2 hours ago
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
this just arrived...
A package literally just arrived with my lovely new mail lady, who was trying to have a conversation with me about tattoos as I was trying to push her out the door because I knew what the package contained and I had no time for her chit chat - I wanted to check this out.
Happy Drawing by Ed Emberley for Cloud 9 Fabrics. You know when you get that tingle inside when you see something you think is really special? I have that right now. Gender neutral, bright and cheery, primary coloured fabrics for children are tricky. They tend to be either overly twee and cutesy or licensed characters. Either is totally fine, my son is OBSESSED with Dr Seuss, so Kaufman doing Seuss fabrics = happy Ginger child in this house, but really good animals in really good colours? That is a rarity.
Ok, so technically this is still licensed, but in the UK we didn't really do Ed Emberley as such. And there's a huge difference between this set of characters and, say, Arthur or something.
I was way too excited to share pics with you to actually make this pile of fabric look good - so I just dumped it on the table and took pics. Check out the scribbles - how useful are they going to be? I want to bind everything I make in those alone. Forever.
And please excuse the fact that I didn't iron the panel before showing you - but really, how could I have waited - I just wanted to show you. Look at the PANEL. It's a panel, yes, we should sneer a little like 'oh, I don't like panels, no, they're not for the likes of us'. Think again. This is the 2nd panel that I've gone crazy over in the past few weeks - both of which are by Cloud 9. The Monsterz panel is pure perfection as a whole piece, this you can cut up into different animals. Oh HELLO - who doesn't want to applique those animals onto everything they own? I'm a grown woman with (I'd like to think) a pretty good sense of style, even I want a giraffe appliqued up the leg of my jeans and a lion on my bum.
Happy Drawing is shipping shortly, sometime this Spring. It's organic. It's part of Cloud 9's price sensitive collection, which means it's only a squidge more expensive than regular quilting cottons. It's worth that extra squidge, and just like I said before with Monsterz, you need it in your life, whether you have a child, plan on having a child one day, act like a child, know someone with a child, have once seen a child in the street. Heck, even if you hate children, you need this - to keep it from the nasty children's grimey little hands. See?
I need to go make a quilt for Market out of these babies. I'm possibly a little too excited about them, I know, but tell me when you last saw gender neutral children's fabrics that were this good? (Ok - Summersville is excluded from that - BUT, OMG - SUMMERSVILLE AND HAPPY DRAWING TOGETHER, it's like I just accidentally stumbled into the nursery of the hippest baby EVER.) I'm going to have a lie down.
Posted by Katy Jones at 10:52
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