With apologies, we’re postponing the next fabric-of-the-week contest until Monday. If you followed the results of last week’s vote then you probably already know who won, but we’ll hold off on the formal congratulations for the moment. Sorry for the delay, but between snow storms, vexing printers and the deluge of lovely designs you’ve been submitting, we are slammed. A week off can’t hurt, right?
This is a great opportunity for those who have yet to make your first Spoonflower order: hustle on over to Emily’s blog and comment on her post to enter.
Nice bunch of designs this week, don't you think? They are:
- Hibiscus by Studio Fibonacci
- wheels by Ros Clarke
- snowglobes by min elliott
- willowcarrepeat by J.R. Campbell of Glasgow, Scotland
- fractured_flower_yellow_600 by Lee Thomas
- lanterns by Bronwyn Landvatter
Review the weekly contest rules and/or enter your own design here.
Congratulations to designer Sharon Wilson of New Zealand. Her "ant swatch" won the most votes last week and you can buy her cute little creepy-crawlies in the Spoonflower Etsy shop as a limited edition fabric through Sunday.
The final voting results:
- Man-L3-b1-sf by Nine Tomatoes: 247
- Floral2 by M Y: 266
- Green_Crayon_Mandala by TJ Bower: 294
- Flee_s_Beach_is_Blue by kklebe: 296
- WatchesTossedPacked by Sandra Stewart: 235
- Ant_swatch by Sharon Wilson: 373
I don't know about y'all, but I'm in serious need of some springtime cheer these days. I know it's just February and all, but I am so over winter at this point! Which is perhaps why SmileRecipe's adorable little gadget pouches jumped out at me while I was browsing our Flickr pool today. They're so cute and springy to me, though I have to admit I had to look up what a Nintendo DS Lite was. I'm sure my digital camera would fit very cozily, though! You can see more of SmileRecipes's cute projects at her Etsy shop here.
On a somewhat unrelated note, I was just noticing that our pool had passed the 1,000 member mark over the weekend. We're now at 1,001 members, which seems to me like a fine reason to celebrate. Woo-hoo! Thanks for playing, everyone!
Congratulations to Charlene Lam, whose birds stole the show this week.
Her "Pigeon Parade" now joins the elite ranks of the Spoonflower fabrics-of-the-week. You can buy it for yourself for the next six days in the Spoonflower Etsy store. Final results for voting last week were:
- Pigeon Parade by Charlene Lam: 509
- roobric by Tessa McSorley: 95
- trees4 by midcenturymaude: 424
- Snowmen by Susan Mitchell: 308
- Abstract_Sunny_Flower_Explosion by Carol Megivern: 119
- late_fixed2 by Kate McInnes of Australia: 298
Charlene has her own Etsy shop as well over at Birdnerd.Etsy.com. (Oops! Not Charlene's Etsy shop, though still a nice one.)
The Next Six Fabrics
Well, what are you waiting for – go vote!
The designers this week are (clockwise from the top left):
- Man-L3-b1-sf by Nine Tomatoes
- Floral2 by M Y
- Green_Crayon_Mandala by TJ Bower
- Flee_s_Beach_is_Blue by kklebe
- WatchesTossedPacked by Sandra Stewart
- Ant_swatch by Sharon Wilson
Thanks to all for participating. You can stay current on the votes as they are cast here.
Find out how to enter your own design here.
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Nissa Prohaska's "colorleaves3"" won the most votes last week, but only by a hair! In our closest competition ever, we saw Nissa's design beat Cate Anevski's "Pink Bears" by just a few votes. The other designs weren't far behind, either. It was a good week for the contest, no?
You can buy Nissa's lovely fabric through this Sunday in the Spoonflower Etsy store.
Full voting results for our closest ever fabric-of-the-week contest:
- "Pink Bears" by Cate Anevski 19.9% 388
- "plane_ocean_fabric_real" by briana miller 8.9% 173
- "Floral_BlPkPur_SF" by Annie Dwyer Internicola 19.7% 384
- "texture" by Elisa Meneghin 17.0% 330
- "colorleaves3" by Nissa Prohaska 20.6% 401
- "crosses" by Jinjer 13.9% 270
Another six designs compete: vote now for your favorite
This week's designs are (clockwise from the top left):
- Pigeon Parade by Charlene Lam
- roobric by Tessa McSorley
- trees4 by midcenturymaude
- Snowmen by Susan Mitchell
- Abstract_Sunny_Flower_Explosion by Carol Megivern
- late_fixed2 by Kate McInnes of Australia
Good luck to all! Keep up with the votes as they are cast here.
Find out how to enter your own design here.
I have a love/hate relationship with the internet which I suspect many of you out there might share. On the one hand, I really hate how much time can be sucked away before I’ve even realized I’ve been reading blogs for an hour during my girls’ naptime when I had planned to actually sew something. But on the other hand, sometimes I run across something so brilliant and amazing that I know I never would’ve found out if I hadn’t been dorking around online.
I love the internet.
When I’m cutting row after row of swatches at our cutting table, the thrifty part of me sometimes wonders what people do with their swatches once they’ve made sure that their design prints the way they want. I imagine that the professional designers do something…professional with them. Put them in a swatch book or tack them on a bulletin board with a bunch of other swatches or something. Personally, I’ve felt a bit guilty chucking mine into the scrap basket, though it’s true that my daughters use them heavily for tiny doll blankets, makeshift doll clothes (tied on with skinny scraps), etc.
Enter Rae, “professional home executive” of Made by Rae. Rae figured out a very virtuous and extremely cute and practical way to use up a swatch if you’ve got loose ones lying around. Her toy bag is pictured left and she’s posted a tutorial on her blog. It’s intended for her son’s loose toy train bits, but who’s to say you couldn’t turn it into a little jewelry or lingerie bag for traveling? Thanks, Rae!
And Stephen? You can now refer to me as our “professional home
executive” when you’re not referring to me as Spoonflower’s
- autumn_suns by Lindsey Kennedy: 108
- Field-Ornate by occorb: 678
- childpinkhorsedamask by Charlotte Warner: 259
- Retro by Mallory Cumrine: 381
- heartPlaidBlue_repeat by steph calvert: 295
- Woman by Christy Brock: 260
Get Out the Vote
We've got a terrific batch of designs for you to vote on this week, so be sure to weigh in. From left to right below we have:
- "Pink Bears" by Cate Anevski
- "plane_ocean_fabric_real" by briana miller
- "Floral_BlPkPur_SF" by Annie Dwyer Internicola
- "texture" by Elisa Meneghin
- "colorleaves3" by Nissa Prohaska
- "crosses" by Jinjer
This great sling bag caught my eye in our Flickr pool this morning. It was made by Laura Wilson at We Wilsons, and just as I was thinking to myself, "Nice vintage-y buckle and I wonder where she got that awesome pattern," I see the note that Laura has put up the tutorial at her blog. The best thing? It's designed to use exactly a fat quarter! Well, ok, it wants a second fat quarter for the lining and strap backing, too, but how many bag patterns are out there that use up just that amount? Not many, I say. Thanks for sharing this great project, Laura!