Saturday, December 10, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Caroline Simas


The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Caroline Simas to the Jolly Jabber. Caroline’s latest fabric collection is Finally Free from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.





Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Finally Free collection?
A: The best way for folks to understand the inspiration behind this collection is to read my blog post HERE about why the collection is called Finally Free. I am constantly inspired by our four children and everything in nature. Our own backyards are sanctuaries with endless dreaming possibilities. I am passionate about incorporating my faith into my art and although fabric is not covered in scripture, this collection is very much faith-based.

Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A: Finally Free by Nichole Nordeman...yep, the name came to me for the collection before the song came to mind but I did listen to this in the studio much of the time I painted the art for the Finally Free collection.

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite?
A:  Difficult to choose but I'd have to say the earthtone colorway Birds, Butterflies, Flowers on Ecru. So many sewing and crafting possibilities for this!!!




Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A: I hate to admit it, but I don't sew...Mom said when I was young, I wouldn't put down the paintbrushes and crayons long enough to learn. However, I do make some projects with my fabrics like this mini mason jar pincushion sewing kit. (We're going to give away THREE of these!)

I also have a few mixed media pieces incorporating some of my fabrics which are in progress. I am fortunate that my mom has gotten her sewing machine back out in the last few months and is sewing up a storm..she's promised a few skirts for my twin girls and some pillow projects soon!

I am also blessed to have a dear friend, Lillian who helped me sew and prepare a few fun things for Surtex, the art licensing tradeshow where I exhibit each May. Lillian made these darling Finally Free fabric birds and this precious apron with the giant flower on the shoulder...Looooove!





Q: What is your favorite part of working in the fabric industry?
A: I have really enjoyed meeting other talented fabric designers and working with the team at Robert Kaufman. They were so wonderful to walk me through the process of development since it was my first time designing fabric. They also released another collection I did called Save the World....colorful patterns peeking through peace and recycle symbols.

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A: I have so much art...so many art collections available for licensing. I hope there will be more fabric collections soon, but I have been so busy with design deadlines for home decor and accessories which are launching soon.

Q: What is your absolute favorite thing in your house?
A: This January a large collection of inspirational home and gift products with many of the Finally Free patterns and designs will be launched by Demdaco in their showroom in January at AmericasMart. These products will be sold to retailers worldwide and should be in many Hallmark stores in early 2012. You can also find some of my Finally Free patterns on skins for technology devices for Skinit. You can purchase them online here. And some of these designs are also on my designs for Tiny Prints here.

Q: Which project stands out in your memory as your all-time favorite?
A: Yes, but they were not made by me. Somehow some sweet ladies in the Czech Republic got an early hold of some Finally Free fabrics and started sewing and selling their goods on Fler which is similar to Etsy. They were kind to contact me and let me know they have sold out of everything quickly and plan to order more....a good sign!






Q: Where do you do your best thinking? Can we see a photo of your studio?
A: Of course I think best in my studio when all is quiet and I can concentrate on design rather than dishes and laundry. My studio is always a work in progress ...I have a drafting table, a computer table and a table to create messy mixed media. It's usually a mess but that means things are being created so I love that! This is just one side of my studio...it will change again when we do the renovation.




Q: What is your favorite snack food? Can we see a photo of your fridge or pantry?
A: Homemade pizza...with garlic, spinach and artichokes.... Sorry, no photo, it's a small pantry and a mess...crammed with food for four kids, ages 13, 11, 7 and 7. We are in the process of finalizing plans for a big home renovation...exciting and scary!


Now, let's have a giveaway! I will giveaway 3 mini mason jar pincushion sewing kits!




YOU HAVE THREE CHANCES TO WIN:
#1 Leave a comment here letting us know what you'd like to create using any of the Finally Free fabrics.
#2 Leave a comment here letting me know you subscribed to my blog DESIGNING FOR THE SOUL
#3 Leave a comment here saying you liked Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas on Facebook.

Contest closes one week from post date. Good Luck!!


179 comments:

Beth said...

I think I would make pillows!

Beth said...

I liked Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas on Facebook

Beth said...

I subscribed to Caroline's blog!

Sharon Pernes said...

I think I would make a table runner.

Sharon Pernes said...

I am your newest follower! Thanks for the chance.

Sharon Pernes said...

I like you on FB

Jennifer Gail said...

Pincushions would be adorable and maybe a bad. thanks

ritainalaska said...

i'd make a table mat for my endtry table!

ritainalaska said...

i clicked on your fb like button!

ritainalaska said...

i'll have your emailed blog posts now!

Caroline Simas said...

Thanks to the kind folks at The Jolly Jabber for featuring me here! And many thanks to all the sweet new followers and so thrilled to hear you love the Finally Free fabric as much as I do.
Blessings,
Caroline

kbmcdonald said...

I would use it as a backdrop for one of my bulletin boards at school! Love it!

poppyinpink said...

I love the fresh vitality and the delicate motifs of Carolines's faric design Finally Free. Most of all I love the inspiration and story behind the images and would love to make all kinds of useful items to make sure my home was filled with her work. Practical items in the kitchen aprons and ovenmits pillows and table linen, runners. I could use it for trims and highlights on bags from phone to totes. Incorporated in quilts and bedrunners. Caroline's birds and butterflies give me a lovely feeling of joy and peace!

Lisa @ Sixmunchkin Stitching said...

Either pillows, a bag, or a cute mini. Love the pincushion!

karamino said...

I think I would make a bag!

karamino said...

Im follower)

karamino said...

I liked Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas on Facebook, thank you!

Heather said...

I am so into cool funky pillowcases right now and that's what I would make. There's a perfect pink in there for a cute little girl case!

Heather said...

Subscribing to the blog. I love getting blog update emails.

Mommarock said...

Really cute. I think these would be really cute for some stitching kits to put in purses to give as gifts to friends and other quilters.

Mommarock said...

I liked Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas on Facebook

Heather said...

Also "liked" on facebook.

James-Linda said...

HOW ABOUT NEW PILLOWS FOR MY PORCH SWING>YES!!!THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

James-Linda said...

SUBSCRIBED TO 'DESIGNING FOR THE SOUL' VIA GFC! THANKS FOR SUCH A NEAT INTERVIEW+SHARING THESE SWEET LITTLE PINCUSHIONS!

Mrs.Pickles said...

lovely fabric. I think i would make a quilt for my friend

Laurie Taylor said...

I "liked" Multiple Blessings on Facebook :)

Laurie Taylor said...

I would love to make a tote bag (for quilt nights) and a wall hanging with pockets, out of the Finally Free fabric (especially love the "White Birds of a Feather").

Henria O. said...

I would make make a laptop cover! Love this fabric!
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Henria O. said...

I subscribe to the Designing for the Soul blog!
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Henria O. said...

I like Multiple Blessings on FB!
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Laurie Taylor said...

I subscribed to your blog and happy belated birthday!

Sarina said...

I think I'd make a little purse with the birds of a feather fabric

Margaret said...

A bag and a dress. I love the freshness of the colors.

Margaret said...

I subscribe to your blog

Margaret said...

I did the facebook thing.

Sandi said...

I would make a small lap quilt to use when spring gets here.

Sandi said...

I subscribe to you blog.

Stitched With Prayer said...

Well...I would make maybe a quilt, or a pillow, or a table topper, or what ever I was in the mood to make, after I fondled the fabric for a bit of course. But the possibilities are endless aren't they??? Thanks for a chance. Hugs...

supersara20 said...

The pin cushions are wonderful. I would love to make a pouch using that bird fabric that is shown on the pillows.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I would make a sewing bag out of the Finally Free fabric.

Grandmasewnsew said...

I subscribed via email. Thank You!

Grandmasewnsew said...

I would love to see a tote bag and accessories made mainly with the panel. It would coordinate beautifully!

Grandmasewnsew said...

I like your blog on facebook!

Marcia W. said...

The panel would be perfect for a lap quilt (saw some interesting patterns in quilting mags just today), and then make some pillows to match similar to those shown. Thanks for the giveaway. If win, this will be my first pincushion that I've ever made.

Christine M said...

Finally Free is such a lovely design. I'd love to make some cushions with it. Thanks for the chance.

Aimee said...

Honestly Finally Free would make a lovely quilt just for me ;) I am always quilting for boys, its time for my quilt!

Debuko said...

I subscribed to Caroline's blog!

Debuko said...

I think I would make a bag and a pillow:)

Head Øv Metal said...

I'd make a crib quilt!
Nice!

Aimee said...

I am a new follower of your blog, thank you for the chance!

Aimee said...

I have "liked" you too, Thanks again!

Debra said...

I would love top make a patchwork arm chair!

Debra said...

I subscribed to Caroline's Blog!

Debra said...

I liked Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas on Facebook.

Mhairi said...

I love this fabric range but I am struggling to come up with one single design for the fabrics. I think I would have to start with a quilt for my little girls bed and then move onto framing some in hoops for the walls. Then I would make a chair pad for myself and maybe some sewing accessories.

Mhairi said...

I am following Designing for the Soul. A beautiful blog!

Lelia said...

New subscriber to blog
designing for the soul. What an interesting pincushion!

Marilee said...

I can see it in a quilt, of course.

Rachelle said...

I'd make a project bag for my knitting.

Rachelle said...

Have followed your blog today

Rachelle said...

Have done the "like" thing on FB

Quilter in the Gap said...

I would love to make my granddaughter a ruffle skirt out of these fun, colorful fabrics

Quilter in the Gap said...

I like Multiple Blessings by Carline Simas on FB

Lisa said...

I think I would like to make pillows and a purse.

Jennyroo said...

I have a sweet quilt planned! Thanks for sharing!

Jennyroo said...

I subscribed to Caroline's blog!

Mouster1 said...

I became a follower on Facebook. Your designs are a blessing to us. Thanks fog the giveaway.

Mouster1 said...

I follow your blog. Thanks again for the giveaway.

Mouster1 said...

I love your fabric, "Finally Free". I think I'd love to make a table runner and some new placemats. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

SheilaS said...

I am not very creative, but I took one look at the fabric with the birds and thought it would make wonderful curtains for my laundry room-you know, a touch of spring all year round! Love those pincushion jars!

Cathy said...

I just subscribed to your blog. I am so getting some of this fabric line.

Cathy said...

I just liked you!

Mystica said...

I liked Multiple Blessings on FB

Mystica said...

I liked Multiple Blessings on FB

Mystica said...

I'd like to make a quilt.

Mimi said...

I would love to make a lap quilt and matching pillows.

Cathy said...

I would love to make a bag with this. Also pillows for sure. The fabric would go great with my dark chocolate furniture. Thanks for the giveaway. Those jars are just so darn cute!

B said...

A quilt for Quilts for Kids would be perfect in this fabric line.
Love the pin cushions.

Mimi said...

I am following your blog.

Laurie said...

I follow :) and I love the mini mason jar...I didn't know they made them that small! Thanks for a chance to win - laurie

pasqueflower said...

The bib and pincushion ideas are so cute--I might have to make both of those, and I think I would also frame one of the larger units from the panel to make a little wall art to brighten my sewing room (Girl Cave).

pasqueflower said...

I'm following Caroline's blog.

pasqueflower said...

I "Like" Multiple Blessings on Facebook.

Joan and Kevin said...

I would make a quilt!!!

Swannie said...

I'd make a quilt for my bed and a couple of pillows. Maybe an apron, too! Absolutely gorgeous fabric line. I'm a follower here.

carol broughton said...

I would make some pillows!carolann427@aol.com

bertiequilts said...

I have liked Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas on FB.

bertiequilts said...

I have subscribed to your blog.. Designing for the Soul.

hennies.pennies said...

I believe I would make some coordinated things for my studio: a valance for the window, a sewing machine cover, a new cover for my ironing board and a nice sized bag to for traveling with projects! Have a blessed day!

VickiT said...

Oh that's just beautiful fabric. It would make such a cute baby quilt for our Granddaughter who will arrive in Feb. And fussy cutting the awesome Canaries onto Bibs and Burp clothes would be super cute as well.

VickiT said...

I am now following your blog via GFC. Thank you

janie said...

I think I would make a garden flag out of the Canary fabric. Love it.

janie said...

I signed up for Designing for the Soul blog.

Sandy said...

First, I'm a follower of DFTS. Love her blog.

janie said...

I "liked" Multiple Blessings" on Facebook

Sandy said...

I can see this fabric in a baby quilt for my future Grand Niece due April 1st. Can't wait to see her and can't wait to get my hands on some FF fabric.

Caroline Simas said...

Ya'll are the sweeeeeetest commenting women ever! Wow, so blown away at the kind messages and responses. You make me want to plan a new fabric collection right away! Many blessing to all of you sweet people! xoxo Caroline

Danny said...

I think I would make a book bag. Love the prints!

Danny said...

I follow your blog!


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Danny said...

I follow on fb!


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Elsa said...

Really liking your favorite fabric ~ all those birds and butterflies are wonderful!

Elsa said...

'liked' you on facebook.

Elsa said...

And, I'm following you blog.

quiltmom said...

I think it would be a beautiful apron or bag to carry things back and forth to school.
Thanks for the chance to win your pretty pin cushion.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

quiltmom said...

I have become a follower of Caroline's blog. She has a lovely space to create her beautiful work.
Regards,
Anna

quiltmom said...

I also liked Caroline on Facebook and left a comment about her fabrics there.
Regards
Anna

Julie said...

I subscribed to the blog! Really nice blog, I might add!

Julie said...

I would like to make some pillows!

Julie said...

I "liked" you on Facebook!

gill said...

I'd make a bag! possibly Keykalou's bucket bag!

gill said...

I subscribe to Caroline's blog!

Linda said...

I make Christmas ornaments for my grandchildren every year and would like to make the birds for next year. I will be subscribing to Caroline's blog. Thanks for your generosity.

Linda said...

I subscribed to the blog, thanks.

Linda said...

I liked Caroline on FB.

Connie said...

I would make pillows, beautiful fabric!

Connie said...

I subscribed to her newsletter and blog, thanks for a chance to win!

Connie said...

I like Multiple Blessings on FB!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love the birds!!! I think a table runner would look great.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I subscribed.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I liked you on FB

Beth said...

I love her bird themes. I think I would make a quilt, using lots of blank space and scattered squares of birds.

Beth said...

I follow Caroline's blog, and would encourage anyone who wants to find the beauty and grace in this life to visit Designing for the Soul.

Allison C said...

I have been looking for cute bird fabric and I have found it! My best friend and her husband are bird owners and they are expecting their first baby girl in a couple months. I would love to make some bibs and burping cloths with this fabric!

Allison C said...

I liked Caroline on FB

free indeed said...

I need a sewing machine cover...love the bird print!

Sharon S said...

I just subscribed to her blog - LOVE her title and as my daughter is preparing to go to Fashion Design school, I will definitely share this blog with her as well. Thanks so much for linking us up!
sharonhuismith at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I liked you on FB - and am excited to follow your journey! What an amazing story about Sloan and how God orchestrated your relationship with them! I loved your comment "designing (or doing art) with a purpose" - that is our prayer for our daughter as she pursues a career in art. You are a wonderful witness to young artists and the artists community as a whole! Praise God!

Laura said...

Comment #1 - I would sew something for my mother with the Finally Free fabric, because she loves birds.

laurascontests at hotmail dot

Laura said...

Comment #2 - I subscribed to your blog!

Sharon S. said...

Well, that was me above posted as "anonymous"....I don't know why i keep having trouble posting responses. Sharonhuismith at yahoo dot com

Sharon S. said...

wow! what choices to make. I just love what the ladies in the Czech Republic are making and selling! ESPECIALLY LOVE LOVE the girls purses. Would be great to make FOR my 12 yo twins as gifts, or for THEM to make as gifts for friends, OR to teach them to sew and GIVE them to our local pediatric hospital filled with art supplies....yes, i'm SOLD on the last idea! We've had our own experiences with staying at the Peds Hospital and have wanted to find a way to give back....this is PERFECT! Thanks so much for sharing! sharonhuismith at yahoo dot com

Shari said...

I think I would make a wall hanging - the fabric is just so lovely to look at every day. And perhaps an apron, I do still use those every day too!

Shari said...

I subscribe to "Designing for the Soul"

Shari said...
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Shari said...

I like Multiple Blessing on Facebook

Patty said...

I would make a little girl's dress.

deserae said...

I would love to make a quilt!

sandyandcosmo said...

I would make a valance and matching table runner for my dining room, I love this fabric!

sandyandcosmo said...

Subscribed through Google Reader.

Cecilia said...

I would make pillows from this. They would be great for spring.

Cecilia said...

I just became a new follower of Caroline's blog.

Cecilia said...

I liked Caroline on Facebook.

Zoe said...

I would make some cute purses for my girlfriends :)

Tangii said...

What fun and happy fabric!! I think I would first make some tote bags with this collection, ooohh or some travel type bags :)

Tangii said...

I subscribed to Designing for the Soul blog :)

Tangii said...

I am following Multiple Blessings on FB :)

Dawn said...

I would most definitely make a quilt.

Dawn said...

I am a new follower.

Dawn said...

I like you on FB.

Kirstin said...

I subscribed to Caroline's blog!

Anne said...

I would have to make a pair of those throw pillows and a smart bag. What an inspiring designer Caroline is!

Anne said...

Subscribed to Designing for the Soul.

Janet said...

I would love to make journals from the Finally Free panel. I also subscribed to your blog. I can't wait to read it. I love the Bohemian Birds fabric with one of my favorite scriptures that I quote often.
Merry Christmas!

Marianne said...

I would make a quilt! I love fabric with birds.

Mary L. said...

This collection is amazing! Love, love, love the sweet birds. It's perfect for summer dresses for my 3 DGDs, and a lovely purse for their mom.

Linda V said...

I would love to make a small lap quilt! Thanks for the giveaway!
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com

Lee said...

i would love to make some pillow covers! and a few mugrugs! thanks!

Mom C said...

I'm thinking pillows or a springy table runner. Cute pincushion. Thanks for the info and the giveaway.

Anne said...

I would follow your lead and make a lovely pillow!

grandmarockton said...

I really need another pincushion, PLEASE; pillows

Nancy said...

Love the birds and butterflies in Finally Free. I have a sun room that I have been wanting to make curtains for. I think i've found the fabric!

Nancy said...

I joined her blog -talented lady

Marci Girl said...

I am thinking handbags, your line of fabric is just gorgeous!

Sharon from Ballston Spa NY said...

Although I have just been introduced to Multiple blessings by Caroline Simas on FB, what I have seen and read is awesome!! I've "liked" her link!

krisgray said...

I "liked" Multiple Blessings on FB.

Gwen said...

I think this fabric would make a beautiful table topper!! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

Gwen said...

I am now subscribed to Designing For the Soul! Thanks!

Gwen said...

I like Multiple Blessings on Facebook! Thank you so much! :-)

Marcia B said...

I would make pillowcases or a totebag!
Your pin cushions are DARLING! :)

Janet said...

Love the pillows! I would like to make some of them.

Sève said...

I'd liked to make cushions or small pictures ! I'm a fan of birds printed on fabric.

Sève said...

I'm a new follower ! Thanks for the second chance :o)

Sève said...

I liked Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas on Facebook !

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Nancy B said...

I've subscribed to your blog. Thanks for the give a way.

Nancy B said...

I would make pillows or a table runner - love anything that adds a fresh new look to my home.

Heartsdesire said...

I usually make quilts, but I think this lovely collection would look good in pillows or bags.

Heartsdesire said...

I subscribe to Designing for the Soul.

Heartsdesire said...

I "like" Multiple Blessings on facebook.

Mouster1 said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I subscribe to Designing for the Soul.