Designing the Liberty for All! fabric collection


For the collection, Liberty for All! I was really inspired by some distressed, wooden folk art that I had seen at a local farmers market. I wish I had taken a picture of it! The artist had used reclaimed painted floorboards to create an American flag. It was a little bit like this:

american flag

I loved the look of the distressed wood, and knew that I wanted to incorporate that somehow into the collection. It was also important to me not to depict the American flag directly, I know it can be seen as disrespectful to cut up the flag. So for the focal fabric in the collection, Patriotic Patchwork, I chose to make a collage of the flags basic design elements, the stars and stripes.

Patriotic patchwork

This collection came together so quickly! I absolutely love the Fourth of July holiday. The past few years, my family and I have attended the parade in Cannon Beach, Oregon. My daughters love to get dressed up in red white and blue. Here we are a last year at the parade:

4th of july

My fabric “Bunting” was inspired by the decorations on many of the fences and floats in the parade. bunting

I have to say that perhaps my favorite fabric in this collection is one of the simpler fabrics- I am in love with the Ticking Stripe! I worked really hard to get the pattern *just so*. I wanted it to really look like a woven stripe, even though it’s printed. It turned out great and I can’t wait to sew some little striped dresses for my daughters out of it.

Maybe for my next blog post….


This is my first fabric collection for Connecting Threads, and I hope you enjoy sewing with it as much as I enjoyed creating it. I just love the kits we are offering using the fabric. I can’t wait to see some projects that our customers make with this collection. If you think of it, please post them to Facebook or Instagram so I can see them!



  1. Shannon O - March 31, 2015

    being canadian i have less use for rw and b generally. so i love that you included a variety of prints in one or 2 colour combos. i wish i were decorating a nursery right now. i would love to use the 2tone blue chevron and the blue ticking which i LOVE. i think these would make a beautiful crisp bedroom for a wee boy. i would make a duvet cover from the chevron and and a tailored bedskirt from the ticking, and curtains from the ticking with chevron trim. this is a terrific first collection, winthur. looking forward to more of your creations!

    • Winthur - April 1, 2015

      Thank you, Shannon! I really wanted the coordinates to be versatile- I am SO happy you can envision them in a nursery. That would be an awesome use for these designs!

  2. Amanda Best - March 31, 2015

    Lovely collection, Winthur!
    I love buntings so that is probably my favorite pattern in the line. I think the ticking would be perfect for making mattresses for tiny doll beds with quilts, which is something I love to do. Hmmm…. I might just have to have some of that soon.
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

    • Winthur - April 1, 2015

      Thanks, Amanda- I might steal your idea for dollhouse mattresses and quilts! That would be so adorable, my daughters would love them. Great idea!

  3. Dawn - March 31, 2015

    Great post, Winthur! You’re a girl after my own heart with that fabulous ticking stripe. 🙂

    • Winthur - April 1, 2015

      Well, thank you, Mrs. van Buuren!