Baby Lock Common Threads Recap

Last week I attended an event that I always look forward to, Common Threads. The event is sponsored by Baby Lock and takes place in their hometown of St. Louis, which, luckily is just a hop, skip and a jump away from my home in Kansas City. Speaking of skip, I traveled with my friend Cindy aka Skip To My Lou aka “Skippy”. We had a great time at the conference, exploring and shopping in the city (see more on my Amy Barickman Studio blog).

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This was the second time I have attended this inspiring and educational retreat. We were treated to classes with some amazing instructors like Sara Gallegos, Lindsay Wilkes and Evy Hawkins – all while working on the fabulous Baby Lock machines. One of my favorite classes was Lindsay, who taught us how to make pillowcase dresses for the Little Dresses for Africa organization. In the picture above you can see Cindy and I posing in front a wall of finished dresses.

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The best part of the meeting is connecting with the of wonderful community bloggers, magazine editors, publishers, and the fabulous Baby Lock staff. It is a chance to really get to know each other and discuss the challenges and rewards this industry offers. Below you can see the full Common Threads group, as well as a picture of me, Jenny Doan and her daughters Sarah and Natalie from Missouri Star Quilt Co. Recently, I filmed a tutorial with Jenny on how to create a Crossroads Quilt – see it here.

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I also enjoy getting a chance to learn more about the “magic” of the Baby Lock machines.  They are amazing tools and also offer the BEST in customer support— both on the technical as well as inspirational side. Cindy and I loved the time we had together at the event learning and laughing. A special thanks goes out to to Carla, the Baby Lock educator who was always there to help us out on the projects.

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Visit my Amy Barickman Studio blog and see inspiring photos from our St. Louis shopping expedition.

Jump over to Baby Lock’s Common Threads link party to see more posts about this fabulous event. Also, you will have a chance to enter to win your own swag bag full of sewing & quilting products.

 

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Spring Quilt Market Recap – And Win!

We finally recovered from our annual event, Spring Quilt Market! This year, we flew to beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah for a week. There is always a mad rush in spring to get our products ready for market, but this year we were especially busy as we developed 22 new patterns, including our Indygo Essentials garment line, three coloring books, two embroidery books, and a new line of dimensional English paper piecing kits called Fabriflair!

Below is our Indygo group in our booth. Amy is wearing our new Shift Dress, Betsy is wearing the Sidekick Skirt (made out of Amy’s new fabric line, Stitcher’s Garden. See more about the fabric on Amy’s blog), Cheryl is wearing the Asymmetrical Top and Donna has on the Mandarin Vest.

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Below, check out the sneak peek video we created for shop owners to preview our new products  before Quilt Market. Many of the new products featured in the video is available now, and everything will be shipping by July 1st.

We launched two new brands this year, the first being Indygo Essentials. Essentials is our chic and simple garment line, created for those sewers who want to create simple, classic styles. We have launched the line with 6 styles, two tops, a vest, a jacket, a dress and  pants.

essentials2The other exciting brand we launched is Fabriflair! Inspired by a vintage piece of Amy’s, we created six dimensional paper piecing kits. The process is similar to English paper piecing, but instead of basting the fabric to the paper and later removing them, you glue the fabric to the matboard templates and leave them in. Fabriflair received a great reception at market – store owners were loving it. See the full line of kits here.

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Lately it seems like everyone is on board with the coloring craze – we definitely are! Amy has such an amazing library of vintage illustrations, which we thought would be perfect for coloring books. The images featured in Fashion Therapy, Pattern Play and Quilting Therapy are all original illustrations found in sewing patterns, books and Amy’s collection of Woman’s Institute materials, which inspired her book Vintage Notions.

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Last but certainly not least are the two embroidery books, Folk Art Motifs and Land That I Love. These books are truly Vintage Made Modern, as they use vintage embroidery designs updated for modern sewists! Folk Art Motifs has over 400 designs to hand embroider, plus two quilt patterns. Land That I Love features fun designs for each of the 50 states. Combine designs to show your hometown pride!

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Now for the Giveaway!

Share with us your favorite new Indygo Junction product that was featured in this post. Comment below and ENTER TO WIN! The winner will receive his or her favorite item and a pattern pack of the new releases. We will pick a winner on Friday, June 24th!

NOTE: CONTEST HAD ENDED. THANKS SO MUCH!!

 

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Mommy and Me Sewing Projects

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. As much as I love giving my mom a gift, in recent years instead of buying her something, I’ve been finding things for us to do together, like working on a sewing project. This nice because it extends the time we spend together beyond just Mother’s Day, especially if we are making more in-depth projects like clothing.

For those mothers who have little ones, it is never too early to start sewing together. We have some great patterns that have options for both mom and daughter. In fact, I’ve picked three perfect spring patterns sure to get everyone running to the sewing room.

The Easy-On Apron and The Pint-Size Pinafore are perfect for some mother/daughter fun This classic aprons are perfect for cooking in the kitchen, playing outside, or wearing a fun, comfy topper over leggings or jeans.

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There are few things as fun as getting dirty in the garden, whether you are just planting, weeding or just playing. Protect your skin from the sun with the Simple Sunbonnet and Reversible Sun Hat.

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You won’t get soaked by spring and summer showers with your Partly-Cloudy Poncho and the Pullover Poncho. Don’t let have your kids have all the fun – you can splash in puddles too!

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Indygo Junction Sewing Kits on Craftsy!

Did you know that some of your favorite Indygo Junction patterns are available as kits on Craftsy? Yep, we have paired with Craftsy and fabric companies like RJR Fabrics, Robert Kaufman and Free Spirit to bring you fun fabrics and great patterns.

Of course we had to start off with everyone’s favorite accessory, the 5-Way Wrap. Here, a Robert Kaufman herringbone flannel makes a chic statement, whether you are wearing it short or long.

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Free Spirit fabrics paired this great Parson Gray print with our Contemporary Kimono pattern. This light jacket is perfect for summer – ready to pop on when the air conditioning gets too breezy.

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For those of you who (like I do) love wearing skirt, this is the kit for you. We combined Amy’s Vintage Made Modern fabric collection with our Sidekick Wrap Skirt pattern to create a fun, pop of color for your outfit.

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And of course, you can’t go out on the town without a great purse. How great does this batik from RJR Fabrics look in our Serged Satchel purse pattern?

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These are just a few of our Indygo Junction Craftsy kits – click here to see all the options. Be sure to send us photos of any IJ kits that you make – we would love to see them!

 

Recycled Pattern Discount Code for Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to share this fun video Recycle Denim Jeans! And we are offering 20% off any of our recycling patterns – just use the code EARTHDAY16 at checkout

As you know, we love incorporating recycled denim into our patterns. It’s fascinating to see all the styles, colors and washes. Anyone remember the old acid-wash jeans? Or who still has their 90’s Boyfriend jeans from the Gap? Sometimes it’s time to retire these old friends and give them new life – here is a video filled with projects to inspire you!

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This video shows the process of creating our Two Pocket Tote from start to finish (in fast forward!). This project comes from our Denim Redesign book, but it is also available on its own as a digital pattern.

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It also features many other of our recycled denim projects, including patterns for garments, accessories, home decor and more!

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