Mid March 2020 my friends and I sat down in a mostly empty theater to watch the long awaited new adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. All thoughts of a rapidly spreading virus in Asia were put aside as we were enveloped in the bright and happy world director Autumn DeWilde created. I walked out completely inspired by the costumes, sets, houses, landscaping, wallpaper, interiors, food, dancing, etc. I immediately had to draw it all out and the Emma fabric collection was born.
This collection is a follow up to the Pemberley collection released a few years ago. You will recognize a few reoccurring motifs like the manors and the dancers. I love chinoiserie interiors and definitely wanted that to be the focus of this collection--there are peonies, flowering branches, birds, and butterflies in classic mints, pinks, and yellows.
Along with the collection, I designed the Hartfield Manor quilt pattern. This quilt pattern is another big block, easy sew pattern that shows off the fabric. I wanted to combine a chippendale caning look with an English garden maze. The pattern will be released Friday July 22, 2022. You can get a copy of it HERE.
Stockists with Emma:
Simply Love Fabrics
Stitches and Giggles
Fat Quarter Shop
Pine Needles Utah
Yay! It’s finally September, which means it’s time for the Community fabric collection and the Community quilt pattern!
I designed this quilt pattern with the idea that I wanted to give back to the community. I will donate all my profits from the sale of this pattern to The Conscious Kid and Stop AAPI Hate—two wonderful organizations helping the most underrepresented in our community.
I personally have a connection with the mission of The Conscious Kid because I taught high school in inner city Memphis, TN. My students struggled with reading and weren’t motivated to read the literature that was available to them because they couldn’t connect with it. I found some easy reader chapter books that had protagonists that looked like them, came from families like theirs, lived in neighborhoods like theirs, struggled with problems that they struggled with. I can’t believe the difference it made! These kids who were mostly checked out of school because they struggled to read, couldn’t wait to read the next chapter or pick out the next book. Having yourself represented in the books that you read is key to loving to read. Both non-profit organizations work to solve issues like this.
This modern quilt is a beginner pattern and quick sew. Its layout is perfect for fussy cutting fabric to show off in the centers. I included instructions to sew with the Community fabric collection through Riley Blake Designs, or using from your personal stash.
Find it for sale in my shop through this Sunday, September 26th, 2021.
(T to B, L to R: Julia Berolzheimer, Furbish Studio, The House that Colour Built, Les Puces, Guinevere fabric, Kayla Plosz Antiel, La Must de las Flores, Wild Bouquet fabric)
I'm obsessed with pink and yellow right now. Obsessed. After making this moodboard, I pulled out all of the pink and yellow fabrics from my past collections. Maybe I should make another pink and yellow quilt??
The pandemic has made me nostalgic for the blogs of the early 2000s (RIP Design Sponge). Not the completely sponsored or annoying-backstory-before-the-recipe or click bait "10 _ you need right now" kind of blog articles. The genuine and thoughtful ones, people sharing real stories, providing good inspiration or teaching me something new. I personally liked blogging as a way to process my thoughts and express myself creatively through writing. (There's a few bloggers who still get it right. I love Adam Kleon, Emily Henderson, and Tom Froese. I'm currently reading a fascinating one on why the Renaissance was worse than the Middle Ages.) So I'm thinking about starting the habit again, just for my own amusement (not saying it will be any good, or inspirational, or regularly written). One of the serial blog ideas I have is to put together and explore color combinations, mostly for me to gather inspiration for fabric collections and quilt pattern designs.
I cycle through color obsessions and right now it's bright yellow. I *think* I've bought 5 yellow dresses during the pandemic and at least 2 yellow shirts (but only kept...most of them). Both of the two fabric collections I designed during COVID lockdowns heavily feature yellow. Maybe I am looking for more joy and sunshine? My first super-poor-newlywed purchase at Pottery Barn was a yellow lamp on sale that currently sits on my sewing table. I also went with a yellow kitchen aid in 2007 and never regretted it. I always say my favorite color is red-orange, but yellow is a close second.
One combo I absolutely hate? Yellow and gray, the Pantone colors of the year. It makes me cringe. Like I hate it so much. SO much. Tune in later this week when I share two yellow color combinations that I love!
I posted on Instagram last week that I was struggling (read it here). I read this article by Adam Grant and it felt good to have a name for what I was feeling, and a small solution. I quit all social media, work, and my to do list for several days. Two days into it, I was smiling again. I felt fulfilled. Empowered. I was still living pretty much the same life, what actually changed?
In college I had a boyfriend who was all wrong for me. We fought all the time and I didn't even like him, but for some reason I stuck with him. Then during one of my classes, I had an epiphany while reading a scripture (verses 26-28 here if you are curious). I have free will! I have a choice. I am in charge. I broke up with him that night and felt so relieved. It sounds stupid, like, yes College Rachel, of course you should have known that was a choice, but I didn't see it.
This has actually happened to me so often it's sad that I'm not getting it yet. I get this list of things I have to do or this person I have to be and start to feel stuck and out of control, not realizing that I'm creating my own limits. I have a choice! This is especially true when it comes to my business. As a creative small business, I rely heavily on social media, but also feel enslaved by it and other small business tasks. I don't have set work hours, so I end up thinking about it and planning it constantly. This endless "multitasking" takes away from being fully present in the moment and keeps me living in autopilot.
At first I thought I needed a break. Like stopping everything, but that was limiting in it's own way. I don't like being unproductive--it's boring and stressful. Instead, I tried adding activities to find flow like Grant suggested in the languishing article. It worked! I realized that I was enjoying life again because I was choosing it, not dreading it because it was something I had to or should do. Here's some things I chose to do:
I've even started to reframe normal daily activities in my mind. Instead of having to make dinner, I choose to make dinner, or choose to get take out instead. It seems like a small or even stupid change, but I promise, it's working. I think exerting control over this small part of uncontrollable life will help alleviate the languishing feeling.
My kids will testify that I squealed and jumped all around for an hour after I opened this package from my friend Cindy (garment seamstress extraordinaire). She made short sleeve button up shirts for my boys with Riptide fabric! This was the one project I envisioned when illustrating the fabric--these prints just had to be made into little surfer shirts!
I've always wanted to make an ocean waves quilt and the arrival of Riptide seemed like the perfect opportunity! Riley Blake Designs is hosting a block challenge this spring where each week they release a new *free* block tutorial. At the end you will have a beautiful mystery quilt! This week I'm demonstrating how to make a traditional ocean waves block. Find the PDF pattern HERE on their blog and a video tutorial HERE on my instagram IGTV.
I loved the block so much that I had to make a scrappy version using all the Riptide fabric prints!
Introducing the Shorebreak Quilt Pattern! One month ago I told my husband that I was swearing off writing quilt patterns. They are so much work! But then I woke up one night with this quilt top layout image in my head and I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
I’m always looking for patterns that have a modern aesthetic and are easy to sew. I also love showing off ALL the prints in a collection. I can’t bear to leave one out! This pattern takes care of all that. I designed it to mimic the ocean tide and shark fins and complement the Riptide fabric collection coming out any day now (whenever the COVID decides to stop messing with cargo shipments).
There are two sizes--baby (40"x50") and throw (60"x72") and two layout options--with or without the shark fins. Find it for sale in my shop through this Friday, February 5th, 2021.
The Riptide fabric collection is almost here! It should ship to stores any day now. Today I wanted to highlight the panel in the collection. This panel has 4 projects for you to do all on one yard of fabric! With instructions and everything! I designed the projects with kids in mind; I sewed the pillows with my son and he loved it! There are four plushie/pillow projects: a sting ray, two sharks, and a shark tooth pillow (with an optional tooth fairy pocket). I even cut out the great white shark to appliqué to the back of my Shorebreak quilt pattern that I'm releasing next week. The possibilities are endless!
I finally came up with my phrase for 2021: Do Good. It sounds like terrible grammar, but bear with me. While I was brainstorming what phrase or word I should choose, two quotes kept running through my mind (the next two photos). One from the Bible that says “Jesus went about doing good” and another from Theodore Roosevelt “Work hard at work worth doing.” Last year was spent with lots of waiting around and worrying. I’m sick of it. I want to DO! And not just do anything. I want to do work WORTH doing. I want to spread light and good and joy. I want to see how I can turn my everyday work and activities into opportunities to do good. Here’s to a better year in 2021!
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