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Collage Party!

Collage fabric, text print fabric, pixel pop
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!

Collage fabric, text fabric, newsprint fabric

‘Sewinista’? Yes, please.

Collage fabric, text fabric, newsprint fabric

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:

 April 9 – Julie Goldin 
April 11 – April Rhodes
April 12 – Tia Curtis
April 14 – Ramona Burke
April 15 – Sally Keller
April 16 – Angela Walters
April 19 – Jenny Kelly
And, come back tomorrow. There’s another giveaway to be had!


102 Responses to Collage Party!

  1. Deborah April 17, 2013 at 1:42 am #

    Gorgeous! I love this fabric and love the quilt and mini quilt you have made with it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mystica April 17, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    I am hoping to start a baby quilt!

  3. Iraelia Pernas April 17, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    I just love the Collage pattern. saw it and my mind turned crazy and full of ideas. Defunetely, i want it fir different projects. Being. A crossword and sewing freak, the fonts are my favs. Hope to win the layer cae

  4. Cusy pernas April 17, 2013 at 5:53 am #

    Just ove that Collage pattern. Currently I am finising a modern lp quilt made up of coral, aqua, dark green and orange toned Kona solids. Would love to sew a dress with the Collage patterns. Hope to win

  5. Jenny April 17, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Im really pumped for this fabric line…you did a great job highlighting my favorite print! im currently working on a basket quilt inspired by gwen marstons work. thanks for a chance!!

  6. Jane Brown April 17, 2013 at 7:12 am #

    Working on a wall hanging to celebrate a cross country trip.

  7. Nancy M April 17, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    I am working on a quilt with lots of new challenges for me. It has tons of fmq and I tried a new quilt as you go method that requires the back to be put on last and still quilt that on. So now I am quilting by hand! Would love to work on something simple and bold with this new line. Thanks for the chance.

  8. Lisa April 17, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Love this fabric! I’m finishing up a quilt I started in Jacquie’s workshop last summer!

  9. Shawn April 17, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    I am working on my neices wedding quilt. I would love to win. I can’t wait to use words in my next quilt.

  10. Vicky April 17, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    OMG! I just love this fabric. I can imagine making so many items with it. Right now I am working on two small projects for two of my granddaughters. Would love to win this fabric!

  11. Nancy Cantril April 17, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Darling fabric! We can all use encouragement! What a great way to stay positive and reflect the good things in your sewing life! Love it!

  12. Mary Ann April 17, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    These ideas are wonderful. I can’t wait till this line is available, so many ideas running through my head! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Denise Barrett April 17, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    I love this fabric and the quilt that you made with it! I am currently working on a hexagon quilt, which I learned how to piece in Jacquie’s class at QuiltCon and also BOM Quilt with Alyssa Lichner.

  14. Amy McAllister April 17, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    I finishing up my JUMBO log cabin quilt made from mostly AMH Flannels.

  15. Jo C April 17, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Right now, i’m making new throw pillow covers for my daughter. Thanks for a lovely giveaway!
    boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

  16. Maureen April 17, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    I am machine quilting a Bear’s Paw crib quilt, assembling the blocks for a mystery quilt, and working on a summer bag. I would so love to work with some fabric with words on it.

  17. Sharon B April 17, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I’m making five small fabric thread catchers for some sewing friends.

  18. Dee April 17, 2013 at 10:18 am #


  19. Sarah April 17, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    I have been working on quilted totes like crazy! Love this fabric line!

  20. Marie D. April 17, 2013 at 11:24 am #

    I’m working on three quilts and two bags all at the same time but in different stages! Love the look of your quilt, the quilting brings in so much life! I can’t wait to get this fabric, I’m going to have to have yardage of all of it!

  21. Barb April 17, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I am ABOUT to start another quilt…Just haven’t quite decided on the pattern. I love this fabric and what you did with it, thanks for the chance to win.

  22. Lara April 17, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    I’m working on a color and shape fabric activity book for my niece.

  23. Raechel April 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    I am working on a quilt for my mom.

  24. Liberty April 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi Shea! I’m working on my enormous pile of WIPs! This week i just finished a quilt for my son’s bed, 2 charity baby quilts and stuck to my machine on my sewing table is my daughter’s scrappytripalong quilt (queen sized!) that I’m slowly FMQing… Then I’ve got two Xs and Os quilts that are mid process and another scrappy trip too!!!
    (This hobby is a full time job!)

  25. Liberty April 17, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Ps- I was in Carries booth that show too, and so many of my friends became friends with her from that day- for some reason I was feeling shy and so wish I hadn’t been that day! Se seemed so nice and warm. :)

  26. Jan April 17, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Collage looks like a great line! I am a little late to the text print bandwagon, but this one seems very easy to use. Also, very inspirational! Currently, I am finishing up my KCMQG retreat projects. Once I get started on the quilting, I just can’t wait to see how the finished quilt will look!

  27. Veronica April 17, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    I love this fabric and can’t wait until July! I’m working on a pyramids quilt for myself.

  28. Linda April 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Love how the bright colors and “newsprint” contrast one another in this fabric line! I currently have 3 quilts in progress. I am also collecting various prints for a totally black and white quilt, so I am hoping to win one of these fabric sets!

  29. DianeY April 17, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    I absolutely can’t wait for this line-the whole thing! I’ve been making some travel bags lately, but I just turned off my machine as I leave to go traveling tonight!

  30. Beth Connell April 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Working on pillows and quilt for living room couch :)

  31. Lee Anne April 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    I’m a grandmother doing a little “remodel” in my TV room for the grandkids….would love this fabric for some fun and funky pillows!….P.S. Love this line and love Empty Bobbin patterns (I’m addicted!)

  32. laura April 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    love! i especially want more non-directional fabrics. BADLY.

  33. Linda April 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    HI! Working on a queen size bed quilt now>almost finished.
    My passion is quilting crib size baby quilts for Charity!
    Thanks for sharing!

  34. Doris April 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    Having just moved, I’m working on unpacking and unburying my sewing machine in a new sewing room! Would love to play with this fabric, the text prints are wonderful.

  35. Pam April 17, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I love your ideas for using this great fabric! Thanks for sharing! I especially like Blessings and Love.

  36. Becky Greene April 17, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Beautiful, beutiful projects! Your description of the fabric has placed it on the top of my Must-Buy list. I am machine quilting a Pezzy hourglass quilt top that has been a UFO for far too long. I am glad it is getting finished. Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. Christine Sherman April 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    I love that the text isn’t directional as well!! I’m working on a military quilt for my son in law, and a baby quilt for their new baby :)

  38. Nancy Pleimann April 17, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    I working on some small projects for my Quilt Guild’s May Quilt Show to sell for the Guild. Nancy

  39. Robin April 17, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    I love text fabrics, and the newsprint fabric looks amazing! I’m currently working on finishing a small quilt for a friend. Thanks for the chance!

  40. Laurie April 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Wow- I love all of these projects people keep posting of Collage. Count me in for the giveaway – i can’t wait to get my hands on some of it!

  41. Gretchen April 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

    Love the fabric line and the designs you have created from it. I’ve been quilting for years but just recently started looking at quilting blogs. One blog leads to another and another. I am tired of stippling and am looking for new ideas. And have I ever found them!

  42. Lesley April 17, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    I’m working on my Modern Medallion Quilt. Trying to find my handquilting rhythm.

  43. usairdoll April 17, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Looks like a beautiful line, great colors, I Likey! I have several embroidery projects this year but I’m still sewing as well. I’m doing a couple of BOM, one of which is Women of Courage.

    Thank you, Carrie and Windham for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win.


  44. Jetgirl April 17, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    I’m just finishing up a baby quilt. For my sister-in-law and brother. I’m going to be an auntie! I’m sooooo excited!!

  45. Tamie April 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Im actually at a quilting conference this week. Today was about how to make piecing appear curved. Tomorrow is about free motion quilting. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  46. Deb April 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I’m working on our local quilt shop’s block of the month and I’m loving the colors and blocks.

  47. Meghan Eschbaugh April 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    I also love the Blessings and Love!

  48. Peggy Grow April 17, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Wow – I really like that collection! Very unique. I am currently working on a purple purple purple quilt for my 7 year old daughter who is very into purple!! I also have a finished top sitting waiting for me to get up enough umph to quilt it. I don’t mind quilting on my machine, but it requires so much energy!

  49. Kim Johnson April 18, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    OMG, I would so love to win this. This fabric is right up my alley! Right now I am working on a paper pieced project for my Sew South secret swap partner.

  50. Kate Erbach April 18, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    This line excites me more than any recent line I can think of. The care that went into curating the text fabric is evident. As a beginning quilter I can see this as art on my wall. I just finished a quilt top using Jansdotter Bella line with a pattern by Quilt Dad. Please, oh please random generator, pick me.

  51. Kay April 18, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Her work is amazing. I really love the text fabric and would love to try some. This morning I sewed a tooth fairy pillow for a little girl, and my next time at the machine will be my first ever bunting for a friends’ wedding.

  52. Maryellen April 18, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    I can’t wait to see the prints just to read all the text. :) Love your quilt!

  53. katherine mcneese April 18, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    in between projects at the moment
    I love these!
    thanks for the giveaway

  54. Tisa P April 18, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Love this collection! I am so excited to start my Jason Yenter Wintergraphix II quilt today.

  55. Rina April 18, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Right now I have five different quilts on the sewing table. Can you tell I am easily distracted? I’ll finish piecing two of them today and then more than likely cut another one out before finishing the others.

  56. Holly Harrison April 18, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Fabric Inspiration!! Working on a quilt for my first child to leave the nest to take to her dorm room as she heads out of state for college!

  57. Sandy Cooper April 18, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    What a wonderful gift for a friend! I love this fabric! I am working on a quilt challenge for a local sponsored by a local quilt shop, it has been fun and is almost done!

  58. Susan Clay April 18, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    Love the fabric! Love the Quilt!

  59. Susan Moorhead April 18, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    The sentiments you used for your friend’s quilt are so inspiring. I cn’t wait to see your finished quilt. And I can’t wait to buy the Collage fabric (or perhaps win some here)!

  60. Trina April 18, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    I’m working on some overalls for a lil one right now! So much fun.

  61. Kathy Havelka April 18, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    I LOVE this fabric. Will be calling the owner of my local quilt shop to ask her to get it in stock. I am currently working on Jen Kingwell’s Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt. The Collage fabric would go into it perfectly. Thanks for sharing your work and for this giveaway.

  62. Gina April 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    It was love at first sight when I saw this line and with every post that goes up with what others have created with it makes me want to sew with Collage more and more. I love the text!! I just finished a dress for one of my girls yesterday and am starting on a paper pieced block of the month today. I have done the cutting to make a pillow for one of my friends and need to sew it up too. I love the mini you made;it is very inspiring!!

  63. Rosemaree April 18, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Beautiful words – beautiful fabric! Can’t wait to see the quilt!

  64. Heather Braun April 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I am finishing the straight line quilting on a pixelated heart quilt top. It’s a wall hanging and the blocks in the middle of the heart are what their guest signed as their guest books! So excited to finish it because I have a stack of PB&J I want to cut into next! Thanks for the chance to win!

  65. peggy hendrick April 18, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi, I just happened on this site and immediately bookmarked it. I am a great admirer of anyone who can design, and sew such lovely items! Isn’t it great that there are so many different fabric designs out there! The possabilities are literaly endless. I am currently working on bags, coin purses, etc. Hopefully will find some way to be able to sell a few so that I can earn a little extra money to support my new found habit! Thanks/

  66. Sarah L. April 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    I am working on an orange, green and blue baby quilt. It is going to be a present for a friend and I have a shower to go to, so I only have a couple of weeks left!

  67. Jackie MacGregor April 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    I have been working on linen hot pads. Can’t wait to be able to get some collage fabric!

  68. Heather K April 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Working on a little pillow for a fabric blog, a commissioned t-shirt quilt, a baby quilt for July and hopefully a little something for me!

  69. Maria Leite April 18, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    I do love this fabric line! and the quilt

  70. Chancy April 18, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    I’m working on a baby quilt for the daughter of a good friend from high school.

  71. Allison D April 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    I’m working on lots and lots of bee blocks this week

  72. Nancy H. April 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Thanks for posting this, Shea… I hadn’t seen this line, and I am IN LOVE!

    I am at the fabric cutting stage for a pair of baby quilts to celebrate overcoming six years of battling infertility! I’m going to be using fast half square triangles in bright Kona solids.

  73. Janice April 18, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I got to agree with you, her fabric is marvelous. I’m working on a quilt with my sisters for my niece’s 21st birthday right now. Plus a couple quilts for me on the side.

  74. diane stanley April 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    I just finished a rainbow mini of spiraling geese and now will get to quilting a charity quilt. I am so excited about this line of fabrics. I want it NOW!

  75. Heidi April 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    My sewing machine has been packed away for some time, however I’ve just been told that I will be a grandmother this October! This will be our first grandchild and I’m excited to start sewing for him/her. I’d love to win this fun fabric collection of squares! Thanks – Heidi.

  76. Therese April 18, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I LOVE this fabric and NEED some!!! I have been collecting text fabric for a while now and you are right about non-directionals. They are neccessary and that’s what makes this fabric so great. I am working on hexies-they are new to me and so fun but I just saw your quilt pattern in the Modern Baby quilt that I really want to make. That’s just a couple of things I’m working on…

  77. Karrie Smith April 19, 2013 at 12:39 am #

    I’m starting to quilt my first quilt. I’m excited but nervous! But I can’t wait to do it! Thanks for the chance to win! I’m in love with this fabric :)

  78. Katie Trott April 19, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Shea, I am a true quilter and have quite a few ufo’s! Right now, I am working on my “single girl” quilt from Denyse Schmidt.

  79. Melody April 19, 2013 at 1:36 am #

    I’m working on about four projects at once! Which we all know doesn’t always work. And I was out today and bought more fabric for another project. But we can never have too much fabric and this line is wonderful. Love the type and have been looking for new patterns of type.
    Thanks for the chance to keep adding to the madness! Yea!

  80. Karen April 19, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    Oh the possibilities ! This a beautiful fabric.You do beautiful work.

  81. Gill April 19, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    I’m making a baby quilt for my niece who’s expecting her first baby!

  82. Nancy April 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    I love purple, pink and lime green combined in a cheerful baby quilt.

  83. Joan April 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    I need to make a quilt for my first grandbaby! Love the new color combinations. I will let my daughter do the picking of colors. She loves bright colors.

  84. eileen April 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    trying my first modern quilt of my own design…callled “rain, rain go away” looking at the collage prints they would have been perfect/ but if I win it would be so great for a 2nd modern quilt
    crossing my fingers & toes

  85. Erin Hutchinson April 19, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    I’m working on a baby quilts for a friend who is expecting twins – double the fun!

  86. Lisa April 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    I am working on making scrap baskets out of my scraps and a Geared for Guy’s Helix quilt for my Mom and Dad. Hope to see lots of yardage of Collage out there in the very near future. It seems like is it going to be amazing.

  87. Alyce {Blossom Heart Quilts} April 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Yes, I’m very excited about non-directional text prints too!! Perfect for paper piecers!!

  88. Pat V. April 20, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    What a fun fabric line! Thanks for introducing it to me.

  89. Maeve April 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    I really love this fabric line – so colorful, so versatile, such great designs! I would love to win this fabric and make my first project a small wall quilt for a Habitat house. Thanks for the opportunity!

  90. Elizabeth McDonald April 21, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I love this fabric! It seems so versatile!

  91. Ella April 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Love all the texty goodness!

  92. Mae April 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    I wonder if my local Joann’s would carry it? I love how versatile this could be. You could make clothing or like many of you a quilt… but I saw a zipper bag project that was amazing& I would also totally enjoy it as a book/kindle/ipad caddy. The collage print works so well with lots of projects& like you said.. non directional fabric makes my life so much easier!


  93. Phoebe April 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    I am currently working on a quilt for a friend who is having a baby soon. It is so easy to visualize this line of fabric as the next quilt I make!

  94. melle@feathered ruffles April 22, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    !!! Firstly, I love that quilt… both the front and the back are equally stunning.

    as far as what i’m up to with my machine, i’m finishing a 5 gallon bucket cover for my mom; she plans to use it to store her crochet stuffs in :)

    And beginning bright and early monday morning, i’m participating in kid’s clothes week for the first time ever….

    thanks for the giveaway chance! i can’t wait until july! i will definitely be adding this to my stash!

  95. Denise W April 23, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    First…I love the mini quilt! How subtle and perfect. The Collage line will great fun to work with. Right now I am working on a quilt for our bed (finally!) and a raspberry colored linen dress is cut out and ready.

  96. Lynne April 23, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    I’m working on my Swoon quilt.

  97. Sandy April 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    In the process of making a baby quilt for my Grand Niece, my version of French Flower Garden. I’m having such fun making it up has I go. Best part, it’s a QAYG, so, it’s going pretty fast.

  98. Carmen April 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Wonderful line of fabric! I love text prints and the non-directional is a boon.

  99. Heidi April 24, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I am so in love with this line of fabric – I can’t wait to get my hands on it! I am working on a quilt for my older brother, and a little quilted plaque like thingie for my son’s teacher for the end of the year. :)

  100. Kathryn February 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    I am making a mini quilt to hang in my office and the 10 squares would be perfect.


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