Amy Sinibaldi, Playground Showcase

Well, happy first day of Fall!! Ironically, when I was planning out my project for the showcase I wanted to incorporate Fall into my garment and photos. Little did I know the first day of Fall was also my day to share on the Showcase Tour. Too perfect right!!?!

 

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Amy Sinibaldi’s newest collection with Art Gallery Fabrics , Playground, released a couple months ago . She is also the creative talent behind the Paperie Fabric collection. Amy did such an amzing job capturing childhood memories. Don’t you remember palying hopscotch with your best friend or praying for a gust of wind to lift your plastic kite. I mean seriously I tried so many times to fly that kite!

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For the Showcase I choose the He Loves Me Plum VOILE fabric for the main portion and Posy Chain Freshlilly for the collar. I have become infatuated with Voile fabric lately!

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I modified the Pepper pattern by lengthing the skirt and creating a Maxi and also leaving off the sleeves. The Pepper is my 6th pattern with Violette Field Threads and I am pretty excited to be adding Tween Pepper soon!

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This Plum floral was the perfect color to start the Fall Season! This was a vast difference from the Playground outfit I made for Art Gallery Fabrics Lookbook….

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To see more inspiration check out the Lookbook

To see more inspiration check out these amazing creators…

Calendar:

SEPT 14: Katie Skoog ~ thesimplelifecompany.com/blog

15: Michelle Curtis ~ chellesquilts.com

16: Peta Peace ~ shequiltsalot.com

17: Minki Kim ~ minkikim.com

19: Jemima Flendt ~ tiedwitharibbon.com

20: Tara J Curtis ~ tjaye.com

21: Alexis Wright ~ mysweetsunshinestudio.com

22: Melissa LeRay ~ ohhowsweet.com

23: Ali Brorsen ~ becauseofbrennaclothing.com

24: Angie Wilson ~ gnomeangel.com

26: Rachel McCormack ~ woodenspoonquilts.blogspot.com

27: Stacy Olson ~ stacyolsondesign.com

28: Shannon Fraser ~ shannonfraserdesigns.ca

29: Cristi Cooper ~ whimsyquilts.blogspot.com

30: Guiseppe Ribaudo ~ instagram.com/Giucy_Giuce

OCT 1: Kristyne Czepuryk ~ prettybyhand.com

3: Amy Sinibaldi ~ nanaCompany.typepad.com

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See you all later…

-Alexis

 

Sew Caroline Chalk and Paint Blog Tour.

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Happy Monday!!

I am happy to start off your week with lots of bright colors from Sew Caroline’s Chalk and Paint Fabric Collection.

I hope you had a chance to see The Tattooed Quilter blog post yesterday??!! If not you must check it out and also stop by Hey June Handmade  blog tomorrow!

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Sew Caroline has 3 lines with Art Gallery Fabrics and is well know for her bright, cheerful color palette and Chalk and Paint is no exception. I have been waiting on pins and needles (get it?!!) for this line since Fall Quilt Market. I love the bright colors and large scale floral prints along side bold graphic prints.

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The above prints are:

Short Lines Mist and Evenly Smudged Joy

The print below are:

Short Lines Mist and Triangle Brush Tempera

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We had a chance to go to QuiltCon last weekend so I decided to bring Miss. T with me so she could see the what the world of sewing is all about. She wore this and Oh-Man was it a hit! People were asking  where they can get the Fabric and Skirt!

I used Violette Field Threads Allie Top Pattern with the Lavinia Reversible Skirt Pattern.

I also had the honor of making two dresses for Chalk and Paint Lookbook…

The dress above was is a new pattern coming soon by Violette Field Threads called Madison!

I made Madison with the following fabrics:

Dripping Paint Warming

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Sprayed Blooms Bright

Aerosol Stipple Blush

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Sew Caroline is also offering one person the opportunity to WIN a FULL Fat Quarter Bundle of Chalk and Paint Fabric.

The giveaway is being offered on @sewcaroline Instagram page and will run from 2/22 to 3/7.

To enter:

  • Post/repost your favorite image from the blog tour (any photo from any blog post) crediting the maker/photographer
  • Use the hashtag #chalkandpaintgiveaway and tag @sewcaroline
  • People can enter once per day

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For more inspiration check out Art Gallery Fabrics Lookbook and Sew Caroline’s Blog!

Thank you Caroline for another beautiful collection and having me join the Blog Tour!

-Alexis

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Sharon Holland Coastline Fabrics Blog Tour

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Hello and Welcome to the Sharon Holland Coastline Fabrics Blog Tour!!

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What is your sign? No I am not trying to pick you up, just wanted to share that I am a Pisces and naturally drawn to water. So it makes perfect sense then that I am naturally drawn to Ocean inspired fabric right?!?  Sharon Holland has been with Art Gallery Fabrics for a couple of years now and has 3 fabric collections with them, Gossamer, Sketchbook and now Coastline.  I had the opportunity to see this collection at October’s Quilt Market and was totally blown away by the serene blues and purples of the North Shore colorway and the vibrant coral and aqua of the South Shore colorway.

Sharon is also hosting a giveaway so be sure to read allllllll the way to the end for more details!

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What made the photo shoot for the blog tour more fun was collaborating with another creative mind, Sue Stone who is the owner of Needle In a Fabric Stash . She is also blogging today and sharing more photos of our collaboration on her blog. Click HERE.   Isn’t her Quilt and Bag STUNNING!!!??!!

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For this Blog Tour I used the Cosette Dress pattern by Violette Field Threads. I choose the Maxi Dress option with the pleated insert. I also left off the ruffles since this big girl no longer likes them, booooo! Why are you growing up so fast!!??!

Fabric used in the dress:

*Beachcomber Nocturnal

*Sand Bar Drift Wood

*Netting String

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Look who joined us!!! Yes, he was SO excited to join his Sister. He is usually in the background looking for sticks and pretending to be a stormtrooper.  Isn’t it awesome when you can choose fabric from a collection that can be used for Boys and Girls! Thank you Sharon!

I choose the ModKid Keagan Boy Shirt pattern which was a perfect fit for my Son!

Fabric used:

*Netting in Twine

*Trade Winds Port

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I think this might be the coolest pier I have ever seen and was quiet excited to shoot here in Sunny San Diego!

It was such a great day spending time with the kids and meeting new friends. I was a little stressed out making sure I got great photos but I know the kids had LOTS of fun!!

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Stunning Floral Halo was purchased on Etsy , through Little Lady Accessories.  

I added a crocheted trim I purchased from Joann.

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I feel so lucky Sue decided to open a fabric store only minutes from my house (My Husband may feel differently) that carries designer fabric. If you don’t live where I do you can still check her out online!!

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I can’t thank Sharon enough for having me join her on the Coastline Blog Tour! Click HERE for more inspiration and for the full line up of Bloggers!

Raedene from Chasing Mermaids hit it out of the park with her dress and beautiful coastline photos on Friday. Be sure to check out Jennifer tomorrow to see what beautiful creation she has in store for us!

Ok, so I mentioned earlier that Sharon is hosting a giveaway on her IG page @SHARONHOLLANDDESIGNS .  She is giving away a bundle of the Coastline Fabric but it is really important that your IG page is not set to private to join in on the giveaway.

Rules to enter:

  • Be an Instagram user (sorry, private IG accounts do not show up in hashtag pool)
  • Repost your favorite image(s) from the Coastline Blog Tour on your Instagram account and include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway in your post to qualify – enter as many times as you like – entries from outside the USA are also welcome to enter

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Goodbye for now…

-Alexis

 

DARE by Pat Bravo

Hello,

Are you ready for bold prints and colors, well DARE fabric by Pat Bravo collection delivers! Bold print and geometric shapes are the base of this fun and electric collection!

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Before I talk more about the fabric and the details of the dress, I want to share with you how wonderful Pat Bravo is.  I had the pleasure of meeting her for the first time at the Houston Quilt Market this year.  It was such an honor to meet her and our conversation was so encouraging that I found inspiration to continue to push my creativity.   I kid you not I had tears in my eyes!  She was nice enough to ask if I was interested in sewing with her new fabric line, UMMM OF COURSE!!

Working with Art Gallery’s fabrics is always a pleasure so to be able to work with her design on top of that was a dream come true.

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I chose to use Wafting Plaid Traced and A Path Of Passion prints with the Genevieve dress pattern (my first pattern design with Violette Field Threads). Oh, that plaid is on point this season!! Eeek, perfection!!  The white and navy colorway are both great options. I also adore the tiny white flowers in A Path Of Passion print. Especially on the bright pink!

When I was designing Genevieve , Art Gallery Fabrics became my go to fabric because of the lightweight , flowy fabric for the flounce. 🙂 🙂

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That light, right??!! Amazing!! My favorite spot to take pictures, Myrtle Creek Botanical Gardens.

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Miss T. will be wearing the dress for all of our bright a festive Christmas parties.  I am also secretly hoping it still fits for Easter so she can wear it again.  🙂

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Again, I used the Genevieve pattern,  you can purchase and see more photos on the Violette Field Threads page. I am over the moon excited to see how the Genevieve dress looks with all the different fabrics. If you are not already apart of the VFT Facebook group, please come join us to find more inspiration to push your creativity!

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It was such a pleasure once again to work with Art Gallery Fabric and Pat Bravo, Thank you.

-Alexis

(Merry Christmas and Happy New Years everyone!)

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Art Gallery Fabric Sketchbook Blog Tour

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Hello and Happy Friday,

I hope you have enjoyed the Sketchbook Blog Tour so far!! Sketchbook Fabric is a beautiful Fabric line by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Yesterday Jessica from Izzy & Ivy made the most beautiful dress using not one, not two, but three pieces from the Sketchbook Fabric Collection. To see more check out her Blog HERE .

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Tomorrow, Sharon will recap the Blog Tour and announce the winner of the 10 yards of Sketchbook fabric giveaway!!! Wait, What!!!??? Yes, I said 10 yards of Sketchbook Fabric!!! All you need to do is repost your favorite picture from the tour to be entered in a chance to win 10 yards of Sketchbook fabric!!! Include the hashtag #sketchbooktourgiveaway when you REPOST the pic 🔁 Ends Saturday 9 a.m. EDT. So make sure you enter TODAY to find out who won TOMORROW!

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As my daughter grows so does her want for making her own decisions on what she wears (good luck kid, because Mommy has a lot of control in that area).  So in trying to better myself (I am trying!), I let her pick out the fabric and the pattern. She could not have done better, I love how the Rose Dress pattern, by Violette Field Thread, Peplum plays off the movement of the Tiny Dance Fabric.

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Have you ever worked with fabric that evoked an emotion in you? No, I am not crazy and I was not drinking when I was sewing 🙂 .  Seriously, I feel as though I am standing in a field with Dandelions flying all around me. Very peaceful and child like!

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Like I said above I used Tiny Dancer in Midnight for the main portion of the dress and for the middle insert of the bodice I used Doodle Meander. Doodle Meander is a beautiful light green with hints of peach and Navy blue.

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Halo is made by Little Sparrow Bows on Etsy

Sketchbook collection features gorgeous deep blue, pretty pink pistachio green, cozy brown and mustard yellow. All inspired by nature and of course made with the AMAZING Art Gallery “Feel” !

I attended Quilt Market this past Spring and had the opportunity to meet Sharon in person. Sharon was so sweet and I was really lucky to have her share with me The Sketchbook Fabric Collection. I knew this collection would be great as soon as I saw it!  So Thank you Sharon Holland and Art Gallery Fabrics for allowing me to be apart of the Sketchbook Blog Tour!!

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To see more inspiration Click HERE for Art Gallery Fabrics Sketchbook Fabric Lookbook!

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Don’t forget to Jump on Sharon’s Instagram page for your chance to win 10 yards of Sketchbook Fabric!!

Thank you for reading!!

-Alexis

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Brooklyn Pattern Company- Bedford – Blog Tour – Discount

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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A few months ago I made my first trip to the Quilt Market in Minnesota and had such a great time.  Not only did I see a TON of new fabric but I discovered a new Clothing Pattern company that I had yet to learn about. Brooklyn Pattern Company had several dresses, including the Bedford and Henry Dresses, on display in the Cloud9 Fabric booth. I was jumping up and down after seeing the Bedford Dress asking where I could find the Pattern. One of my favorite design features in clothing is a Racerback and the Bedford has one of the prettiest ones I have seen!

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Features of the Bedford Pattern

-Top or Dress

-A-Line

-Size 18mnth-8yr

-Lined-Facing

-Small Straps

-Racerback

-Zipper Closure

-Size Chart- I made a size 8

-Finished Chart

-Very Cool Curved Hem

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I paired the top with Coachella Shorts by Striped Swallow 

Floral Halo: Little Sparrow Bow

Shoes: Joyfolie

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The Bedford Instruction are easy to follow as are the illustrations. I really like how easy the zipper instructions were. I know, I know, I said easy and Zipper in the same sentence, but it is!! I would say a confident beginner would feel comfortable with this pattern and will discover they can handle a zipper.

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Miss T. prefers Tops and Shorts so I appreciate a pattern that offers both.

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Fabric: Art Gallery Fabrics- Wanderer- April Rhodes

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Thank you Erin for asking me to join the Bedford and Henry Blog Tour

Lucky you:

Readers receive 20% any pattern in the shop with the code: SUMMERFUN15. The code runs from 12:01 am on July 6 through 11:59 pm on July 15.

Click HERE

-Alexis

 

Simple Life Pattern Company Mash up Blog Tour

facebook-freebieI jumped at the chance to join the Simple Life Pattern Company Mash Up Blog Tour. I have been admiring them for a while now but hadn’t had a chance to try their patterns. I know crazy, RIGHT!!??? I can blame that on a crazy busy life, right?? Anyways, with each pattern they release my mouth drops and my heart pitter patters with excitement.  So obviously given the chance to play with some of their patterns, I was ALL over it!!!

Ok so let talk about what patterns I picked and why…

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I choose Mia Pattern for the Skirt and Aydas Pattern for the Bodice. I wanted to make the deep dramatic “V” of Ayda and the long tiered skirt of Mia. I originally planned on making a maxi dress, but when I got to the point of sewing the top and the skirt together I tried it on my daughter for a test fit and decided I liked the fullness of the 2nd tier of the Mia Skirt.  I thought it worked well with the mood I was going for! I choose bold fabric prints to play off of the deep “V” of the Bodice and Full tiered skirt.

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Fabric for Boice: Black and White Checkered from Joann

Fabric for Skirt: Art Gallery Fabrics- London Red

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I purchased this GORGEOUS ribbon in a LA Fabric Store.It was the Perfect addition to separate the skirt and bodice.

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Bodice: I made no changes to the Bodice-Same Length and Width. I did add a small button (fixed) for looks and to close the back slightly.

Skirt: I used 2nd. 3rd and 4th Tier from the instructions. Also used a 1″ seam allowance for the Hem. I attached each layer using the ruffle foot on my serger. The skirt only took 30min to sew each tier together-CRAZY fast!

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I found both patterns easy to follow in both Illustrated and Written instructions.  I can’t thank Simple Life Pattern Company enough for asking me to join. I am also very excited to sew more SLPco Patterns!!!

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Outtakes… BOYS!  🙂

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Color Me Blog Tour-Dream in Color

 

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Hello, Sorry it has been so quiet around here. I have been busy sewing, sewing, sewing! 🙂

I am back today to share with you a new FABRIC Collection by Hayley from Mouse House Creations and Michael Miller fabrics. Color Me is a collection of fabric designed for both Boys and Girls that you can COLOR on. Yes!! I said COLOR!! This soft Quilter’s Cotton weight fabric was a perfect substrate for coloring and sewing with.  I forgot to add a hard board between the fabric layers when the kids were coloring it, but no worries because it did not bleed through! SWEET!

Coming up with my plan for the blog tour I wanted to sew a clothing item that was good for both Boys and Girls and BIG and little children. My kids LOVE to jump into PJ’s the minute they get home so this was the perfect opportunity to make some PJ’S.  Art in the day, Dream in Color at night, right!?!?!

So let the games begin! Interesting trying to mange 3 kids! Ummmm, note to self: the dissolution that all of them would be standing still and smiling at the same time,  NOT going to happen!

Before we got our Art on we had to get some before pics…

 

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It cracks me up -One of those kids has been in front of the camera way too much!

I used Whimsy Couture Easy Boy/Girl Pants

 LET’S COLOR!!!!!!

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Miss S. who is almost 4 yrs old was very excited to color on her PJ’s-Oh my! I hope she does not go home and do that on her other Pj’s Mom may get a little mad at me-Eeek!

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Mr. L was very excited to have fabric that he could play with.  I found him last night sitting quietly at the table coloring his pants. I may need to make MORE!!

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Miss. T is still coloring her pants to this day… Love her seriousness! That is SO her!

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After…

Yep, it got a bit crazy the 2nd time I let them jump on the bed ! At least no one was injured!

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     Fun  Fun   Fun   Fun    

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Thank you Hayley for having me join the Color Me Blog Tour!!

Make sure you check out all the other Bloggers for inspiration…

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Bonnie Christine Ribbon Tour/ Ribbon Headband

 

Hello and Happy Thursday!

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I am so thrilled today to be joining 18 Bloggers on Bonnie Christine’s: Going Home to Roost Ribbon Blog Tour.

If you don’t know who Bonnie is (you can come out from under the rock now) here is a quick bio ::
Bonnie Christine is a surface pattern designer, mother hen of the Roost Tribe and author of Going Home to Roost – a blog dedicated to living an extraordinarily creative life. She is inspired by the great outdoors and is passionate about sharing what she knows and creating community around creativity.

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If you are following along on the Ribbon Blog Tour then you have already seen an amazing collection of ideas on how to use Bonnie Christine’s new Jacquard Ribbon collection with Renaissance Ribbon.  I hope you had a chance yesterday to check out Whitney Deal from  Darling Dexter and please come back tomorrow for Marni Weaver from Haberdashery Fun to see how she lets her creativity flow. Today I get to share the headband I made using the Aqua Butterflies Jacquard Ribbon from Bonnie’s Collection.

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As many of you can relate, I started out with an idea of what I would make for this blog tour and 5 minutes later came up with 50 other ideas. By the time I finished the headband I was up to 101 (ok, maybe not that many). What impressed me the most with this ribbon was that no matter how many pins I used in it, they never left a mark. QUALITY!! I finally decided on this headband because I wanted a change from my typical clothing projects. My daughter and I both love headbands and I often us them to add the perfect finishing touch on my projects.

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When you are ready to purchase, check either A Stitch in Time or Renaissance Ribbon

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I used one of my favorite patterns, the Alley Cat Pattern by Lil Luxe Collection

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 I used the Winged Fabric collection that was designed by Bonnie with Art Gallery Fabrics

 Thank you Bonnie for letting me join in on the fun Blog Tour!!

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Ok, I know that was a TON of pictures!! But here is one more collage….

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