Saturday, May 11, 2013

Bijoux by Bari J. Lauch Party

Today is stop number 4 for the launch party of Bijoux by Bari J! Super excited to be a part of the excitement and to be able to give away a 10 fat quarter bundle of Bijoux! Yay!!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank-you everyone!!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank-you everyone!!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank-you everyone!!


Photo by Art Gallery Fabrics, used with permission
As you already know from the previous stops on the blog hop, Bijoux was imagined up by Bari J as a free-spirited woman and I just adore her personification of Bijoux.

"Bijoux is my vision of a woman who is very much a free spirit. She travels around in her vintage caravan collecting things that she loves and that inspire her. She's an artist. And a loner. I envision her as an unusually tall woman with long streaming blond hair. She wears turquoise bracelets, boho skirts and beat up cowboy boots. I see her in dancing barefoot in the desert at night with the stars lighting her way. She's a rocker. She's a gypsy. She loves life. Bijoux means little jewels in French, and it is also the name of my main character. This fabric collection is bits and pieces of her life... as she is bits and pieces of me." - Bari J


Photo by Art Gallery Fabrics, used with permission
I love the boho-gypsy look with the girlie pinks throughout. This fabric line has such a fun vibe!

I have to admit that when Bari asked me if I would create something with Bijoux, I just about had a heart attack. I was so honored AND afraid that I would have a failure of epic proportion that I thought my heart might explode, but I said 'yes' and here we are. If you have not worked with Art Gallery fabrics  before, then we really need to get you some of their fabric (preferably Bijoux) because it is fabulous. The weight is not the same as standard quilting cotton. Just imagine if voile and quilting cotton got married and had a bunch of little fabric babies. Oh yes, sturdy, smooth, with a light weight feel. Seriously, it is fabulous.

When my fabric arrived, I knew exactly what I wanted to create! I always have such lofty aspirations. As a quilter, I have been eyeballing dresden plates for years, but have shied away out of fear. I felt as though this particular block looked so complicated and I avoid situations where failure may be a heavily weighted option. I have always thought that the most beautiful dresdens were made out of precious fabrics, or the fabrics that we hoard and are afraid to use. With this being said, Bijoux was calling to me to be created into a dresden and so our journey began.

I am a sucker for good fussy cutting and it is amazing how many fussy-cutting options there are with this line.
Photo by Art Gallery Fabrics, used with permission.
Aren't these pink circles cool? They remind me of wagon wheels, the kind on the old shepherd wagons! (side note: my neighbors growing up had a shepherd wagon that was full of blankets and trinkets and baubles, all sorts of surprises inside that little wagon. My girlfriends and I loved sleeping in there for sleepovers.)

Photo by Bari J


Center flower placement
My dresden, fiddling with the center medallion

I fussy cut the blades of the dresden as well as center medallion. It did take a few pictures to make sure that I had everything was good and centered before I could sew the dresden down to the background! I am really happy with the solid gold and magenta for the center of the plate. I think it draws out that gorgeous magenta, which I feel is a very fun color in this line.


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Here is a close-up of the quilting and the scrappy binding. I quilted 1/4 inch inside of each seam and then echo quilted in gold one time around the entire dresden to ground it, so that it did not look like it would float away. I chose a scrappy binding because they are my favorite! I feel like it adds a little bit of party to everything - because the pieces look like bits of confetti. Bijoux is a rocker, I think she would agree with a scrappy binding here.


Bijoux Dresden Plate

Here is the Bijoux final dresden! I absolutely love how she turned out and am excited to put her up on my wall.

Here are the links that I found helpful when working on this project: 
Sew Mama Sew Dresden Plate Sew Along
Red Pepper Quilts Scrappy Dresden
I just printed out a template from the Sew mama Sew Dresden Plate Sew Along off of my computer and enlarged it 159%. I have no idea why my printer wanted to increase to 159% so badly, but it was the automatic pre-set so I went with it. The size is perfect for a wall in my little house at 32.5x32.5. I am also planning to add some hand quilting on the background. The perfect opportunity has come up at the next Phoenix Modern Quilt Guild meeting! We will be learning embroidery and Bari even said that she would help me! So I can put some Bijoux on this pretty little thing!
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But for now I think I will cuddle up with her and my coffee mug on my little yellow sofa to enjoy the weekend. Have a fabulous weekend, everyone and check out the rest of the launch party through the middle of May. Good luck in winning these fabric bundles, they are amazing! If you do not win, no worries as Bijoux is already in fabric stores! I think I will be buying some yardage to make a few skirts with Bohemian Charms in Cream and Mystic Traveler in Magenta! Think 1950's style, circle skirt with a big wraparound tied waist. Perfect!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank-you everyone!!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank-you everyone!!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank-you everyone!!

Bari and Art Gallery Fabrics have been fabulous enough to give one lucky winner 10 Fat Quarters from the gorgeous Bijoux collection at each blog stop (that is 11 chances to win!!). Here are the details to win big time on this little blog of mine:
  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
  3. You have until 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, May 12, 2013 to enter. 
  4. International entrants are welcome.
  5. A winner will be selected by Random Number Generator on Sunday, May 12, 2013.
  6. Winner will be notified by email and will have until May 14, 2103 to respond. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email

Bijoux Launch Party Stops



(mother's day, no stop on the 12th)
May 13: Imagine Gnats
May 14: Jona G.
May 15: Mommy for Reals

Also, it is really fun to check out Bari's website, she always has something fun going on and fabric and textile eye candy galore.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank-you everyone!!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank-you everyone!!
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank-you everyone!!

70 comments:

  1. What a great fabric line!
    I love your dresden - I'd love to try one too!

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  2. The Dresden plate was an excellent choice. It's beautiful! Obviously your printer has a sixth sense about quilting!

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  3. Live that Dresden! You did a fantastic job.

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  4. Beautiful! I absolutely love the fabric you used for the centre x

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  5. Gorgeous. I love this line!

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  6. !!! Your dresden is phenomenal!!!!

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  7. !!! Your dresden is phenomenal!!!!

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  8. Dresden is the perfect choice! Thanks for the ideas for beautiful Bijoux!

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  9. This fabric is so beautiful! I love your Dresden Plate. Great way to use this fabric.

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  10. Oh I love your Dresden quilt! I have an antique one from my great grandmother. :-)

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  11. Anna Maria Horner's Birds of a Feather skirt would look great with this line!

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  12. Your Dresden quilt is beautiful.

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  13. Your Dresden plate is beautiful. I was thinking of making "broken" plates for a project, these would be wonderful fabrics to use. (However I have a whole stack of Art Gallery fabrics in my stash. They really are wonderful fabrics to work with.) If I had Bijoux fabrics, I would make patchwork star pillow shams for my daughter's bed and maybe some big abstract applique flowers on plain drapes for her windows. (I used a fabric from Splendor 1920's to make a quilt for her bed.)It is also tempting to make patchwork pieces to use as upholstery on a chair or sofa. I wonder what my 110 year old chaise would like covered in Bijoux!

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  14. I love your quilt - it makes me want to rush up to my sewing room and start one of my own!

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  15. Lovely quilt and I like how you fussy cut the Dresden plate as well as the fussy cut on the pillow you did. I think the Bijoux fabric line has lots of options to make beautiful quilts, gifts, etc. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  16. Your dresden is gorgeous! LOVE the fussy cut center medallion look.

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  17. I love the material :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Love this fabric and the inspiration behind it. Your dresden is gorgeous. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  19. Gorgeous Dresden in beautiful fabrics!

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  20. Love the Dresden with the fussy cut centre. Bijoux is such a beautiful collection. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  21. I really love your choice of center colors with the fussy cut in the middle. I agree about the quality and feel of Art Gallery Fabrics. They feel like silk to me.

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  22. The Dresden was a good choice for these fabrics. It is a beautiful piece.

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  23. These fabrics are gorgeous and your dresden plate is beautiful :)

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  24. Gorgeous fabric & I love your Dresdan quilt - beautiful!

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  25. Love your Dresden. I've only made one in a BOM quilt along and enjoyed making it. These fabrics are so vibrant and beautiful. Would love to win some!

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  26. I love Bijoux - another beautiful collection from Bari J. It's so bright and cheerful.

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  27. I have always wanted to make a Dresden quilt. It would be lots of fun to win this bundle and follow your lead to make one. Thanks for that chance.

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  28. I love Bijoux, and all of Bari J's creations.

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  29. the more I see this line the more I absolutely adore it! I see beautiful skirts for my girls, beautiful dresden cushions and quilts!

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    1. You are my winner!!! How do I get ahold of you? If I cannot get ahold of you by tonight I will have to select a second winner. Congratulations!

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  30. I love your Dresden! Thanks for sharing. Bari's fabrics are beautiful and i I would love to win the bundle. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  31. How beautiful and congrats on trying something new my always bee learning friend! You really showed off that fabric beautifully!

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  32. I like the idea of making a wall hanging with one big Dresden. I want to make one now.

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  33. Love your fussy cutting! Those circles are too cool. Cannot wait to get some of this line.

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  34. What a gorgeous fabric line! Your dresden plate is the perfect design to show off the fabric!!

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  35. Your dresden looks amazing :-) Love this fabric.

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  36. I am in love with you Dresden plate! It is amazing!

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  37. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I would have hurt myself attempting to make it all match perfectly. Patience is not a virtue I have.

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  38. Love your Dresden! Loving this fabric!
    satterfieldfamily at sbglobal dot net

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  39. !I LOVE your Dresden so much!!!! And I'm going to have to make me some boho skirts this summer from bijoux. Thanks for the tip and great job friend!

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  40. This fabric is wonderful. I love your fussy cutting. Thanks for the chance.

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  41. Your beautiful Dresden is SO perfect in Bari J's new fabric line! Fussy cutting was the perfect use for it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. The fabric is lovely and your project is perfect for showcasing it.

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  43. Wow! I really love this fabric and your Dresden!
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  44. I've got to have this fabric. Your Dresden plate is great. I love this modern fabric with the traditional design.

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  45. How beautiful your Dresden is with Bijoux fabric!

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  46. That is seriously the best Dresden Plate I have ever seen. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!

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  47. Love the colors, love the fabric, and love your Dresden plate!!! -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  48. Oh my gosh, Meesh! You knocked that dresden out of the park, girl!! Your center medallion is gorgeous! (Also, Art Gallery fabrics ARE like if quilting cotton and voile had babies...soooo soft!)

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  49. I never try for these giveaways, but I would love to win these and make something beautiful like you did, oh and now I want a boho skirt out of some of that pink! Beautiful wall hanging.

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  50. I can't wait to see all the beautiful things that come out of this line. The Dresden plate is so RAD Michonne!

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  51. Beautiful! I love how you fussy cut everything. I've never made a dresden either, maybe if I'm the lucky winner that's what I'll do. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  52. I love Dresden Plates and yours is gorgeous. That is one pattern that is on my to do list for quilting.
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  53. A wonderful dresden quilt!! Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Lovin' you're dresden. That was a perfect use for this fabric. Would love to win some.

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  55. This fabric is just so pretty and everyone is making such wonderful projects.Thanks for the chance to get some of my very own.

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  56. The Dresden design is one of my favorites. I love your large Dresden, it showcases the beautiful fabrics.

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  57. Bijoux and Dresden, GENIOUS! AND the fussy cutting hit it out of the park! LOVE it and if you put embroidery and quilting in the negative space it will be AWESOME, great idea. I would love some bijoux to play with and I am surely going to get some yardage, I feel a flowing skirt coming on and who knows what else this fabric line will inspire me to make.....endless:)

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  58. Wonderful fussy cutting! Your Dresden plate is gorgeous! Perfect with Bijoux! Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to make a Dresden plate with this line!
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  59. Happy mothers day. You do such beautiful work babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  60. My new favorite thing is the Dresden Plate and it is beautiful in the Bijoux fabric!!!

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  61. What a beautiful quilt - I love the magenta in the center.

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  62. I love your Dresden! I have yet to try one, but I might if I win the Bijou. I love Bari's prints, and I am hoarding a couple of her earlier collections. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for the chance, and glad I found your blog@

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  63. Wow. Your Dresden Plate is absolutely gorgeous! The Bijoux fabrics are just beautiful and the way you fussy cut them really shows off their beauty. I got interested in quilting because of the Dresden Plate quilts I had seen so I was thrilled to see how beautiful yours turned out to be using these fabrics. Great job! Thank you for showing us.

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  64. Nice dresden plate. I love it

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