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How lovely to see my fabric design Southwest of Denver 2  made into such a wonderful bag by Cooper & Smith Bags, I knew they were going to make it but it turned out to be better than I imagined. Makes me proud! You can see their designs at Cooper & Smith Bags

They are located in Stonehenge Queensland.




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tea-towelA new tea towel for Spoonflower’s contest Home is where the heart is. I couldn’t resist this contest as I love designing tea towels.  Voting starts October 13, 2016. There should be lots of wonderful designs to see and vote on.

I have the image set on it’s side because that will be the way it shows up in the contest. We lay them out that way as it fits on the linen-cotton fabric and if you want to order one you can order just a fat quarter of fabric.



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Twin Quilt using Swatches from "Nature" Collection

Twin Quilt using Swatches from “Nature” Collection

I have been busy having fun! I bought myself a new sewing machine and have been as busy as I can be quilting. Okay I have to confess as long as I have been sewing ( more years then you need to know) I had no idea what a walking foot was. I used to quilt my quilts by hand which I truly enjoy. However I did not make that many quilts. I did more personal or home decor sewing. At any rate my machine came with a walking foot. It is the most marvelous thing! I can machine quilt my quilts and not have it push the fabric all over the place. I am using up tons of fabric I have had around for a long time and I am also using my own fabric designs which I am really excited about. The last three quilts I have made I used up swatches of my fabric designs from Spoonflower. My Grandmother always taught us “waste not want not”, so with that in mind I made quilts! The first quilt made with swathes from my “Roaring Twenties” collection I had a wonderful lady in town that does long arm quilting, quilt it. The next ones being smaller I quilted on my machine. Using of course the walking foot.
Lap Quilt from Bay City Chicks Collection

Lap Quilt from Bay City Chicks Collection

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Sue Ellen

Sue Ellen

Sue Ellen is a very creative and productive surface designer. You have to visit her shop at http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/fireflower . Sue Ellen happens to also so be a sweet kind soul that I have enjoyed getting to know. I wanted to share her with you. One of my favorite collections Sue Ellen has done is Blue Ridge Summer. I would love to know which ones are your favorite.

Lana: I can see you love to design. When did you first discover surface design?

Sue Ellen: When we were in primary school, my sister and I got a dollhouse, which was round, and open on all the way around, and we got Lionel train sets with plastic houses for the village. We set about making wallpaper and carpets and curtains for the both, using crayons and memo pads and cotton balls and glue. So that was my introduction into seamless repeats!

Later, in elementary school, I drew paper dolls for myself and all the girls, and designed and drew the clothes for them, including all the fabrics for the clothes. I didn’t worry about repeats … of course the designs all matched at the seams 😉

I’ve only been doing fabric design for two years. Before that I did gift wrap for a couple of years. And before that I did gift enclosure cards and note cards and I’ve done many of our Christmas cards. In the many years until then, I painted, mostly acrylics used as watercolors, and true watercolours. And I knit, both multicolored patterns and textures.

Lana: Do you visualize the whole collection before you start designing? Or do you start with the main design and let that inspire you to create the rest of the collection?

Sue Ellen: I haven’t “seen” a collection as a whole yet, so I guess the answer is I start somewhere, and go on from there. The Blue Ridge Summer collection started with a design I already had, in turquoise and green, around which I built the quilt design (for the contest it had to be a chevron cheater quilt), adapting & adding new designs to fill in the spaces on the quilt top, and inventing borders to go with it. Tiny Tesserae (one of my favorites) started with one design that I kept playing with, and then a couple more that ended up shrinking into the tiny range, and now there are a lot more iterations than I have uploaded to Spoonflower. It is often a matter of playing, of saying, “I wonder what will happen when I do this to that?” or “I wonder what this will look like with that?” and then trying it out. Sometimes it’s a bust, but often, after a day or two of playing, I have quite a few designs that are reasonable to use, and either already go with each other, or can be adapted to do so.
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I am not the best organizer and categorizer, so many of my designs aren’t even in collections yet!

Lana: What inspires you the most when you are creating? I know for me color inspires me.

Sue Ellen: Oh, I’d have to agree — color is the beginning of many things. One day last year, I sat down and said, “I feel like making something in hot pink and lime.” So I put the two colors into the two squares in Photoshop, and started playing with them. Before the end of the weekend, I had 4 strong patterns, and more than 20 variations of them. They just seemed to pop up while I was having fun.

But, sometimes, it’s a shape or a line. When my sister-in-law, Karla Bernstein, sent me a close-up of a basketball taken for her 2013 photography project, I immediately wrote back and asked for permission to use it in a design, which she granted, and I came up with a collection based on the lines of the basketball as shown in that photo.

Another time recently, I saw a window grille in a scene on TV that looked just wonderful, so I paused the show, and made a sketch of the shapes the sun was making coming through the grille. Then I tried to figure out what positive shapes would make these bright negative shapes (sounds like something straight out of “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” doesn’t it?), It wasn’t until I was done that I realized I’d made a classic interlocked octagon design. But, being a classic, it lends itself to many possible interpretations, and I’ve been having fun exploring them.

Also, I have been having dreams that give me instructions for designs, and give me titles. This is a bit disconcerting, but the dreams seem to know what they’re talking about, so I’ll keep following their lead.

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Lana: What mediums do you enjoy working with the most?

Sue Ellen:I think it’s hard to beat watercolor for a painting, and I even try getting that watercolor look on the computer sometimes. For sketching, I like pencil, plain or colored. And, I have to say, I love working on the computer, and printing my work out on a variety of papers.

Lana: Do you have a favorite design?

Sue Ellen: I suspect it’s rather like having 14 children and 34 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren … there’s enough love to go around. I made 21 pillows for various family members last Christmas, and I had just an awful time choosing which designs to use, and which to leave out. Yet I sewed happily on the ones I finally chose, enjoying each of them as I worked.

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Lana: Some designers love to sew as well as design. Do you like sewing too?

Sue Ellen: Yes, I like sewing. I have sewed since I was quite young, and on the machine since I was 11. I started making my own clothes a couple of years after that, and have sewn at least special things for myself and my family ever since. And home-made gifts are big with us, too.

I haven’t made anything for myself out of my own fabrics, only gifts so far, but I look forward with pleasure to doing so in the future. The first thing I made with the first design I uploaded to Spoonflower, was a tablecloth for one of my daughters-in-law, who had admired the design on the wrapping paper I’d used for Christmas that year, and whose desire to see it on fabric brought me to Spoonflower. Last year, I made those boudoir-size pillows, and this year I am making potholders.

Lana: What is your favorite thing you have created with your designs?

Sue Ellen: Well, since I have only done a few things with my Spoonflower designs, I have to say that my favorite creation was the wrapping paper (not Spoonflower) for our elder grandson’s 9th birthday. It was blue with a rosette in white and gold and red (the Barcelona Football colors), and his smiling face in the center of each rosette, and “Happy Birthday” in the same colors in between the rosettes. I had done the rosette for another project, and it had come out all wrong, and not at all circular. But I noticed that it was in the Barcelona colors, and that it was the right shape for a face, so I repurposed it right away, and came up with the wrapping paper design idea. I printed it out on large sheets of paper (it took an entire container of ink!), then I glued it all over the outside of a big box into which I put his present.

Lana: If you weren’t pursuing designing what else do you think you would enjoy as much. I love to ask this question because I am usually surprised by the answer.

Sue Ellen: Gosh! What a poser! I think I’m designing now, because it’s the right thing for me to be doing now. But, in the past, I have enjoyed dancing (of many sorts) and singing (as a member of the choir) as much as I’m enjoying this. And the Dances of Universal Peace have the same meditative & restorative effect as artwork has for me. So, I guess I’d say I’d use the time/energy made available by not-designing to indulge in those activities. The other thing I enjoy as much as this, is being with children, cooking or crafting, playing or reading, singing or gardening, splashing in the pool or touring with a camera. (I’d probably also get more housework done, but you did ask about something I would enjoy as much as designing.)

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Linda lives in the North East of England. At the birthplace of George Washington’s family on the Washington side. Linda has some really fun designs that I enjoy.



Lana: How did you find out about Spoonflower in the first place?

Linda: I did a search on the internet. I had used a large printer for fabric at college and when I left I thought there was bound to be somebody who would print fabric to order. It was a surprise to find that I could sell my designs too but it was several years before I actually joined Spoonflower.

Lana: When did you open your shop on Spoonflower?

Linda: 2012

Lana: What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself as a designer?

Linda: Not sure ……

Lana: Which design did you enjoy working on the most?

Linda: It is right that I do enjoy working on some designs more than others. The more complicated ones are more of a challenge and there is a bigger sense of achievement when they actually repeat. But there is also satisfaction when a design that was simple to do looks good. I did enjoy doing the creepy crawlies design. The spider web part was a doodle I did in a sketchbook some time ago. When the creepy crawly contest came up I did some research on spiders and then drawings of them to add to the spiders web.

  Lana: Do you have a favorite design?

Linda: I don’t have one particular favorite and I may like something more one day than another, today I like the doodle tree collection, the kokeshi dolls and an old favorite, all queens.



creepy crawlies

creepy crawlies

coloured doodle trees repeat

all queens

all queens

Lana: What inspires you the most in your creative process?

Linda: Anything I see could inspire me, no one thing comes to mind. I am always doodling, either on paper on on my tablet. On one occasion someone suggested that a certain doodle would make a nice fabric, so now I look at the doodles to see if I could develop them into repeat patterns. I like to take photos of places I visit, inspiration could come from something I see such as a tiled wall or a flower.

Lana: When did you realize that you were a creative soul that has to create?

Linda: I’ve always enjoyed being creative since I was a child. When I had children myself I was a stay at home mum and I started designing knitting patterns and that was the start of designing repeat patterns. Which led to embroidery, and a City and Guilds course, then to college for a degree in textiles and surface design. Lana: What mediums do you work with to create your designs? Linda: I don’t stick to just one medium, some are created on paper with pens, paint etc, some have been developed from embroidery and printing on fabric, some from photographs and some were done entirely on the computer or tablet. The tablet is my latest doodle craze. Some designs are started on paper then are developed on the computer but all are put into repeat patterns on the computer.

Lana: Do you enjoy sewing as well as creating designs?

Linda: No not really, I get very stressed when sewing garments in particular. I do sew books, bags and pictures but not garments. I made a couple of cushions from fat quarters [see kokeshi image, I quilted the fabric for the cushion]. I am planning on making a quilt with some of my swatches which I got in January …. Lana: Are there other places you sell your designs? Linda: There are other places where I have items for sale – art on my website

[http://www.linsart.co.uk/shop.html], Zazzle [http://www.zazzle.co.uk/linsart], Art Gallery.co.uk [https://www.artgallery.co.uk/artist/linda_calverley]

Lana: If you weren’t pursuing designing what would be your next favorite thing to do.

Linda: When I’m not designing I’m usually doing something else creative like making mixed media books and art, digital photography or embroidery. http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/linsart

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

This is fashion week at http://www.Spoonflower.com lots of really pretty designs this week. Bohemian Rhapsody is my entry. Hope you like it.

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My interview with Whimzwhirled, Janiece Senn. This is more her story then questions and answers. I find it a compelling story.


photo of me in my old VW on the way to participate in a parade in Wicker Park, Chicago

photo of me in my old VW on the way to participate in a parade in Wicker Park, Chicago

As a small child my mother and grandmother taught me how to embroidery and crochet. My mother did some of the most beautiful crochet work I have seen to this day and my grandmother was involved in The American Legion Auxiliary that hosted a charity craft sale a couple times a year and we made embroidery pillows and pillow cases for the events every year. By the time I was 5 years old, I had developed great eye hand coordination and my uncle bought me a small sewing machine for Christmas that year. He worked close to a textile factory and would bring me huge bundles of scrap fabrics to play with. I made Barbie clothes and crafty gifts for the family with it. When I was a little older I got a big machine and made much of my own clothing. We were poor but I could have the up to date styles of the time by making them myself. They were colorful and strange and were perfect for the 60’s and 70’s. I had the best embroidery jeans of anyone in my school, lol.

My first attempt at a higher education didn’t take so much. I had been led by well meaning folks to study data programing. Remember this was the punch card era and the computer enveloped the entire huge room at the local community collage. I hated it. I went on to study structural engineering for a few years and loved the drawing part but I soon had to face the fact I was allergic to Mathematics. I didn’t know what I wanted to do so I thought I’d take a figure drawing class and maybe move towards fashion design. I loved that and started taking more art classes including falling in love with ceramics. I soon became the head studio assistant in the really well developed ceramics department and was lost in clay for the next 6 years while studying design and drawing. I won many awards and scholarships that would pay for my education and some. I knew I was finally where I wanted to be.

Fast forward to life after collage. After getting married, having my daughter and promptly getting divorced, lol, I became the single mother with no support from a father who didn’t think he owed his child anything. I took various jobs as a waitress, customer service rep, exterminator, etc. My art was put on the back burner but I still dabbled a bit and taught myself to do faux finishes and began making a living doing specialty home painting. That eventually led me to my career as a scenic artist. A career that was challenging and fulfilling for the most part. I was most times the only woman working on a scenic crew and was always pushed and challenged to do the worst of the work in the highest part of a roller coaster or theme park ride. Eventually I got my respect and had a blast working with many big time theme parks, movie studios and with the team at Busch Creative. The work paid great but wasn’t consistent so I moved to the event industry and soon became a prop master for several large event companies.

In 2009 a pain in my upper right shoulder was soon diagnosed as stage 4 lung cancer. I not only lost my job but my ability to do the hard, heavy work of a prop master and spent the next 18 months in treatment. I have been in remission since then and got my first computer thanks to a vocational rehabilitation program and started teaching myself how to transfer my skills to a computer. I had barely touch a computer since the 70’s when I made my first attempt at a career.

I first joined Spoonflower in 2010 after seeing a facebook post about the company. I was thrilled with the idea of designing my own fabrics. Although I studied Fine Arts I didn’t really know much about textile designs and it took a little while to get in the swing. I didn’t know how the community worked either and it seemed to be going nowhere after the first few months. I sort of gave up on it and busied myself with mosaic projects around town at local bars and restaurants. Then one day I got a Spoonflower notice that they had transferred some money into my paypal account and I went back to Spoonflower to see what was up. I had made some sales! As of today I have 2101 designs on the market and you might say I’m addicted to fabric design. I love it, I love the spoonflower community and I really love seeing the work of and working with so many creative and imaginative colleges. I love the weekly challenges as they stretch my imagination and skills. I draw my inspirations from my life and my spiritual studies and beliefs and my years of working in the scenic art field. My grandchildren are one of the biggest influences in my work although juvenile designs are not the focus of most of my design work.



All of my digital work in various shops are under the brand name Whimzwhirled if you want to dig into other products available, just google that and it will show you where to go if you enjoy what you see and want to see more.

My favorite designs are never my best sellers. lol Most times my personal favorites are ignored and I find myself surprised at what people click on. I’ll just give you the links for my top 10 favorites.












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