A Pattern in Progress: Lily Blossom and Fat-Quarter Giveaway

Every now and then, it’s fun to follow a sketch as it evolves.  Here is the mint colorway of the Lily Blossom pattern from our Emma collection:


and here are some early sketches that became foundations of many of the patterns in this group:


Since the pink and green of this collection has become so much a part of what it is, it’s funny to remember that originally, we tried so many different colorways.  Here are a few swatches we tested early on – even before several of the design elements were complete:


These are the two colorways we thought we were going to choose, until near the end, we decided to change the light pink version to the mint green version that was eventually printed:


And here is the strawberry colorway of the final design on cotton:


Well, there you go!  From start to finish.  The little sketch is all grown up!

And to celebrate this ready-to-leave-the-nest soft cotton Lily Blossom fabric, we are giving away two fat-quarter bundles with Lily Blossom and 6 of her coordinating patterns. (See photo below.)  To win, please write in the comment box below and let us know what you plan to make with your pretty-in-pink fabrics.  We will choose two winners randomly on Tuesday, April 10th at noon.



  1. Margaret April 3, 2012

    Thanks for the behind-the-scenes look. I’m sure it must be a bit of a process to choose just the right colors. You gals did a great job on this line. I would make a sweet little quilt and donate it, because all the girls I know are not into pink anymore. :-(

  2. Ruth April 3, 2012

    I love to see the sketches transformed into fabric. Wahoo!

    Count me in for the fabrics – I have a new niece-ish (cousin’s baby girl… what is that, a first cousin once removed?) and she needs a baby quilt!

  3. Debra Lee April 3, 2012

    I would make a quilt for 100 Quilts for kids!

  4. kristen April 3, 2012

    I would love to use them to make book covers for my school books and binders! Everyone will be so jealous

  5. Veronica A.M. April 4, 2012

    Oh I just love seeing the whole creative process!! These turned out beautiful!! ;D
    I hope I win! I want to make my sister a baby girl quilt, she just found out she’s preggers :B!! I’ve got my fingers crossed!

  6. Jenn April 4, 2012

    I would make a lunchbag for my friend’s little girl :-) She will start kindergarten in the fall and we always exchange little gifts between our kids, and this would be something special for her :-)
    I love seeing the process from start to finish! really exciting

  7. Anjeanette April 4, 2012

    Aaah! This is just lovely! I think it is fun to get a look at how the prints come to life. I have two boys and a husband. I would totally make something just for me with this beautiful fabric!

  8. Melanie April 5, 2012

    Beautiful. My niece would love this. Thanks for letting us see the design process.

  9. Sarah April 5, 2012

    I plan to make a pillow with it and many other things!

  10. Alisa April 6, 2012

    I’d make a pretty girl quilt for a new niece! They are so sweet.

  11. Marta Riera-Gray April 6, 2012

    I would make a layatte set, or a hemstiched recieving blanket with burp cloths…love the pattern and colors!

  12. Lily Blossom is so pretty! I loved see the evolution of the design and that top print in mint is especially gorgeous. My daughter is 4 and really into her babies right now. I think I would make a patchwork doll and a little baby blanket to go with it. She would love all that pink!

  13. laurie April 9, 2012

    i think i will make some cute shorts for my little one


  14. Michelle H. April 10, 2012

    My first grandchild is due 10-11-12 (isn’t that a great birthday!)We find out in a few short weeks the sex, but the doctor is saying “girl” and she’ll need a quilt made by grandma, for sure. And if baby is not a girl, I do have a teenage daughter who could use her own pink girly quilt too.

  15. Oh, I’d love to make some twirly, girly patchwork skirts for our three little girls.

  16. Tim April 10, 2012

    My wife would love this. She always has at least a dozen sewing projects going at once. I’d love to surprise her with this fabric bundle.

  17. Cathy Heck April 10, 2012

    Thank you everyone who entered our giveaway. We will plug all entries into our random selector software tonight and let you know two winners. We loved reading all of your great ideas for using the Emma collection.

  18. Cathy Heck April 13, 2012

    In case you didn’t see the next blog post, our two winners were Michelle and Allyson. Thank you all again. We will have lots more giveaways this year, so keep an eye out. And watch for the opening of our Etsy store, too!

    Cathy and Ellen

  19. cynthia April 20, 2012

    I have always wanted to do a pink pinwheels quilt! It’s just so much fun to say “pink pinwheels”!

  20. Elaine May 6, 2012

    We’ve just moved into a new house and these colors are exactly what I’ll be using in my little ones room! Would make some nice pretty cushions :)

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