchy—with a bit of spandex in there.  If you’re new to sewing with knits, I have tons of helpful tips to get you started!

And if wovens are your thing, this print also comes in quilting cotton in two color ways (which feels amazing as well).  In fact that’s the AGF motto—Feel the difference.

So, for this project I traced an old coverup for my pattern and used an old t-shirt for the binding.  Love projects like that! And love a pop of yellow of course.  I gathered the “skirt” by sewing 1/4 inch elastic around the edge, with a zigzag stitch, and then I attached it to the bodice.  That’s totally my go-to method these days—like the Scooter dress here.

And there you go! Perfect simple coverup for our annual Palm Springs trip that happened this summer.

Of course my favorite part is the back—which is far from perfect, and I’m so fine with that.

I just think it’s really fun to see a peek of swimsuit straps next to the dress.
And “Vikings” braids gives an added touch.

This Retro Petals print is one of the smaller-scale prints in the BLUSH collection, and there are so many fun things to do with it.

This jewelry case sewn by my friend Susan for the lookbook is too cute.  And how purrrrfect do the petals look cut on the bias like that?? (tutorial here)

Make a quilt, make a bag.
Make it all.
(photos via AGF)

These two quilting blocks are SO cool.
I mean, the one on the left by Kate Basti is blowing my mind!  It’s like the fabric was made for those shapes.
The block on the right is from the BLUSH lookbook and you can find the pattern here.

And for even MORE sewing fun, AGF has a pattern PLUS video for another block!
Time to get quilty.

So are you ready to sew with some BLUSH?? Whether your choice is quilts, apparel, crafts, or anything else, I hope you find something inspiring! Check out more projects and where to find the fabrics here.

Annnd look at that, during the time it took me to write this post, it’s cold here again. Haah! Well, I’m sure I’ll be able to bust out this coverup again in no time.