Tuesday, 24 April 2012

this just arrived...

Ed Emberley for Cloud 9

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.

Ed Emberley for Cloud 9

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.

Ed Emberley for Cloyd 9

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.

40 comments:

Sadie said...

...and breathe! They are rather lovely aren't they. Really, really, really love the crocodiles, my daughter is obsessed with them. And they would be lovely with Summersville :-) Ideas!

Theresa said...

Don't you just wish we could have our babies again, knowing how to quilt and how cool (and worn out) our quilt collection would be....sigh!

Sarah said...

Ooh Love the forest friends and the dragons. And the frogs... And I want a few yards of each of the scribbles too... Oh to have money!!

Ullhärvan said...

Love them! And I'm going wild over Alegria!

Eva said...

ROFL! :-D It really is gorgeous! I've been wanting yards and yards of each and every one of Cloud 9's recent collections! So genius, all of them. Maybe I'll have saved up enough for when that one hits the shelves!

patchworkdelights said...

Hahaha one second, need to get a grip I am supposed to have a serious face on here as I am work, but anyone looking at me after reading your post is gonna see a big toothy grin! You are hilarious, now on a more serious note that fabric is supercool!! Oh man more to add to my I WANT THIS list!

angharad handmade said...

Oooooh the panel!! The giraffe and the crocodile - so many possibilities. And I love the scribbles. I really really need these. I'm picturing painting pinnies and cushions and all manner of baby things. I like the fact it's not too babyish and so won't be quickly outgrown.
*adds to every-growing fabric wishlist*

beth lehman said...

oh, my word. they are adorable!! of course, they are completely connected with my childhood. i only checked the green and orange drawing book out of our public library almost every time. i bought used copies for my kids as soon as i had my first baby!!! LOVE THEM!!! can't wait to see what you do with them. the scribbles????? and the OWLS!!!?? Love.

Danielle said...

Omg you seriously peed your pants over these didn't you? I don't blame you. I want to marry those lions. Is that weird? No I didn't think so.

Cass said...

LOVE those scribbles and the panel especially

Isisjem said...

I nearly hyperventilated when I saw those giraffes and then I saw the panel and I really did!

Fiona said...

Oh wow you are so so lucky!!! They look amazing and I totally agree with you about appliqueing animals onto everything, I bet there won't be any left for the kids clothes lol.

embracingitall said...

Oh, I love it. My daughter would loose her mind over the crocodiles. Jacinta

Jo @ a life in lists said...

They are rather fabulous, aren't they? I've been toying with the perfect prints for the boys' room when we move in the summer, and I'm wondering if this might just fit the bill...

Allison C said...

I can't wait to get me some of these!

Danielle Weiss-Raichel said...

I love your enthusiasim in your writting and these fabrics are truely delicious!

Jenny Grahn said...

Oh, these are wonderful! I was obsessed with Ed Emberley books as a kid - so much fun to draw. I might have to make something for myself with this fabric!

Rosa said...

Adorable fabrics!
Hehe... I trained my postman - now he just leaves the packets at the door, so no chatting;-

Auntie Pami said...

I agree, Summersville totally gets me. I love the scribbles, and the elephants! ok, the panel too. Thanks for the peaks!

verykerryberry said...

The scribbles! Ahh! So simple and so perfect

Laura @ Needles, Pins and Baking Tins said...

The scribbles are the best! Is this for your zoo/prison quilt?!

BFree said...

Love them all!

Sara said...

You are tooo cute Katy!!! Yes you are so right though!! Summersville rocks and now your new finds---yum..yum..yum!!

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness, I need some of those scribble prints. And all the rest of them actually, we love Ed Emberley in this house!

Reader Owl said...

ditto everyone. I have a few pieces on preorder and sometime will have to have more.

Flying Blind... said...

Extra wide scribble backing please!!

Jenn said...

I have been going gaga over these prints and it was a pleasure to read about you doing the same. Fantastic post by the way! You really captured your moment of enjoyment when opening the package :)

Allison said...

I *love* thie lion & tiger print - must get my hands on some! & the dragons...& the elephants...& the scribbles...&... :)

Katy Cameron said...

Oh you HAVE to do those jeans for the FQ Retreat :oD

dolores said...

Ack!! I was just thinking it was time for me to make my girl(25)and boy(23)quilts with the fabrics I've been collecting...Dr. Seuss, Golden Books, Richard Scarry, Eric Carle, Peanuts and still waiting for Clifford the Big Red Dog... I really didn't know how to proceed but you have solved that for me! Gotta get this stuff....Ed Emberley is basically the reason my son loves to draw...love his books!:) Now I'm inspired AND have an idea!:)

I'm still waiting for the boy to draw me my first tattoo....still waiting!:)

Annabella said...

I just showed my son...I like this one, I like this one, I like this one (smudgy finger tracing across screen)....etc.,I like ALL of them! See, it`s not just us girls. Totally adorable.

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love them and can't wait to see what you make with them! Looking forward to the jeans...

Cherie said...

Love those fabrics! Why does everything take so long to get to the UK! GRRR =(

sewa mobil jakarta said...

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

mascanlon said...

Ok, there goes a month or more fabric budget I must have lots and lots of this! i have just finished a quilt with monsterz...well piecing the top (that counts) and now I am piecing that cute panel into the back. And this is definitely gong into the queue!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Simply fabulous!!!! Love the lions!!

Annie said...

I can't believe you have it! I've been so excited for this ever since Quilt Market. Cloud9 just blows my mind.

sew katie did said...

Wow! Love this line. So retro.

safieh said...

I don't think the lion will fit on your bum. Maybe the lady bug?

Nikki said...

ack!!! I hadn't seen the PANEL!!!!! Now I am seriously jumping at the bit to get this fabric. Holy cow...my kids in college so I have no excuse to be this excited about this line. But I just don't CARE!!
LOVE IT!

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