It is always so amazing to see my designs come full circle from a spark of an idea to a finished product. It's hard to believe that from one thought in my mind, to one sketch on paper, to one design on a computer, to one store owner selling, to one customer actually buying, that my fabric collection is made into a work of art through someone else's hands! The whole creative journey from start to finish is so cool which is why I am thrilled to share this post with you today! Follow below my "With Love" fabric collection by Camelot Fabrics from my inspiration to reality!
I begin every collection with a trend board. I collect photos, color palettes, design ideas, and put them all into one place that represents my inspiration for the new collection. I then start creating numerous patterns in a zillion color combinations until a cohesive look begins to emerge that I love! I narrow the prints down, select final textile colors, and voila! A textile collection has been born! These are some of the final fabrics for "With Love" in caramel, blush pink, ivory and gray...yum.
Several months later, these luscious yards of fabric are lucky enough to land in the hands of my talented friend Alexandra Zemak.
She embarks on sewing her first quilt ever using the Side Braid Quilt Pattern by Jeni Baker during her classes at Thimble Bee Sewing School here in Charlotte, NC. Here's a glimpse of how it looked in progess:
At long last, her beautiful quilt is finished! I now call upon the talents of another friend, photographer Lori Stewart, to capture some quilt love from behind the lens.
I am so humbled and honored that my fabrics are turned into something so much more beautiful than I could have ever imagined! Thank you to Camelot Fabrics, Alexandra, and Lori for bringing my design dreams to fruition!
"With Love" From Me to Hue on Valentine's Day,
It's hard to believe that Quilt Market Houston was last month! It was an incredible (and exhasuting!) experience, and I'm so happy I decided to co-exhibit with Camelot Fabrics this year! There were so many inspiring designers, fabrics, companies, quilters and booths that my head was spinning every day at the end of the show! I launched two new fabric collections at Market: My Gray or the HIghway and Doggone It! and the response from everyone was so overhelming - THANK YOU!
Set up day started out rough ensuring everything arrived in one piece, and that our vison for the booth would come to life as planned! It felt very overwhelming...
Fast foward 24 hours later and TA DAH!!!! Booth 617 was ready for business!
Amongst one of the many amazing people who stopped in my luscious booth to oooh and aaahhh over the new collections was Kristin from Craftsy. She took some beautiful pictures and even wrote a blog about yours truly! Thank you for this awesome feature Craftsy! Below is her photo of a Demelza Backpack pattern by Sewing with Me, sewn by Courtney Bush
Below are a few highlights from the show. More pics to come : )
The talk of the show! The most adorbale dog bed ever sewn by the talented Alexandra Zemak
Our "dorm room" desk was filled with luscious My Gray or the HIghway projects!
Lastly, these projects are so "Doggone" Cute!
Finally, a huge thank you to thank DeeDee Davis from Decor Print who printed the GORGEOUS fabric panels for my booth. Cannot express enough my gratutude for all your hard work and beautiful fabric!
Houston 2017. Look out!
With Love from Me to Hue,
Mother. Mommy. Mom. Mama. Madre. Mamacita. Mum. Every year, it still seems incredible to me that I have that title! I have created 3 little people on this earth whom I am responsible for!?! I know I am not alone in my constant worry...am I a good enough mom? Am I present enough? Do they have good manners? Are they happy? Do they know how much I love them? Should I buy more organic food? Are they too overscheduled (yes)? Why did I agree to the guinea pig? Are they volunteering enough? I should explain to Jack that orange juice can be served alone. Without champagne. For breakfast. Are they getting enough rest? Are they going to get into a good college? Will they ever pick up their rooms (I know, Mom, payback is a bitch)? They should learn a second language. They should learn to stop using THAT language. Did I remember to put sunscreen on their faces? They should be reading more. Instagramming/snapchatting/facetiming less. Are we having enough forced family fun? ETC! ETC! ETC!
Then last night this happened:
I was up late working on yet another school project with Mattie, and right in the middle of it she turns to me and says, "Mom, have you heard the new song by Jordan Smith?"
Me: No, who is Jordan Smith?
M: He won The Voice.
Me: That's great honey, but it's really late, and I'm really tired, so can we focus and finish and go to bed?
M: But Mom, it's a really AWESOME SONG.
Me: That's cool. I'l listen to it later.
M: Fine. Big sigh.
I came into my studio this morning to finish this blog, and she had put You Tube up on my screen with Jordan's song ready to go....I hit play.
Then I hit play again. And again.
Jordan's song, Stand in the LIght, is not only beautifully written, but his voice, his journey, and his courgage. Amazing. Every mother's dream for her baby.
I suddenly had tears streaming down my face as I realized that in this one moment, just for a second, this is what I wish for them, what I have wished for myself, and for all of us Moms out there: to stand in the light and be seen as we are.
"Stand in the light and be seen as we are
Didn't I tell you I hear what you say?
Never look back as you're walking away
Carry the music, the memories and keep them inside
Laugh every day
Don't stop those tears from falling down
With courage and kindness hold onto your faith
You get what you give and its never too late
To reach for the branch and climb up leaving sadness behind
Fight hard for love
We can never give enough
Stand in the light and be seen as we are."
With Love From Me to Hue this Mother's Day,
Mattie, Lizzie, and Jack. Thank you for making me a Mom. Love you to the moon and back. And then some. xo
On my "Meet Me" page, I describe myself as this: mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, designer. Today, I would like to add another title please: WARRIOR. Last weekend, I had the privilege to attend the She's Brave Conference here in Charlotte featuring Glennon Doyle Melton, founder of momastery.com, as the key note speaker. She was AMAZEBALLS. If you haven't read her book, Carry On, Warrior, do yourself a favor and order it. Now. She is a brave and hilarious writer who speaks so authentically and truthfully about women, marriage, kids, and how to embrace your messy, BRUTIFUL life - a term she coined which I just absolutely love! Life is equal parts brutal and beautiful: brutiful. Although when it seems more brutal than beautiful she reminds us that...
I was so happy to share this experience with 3 other warriors in my tribe who I feel so blessed to call my friends and sisters. They are all fighting such a good fight, every day, and inspire me with their resilience, great fashion sense, ventriloquism (long story), laughter, libations, and bravery.
So thank you Glennon, Elizabeth, Catherine, Stephanie, Eileen, and to all women struggling each day to be a warrior in their own lives.
Carry on, friend.
With Love from Me to Hue,
ps. found this and just had to share too!!! xo
I was wondering if after all this time you'd like to meet to go over...all my new collections. They say the new years's supposed to inspire, but I ain't done much designing. Hello. can you hear me?
Ok, I'm finished channeling Adele from my studio! Although, she has provided copious amounts of inspiration during this design season along with my current color crush: BLUSH! This winter a lovely new shade of pink has settled into my design bones and heart. Usually, when I think of pink, it conjures up hues that are for little girls, bubblegum or breast cancer awareness. However, this modern shade of pink is soft, elegant, neutral even, and looks GORGEOUS when paired with grays, metallics, and caramels. In fact, Pantone just named a shade of blush pink as their new 2016 Pantone Color of the Year - Rose Quartz! Take a look around and you'll see it everywhere now - makeup, paint, fashion, home decor, shoes, handbags, accessories, fabric, etc.!
Below are some of my favorite products that are crushin' on blush:
1. Pantone Color of the Year 2016 Rose Quartz 2. OPI Mimosas for Mr. and Mrs. 3. Ralph Lauren Drape Coat 4. Klub Nico Belina II Bootie 5. With Love fabric collection by Camelot (& me!) 6. Kate Spade 7. Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé 8. Suite One Studio Dessert Plates
Wishing you a colorful and happy new year!
Jackie (and Adele)
So excited that the "moment" has finally arrived - A Marsala Moment to be exact!
Introducing my newest fabric collection from Camelot Fabrics. This collection was inspired by Pantone's 2015 Color of the year, Marsala, as well as my current crush on all things metallic copper! See more inspiration behind the prints on Pinterest. I paired the earthy red with smoky blues, stone, ivory, and a splash of pumpkin - did I mention some of the designs have copper metallic printed on the fabric?!?! YUM. I still love chevrons, medallion and geometric prints - and to me, they just feel fresh, modern, and sophisticated in this gorgeous fall palette.
You have to see it in real life. Luckily, now you have the chance! Hawthorne Threads has it available for purchase! They have yardage, fat quarter bundles, and don't forget the awesome free sewing projects from Camelot Fabrics. So go get your shop on at Hawthorne's!
I would absolutely love to see what beautiful fall projects you make with A Marsala Moment so please send me your pictures or post on Instagram. Happy sewing and creating!
With Love from Me to Hue,
I planned on writing about my new summer fabric collection "A Beach House" today. Yet, those words will not come. I have other thoughts on my designer heart today...so please indulge me if you will.
I just spent the last 5 days with my sister Eileen who is battling breast cancer. I have heard the word cancer my whole life. I have heard the words chemo, radiation, stage 1,2,3,or 4. I know what a mastectomy is. I have seen the pink ribbon. But they are not my words. I do not understand them. In March of this year, those words came to visit my sister and my family. They are not welcome to stay.
As I sat on the plane returning home last night, I could not stop thinking about Eileen, her life, her journey, this battle. Her sheer unwillingness to succumb and choose happiness is nothing short of amazing despite the daily obstacles this ugly sickness brings. It reminded me of a link to a post she had sent me earlier upon her diagnosis. It was written by Sheryl Sandberg, a brilliant businesswoman, and the COO of Facebook. If you can spare a few minutes, then please allow yourself the time to read this raw, emotional, honest and completely beautiful post by Sheryl talking about the sudden loss of her most beloved husband Dave.
In it she says, "I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning. When I can, I want to choose life and meaning."
Personally, what I took away most from Sheryl, and from watching my sister Eileen this past weekend, are these words: "I was talking to one of my friends about a father-child activity that Dave is not here to do. We came up with a plan to fill in for Dave. I cried to him, “But I want Dave. I want option A.” He put his arm around me and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of option B.”
Most of us want Option A don't we? I know I do. But I can't have it. Neither can my sister. But she certainly is rocking a bald head.
Thanks for a wonderful weekend Eileen - all the gluten free pancakes, the copius amounts of ice cream and trips to Target and Lowes (I hope your hubby likes our paint selections!), the walks, the talks, the movies, the gummy bears, the watering and weeding and wine. We are intertwined. I love you.
Here's to all of us kicking the sh*t out of our own option B's.
Sisters forever (minus Stephanie)
Yes, Steph, I'll write a blog about you one day too. Please and thank you.
With Love From Me to Hue,
I have always loved bright and shiny things - especially people : ) So, it makes sense that I am currently coveting all things metallic!!! Gold, silver, copper, brass (yes 1984 brass), rose gold, platinum - you name it, and I want it! This trend is HUGE right now and I don't see it ending anytime soon. Next time you are shopping take note of how much metals are center stage on almost every product category imaginable from fashion to baby bedding to bags to bathing suits! I always notice that a trend has really arrived when it enters into markets that previously we would never think acceptable - think about the color gray - when I was having my little ones I would NEVER have thought of that color for a nursery! Now, it is the hottest palette around for infant bedding, clothing and decor. I feel like gold is enjoying that modern moment right now too especially when it's paired with mint green, ivory, blush, or gray. I love the pop of glam with the soft hues. Below is a mini trend board that I used for inspiration during my design phase:
My Heavy Metal collection boasts simple, clean geometric shapes that allows the metallic gold to be the star. When designing the patterns, I wanted them to be ageless and bold so that they could be used for a myriad of projects. I thought of people using the fabric to create accent pillows, a summer clutch purse, an adorable summer dress, or a striking bumper and crib set. I added in a subtle ivory linen texture behind the prints to add depth and interest too. The possibilites are endless and of course bright and shiny!
You truly have to see this collection in person to appreciate how gorgeous and striking the gold and silver metallic is on the fabric. Sooooo, I am giving away a fat quarter bundle of this luscious collection to one lucky winner next week! Here are the deets:
If you are interested in purchasing more of this collection Hawthorne Threads carries the entire line including more fat quarter bundles!!!! Go get your bling on!
Hope to see you on PInterest and please send me pictures or post on instagram @jackie_mcfee any projects you have created with this collection! I would love to see them!
With Love From Me to Hue,
It has been exactly 1,218 days (3 years, 4 months, and 2 days) since my last blog post.
WOW. Hard to believe.
It would take up that much time and several bottles of cabernet to explain what exactly has happened since then! Combine one part crazy career, 3 busy kids, 1 new puppy, an entrepreneur husband, a dose of personal sadness, and apparently that all adds up to 1,218 days of being blogged down!
Yet, here we are again. On the cusp of summer, with a fresh new perspective, a fresh new website, and a fresh new start.
I know all of our lives are so incredibly busy that we forget why we do what we do, what makes us truly happy, and how the heck we got here in the first place! I am no different. So, let's take a moment together, a collective deep breath, and enjoy all the inspiration and cool things that surround us every day. My blog will be a true "amuse-bouche" of topics: design ideas, trends, fashion, color, new product launches, mom stuff, life stuff, favorite books (and wine!), quotes, and anything else that catches my design eye!
A new chapter is about to begin, and my hope is that through my blog, we can inspire each other to live more lusciously! It is time to renew, refresh, and reinvent. Don't you agree?
With Love From Me to Hue,
Color pretty much defines my life. I'm not kidding. Ask my daughter Lizzie who I begged to change her hot pink socks with silver glitter trim this morning that so desperately clashed with her plaid school uniform....(I did not win BTW). It is the backbone of all my collections and permeates every aspect of my career! I believe it even determines the fate of all my products! One of my favorite quotes on this subject matter is by Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, she says, "Color sells. The right color sells better." The amount of time I spend each day choosing the exact shade of green or the perfect pink is insane! But I truly believe great product design is all in the deatils, and to me color is EVERYTHING
Think about when you walk by a display in a store - sometimes a plate, or a shoe, or a handbag, or a Kitchenaid Mixer (I mean I don't even cook but I MUST have one!), or a random object of any kind that is in a gorgeous color - it stops you in your tracks doesn't it?! Think about when someones buys a new car - one of the first things you ask is, "What color did you get?" And why does doing laundry seems so much more fabulous when your new washer and dryer is luscious RED?
Inspired by Pantone Institute's 2012 Color of the year Tangerine Tango, I decided to intoduce my very own COLOR CRUSH of the month. So, in honor of all my favorites HUES, I am excited to introduce my very first one: