Monday, February 26, 2018

Season 15 Celebrity Judges

It is such a great honor to bring you the celebrity judges for Season 15.  Each one of these amazing ladies have attained celebrity status in the sewing community, and it's such a privilege to have them with us.  In order of appearance, please join us in welcoming these celebrity judges.

Bari J. is an artist with a signature style coined Curated Maximalism.  She believes color is king and more is more!  Besides canvas, her art can be found on Art Gallery Fabric, rugs, stencils, wallpaper, device covers, mugs, pillows, and more!  You can spend hours roaming her blog, The  Curated Maximalist, filling your eyes with delicious goodness.  Be sure to follow Bari J. on Instagram where her feed brings you daily inspiration.  It's an honor to have Bari J. bringing her star-studded talent to Project Run & Play.

Liesl Gibson designs for the very well loved children's pattern company Oliver+S, as well as women's patterns at Liesl & Co., and Lisette for Butterick.  Her mission has been to help people realize their creative potential and build lasting memories, one sewing project at a time.  Liesl also designs fabric for Robert Kaufman, has published sewing books, offers video courses on sewing and in person fitting workshops, is a Creativebug instructor and more.  Oliver+S has been a long time supporter of Project Run & Play, and our designers are always delighted to add Oliver+S patterns to their libraries.  If you're not following Oliver+S on Instagram, you're missing out on sewing inspiration for the whole family!  It's a thrill to have Liesl bringing her design knowledge to Project Run & Play.

Dana comes (back!) to us from Made Everyday.  A very popular pattern designer for the whole family, Dana also makes very cheerful YouTube sewing tutorial videos.  Dana designs fabric for Art Gallery Fabrics, partners with JoAnn Fabrics, delights with her stunning travel photography, and more!  It's so delightful to have her happy influence return to Project Run & Play.  Be sure to follow Dana on Instagram for daily uplifting sewing tidbits.

Mimi G. is a superstar in the sewing community, and of course everyone remembers her appearance on Project Runway Junior!  She blogs DIYs, fashion, and style at Mimi G. Style.  An award winning influencer in the sewing community, Mimi G. just recently launched the kid's version of her popular course, Sew It Academy so now kids can learn to sew from the amazing Mimi G. too!  (Seriously, if you want your kid to have a great sewing education, check it out.)  Mimi G is a Simplicity and PDF pattern designer, YouTube Instructor, and highly sought speaker and educator.  Project Run & Play is extremely blessed to have Mimi G bring her talent on board!  Please follow Mimi G. on Instagram to advance your personal sewing journey.

Designers on Project Run & Play have been judged in different ways through the years.  After seeking feedback from previous designers on Project Run & Play, the way the designers are scored is changing.  The new judging format will be as follows:

1/3 score = public voting
1/3 score = panel of past Project Run & Play judges
1/3 score = celebrity guest judge of the week

The hope is for this new scenario to cast light on the quality of the designer's work rather than their popularity.  This will hopefully ensure a positive experience for everyone, and the prizes awarded fairly on merit, rather than following size.

Come back tomorrow to meet the panel of past Project Run & Play judges!


  1. What an amazing group of judges! I'm excited to watch this competition, and hope to sew along on the side some as well!

  2. Wow! Super cool! This is shaping up to be an amazing season, can't wait!