are on their way to Houston baby! It's time for Market again and my sweet, dear friend Patty Young will be there to debut Andalucia --her first line of fabric for Michael Miller Fabrics, Inc. When I first saw Patty's digital concepts and color ways for this line, I knew she would land a fabric deal. Encouraged by MM colleague Sandi and lots of hard work on Patty's part, that's exactly what she did--I am so proud of her work and success. Patty is an extremely talented designer with a keen sense of color and incomparable cohesion in her work. She is also a lovely woman and fantastic friend.
Wrapped like a mummy in yards of soft tulle and tissue paper, this Andalucia pineapple is on its express way to Houston. Patty asked me to design a pin cushion that captures the essence of her fabric line (we both agreed a pineapple is the perfect motif). I drafted a pattern and here's the fruit of my efforts. I hope Patters love it--you think she will?
1. Pineapples are quintessentially hospitable; I have always loved them.
2. I have pineapple mattelasse pillows on my sofa in my family room
3. I have pineapple motif carved lamps in my living room.
4. SpongeBob Square Pants lives in a pineapple under the sea...
5. On a visit to Savannah, Georgia a tour guide told me that back in the day when house guests arrived, pineapples were placed on the fireplace mantle as a sign of welcome to the visitor. When the pineapples were removed, the guests knew it was time for them to be on their merry way--you gotta love the Southern decorum suggested in this. You don't just verbally boot a guest by saying "GET OUT!"-you politely let them know when it's time to leave by making (or removing, actually) a visual gesture :)
6. The pineapple fits Ms. Patty Young perfectly--she has a hospitably kind smile, is super sweet, packs pizazz into her small stature, and has a tropical flair in both her personality and design style
Good luck at Market Patty!
As luck would have it, I had enough of the Andalucia sample yardage (in flowery stripe and jester) to make one more of these beautiful pineapple pin cushions and I'm feeling generous. Leave me a comment and the other sweet pineapple cushion sitting by my sewing machine might be in your hot little hands before Thanksgiving. It's pretty enough to sit as a welcoming visual anywhere in your home--no pins or sewing skills even required for using this pin cushion.