Adventures with Spoonflower – Around the World and Back Again

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I haven’t been posting lately, but I HAVE been creating. 🙂

Working on designs for a couple of new fabric collections has made me reflect a bit on previous work. Today I thought it would be fun to revisit the first fabric designs I ever uploaded to my shop on Spoonflower.com.

Around the World and Back Again

This is what I titled my first fabric collection. The original inspiration behind this entire collection is one of my journal quilts, At the Gates of Midnight. The title of the quilt comes from a phrase I once read that stuck with me – “Even at the gates of midnight, still dreaming of the dawn…”

At the Gates of Midnight, journal quilt/art quilt, (C) Beth Ann Williams

Around the World and Back Again is a reference to my personal life, visiting and/or living in 17 countries by the time I graduated college. Most of the fabrics in the center of this quilt are from Africa. In addition to the personal associations, I  love the strong graphic quality, vivid colors, and high internal contrast common to many of these fabrics.

I used bits and pieces of the quilt as starting points to create new designs. As I was developing the collection, I also tried to keep in mind practical considerations such as having a variety of colors, values, and scales. And though I have a definite fondness for working with radial symmetry, I also included a few stripes and simpler all-over patterns as well.

Many of the fabrics have a color palette straight out of the quilt, but you’ll see that I played quite a bit with value, saturation, contrast, and brightness as I went along – and often played with new colors schemes as well.

Here is a sampling of 8″ swatches from the 32 fabric (and counting!) collection:

Fabric designs from Around the World and Back Again collection by Beth Ann Williams at Spoonflower.com

Fabric designs from Around the World and Back Again collection by Beth Ann Williams at Spoonflower.com

Fabric designs from Around the World and Back Again collection by Beth Ann Williams at Spoonflower.com

Fabric designs from Around the World and Back Again collection by Beth Ann Williams at Spoonflower.com

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