Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Connecting Threads Results Are In!

And I didn't win. The winner is Virginia Odien's Laundry Day—congratulations, Virginia! It's a lovely line and I'm sure it will be a big success!

Obviously I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. But the fact is I'm looking at this as an opportunity, too. To be completely honest, from the start I wasn't sure that I was a good fit aesthetically with Connecting Threads. But this contest gave me the kick in the pants that I needed to actually design an entire line of fabric, something I probably would not have done any time soon otherwise. And your many positive comments have given me the confidence boost I needed to believe that maybe I really can do this. Only time will tell!

I'm considering shopping this line around to some of the major fabric manufacturers—the work is already done, so I might as well. (I just need to figure out how exactly to go about doing that!) But even more so, I'm looking forward to starting on my next fabric line. That may sound weird coming from the person who didn't win, but the entire time I was designing this line, I couldn't help thinking that I was going about the process backwards. I designed the focus fabric for the contest without really thinking about an entire line—then when I ended up in the top five, I built my line around that focus fabric. For my next line, I want to take the opposite approach. I want to spend the next month or two thinking about the inspiration, the mood, the story I want to tell. I already have a few ideas floating around in my head—I'm looking forward to seeing where they go from here. Lizzy House's ebook, How to Enter the World of Fabric Design, has been a huge help to me already and no doubt will continue to be.

Thank you to Connecting Threads for hosting a great contest and giving us unpublished designers a chance to get our work out there. It was an amazing opportunity with or without the win. And thanks to all of my readers for your tremendous support and lovely comments. I don't feel like any less of a winner today than I did yesterday. : ) I hope you'll stick with me while I keep slogging away at this particular dream!

57 comments:

  1. Well, I'm glad to hear that you've already got some inspiration for your next line, I can't wait to see what you come up with! I just know that we're going to one day go fabric shopping and see your fabric on bolts and in bundles and kits and remember when :) You absolutely can and WILL do this, I just know it. Hugs to you!!

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  2. I'm pretty disappointed you didn't win. But you have a great attitude and I'd love to see your prints picked up by someone.

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  3. I'm so sad that you didn't win and I hope you do shop your line around because it is wonderful! You have such a positive attitude and I can hardly wait to see what you come up with next. Best of luck!

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  4. Well, you should DEFINITELY shop it around cause we all want some! I was already trying to come up with a quilt for it!

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  5. I am sorry you didn't win. I really like you fabric line.... all of them, and that is not something that happens for me very often! So I hope someone picks it up cause I would like to see it in stores. I am glad that you are looking forward though and making new goals. Cheers!!

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  6. Heartbreak. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I'm impressed you put yourself out there, entered the contest, and designed an entire line of fabric. Good luck getting your designs into the right hands!!! Can't wait to see what comes up next.

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  7. I'm sorry to hear this, Lee! I really liked your expanded line so I'm glad to hear that you will shop it around. Keep on keeping on because you are very talented!

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  8. I'm disappointed, too, but confident you will find just the right fit as far as a fabric-making partner company. Can't wait to see what's next for you!

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  9. There are great things ahead for you, Lee. I'm sure of it. Either with this adorable line, or with your next one.

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  10. What a total bummer, Lee. It is still a great accomplishment! You should be very proud of yourself. I wish you all the best! Always looking forward to seeing what you're working on!

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  11. Oh, that's disappointing, but you have a great attitude! All the best with your designing venture!

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  12. You are a designer at heart! I know it will happen, when and where it is meant to. You have gotten some amazing experience! And I just love how you have worded this post- you are a true winner, Lee :)

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  13. sorry you didn't win but it was a great experience I'm sure. Shop around and see if you can do something with the designs that you did! Good luck.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  14. I'm sorry you didn't win, but I love your attitude about the process and the result. Of all the prints you designed, my favorite is the hexagon print and I hope some iteration of it makes it into future collections :)

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  15. Sorry to hear that you didn't win. I personally like your line better than the winner's. I also hope to see it one day, it is a great line!

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  16. sorry about that lee - i really liked your line - look fwd to seeing it in a lqs near me soon!!

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  17. Bummed you didn't win, but I know it must be a big confidence boost to be a finalist! I can't wait to see what's in store for you next.

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  18. I'm sorry you didn't win - but how exciting that you're going to shop this line *and* work on a new one! Good for you for going after your dreams!

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  19. sorry you didn't win ... but i thought your line was just beautiful. i bet it's only a matter of time before you get "found" !! :)

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  20. Sorry you didn't win, but I'm sure you'll have success shopping it around...or at least I hope so! Good luck!! =)

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  21. So sorry you didn't win, but I TOTALLY agree that you should both shop around your current designs AND get started on your next designs! You are so talented!

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  22. Darn, I was looking forward to purchasing some of the hexagon fabric in the not too distant future. Good luck shopping around! And I'm sure most of us can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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  23. I would be shocked if someone wasn't interested!

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  24. Aww, Lee, you're the winner in my book! I loved your line, and I am so excited to see what you do next. I'd love to buy some of your prints, and I'm looking forward to the day I see them in all the shops!

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  25. It's a wonderful line and I love your color palette. I'd buy it in a heartbeat!

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  26. Well I had never heard of Connecting Threads before this, but I had heard about you - so go for it! So go flash your beauties at the 'big boys', I'm sure they'll be impressed and this is just the beginning xxx

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  27. Darn! You did so well though and you should be VERY proud of that!
    xxx

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  28. Feel for you Lee- such a lot of work but you have got a great collection, you have proved your capabilities and now have a great portfolio for one of the bigger boys- as Hadley so beautifully puts it!

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  29. :( that stinks! I was really hoping to buy some of your fabric!! Soon? I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

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  30. I have to say I really like yours a lot more. While the winners fabrics are nice, I find yours just pops, and I can picture it in a beautiful quilt.

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  31. I can totally relate to your feelings. In the past I had once the same experience that a line of mine who I thought is great didn't make the deal with a company. But sometimes it is only a matter of time or circumstances. The same line of mine got lots of offers from other opportunities. Keep the work, don't be encouraged although your disappointment is what everybody would feel the same. Just believe in yourself and the right time and the right opportunity must come!

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  32. I really like Connecting Threads, and wish you would have won! They are a great company, but I think they need to expand a bit and your fabrics would have been perfect. I'm proud of you for not letting it discourage you, and having a go at it again! Good luck in your future endeavors!

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  33. So sorry you didn't win but I'm glad you're going to carry on with your dream - good luck with it!

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  34. I'm bummed! Looking forward to what you'll come up with next.

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  35. I wrote about a disappointing experience on my blog recently and a friend said, "nothing great is ever achieved without disappointments". I found it so encouraging! Creativity is a risky business, because we put ourselves out there to be judged or sold. I'm so glad you've been inspired by the process. :)

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  36. The other line is nice (but psstt...I liked yours better to be honest)

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  37. Bummer - but so excited that this is a start for you and not an end. I actually thought "Riley Blake" when you posted the whole line. It will be fun watching your fabric career :)

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  38. Sorry that you didn't win, but I can't wait to see what you do next! Good luck shopping it around :)

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  39. Bummed that you didn't come in first, but you did win...you learned from it...Can't wait to see the next line and who knows, we might just see this in cotton yet...LOL...Have a great day!

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  40. Lee, I'm sorry you didn't win- I really liked your line- but am so glad you are going to do another. I can't wait to see what you come up with. Good luck and I hope someone snaps up your Kaleidoscope line in a heartbeat!

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  41. Lee,

    First of all, I love your line and you did a great job. To be honest with you, I have know idea what to do with the line that won, but your line had all kinds of projects running threw my head.

    Please, please, please continue to try and get it "published" (for the lack of a better work right now).

    And please keep us updated as to the progress of this line.

    Lots of Hugs,
    Peggy

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  42. I am so excited to watch your fabric career take off. I think your design is amazing and I know there will be a fabric company that will totally want to pick it up. It was so wonderful to meet you this weekend :)

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  43. Well Lee, I am truly sorry you didn't win, but do congratulate you on following your dream, and continuing to do so! Keep up the beautiful work, your dreams will come to fruition one day soon, I am sure of it!

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  44. I was disappointed,too. I really like your fabric line. On the flip side, I am so happy that you are moving on with this line (and the next) and your dreams. Good luck to you and please keep us posted!

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  45. Aww, sorry you didn't win. It is such a beautiful line! Good luck with shopping it around! And I am so glad you are inspired for another! You really do have a gift for design!! :)

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  46. Well, I'm sorry you didn't win, but I'm glad for me because I love your line and would have had to buy some, but I'm not in love with Connecting Threads. I went to their site after seeing that you were designing for their contest, and I bought about $220 of fabric from them for charity quilts for 100 quilts for kids (so far only 1 top finished...yikes!). Anyway, the quality of the fabric I thought was subpar in several instances (like areas where the weaving was off right in the middle of a piece, fabric showing up with ink stains, colors/patterns not nearly as distinctive/contrasty as appeared online, some fabric that already looked like it was pilling), and some of my 1/4 yard linear cuts will be lucky to yield 6 inches of straight grained fabric. It was very inexpensive, and I thought it might be too good to be true...should have trusted my instincts! I hope you get picked up by one of the more high quality manufacturers - Michael miller, moda, or Kauffman, as I'll enjoy sewing with your line on better quality fabric.

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  47. I'm sorry you didn't win, but I can't wait to see what's up next!!

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  48. Sorry you didn't win. I like your collection (I also like the winning collection). Looking forward to what you do next. :-)

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  49. I really do hope that you get the line picked up! I think you have a gift for this and I can't wait to see what you make next.

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  50. I am truly sorry you didn't win, I love your line! I don't care for the winner's line, but that's okay. Try Riley Blake, your line seems like it would fit right in with their "style". (Of course, I LOVE LOVE LOVE almost EVERYTHING that comes out from them and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your line). I guess I'll just have to wait to buy your line :) Better luck ahead!

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  51. Congrats just the same! I could see this fitting in with Michael Miller or Robert Kaufman...worth shopping it around! You go girl...

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  52. It will be interesting to see who picks up your designs. In my book you are already a winner and I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

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  53. I'm glad to be slogging after dreams with someone like you, Lee. And, actually, I am very interested to see that next collection.

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  54. I so hope you do find a place, I'm looking forward to a quilt with your fabric designs and looking forward also to what you design next! I think your design is amazing and that you were up against other very talented designers. I'm sure the votes were super small numbers apart a very few votes the other way and you would have had it. Thanks so much for doing all that you do!

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  55. Well, boo hiss! I'm really excited for you, though, that you designed such an amazing collection. You go shop it around so that I can go shop it :)

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  56. Lee, sorry you didn't win but you sure did design a beautiful line of fabric. Looking forward to see what you come up with next.

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  57. Be proud of what you have accomplished!, and now go on to the next step. You know we are all behind you!

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