Thursday, May 16, 2013

Bijoux by Bari J. launch party + giveaway!



I'm so excited to be taking part in Bari J.'s launch party for Bijoux, her new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. It's so gorgeous, with inspiration drawn from the imagined life of a traveling free spirit and her elegant caravans full of beautiful textiles and treasures she has acquired throughout her wanderings. You can read more about Bari's inspiration on her blog, and find some great free patterns there as well.




When I was thinking of a project to make with my bundle of Bijoux, my friend Cal posted a photo on Instagram of a woman from the Herero tribe in Namibia wearing a traditional patchwork dress, like the one above. I was immediately drawn to the stunning costume, and after a little google research, I found that there is a newly published book of these images by photographer Jim Naughten.




So, I decided to make my own version of a dress inspired by the traditional costumes of the Herero women. This pattern is one that I designed about five years ago and used to sell in my etsy shop, although I modified this version by adding scrappy log cabin patchwork blocks for the skirt section.










Oliva loves it! I finished it yesterday and she would not take it off after our little photo shoot. She's a big fan of Bijoux, too.







And she wouldn't stop twirling in the dress.








I love the mix of colors in this line, from the dark rich pink to the mustard yellow, chocolate brown, and even the bits of green. It all works so well together.




Bijoux has just shipped to your local independent fabric retailers, so you'll be able to get your hands on some very soon. But, Bari has generously set aside 10 fat quarters to give away to one of my readers. Please leave a comment below telling me what you'd like to make with Bijoux, and I'll choose a winner randomly tomorrow,  May 17th at noon ET. Be sure to leave your email address with your comment if it's not a part of your profile so I can contact you if you're the lucky winner!

And don't forget to check out the entire launch party to see lots of amazing inspiration and gorgeous projects featuring Bijoux:



May 6:  Imagine Gnats

May 7: Jona G.

111 comments:

Melissa said...

That dress is adorable :) I think Bijoux would play well wth fabrics in my stash for a fantastic quilt!

Martina said...

Oh! The dress is absolutely beautiful and the model is very sweet too!
Thanks for the hcance to win those great fabrics. I think I would make some pillows for our linving room. This would be awesome!

willcookforshoes.ca said...

Oh my goodness... what wouldn't I make!! I'd definitely have to make a skirt from her line. And a dress for my little niece... and... and.. :)

I'm loving the quality of this line.

tgallop at mts dot net

Patchwork and Play said...

Olivia's dress is beautiful! It really showcases tr=he Bari J prints! I'd love to make a quilt!

thecalicocorner said...

I really like your use of the bijoux fabric for the log cabin blocks. I think that I would like to make a log cabin lap quilt from the fabric. Thank you for a great giveaway!!

You Reap What You Sew said...

Love this line! And I've been dying to make a colorful full skirt or dress for myself this spring (which I never do).

cherie dot grzych at gmail dot com

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Beautifully done - I would love to make a dress for my beautiful niece. amycav at hotmail dot com

Heather said...

I would make a fun summer skirt! I love how Olivia's dress turned out!

Average Quilter said...

The dress turned out awesome. She reminds me of my granddaughters when they get a dress that twirls. I have a design I am thinking of for a quilt but the dress gives me inspitation

Susan said...

So beautiful. I'd love to make an overnight bag with it.

Beth said...

That dress is beautiful!

Deborah said...

Such a pretty dress :-) I would love to make a quilt for my parents with this fabric - thanks for the chance :-)

Sophia1 said...

Love the dress and the fabric! Thank you for the giveaway!

Jess said...

It's gorgeous! I would make a set of pillows, or perhaps a quilt!

Jenny said...

wow, what an amazing inspiration piece...love how you translpated into a dress for your girl! i need some new pillows...Bari's fabric would be great.

Lisa Marie said...

I would like to make a lap quilt to give as a Christmas gift from these beautiful fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win!

smithcindyk said...

Gosh that is tough. I have a six year granddaughter that would love a dress out of the fabric but it would make an awesome quilt too!

B Greene said...

Beautiful inspiration ---> super sweet dress on a fabulous model. Great work, Heather! I need a mini-quilt near my computer desk and I think Bijoux would be the perfect fabric. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

Bethany said...

I need to add more color to my quilts...these would be perfect!

Katarina said...

I'd surely make some pillows or table runner..and I'd try a dress for a little girl, too. It's so cute! Thanks for a chance to win!

Jean(ie) said...

I'm a huge Bari j. Fan! I'd make a quilt for me!!!!!

Gill said...

Great fabrics!! I'd make a picnic quilt!

Debbie said...

I would love to make a quilt for a special little girl.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love the square in square pattern, and would love to make a quilt using the Bijoux fabric!

SuzyMcQ said...

What an incredibly inspiring dress, and, your daughter is beautiful! If I were fortunate enough to win I think I'd pay homage to Herero women as well and make a patchwork tunic for myself, the fabric is so lovely!

Debbie from Alabama said...

I think I would make a quilt (with my mom's help) for my granddaughter. She would love it.

AuntieCrafty said...

Bijoux is beautiful! I would use it to make a stunning table runner.

Norma's Clay said...

Beautiful dress! I understand not wanting to take it off!! I will probably make some patchwork pillows for my bed. But the dress surely inspires for something flowy.

Marcia W. said...

This dress is beautiful. If I win, then will make me a lap quilt, perhaps with blocks similar to those in that patchwork dress. I've never made a lap quilt for me, and now with stage 4 terminal cancer, time is running out to get r' done. Thanks for the chance. Bijoux is absolutely gorgeous. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

Melissa said...

I'm not sure off the top of my head but it's lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

Renee Castro said...

I have been following the launch party from bijoux since it started & everyday the project get better & better!!! I love the dress :) If I won I'd make a blouse for myself. Thanks for the giveaway.

Katie said...

I think I would make a bag.

Eileen Gianiodis said...

I think it would make a great summer bag!

Tracy Baird said...

That skirt is lovely, I also now want a twirly patchwork skirt! I would use the fabric to make a small summer bag, the colors are perfect.

Catrin Lewis said...

I've been following this blog hop for a while now and at the beginning I was saying that I would make a quilt but now that I've seen so many pretty dresses made from the line I think it would be rude not to give it a shot and your pattern makes it possible with fat quarters!

Keri S said...

I have been waiting, impatiently for this collection to come out! I love the dress you made! I have 2 boys BUT a baby girl due in JULY!! I would definitely make some ruffle bottoms, a dress and then a patchwork nursing cover!!! Thank you for this chance! kerihag at yahoo dot com

Margaret said...

I love the colors in this line. Very summer/spring looking. I will be making clothes for my grandkids I would imagine.

Crickets Corner said...

I just bought a bag pattern that uses six different fabrics Bijoux would be perfect.

Elaine said...

I would LOVE To make a cute skirt for my 9 year old with this lovely fabric!
satterfieldfamily at sbcglobal dot net

Christi said...

I have been admiring a patchwork traveling bag on a blog and this would be perfect mixed in with some really bold color prints. Winning this just might be the perfect motivator to start the bag! Thank you and your model :) is adorable!!

cjpike (at) indiana (dot) edu

Beth said...

Olivia looks darling in her dress. Twirl, Miss O., twirl!

I'd make some picnic placemats and napkins with these--wouldn't that brighten a summery day?

Ellee said...

These fabrics would be great for a quilted throw! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Sherry said...

I would love to make a quilt top with this fabric. I do love the clothing I have seen for kids and have granddaughters who would love it.

Caryn said...

Well now I want to make that dress!!! This is easily my favorite project this far. More realistically, I'd like to make a runner for the top of my piano. Thanks for the chance.

Miggsie said...

What a cute dress! I would love to make a wall hanging with Bijoux - love the bright colors!

Linda said...

HI! JUST ADORABLE!
I'D LIKE TO MAKE A NEW QUILT!

msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

Quilt As Desired said...

If I win, I would have to wallow in the fabric before deciding what to make - but I think a skirt, and maybe matching bag would be fun!

Carol Spadea said...

Oh my God I just love this fabric. The photos are precious. I know just what I plan to make. Hope to be able to find it in out local quilt shop.
Piecefully Carol A Spadea
fiberdiva@comcast.net

Sharleen said...

So beautiful. I'd love to be the lucky winner.

Heather B said...

Gorgeous dress! I would love to make one for my Addison! There are so many projects I want to make with Bijoux! Bari J made such a wonderful collection! Pillows, x plus quilt would look amazing! A staple dress for myself! The list goes on! Thanks for the chance to win!
mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

Ella said...

I'd love to make a bag or pouches!

Samantha said...

Th dress is gorgeous!!!!! I am thinking of making the bangle quilt from hand quilted with love with this line!

Christine Slaughter said...

What an adorable dress!! I think I'd like to make a wallet with Bijoux. And, probably a bag to go with it.

Tamie said...

I have a new granddaugher set to arrive in August. I think a quilt with these fabrics would be wonderful for her.

Nicole Hannah said...

I would make a lightweight summer blanket for my girls. Thanks!

Rocksteadyemme said...

I wanna make a patchwork skirt! So inspiring!
emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com

Jacklynn said...

I love the little girl dress! Oh to be that young again...I would use this beautiful fabric to make a tote bag for Spring - I really need something new!

Brittney said...

I think I would find a cute project for my 4-yrd old niece - perhaps a small quilt or doll clothes :)

carla said...

Love the dress and your little girl!!! Both are adorable!!! I have a grand daughter that loves to twirl!!!

Lisa said...

Not sure which is cuter, the dress or the precious little girl! Thanks for the giveaway!
lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

Jennifer Fowler said...

Beautiful colours! I would love to make a throw quilt for the daybed in my spare room.

Lou said...

I love the dress!!!!
I would make a zig zag quilt with it:)
Thanks!

Debbie Weishaar said...

Cute dress. There are so many different things I could make with Bijoux such as a neck scarf, table runner/topper, quilt, pillow, accessories for the kitchen and many other gift ideas come to mind. I love this line of fabric and you can do so much with all the colors. Thanks for the chance to win!

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

The dress is amazing, no wonder she won't take it off.

I think a nice pair of shorts for me.

Neicee said...

I love that dress. I would love to make a wallhanging for my sewing room..

Jeanne Campise said...

Love the log cabin block. I'm thinking of something similar for the bag I want to make. Lovely!

prometka said...

Nice dress. I like it:-)

hiyacinth said...

What a gorgeous, gorgeous dress! I would make double-sided napkins from those fat quarters.

Wendy said...

I'd make a pouf for the family room!

SewLindaAnn said...

Oh so pretty! I would make a patchwork tote for summer projects at the pool.

Gale, Ky quilter said...

No wonder she loves it! Such a beautiful dress!!!! I would make a gorgeous summer lap quilt if I won! Woohooo!!!! Send it to Kentucky!!!!

Montseta - Montsecosecose said...

love to make a dress like that, but as I've never tried to sew clothes I guess a quilt would look beautiful with Bijoux. Love your girl and that dress!
Terrific giveaway, thanks for the chance to win!

Stephanie @ Quarter Incher said...

A beautiful quilt is what I'd make!

Cecilia said...

Beautiful dress! I would make a quilt.

Rosa said...

These dresses are simply wonderful.I`d love to do a lap quilt.Thanks for the chance!

Debbie J said...

I would love to win and just go crazy creating something amazing for a granddaughter!!

Debbie J said...

Love what you made. I hope I win and will use the fabric to create something fun for a granddaughter!

cnydalynn said...

oh that's a tough one... maybe a quilt or maybe dresses for my girls. I love your dress that you made for your little one. oh the possibilities

cnyda (at) me (dot) com

ritainalaska said...

i'd like to make a coin toss quilt for little girls, using circles instead of squares. love the prints of this line. thanx for the chance to win some.

mary said...

Love the Bijoux dress. Think I would make a Bijoux quilt.

Ali said...

I'd like to make a fitted tablecloth to go on my dining table, thank you so much for the giveaway of this beautiful line!

Dix said...

would like to make sewing organizers with Bijoux

Sue Gribble said...

Another fabulous collection from Bari J. I would make placemats and table runner with Bijoux.

Shelley C. said...

I love boho so I'd make a funky gypsy top to wear this summer.

Shelley11@cox.net

Julie said...

This fabric is amazing!!!!

JoyceLM said...

Lovely gal - lovely dress. I'd make a quilt for my great niece - she'd love these fabrics. Thanks.

Christina said...

Quilt! christina112358 at gmail dot com

This Dog's Mom said...

I just ohhed and ahhed when I saw that dress. It's awesome! And your delightful model looks like she is really enjoying it. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work. I think I would make a skirt for myself with this. I love the wonderful gypsy look.

Peggy said...

I would use this to make quilt tops for my group, World of Charity Stitching.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Debbie said...

Your dress is so cute. Maybe an apron??

Sonya said...

I would LOVE to make a quilt with this gorgeous fabric! I love it SO much!

Morgan Thorn said...

Your dress is absolutely fabulous! I would make patchwork pillowcases and do some applique on plain drapes for my daughter's bedroom.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

I'd love to use some fat quarters to make my own skirt like this. Thanks so much,
carli the quilter (at) gmail (dot) com

Carol said...

I'd like to make bunches of pillows!

Annette said...

Love this dress! I would make a quilt if course!

Nancy Sue said...

I would make a spring robe or a pillow lap quilt set for the porch swing. Love the Namibia influence on your dress. Sooo charming!!!

selleck said...

I am making my mom a lap blanket for her birthday. Bijoux is perfect. Thanks for the chance.

java diva said...

I would love to make a bag with bijoux!!

Carla G said...

That dress is awesome! I'd love to make a skirt for my niece! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

wonderlandbyalyce said...

I think some pillows would be really lovely with this fabric bundle. I think I would spring for some yardage to make a dress for myself. Thanks! wonderlandbyalyce at gmail dot com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Darling dress, looks great with all the different fabrics together. Olivia is correct, a pretty dress does make you want to twirl, hehe. I'd love to make a quilt with these gorgeous fabrics.

Thank you and Bari for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa said...

Beautiful dress, wish I had a little girl to make one for myself, not sure Fraser would appreciate it! I'd love to make a quilt with this. Thanks for the giveaway.

Mara said...

What a fantastic dress, my daughter would just love something like this.

Sadie said...

Beautiful dress! And such a cute model too!
I'd love to make a quilt for the summer with Bijoux. It would be perfect for the beach, picnics at the forest or lounging in the garden :-) Fingers crossed!

Siobhán said...

Such a cute dress on a cutie patootie! I still have nightmares about the time I made Halloween costumes for my kids, so I'd definitely stick with using these FQs in a quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary Ann said...

What little girl wouldn't love that dress? It is awesome. I would make pillows for the living room.

Fran said...

That is such a gorgeous dress - it really is perfect for twirling in! I would make a quilt with these beautiful fabrics, thanks for the chance to win.

Nancy D. said...

How sweet a dress - great inspiration too. I really wish I had a little girl to sew for (mine is a mean teen now and wants nothing to do with dresses - ha)

Marci Girl said...

I was going along the same thought line that you did, and make a patchwork top for myself!

LizzyClips said...

I'm planning a housewarming quilt for a friend and these fabrics are exactly her style! Thanks for the giveaway, this would be a perfect addition to that quilt.

Gayle said...

I would make a skirt, halter, or apron, depending on what the look and feel of the fabric inspired. The fabric is so lovely. I am looking forward to finding it in local stores!

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