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Skopelos Blog Tour

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my stop on Skopelos blog tour! 
Skopelos is a brand new fabric collection by Katarina Roccella, for Art Gallery Fabrics

What can I say – Katarina did it again. Her first two collections, Indelible and Recollection went straight to deep pockets of my heart, where my origins and heritage reside, waking up all my love for where I came from and giving it a whole new wings and inspiration, new modern colors and design… Piles of those beauties are still on my cutting table in various stages of making. 
And then, here is Skopelos – the music of Mediterranean summer.
That is how it makes me feel, really. On one hand, passionate, bold and happy

Or on the other, subtle, gentle and maybe even a bit melancholy….

And no, I haven’t been to this beautiful Greek island, but similar places in the Mediterranean that bring so many happy memories of childhood family vacations or summer travels with friends when we were young adults. Oh I can almost smell the pine needles and sea…

OK, OK time to come back from traveling down memory lane! Today, I might not be at the shores of Mediterranean, but surrounded with these beautiful colors and designs in my sewing room

and inspired by our sweet, beautiful granddaughter Juliana that is growing fast and more gorgeous by the minute – I was thrilled to answer Katarina’s call for celebrating her new collection, by making something  for our little girl. I played with colors and came up with several choices right away. This one….

Or this one….

Or this one?

Yeah, you get the picture – so many possibilities! And eventually I might use them all, but started with this beautiful combo:

Out came the bin with all my patterns for little girls dresses and I thought that Sugar and Spice by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop will be just perfect!

It’s not my first time using Peek-a-boo patterns and I love great instructions and photos. 
Oh how I love making little ruffles….
Or pipings and bias bindings…

One blissful afternoon of sewing…

and one evening of hand sewing facing and hem (yes, like in good old times, as I was taught)…

VOILA!!! – …. dress is done!

The only thing that I changed from the pattern is, I made the back button down completely, for easier dress-up (our little princess is not a big fan of over the head dressing up, like most kids :). 

And of course we had some perfect shoes to go with the dress… 🙂

I loved every minute of making this little cutie, but nothing prepared me for the heart-melting cuteness and joy when her wonderful mommy did a little photo shoot and send me these photos: 

 I am so incredibly lucky and blessed with my family and all their love and this luxury of expressing my feelings and inspirations in fabric, sewing and quilting. I am grateful for it every day of my life. 🙂 
I hope you enjoyed my stop at this lovely Blog Tour!

I am not nearly done creating with beautiful Skopelos and I can’t wait to see what future days on the tour bring as inspiration, from all amazing participants! Here is the list once more for you to follow along:

1. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY – April 20th
2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st
3. ERICA TOOLE – April 22nd
4. RACHAEL GANDER – April 23th
5. AMY FRIEND – April 24th
6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ – April 25th
7. DANA BOLYARD – April 26th
8. ERICA JACKMAN – April 27th
9. JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS – April 28th
10. SVETLANA SOTAK – April 29th
11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS – April 30th
12. APRIL RHODES – May 1st
13. PAUL HALLINGER – May 2nd
14. SHARON MCCONNELL – May 3rd
15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th
16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th

Oh and don’t forget the GIVEAWAY too!!
Follow Katarina  ( @katarinaroccella ) on Instagram and repost any of the photos from this Blog Tour with a hashtag  #skopelostourgiveaway and you are automatically eligible to win a half yard cut of the entire collection – wooo-hooo!!!

Wishing you inspiration and joy every day,
Marija