The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready for judging, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designers. To read the previous three designer bios, click on the following designer names: Sherry Saunders, Virginia Odien, and Sandra Malone.
Introducing Carbonated Creations, designer of Black and White Flower Fun.
Carbonated Creations started showing signs of creativity at a very young age by drawing clowns with more detail than other children her age. She always worked in one or more forms of art and self expression throughout her formative years and college such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, digital photo restoration, interior design, jewelry making, scrapbooking, commerical graphics and digital imaging. She discovered the worldwide quilting community while teaching herself to quilt so that she could restore her great great aunt's handmade quilt that had been passed down to her. She lives in the south where she works as a freelance designer while trying to balance family life and find time for herself and quilting.
Black & White Flower Fun was her self-assigned challenge to step out of her comfort zone and design for a different audience. She wanted something less formal and sophisticated than the current black and white collections out there. She designed it with multiple uses in mind like raw edge and needle turn applique, English paper piecing, clothing, and of course quilting. Her love of quilting and fabric buying, along with the Connecting Thread Fabric Design Contest, has influenced her current creative outlet of fabric design. You can find her future fabric designs at www.spoonflower.com/profiles/carbonatedcreations.
The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready to be judged, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designers.
Meet Sherry Saunders, designer of "Tulip Twighlight".
I come from a long quilting tradition. Both of my grandmothers, my mother and my sister are avid quilters. My mother, Karen, taught me how to sew when I was just five years old, and I have many cherished memories of picking out new fabrics together. I always loved exploring fabric patterns in the store. It was always so hard to choose! I believe that my interest in fabrics and quilting inspired me to study art and design, and it has been a large influence in my creative career.
Born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts, I was always drawn to the vibrant city of Boston. I lived there for six years and in 2007 I received a BFA in Graphic Design from Emmanuel College. In 2011, I received an MFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. I always had a passion for education, and since 2012, I have been working as the Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.
As I have been developing a career as a graphic designer, I have become very interested in designing patterns for fabric. My mother and I have already collaborated on two quilting projects. I design the fabric, and my mother quilts with them. It’s really amazing to see how we can work together to make a great project! She gives helpful input on what designs will work best together in the final outcome. I hope to continue developing patterns and build a big portfolio of patterns for new quiltings projects.
You can see more of my work at http://sherrysaunders.com/.
Thank you to everyone who entered our Quilts Made with Love giveaway! As heartfelt as this book is, it was so touching to read all of your wonderful comments and hear whose lives you would make a little better with a quilt from this book. I want to remind you that if you aren't a winner, you can still pick up a copy of the book at 40% off right now thanks to our book sale.
Using a random number generator, we have selected our three winners.
Comment #315 - Annette Barnaby
I delight in supplying warm huge in the form of quilts for friends and family members. Especialyl for my Granddaughter Sydney who moved a little farther away from Nana.
Comment #91 - Terry Estes
I would make quilts for my four children and six grandchildren. I made sure about 15 years ago each of my children had quilts from each of MY grandmothers (I have three). There is no feeling like snuggling underneath a blanket made by someone who loves you. You get to experience the memories and love all over again.
Comment #298 - Leslie Fox
My mother-in-law would love to receive a quilt made from a pattern in your book. I have been looking for a special pattern to make for her since my father-in-law passed away. She needs the warm comfort of a quilt lovingly made. The last pattern in this post looks perfect!
Congratulations to our winners, and thank you again for entering!
Winners - be sure to check your inboxes! We need to hear back from each of you within a week or a new winner will be selected.
The finalists for the Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary artwork, so while we get them ready for our team of judges, we thought we would share the designs with you and a little bit about the designer.
Meet Virginia Odien, designer of "Fairy Lanterns".
Virginia was born in Japan but reared in sunny California. As a military brat she lived in a whole lot of states before she was 5. Since she’s allergic to cold weather she’d like to thank her parents for settling in the golden state.
Her first memory of creating art was soaping up the glass shower doors and finger-painting swirls and flowers on the doors instead of scrubbing her grubby tom-boy self. She learned it was far more fun playing than scrubbing. Creating beautiful things motivated her to transfer ephemeral bubbles on glass into crayons, pencils, or watercolor onto paper.
Finding a print-on-demand website and realizing she had a hard time finding the kinds of fabric designs at brick and mortar stores that made her heart race. She set out to create fun, quirky and beautiful fabrics that would appeal to her and those who want something different than the same old, same old.
Virginia is self-taught and continues to hone her design eye by studying what works and what doesn’t. She credits her many forays into different mediums that helps her understand color, texture, and when to take an aspirin so she can keep designing.
She works in a media relations and marketing office where she dreams of designing all day long and answering calls from companies that are demanding more and more designs from her.
This was a hard review for me to start writing because, in all honesty, I
struggled to narrow down all that I want to say about this book and its
author. Rachel Griffith, the author of the new Quilts Made with Love, is
an amazing person to know, and an absolutely fabulous quilt designer.
I've known and worked with Rachel for a couple of years now, and through
the stress of maintaining a blog,
keeping up with her four kiddos, and writing a book (!), she always
remains positive, motivated, and utterly inspiring. Rachel has a knack
for designing quilts that can be used for really every occasion. She
understands that the sentimentality that goes along with the gift of a
quilt speaks loudly in times of happiness or sadness. One of my favorite
things about this book is that it is divided into two different themes: Quilts to Celebrate, and Quilts to Comfort.
Because I love this book so much, I was eager to get it in the hands of
as many people as possible. You know what that means, right? It's