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.

For a chance to win, you must use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. You don’t need a Facebook account. Simply enter your name and email address in the widget instead. International entries are welcome. There are a bunch of options to earn extra entries, if you’re so inclined. Do as little or as much as you like. I’ll leave this giveaway open until the night of Friday, May 30th. The next day I will let the widget randomly select the winners and then contact those lucky ducks by email.

If for some reason the Rafflecopter widget doesn’t load, please click here to go to it directly. It can be fickle sometimes.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to visit the other stops on the blog hop for more inspiration. They’re giving away fat quarter bundles, too.

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.

124 Comments on In the Swim

  1. alexis
    May 24, 2014 at 9:35 am (4 years ago)

    I love the triangle pillow the best, although the bag is pretty fantastic too. I want to copy them both in some stash fabrics!

  2. Suellen Dehnke
    May 24, 2014 at 9:42 am (4 years ago)

    I’ve got just the project for this.

  3. Gill
    May 24, 2014 at 9:42 am (4 years ago)

    I love this line Mel – especially the ladies on the sun loungers!!

  4. Diann Cornell
    May 24, 2014 at 9:57 am (4 years ago)

    These fabrics are so pefect for a beach or pool bag.

  5. teacup grannie
    May 24, 2014 at 10:06 am (4 years ago)

    I love what you did with the fabric – really fun!

  6. cdahlgren2013
    May 24, 2014 at 10:09 am (4 years ago)

    How did you do in the Sew Mama Sew giveaway. I won 16 fat quarters and a book. I loved the fat quarters, now I need to give back. I might have to grab some new fat quarters from my stash to give away at a guild meeting. Gotta keep the luck going, right?

  7. Laura F
    May 24, 2014 at 10:12 am (4 years ago)

    These look like a lot of fun to play with! I love all these projects!

  8. Angelia L.
    May 24, 2014 at 10:18 am (4 years ago)

    I love this fabric….so much fun! Your pillow is gorgeous and I love the bag! I would love to make them both.

  9. Diane H
    May 24, 2014 at 10:19 am (4 years ago)

    What fun fabrics! I’d love to make a great bag with this. Thanks!

  10. Sarah
    May 24, 2014 at 10:30 am (4 years ago)

    I love the way you quilted the pillow- I think something with equilateral triangles might be my next project! Thanks for sharing those gorgeous bathing beauties!!

  11. Martina
    May 24, 2014 at 10:47 am (4 years ago)

    Such a cute string bag! Love it!

  12. Cecilia
    May 24, 2014 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)

    Great projects! I love your bag! Where did you get the pattern? Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to make some summer totes with this collection.

  13. jane d
    May 24, 2014 at 10:56 am (4 years ago)

    Love your blog! “Sew” many great ides!

  14. Lisa Marie
    May 24, 2014 at 11:02 am (4 years ago)

    Your projects are beautiful! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

  15. Rebecca T
    May 24, 2014 at 11:10 am (4 years ago)

    If I win this, I’m going to make a series of cushions for my mom who just moved to a house on an inlet to the Atlantic in Maine! Seeps perfect for her morning coffee on the porch!

  16. jane d
    May 24, 2014 at 11:21 am (4 years ago)

    Liked you on FB!

  17. rosa
    May 24, 2014 at 11:30 am (4 years ago)

    Such a beutiful fabrics and bag.Sure I`ll add the blues one to my blues Dear Jane blocks.Thanks for the chance!!

  18. Allison C
    May 24, 2014 at 11:32 am (4 years ago)

    This line would make a great beach bag!

  19. billiemick
    May 24, 2014 at 11:32 am (4 years ago)

    What is my something to tell. I’m still in my pjs with my black gangsta stocking cap on….giggle. Maybe I’ll dress today. Have a good one.

  20. Valerie Boudier
    May 24, 2014 at 11:41 am (4 years ago)

    Lovely fabric, think I’d make some bunting, yours looks fabulous

  21. Kristen
    May 24, 2014 at 11:45 am (4 years ago)

    What a fun line! I love your patchwork bag.

  22. Sunnybec
    May 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Love your drawstring bag. Thanks for the chance.

  23. Jolien
    May 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm (4 years ago)

    I love how the pillow turned out! Such neat triangles. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  24. Linda Nelson
    May 24, 2014 at 12:13 pm (4 years ago)

    I wish this fabric was around last year when my daughter was a senior on her high school swim team!

  25. Connie Cain
    May 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this fabric!! Would be perfect for a beach throw :)

  26. Pauline
    May 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm (4 years ago)

    I think your swimming duffle bag is fantastic and sew well made! Love the bunting and the cushion too – fabric is gorgeous and such fun!

  27. Jordan L
    May 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm (4 years ago)

    I was just sitting there reading your post and thinking about how much my Mom would LOVE this fabric and how I was going to have to figure out how to get my hands on some so I could surprise her with something fun and then I realized this was a giveaway!! I cannot get over how cute this fabric is! Makes me want to jump in a pool!

  28. Angie Miller
    May 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm (4 years ago)

    This would make a perfect picnic blanket!

  29. Nancy
    May 24, 2014 at 12:49 pm (4 years ago)

    I LOVE this fabric. You don’t know how hard it was to find swimming fabric when my boys were on swim team!! Thanks for sharing..great projects.

  30. Michelle Olsen
    May 24, 2014 at 1:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this collection so much, especially how the sunbathers & swimmers look like the average woman. It’s awesome! Also awesome – all your projects (:

  31. Debbie
    May 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the sunbathers. They look like me when I dare to put on a swimsuit!

  32. Cynthia Brunz Designs
    May 24, 2014 at 1:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the bag and the banner made with these fabrics! So very clever and perfect for these prints.

  33. Katy
    May 24, 2014 at 2:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I love all of these pretty colors!

  34. Debra Kay Neiman
    May 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm (4 years ago)

    I am so ready for summer, this fabric is full of summer. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  35. Delaine
    May 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this fabric! Thank you for the awesome give away!

  36. katleen1
    May 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the drawstirng bag you made. It so cute.

  37. katleen1
    May 24, 2014 at 3:23 pm (4 years ago)

    The drawstring bag is so cute. You did a great job on it.

  38. Lori Morton
    May 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm (4 years ago)

    This fabric bundle is Awesome!!! Will make a Beach Quilt/Blanket for my NC daughter!! She will loooove it!

  39. Sarah
    May 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I just LOVE this fabric — I can’t get over those ladies! I really want some to make a swimming cover up for me this summer!

  40. Lee Ann L.
    May 24, 2014 at 4:09 pm (4 years ago)

    These are so darling! I love how the women look natural and not like any of them skinny models. :-)

    Thank you for a chance to win!

  41. Patti McGarry
    May 24, 2014 at 4:24 pm (4 years ago)

    My daughter is a life guard and this line of fabric would be so much fun to make her a throw for the pool!

  42. barbara corbitt
    May 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm (4 years ago)

    i love all the items you made with this fabric. you are a very creative quilter!! i love the triangle pillow. i would love to work with this beautiful fabric. thank you so much for a great giveaway. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

  43. Ellen
    May 24, 2014 at 4:32 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the fabric and the projects you made with it are fantastic.

  44. Sally Dixon
    May 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the sun bathing ladies and of course the flip flops!

  45. Marianne
    May 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the way your bag turned out! Such a summery fabric line.

  46. Pam S
    May 24, 2014 at 5:33 pm (4 years ago)

    I love all your creations with this fabric, especially that drawstring bag. It would be a great beach tote or great for quilt storage. Isn’t this fabric fun? I love the beach ladies. I would use them in cosmetic bags. Thanks for sharing!

  47. Sandy K
    May 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm (4 years ago)

    I love your projects, especially the triangle pillow.

  48. Vicki H
    May 24, 2014 at 5:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Love everything you made. Your triangles are great.

  49. Susan
    May 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Cute swimming tote. I can think of boating right now, but not swimming. Lakes are still way to cold in this part of the country. Maybe by July 4th!

  50. Erin @ Sew at Home Mummy
    May 24, 2014 at 7:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Hmmm….. It is Saturday night and I’m sitting watching House of Cards. #iloveitwhenmykidssleep :D heheh

  51. Deb H.
    May 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the flip flops and the sunbathing ladies. This fabric would be perfect to make bags for my daughter and I to take on our yearly beach weekend in August!

  52. Ashley
    May 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the summer vibe! This would keep me cheery all year long!

  53. Rose
    May 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the drawstring bag. My son saw it and said I should make one because they are very popular!

  54. Heidi
    May 24, 2014 at 7:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Great projects!!!

  55. diane
    May 24, 2014 at 8:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Great fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win.

  56. Susan
    May 24, 2014 at 8:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Your bag is fabulous! I really like what you did with the fabric collection. Thanks for the links to the other blogs using terrific fabrics, too!

  57. Tamie
    May 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Today is my FIL’s 88th birthday and Monday is my 30th anniversary. Thanks for the giveaway.

  58. Joanna
    May 24, 2014 at 8:43 pm (4 years ago)

    I love the swimming ladies!

  59. Linda Bedford
    May 24, 2014 at 8:53 pm (4 years ago)

    Do you have a tutorial for the bag? My daughter is a competitive swimmer, and I’d love to make her the same one.

  60. Tabitha Keener
    May 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm (4 years ago)

    That’s a cute bag, love it! I would love to win some of this fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!


  61. Kathleen
    May 24, 2014 at 9:43 pm (4 years ago)

    This looks like fun fabric! Love the sunbathers :)

  62. Jan
    May 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Love your projects, especially the pillow. Also love this fabric line. Thank you for the chance to win.

  63. Susan in OK
    May 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm (4 years ago)

    What delightful projects for Memorial Day weekend with this being the beginning of lake season. When we had a boat, my husband used to joke that it was fun to go to the lake and watch new boaters launch their boats – things like forgetting to put the plug in the boat or not knowing how to back up the boat into the water. My daughter’s in-law’s had a boat and her husband doesn’t like the lake. She has fond memories of learning to water ski and all the fun at the lake. She hates that her boys won’t have that fun. This fabric brings back fond memories with my children and all the other children we taught to ski. Again, your projects are the epitome of water fun!

  64. Darlene
    May 25, 2014 at 12:39 am (4 years ago)

    Mel….this is such a great fabric line give a way!
    Good thinking on the projects…..the are great!

  65. Tammi
    May 25, 2014 at 2:32 am (4 years ago)

    Your bag is adorable. Love the sunbathing ladies inside!

  66. Janie
    May 25, 2014 at 6:25 am (4 years ago)

    Love the drawstring bag! I would make a quillow. Thanks for the chance.

  67. kris
    May 25, 2014 at 6:38 am (4 years ago)

    I think a beach tote would be great out of that!

  68. Cindy
    May 25, 2014 at 6:55 am (4 years ago)

    Those equilateral triangles are tricky to match perfectly. I used glue basting technique on the lap size one I made. I totally impressed even me on all those nicely matching points. Thanks for the chance to win.

  69. Barb F
    May 25, 2014 at 7:03 am (4 years ago)

    Love the bunting – have used it to embellish quilt backing sand loved it

  70. Mimi H
    May 25, 2014 at 7:07 am (4 years ago)

    Would love to make those nautical flags for my porch. We overlook a small bay in Maine, and they’d be perfect. Thanks for the chance.

  71. DeborahGun
    May 25, 2014 at 7:17 am (4 years ago)

    this is such a fun collection. I love the bunting you made especially.

  72. Emily C
    May 25, 2014 at 9:07 am (4 years ago)

    I love your bag. I need to make one of those for going swimming at the Y this summer.

  73. Jess @One English Teacher
    May 25, 2014 at 10:36 am (4 years ago)

    I love the flip flops fabrics in this line. I think a sunglasses case would be an adorable addition to everything you’ve already made.

  74. Jacklynn Grimm
    May 25, 2014 at 10:43 am (4 years ago)

    Such a cute collection – really like your pillow. Thanks for the give away!

  75. Lucy Pasifull
    May 25, 2014 at 11:32 am (4 years ago)

    I need to make a bag like this for our beach stuff and what a perfect fabric range for this!

  76. Helen
    May 25, 2014 at 1:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Drawstring bag is sooo cute. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  77. Karen K
    May 25, 2014 at 1:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Fun looking fabric. Love the fabric inside your bag…hee hee! Thanks for the giveaway.

  78. Paula
    May 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm (4 years ago)

    How cute! I especially like the patchwork drawstring bag; gorgeous and useful too!
    Thank you for this giveaway!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  79. John Hutchens
    May 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm (4 years ago)

    beautiful and fun fabric

  80. mrsunclefuzzy
    May 25, 2014 at 7:07 pm (4 years ago)

    I really like that drawstring bag! The first thing I would make with fabric from this collection would be a beach bag the second would be a beach blanket.

  81. Kathy Davis
    May 25, 2014 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the sunbathing ladies. Not everybody is a skinny mini!

  82. Jeannie D
    May 25, 2014 at 8:46 pm (4 years ago)

    Really cute collection…can think of so many things to make!

  83. Brenda
    May 25, 2014 at 9:03 pm (4 years ago)

    The bunting really does remind me of seeing all of the boats lined up at a marina (or, LOL, a car lot).

  84. charlotte l
    May 25, 2014 at 9:13 pm (4 years ago)

    What cute fabric. Perfect for this time year!

  85. Teresa
    May 25, 2014 at 9:36 pm (4 years ago)

    love the bag!!

  86. Mara
    May 26, 2014 at 12:26 am (4 years ago)

    You were inspired, so many wonderful projects you did, I can just see you lounging by a pool side with a pillow under your head and your drawstring bag nearby.

  87. Michele T
    May 26, 2014 at 5:51 am (4 years ago)

    This fabric line is so darn cute!!! Love the projects you whipped up… I want to make each one!!

  88. shirley tener
    May 26, 2014 at 9:28 am (4 years ago)

    This is great boy fabric without the ladies, LOL.. We had a Princess party this weekend, and Mrs. Texas visited us. its so cute seeing all the girls staring at her crown

  89. Charlene McCullough
    May 26, 2014 at 9:37 am (4 years ago)

    Them girls in their swimmies are LOL. Just love them. All the fabric screams summer, water, parties, beach, FUN. It’s sew much fun. Thank you for the giveaway

  90. Linsey
    May 26, 2014 at 2:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, you are so talented! I’ve been drooling over this Swim Team bundle for all weekend and I was picturing making a couple throw pillows just like yours,only you did it and they are SO gorgeous! I also adore the banner and of course your patchwork beach bag is off the charts FABULOUS!!! I think you are so inspiring :) Thank you for sharing these lovely creations and for sharing this lovely fabric with some lucky person. Happy Memorial Day!

  91. Sarah
    May 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm (4 years ago)

    The bag looks great. I love the colors in this line.

  92. Carrie P.
    May 26, 2014 at 2:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the fabrics. The swimmer is cute. Thanks so much for the giveaway. Happy Memorial Day.

  93. Crystal
    May 26, 2014 at 5:49 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve been thinking of making some bunting! Think I’m going to do it your way!

  94. Liz Rehrauer
    May 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm (4 years ago)

    I have a beach blanket pattern on my mind and didn’t know what fabric to use. Problem solved. That is such a cute print…

  95. Sheila Stauffer
    May 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm (4 years ago)

    I had to chuckle as I swam in HS and the ladies just made me realize I’m not 18 anymore. Enjoyed your swim bag, you can never have to many of those. Thanks for the chance.

  96. Mom C
    May 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Really cute ladies. Unfortunately, I look a lot more like them than I used to. Love swimming too. Thanks.

  97. Gina Worsham
    May 27, 2014 at 12:08 am (4 years ago)

    I love vintage and retro designs. I especially love this one because summer, swimming, and flip flops bring me absolute happiness! The colors are great together too.

  98. Carla G
    May 27, 2014 at 1:30 am (4 years ago)

    What cute fabric!! <3 the flip flops! :)

  99. Karrie Smith
    May 27, 2014 at 1:52 am (4 years ago)

    I’m addicted to fabric, but don’t tell anyone ;)

  100. Chris
    May 27, 2014 at 5:14 am (4 years ago)

    I love the fabric. Your pillow is perfect, I love it.

  101. Diana Collins
    May 27, 2014 at 7:05 pm (4 years ago)

    Love your bag. A perfect project for this fabric. My favorite are the swimming ladies. Thanks for the giveaway.

  102. anna jarczewski
    May 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Great summer fabric!

  103. Bonnie
    May 27, 2014 at 10:31 pm (4 years ago)

    Cute fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!

  104. Ellee
    May 27, 2014 at 11:47 pm (4 years ago)

    I’d like to make a triangle pillow just like yours.

  105. KAY
    May 28, 2014 at 7:04 am (4 years ago)

    Thanks for a great giveaway. Aqua and orange together are one of my favourite colour combinations at the moment.

  106. Jess
    May 28, 2014 at 8:55 am (4 years ago)

    I think it’s cool that the ladies aren’t young and skinny. :)

  107. jacquie Morris
    May 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm (4 years ago)

    Wonderful inspirational projects to make… and OOOOhhhh love love love the fabric :)
    What a marvelous giveaway… fingers crossed :)

  108. Lea
    May 29, 2014 at 11:22 am (4 years ago)

    What pretty projects you made. These fabrics are beautiful, so perfectly beachy and summery. Thank you .

  109. Dita
    May 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Ahh I love the drawstring bag! Did you use a pattern or tutorial for it? I would love to make one too! :)

  110. Jan
    May 30, 2014 at 1:56 am (4 years ago)

    Love, love, love this fabric line and your bag.
    The fabric with the bathing suit ladies reminds me of a photo I have of my Granny on the beach in the mid 1950’s. I really need this fabric. Sure hope I win.

  111. Lee
    May 30, 2014 at 7:47 am (4 years ago)

    A great line of fabric! I had not seen this line before and if I don’t win will for sure buy some – my niece is on a swim team and it would be great to make her something from this. Love your duffle!!

  112. Diane
    May 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this fabric.

  113. Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures
    May 30, 2014 at 6:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Thnx for the chance to win!

  114. Molly Martin
    May 30, 2014 at 6:37 pm (4 years ago)

    Swoon! Love it! Adorable drawstring bag too!

  115. Melissa Quinn
    May 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the orange and blue combo. The orange pops! Never would have thought to do the patchwork bag either. Great idea.

  116. Renee castro
    May 30, 2014 at 7:17 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! I love the bathing suits

  117. Terri J
    May 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm (4 years ago)

    This fabric is so cute! Don’t be so hard on yourself over your quilting straight lines. Sometimes finished is better than perfect.

  118. Pat
    May 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win

  119. chanzy01
    May 30, 2014 at 9:06 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the ladies and their suits, reminds me of the one I saw at the lake when I was younger. Looks like the Cards are doing a little better than the Royals.

  120. Jean Blythe
    May 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm (4 years ago)

    I love these fabrics, the dots, the ladies in their suits, the flip flops! I hope I win it! I might make a boxy pouch, and a tote bag, maybe a pillow too!

  121. Tina L.
    May 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm (4 years ago)

    Mel, I love the drawstring bag! Perfect pattern for this fabric and season that is (nearly) upon us. I would make something for the beach or travel, too. Keep sharing!

  122. Margaret
    May 30, 2014 at 10:27 pm (4 years ago)

    I want to make a beach towel — patchwork on one side, terry cloth on the other. And a bag like yours.

  123. The Sassy Quilter
    June 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm (4 years ago)

    These are both so cute! You know I love triangles!!! Great bag construction too.


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