March 24 Sam Howard of Bobaloo! Kids + {GIVEAWAY}

So, Samantha Howard a total keeper.  Married with two lovely kids, an entrepreneur who is the chief creator and mastermind behind Bobaloo! Kids, but on top of all of that, she is a ROLLER GIRL!  Seriuosly.  You don’t get much cooler than Sam.  Here’s what she has to say about using Succulents. Here she is pictured with her daughter.


photo credit: Eric Lubrick

Take it away Sam:

When my lovely friend Heather Givans asked if I would sew something up with her gorgeous new fabric line Succulents, I jumped on board in a flash!  We decided a dress for my daughter would be a great way to show off Succulent Parade in Blue, the gorgeous light blue border print. After considering many worthy pattern contenders, we landed on the darling Library Dress from Oliver + S. It’s the perfect mix of classic and modern while still appealing to a little girl with pretty strong clothing opinions. 

The Library Dress and Succulents turned out to be a match made in heaven! The skirt only has a few pleats, which minimizes folds at the hem and really shows off those succulent drawings. The border fabric is also used in the bodice. How darling is that collar? I have always loved sewing Oliver + S patterns and this one is no exception.


photo credit: Eric Lubrick

I love mixing prints and Succulents offers a ton of great mix-and-match options. I wanted to balance the tiny repeating motif on the bodice with a larger print for the sash.  The yellow Greenhouse in Avocado was perfect, adding a pop of color while still mirroring the blue of the dress.

If you look closely you can see Moveable Type in Green peeking out as piping around the sash.  Man oh man, do I love a text print!  It adds such a great border to the sash.


Despite years and years of sewing, I still tend to chicken out on buttons and replace them with a different closure.  However, this time I put my big girl pants on and committed to the long row of buttonholes. I’m so glad I did because those yellow buttons are one of my very favorite parts of the dress.


photo credit: Eric Lubrick

It was such a delight to sew with Succulents knowing the love and care that Heather put into every part of the design. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

The lovely folks at Windham are giving away fat quarter bundles at all FOURTEEN stops of the blog hop, including this very post. Make sure to follow along and comment at each stop to up your chances of getting your hands on some!

March 15: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate
March 16: Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography
March 17: Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts }
March 18: Lindsay Lefevere of ellesquare
March 19: Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio
March 20: David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate
March 21: Meghan Eschbaugh of Calvin and Carolyn
March 22: Brooke Starnes
March 23: Matthew Wheeler of Kapa Quilts
March 24: Samantha Howard of Bobaloo Kids (YOU’RE HERE!)
March 25: Amy Garro of 13 spools
March 26: Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts
March 27: Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio
March 28: Heather Givans of Crimson Tate

Succulents is HERE! And I couldn’t be happier. Can you tell?

Photograph by Eric Lubrick

Image by Eric Lubrick of

I’m pretty sure the squealing, yelling, and general bursts of crying joy have been a bit much. I apologize if it’s gotten out of hand.  I just can’t stop.  I continue to try to encapsulate the absolute magnitude of my awe but, I fear I haven’t quite captured it yet. Seriously, being asked to be a Windham Fabrics designer is one of the most thrilling things that has ever happened to me.  It’s like getting picked to work with your best friends on a major project, you pick the theme (SUCCULENTS), and you play.  Oh wait, this idea seems to carry me through my life everyday as I interact with this community of creative professionals in Indianapolis and beyond.  Each day is filled with people I deeply love and enjoy being around and I often say in wonderment “is this my life?”  I’m so honored and happy to be doing the work that I am.  There is a full circle of happiness that surrounds me and it’s a great place to be.  We definitely welcome you in to that circle of happiness at Crimson Tate whether it be in our physical space on Massachusetts Ave in Downtown Indianapolis or whether it be on the interwebs as the place where you connect with us, we’re glad you’re here.


Image by Eric Lubrick of

To kick off a major celebration of Succulents, my debut collection for Windham Fabrics, we will be traversing the interwebs, peeking in on those creative professionals and seeing how they have used and interpreted the fabric.  From Eric Lubrick  (who is the bad ass photographer that took all of the photos in the Windham look book) to peeping inside the brain of world renowned quilter Karen McTavish (who my grandma loves) we’ll be traveling around this cool community gathering inspiration.  Here’s the rockstar line-up:

March 15: Heather Givans (me!) of Crimson Tate ::

March 16: Eric Lubrick of Eric Lubrick Photography ::

March 17: Sarah Sharp of {no} hats quilts ::

March 18: Lindsay Lefevere of ellesquare ::

March 19: Karen McTavish of McTavish Quilting Studio ::

March 20: David Barnhouse of Crimson Tate ::

March 21: Meghan Eschbaugh of Calvin and Carolyn ::

March 22: Brooke Starnes ::

March 23: Matthew Wheeler of Kapa Quilts ::

March 24: Samantha Howard of Bobaloo Kids ::

March 25: Amy Garro of 13 spools ::

March 26: Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts ::

March 27: Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio ::

March 28: Heather Givans (me!) of Crimson Tate ::

Thanks for getting out the word to all of the succulent lovers in your life!  I think you and they will enjoy the next two weeks of Succulent joy!  Windham Fabrics is giving away fourteen fat quarter bundles during this hop!  So follow along, let us know what moves and inspires you.  The next two weeks are gonna be amazing.