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Carol Van Zandt is an amazing designer I’ve had the pleasure of knowing recently. She designs gorgeous fabric, which is how I came to make her acquaintance, and also licenses her artwork for cell phone covers and other products. You can read more about Carol on her website: Carol Van Zandt

She gave me some samples from her recent fabric collections for Andover Fabrics. The gorgeous subtle blue, cream and taupe fabric used on this fabric canister is from her Tokyo Rococo collection for Andover Fabrics.


Carol only had a small piece of this particular fabric to share, less than a fat quarter, so I paired it with a soft, touchable linen/cotton blend fabric. I cut the selvage off the linen, then decided I liked the fringed selvage and added it back onto the inner pocket.


I also added a few glass beads as a counterpoint to the earthy linen.


Carol has a gorgeous collection of paint brushes in her studios. Perhaps she can put a few brushes in this fabric canister since this is her holiday gift from me. Thanks, Carol, for your generous spirit and creative inspiration.


Here’s a little project that is a “work in progress”. I guess I shouldn’t just wait to post pictures of finished quilt projects, no one else does on their blogs!

This little wallhanging started with a piece of muslin I painted in Lynn Koolish’s fabric painting class a year ago. The painted fabric reminded me of a wheat field at sunrise, so I’ve had fun embellishing it madly.

My dear husband says it looks like a dessert with the Statue of Liberty standing behind it and he does have a point :). So I’ll have to do something with the beaded sun rays to fix that. What do you think. You can see I haven’t finished stitching the wheat fields/dessert. I should give a shout out to Laura Wasilowski and Artfabrik for the great hand-dyed pearl cotton threads I used – gorgeous!

I think I’ll make a wooden frame to stretch it on. I’ve never done that before, but it sounds kinda cool.

This is fun, just taking it one step at a time and letting the project go wherever it wants to go. ImageImage