Have you been taking bets to see if I would ever get a fabric line? Well, start collecting your money!
This has been one of the biggest, hardest quilty secrets I have ever had to keep, and it’s one I’ve kept the longest – almost a year! But yours truly is introducing a fabric line this spring, and I have BIG plans for it. HUUUUUUGE.
On my Bucket List, I don’t have an entry for “design fabric line.” Instead, it says “curate fabric line” – mostly because I’m not quite sure whether my drawing & Adobe Illustrator skills are up to par enough to create print-ready images that have mass appeal. I do however, believe I have an eye for what works and would love to have a way to express my sense of color and pattern in fabric.
That’s why I was so excited to be invited by Island Batik to introduce a fabric collection in the spring; one that was designed by an uber-talented in-house designer named Kathy Engle but that I would be able to bring to life with my own aesthetic. And I’m telling you guys… the strike offs are here and it’s soooooooo gorgeous. I can’t show you too much of it as it’s still under wraps for a Spring Market release, but here’s a little peek at a couple of the prints.
Ha ha! You KNEW it was going to be pink and turquoise, didn’t you? That’s exactly why these fabrics just jumped out at me and said, “Pick me! Pick me!” Don’t worry though; there are plenty of other colors – rich purples, luscious golds, and verdant greens to round out the collection and make me proud to have my name on. And if you love those colors too, then I’m sure you will love this fabric. Not to mention, it’s Island Batik, you guys! Such a lovely hand and vibrancy, and among the best quality batiks I’ve ever worked with.
I hope to share more of my line with you as the months progress toward May when I can reveal it and all the projects I have planned, and of course I hope you’ll join me for a quilt along next fall using MY fabrics!
I thought I would also share a photo of the craziness in the studio as a result of having all these fabrics and projects to do. We have so many things in motion that I have run out of project bins and storage trays, and we’ve had to resort to using bags.
I love the way Sarah (my assistant) created tags for the bags so they wrap around the handles and I know which project is which.
Unfortunately… once we sat down and realized exactly how much work needs to be done in the next 3 weeks, it became pretty obvious that giving up 2 days of quilting time for the UFO Orphan Adoption this weekend just doesn’t make sense. So unfortunately I will have to postpone it to end of January. I’m sure you’ll be flush with cash though from collecting on that bet!