Hi everyone! I hope that all of your summers are going great!
The first order of buisness is to announce the winner of the last fabric giveaway I did. The winner of the Lily Ashbury fabrics is Lyn Clinton. Lyn, please contact me at email@example.com so I can send you your prize!
And without further ado - here is Fabric designer Kate Spain!
Thank you, Lindsey and Quilting Arts, for inviting me to be a guest on your blog!
I am so excited to have a chance to share some of the inspiration for Terrain, my next line of fabric for Moda that will be shipping in early September (precuts are available now, if you can’t wait!). It’s hard to believe, but it was right around this same time last August that the very first sketches I did for this line appeared on paper. It’s always fun to look back at them and see the progression from the very beginning to the fabric here on my shelf. To the right is one of the sketches.
You can see traces of some of these same shapes/motifs resonating in patterns such as Stonecrop, Footpath, Aster, Seedpod and Dahlia.
The color palette and theme for Terrain emerged on a hike with my husband as summer transitioned to autumn with fruits and flowers sprinkling the landscape in vibrant hues. We have a favorite trail we like to hike in northwestern Connecticut that meanders through fern-covered woods, across open fields of wildflowers, and over pebble-studded streams. The various "terrains" struck me with their unique colors, textures, foliage, and blooms that I knew I wanted to incorporate some of these ideas and forms into my designs. The name for the collection came almost immediately.
I also knew Terrain was going to be a fall collection, but I really wanted to highlight that fall is a season filled with vibrant color. On our walk, and even in our garden, I noticed how some flowers fade to softer versions of themselves and others become even more saturated in their appearance as the cooler weather sets in. The colors I eventually selected were from seasonal plants/fruits such as hydrangea, dahlias, sedums, hosta, moss and apples.
These are some photos I took of the natural colors that inspired the line:
And here is how they "stacked up" when they finally made it to fabric:
The Terrain precuts (shown below) feature the Stonecrop print as the cover fabric, inspired by the intricate blooms of the sedum plant. I consider this and Forest Floor as the signature prints for the collection since many of the supporting prints were derived from these two.
Above is a close-up of “Forest Floor,” “Aster,” and “Seedpod".
"Seedpod" was inspired by the shape of the milkweed plant as it sends its seeds off with the wind.
What I am thrilled about with this line is that there are many exciting possibilities for color combinations. You can pull the blues, teals, and greens to make something in a harmonious and cool palette, or extend the range to include a pop of orange or bright pink. No matter how you combine them, these colors sing! To the leftis a picture of my first small quilt project with Terrain (posted on my blog), and I already have another color grouping I'm eager to explore.
For Spring Quilt Market 2011, I designed the “Stepping Stones” quilt as a project sheet for Moda to go with the collection. You can download it free here or here! I had some amazing help from Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life and Judi Madsen of Green Fairy Quilts who collaborated to make a sample of this quilt that hung in the Moda booth. These two women are so talented and I am grateful for their incredible work that brought this quilt to life.
I am also really excited that Moda selected 2 combinations of prints from Terrain that will come in double-sided quilted fabric which would be perfect for quick quilts, lightweight slumber party sleeping bags, or pre-quilted totes. And there are also 3 prints that will come in coated fabric that is great for tote bags, table covers, place mats, or anything you'd like to be able to wipe clean. So many possibilities!
I really can't wait to see what people make with Terrain and hope that they are inspired, excited and have lots of fun sewing with it!
Thanks Kate for sharing your inspiration with us!
Readers - if you like the new fabric line by Terrain and want to get your hands on it, leave a comment below saying how nature inspires you in your work. I will pick a winner and announce it in my next blog entry!