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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring SW Creative Team Blog Hop!

I don't know about you...but I'm ready for Spring! (REEEALLY READY!) I'm ready to get out of my wooly slippers and start wearing fun colorful sandals (without my toes turning blue.) I'm ready for the blossoms to start covering the trees and the grass to turn green, and not get sprinkled in snow the next day. I'm ready to fill some Easter baskets and watch the kids hunt for eggs.  But, somehow, Utah just seems to skip over that little season sandwiched between Winter and Summer. We have had a few little hints of Spring here and there...and I'm grateful for every one of them. I especially love the sound of the kids in my neighborhood coming out of hibernation, and roaming the neighborhood--though I'm not too fond of the ice cream man making his rounds already. I also love the Spring crafts that I've been seeing people display in their home and share on their blogs with bright happy colors and accented with flowers and ribbon trims. We all need a splash of color after coming out of a season of winter. I hear Spring is just around the bend after we make it through this one last week with snow in the forecast.

In the meantime...I'm hoping to start on my Spring crafts to make it feel a little more like Spring around here...first project beckoning to me is to sew a patchwork Easter dress for my daughter. My Wanna be a Cowboy 2 line just arrived in stores in March, Riley Blake sold out fast, but no worries, the whole line has been reordered!  Whoo hoo!  I got samples of the fabric to add to my collection, and I cannot wait to play!  Deadlines over the past several weeks have prevented me from being able to get to my sewing machine as my inner creative voice is begging me to do.  With all my might, I have just had to supress the inner voices while I tend to making new surface designs that will be appearing on paper and fabric next year.  Admittedly, my office/studio has been a fun place to be and I can't wait to share what I've been working on! However, the fabric in the corner keeps calling my name. Fortunately, I can finally see some time opening up around the bend. Yeah!!!!  

But before I start, I thought it would be fun to host a little contest enlisting your help on this project.

I want you to choose the fabric to put into her dress. Edited to add which dress pattern I decided to use...
Link to more pictures of this dress in color and where you can purchase this pattern. The pattern is also available in the book, Sewing Clothes Kids Love.

Yup, that's right. I want you to choose 4 or 5 (or more) fabrics that you think would make the perfect combo for my daughter's patchwork Easter dress. I plan on making the ruffles in each tier a different fabric. (I'll post pictures of the finished project next month if deadlines don't continue to sweep me off my feet, and bowl me over.) By doing so, you will be entered for a chance to win 3 yards of fabric from one of my collections (your choice of 6 fabrics 1/2 yard of each for a total of 3yards) to make your own patchwork project. 

CONTEST DETAILS (two contests this month so read carefully for details):
To enter, just leave a comment on my blog telling me which fabrics from my Cowboy 2 collection (from the ones pictured below) that you would like to see me use to make this dress...feel free to creatively tell me why I should choose your combo in effort to convince me that your combination is the best. Then, I'll choose two winners for this contest...

Winner #1 will be selected for their fabric choices and the way that they convince me to choose their combo (creativity counts here.) The winner will receive a selection of fabrics so they can make a project of their liking. If your combo is not selected you will still be entered in a random drawing...scroll down for details.

Pink Saddle Up Words

Pink Cowboys

Pink Horseshoes

brown cowboys

brown saddle up words

Brown Horseshoes

Pink Calico

Cream dots on Brown

Pink Paisley

Brown Calico

Pink Plaid

Brown dots on cream

Brown Paisley

Brown plaid

Winner #2 will be chosen RANDOMLY, for a selection of papers and stickers from my new Heidi collection for Creative Imaginations. You do not have to have your fabric combo picked to be this winner, just comment on my blog here, and you will be entered for the random drawing. You can also receive additional entries for the Heidi scrapbook paper collection if you comment on my creative team's blog hop posts (that's up to 10 additional entries if you comment on every one, I know they love to hear from you, so not only will you get you more entries...you will make them smile.) 

I don't mean to leave this post without any inspiration as that is what blog hops are about, so...to get your creative motors revved, I put together a photo montage of the Easter basket files that I have available through the Silhouette machine website.  If you need a simple easy craft to make for a Spring party, or you want to decorate a dreary spot in your home with a little spring cheer, simply cut a basket, out of colorful paper fill it with some yummy candy.  We all like simple!


I've asked my creative team this month to inspire you with their interpretations of Spring and Easter crafts. I am always surprised and thrilled to see what they come up with, and I hope you will be too!

Please visit the team in this order. Look for the SW logo to click you to the next blog in the line up. I can't figure out how to get mine to work in blogger...feel free to leave me directions in comments if you are feeling super helpful.  ;o) So you will just have to scroll down to the first name in our line up.

  







32 comments:

  1. Wow...what gorgeous fabric...tough decision...but the PINK COWBOY spoke to me right away...yummy...I would add cream dots on Brown and Brown dots on Cream...can't you see ruffles from these...and add in the pink or brown calico...a cowgirl has to have flowers!! Can't wait to see the dress!!

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  2. wow Love the fabric.. such a tough choice but the brown dot on cream spoke to me with with hint of pink plaid as trim. I think that would be so pretty for easter dress.

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  3. GOod luck finding your free time to get all creative!!!
    I absolutely ADORE that cowgirl line!!!! Being from Texas...this is RIGHT up my ALley!!!! LOL

    If I were making a patchwork dress for my 5 yr old....I would start with the pink calico for sure...then toss in cream dots on brown. Pink Paisley is a must for a solid to off set the patterns, and the pink plaid is sooooo perfect for this combo! I would toss in bits of the brown dots on cream as the trims and ties...and then, being the person that I am, I would make a beautiful hair bow using matching ribbons to put the "Icing on the Cake" so to speak! Those patterns are fantastic!!!! LOVE them! I can't wait to see what You DO make!

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  4. If I were making a patchwork dress, I would choose: Pink Calico, Pink Paisley, Brown Calico, and Brown dots on cream! I would choose these because pink, brown and cream go so well together and these patterns would just sing: cute cowgirl!!! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  5. I'm thinking of my little niece who loves horses and since all the fabrics are amazing, I would make her a square dance style skirt, patchwork style! The bodice would be simple, a solid fabric, with fun cap sleeves (pink horseshoes) and either a little kerchief or a neckerchief with the brown saddle up words, piped with pink. She'd be twirling all day! So fun!

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  6. You have the most creative DT out there Samantha - but then with your designs who wouldn't get inspired to create something amazing?!?! I am a quilter and would love to make a quilt from the Cowgirl line for my niece who loves horses.

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  7. I love the new fabric. I really am drawn to the browns! So fabulous! I didn't see what the dress will look like, but I think the brown floral print with the darker, more solid brown will look great together with the floral being the skirt and the darker being the top.

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  8. I can see the most amazing patchwork jumper from this line. I would make ruffles on the suspenders and bib along with the bottom of the jumper. The bib would be Brown Horseshoes with Pink Calico ruffles. The skirt Pink Plaid with the bottom ruffle made from Pink Horeshoes. You could add even a second ruffle to the bottom if you wanted and that could be with Pink Calico. You could switch these too. (Hard to decide this when I don't have the fabric swatches in front of me!) I might make a pocket on the center of the bib or pockets on the skirt body. On the bib do Pink Paisley or Pink Saddle Up Words. On the skirt body do Cream Dots on Brown or Brown Paisley. Hope this all makes sense! I love this fabric!!!

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  9. Oh wow, your daughter is one lucky little girl!!! her easter dress is going to be the talk of the town it will be so cute! because i'm a girly girl and so are my 2 little girls - i'd have to do a patchwork with pink calico & cream dots on brown with the next line being brown calico & brown dots on cream - how cute would that be????? then i'd probably break it up with some pink plaid strips b/c that has all the colors in in. OMGOSH whichever way you go it's going to be gorgeous!!! i look forward to seeing the final project & thanks for the chance to win! :D

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  10. My fabric choices would be:
    Pink Calico
    Pink Paisley
    Brown Dots on Cream
    I could see the dress in Calico, with many pink paisley accents then the polka dot as part of the accent on the ruffles or something.
    Then make a carry tote for her to carry the eggs in in the polka dot fabric lined in pink paisley. It fun to what you end up with. Happy Easter!

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  11. Ok, that entire Pink Cowboy collection is soooo drool worthy!!! YUM! Ok, here are the ones I would use for my daughter's dress...
    Pink Calico
    Pink Plaid
    Cream Dots on Brown
    Pink Paisley &
    Brown Calico
    Would be my choices! I would use the Pink Calico as my main fabric because it is GORGEOUS! I can't wait to see what you create <3

    Plus, I'm super excited for the blog hop too! I LOVE your amazing DT!

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  12. I had lots of fun on the hop! TFS!!

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  13. Very cute...anything calico and dots I so love!

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  14. wow.. what gorgeous fabrics, kit and diecuts.. stunning collection Samantha.

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  15. I love all of these! Hmmm... If the skirt of the dress was in the Pink Cowboys, then I would use the pink horseshoes, the pink calico, the brown dots on cream, the brown calico and the pink paisley. But I love any combination of them.

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  16. I love all of these! Hmmm... If the skirt of the dress was in the Pink Cowboys, then I would use the pink horseshoes, the pink calico, the brown dots on cream, the brown calico and the pink paisley. But I love any combination of them.

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  17. Oh my goodness, it is all SO CUTE!! Okay, spent way too much time on this, but it is important right?

    After I auditioned them all in a doc, my choices are:
    Pink Calico (for its cuteness)
    Cream Dots on Brown
    Pink Plaid and
    Pink Cowboys (for fun)
    To draw them all together I chose the Pink Paisely - it was overall brighter than the brown. :) Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  18. What cute fabric, I like the pink cowboy and the brown polka dots.

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  19. I think that you should use the Brown dots on cream for the collar (if there is a collar), pink saddle up words cut into strips for the waist/sash saying "Rodeo Kid" (because she'll be rounding up eggs left by the Easter bunny!), and then squares cut from brown paisley, pink calico, pink cowboys, brown horeshoes, and cream dots on brown. I think that a ruffle on the bottom would be really cute, saying"Saddle Up Yee Haw Ride On". A flower made of twisted pink paisley sewn onto the upper chest would finish it off.

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  20. cream dots on brown :)

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  21. Just finished the blog hop. You have the most creative DT out there! Thanks for the great hop!

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  22. Hmm for the dress... I would use your pink colorway! :) Wouldn't you? Maybe add in the cream with brown dots too. I just love the whole colorway of the pink and it's so girly, but with a little cream it would lighten it up a bit.

    Can't wait to see what you create! :)

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  23. Oh my gosh that pattern is stinking ADORABLE!!!! Of course my 5 year old and 2 year old both want *me* to make them dresses like this too! That's what I get for checking out your awesome blog with them looking over my shoulder, LOL! Too bad Mommy doesn't know how to sew :) Any way... I stick by my fabric choices but would like to add where to use them!

    Pink Calico - front of dress
    Pink Plaid - sides of dress
    Cream Dots on Brown - main ruffle
    Pink Paisley - straps and back of dress, accent ruffle
    Brown Calico - accent ruffle

    Can't WAIT to see the dress completed!

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  24. Tough choices. They are all so perfect. But... I love the brown dots on cream, pink calico or plaid, and a solid color to compliment and off set all the sweet patterns. It will look fab no matter what patterns you choose.Loving the paper lines. I have three cowgirls in my house.

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  25. Here are my fabric choices-shoulder straps:pink paisley,main body:pink calico,bias tape under main body pink plaid, under skirt brown dot on cream (so it's seen when she twirls--and she WILL twirl), ruffle brown paisley. Back: top is pink plaid, brown and pink ribbon above ruffles, ruffles:1)brown dots on cream 2)pink calico 3)brown dots on cream 4)pink saddle up words 5)brown dots on cream. Ribbon tie: brown to match brown paisley, or you could make a ribbon from the brown paisley....

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  26. I love the pink calico, cream dots on brown, pink paisley and brown plaid. I think a balance of pinks and browns would be so cute.

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  27. You've had lots of great fabric suggestions so far! :) I would love to enter to win the new Heidi paper collection! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. wowsies, such a gorgeous dress and your patterned fabric is so gorgeous. I am partial to polka dots, so all of them would be so sweet and of course anything pink added would be a bonus:-))

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  29. LOVE pink & brown together! I would personally go with:
    Pink Calico
    Pink Horseshoes
    Pink Plaid
    Cream Dots on Brown
    I'm sure whatever you pick it will be spectacular!

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  30. I love this fabric, so so cute. I would pick pink horseshoes, brown saddle up words, pink calico, cream dots on brown, pink paisley and brown paisley. That dress is adorable, I think it would look great with alternating ruffle patterns and use the brown paisley as trim and shoulder straps. I would add some pink paisley fabric flowers to the front by the strap. Would love to win this awesome prize. Happy sewing.

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  31. What a great blog! So creative and fun. The pattern and fabric choices are so cute for your daughter's dress. It looks like you have lots of great options. I would love to be entered for the Heidi Collection papers. Thanks so much for the chance to win. Now I'm off to check out the other blogs on your creative team!

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  32. Wow that fabric is AWESOME! I love the little outfits too! I would love to enter to win the Heidi paper! Super cute!

    -Emily
    http://www.createserendipity.net
    createserendipity@gmail.com

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