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Quilt blocks for my Farm Life quilt, quilt block #2 is one of the blocks I designed to use in the quilt. Quilt block #4 was also used I just flipped it over for every other one.

 

quilt block2

Quilt Block 2

 

quilt block 4

Quilt Block 4

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Farm Fresh 2016 Tea Towel

Farm Fresh 2016 Tea Towel

Another year just about over with, time goes so fast! I designed a 2016 Tea towel calendar to get ready for the New Year though. I don’t know what came over me actually planning ahead. It is so not like me to plan ahead. Actually Spoonflower is having a contest in a few weeks and a 2016 Calendar Tea towel is the theme. Every year I say I am going to do one and this time I got inspired. I also need some tea towels for my kitchen so it is a win, win situation. The layout on this design is so that you can order a fat quarter on the Linen-Cotton fabric and have one towel fit perfect on it or of course you can order more. Hope you enjoy it. It will be available in a few days.

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I am so lucky as a fabric and surface designer to have a company like Spoonflower to help me with my creative ideas. I was working on this quilt using some of my collection from Evelyn’s Sewing NotionsEvelyn's Sewing NotionI had wanted to use some white with the quilt design. However after getting the quilt sewn together, I realized I had way too much white. What to do with a huge white border, that was way too plain? I decided what I wanted to do was apply some applique  to cheer it up. After giving it a lot of thought I decided to take my actual design and separate and blow up the design and use that for my applique. It saved me a lot of time and frustration trying to get the applique  just the way I wanted it to look.

side applique of quilt

side applique of quilt

both end corners have this applique on them

both end corners have this applique on them

Spoonflower printed a yard of it and I ironed on wonder under, cut, ironed, sewed it on and was really happy with the end product! Lucky me for being able to use Spoonflower. I then took it to my local long arm quilter Jeannie Horton at Quilting Arts Studio and she did a wonderful job quilting it for me.

At home I worked on quilting pillows and pillow shams to go with the quilt. As you can see too I love to make my queen size quilt bigger than some queen size’s available as I don’t like my blankets showing on the edges of the bed. This quilt will stay in my sewing/bedroom until my sister-in-law claims it in May. I think she will be surprised!

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Okay while I am bragging on myself, I also made a queen sized sheet set for her to match. I trimmed the top sheet in a blue gingham check that is part of the collection and trimmed the pillow cases with scissors. I was lucky to find some 118″ white fabric that is scrumptious for sheets. I just can’t find more of the fabric and I want more, I love the feel of it. I need to find a place to get this kind of fabric for sheets.

 

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Evelyn’s Sewing Notions is my latest fabric collection. I named it in honor of my mother who loved to sew. I inherited her love of sewing.

This design was done for the latest Spoonflower contest. The contest starts Thursday afternoon June 26, 2014. The contest challenge was to create four coordinating designs with sewing notions being the theme. We also had to fit the four designs on to one yard of fabric. The public votes and narrows it down to the top ten then, guest judge Denyse Schmidt, designer, quilter and author picks a collection out of the top ten designs that

Evelyn's Sewing Notions

Evelyn’s Sewing Notions

will be featured on the pages of the upcoming issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting.

Since you can’t really get a good idea of what the design looks like on this page I am posting each design separately.

Of course it goes without saying that whoever wins will be thrilled to be in the magazine.

If you would like to vote on this contest you can go to http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome

Evelyn's Sewing Notions

Evelyn’s Sewing Notions

Rulers

Rulers

Thread

Thread

Dress Pattern

Dress Pattern

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Whitney Farms

Whitney Farms

My latest entry in the weekly Spoonflower design contest. The theme for this contest is Farm Tools.
I had great fun designing this collection. Having been literally born on a farm and living on one now, I can relate to farm tools and all things country. I hope you enjoy this design, I will be posting the coordinating designs soon too. This contest starts Thursday afternoon June 19, 2014. If you really enjoy this design I would appreciate your vote. Just go to http://www.spoonflower.com/welcome on the left of the page you should see the place to vote. Thank you so much!

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Cut & Sew Shopping Bag

Cut & Sew Shopping Bag

Spoonflower.com is having a contest for Cut & Sew Shopping Bags. I got excited about this contest so I thought I would have ago at it. At first I worked on a floral design and yes I do love floral designs! My first thought had been a shopping bag for shopping at the mall. Then I thought this should be more about shopping for groceries. So I dusted off a collection I had started a while back titled Mrs. Brown’s.
I thought this would be perfect for a grocery shopping bag. I worked on adding to the collection, that was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it.

The collection was named after my daughter Sara Brown, she is a wonderfully dedicated wife and mother. Always concerned about good nutrition for her family and on the lookout for new recipes to try.

The Spoonflower contest starts April 17, 2014. I would certainly appreciate your vote.

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Marta Rusin lives in London. It is wonderful that the internet allows us to come into contact with people from all over the world.

Marta Rusin aka ‘kociara’ http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/kociara

Marta

Marta

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

Marta: I knew that with the advancement of printing technologies it was possible to print fabric directly from a digital file. One day I just thought, wouldn’t it be fun to use my illustration on a fabric and started looking on the internet to see if someone provided that service- and this is how I found Spoonflower!

Lana: When did you open your shop on Spoonflower?

Marta: I submitted my first design for Spoonflower contest at the end of January 2012 but I did not have fabric available for sale till June 2012. My first sale came through at the end of August 2012

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

Marta: That I can do it! I have always admired art and illustration and I have always been drawing and doodling since an early age but only fairly recently I have dedicated myself to this and I am enjoying every minute.

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

Marta: It’s hard to decide. I promised myself to try and enter every single Spoonflower contest and so far I have only missed a few since January 2012. At times I feel completely uninspired by the contest themes but I push myself to come up with something for every single one and sometimes I even surprise myself when they come out fairly well! I am quite happy with the most recent one for the ‘Cricket’ inspired theme, though initially I had no idea what I was going to do.

bugs life

bugs life

Lana: Do you have a favorite design?

Marta: So far I have managed to produce about 200-250 different designs and overall I am probably happy with 30 or so of them so roughly 10% I guess. I like to experiment with different styles but I suppose I am more drawn to feminine patterns. I have been experimenting a lot with textures recently and I like to give my patterns a ‘painterly’ feel. I quite like one of my older designs which is based on an illustration I did a while ago. It was a portrait and I combined it in Photoshop to make a flowing repeat. I entered it in a Spoonflower contest for a hat pattern. It was not very successful but I like it anyway!

Queenofdiamonds

Queenofdiamonds

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

Marta: Inspiration comes to me in lots of forms. I look a lot at other people’s work and photography and sometimes an idea just crystallizes. I particularly analyze color choices and try to see what works and what doesn’t. Digital designing allows you to change colors at a click of the mouse and I often run through different color schemes before settling on a particular combination. I enjoy working with vibrant colors which is a bit odd as normally I dress fairly conservatively. For instance in my Geek Chic entry I decided to use a limited palette and I looked at a lot of vintage, 60s illustration and the colors they used before finally settling on the color scheme. I think it worked for the design.

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I was thrilled to have placed 19th in this contest out of 700 entries.

Lana: It is really impressive that you came in a 19 out of 700 entries, that has to make you feel great!!

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

Marta: I have always been drawing, since I remember, mainly female forms and faces, for some reason. I suppose I fancied myself as a fashion illustrator at some point. Spoonflower contests make me draw a range of things I would not instinctively choose to draw, but I am enjoying working on many types of illustration.

Lana: What mediums do you work with to create your designs?

Marta: I work digitally. I use the Adobe Creative Suite, mainly Illustrator to create the illustrations and the repeat pattern; afterwards I may take the ‘tile’ for further editing in Photoshop to apply textures and other effects.

papaya.jpg

papaya.jpg

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

Marta: I have only recently taken a basic course in sewing. I would love to be able to start making things soon, but it’s just finding the time!

Lana: Are there other places you sell your designs?

Marta: I have a shop on Society 6 and have sold quite a few iphone cases there (http://society6.com/kociara). I need to start preparing designs for other online ventures.

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

Marta: I enjoy reading and I think I am quite imaginative so writing would probably be the next best things to do. I have a few ideas for books and maybe one day will have the time to write and illustrate them.

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