sunny street, a mug. and 60 days to go. and stitch magazine. and a really long post.
so. sunny street, a mug, is a winner, i'm happy to announce. we went away for a week last week but we went to a posh hotel with proper free wi-fi so i could keep an eye on things in a stalkerish manner. and so i found out via twitter that a design i entered into buttercup china's design competition had won first place! i found this out just as we arrived at our hotel, and then couldn't sleep. so it was a double edged sword, so to speak.
but after a beautiful week in the sunshine while the UK shivered under more snow and minus 16 temperatures, i have come home to more marvellous news.
the second collection i designed for moda fabrics has been sent to the mill for strike offs. OMG. it's called 'summersville spring' and is loosely based on life around the farm but it's not a tractor-y type of collection, more of a nod to different things i find inspiring - mud on tires, tracks in the land, meadow flowers - it's very 'me' but this time in glorious TECHNICOLOUR. i forgot to take any snaps of the designs before i sent them off (i design directly on to fabric rather than by computer as you may know. one day soon i shall do a process post on this, if anyone would find it interesting!) but i produced lots of 'out takes' and so used them to make up this little experimental block above. so there IS a little sneak into what to expect but it's by no means an exact expectation, if you see what i mean...the 60 days in the title of this post refers to the amount of time before the fabrics are back from the mill in strike off form - which is where the fun starts - choosing the best colourways to create the line. as soon as i know when that happens, you'll know. brownie guide promise.
ohhhh! and before i go, another something lovely - i've got an article on the back page in the spring 2012 issue of stitch magazine AND on the very back cover page, there's a full page advert for summersville, using my own photo! so odd to think that when i quickly set up that little shoot just to show the samples of summersville to you lot, i didn't think in a million years it would be used as a proper advert! and rather sentimentally, that little white jug in the photo was my nanny shirley's. that makes me happy.
welcome! i'm lu and i like to design & print. i've designed 2 fabric lines for moda fabrics, and it might still be available from lots of good stockists and probably some crap ones too. (i'm kidding! i'm kidding!) i'm also the author of 'quilt improv'. happy days!