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Without further ado, here is Storybook Lane, my debut collection from Andover Fabrics.

Before I say another word, I want you to know that the photos here are not final fabric. (The artwork is final, but the photos of sewn items are not.) The fabrics from Andover are beautiful, deeply saturated prints (you can see in this photo of the strike-offs).

The fabrics in the photos were printed at my favorite local sewing shop, and they are pretty washed out compared to the real thing. However, they give you an idea of some of the cool things you can make.  Ok, enough caveats.  Onto the fabric!

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Storybook Lane is a village where all of our favorite fairytale characters are next door neighbors. It began with one idea: How cool would it be if you could sew your own village and the houses opened up?!

The fabric collection features 18 prints in two colorways.

City Girl is where it all started. I began with“my colors,” my favorite jewel tones to wear: a deep berry, midnight blue, and teal mixed in with some silvery gray, minty green, and plenty of pink.

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Orange Grove rounds out the rainbow with lots of fresh greens, pale, buttery yellow, sky blue, and lavender. In my world, teal is a neutral and goes with everything (sort of like your favorite pair of jeans).

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The color theme here is “plays well with others.” All of the fabrics are ready to mix and match.

The prints are named: Floral Meadow, Good Girls, Drama Queens, Cottage Lane, Cuckoo Clocks, Curvy Stripe, and 3-in-1. Did you spot the 3-in-1 print? It should probably be called the 5-in-1! I wanted you to be able to have plenty of coordinates for your village so with each cut of fabric, you get ginghams, dots, and a fun stripe! (This fabric also makes wonderful binding for quilts and other projects.)

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The heart of the collection and what makes this really special are the two fabric panels which blend well with both colorways.

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Each panel includes all of the pieces to make 2 houses and plenty of dolls (or finger puppets!) to populate your village. Each panels also has 3 quilt blocks that help tell the story (and make for an adorable play quilt or soft book).

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Tomorrow, I’ll be back to introduce you to our main characters and give you a tour of their homes.

I know many of you will come up with wonderful ideas for these fabrics (hello applique!), but to get you started I have plenty of patterns in the works which will debut at Quilt Market – including several free ones you will be able to download right here. So stay tuned.

Fabric Line News

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To my fabric-loving friends:

After waiting a long time, I finally have some news to share. My new fabric line, Wild Abandon, is not going to be printed.

I know some of you have seen glimpses of it over at the Andover Fabrics website (or maybe even in person from your sales rep). The decision to drop the line came from Andover for business reasons.

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I wanted to share a few thoughts since some of you have asked me for advice over the years about the fabric design business.

First, I am proud of the artwork. I really pushed myself and created something I consider beautiful. Sometimes, that’s the win.

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A year or two ago, I would have been absolutely heartbroken. Now, I feel that this is confirmation that I am moving onto a different path.

The work of an artist — or in this case, a fabric designer — is to keep going back to the drawing board and to create new artwork. You must really love THAT part of it — the sitting at the blank page and starting again. It must be enough to keep you going when your work is rejected, unpopular, or needs revision. (And, believe me, I’ve had plenty of all three as all artists do. This is not the first line that has ended up on the cutting room floor.)

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The other aspects of designing fabric — the booths at trade shows, the occasional press, the sewing samples, the teaching, the moment when you first touch your fabric — are all great. In fact, any of them might get you excited enough to try. But, at its core, fabric design comes down to the design itself. You need persistence, vision, and the desire to practice at it continually.

At this moment, I am being called to a different practice: writing. As I mentioned in this post, I recently completed my first novel. I don’t consider this giving up. but giving in to another calling — one that, in all respects, I feel much better suited to.

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This will still be a creative space, and I’m excited to see how it evolves.

On a related note, I wanted to point out something some of you have probably already noticed. I recently made the decision to close comments. I want to let you know up front that I still respond to nearly every email and Facebook message I get and try to help people with their sewing and pattern-related questions. I consider you all my friends and will continue to support you in any way I can.

As bigger bloggers like Grace from Design*Sponge have noted, comments on blogs really took a nose dive last year. At this point, I’m getting an odd mixture of spam and the occasional troll! However, the thing that pushed me to this decision is that I don’t want to seem like I’m constantly asking for pats on the back. I am hopeful that we can have a better, more two-sided conversation over Facebook, Twitter, or on e-mail.

Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on in this journey. I feel very blessed and optimistic about the future.

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Storybook Lane (free) Fabric Give Away!

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WHEW! Thanks so much for following along on our Storybook Lane tour (part 1, part 2, and part 3) and for all of your encouraging, generous comments. Now, to cap this all off I think we need a contest!

I am giving away some free fabric.  Win an entire stack of fat quarters (that’s all 18 prints)  All you need to do is leave a comment and tell me who your favorite Storybook Lane character is.  I will randomly pick one lucky winner on April 1st at Midnight PST.  The winner will receive their prize when Storybook Lane fabric ships (in May).

(Please note: if you are my sister or best friend, you are automatically disqualified.)

I can’t wait to see what you all do with all of this fabric!

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In the meantime, I wanted to include a personal note from me: I am busy finalizing patterns, getting my print orders organized and ready, and spending a lot of time talking booth construction with my Dad. This is definitely the part that I was envisioning all those years ago when I started down this path.

Each time I hit a new rung on the ladder though, I find I want to share more of the blood, sweat, and tears that came first, because I think sometimes it’s helpful to hear that part. Some of us need to know that it isn’t all easy or fast. Sometimes, it’s just chipping away steadily for a long time – often so slowly, you can’t really see any progress.

People ask: “How long are you going to keep doing that?”  It must be so painful for them to watch.  But with hard work and grace, you look up and see that you did make it.   Keep chipping.  Don’t give up.

Lots of love,
Kelly

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Storybook Lane Tour: Part 3

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Today, is Part 3 of the Storybook Lane tour (see Part 1 and Part 2 here).  We are getting up close and personal with the panels that are part of the Storybook Lane fabric collection.

We just met Alice and Goldilocks, and now we’re going to check in on some of their neighbors.

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Across the street from Goldilocks is Grandma’s house: a Bavarian cottage with shutters, fretwork, and a picket fence. Like most grandmothers, Grandma loves to brag about her grandchildren.

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Little Red is a good kid with a kind heart. Her Grandma wears her fuzzy bunny slippers off to her bedroom where she will nod off in her comfy, pink four-poster bed. A big picture of Little Red hangs on the wall and makes her smile first thing every morning.

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Next door is a house too tasty to believe – a cottage made entirely from candy! Gretel lives there now and loves to bake in her sweet, pink kitchen.

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She is always the first to greet new people moving into the neighborhood with a batch of her famous gingerbread cookies. (And what happened to the witch who lived there first? I hear she retired and downsized to a smaller townhouse a few streets over.)

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Little Red and Gretel are joined by the Big Bad Wolf, Little Gingerbread Man, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts (see the full panel here).

Now, for those of you who are following this all closely – I know some of you are going to say “WAIT! Some of these characters are mixed up! Shouldn’t Alice be on the pink panel?”

Well, yes they are mixed up – and that’s part of the fun of it. Kids love to invent entirely new (and usually more hysterical) stories, so I fully expect the Mad Hatter to go on a date with Gretel and the Witch to do double-duty as Grandma. I’m pretty sure that’s what happens when all of our fairytale characters live in the same town anyway.

You can also mix up the houses and their interiors and there are a few more patterns coming that do just that.  To stay in the loop on all of the latest fabric and pattern news, be sure to sign up for the mailing list!  My subscribers will be the first to hear about the free Basic House and Finger Puppet patterns coming soon.

All right now… back to work!

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Storybook Lane Tour: Part 2

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Are you ready for the rest of your Storybook Lane tour? (See Part 1 of the Storybook Lane tour here.)

What you may have noticed about the fabric panels – is that all of the houses have inside rooms – a kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and a living room so your house can open up and all of your dolls can move inside.

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[Photos of sewn items above are prototypes only and not final fabric.  See note here.]

This is where I have been so thankful to Andover for being so patient while I measured and re-measured and tested everything. We wanted you to be able to pick up these fabrics and patterns and get great results every time.

I am so blessed to have my mom helping me test the patterns from her dining room table. Thanks Mom! (And I know a few of you mentioned that you might be willing to test patterns, so if you are still interested, send me a note! We have lot of construction to go around.)

Now, let’s meet the gang:

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First we have Alice. Alice is an A+ student and lives with her little white cat in a tidy, Tudor house.

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In Alice’s backyard is a carrot patch which attracts a certain mysterious visitor.

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Alice’s living room is as neat as a pin – and the perfect place to curl up with a book in front of the cozy fire.

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Shall we meet her neighbor?

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Goldilocks saw this adorable thatched cottage in the woods and wanted to move right in – and who could blame her?

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After she tiptoed past the bee hive out front, she discovered that Baby Bear’s room was just her size and full of cheerful artwork, a banner that Mama Bear made, and snug little bunk beds.

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Alice and Goldilocks come with: Mama Bear, Baby Bear, Rapunzel, a Princess, Her Knight in Shining Armor, and a Witch.

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Tomorrow, is Part 3 and the last stop on our tour!

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Introducing Storybook Lane

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Without further ado, here is Storybook Lane, my debut collection from Andover Fabrics.

Before I say another word, I want you to know that the photos here are not final fabric. (The artwork is final, but the photos of sewn items are not.) The fabrics from Andover are beautiful, deeply saturated prints (you can see in this photo of the strike-offs).

The fabrics in the photos were printed at my favorite local sewing shop, and they are pretty washed out compared to the real thing. However, they give you an idea of some of the cool things you can make.  Ok, enough caveats.  Onto the fabric!

Storybooklanehouses_550

Storybook Lane is a village where all of our favorite fairytale characters are next door neighbors. It began with one idea: How cool would it be if you could sew your own village and the houses opened up?!

The fabric collection features 18 prints in two colorways.

City Girl is where it all started. I began with“my colors,” my favorite jewel tones to wear: a deep berry, midnight blue, and teal mixed in with some silvery gray, minty green, and plenty of pink.

SL_CItyGirl-01

Orange Grove rounds out the rainbow with lots of fresh greens, pale, buttery yellow, sky blue, and lavender. In my world, teal is a neutral and goes with everything (sort of like your favorite pair of jeans).

SL_OrangeGrove-01

The color theme here is “plays well with others.” All of the fabrics are ready to mix and match.

The prints are named: Floral Meadow, Good Girls, Drama Queens, Cottage Lane, Cuckoo Clocks, Curvy Stripe, and 3-in-1. Did you spot the 3-in-1 print? It should probably be called the 5-in-1! I wanted you to be able to have plenty of coordinates for your village so with each cut of fabric, you get ginghams, dots, and a fun stripe! (This fabric also makes wonderful binding for quilts and other projects.)

Storybooklanefingerpuppet

The heart of the collection and what makes this really special are the two fabric panels which blend well with both colorways.

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Each panel includes all of the pieces to make 2 houses and plenty of dolls (or finger puppets!) to populate your village. Each panels also has 3 quilt blocks that help tell the story (and make for an adorable play quilt or soft book).

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Tomorrow, I’ll be back to introduce you to our main characters and give you a tour of their homes.

I know many of you will come up with wonderful ideas for these fabrics (hello applique!), but to get you started I have plenty of patterns in the works which will debut at Quilt Market – including several free ones you will be able to download right here. So stay tuned.

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