Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Swim Team blog hop. With Memorial Day upon us, it’s the perfect time to think about water, swimming and fabric, of course!
Swim Team is a new fabric collection designed by Dinara Mirtalipova for Windham Fabrics.
I really like the color scheme and retro vibe. The cool blues, greys and black. Then that punch of orange. The sunbathing and swimming ladies are fantastic! When I look at the prints in the collection I can’t help but think of water. A pool or an ocean or a lake or a river. We have a number of rivers here. I love trails by rivers.
The first thing that came to my mind was seeing this fabric as a patchwork drawstring bag.
I’m so pleased with how this turned out. Exactly how I pictured it in my mind. Isn’t it wonderful when something comes together like that?
I made it large enough to hold plenty of stuff. It measures just over 23 inches from top to bottom and 9 1/2 inches across.
It’s a simple patchwork of squares cut from the different prints. I quilted it with my walking foot by stitching on either side of each seam.
I added an extra band of fabric at the top for the drawstring. When cinched the drawstrings are sturdy and long enough to use as a shoulder strap. I used a 9′ roll of rope trim cut into two pieces.
Inside are the sunbathing ladies! Oh, look. One of them is waving. Hello!
The fabric first had me thinking of water and then boats and then I saw flags. So, I made this flag bunting.
I’d never made one but it seemed pretty straightforward. I decided what size triangles I wanted and then cut out two sets for each flag. One print and one white solid for the back. I opted for the white solid on the back because I plan on hanging it so only the front is visible.
I put the solid on top of the white, stitched them together on the outside (just the two sides) and then trimmed the side edges with a pinking rotary blade. After that I sewed all of the flags to the (non) bias tape I made from the white solid fabric.
With triangles on the brain from the flag bunting, I thought about a pillow. My first foray in equilateral triangles.
Same as with the bag, I quilted using my walking foot by stitching a straight line on either side of each seam. Those seams are crisscrossing every which way. Don’t be too impressed. That’s probably the best intersection on the entire pillow.
This fabric collection had my creative juices going and all kinds of ideas for other projects were popping into my head that I didn’t get to. Sunglasses case, tote bag and triangle head scarf to name a few.
Would you like the chance to get creative with this fabric collection? Well, Windham Fabrics is letting me give away a fat quarter bundle of the entire collection to two of you.
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Be sure to visit the other stops on the blog hop for more inspiration. They’re giving away fat quarter bundles, too.
- Wed May 21 – Windham Fabrics
- Thu May 22 – Mirdinara
- Fri May 23 – Schlosser Designs
- Sat May 24 – Missouri Mel << You are here!
- Sun May 25 – The Quilted Fox
- Mon May 26 – Nell’s Notions
This fabric is out now at quilt shops! Check for it locally and online.
Thank you so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to visit my weekly Giveaway Roundup for other giveaways that are currently going on.