For the past few weeks I've been posting sneak peeks of this project on my instagram stories and it was making my mom mad. She bought cute Christmas fabric and was planning on making me a quilt for Christmas, and here I was making my own quilt! When she told me this I laughed and explained that this Christmas quilt is actually HER Christmas present from me. So we get to switch :)
I loved Jill Howarth's Way Up North fabric from the first time I saw it. I thought that it would pair so well with many of my fabrics from my two collections. Surprise, surprise, my mom and I don't do traditional colors for Christmas so I wanted to make something simple, modern and full of color. I'm a super beginning quilter (and by no means a pattern maker) and I totally made this up as I went along. Which is why several of the measurements are strange, but you'll get the gist. Find the (very basic, not super detailed) tutorial below.
Wild Bouquet is my second fabric collection with Riley Blake Designs. It's been a year in the making and I absolutely love how it turned out! The colors combine in so many different ways and I'm proud of how the designs compliment each other. Two summers ago I spent a week at a cabin in the Wasatch Mountains. The wildflowers were stunning. My mom and I took so many pictures of them on our trip! This collection is a product of the that trip. You can find it at your local quilt shop or through many online sellers. Enjoy! And tag me in your projects so that I can see them!
(the quilt is Meadowland by Then Came June)
So I have a funny (longish) story to tell....last month Fabric.com asked me to be their spotlighted designer for the month of May—cue major excitement and nervousness. This is only my first fabric collection! I didn’t feel like a professional and such an imposter. I didn't even have any recent professional photos and they wanted not only one, but two head shots! In a few short days I sewed, planned, shopped and put together an entire photo shoot with much needed help from my friends Michelle and Darice. Along with photos I had to answer a series of interview questions.
Just when I was feeling like I was on top of it all and sounding pretty legit, I took a break from writing my interview answers to check my Instagram feed. The question I had literally just finished asked me about my design heroes. Of course Sarah Jane Studios was at the top of my list--her work is amazing and I’ve loved it forever. Anyways, I answer that question, open Instagram, and the very first post that pops up in my feed is Sarah Jane.......as the Fabric.com spotlighted designer for the month of April! Ahhh! I was going to follow Sarah, one of my design heroes! AHHHHHHH!
It is such an honor to be spotlighted among such amazing artists. A huge thank you to Fabric.com for the opportunity and to Riley Blake Designs for making this whole experience possible. And to all of you for supporting and encouraging me every step of the way! ⠀
Click HERE to read the article on the Fabric.com blog
It's finally here! My very first fabric collections Lancelot and Guinevere with Riley Blake Designs! I'm so proud of these and so excited and shocked to see my name printed on selvedge. Each collection has 21 prints that are perfect for mixing and matching. You can find them today at these stores online or your local fabric store:
Missouri Star Quilting Co.
Simply Love Fabrics
Cherry Creek Fabric Co
(If I missed your store, please let me know so I can add you to the list)
New York City!!! Drawing this set made me want to book a flight and see all these sights! My husband still hasn't been so there will be a getaway to the city in our future. I also have a craving to binge watch You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, An Affair to Remember, and all seasons of 30 Rock.
Find the set HERE or HERE.
Rome, Italy has probably been my most requested set...for 4 years...so I finally got around to finishing it! The little columns are just so cute! Find it HERE or HERE. Now that I finished the most requested kit, what else would you like to see from me?
I now have clip art sets for the following countries/cities (click on the city to see the kit):
Happy Christmas! This year you get not just one, but TWO new kits! I'm on roll! This nutcracker set is perfectly ready to create gift tags, wrapping paper, ornaments, kid crafts, puppets, or Christmas cards. Purchase yours HERE or HERE.
Merry Christmas! Last year my mom wanted cute nativity illustrations to print off for the grandkids, but she couldn't find any. She asked me to draw some and it took me an entire year to finally get around to it. :) I just love how this set turned out and I hope that you do too!
You can purchase the papers and clip art for commercial use HERE or HERE.
You may have missed my super exciting ginormous announcement on instagram a couple of weeks ago------I am now a fabric designer for Riley Blake!!! My first fabric collection will debut at Quilt Market in October and be in shops in Spring 2018. Pinch me! This is a bucket list life goal of mine and I can't even contain my excitement! Riley Blake is an awesome company and I've loved working with them so far. There's a huge learning curve and it's more work than I thought, but the collection is my new baby and y'all are going to love it! Who's excited with me?! You can check out all the sneak peeks and updates on my instagram account @citrusandmintdesigns.
One of my very first clients was also one of the worst. Mostly because I was new to design, so I was over-worked and under-paid. They commissioned me to draw groups of children doing different activities and without any thought, I drew children of all different races, skin and hair color. The first criticism I received after sending the first draft was "Can you make the children more white? Like with blonde hair and blue eyes?" I was appalled. This was a large company and the project would be displayed in public. I understood that most of their clients would be blonde haired/blue eyed, but why shouldn't the art represent all people? Why should their clients (mostly children) only be surrounded by images of people that look like them?
This is a problem. This is racism. I've vowed ever since to add diversity to my illustration work. I would like to offer something to help combat racism. Down below you can download the illustration I did of little Ruby Bridges for FREE. The challenge is to print it off and hang it in your child's bedroom or in a visible area of your home. Talk to your family about Ruby. Talk to them about racism. Talk to them about how wonderful it is that God created this world with all kinds of different people. I believe that one of the biggest ways we can help combat this disturbing reality of racism is to start with our children. The more they see and interact with people of all races, the more tolerant they will be--the more likely they will grow up seeing people for who they are and not the color of their skin. It's a small thing to do, but it's a start.
Hi! I'm Rachel and welcome to Citrus and Mint! Here you will find unique hand drawn illustrations for yourself or someone you love.
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