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{Riley Blake Designs} Bliss by My Mind's Eye

I am so excited to share one of Riley Blake Designs' newest fabric collections!  Bliss, designed by My Mind's Eye, is such a stunning collection with just the right amount of rose gold sparkle!  The color palette is blush pink, mint, and black.  This collection is a perfect mixture of floral, stripes, dots and honeycomb prints.

Photo Credit: Riley Blake Designs
Isn't it so dreamy?  Normally, I try to sew for just one on my daughters, but I just couldn't resist picking out fabrics for both.  I especially loved that I could pick out fabrics from one collection that suited each daughter but result in two totally different looks. For my oldest daughter, I chose Bliss Roses Black Sparkle and Bliss Honeycomb Black Sparkle.  She loves everything black and pink!  For my youngest daughter, I went with a softer palette and chose Bliss Main Mint Sparkle and accented it with Bliss Honeycomb Blush Sparkle.

While I picked the fabrics this time, I let the girls pick which dress I'd sew for them.  As we looked through pictures, the Lexington Dress by Little Lizard King caught my daughter's eye.  It is such a sweet and dainty pattern, it definitely suited the fabric selection.  I opted to add the faux sash which is a great place to use coordinating fabrics.

I love the back detailing and used the accent fabric as the tie to make the sweet honeycomb bow pop against the main floral print.

She's all ready for Spring ... we just need the Spring weather to arrive. HA!

My oldest chose one of her favorite patterns, the Sorrento by Little Lizard King.  Although I've sewn her a few, she didn't have a circle skirt version like her sister!  Thankfully she's so tiny for her age because I was *just* able to squeeze out the skirt on the 44" wide fabric.  It's a smidge shorter than the intended size 7 length.   (Please note: It normally doesn't sit so low on the top.  I noticed after pictures that I must have cut the straps a tad long... :facepalm:  I guess I'll have a date with the seam ripper to remedy it.)

We chose to contrast the bodice with the Honeycomb in Black. 

I made bias tape out of the remainder and used it to hem the circle skirt!

Of course, this dress was chosen for the twirl factor -- and it passed with flying colors!  Some pictures were promptly deleted because it twirls a *little* too

I'm also happy to report that you can iron this fabric just as you would any other cotton!  I was worried that the sparkle may require different instructions, but I had my iron as hot as it'd go with the steam just as high.

Thank you Riley Blake Designs for these gorgeous fabrics!! The smiles say it all 💗

Gnome & Gardens Fabric Collection by Shawn Wallace for Riley Blake Designs

I know Spring starts in 5 days, but who wants to skip straight to Summer with me?!  I am SO over rain and ready for weeks of sunshine.

Gnome and Gardens by Shawn Wallace for Riley Blake Designs is just the collection to make me want to jump-start Summer.  It's a whimsical group of designs with gnomes, bunnies in their carrot gardens and flamingos!!  Shown below is a sampling of the color palette.  It is just all SO fun!!

(Be sure to visit the Storyboard here to see complete collection details, including the inspiration behind it!)

Photo Credit: Riley Blake Designs
I was immediately drawn to the cute little flamingos and while the majority of what I sew my girls are dresses, I knew a summer top and shorts set was perfect for it.  I paired the Gnome and Gardens Flamingos White with the Gnomes and Gardens Loopy Dots Pink.  

The patterns I selected are Amsterdam Top (no and Charleston Shorts both by Little Lizard King.  For both patterns, I selected options that I had never sewn before and I love how they turned out! 

This back is perfect for our hot Summer heat!!  This Flamingo print is just the right weight too.

Several years ago, Rebecca of Candy Castle Patterns sent me various pieces of picot edged bias -- sent all the way from the Netherlands.   I have used some of the pieces here and there, but this black and white gingham piece has been waiting for the perfect pairing.  I adore how it compliments this fabric!!

She added some sunglasses and now she's ready!!  All she needs now is for it to stop raining and actually warm

Is that too much to ask for?!

Have you checked out the collection linked above?  What prints are your favorites??

{Blog Tour} Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

EEEK... so begins SUMMER OF SWIM... again!

Last summer, I finally took the plunge and sewed swimsuits for my girls and by the time summer was over, they had about 4 or so each (maybe more... I lost count).  I am SO excited to kick this Summer of Swim off with the Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour with Raspberry Creek Fabrics!  I have recently discovered Raspberry Creek Fabrics and I'm so glad I did!  Not only do they have a wide variety of prints and styles, they are a MATTE swim material and also have the ability to mix and match prints in the collection.  Many of them also come in board short material!

I let my girls have free reign of  picking the fabrics and the patterns.  I was pleasantly surprised when they (separately) chose coordinating fabric!  (Although my youngest had the sharks a close second choice.)   Truth be told, the two watermelon prints were top of my list too!  My youngest chose the Tossed Watermelon print and my oldest selected Tossed Watermelon Seed.

I'm including the stock pictures from the website because indoor lighting isn't my favorite and my eyeballs are about to bleed from trying to edit them

My youngest knew right away that she wanted a repeat sew of one of last year's makes that is getting too small.  She practically lived in the two Catalina Swimsuits by Violette Field Threads I made last year (stealing her sister's too!).  This year, I sized up a width and made a 6w/7L.  She does most of her growing in the summer months so I wanted it to still fit her at the end of August.

She, of course, wanted no ruffles but wanted the Tossed Watermelon Seed to be the top accent and tie.  Because the back of the material is white, I lined the tie as a design preference.

These materials are 50+ UPF Protection which gives me peace of mind as we spend our summer days practically living at the pool.  The fabrics were really easy to sew.  I didn't experience any slipping either!  I also lined the entire suit with swimsuit lining, also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

My oldest ventured out to try a new (to us) pattern and chose the Lainey Swimsuit from Made for Mermaids after perusing all of the sponsors (thank you sponsors!).  She prefers more of a sleek look so it was no surprise when she wanted the bikini with no frills and made in just the Tossed Watermelon Seed.  

This is my first swimsuit I've sewn by Made for Mermaids (despite me buying last years releases for my growing pattern and I really loved how the bottoms were sewn together.  It's a rather genius way to attach it all so it's fully lined and the seams are not only hidden but all attached so the lining isn't slipping around!  Now, I can't wait to try the ones I bought last year!

She's busy checking to see how many days are left until our life at the pool begins!!  

P.S. The girls have promised me a reshoot of these at the pool once it opens because indoor pics are kind of duds for swimwear.  I'll update in a few weeks if they hold true...HA!!

In the meantime, check out the awesome line up of bloggers and of course, the amazing sponsors (and some sweet discount codes through tomorrow only)!!  Don't forget to visit Raspberry Creek Fabrics and plan your summer swimwear now!

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Sleep Tight {Meow and Forever}

Calling all kitty lovers.... the purr-fect fabric has arrived!!!

Meow and Forever by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs is such a cute collection.  Its color combination of pinks, blacks and white with a pops of yellow are so charming.  

 When I browsed the collection to place my order, I originally had a skirt design in mind with a coordinating kitty face raglan planned for my youngest daughter.  However, when I opened my package, I had visions of the cutest little summer pjs for both of my girls!

I selected Meow and Forever Faces BlackMeow and Forever Heads Pink and Meow and Forever Paws in Pink and White.

I quickly switched gears and grabbed my Adelaide Pajama Set by Little Lizard King.  I had ordered just a half yard of each of the 4 prints so I altered the top pattern by removing some of the width in order to fit tops in just a half yard.  I also shortened it a couple of inches because I accidentally cut it out with the paw prints upside down and then had to fix my mistake -- whoops!!  Happy accident.

For my youngest daughter, I paired the Kitty Faces Black with Paws Pink.

For my oldest, I chose the Kitty Faces Pink and paired it with the Paws White.  My two girls wear the same size too (despite being 22 months apart) so they can mix and match the two sets.

Aren't these the cutest pj shorts ever?!  I added a small faux tie to the front of the shorts so my girls know which way is the front.

Definitely check your local quilt shop or online retailer for these cute prints!!

Sewing and the {Cricut Maker}

I don't know about y'all, but sometimes I dread cutting out my sewing projects, especially if it has a million pieces.  Luckily, I can now hand this task off to my Cricut Maker and the fabulous rotary blade!  Not only does Design Space offer hundreds of sewing projects pre-designed, you can also design your own.

One of my favorite sewing patterns is Amsterdam by Little Lizard King.  I've made countless since it came out -- but I had yet to try the quilted skirt option included in the pattern.  Why?  I really did not want to cut 64 squares by hand... lol.  Quilting is precise and each cut must be just as precise.  That's 64 squares of pressure ~ HA!

Here's how you get your {Cricut Maker} to cut a quilted skirt for you:

1.  Figure out the number of fabrics you'll be using.  I needed 64 squares so I chose 8 different fabrics.

2. Open Design Space.  Click New Project.  Under SHAPES, choose the Square. Then edit the dimensions to the size you need.   Since I used the Amsterdam Dress, I consulted the Cut Chart included in the pattern and changed the dimensions to those that coordinated with her size (the size below is the default size) ** Be sure unlock the lock if you your length and width are different numbers.

3. Once you get your square sized how you need it, choose the DUPLICATE button on the right side of your screen.  Duplicate it until you get the number of squares to equal the number of fabrics you are using.  Change each square to a separate color.  It doesn't matter how they are arranged on the screen.  (Cricut will arrange the cut mats for you.)

4. Click MAKE IT (green button on right side in above picture).  Then change the quantity of PROJECT COPIES to the number you need of each fabric.  I chose 8 fabrics and need 8 cuts each to equal 64 squares.  Change the mat size to 12x19 (if you are using fat quarters!) or 12x24 (if you are using normal fabric or Cricut precuts).

5. Prepare your 1st mat.  I chose the Jubilee Fat Quarter package from Cricut so I needed to cut my fat quarters down to mat size.  (If you choose the 5-pack precuts, this is done for you already!)  I grabbed my Cricut Self-Healing Mat, my Cricut Acrylic Ruler (which is perfectly sized to the extra-long mat) and my Cricut 45mm Rotary Cutter.  (Side note: Cricut's Rotary Cutters have a locking mechanism which protects the blade when not in use.  It really makes me feel safer knowing my girls won't be able to injure themselves on it by accident.)

TIP:  Pay attention to the direction of your fabric pattern!!

Starting at the top edge of your mat, gently unroll your fabric onto the mat, right side down.

Smooth out the fabric onto the mat.  I prefer to use the Cricut Brayer Tool.  It eliminates all bubbles!

6. Head over to your Cricut Maker, turn it on and insert the Rotary Blade.  (I have it displayed on the front for you).  To cut your first mat, click continue on the the lower righthand of your screen.  It will connect to your Maker.  Then, select your material type -- I used Cotton under the Fabric section.  Load your mat and press Go when it flashes.  Unload your mat after the cuts is finished.  Remove your pieces.

Repeat this process until you have cut all of your mats.

After you have cut all of your pieces, head over to your sewing machine and start sewing.  If you are following the Amsterdam Pattern, detailed instructions are included.  If you have created your own, sew one row together.  Repeat until you have all of your rows.  Then assemble your rows together, half for the front of the skirt, half for the back.  Topstitch all of the seams down.  Then sew the front skirt to the back skirt, just as you would for a normal skirt/dress!  Finish constructing your dress per the pattern.

That's it!!

Because I used my Cricut Maker, all of my squares lined up perfectly!!!  Hooray!!

I couldn't help but add some Iron-On one the bodice.  My daughter saw this cute little bird in Design Space and had to have it!

Treat yourself to a Cricut Maker (or add it to the top of your wishlist) and save time and energy cutting to spend more time doing what you love -- sewing!!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

In the Meadow by Keera Job Design Studio for Riley Blake Designs

"May you be like a -wildflower- growing gently in the beauty + joy of each day..."

In The Meadow by Keera Job Design Studio for Riley Blake Designs is full of floral charm -- bright wildflowers, bumble bees and a coordinate of inspirational quotes.  

Photo Credit: Riley Blake Designs
Aren't those so pretty?  And the bees are the cutest!!  I selected In the Meadow Main Navy and In the Meadow Text Pink.  I used the pink to line the bodice and centered the opening quote which is one of many quotes on the fabric.  I hope these quotes give her the quiet strength to embrace her whole self 💗

See the Storyboard here to get inspired!

I knew this fabric was perfect for Spring/Summer so I wanted to sew a sundress.  As I searched through my patterns, I was drawn to Augusta by Little Lizard King.  I had previously sewn a maxi version of this pattern and truth be told, kind of forgot about it! Now, I definitely need to sew a few more!

I love the contrast of the deep blue background with the pop of wildflowers against her skin.  It makes me wish we really had fields of wildflowers growing in February to go frolicking.

The sweetheart neckline option is so gorgeous!

I love that Riley Blake Designs uses quality cottons so no matter what fabric you order, it will always be soft, easy to care for and sews up with ease.  My girls' closets are quickly being filled with Riley Blake Designs. 💗

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