Connecting Threads Results Are In!

And I didn’t win. The winner is Virginia Odien’s Laundry Day—congratulations, Virginia! It’s a lovely line and I’m sure it will be a big success!

Obviously I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed. But the fact is I’m looking at this as an opportunity, too. To be completely honest, from the start I wasn’t sure that I was a good fit aesthetically with Connecting Threads. But this contest gave me the kick in the pants that I needed to actually design an entire line of fabric, something I probably would not have done any time soon otherwise. And your many positive comments have given me the confidence boost I needed to believe that maybe I really can do this. Only time will tell!

I’m considering shopping this line around to some of the major fabric manufacturers—the work is already done, so I might as well. (I just need to figure out how exactly to go about doing that!) But even more so, I’m looking forward to starting on my next fabric line. That may sound weird coming from the person who didn’t win, but the entire time I was designing this line, I couldn’t help thinking that I was going about the process backwards. I designed the focus fabric for the contest without really thinking about an entire line—then when I ended up in the top five, I built my line around that focus fabric. For my next line, I want to take the opposite approach. I want to spend the next month or two thinking about the inspiration, the mood, the story I want to tell. I already have a few ideas floating around in my head—I’m looking forward to seeing where they go from here. Lizzy House’s ebook, How to Enter the World of Fabric Design, has been a huge help to me already and no doubt will continue to be.

Thank you to Connecting Threads for hosting a great contest and giving us unpublished designers a chance to get our work out there. It was an amazing opportunity with or without the win. And thanks to all of my readers for your tremendous support and lovely comments. I don’t feel like any less of a winner today than I did yesterday. : ) I hope you’ll stick with me while I keep slogging away at this particular dream!


Thank you!

WIP Wednesday is coming up momentarily, but before we get to that, I wanted to take a minute to say thank you for all of the wonderful comments about my fabric line. All I can say is … wow. Obviously I had hoped it would go over well, but the reaction has been beyond what I expected.

I really feel like I put myself out there with this fabric line. That may sound odd coming from a blogger, but somehow these designs feel a lot more personal than what I write and post about here. Maybe that’s because fabric itself is so personal and, to borrow a phrase from some of my favorite HGTV shows, “taste-specific.” There’s not a fabric line in existence that everybody will like. So I can’t do anything other than design for myself—and hope that others happen to like it too. I’ve never been so nervous hitting that “Publish Post” button as I was when I unveiled the collection! That you guys have reacted so well to it means the world to me and makes me almost not care about the outcome of the contest. Almost, but not quite. : )

I also want to thank all the other bloggers who have posted, tweeted, etc. about my collection and helped me get the word out about voting. I wouldn’t have had this opportunity without all of your help! And last but not least I want to thank the always-wonderful Elizabeth, who was my one-woman focus group, sounding board, and motivational coach. : ) Whenever I started to doubt my ability to do this, she got me back on track! Where would I be without you, girly?

Connecting Threads has started posting the finalists’ collections on their blog, Notions. Virginia Odien’s adorable Laundry Day is the first one to be featured, so head over and check it out. Thank you again!


Introducing Kaleidoscope Lane

Well, here it is … what I’ve spent the last month working on! I’m pleased with it, and I hope you all love it too.



Kaleidoscope Dot

Glazed Tile


Medallion Stripe

Garden Path

So now it’s up to the Connecting Threads staff to decide whether my collection is the one they want to produce and sell. Connecting Threads will be featuring all five of the finalists’ collections on their blog, Notions, in the coming days, and will announce the winner in the next few weeks.

I haven’t seen the other finalists’ collections yet, so I have no idea how mine stacks up, but regardless of what happens, I’m so glad I did this. I learned a lot about designing a complete line of fabric, including many lessons about how to approach the design process next time (if there is one). And since I’m happy with the end result, I feel like it’s a win for me even if my line doesn’t end up being produced. But of course, fingers and toes crossed that it will be!


Top Five!

The voting in the Connecting Threads contest is now over, and yes, I am officially in the top five! Can you hear me squealing and jumping up and down from there? : ) This means that I have the opportunity to design my supporting prints and create an entire line based on my focus fabric! I have tons of ideas for it, and I can’t wait to get started.

Connecting Threads staff will choose the grand prize winner from the five finalists, and that person will have their line produced and sold on the Connecting Threads website. I have the entire month of September to design my supporting prints, and the winner will be announced on October 12.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress as I work on the line, and I’m sure you’ll get some sneak peeks. My goal is to design at least 15 supporting prints, but we may be limited in what we can enter, so I will no doubt want input from all you wonderful people about what you think should be included.

Finally, a great big THANK YOU to everyone who voted! It is beyond amazing to have the support of so many sewists, crafters, and fabric addicts! I would not be in this position without all of YOU!


Counting Down …

We’re in the final hours of voting for the Connecting Threads contest, and at the moment I’m still in first place, but by a mere 20 votes or so! You guys, I don’t want to nag (I do that enough to McLurky at home), but if you haven’t voted, it’s now or never! Click here to vote!

And thanks a million times over to everybody who has already voted. I hit 1,000 votes earlier today! Wow, for real? So whatever happens, it is pretty great feeling to know I have all of you guys in my corner. It really is. : )


Two More Days …

If you haven’t yet voted in the Connecting Threads fabric design contest, there’s just two more days to do so. I almost don’t even want to discuss how my design is faring at the moment, for fear of jinxing it, but: Right now I think I’m in first place!!! Eeeeee!!! Shhhhhh!

But of course, anything could happen in two days. I keep thinking it could be like ebay, with my competitors racking up thousands of votes all in the last five minutes. So if you have not yet voted, I would be so grateful if you would take a minute or two to do that. Click here to vote (my design is “Flourish,” fourth row down, far right). If you have voted, you’ve already reached maximum awesomeness. Thank you, and carry on.

And you all will know the final results as soon as I do. : )


WIP Wednesday #41

It’s a post-vacation WIP Wednesday for me. I did many things in the past week—saw Lyle Lovett in concert (awesome), rented bikes on Mackinac Island (so fun), fed apples to bears at Oswald’s Bear Ranch (thanks, Angela, for sharing that one on Pinterest!), and spent lots of quality time with my wonderful family. What I did not do in the last week was sew. So my post this week is mostly a re-run, but such is life in late August.

And don’t worry, there’s plenty of sewing fun in my future. Tomorrow I’ll be at an all-day improv piecing class with the fabulous Malka Dubrawsky. And one of my fellow classmates will be my Summer Sampler Series co-host, Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts. Sooooo excited! I’m sure I’ll be telling you all about it on Friday.

Ongoing projects:

Connecting Threads fabric design contest – with one week to go in the voting, it’s a total cage match for the top 5 spots. I’m leading the field right now(!), but only by the tiniest of margins. So if you haven’t voted yet, please just take a few seconds to do that by clicking here. I’m only 10 or 20 votes ahead of some of my competitors, so every vote really does count! My design is “Flourish,” which is in the fourth row on the far right. Thank you!

Skill Builder Sampler Quilt-Along – still need to do this week’s block

Farmer’s Wife Quilt-Along – currently caught up

Didn’t make any blocks this week, but I’m still on track. I might try to do one extra block next week.

Completed tops awaiting quilting:

Summer Sampler Series top

Hexing Around (for Do. Good Stitches)

Hope Valley (the original Supernova)

No progress:

Kaleidoscope QA
Secret project (on hold while I reconsider fabric selections)

Figgy Pudding quilt

Wonky Log Cabin

This week’s stats:

Completed projects – 0

Currently in progress – 10

Your turn! Link up any post from the previous week featuring something that is unfinished. Remember to link back here and comment on some of the other links. Happy sewing!



In Second Place!

I just wanted to give you all an update on my entry in the Connecting Threads fabric design contest. At the moment, I’m in second place! That is AMAZING, and it’s all thanks to you guys. I clearly have the best readers—and the best blogger friends!—on the entire interwebs. I can’t thank all of you enough for voting and supporting my design, but I’ll try anyway: THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

But there’s still a week left to go in the voting, and anything could happen between now and then. Two other designs are within five votes of mine, and one is just 30 votes back, so even though I’m in the top five right now, the outcome is by no means assured. So if you haven’t voted yet, I would so appreciate it if you would take just a moment to do so. I promise it’s very quick and easy! Click here to vote for my design—it’s called “Flourish” and it’s in the fourth row from the top.

You can only vote once, so if you have already voted, thanks again! You can ignore this and any future begging and pleading for votes. : ) Voting ends August 31.