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A Cup of Tea and a Good Book

March 3, 2015

Yesterday in the mail I received a postcard from the amazing Molly Hatch announcing her new book, A Teacup Collection. The book is published by Chronicle. It features Molly’s unique paintings of the 300 piece tea cup collection at the Clark Art Institute.


You may know Molly’s work in various ways: she has had many items at Anthropologie, and one of her pieces was on the cover of Uppercase last year.





I met Molly last October at the Houston Quilt Market. She too has a fabric collection with Blend Fabrics. Molly is so talented and interesting, and I am certain her new book is as charming as she is. If you or someone you know loves tea or collecting teacups, this book would be a perfect gift for them.

Cottage Door Press

December 16, 2014

Some time ago I wrote and illustrated two children’s ebooks. I am tickled pink to announce that both Big Day for Baby, ABC Party, plus a new book, 123 Count with Me, will be published by Cottage Door Press next summer! They will be sturdy board books with die cut page tabs–perfect for little hands. What a thrill!

123 Count With Me Cvr2 11-20-14


BigDayforBaby 8x8 CVR


ABC Party Animals CVR

Not only am I ecstatic that my books will be real, but Cottage Door Press is working with a stellar array of artists: Jannie Ho, Dan Taylor, Stacy Peterson, Steve Mack, to name only a few. If you love children’s books, if you love adorable illustrations, if you want your little ones to love reading, you will LOVE Cottage Door Press! They have so many charming books. Below are a few pieces of art by the illustrators I mention–but this is just a thimbleful!

Find Cottage Door Press on Facebook, and get ready to be charmed as they announce their 2015 catalog and offer a sneak peek into the pages of their books.


Artwork by Jannie Ho


Artwork by Jannie Ho


Artwork by Dan Taylor



Artwork by Stacy Peterson



Artwork by Steve Mack



Print & Pattern Design Directory

November 10, 2014

Do you love the Print & Pattern blog the way I do? I adore it and go there all the time to absorb the beautiful artwork and charming products posted there. It is such a fun place on the internet to hang out.

I am THRILLED that Bowie included a link to my website on the new “Designers for Hire” page. In looking through the new page, I have already discovered several artists whose work I hadn’t previously known. Have you seen the work by Sarah Andreacchio? Susan Driscoll? OMG. How about Bethan Janine? Dinara Mirtalipova? This doesn’t even scratch the surface OR mention any of the artists I already know and love.

Below are just a couple images from these artists. You have to go to their websites to really understand how amazing these artists are. And check out the Designers for Hire page. All of these artists deserve to be admired!

© Susan Driscoll

© Susan Driscoll

© Sarah Andreacchio

© Sarah Andreacchio

© Dinara Mirtalipova

© Dinara Mirtalipova


© Bethan Janine

Equinox, a close-up view

October 16, 2014

My newest fabric collection, Equinox, will begin shipping in November. Below are close-up images of the patterns and colors in the collection.

Equinox will be on display next week at Houston Quilt Market along with two of my other groups, True Blue and Clementine. Blend Fabrics and Anna Griffin always have a fabulous booth. I am looking forward to seeing all the new Blend artists’ collections at the show. I believe that collections from Liz Macay, Molly Hatch, and Khristian A. Howell will all be on display (not to mention all the other amazing fabrics from the artists who work with Blend! Check them all out, here.).

Lattice Vine Pink

Fiona Green

Isla Brawn

Equinox White

Lattice Vine Mint

Paige Tan

Lattice Vine Blue

Fiona Black

Isla Black

Equinox Black


Lattice Vine Black


Paige Black


Kekacase presents . . .

October 14, 2014

. . . a huge range of Ana Davis designs for your smartphone or tablet! There are 15 pieces of artwork available as cases for iPhone version 4/5/6, Samsung Galaxy S3/S4, iPad 2/3/4, and iPad minis. And, even more items are coming soon. Yay!

Check out the items at

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Persnickety Clothing Company

July 16, 2014

This summer has been, believe it or not, beautiful here in Chicago! :) But, I am already seeing signs of “Back to School” everywhere. One very special back to school thing that I’ve seen is gorgeous new apparel from Persnickety Clothing Company. The collection that caught my eye is “October Sky“. Just look at it! This group happens to feature several prints from my fabric collection Pippa. Persnickety, you have done it again! Beautiful! :)







Surtex 2014, A Brief Recap

June 17, 2014

It already seems like ages since Surtex, and yet, where is my recap??? Well, in addition to the busyness of the season, we have a small baby, soooooo….. I get a pass, right? ;)

Well, I am happy to report that even though I am behind in getting a Surtex recap posted, Cathy Heck is ON THE BALL. She posted three great recaps of Surtex (recap 1, recap 2, recap 3). Her last post, Trends and Friends, features our own little love. You can see our baby at the end of her third post, here. Below are a couple of her heartwarming illustrations.


Artwork © Cathy Heck Studio


Artwork © Cathy Heck Studio

In Cathy’s photo, Baby is in the arms of my dear friend, Anne. Anne is notoriously baby crazy, and quite likely to de-sock a small infant at any moment. Who can blame her? Baby toes are so cute!!!

Anne w Baby

Below is a cute photo of my husband (without whom I would not have my fabulous booth) and our infant son. They were a great team. My husband took such good care of Baby that he didn’t cry at all during the show. Baby wooed passersby with his big smile. I can’t say that I would recommend bringing a tiny baby to a trade show, but if you HAVE TO, then I sure hope you have a baby as easy as ours is!


Chad with our baby at Surtex

ADL Surtex2014 booth

My trade show booth

We were lucky that our booth was near many other wonderful artists: Josephine Kimberling, Ana Victoria Calderon, Kelly Ventura, and Sarah Ehlinger of Very Sarie.

We also got to talk a bit with the amazing Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom fame, and her husband. They are so nice, and generous, and helpful!

Work by all of these artists is shown below. Behold the beauty!!!


© Josephine Kimberling


© Kelly Ventura


© Ana Victoria Calderon


© Very Sarie


© Ana Victoria Calderon


© Kelly Ventura


Sis Boom Fabric © Jennifer Paganelli


Sis Boom Fabric © Jennifer Paganelli




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