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Arizona May 02 2014, 108 Comments


Just a few words that come to mind when I first laid eyes on April's new line Arizona....soft, silky, dreamy, modern, movement, tribal, bohemian.



When the fabric arrived in the mail I had high expectations because she's designing for Art Gallery. I'm happy to report the fabric exceeded my expectations. I'll admit it. I'm picky about fabric! I want my garments to feel just as good on my body as they do off. Art Galley has always impressed me with their quality and the new voile is even yummier! Now they're impressing me with amazing new designers. Designer, April Rhodes I am especially excited they reached out to.



Before living in Oregon, I lived in Ohio.  A few years before we moved away an amazing fabric shop opened,"Sew to Speak". April and her mother own this amazing shop that inspired me to sew again, design and create.  If my mom hadn't found this amazing shop I would not be who or where I am today.  I am forever grateful for these two amazing gals.

If you haven't had the pleasure to meet April in person then I hope one day you do because she is nothing short of inspiring not to mention warm, genuine, giving and I love her laugh!  Shortly after I met her I asked her to take some photos for me of my first clothing line I was going to put on Etsy and they turned out amazing.  I can't believe this was 8 years ago when she took these photos.




I knew from the moment I met her she had talent oozing out of her pores. I remember bugging her all the time to sell things, make things and share her talents with the world.  I'm so happy she decided to start designing patterns that are hip and super fun to sew and now we all get to roll around in her fabric too!  I'm seriously considering making myself a duvet in one of her prints. I just can't seem to get enough!  But, before I move on to making that duvet I'd love to share a little EOS blouse I made with one of her voile prints.  The fabric feels like pure butter in your hands and I know whoever gets to wear this little blouse will be thrilled that it doesn't itch her toddler skin all while looking fabulous!




This little cute blouse will be traveling along with April to Spring Quilt Market! If you are able to go to QM this year stop by April's booth and give her a big hug for me!!
Thank you so much April for your inspiration and for allowing me to be part of this fabulous fabric tour!
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Happy Sewing - Shelly




Don't forget to follow along all week to see gorgeous goodies from these amazing designers/creatives!

Thursday, May 1 - Noodlehead -
Saturday, May 3 - Julie Herman - @jaybirdquilts /
Sunday, May 4 - Erin Sobon Sundet - @sewbon /
Monday, May 5 - Jenna Brand - @howtobejenna /
Tuesday, May 6 - Kelli Ward - @truebias /
Wednesday, May 7 - Rachel Howard - @familyeverafter /
Thursday, May 8 - Delia Randall - @deliacreates /
Friday, May 9 - Kelly Costas - @cutcutsew /
Saturday, May 10 - Rachel Gander - @imaginegnats /
Sunday, May 11 - Devon Iott - @missmake /
Monday, May 12 - Mary Dugan - @marysdugan /
Tuesday, May 13 - Shannon Cook - @soveryshannon /
Wednesday, May 14 - Penny Layman - @sewtakeahike /
Thursday, May 15 - Katie Blakesley - @swimbikequilt /