Designing Sedona Sunrise
2.17.2016

While working as a blanket designer for Pendleton, I had the privilege of traveling to Santa Fe New Mexico for the first time with the design team. As anyone who has visited the region themselves can tell you, pictures hardly do justice to the incredibly beautiful colors, textures, and natural geography of the desert. Ever since that first trip to the Southwest I have been inspired to create this collection.

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Color-wise, I was captured by the contrast between the chalky, reddish-browns of the rock formations and the clear, teal blues of sky and water. But throwing this infamous color combo together again and again just felt boring. Pretty… but boring. Lingering a little while longer over the images I really loved of the Southwest landscape, I realized that it was the pale, custard-like yellow that piqued my interest!  As soon as I added the butter yellow to the palette I knew I was on the right track. Sometimes it pays to just sit there and stare at something long enough.

Just to give you an idea about how much this collection evolved from its original designs, here are a few of my original watercolor paintings and sketches at the start of this collection:

Geometric Design 1

Geometric pencil sketches based on art of the Southwestern United States.

Pots 2

Original “Pueblo Pottery” design. I am sure glad that I strayed away from the literal on this one! I like the collection print much, MUCH better.

Cacti

Truth be told, I kind of miss the birds and watercolor cacti from original artwork in the revised focal- but it works with the collection and that’s what matters!

And here are some of my favorite projects that were sewn with Sedona Sunrise:

Pow-Wow Throw Quilt Kit by Cluck Cluck Sew

Pow-Wow Throw Quilt Kit by Cluck Cluck Sew

Sparkle Plenty Quilt Kit by Stephanie Dunphy

Sparkle Plenty Quilt Kit by Stephanie Dunphy

Sync Up Quilt Kit by Ann Johnson

Sync Up Quilt Kit by Ann Johnson

Cactus Wall Hanging by Connecting Threads

Cactus Wall Hanging by Connecting Threads

Modern Reflections Table Runner and 4 Placemats by Designs to Share with You

Modern Reflections Table Runner and 4 Placemats by Designs to Share with You

Bella Table Topper Kit by Deborah Norwood and Mari Martin

Bella Table Topper Kit by Deborah Norwood and Mari Martin

 

I cannot wait to see what you make with this fabric collection.  Please share your works in progress with us by tagging us in your pictures on Facebook and/or Instagram, using hashtags #sedonasunrise and #connectingthreads.  I love to see what becomes of the fabric I design–best part of the job!

Happy Sewing!  -Winthur


7 comments

  1. Stephanie Dunphy - February 17, 2016

    I’m from the California desert and love the play of light on the mountains. The sunsets are the best in the world. Each project kit works so well with the lovely collection.

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  2. Becky Schultz - February 17, 2016

    My husband LOVES Southwest anything…maybe he won’t complain when I have to purchase some of this line 😀

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  3. patty hall - February 17, 2016

    what beautiful colors and great projects to make using the new pallet of colors

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  4. Marsha Davidson - February 17, 2016

    New Mexico is truly the Land of Enchantment as are the colors and patterns you’ve chosen for this collection.

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  5. Ann - February 17, 2016

    Thank you for writing these blog posts about the inspiration and creation of a new collection. I am really enjoying reading about them!

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  6. Carol Rollins-Kloetzly - February 18, 2016

    LOVE these colors and just ordered the fat quarter collection. Project! ????

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  7. Jan B. - February 18, 2016

    Interesting that the collection is called “Sedona” (located in Arizona) but design origination came from New Mexico. (I live less than an hour from Sedona with its gorgeous red rock formations). However, the fabric collection does reflect the Southwest flavor regardless which state was the impetus for the design.

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