Welcome to Monday! How are you? Was the weekend wonderful? I sure hope so! Friday I spent the day over Holly's working on the Pam Kitty Picnic strikes offs that came in. It's going to sound totally cornball when I tell you this , but when I saw them it was like seeing the designs again for the first time.
To back track a little for those of you who might not know it, LakeHouse shows all it's collections on paper first. It's a way that's working for us, and we can insure that we print the right amount of fabric. Ordering too much or too little are equally disastrous as you might imagine. LakeHouse has been successful with this because they have such a great reputation, and I can't tell you how excited and thrilled I am to be working with them.
But back to my story. I've been seeing Pam Kitty Picnic on my computer for quite a while now.. we usually start working on the collection 6 months or so before we show it to you at Quilt Market in May. So by now I'm used to it, kind of taking it for granted almost, because you know it's been a while.
And then we pull the strikeoffs out of the envelopes and OH MY GOSH it's like falling in love all over again. It's fabric and I can touch it and it has turned out so well that I can't even believe its real. I know I've said it before but I'll say it again, Holly does 99% of the work here, more to be honest, and it's just absolutely amazing.
Of course some things aren't quite right yet, things that I don't necessarily notice catch Holly's eye and so there's some tweeking to be done. We spent the day looking at each strike off deciding which one we liked and what we might change to make it better, what looks like an error.
I hope you're falling in love with the line as well. These yellows are just like sunshine. For those of you who are hoarding Pam Kitty fabrics and for shop owners who have some Pam Kitty left, you'll be happy to know that we also pulled out our shipping samples of Pam Kitty Morning and Pam Kitty Love to make sure that we're telling a consistent story, and that our older fabrics will blend seamlessly in to our new collection.
One of the things I love about LakeHouse from way back in my quilt shop days is that the colors are so rich and if you're not displaying them as a group, you can slide them right into the color wall and they make friends with all their neighbors. We have a lot of prints here that make good basics I think. Of course I'm more than a little biased about that!
When I laid out the greens next to these whites I thought to myself, these are so cool and nice, I just want to layout on the lawn and have a picnic and I realize OHMYGOSH ...Pam Kitty Picnic. It's just the feeling we'd hoped we captured and I'm here to say, for me it did. I hope that you want to go on a picnic too .. If you're a shopowner who's been on the fence about ordering, I hope that you'll place your order soon for what I think is the prettiest collection so far. Friends and quilters, I hope you'll want to buy our fabric when it's available in stores. I know you have a lot of choices available to you, and I hope you'll think about Pam Kitty Picnic! I appreciate all your support and friendship more than you can imagine. xo