Hello hello! I return to the internetting world. My computer has been on the fritz and we finally had to take it to the doctor. Apparantly I had fried the hard drive, hard drive fan and graphics card. That coupled with quilt market, today is literally the first time in a month I've been on the computer. I won't lie.. it's been nice. Really helps to re-evaluate how much time I spend aimlessy wandering the internet! Turns out there are a lot of hours in the day to get stuff done if you organize your time wisely. huh. go figure.
My newest fabric collection for Michael Miller is finalized, tidied up and ready to go!
We put so much work into these collections, that when it finally comes time to introduce it to the world, it feels like 9 months of labor and finally: bam! A new baby to share with the world.
This collection is no exception for me. I've written before about how the design process starts with the collection name. I toss around ideas in my head for a while, and then finally one hits and I know that is the group to get going on. When the idea of Secret Garden came to me, the ideas came so fast that I had to scribble them down so rapidly that they were almost illegible.
The group is made up of three color palettes.
Tea Time Garden: Soft, mossy greens, buttery yellows paired against tangerine and pebble tones. I wanted to use colors that invoked an early afternoon tea party after a morning summer rain when the moss is starting to grow between the cobblestone..
Sunset Garden: Sunset may be my favorite time of the day. The sun is going down, and somehow the setting glow of the sun makes all the colors come alive. Reds are more vibrant, blues are richer and everything has a beautiful golden glow. I wanted to capture that with this group, and I love how it turned out!
(You may notice, the Tea Time and Sunset groups have very interchangeable colors, but really the whole groups is meant to play nicely together!)
Midnight Garden: This group was actually where I started designing the collection. I think I was stressed, and wanted to immerse myself into the quiet colors of the night. When you can only make out the most vibrant of the flowers, and everything has calm, varied shades of blue cast all around. Pops of moonlight here and there which can also make for a lovely stroll through the garden.
I'll be back to share actual samples.. this collection is on a new high density cotton, so it is a higher thread count than my past collections. It is silky to the touch, but is not quite as loose as a voile or lawn. I truly think it is the perfect fabric for this industry, as it crosses apparel, quilting and I even upholstered with it. (Will share soon.)