Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Introducing COLLAGE for Windham!

Eeps - I haven't blogged since October.  Let's just call in a winter hibernation, okay?  And if there's any reason to come out of hibernation, it's this.  Do you know Carrie Bloomston of SUCH Designs?  If you do, you already know why I adore her, and if you don't, you should head over to her blog and get acquainted with her right now.  I had the pleasure of meeting her nearly three years ago at the Long Beach International Quilt Show and have considered her a friend ever since. She’s one of the kindest people I’ve ever met and her enthusiasm for life and creativity drew me in immediately.

  (Photo courtesy of Jill McNamara)

Carrie is amazingly artistic.  Her patterns are easy to follow and are so varied in their design from whimsical critters to sophisticated stepping stones. I have always loved her patterns; I made this using her Wonky Little Houses pattern, and it’s maybe one of my favorite quilts.  Needless to say, I love her products, so you can imagine how delighted I was to find that she was creating a line of fabric for Windham – COLLAGE.  It’s a gorgeous collection and very much speaks of Carrie’s aesthetic.  Vibrant shades of purple, red, and yellow.  Birds.  And little scraps of words and phrases that she carefully curated.  It’s a fantastic line and I was honored when she asked if I’d create something with it.

In making a quilt using COLLAGE, I chose Jessica Kelly’s Simply Woven pattern – I love how it the strips of fabric in the quilt pattern mimic the the strips in some of Carrie's prints.

 (Photo courtesy of Jill McNamara)

 I also used Carrie’s Giggle and Squeak pattern to make a pillow using COLLAGE.  The saturated colors of the fabric and the whimsy of the pattern play so nicely together, don't you think?

(Photo courtesy of SUCH Designs)

And now it’s giveaway time.  You're going to love playing with this line when it's released this summer, but until then, Windham has generously donated a Layer Cake for me to give away.  Leave a comment with a fun fact (or two!) about yourself before I wake up on Thursday and I’ll pick a random winner.  International is fine, just make sure that if you’re a no-reply blogger that you’ve left your e-mail in the comment.