Fabric Inspiration & Giveaway

Many times I’ve been asked how I get the ideas for my books, patterns or fabric lines? And the short answer is lots of places.  My passion for seeking out vintage sewing treasures and collecting sewing books and ephemera has lead to many of my projects over the years. The Sew-it Book, Buttonware, Hankie Style and Vintage Notions are just a few of the books that I have created based on inspiring vintage items I’ve found and collected.

Through my travels, I always seek out antique malls, galleries or flea markets to rummage through. Often, I see something beautiful that catches my eye  colors, fabric textures, the shear artistry of a piece or the details in the stitching. It may just be an old book filled with gorgeous illustrations.

Many times this stirs my creative juices and I combine the inspiration with current trends in the market to come up with a new book or pattern idea. Other times, I find a vintage piece and realize the concept or creation would be interesting to today’s consumer and feel the need to rescue it from obscurity.

One example is my latest embroidery book, A Stitch in Time with Mother Goose. This book of vintage embroidery designs, along with my coordinating fabric line from Red Rooster Fabrics of the same name, was inspired by a darling baby blanket I found during my travels. The quilt was created from an old Butterick transfers pattern circa 1920’s. I’ve also discovered in my collection the original magazine ad featuring the pattern for sale. Below are a few shots of the original blanket.

I was toying already with the idea of creating a new embroidery book with a vintage feel and had some wonderful Mother Goose line art that I wanted to use, but the project had not yet come to fruition. I happened upon this hand embroidered baby blanket in bluework, along with the original vintage transfers and the entire project took shape.

Embroidery is really making a come back. The book includes 25 designs to be transferred to fabric and instructions for 7 different projects including two quilts. Here are just a few projects included in this book:

Another method of embroidery can be done with just the Mother Goose fabric itself. Two of the fabric line coordinates are cheater blocks. These two panels one in red and one in blue  have the Mother Goose line art already printed directly on the fabric. All one has to do it thread your needle and following the lines. No transfers needed.

Enter to win A Stitch in Time with Mother Goose fabric bundle and book

For a chance to win a bundle of A Stitch in Time with Mother Goose fabric (one yard of many coordinate plus one each of the two embroidery cheater block panels – please note that only 19 of the 24 coordinates are available in this giveaway) AND a copy of A Stitch in Time with Mother Goose, you have five ways to enter the drawing.

1. Post a comment to this blog post only letting me know what you would create with this collection.

2.Like my Facebook page at facebook.com/amybarickmanstudios

3. Sign up for my twitter account at twitter.com/amybarickman

4. Repost this blog entry on your blog. Email me at [email protected] with the link to your post.

5. Post this blog entry on your Facebook page. Email me at [email protected] with the link to your FB page.

A winner will be drawn at random from all entries. Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, February 1st at midnight and a winner announced on Thursday, February 3rd.

Good luck!!

880 Responses to “Fabric Inspiration & Giveaway”

  1. I love redwork and love doing embrodiery. I would love to win the giveaway.

  2. I think these designs would look awesome as panels on a roman blind…

  3. If I won, I would use to make a pillow and a wall hanging for my 4 year old grandaughter’s room..
    what a neat design…

  4. This looks like fun. Count me in.

  5. Really wonderful. Love all the degigns
    Thanks for the giveaways you sponser.

  6. I’d create a fabulous, LOVELY quilt. 🙂

  7. “LIKE” your FB page !


  9. I would love to win and make a baby quilt.

  10. Looking at what you have is like going back in time to my grandma’s house and laying on her feather bed on a lazy afternoon. She had a quilt that had similar squares, but done in colors. she would tell me the stories and rhymes that went with the blocks. I would love to make small quilts and give them to the childrens ward at the local hospital. Maybe find some of the old stoy books to go along with them.

  11. Would love to win that fabric!! It’s beautiful and you can never have too much fabric! I want to make a redwork pillow top.

  12. I would make a sewing machine cover for my Singer Featherweight !

  13. I teach crazy quilting and hand embroidery work. A lot of the time I come up with my own piece to teach,but I also look for some thing new and different for my group of ladies to do. Because sometimes they like to buy a book or pattern and have me help them work with it. I think it would be great fun to stitch something from this book and find ways to add to it. The book looks great. I love the fabrics too! Oh the ideas that I already have.

  14. I would love to use this to make a baby quilt. So fun.

  15. I would make small purses for my granddaughters, each with a different design on them. These are wonderful

  16. That would be extremely cute to make matching pillowcase dresses for my two little girls with that. Or put it on a shirt with a patchwork skirt to match. I love making vintage looking children’s clothes for my girls. I could even do a whole baby’s nursery with that, make a patchwork quilt, with pillows and even curtains. But you can also take a mirror and make the frame to the mirror with wood covered by this material or take a white lamp shade and cover it with this material and hang light jewels from it to match a chandeleir. Make burp rags, bibs, diaper bag, changing pad…….I could go on and on with ideas.

  17. I would make embroidered tea towels with a fabric ruffled edge, or maybe a pillow for my infant daughters room. Love the Fabrics!

  18. I would love to make a quilt with this fabric if I win.

  19. I could create many things… a quilt,pillow, shirts, prop for my daughter’s photography business, or a dress. So much fun!

  20. I have a new Grandbaby girl. We are just starting to create new items for her room this fabric would be just the thing to make a cute quilt and some pillows and a wall hanging. with left overs I would make a few pillows and such for my own home, the patterns are perfect!

  21. Wow, I can think of all kinds of lovely things to do from clothing to totes to trimmings and house decor. Think neat pillows or table runners. The possibilities are endless and exciting to think about it.

  22. Joyce N. Ingram February 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I would like to win this book so that I could start a quilt for our future grandchild.
    Joyce Ingram

  23. So cute! I think I would make vintage-inspired accessories or clothing for my neice and nephews.

  24. I’d make baby quilts for my niece who is having twins, a girl and a boy.


  25. So cute!! I would make some sweet little doll quilts!

  26. I’ve recently rediscovered embroidery, as many other women have done. I also do a lot of hand applique and embroidery can be combined with that very well. I’m very pleased to have come across your blog today.

    This fabric collection, starting with the ‘cheater’ panels would be just right for donation quilts for children. One year ago I began doing a small amount of quilt donating-to AAQI (alzquilts.org) and to Basics, Inc.-and I want to continue this in 2011.
    I’m sure I can come up with a few simple designs with these fabrics for mini quilts to send to AAQI, too. And something for myself, a little quilt to hang in my sewing room. Lots of ideas! Thanks very much.