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.

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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.

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. 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?

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

  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. 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!

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

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

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

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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

  27. 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!

  28. 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…

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

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

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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!!

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

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

  37. 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.

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

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