Roam Blog Hop : The Caravan Tote + Giveaway

blog hopWelcome to my stop on the Roam Blog Hop brought to you by the wonderful crew over at Hawthorne Threads. I have been shopping there for years and purchased loads of fabric, so I was tickled when they asked if I would join in on the blog hop. They’ve been designing and printing their own fabric in house for a while now and currently have 22 collections! As you can probably guess, this blog tour is all about their Roam Collection.DSC_0001

I decided to make my favorite bag, the Caravan Tote, for my project. I’m showcasing the cool Dawn palette with a fun selection of prints.

For the bag exterior I chose Big Sky in Dawn, which is this really beautiful watercolor looking print with the prettiest hues that make me think of our Gulf sunsets.DSC_1315 (2)

My contrast fabric is a classic gingham, Buffalo Plaid in Midnight. Its such a nice shade of Navy blue.DSC_1307DSC_1308 (2)

For the zippered pocket, I chose Meander in Dawn, which is a fun arrow print with great little pops of color.DSC_1309

The interior of the bag is made with The Plains in Shell. I wanted to include the print that seems to “make the collection” so to speak. I just love those buffalos, and I think the pinky color is the perfect calming contrast for the rest of the bag.DSC_1311 (3)DSC_1312 (2)

I used leather accents because, you know, southwest…leather. They seem to go together. My machine doesn’t have a walking foot though, so I had to get really creative to even get my machine to feed it and top stitch. It was quite the process. I covered my pieces with parchment paper to help them slide under the foot, and incidentally I don’t have a perfectly straight seam, which sort of bugs me. But I did do my very best, and I need to see if this model has a walking foot. Its a smaller machine than my old one, and I think the walking foot I already have is just too big.DSC_1314 (3)DSC_1316 (2)

Anyway! I just love my new bag, and I’m so thankful to Hawthorne Threads for sending me this fabric to work with. They do send along a card for caring for their fabrics, which I really appreciate. I did not prewash these fabrics simply because I wanted to keep the stiffness for the bag, but had I been making a quilt or clothes or anything else, I certainly would have laundered beforehand as recommended.

If you haven’t gotten your hands on Roam yet, I have a chance for you to win a fat quarter bundle of the Dawn palette. It really is a stunner of a collection. To enter just leave me a comment telling me what you might make if you win. International entries are welcome! They will ship anywhere they normally ship to. I will pick a winner on Monday.Dawn Giveaway Bundle ImageBe sure to check out the other great makes in the Blog Hop! Each stop features a whole new chance to win!
Tuesday, December 1st – Fabric Mutt
Wednesday, December 2nd – Coffee + Thread
Thursday, December 3rd – I Love You Sew
Friday, December 4th – Olivia Jane Handcrafted
Saturday, December 5th – Hawthorne Threads
If you would like to sample any of Hawthorne Threads’ in house collections, they offer sample strips which is such a great way to get a feel for the line. I’m so excited to show you what I’m making for our new baby boy with my favorite print from their latest collection, Forest Fables, so stay tuned for that!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to our winner, Claire Sutherland! I will be sending you an email so we know where to send your bundle!
-Meredith
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