From this little pencil sketch…
to this fabric!

Not many designers know what they’re doing when asked to submit a fabric line. A few lines down the road we may act like we do, but the truth is it’s a bit scary. It’s like being in the middle of the ocean and not being able to see the shore…you don’t know what’s ahead and wonder why you ever left your safe space on land.

I just heard that my fabric is in the warehouse, being cut and put onto bolts and it will ship to the stores this week! A perfect time to share with you how it was created at the very start. Like many things in life you just have to jump right in and do your best. That’s what I did. Pushed the insecurities down and jumped in! Yes, there were some “what if they don’t like it?” that my husband and friends had to listen to. I think those will always be there.

Henry Glass had asked for a baby fabric and since I love lambs it was easy to start! I drew pencil sketches of all the lamb scenes you see in the fabric. Then I added the little things you see mixed in…hearts, heart bouquets, butterflies, birds, and anything else my heart desired. It was so much fun!

Of course you have to have co-ordinates like stripes, checks, prints, and dots so those were next. Then came the color. I got out my water colors and painted! I attached color chips, sample fabrics in the colors I wanted and sent my package off to New York! They took my drawings, put them into the computer, cut, pasted and colored and sent back my first fabric line on paper for me to see. Me! Me to say yes, no, hello? It was just too cool!

I’m feeling so much more experienced now. Can you imagine after just one line? (: Now I have more fabric in the works for spring market. My goal for this year is to learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to play with fabric. I’ll never give up the drawing part. It’s what feeds my heart. But I have to admit it would be fun to put my lamb in Photoshop and see how she looks wearing pink little dots!

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  • gloria g. - This is a darling fabric. Thanks for sharing how it all started. I think there will be lot’s of babies, moms and dads who just love it as well! Keep it up!

    This is what dreams are made of!!!!

    fondly, gloria g. Richards, TXReplyCancel

  • the wandering quilter - It’s wonderful Anne! I adore lambs… being a former sheep farmer, I have a special appreciation for them!

    You might consider Adobe Illustrator versus Photoshop, or both. I use the pair, they are wonderful. Since you love to draw, why not consider a Wacom tablet? It works fabulously with Adobe products, you’d just be drawing digitally. Illustrator is a drawing program.

    p.s. You might want to change the settings on your blog so that people who don’t have a blogger account can also post comments, right now they can’t.ReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - Can’t wait to see it in real life Anne, its positively charming!ReplyCancel

  • Lucy - Ohh this is so cute !! Perfect for a baby quilt…..ReplyCancel

  • Happy Zombie - I found your blog via PamKittyMorning! I love it!

    I love how you showed the foundation of your fabric design. Very cool and I can’t wait to see it in my LQS (and then in a bag, and then on my table, and then in a quilt!).

    PS… I went to your website too, and see you live in my hometown!ReplyCancel

  • Vintage Collage & Quilts - Hi Anne,

    I love your patterns & your little lambie pie fabric! Congrats on that : )

    I popped on over from my buddy Pam Kitty Morning.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - I can’t wait to get ahold of some of that darling fabric! It’s gonna fly off the quilt shop shelves!ReplyCancel

  • May Britt - The lambs are so cute. I hope we get the fabrics in “my” quiltshop in Norway too. It is fun to see how it was created. I have made some stitchery and applique patterns just by droodling when I am bored at a meeting at work LOLReplyCancel

  • gina - Hi Anne,

    I posted a bit about your baby line on today. I love it—still waiting for it to arrive at our door…Thanks for hooking me up with Gregory Case…Happy quilting talk to you soon

  • Nutmeg - That is truly amazing to see! What an interesting process. THanks so much for sharing your talent. My Mary loves little lambs :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracey - that fabric is adorable, I love it. You are soo talented. I absolutely love your blog. It really is my favorite. I was wondering if there is somewhere I could still get some of this fabric. TraceyReplyCancel