Winter Fun

It’s so strange to think that I designed the Winter Fun collection this time last year, and it is just now realized in fabric. We work very far ahead in the fabric world! Winter Fun is my third hand-drawn fabric collection, and was one of the last things I did as a fabric designer before I got moved into my current director job. I don’t want to say that it’s the last collection I’ll ever do, but my new job doesn’t leave much time for drawing. Besides, our new Fabric Designer, Jenni, is just brimming with fabric designs. (You’ll see some of her amazing stuff in early 2011.)

Anyway, at the time Teri asked me to do a winter/holiday group, and when I think “winter” I think of knitting and warm woolen accessories. Knitting is my other passion next to quilting, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine my two favorite things!

All of my collections have had cute animal characters, and Winter Fun is no exception. I grew up on Beatrix Potter and Brambly Hedge books, so those illustrations are the main influence on my artwork. This time around, I wanted the collection to preserve more of the hand-drawn feel, so I drew everything (including the knitting stitches) with pencil and kept some of the uneven pencil lines in the finished designs. I am quite please with how they turned out.

With the combination of juvenile animal prints and knitting designs, I am finding Winter Fun to be surprisingly versatile in quilts. I actually wrote three patterns for the collection, which was a ton of fun.

The first pattern I wrote was a log cabin pattern (my current favorite technique and September 2010 Technique month theme). It’s available in a kit, done in two colorways (click here). I’m sewing the blue/brown version up at home, though it was a hard choice between the two colors.

I also designed two of three free patterns (click here).

These mini mittens are perfect little gift card holders, or just ornaments. They are so quick and easy!

The knitting needle case is for those of you knitters like me and can be customized to fit your interchangeable knitting needle collection. Our former Marketing Director designed the simple drawstring bags. They make the perfect project bags for sock knitting, or they can be used as gift bags.

I’d love to hear what you are planning to make with Winter Fun!

1 comment

  1. sunshine randall - September 23, 2010

    Melissa… thank you so much; you just saved my …. I’ve been making ornaments for the gkids/great gkids every year for several years now, but thought I was going to have to pass this year as Sept. is almost gone and I had no idea of what to make. The mittens you designed will be perfect! I don’t have the cute fabric that you used, but do have plenty of Christmas prints that will work. I can’t wait to get started on them.
    Thanks again!