Meet Design Contest Finalist, Sandra Malone

The finalists for our Fabric Design Contest have submitted their secondary designs, so while we get them ready for our judging panel, we thought we would share the designs with the public and include a little information about the designers.

Meet Sandra Malone, designer of Cans and Buttons.

Sandra Malone grew up in a rural farming community in Texas.  Her creative interest at that time was learning to sew.  She could creatively combine several patterns together to sew a new outfit that was different than any you could purchase in a store.  Sandra’s painting career didn’t surface until later after raising her children.  Sandra would purchase the Foster Art books and teach herself as much about color and art as possible.  After moving to Wyoming in 1970, and finding a friend that was interested in Tole and Decorative painting, did she begin to design on her own.  In 1975, Sandra started her painting career in a small studio in the basement of her home, and finally she and a friend developed a business in Casper, WY called “Creative Hang Ups”.  After 10 years of owning a business, Sandra decided to move into the creative design work and has remained there along with authoring and publishing design books in decative painting.

Sandra has two daughters and one son, in which all of them are involved in some art form.  She also has 8 Great Grandchildren, and continues to teach herself as much about art as possible.  Her next challenge is to learn a computer program to enhance her artwork.


  1. Susan - October 7, 2013

    Congrats Sandra! I love the pink with speckles and white with lines/circles in your secondary designs!

  2. Sandra - October 7, 2013

    Congratulations, Sandra! I love these fabric designs. Hope to see them available on Connecting Threads.

  3. Stephanie - October 7, 2013

    Sandra, your collection is sweet and very well thought out. You’ve done a lovely job. Best of luck.

  4. Betty - October 7, 2013

    I like the pink and purple combo with just a little green thrown in. Especially like the dots!

  5. Marilyn Vincent - October 7, 2013

    I love love your designs. Hoping that Connecting Threads will include them in their line. This is what I have been looking for from CT.

  6. Susan Hoopes - October 7, 2013

    Beautiful! I love your colors and the delicate lines! I would definitely choose to purchase your collection! 🙂

  7. Sue Ann - October 7, 2013

    I love the colors and designs. I would gladly buy all of the fabrics in the series. Great job!

  8. Lindsey - October 8, 2013

    I really like the secondary designs that you’ve added to your focal fabric. Very lovely and creative. These are some of my favorite spring colors, which I am always looking for.

  9. kelly O. - November 4, 2013

    not a huge fan of this one and am not seeing a full collection here…. just a bunch of blenders and basics…nothing else to make the collection pop or give it some interest

  10. Cindy - November 7, 2013

    Very nicely done. Just speaks of a calm spring day. Definitely see some fun projects with these prints. (Tea cozy, place mats, napkins, table runners, and the list goes on.)