Back in April I received an email from Amanda Herring, asking me if I’d like to participate in her Desert Bloom Blog Tour. WOULD I?!?! I tried to maintain my composure and not go all fangirl on her, but I don’t think I kept my cover very well. You know when you have those favorite fabrics because they were a part of some of your favorite projects? Yeah. I totally have that with her Apple of My Eye line. So getting to work with her new line for Riley Blake was really a no brainer!
I got to meet Amanda at Quilt Market, and can I just say that she was so sweet and took a few minutes to chat with me! She even had a gorgeous package of some of the unique things from the state of Utah for her tour peeps. I should have taken pics, but the cookie and taffy didn’t make it far in the door when I got home. I love it when get to meet these great fabric designers in real life. They are some of my favorite people ever and several have become great friends!
Desert Bloom is the latest line from Amanda Herring, AKA “The Quilted Fish”, and it features her signature reds and aquas, blended with smoky grays and crisp whites. The flowers you’ll see are evocative of the desert and her home state of Utah. I love that this line includes wovens AND knits, as it makes for great garments for my little gal.
I really could not decide what prints to choose for my project, so I went with the pattern that doesn’t make you choose: Beverly Belle. Beverly Belle is made up of swirly panels and you can choose one fabric or as many as the panels you have! This size 6 tunic has 12 panels, so I chose six of the Desert Bloom prints to show off. And no matter if you’re a paper fan or a PDF lover, Beverly Belle comes in BOTH! (Be sure to double check your selection when purchasing!) We also can’t forget the cute leggings from Sweet Polly’s Playclothes. I’ve adapted those to be a capri length.
I love all the little details that come with this tunic. Especially
needing using this sweet crochet edge bias tape from Hazel and Arlene at Vintage Door. Their turquoise bias works great with this line, and they generously sponsored this post!
How amazing does this line look with red Chucks?! Totally rounds out the Utah vibe here, as I bought them at a Journey’s in Salt Lake City while I was there at Quilt Market. Perfect!
The best part of all, is the kaleidoscope of color that you get when this outfit is set into motion. I discovered that I get the best smiley shot of my girl when she’s gearing up to twirl. I always joke that this pattern needs a disclaimer because the spinning is infectious! Sewing Beverly Belle in Desert Bloom is really a must sew for summer!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my stop on the tour! Check out more of the fun projects from Amanda’s line as the tour progresses, and make sure you stop by Carol Swift’s blog today for her post as well! HUGE thanks to Riley Blake and to Amanda for the fabric and letting me tag along on this tour, and to Vintage Door for the gorgeous bias tape! If you love Desert Bloom, be sure to ask for it at your local quilt shop or your favorite online fabric retailer!