Thanksgiving Pattern Play

With Thanksgiving drawing quickly closer, I found my mind dwelling on the lovely foods that will grace our tables next week. Inspired by the book


, illustrated by Vicki Turner, I sketched some holiday edibles and turned them into patterns! As the perfectionist I am, I also decided to create my own stock images to mockup my patterns, and these are the first two results. Although the patterns were just for fun, I have been finding myself wanting an garlic apron now... What about you? What would you do if you had a yard of one of these prints?

modern Thanksgiving-themed coral and tan pattern design | Lovely and Enough
modern Thanksgiving-themed onion navy pattern design | Lovely and Enough
Thanksgiving-themed navy pattern design | Lovely and Enough
modern Thanksgiving-themed turkey pattern design | Lovely and Enough

Uniola and the Price Lowering Party

You may know Chelsea over at Patch the Giraffe. She is pretty amazing when it comes to juggling teaching and quilting and taking amazing photos and making friends and being encouraging. The list goes on. So, when she purchased a bundle of fabrics from my Etsy shop, I was over the moon! You can see the bundle she picked out over on her blog today. It's gorgeous, and I am beyond excited to see what she does with it.

That got me thinking. I want to do more projects with my fabrics, but not only that, I want more people to be able to as well! However, with the expensive and time-consuming process of screen printing, prices felt high. So, last night, I lowered them. I had a price lowering party complete with hot chocolate and comfy pillows, and I finagled with numbers until I was happy. Go check it out! You can now get fat quarters! And because I don't want to gyp those of you who supported my endeavor from the start, just message me on Etsy with which fabric you would like, and I'll send you an extra little panel free of charge.

And while we're talking about fabrics, I want to officially introduce my newest pattern: Uniola.

Inspired by electron scanning microscope images of plant seeds, the base of the pattern is printed in white. It is then overprinted with beach dune fences. The pattern draws its name from uniola paniculata, a dune grass that grows along the coasts of the southeastern United States and helps to prevent the erosion of its sandy habitat. I experimented with lots of color combinations and was geeked when I found this one last July. I can't believe it's taken me this long to share about it on my blog, but I guess that's what starting grad school will do to you.

What would you make with this fabric?

Adventures in Chicagoland

Quite a lot has happened in two weeks, and it has all been very exciting. From wandering San Francisco to camping Up North, I have been sketching and absorbing inspiration for a new collection of fabrics and quilts. I haven't been home for more than a minute at a time to print or sew, but luckily, a trip to Chicago was squeezed between Higgins Lake and Cali to burn screens. It was there three new fabric designs were born: Pistachios, Seeds, and Stripes.

I arrived in Chicago to a be struck with an I-haven't-seen-you-in-months hug by my dear friend Olivia. Then after an evening around a backyard campfire catching up on boys and family and the future and munching on passionfruit meringue pie (you really should try it), I ventured back to the Alma Mater. Isn't that weird? I have an alma mater haha. It's like I'm old now or something. I digress.

Brent let me into the art building and we started an adventure all our own, beginning with a hunt for emulsion. (If you don't know what emulsion is, have no fear; I detail the screen-printing process here.) Alas, it was not to be found, so we took a trip to rarely organized but oh so helpful Graphic Chemical. I had to pause outside to snap a picture of their sign, isn't it fun?

Shooting the screen itself was second nature. It's always such fun to see the transformation from pencil sketches to vectorized prints to burned screens. I tried my hand at registration marks for the Hortensia screens and then had a moment when I thought there was a random half-circle hole in my screen to fill. You can see it between the two sets of blooms below.

Now, I am back and more excited than ever to try some test prints. I'm feeling a Delft-inspired white and blue scheme.

What color schemes have you been loving lately?