Yay! Today is my stop on the Bijoux by Bari J. Launch Party!
I met Bari at the Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild. She had cute hair and brought embroidery. No wonder we were quick friends! I saw a sneak peek of Bijoux on Hawthorne Threads' site a long while back and just KNEW I had to get my hands on some of it when it came out. I had no idea she would give me some to play with for my very own! So generous.
Bijoux was inspired by the desert; by gypsy caravans and lanterns, turquoise bracelets and long, flowing skirts. To read more about Bari's inspiration for this new, gorgeous line, check out this link.
Bari gave me some yardage of one of the butterfly prints I picked out AND a pattern to make a sweet little girl dress. My friend had been hinting for a while about wanting a handmade dress for her daughter, and this line felt just perfect for her!
I made this dress using Bari's Zophia Playtime Dress pattern. It is made to be quilter friendly with 1/4" seams and binding to finish raw edges.
The back of the dress has an elastic casing. No buttons or zippers!
This fabric is vibrant and rich. Exactly the colors and hues I love! Plus, Art Gallery Fabrics are silky soft making them ideal for garments.
I also made a grocery bag holder for my mom out of one of my favorite prints in the collection:
You get my fancy cell phone picture because she snatched it up before I could properly photograph it, but you get the idea. I've been thinking about buying more of this print to decoupage onto wood, making a spool holder for my craft room wall. I've been needing one and this print has just the right amount of bright, bold and freaking amazing that I've been looking for.
I've also been planning a quilt.
I knew immediately I had to make a medallion quilt with this line. I free motion embroidered an image of my interpretation of Bijoux and added some hand embroidered touches to make her come to life. She is going to be the center of my Bijoux medallion quilt, which I will share once I complete it.
So now that you've seen all the beautiful things I've made, you should take a look at what some of the other Launch Party-ers have made/are going to make:
May 8: Melanie Dramatic
May 9: Sew Much Like Mom
May 10: 100 Billion Stars
May 11: I'm Doing Stuff
(mother's day, no stop on the 12th)
May 13: Imagine Gnats
May 14: Jona G.
May 15: Mommy for Reals
May 16: Olive and Ollie
May 17: Pile O' Fabric
May 18: Sally's Angel Works
May 19: JM Maxman
Bijoux has now shipped to stores, but if you would like to join, I have a 10 fat quarter bundle to give away to one lucky commenter!
How To Enter
This giveaway is open to everyone. If you are a no-reply commenter, please include your email address in your comment. The winner will be chosen randomly and I will need to be able to notify the winner via email.
Leave a comment letting me know what you would like to make with Bijoux. That's it! This is a quicky giveaway that will close 12am Arizona time TONIGHT (15 May 2013)!!! Tell your friends and have them enter here too. You don't want to miss out on this awesome collection!!
Also, don't forget to check out the Flickr group to see what other people are making with Bijoux.