To start off my stop on the Fleet & Flourish Blog Tour, I’m going to play a little game of “Six Degrees of Separation.” I don’t think Kevin Bacon will be involved, but who knows, maybe there’s a connection?
I have followed Maureen Cracknell Handmade for a few years, and when she introduced her first line in 2014, I was immediately in love with her limited edition fabrics for Art Gallery Fabrics. At that time I was faithfully listening to Stephanie Kendron’s Modern Society podcasts (her stop on the tour is tomorrow!), and I was so excited to tune in one day and she was interviewing Maureen! I heard Maureen talk all about prepping for Quilt Market and so I emailed her to ask if she needed samples of garments. Low and behold, she did! And oddly enough, the stop before mine? My friend, Alexis, from My Sweet Sunshine. Who also sewed for Maureen last year, and we’ve since become great friends and official Quilt Market roomies!!!! So Maureen brings us all together, evidently. Make sure you check out all of the stops on her tour, as well as the giveaways from her awesome sponsors!
But let’s check out these amazing FABRICS! That’s why you’re here, right?
My first item is this color-blocked Charly Tunic that I sewed for Maureen’s Quilt Market booth. It’s a knit and woven pattern, so the top features Thriving Threads and Gentle Mantle Land in knit, and gorgeous Art Gallery Pure Elements Solids.
I added a third knit to my Fleet & Flourish repertoire to create a Tallulah Dress and a pair of ruffle pants from the Sweet Polly’s Playclothes booklet. I love the soft peach and coral hues of Minimints in Raw!
Tallulah is another knit and woven combo, but this time I opted for an all-knit version. Let me tell you, it made for a speedy sew! I also love getting to see all of the artwork that is laid out on this skirt print.
I happened to have this amazing stretchy lace in my stash that resembled Cluny lace, so I thought it would be amazing on these ruffle pants. I was right! They just add an little extra whimsy to these falling flowers.
I think we can eek out several more wears from this outfit as spring weather makes its appearance. It’s an easy outfit to wear and Art Gallery Knits are really above the bar!
I hope you enjoyed my stop on the tour! Special thanks to Maureen and Art Gallery for including me in all the fun. It’s been a blast!
Make sure you check out the other stops and don’t miss those giveaways! You will want to add Fleet & Flourish to your Spring stash for sure.
All patterns mentioned are from Izzy & Ivy Designs and can be found HERE.