Meet Design Contest Finalist, Sherry Saunders

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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/.


19 responses to “Meet Design Contest Finalist, Sherry Saunders”

  1. shannon Says:
    10/21/2013 9:15 am

    like the designs but not the colours.too much black and do not care for the brownish red in this print.think bright red would be better. more cheerful.

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  2. Susan Says:
    10/21/2013 10:00 am

    Congrats to you Sherry! I really love what you’ve done with your coordinating fabrics, particularly the top 2. Very nicely done!

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  3. Alisha Says:
    10/21/2013 10:00 am

    Really nice job, Sherry! I think the coordinating designs are absolutely lovely. Good luck!

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  4. Lindsey Says:
    10/21/2013 10:14 am

    I think this grouping is very cute, and I love the colors!

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  5. Cindy Says:
    10/21/2013 10:29 am

    Is there only two finalists? There were others that I liked far better than these two designers. Will you have more to present to us? While nice, they just don’t excite me. The colors here are too dull on these and the other one has two good pieces being her focus ones but a poor sup.porting cast.

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  6. Mark M. Says:
    10/21/2013 10:44 am

    This is or will be a line with so much charm and homey qualities hope you make it all the way I would buy some of this for sure

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  7. Rebecca Says:
    10/21/2013 10:51 am

    Ooh, I think this is so fun and fresh!!! I really like the graphic designs and the fun variety!! Nice job Sherry!!

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  8. Katrina Says:
    10/21/2013 10:52 am

    I love these! I think the colors are wonderful as is. Great job Sherry!

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  9. Alisha from Connecting Threads Says:
    10/21/2013 10:53 am

    Hi Cindy -
    This is actually the third of six finalists. The first two designer bios and previews can be found here:
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/cfBlog/post.cfm/meet-design-contest-finalist-virginia-odien
    and
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/cfBlog/post.cfm/meet-design-contest-finalist-sandra-malone
    Next Monday, we will introduce the next of our finalists so definitely stay tuned.
    -Alisha

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  10. Lynne Says:
    10/21/2013 11:23 am

    Cindy, the designers are being revealed one at a time, which if you’d bothered to read the previous posts, rather than just broadcasting your uninformed, mean remarks, you’d know. So far, I believe there have been three designers revealed. What’s the matter with people who freely blab their unfiltered, negative unkind opinion of a fellow quilter’s designs? What a brutal contest! I happen to think this grouping is darling but if I didn’t I would just keep my big fat mouth shut! These people aren’t professional fabric designers, they’re just regular folks hoping to make a dream come true.

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  11. shannon Says:
    10/21/2013 5:07 pm

    http://www.connectingthreads.com/cfBlog/archives.cfm/category/design-contest
    for anyone who needs to catch up

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  12. Kathy Howard Says:
    10/21/2013 8:21 pm

    Nice group fabrics with different values that are perfect for quilting. We aren’t voting for the winner, so there is negative comments aren’t called for. I’m sure the color palettes may change before the winner’s designs are printed or maybe even more than one palette is possible. Example of a response to the colors: “I would love to see these in a brighter palette with a true red instead of the brown”. This is nicer for the designer and informative for the fabric company. I actually like the color palette, it is neither too bright or too dull.

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  13. Maureen Henault Says:
    10/21/2013 9:31 pm

    Love all the prints, they ate really cute. I would buy them.

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  14. Jenna Says:
    10/22/2013 8:39 am

    Beautiful work, and I love the colors as well!

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  15. Mari Says:
    10/22/2013 12:45 pm

    Good job Sherry! Love your blog and reading about your journey. Quilting is awesome and I know you will continue to produce lovely, quality products for the quilting community to enjoy for years to come!

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  16. Karen Says:
    10/22/2013 4:43 pm

    Love the designs and colors. I can can already visualize working with these fabrics to make a quilt. Great job Sherry.

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  17. Kathleen Says:
    10/22/2013 9:46 pm

    Tulips are my favorite flower! Love this!

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  18. Kristen Says:
    10/27/2013 5:19 am

    Great job I love the colors and would use these for a happy, spring-inspired quilt!

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  19. kelly O. Says:
    11/04/2013 9:17 am

    not a huge fan of this collection but she did a very good job accompanying her original print

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