Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Designer Tidbits: My Mind's Eye

Create an atmostphere of effortless vintage charm by whipping up a few new projects to scatter about your home. Lost & Found 2 by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs has just the prints and colors you need to create something magical. Jennifer Nugent of My Mind's Eye is here on the blog today, so get a closer look at the collection and and keep reading for some crafty inspiration!

Q: Tell us a little about the Lost & Found 2 collection. What were you inspired by?
A: When I designed this line I had an 11 month-old son and I was pregnant with my second boy. I wanted to design something that conveyed the sweetness of a soft snuggly baby, without being so iconically baby. To me this line is perfect for a sweet vintage nursery - either for a boy or a girl, and yet it's also incredibly sophisticated and would work for home decor or a vintage looking quilt.

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A: I start with colors that are inspiring me at the moment and mix them with vintage icons, old traditional patterns (hexagons, ticking stripes etc.), and then the line begins to have a life of its own. I love to go to flea markets and vintage markets and just be inspired by the hodge podge of old objects.

Q: What design trends are you currently exploring?
A: I'm really into hand painted florals and metallics right now. Not sure how that is going to translate to fabric, but I'm excited to see!

Q: What projects do you hope to see made using Lost & Found 2?
A: I would love to see nurseries for sure. I'm planning on refreshing my second son's nursery with the blue, yellows, and grays from this line. I would love to see throw pillows, and antique furniture items that are reupholstered. Also because this line has so many small sweet prints, I want to see a hundred different quilts just to see what kind of personality it can be morphed into with the vision of a quilt maker.

Q: What projects have you made using Lost & Found 2?
A: I was able to get some of the blue & yellow colorway fabric from Riley Blake a bit early so I had time to make a very quick and easy quilt-as-you-go strip quilt. I've done a few of these when I need a fast gift for a baby shower. But this time I decided to play with the concept and sew the strips diagonally. The whole thing including binding took about 5 hours. I absolutely love the look of this line in wide even strips like this. It has so much charm.

Q: How do you describe your style?
A: My style is kind of everything. I love vintage, I love geometrics, I love cutesy. I just design wherever my heart takes me.


Tracy Knights said...

I haven't sew a Jaybird Quilt, but I love this pattern. Even though I live in the mountains in CO, My house is modern with lots of black gray and chrome. This would look great on my bed :-)

Tracy Knights

Karen said...

I love the diagonal strip quilt! Is there a pattern available?

Fat Quarter Shop said...

Hi Karen!
Jennifer used an improvisational quilt as you go method, so there is no pattern available! So sorry!