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:
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.
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:
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!