Welcome to my stop as part of the Collage Party! Collage is the debut fabric collection for my friend, the wonderfully talented and amazingly sweet Carrie Bloomston of Such Designs. Collage is manufactured by Windham Fabrics and will be available in July. Hoard your money, people. This line is awesome. Be sure to read to the end for a chance to win some of your own Collage!
I first met Carrie when I stopped in her booth at Festival in Long Beach back in 2011, but I knew of her for some time before that. Her branding is excellent and I was drawn to her use of color and her style the first time I saw one of her pattern covers. I thought, “This girl gets it!” Her designs are fantastic. (I used her Wonky Little Houses pattern to make a gift for my parents!) When I happened upon her booth that fateful day, I had no idea the friendship that would blossom. We started our pattern companies around the same time and became fast friends. Everyone should have a Carrie Bloomston in their lives.
In some ways, I’m glad that we live 1,200 miles away from each other. It makes our long phone dates extra special. I do, however, wish that Carrie lived next door so that she could help me be a mom who is good with making messy art with my kids. She’d loosen me up, I just know it. I also wish I could be part of her lemonade stands. If you take the time to read the other posts in the Collage Party, you’ll notice that everyone writes of Carrie’s incredible soul and the way she connects to people. They aren’t kidding! When she first shared that she was working on a fabric line, I couldn’t wait to see it. I knew that it would represent Carrie the Painter so well. And it does!
If ever there were a fabric line that represented a soulful and caring and warm and loving person like Carrie in the form of thread, Collage is it. The entire line works just as well in large pieces as clothing or tiny pieces in a quilt, which is a tall order.
The first photo in this post is the back of an upcoming quilt pattern. I can’t show you the front just yet, but I’ll show close ups because I want you to see the words Carrie has created and woven together on the Newsprint piece. People! Read these!
‘Sewinista’? Yes, please.
There are many things I appreciate about this print. Most importantly, it has voice. It’s also non-directional. Text prints are riding a wave of popularity, but it’s rare to find a great text print that is also non-directional. Which is oh-so-awesome and so much more versatile. (I wish for more non-directional fabric in the world, oh great fabric designers!)
As I cut and sewed the quilt above, a few of the pieces struck a chord with me. I used some of the bits and pieces left to make this mini-quilt for a friend’s sewing room. She was needing a little pick-me-up and Carrie’s fabric was so perfect that I stopped everything I had going and made this:
Blessings and love. I think I’d buy a bolt of this fabric, just for this section alone:
“My friends are my estate.” Perfect.
Please, please, please share this line with your local fabric store and tell them you’d love to buy it from them. Then stock up, because this fabric is so versatile and lends itself to an infinite number of projects and cuts and directions.
If you are itching to use Collage and can’t wait until July, here’s your chance! Carrie and Windham have generously supplied a pack of 10″ squares of the entire line for one lucky reader. Leave a comment telling me what you’re working on with that sewing machine of yours! Comments will be open until April 24th. Just be sure I have a way to contact you.
And while you’re at it, check out the other blogs that are part of the Collage Party: