I really love when a design collaboration turns out even better than anticipated. Such is the case with these beauties... a series of clutch purses (featuring my quilting fabrics from the Quiet Moments and Soft Repose collections) sewn and hand embellished by Barb Brandt. The quilting / sewing / crafting community is very loyal and tight and I have been fortunate to meet and then work with some of the best. Through my Instagram and real life connection to Stephanie Soebbing from @quiltaddictsanonymous, I was introduced to QAA customer, Barb Brandt @barbbrandt3 who expressed admiration for my fabric lines. After seeing Barb use one of @maychappell 's patterns for a clutch purse to spectacular effect, we decided to collaborate on a few of them using my fabrics. The bead work is delicate and perfectly accents and highlights the patterning of my fabrics. A really stylish and modern project that you, too, can create!
I occasionally come upon some really beautiful quilts that feature my fabrics. I am always in awe... such talent in the quilting community and I consider them among my most enthusiastic fans!
So, here's a beauty that caught my eye! Featured over on the MagnoliaQuilts Etsy shop... a gorgeous handmade quilt that utilizes quilting fabric from Soft Repose, my first collection with Freespirit fabrics/ Coats. This collection lends itself to more contemporary quilt concepts and this one showcases that to spectacular effect!
Check it out in the MagnoliaQuilts Etsy store... only one left;)
In preparation for Quilt Market this coming October, I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing quilters & sewers who have been creating the most beautiful projects out of my fabric collections. These projects are an integral part of our Quilt Market booth display and really help the Market attendees envision all the ways our fabrics can be used. We aim to inspire!
When it comes to choosing a sewer to work with, I'm looking for a partner who is not only skillful at sewing, embroidery and stitching, but who also is interested in creating projects that will enhance my brand's softly sophisticated and natural design aesthetic. We are always on the lookout for sewers who are energized by the idea of working with us to create projects that evoke a more organic, modern vibe.
We happen to have enough fabric left from both Bloom Beautiful, my newest collection which launches at Fall Quilt Market, and Quiet Moments, the collection we launched last Spring, to be able to offer up more of it to a handful of additional sewers. However, the turnaround time is tight! I will need completed projects back in hand by the second week in October. If the idea of this appeals to you, if you have mad skills and if you can work on deadline, reach out and pitch me a project idea:) If I like it, I'll get back to you quickly and we'll have a chat to see if it feels like we're a good fit to partner up! If I don't choose you, please don't feel discouraged! I will be happy to add you to our list of sewers...we pull from it often for various projects. You can contact me via my website or over on my Instagram or facebook pages.
The video above is shared on my youtube station ( yes, I have one, and I invite you to subscribe there as well as I am on a mission to get really comfy with the dreaded video cam;)
So thrilled to have exhibited for the first time at International Quilt Market! I was truly humbled by the love and also surprised and honored by how many kind and enthusiastic customers from the US and abroad, actually sought us out, just to say, " I bought your entire Soft Repose line for my store!" ...Wow! What a feeling.
The Shell Rummel booth came together beautifully and really was a haven of calm tranquility, a place to catch your breath amidst the sea of rainbow bright fabrics that are so prevalent at Quilt Market. I like that the serene feel of my Soft Repose patterning resonated so strongly with so many and that my booth ambience truly lived up to the collection's name. Soft, quiet palettes can speak volumes, too.
The Coats and Freespirit crafters and sewers created some really spectacular product samples to showcase the Soft Repose Line. As you can see, the patterning (with names like: Infinite Beauty, Raindrop, Tranquility, Steel Magnolia, Touchstone and our signature pattern, Pebble) really lends itself well to softly sophisticated home decor and accessory projects. It's a natural fit for pillows, poufs, modern quilts and personal accessories!
Over the course of three days we met some of the loveliest people... Buyers from Independent fabric stores all over the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Japan and Korea... and on and on. Their enthusiasm was truly awe inspiring! My heart is full.
Special thanks to Lisa Kaupp from Design in Motion Quilt Studio in GA, who hand crafted several of the pillows, tote bags and accessory items specifically for our booth from our designs. These samples are so fantastic because they give our customers a visual idea of what they can create with our Soft Repose fabrics! So much possibility...
A big hug of gratitude for my Senior Designer, Rachel who has worked with me in my studio for nearly 9 years, and counting. She plays a big role in every product my studio offers, (and, in addition to our fabric by the yard collections, we offer: rugs, pillows, bedding and bath textiles, house paint, paper craft products, wall art, invitations and even Judaica) and was a tremendous asset on this trip! I know she enjoyed her time in Houston just as much as I did as well as having an opportunity to interact directly with our customers, She can now also add "videographer" to her growing list of talents;)
Every product the Shell Rummel studio creates begins with my original, watercolor paintings. There is something uniquely beautiful when you can see the artist's hand in a finished product... That artistry is what makes my collections special. Warmest thanks to Westminster Fibers for seeing the value in an artist designed collection and allowing Shell Rummel a beautiful showcase for our Soft Repose fabrics at Quilt Market! It was a true honor to be a part of it all ~
Introducing our newest fabric by the yard collection, Soft Repose!
Ever inspired by the fluid grace of nature, Soft Repose pays homage to subtle patterning and graceful lines. It's a livable collection of soft, graceful, organic designs and its quiet palette features a full range of tonal grays, enhanced by the unique translucence of hand painted watercolors.
Now available for PRE-Order via Freespiritfabrics, here:)
View our Lookbook, here!
Something really special about seeing your creative vision come to life...
And that's how it felt as I opened the box that contained my very first collection of fabrics. Alchemy has finally launched via the wonderful team at Blend Fabrics and shipped to retail stores across the country. My samples arrived and I can tell you that seeing my art on this lovely soft cotton fabric was just...fulfilling. The watercolor feel of my designs comes through beautifully...you can really see the gradations of color, like brushstrokes on watercolor paper. The colors are tranquil and soft, the designs modern and organic and the entire collection can be easily mixed and matched.
I envision a beautiful quilt, pillows, duvet cover, a slipcover for a special chair.... maybe a really cool satchel, or a tunic (yes, that feels like me.. ) If only I knew how to sew.... ;) Wondering, what will you create with my Alchemy collection?