Being a fabric designer has its up's and downs. On the outside, designing fabric sounds kinda cool and has a glamorous stigma attached to it. It is fulfilling to use my creative abilities on a daily basis. And even more so creating something that others can enjoy brings a true sense of satisfaction to my soul. I get to work from home, which allows me to be with my children and still contribute to the family monetarily. But to be completely honest, it's probably not something you will get rich at, so you had better love what you do. The design world is very competitive. Let's face it, there is a lot of talent out there! It is important for me to make sure balance is at the forefront of my mind because I could spend every moment of the day creating, doodling, sketching, and day dreaming. Like any other hobby, too much of a good thing, can turn into a bad thing very quickly if you don't keep it in check. Everything comes at a price. So when you do pour your heart and soul into a fabric collection, taking into account all of the hours away from the husband and kids, researching trends in color, fads in fashion, home decor, sewing trends etc. etc. you hope your efforts and personal sacrifices will not go unnoticed. In the end, I want to create something you all will enjoy, something you will use in your homes, other wise.... why even bother, right?
Yesterday, I ran to the mall for a birthday present. I walked by one of my favorite stores Pottery Barn Kids.
I decided to run in just for a quick peek of what the new season had in store (literally). This is what I saw....
(since you can't take photo's in store...these are from the new catalog)
Surfers, Plaids, Palm Prints - Oh My!
This catalog is one of the reasons why I started designing in the first place. Being a young mother (some 14 years ago), and on a tight budget, this catalog was sometimes a bit pricey for us. And so I began searching for fabric to duplicate the look and feel Pottery Barn had. I had a difficult time finding anything that even came close. After discussing my thoughts with other young mothers (of boys in particular) I found I was not alone. It has been a dream of mine to design fabric that would make it possible to sew up something that was
on trend, but even better HAND MADE!
Today, the fabric industry has come a long way. There is such great stuff out there! Your local quilt shops are taking note of what we as sewers want, and today I got a bit of self validation!
Even the color way is spot on!
navy, royal blue, lime greens, oranges and browns!
I just wanted to take a moment and thank Henry Glass Fabrics for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to do what I love.
Don't forget to post your creations using Sunset Beach on my facebook page!
I can't wait to see what you've made!
This collection has arrived today and is IN STOCK!
Ask your local quilt shops to carry it!