These are some alternate color palettes for my Hawaiian Pineapple Tiki design. I know if I were wearing a Hawaiian shirt, I'd probably go for more of the teal colors mixed with warmer greens (than the original color palette that was specified by spoonflower.) Now for coordinates... Visit my spoonflower shop for more designs!
It has been awhile and I must admit, I am shocked when I see we are at the end of April already! My head is still in 2015 and I guess I will fill you in on what all has been happening, but I’m warning you, this will take a couple of posts…
I was thrilled, elated, joyous and so very very grateful to win the Fabric8 competition on spoonflower. I can’t say thank you enough to everyone who voted. I am especially honored because the other designers had fabulously beautiful collections and I know they are all deserving.
I flew to Houston in October to meet with people from Moda after winning Fabric8 and they could not have been nicer! First off, the whole experience of Quilt Market was new for me and talk about eye candy! I saw so many gorgeous, I mean GORGEOUS quilts and fabrics! The quilts on display were stunning and I can only marvel at the hours and hours of work that went into them.
I had a lovely meeting with the Moda’s Cheryl Freydberg and Jamie Chupik. We went over some of the other coordinates and options for my line and I left with a head full of new knowledge. I also met some other designers at Moda, like Sherri McConnell and Chelsi Stratton of A Quilting Life, Luke Haynes, Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic, and Deb Strain. I am looking forward to the next quilt market when I have a section in the designer booths as well. Lots to think about and prepare for. After taking in as much as I could in a short visit, I returned home to work on coordinates, resizing, revisions…
And this all leaves me thinking about how I see Poppy Mae (my poppy-inspired collection) coming to life in quilts and other sewn goods. And knowing I needed to do more quilting research…which leads to my attending Quiltcon!
This is the final round for the Fabric8 competition on spoonflower.com. I'm so honored and excited to have made it to this last round and I am in awe of the talent I am surrounded by from the other designers. The theme for this competition, botanical sketchbook, was a good exercise for me because it gave me a chance to push myself more in my drawing, some painting, layering and working on blending drawn styles with graphic styles to create a collection that is cohesive and varied. It's been a fun journey!
If you'd like to vote, the time is open through Tuesday, October 13th and you can reach the ballot directly here: http://bit.ly/1N1MbsA. You can only vote for one collection of the eight.
Many many thanks and happy planting and sewing!!
Modern. Southwest. Baby bedding. That is the challenge with Spoonflower and Carousel Designs this week. As I was pondering what to do, I kept thinking of the unique and interesting shapes of cactuses - they seem so representative of the southwest - and I wondered "can cactuses ever be cute and cuddly?" So I set out to make modern and appealing cactuses that you wouldn't feel bad putting a smiling baby down on for a nap. Also I love the geometric patterns of ceramic tiles and wanted to keep that bold pattern feel for visual stimulation for babies. I've included a collage of cactus and tiles in a one-yard cheater baby quilt. I used the crib image from Carousel Design's website to see how my patterns could work in a baby's world.
Visit http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/4083311 to see the bumper pattern or visit my shop to see the whole collection of "Cactus Garden."
Bring on summer parties with colorful spoons in mason jars! Excited to make it into the Spoonflower.com top ten for the "spoons" challenge!
My Fun Floral Tea Towels are available on spoonflower.com for making a nice set of four tea towels. They make a nice hostess gift or idea to brighten up someone's day! I'll update the calendar versions with the new year each November. I've made these up with the linen cotton canvas fabric. When you hem them it's best to use a mitered corner so the corners lay more flat. Here's a tutorial to help you!
1. If you’ve ordered a yard of tea towel fabric, cut the four designs apart. This is probably easiest with a rotary cutter and straight edge or grid. Cut the selvage edge off the fabric too so you have four towels with raw edges right to the edge of the printed designs.
2. Fold over and press 1/4” on all four sides. Fold once more, approximately 3/8”-1/2” and press well.
3. Unfold the last edge you just pressed, leaving the first edge folded over and revealing the folded line. You should be able to mark with a pencil the fold lines to where they intersect. At the corner, there will be a square shape. Fold that square shape down, into the wrong side of the fabric and make a crease. Open back up and mark with a pencil where the new crease was, at a diagonal where the lines intersected.
4. Fold the fabric, right sides together at the corner, making a triangular shape and pin. Sew along the drawn line, from edge to fold.
5. Trim corner piece and turn right side out. Push corner out to a nice sharp point with an object like scissor, screwdriver or pencil. Repeat folds and sewing on other three corners. Repress edges to prepare towels for sewing along all four edges.
6. Topstitch close the the edge on all four sides to finish the towel, pivoting in ditch at corners. Repeat steps with the other three towels.
If you'd like to make the towels a set and include a tag, download the Fun Floral Gift Tag for your label. Printing of this label/tag is for personal printing and gift-giving of your tea towels and not for mass printing and resale. Thanks!
A sunny day with buzzing bumble bees and golden happy flowers...that's the way I like to brighten up my kitchen! Each year on spoonflower.com they have a calendar tea towel competition. This design was my 2015 entry and I did it in two colorways...a teal and green version and this yellow and grey version. One yard of cotton linen canvas gives you four individual tea towels. With black countertops and white cabinets, I decided to make up the later combination for my own use. I've included a tutorial for sewing up the mitered corners on the next post.
teal color is available here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3616133
yellow/grey is available here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3616131
Woo Hoo! It's never to late to celebrate! Whether it's Dia de los Muertos or Halloween candy hangover or just a love of all things skulls...have fun with some sugar skulls! SOCIETY 6 is having a great promotion of $5 off things in my shop AND FREE worldwide shipping!! Use this link: http://society6.com/rpickens?promo=9YJF73TD2JPT
It's time for the annual calendar tea towel competition on spoonflower! This year I decided to work with my "fun florals" group and make a playground for the happy bees. I like making tea towels in coordinating groups so I put 4 designs together sized to fit one yard of cotton linen canvas (which is 54" wide). Cut apart, hem the sides and you are good to go! They make a nice hostess or holiday gift when folded and tied up with a ribbon.
My big dilemma...which color pattern? I may order both...
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