{a COLLAGE party + a fun giveaway!!!!}


{pic above by Jill McNamara}

Ohhhhhh the party begins!!!!

And we are celebrating Carrie of Such Designs and her new fabric collection, COLLAGE that comes to stores in July!! So fun!!!

I have a confession to make…I met Carrie and her mom at Fall Market in 2011. She had the cutest booth with the BEST patterns! So I picked up a few…

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Her way of creating art through fabric impressed me immediately!

I know that there are a GOB of people who walk through booths at Quilt Market, so I'm pretty sure Carrie doesn't remember me! πŸ™‚

Fast forward to this past February…

While meeting with my sweet friend Erin at QuiltCon, I met Laura with Windham Fabrics! So fun! She remembered a few weeks later that I was a pattern tester with Erin, and she got a message to me that Carrie needed a pattern tester for her newest quilt pattern! I saw a pic of the quilt and I immediately agreed to test the pattern for her!!

Laura sent me Collage fabrics and Carrie sent me the pattern and her original quilt to use as a guide! It is gorgeous…

Here's the original quilt…

{pic above by Jill McNamara}

Here's a pic of my top that I made with Collage before I sent it to the amazing Angela Walters for quilting!!


and after Angela's quilting!!! Amazing!!!

{pic above by Jill McNamara}

I can't wait to see it up close in person at Spring Quilt Market in Portland in May!!

Here are some closeups I took of the top…


Love the whole idea of a watercolor paint tray!! What an awesome way to show off this fabulous fabric line. She also includes the templates for those awesome curved edges, which makes this pattern super fast and easy!!

But what really captured my heART was the fact that Carrie took her child's artwork and transcribed it onto fabric!


My kiddos love drawing. There are pieces of paper all over my house with little drawings on them. So I got to looking at all of the fun COLLAGE scraps sitting on my cutting table, and I decided to create a mini quilt based on one of Lillian's drawings.

First, I asked Lil to draw a picture.


Then after enlarging her sweet little princess that she drew on my copier, I used fusible web to make little patterns for each of the blocks of fabric I used. 

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After fusing and using raw-edge applique on the pieces of the princess, I had Lil write the words, "Once upon a time there was a princess named Lillian" and I traced them onto my quilt top. I embroidered all of the outlines and the text using black perle cotton.

I added borders (ohhhh my gosh, I can't get enough of this awesome text fabric and alpha fabric!!!! eeeeeeek!!! So coool!!!) and I sandwiched and quilted this fun mini quilt!

Both Lil and I love it!!!




Love the backing, too!!! πŸ™‚

She truly is a princess!!!! β™₯




Not only did Lil and I love it, my 13yo Emma immediately asked if I'd make her one with one of her landscape drawings. Of course, I said yes!! So be on the lookout for that fun mini quilt!

I'm so thankful for Carrie and for Laura over at Windham Fabrics for their trust in me and their generosity with such awesome fabrics!! Isn't the quilting business so fun???

And guess what???

They are going to be generous with YOU, too!!!


They've given me a 10"square stack of COLLAGE to give to one lucky reader of my blog! yipeeeee!!!

Just comment on this post here and Mr Random will pick a winner next Sunday night, April 21st whenever I get settled and start blogging (probably around 10pm)!! Don't forget to make sure your email address is available on your comment!

 Ohhhhh the party isn't over!! Be sure to check out all of the blogs on the hop:

Throughout the next two weeks, check out these awesome sewinistas:


April 9 – Julie Goldin
April 11 – April Rhodes
April 12 – Tia Curtis
April 14 – Ramona Burke
April 15 – Sally Keller <<<<——-this is me here!!! yipeeee!!!
April 16 – Angela Walters
April 18 – Anna Graham (Noodlehead)
April 19 – Jenny Kelly
April 20 – Sam Hunter
And don't forget to tell your local quilt stores to purchase bolts of this fabulous new fabric COLLAGE coming in July!!!
Thanks again for stopping by my wild corner of the world!!


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  1. Reply

    wow – absolutely gorgeous. Amazing fabric and you made such amazing quilts with it.

  2. Reply

    How fun, I have not seen work like this before and just love it. Both the paintbox and Lilian’s quilt are really inspiring. Thanks for sharing with us and I would love to be included in the giveaway too.

  3. Reply

    So very cute! And what a lovely gift for a mom, to give her a quilt with one of her kids’ drawings! Adorable!

  4. Reply

    What a great little princess project. I LOVE the paint tray quilt top you made. Carrie has such a great eye for projects.

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    I love the paint box and the princess!
    Thank you for sharing and I would love to join in the giveaway!

  6. Reply

    Creating memories….Great fun, what better way than putting your childs original artwork on a quilt πŸ™‚ Love this fabric line, I can’t wait to see the whole line!

  7. Reply

    Those quilts are just so cute! I am now wishing that I had someone young enough at home to play with and share the joy of these quilts. What fun!
    A grandmother whose youngest grandchild is 11.

  8. Reply

    Oh how very special! I’m enjoying the blog hop and would love to try this fabric.

  9. Reply

    These are great!
    thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Reply

    How very sweet! Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

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    You are AMAZING!!!

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    Your quilts are wonderful! I love the idea of making a quilt with a child’s drawing. I can’t wait until my granddaughters are a little older. Thank you for the chance to win some of Carrie’s great fabrics.

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    Lovely! I want to rush home to my kids and ask them to color something!

  14. Reply

    Absolutely precious… I am looking forward to seeing this fabric in person.

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    Super cuteness, love it!!

  16. Reply

    wow, these are awesome.

  17. Reply

    I love this quilt and the idea of adding kids art to it. It’s so beautiful!!

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    I love love love your collage art piece!! I have old artwork from my kids 25 years ago. Wouldn’t it be awesome to dig those out and make one for all 3 of them as adults. Wow. Inspiration!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Reply

    Hi Sally- You are awesome for doing this!!!! Thank you so much. xo, Carrie B.

  20. Reply

    Love it! thanks so much for the giveaway!

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    The little quilt is wonderful! I can’t wait until my granddaughter is old enough to do artwork, because I’m definitely making a quilt with it. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration (and thank the original artist!).

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    Love, love your projects with this great line. Thanks for participating in the hop.

  23. Reply

    I love everything in this post! Great job.

  24. Reply

    Wow – those quilts are amazing! I really am in awe…

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    How fantastic to make quilts from your childrens’ drawings. These are all so wonderful. And the collage fabric line is amazing.

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    Wow! What a great idea! I can’t wait for my daughter to start drawing and coloring me pictures! I would love to turn her art into a quilt that will last a lot longer! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    I love this idea. I can’t wait to do a similar project with my oh so artistic grandaughter!

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    I love the quilts and the fabric! I have a drawing my granddaughter made and also want to turn it into a mini quilt

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    I am so in love with this line and the things I have seen created with it! July can not get here soon enough!! 10pm must be the “it” time…it seems that is when I sit down to blog also.

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    This quilt is so amazing…it makes me want to go through my kids old school papers and make each one something similar. What a great memory. I love to see others ideas and talents. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    cjpike at Indiana dot edu

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    I have two granddaughters–one of them is named Lillian–and absolutely LOVE the idea of doing their drawings in quilt form. Of course, my Lillian is only 2, so it will be a while for her…but Aurora is 4. I see potential there soon! πŸ˜‰

  32. Reply

    I too love this fabric and would love to win some!

  33. Reply

    Gorgeous fabric! I would LOVE to make a tote with this.

  34. Reply

    This is beautiful! What a wonderful way to preserve a child’s artwork!

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    The paintbox and childs drawing are the best ideas for a personal quilt I have seen it a long time! It is absolutley awesome! I’m thinking about it for my 15 year old daughter who will be thrilled to have her artwork immortalized!

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    Love the idea of making a quilt from a child’s drawing. Since mine is grown and moved away I think I’ll pull out one of her childhood drawings that I saved and make one to send to her. I think she would get a kick out of it.

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    What a great idea. I might just have to dig out some of my 38 yr old daughter’s childhood art (I throw nothing away) and make her a very special quilt. She would love it. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win some adorable fabric.

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    I love your quilt. It’s absolutely amazing! Such a cute idea.

  39. Reply

    what a wonderful memento :). i love the use of the Collage line in this project.

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    Beautiful quilts using beautiful fabric.

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    Honestly, only last night did I decide to copy a picture my grandson had done and make into a Xmas quilt. And today… there appeared a pattern! Thanks for the inspiration. After all the years of traditional work I love getting into the modern mode.

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    This is a beautiful idea, I would love to try it!

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    LOVE your quilt!!! Soooo cool! Thank you for the giveaway. Can’t wait for Collage to hit the stores!

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    I love your quilt, it looks just like your daughter drawing! She is so lucky to have such a talented Mom!!! Thank you for the chance to win such beautiful fabric I love the line and look forward to its appearance in the stores.

    paigegathome (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    What fun fabrics! And I love the idea of turning a drawing into a quilt. Your daughter’s princess is adorable! Thanks for hosting this contest.


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    What a great quilt, fantastic idea! my nephews are still too young to produce this kind of art, but just wait and see. In a few years they will have quilts with their drawings on it, I promis!
    I really love this new fabric line. It is so original and inspiring….
    Thank you for the give-away!

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    I absolutely LOVE this fabric! All of the prints are amazing, can’t wait til it’s available!

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    What fun fabric. And I love the little quilt you made. How cool to preserve your daughter’s artwork.

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    So inspired to get out some kid drawings. I’m way in love with the original watercolor box quilt.

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    Love Carrie, love Collage, and love that quilt!

  51. Reply

    awesome quilts, super ideas, amazing transformations…

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    Love your blog and this fabric! Thanks for the chance.

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    Love the paintbox. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful fabric.

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    I love your quilt! It’s really awesome! You know, I have a drawing of E’s that I took a photo of (because it was on chalkboard fabric at the quilt store) because I loved it. I have always wanted to quilt it. One day I will!

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    I love kids art as quilts! Such a fun idea

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    I LOVE it!!!

  58. Reply

    Love this all! I am enchanted by the creativity!

  59. Reply

    I’ve always loved my kid’s artwork. What a wonderful way to document it!

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    Oh my gosh, LOVE that mini quilt (and the big one too of course)! Great job!

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    Wow. I love the painting box quilt! SO awesome! And I love the mini-quilt that you did with your daughter πŸ™‚ She is so cute, and definitely looks like a princess! Thanks for the chance to win.

  62. Reply

    Just found your wonderful “kid art” turned into fabric work, really nice. And this fabric works great with your artwork.
    Thanks for sharing.

  63. Reply

    What fun! I love text fabric! (Although I have none…)

  64. Reply

    Thanks for sharing your very creative quilts! And thanks so much for highlighting this wonderful line of fabric!

  65. Reply

    I love, love, love this fabric! Everything I have seen about the fabric line and the beautiful, colorful items made with it only make me want to have it NOW instead of waiting for the debut in July. Please pick me . . . I will surely make something wonderful with it. I believe my first project will be a wall quilt for a Habitat for Humanity new house and its owner. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  66. Reply

    I love the hanging, and am happy to find your blog!

  67. Reply

    What great fabric! That is an awesome idea to transform a child’s drawing into a quilt!

  68. Reply

    you do lovely work thanks for the chance

  69. Reply

    I love it.

  70. Reply

    I am absolutely in love with quilts – kudos to you!

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