A Celebration at A Scrapbook of Inspiration


vintage girl vignetteThere is a celebration today at A Scrapbook of Inspiration.


vintage girl vignetteI have been designing material and sending for swatches for a year now. Exactly one year ago I designed my first fabric. You could hear my squeal all through The Land of Blog when the first fabric arrived.


vintage girl vignetteSometimes I was so frustrated because I really wanted to design material, and I needed to learn how to take my artwork and convert it to the rules of fabric. I have learned many things on this journey. Here's my current experiment, designing companion materials.

Tulip Tea QuiltClick on image to see pattern repeated

vintage girl vignetteI often admire those people who can create geometric pattern magic. I continue to learn something new every day.


vintage girl vignetteEach month I would design something new and send for a swatch. It took many tries and many conversions to make my designs read correctly on fabric. In the process I was learning how to use Photoshop software to make that vision happen.

Tulip Tea Chair CompanionClick on image to see pattern repeated

vintage girl vignetteWelcome to my fabric designs for sale at Spoonflower Fabrics. I will be adding more and more fabrics for sale. You can place your order for any fabric for sale there. Spoonflower fabrics are dreamy and they offer many layouts for each design as well.


vintage girl vignetteYou all inspire me so much. So many of you sew and although I would love it if I could.

Dream VignetteClick on image to see pattern repeated

vintage girl vignetteI am as happy as a clam creating fabrics for those who can. I want to create one-of-a-kind designs for seamstresses and those lovely crafty people too.

My creation

vintage girl vignetteWhat have I learned from this year of trying a new skill? I have learned that Dreams can come true, if you are willing to learn new things no matter how old you are.

Dream ChairClick on image to see pattern repeated

vintage girl vignetteFaith Hill sings Over The Rainbow for this post, because I am over the rainbow blissfully designing away! If you click on the photo below, it will bring you to the details of the Tulip Tea fabric design.

Tulip TeaClick on image to see pattern details
Teri C said...

Congratulations Karen! Beautiful fabric and I smiled with all your hot-air balloons!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your timeing is perfect with my quest to learn to sew. And I will be ordering some of your fabric once I know I will not do anything to harm it! But I love you dearheart, for saying we are never to old to follow our dreams.


Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Karen you are on a roll!! I love your designs and the fabric is wonderful!! I have your spoonflower site bookmarked!! Yeah!!! Blessings Friend~

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

This is just so lovely and inspiring Karen. I BELIEVE TOO that no matter how "old"you are, no matter....just keep on dreaming 'cause dreaming keeps you young and busy and productive! YOU ARE FINALLY FULFILLING YOUR DREAM!!! That is a great reason to celebrate today! Love and hugs, Anita

Anonymous said...

There you go!!! The day we give ourselves permission to fly, we take off!

Congratulations, I'm very happy for you!


Charlene said...

Congatulations! What an accomplishment that must be to see your designs come to this. I am trying to learn Photoshop & I can tell you that if you have that accomplished than you are wayyyyyyyyyyy ahead of me. It is so frustrating. And I want to learn it so much!

She'sSewPretty said...

Your fabric is beautiful Karen. Bravo!

Snap said...

Congratulations, Karen! Dreams really do come true!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Karen, Congrats on your fabric designing dreams coming true. I love your work and for so many to create with your designed on fabric is a treasure.

I know you are excited!! It is wonderful. I have browsed spoonflower many times. Great site!

I too believe, it is never too late, or we are never too old to keep trying to reach our dreams.

You always inspire me sweet friend.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Elise said...

lovely Karen !

LiLi M. said...

Congrats to you Karen and of course congrats to all of us, while you never cease to inspire us, with your art and your thoughts!

Joyce said...

OOOOOH Karen I LOVE your fabrics! I am going to rack my brain to come up with a way to use some in a project. I hung the cute little witch on Kate's bedroom mirror. She just adores it. It actually looks a little like her. Now she'll have her own little Halloween tradition.

mizmollye said...

Hi Karen, and Congratulations. I know this was a labor of love for you and your designs show that so well. Your determination and strength in perserverance is an inspiration to us all who think we're either too old, or too something else to go for our unfulfilled dreams. Thanks for sharing, and your designs are glorious. Mollye

Rhondi said...

Congratulations on designing the fabric Karen. That is amazing and I know you must be very excited. I've often wondered how people design fabric. it's something I think I'd like to try one day!
Hugs, Rhondi

Rhonda Roo said...

YAY for dreams coming true somewhere over your incredibly designed one of a kind thoughtful beautiful rainbows!

Congrats, Ms. Lovely Karen!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

Congratulations!!! Your work is exquisite...Love...Mary

Kathleen Grace said...

Keep following your dream Karen! Your creations are beautiful:>)

Alison Gibbs said...

Oh how exciting!! Congratulations.

Amisha said...

Wow Karen! These are beautiful!! And you enjoyed the learning process to make these. Isn't it so much fun to keep growing?