People really liked my first fabric, Collage, for Windham Fabrics–in a surprising way–as in: it performed better than anyone expected including Windham. I had never designed fabric before so I just flew by the seat of my pants and enjoyed myself immensely as I created that first line.
Last day of our PAINT party…sigh. It has been so fun. Thanks for joining us and playing along.
First up–Shelly Figueroa…you know…of Figgy’s? She just has an eye. Her children’s sewing patterns are wildly sophisticated and savvy, yet really friendly to sew. And she is such a warm and lovely woman. Also, you want to learn a thing or two about branding and telling a good and compelling brand story? Look at her website. Her photography, the styling, the models, the patterns, EVERYTHING about her site is spot-on and gorgeous.
Karen LePage is a wise, soulful friend and I cherish her. She’s the one I hang out with after a long day at Quilt Market, eating ice cream by the fire pit with our shoes off.
She is a shoes-off type of a person. I feel really good around her beaming, grounded energy. And she is a super talented seamstress. Is that OK to say? Is that a bad word now, like waitress? Should I call her a stitch server? How about Sewing Ninja Princess or Awesomeness? She’s more like a magician than anything– turning ordinary quilting cotton into this smooth, drapey substance that looks like high fashion couture.
Wow, so exciting to share these amazing designers with you every day!
My first blog crushes, way back when I started learning to sew (ah hem…five years ago!) were Erica Sage of Craftyblossom and Ayumi Takahashi of Pink Penguin. I used to stay awake late at night, pregnant with my baby girl, pouring through sewing blogs as though they were the most fascinating thing on earth. Something about seeing these cool women sewing cool sh*t in our modern world felt so right and so soothing to me. It felt like a really big conversation and all I knew was that I wanted to be a part of it because it felt so good.
Party on, people! Today we get to see the super-cute and practical Chunky Wee Bag (in two sizes) by Sam Hunter of Hunter’s Design Studio. (Go enter her giveaway HERE to win some PAINT!) It is the perfect bag for a little girl because it is sort of grown up in its construction (it’s durable and made really well) yet the fabric makes it playful and a great treasure collecting bag…see?
The PAINT party is in full swing. Today, I am happy to share one of my dear friends, Shea Henderson. She created this eye-catching bold and graphic quilt using a soon-to-be released Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio pattern, called Parallels. Parallels will be printed as a pattern book, full of six different quilt designs (each in sizes baby to king!) based on parallelograms. It was designed by Elizabeth Ancell.
|Here is the PAINT collection! In stores July 2014.|
Day 2 of the PAINT party. Today, I am going to let you in on one aspect of my design process–the complete and total surrendering of control.
I am in recovery from control. I used to be super-controlling…seriously. I was a white-knuckler. I thought that the more stuff I could control, the greater the outcome would be. But life had other plans for me, thank goodness. Control is just a tool we use to treat our anxiety and existential dis-ease. When we don’t have answers to some of the big, profound questions in life, we control the outcome of all the small sh*t. And it becomes addictive. It makes us feel better and soothed. And, at the same time, it is completely exhausting because we run around like this: “I’m good enough, see? See how great I am at all this? Look at how I know what I’m doing. Look at how perfect I am…see?” We begin to perfect everything in an attempt to show the outside world how completely awesome we are. But on the inside, we are just overwhelmingly uncomfortable with how imperfect we are–how messy, human, changeable, and scared we are–how terrified we are of everything and of life itself. So we control. But we aren’t in control anyway. It is all an illusion. We use control to self-medicate. If we think we are the one in control, then that places us higher than things like: nature, science, serendipity, god, synchronicity, poetry, divinity, wonder and magic. And that sucks. Because then we aren’t open to all of that wonderful stuff.
Yay! So excited to finally share my next fabric collection, PAINT, for Windham Fabrics with you. As a designer apparently you just learn to sit on your hands and endure the waiting. I designed this line in September and sent it to Windham. We had some back and forth and it was done by October. And ever since I have waited as we go through the process of strike-off’s and color correcting and then ultimately they send me fabric.
The lookbook is here…the lookbook is here! Gawd, I hate waiting to share my creations with the world for months on end…but the wait is over. Woot!
This week marks the beginning of our blog party to celebrate all the amazingly talented designer friends who, in lightning speed, whipped out samples with my newest fabric, PAINT, for Windham Fabrics. I am so excited to share the line with the world. Over the next week, I will share all the fab projects and give you some of the back story about how my second fabric collection came into being. The whole line is about what my brand is all about and even my tagline: Celebrate Your Inner Artist!™
In the meantime, click here to go see the lookbook–the virtual online catalog of PAINT! Stay tuned this week for lots of fun and fabric and book giveaways. Follow along on Facebook here and Instagram here. I just love a good party. 🙂
…and after a year of fun work,
design, planning, collaboration,
face-timing with the folks at Windham in New York,
my friends blogging, tweeting,
and me talking and talking and talking
until I have turned blue–and most definitely
a bit tired of hearing my own voice,