Meadow Blossom from sketch to fabric

Here’s another sketch that turned into a Lotus Pond print. Can you recognize the print in this sketch?

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The idea for this design came from a simple comment that Michelle Engel Bencsko made when we were planning out the collection (Michelle is co-owner and art director at Cloud9 Fabrics; I am a licensed Cloud 9 Collective designer); she mentioned that it would be nice to have a large-scale floral to round out the collection. So I sketched out the design above, and she loved it. Then I took the design into Illustrator and turned it into a digital design, added some colors, and sent this back:

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I also sent this yellow version to Michelle. I love to play around with the colors and see what happens!

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Then Michelle took the basic design and made it into the cascading floral repeat that became the final design, which is good because this kind of repeat is a bit of a challenge, and I’m still a bit of an Illustrator newbie. I just love how the flowers cascade across the width of the fabric, which you can see below in this photo from Cloud9’s Instagram feed:

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(photo courtesy of Cloud9 Fabrics)

We landed on a bold blue and white background for this one, and it’s one of my very favorite prints in the whole collection!

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If you liked this post, you might enjoy my other sketch-to-fabric post, Lotus Drop Sketch to Fabric!

3 thoughts on “Meadow Blossom from sketch to fabric

  1. so both of these sketch to fabric posts have me hoping cloud 9 will have you do a “lotus pond at dusk” line, with the moodier blues and deeper mustards. i see those and i want to sew with them!! please? 🙂

    • haha yes — originally that was the color direction I was headed in but then inevitably ended up with the RAE! BRIGHTS! as you would expect.. but yes there is something fun about the “moody” colors too… hmmm, we’ll see!! 🙂

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