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Thanks to RJR Fabrics for hosting the first stop on our Vintage Made Modern blog tour. Read their post below, and be sure to head over to their site where they are giving away a pack of Vintage Made Modern fabric!

Vintage Made Modern - that's Amy Barickman's mantra. Amy, who founded the pattern company Indygo Junction in 1990, has collaborated with designers to produce and market an impressive list of patterns and book releases, having released over 1200 pattern titles and published 80 books, including recent releases Indygo Junction's Fabric Flowers, Indygo Junction’s Dimensional Denim and The Magic Pattern Book. From fashion patterns to practical quilted projects, Indygo Junction offers a wealth of inspiration to those who love to work with needle and thread. tmpimportmediadesignersfullf6943b365183355088db6e5eb230b3b24ccf2b7f.jpg__300x0_q85_subsampling-2 Amy is an avid collector of vintage sewing and fashion materials. Fabric, sewing patterns, needlework catalogs and the works of the Woman's Institute for Domestic Arts & Sciences are found in her vintage library. aindygo-0411 If those books could talk, what could they teach us? A lot! Amy has found a myriad of sewing lessons from years past which are still relevant to modern sewists today. Many of these tips have been lost for years, but Amy thinks by looking to the past we can move our craft forward. bindygo-0424 In particular, the works of the Woman's Institute for Domestic Arts & Sciences, which was founded in 1916, is a treasure trove of not only sewing lessons, but also fashion, lifestyle and entrepreneurial advice for women, which, far from being dated, are still applicable today. Mary Brooks Picken was the founder of the Institute and in her, Amy has found a spiritual mentor in her creative career. 6842697547_e0998d7648_o Mary’s calling, which resonated so deeply with Amy, was to educate women, encourage their entrepreneurial spirit, and elevate the value of their work. This in a time when women were not encouraged to generate their own income! Not only did Mary head the Woman's Institute but she was the author of hundreds of sewing manuals, including the Singer Sewing Book. When Amy "met" Mary during her research she was inspired to bring the writings of The Woman's Institute to modern sewists and compiled her favorite projects and writings into her book Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun, which also featured all original Institute artwork. jVintageNotions_cover_table_3x3 As the 100th anniversary of The Woman's Institute approaches, Amy looked back to the original art that was featured in Vintage Notions and was inspired to design Vintage Made Modern: Centennial Celebration, her debut line with RJR Fabrics. ABIMG_0696 Amy chose timeless artwork, which she thought would appeal to sewists today and created a collection using contemporary colors like fuschia, navy and teal (as well as neutral colors like black and cream). With this new fabric line she is once again creatively inspired to make vintage modern again and hopes this vintage art will bring inspiration to a new era of sewists. RJR is offering a few kit projects featuring fabrics from the Vintage Made Modern fabric collection as well as patterns from Amy's pattern company, Indygo Junction. We are excited to offer a kit for the Sixties Smock (sized up to 3XL!) and the Petite Stitched Purse. 8585_vmm_w 8623_vmm_w For you quilters, we have designed a FREE Vintage Made Modern quilt called Clam Bake. This intermediate project features curved piecing and shows how well the different Vintage Made Modern prints work together. It's also perfect to showcase directional prints! The quilt is 72" x 80" and would make a gorgeous throw. Below, see Amy, her mom Donna and Indygo Junction team member Betsy wearing Vintage Made Modern! IMG_0747 Through her blogs, websites and e-newsletters, Amy inspires countless crafters to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric and crafting techniques. Keep up with Amy as she shares her ideas and inspiration at www.IndygoJunction.com and www.AmyBarickman.com. Also, be sure to find her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. 9653-83 Amy Barickman’s debut line with RJR Fabrics and has brought together many bloggers in a blog hop! To celebrate, we are offering a fat quarter bundle giveaway! Head over to RJR Fabrics to enter to win the fat quarter bundle... Don't forget to enter the National Sewing Month Giveaway! You can win sensational prizes including a sewing machine, sewing table, Indygo Junction patterns, Vintage Made Modern fabric and more! a Rafflecopter giveaway VMM GIVEAWAY    
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Jan G on

Oh my this would really make my sewing room and me very happy! I would really be able to update my sewing area with the new table and add new things to my stash! And this just might get me out of my sewing blockage I have had for the last few weeks!! Thank you sew much for this giveaway and all you wonderful patterns, and books!

Pam S on

There is such a diverse array of wonderful stuff here! This would absolutely improve my craft by pushing me in new directions – trying different kinds of fabric and techniques and patterns and tools.

Judy on

Exciting giveaways!

Lisa Marie on

Wow, these items would provide inspiration, some lovely things to work with and even some things to share with my sister and niece who want to start sewing. I even see some items that I haven’t tried before which would be fun to try. Plus, the excitement of winning would motivate me to create beautiful things!

Debra Abel on

Look at all the sew-goodness….love all the vintage, patterns, oh my

Debbie Miller on

Every level sewist needs good tools to help in executing their projects and these are great! Thanks for your inspiration and the chance to win this giveaway!

Julie Robertson on

If I were to win all these tools I would then have a great step up in improving my beginning sewing skills. It’s so exciting to think about! I have a dream of becoming a seamstress with professional skills! I dream of all the amazing things I could make for myself, my family, my home, and friends!

Ellen on

There are so many possibilities! I would definitely use the fabrics for quilts and clothing. And I’ll be moving so, and would LOVE a new table and sewing machine for my new sewing room!

Ellen M. on

I think good tools and good materials lead to a better quality of finished product (that, and practice, practice, practice)! Thank you for the chance at these wonderful items!

Betty on

So much needed to start another lapquilt

Delaine on

All of these wonderful tools, etc, would help me because having them around would be inspiring. I would want to use them to make more and different projects. Thanks!

Susan Hebert on

Love the Vintage Notions book. Wish I was able to take classes from Amy and learn more. Beautiful fabric. Sew great!

Karen Williams on

Books,,patterns, fabric, notions and a new sewing machine. Oh the inspiration, the creative juices would be flowing! I would love to win any of these prizes.

Karena L on

Nice post! Great give away. :)

Lori Morton on

Ooooh…if I win such awesome things…I would make a spot to set up an actual Sewing Room! It would change soooo much for me! Thank you for the chance! I would sew & make Beautiful things!! : D

Becky on

Loving that pretty green sewing machine cabinet

Becky on

Loving that sewing machine cabinet

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