Friday, June 25, 2010

My cheater print.

- fat quarter -

I just finished a digital fabric design which I'm planning to enter in Spoonflower's contest next week. I'm not new to fabric design, but I am new to digital printing. The fabrics I design for work are screen printed in China on huge rotary drum printers. I have to pay close attention to repeat dimensions, screen registration, color separations, and lots of other fun technical stuff. With digital printing, much of the technical stuff is irrelevant. You still need a nice repeat, but you aren't locked into the size of the rotary drum and there are no screens which means colors are almost limitless.

- detail -

Anyway, when I saw that Spoonflower's contest next week is cheater prints, I figured this was a great time for me to try out Spoonflower's service. This cheater print serves two purposes. One, I think it's adorable and I would love to make a quilt out of this fabric. Two, those squares are 2.5". So, each fat quarter yields 56 unique prints. Yes, that's 56 one inch hexagons with no repeats!


If you are thinking I was inspired by my favorite fabric collection, you guessed right. I hope it isn't too literal. I wanted to keep the scale small and tight to make for cute hexagons. I ordered a FQ of this fabric so as soon as I receive it, I'll let you know how it turned out. Sorry for the watermark, but I'm just trying to keep what's mine, mine. I'd love to hear what you think! I'm sure I'll be begging for your vote on Spoonflower next week. ;-)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Second time's a charm!

Yea! It worked this time. I think my partner will like this pinnie, so I'm excited that this one turned out better. Happy hump day everyone.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pincushion Swap

I joined the Scrappy Pincushion Swap at Flickr. The pincushion above was my first creation. To make it, I found a paper piecing block pattern online that I liked and printed it really tiny. I'm not very proficient at foundation paper piecing, so I somehow ended up sewing the points off my star. Edited to add - I just tried again and I know exactly what I did wrong. I squared up the little patchwork pieces before I sewed everything together and I took too much off when I trimmed. I just finished up a second try and it's much better.  I'll post it tomorrow. :-)

So, I started on another pincushion. These are half inch hexagons, the smallest I've made so far and super fun to make and assemble. I also love being able to put such tiny scraps to good use and turn them into something awesome!