Sunday, July 20, 2014

Cotton + Steel Collection: August by Sarah Watts


Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! Sarah Watts is an illustrator and surface/textile designer. She makes up the fifth member of the Cotton + Steel dream team! Sarah has worked with companies such as Carters, Hallmark Cards, and Simon & Schuster to name a few! Her new fabric collection, August is a representation of power and strength. Read on to find out more about her collection! 

Q: Tell us about your Collection. What were you inspired by?
A: I love animals and nature. I wanted my first collection with Cotton+Steel to be one that represented power and strength. That's where the lion comes in! August is about making wishes, going after your dreams, and being resilient through the journey. It's also about all the fun along the way. It was a lot of work to get to this point and meet this amazing team and I feel that August is a good representation of that.  
Q: What is your background in textile design? 
A:  I got my start in textile design working at Carter's/Osh Kosh designing artwork and prints for children's clothing. I learned a lot about the apparel side of textile design. After Carter's I went to work at International Greetings. There I designed stationery and gift wrap and learned design processes on paper goods. I feel that these jobs were an invaluable extension to my education in Illustration.  


Q: What projects do hope to see made with your collection?  
A: Everything! A quilted helicopter that works. A quilted parachute that hopefully works. A miniature city made of soft blocks. A life-size Godzilla stuffed animal. Cute outfits for lions. A dust cover for a house. A giant hair bow for an elephant. But seriously, anything made from my fabric would be cool. :)

Q: How do you describe your style?
A: A lot of people say that my work looks like woodblock prints. I love that! I work in pen and ink, and I tend to draw from a narrative perspective. My work is inspired by antiques and vintage treasures. Nature is a continuous theme. There is something so mystical about the woods and all the little worlds you find in a forest.  


Q: What does Cotton + Steel mean to you?
A: C+S is a group of friends to work obsessively with, while also calling them my sisters. I have so much fun with these girls, and respect them so much. I admire everyone's strength and motivation. It is a blessing to be a part of it and be able to bounce ideas and grow stronger as an artist.  



SURPRISE! RJR and Cotton+Steel have graciously donated fat quarter bundles for us to giveaway! Today, we are giving away Sarah Watts' August Fat Quarter Bundle to one lucky winner. Just enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below! The more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win.

170 comments:

sophie said...

Thank you so much for the amaqing giveaways you offered this week!!:) amazing collection

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win. I love the animal prints.

Lee said...

Love these prints! Love the cotton and steel lines!

Tiara said...

This is so amazing!

Alesha Klein said...

Beautiful fabric collection. Thanks for the giveaway!
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Quilting Tangent said...

Everyone not on social media, how about blog comment as an enter?
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Sharon Joyner Griffith said...

These are awesome ladies....I listened to one of their promos through the Badass quilters society link and they seem to be very down to earth people...would love to win and thank you for the chance..

Terri said...

Congrats to Sarah on a fabulous collection! I adore her illustrations and her fabrics.

Michele said...

I like the firework-type prints. :-)

Dianne Bienick said...

i love the hidden animals in the prints.

Dianne

Shirley sascott4@hotmail.com said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely selection of fabrics.

Kasey said...

I love the lions, and how all the Cotton and Steel lines go together!

Lisa said...

The color pallete is beautiful!

Anita Gambrell said...

i LOVE how busy the prints are! they will make the cutest childrens toys and clothes! FYI ;The Pin it photo is not loading on any of the rafflecopters that the site has been having lately. I have tried through my laptop and through the ipad mini.

Carla said...

I love their fabrics. Thanks!

Deidra said...

I love the colors and the prints.

sam said...

Am loving all the designer offerings from Cotton and Steel. Appreciate the Bio and interview with each of them.

Patti said...

I love the lions!

Nita said...

The colours are so fresh and clean :)

Debby said...

I love the fresh ideas in the prints and the way they are so subtle to the eye! I also love the basics- the prints and colors are going to be very versatile with other lines!

Karen Thurn said...

I like the playful designs and the colors. kthurn@bektel.com

Carol said...

Although this collection is very different from what I usually like, there's something about the way she used the colors that I really like.

kris said...

I love the prints and unique colors. They aren't colors I would normally choose, but they are so pretty.

robyn juanita said...

I love the lions!!

Melissa said...

I love the lion! Such a cute detail :)

Timtirim said...

I love the colours. And my daughter is in love with the lions - they would be her favorite. Thank you for the chance!

Brenna said...

I have been waiting for this line! Lovelovelove!!! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Angela said...

I love the unusual prints of this collection.

Santee Bobbie said...

Don't know exactly what hit me so full on but I love just everything about this collection,colors,
designs,print scale variations. Hope I win!!!

Sarina said...

I love the way everything coordinates but doesn't really "match". (At least in my brain!) it's fun to be able to expand my ideas of coordinating! Plus, the lions are adorable!

Jacklynn said...

I love the color scheme of this collection, and the lions! Thanks for the give away!

Nancy said...

Love this amazing new line of fabrics. And thanks for the opportunity to win!

delaineelliott said...

I love the quaintness of these prints - almost primitive. Thanks!

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P Bybee said...

I really love the color combination! It really brightens you up!
I feel that the pattern is also so different, it's like nothing i have seen before!

knottygnome said...

i'm a big fan of Sarah Watts' style and i love the animal prints!

088b3a5c-7a12-11e3-9712-000bcdcb5194 said...

I love everything about this collection. It really speaks to me. The colors are fantastic. Thanks for the opportunity!
Mejayne
Jalalonde@aol.com

carola said...

I love the colors in this group. Thanks for a chance to win! Carol in Idaho.

Nancy said...

I love the prints and the colors

peg gonzalez said...

I love the use of color and patterns

Barbe said...

i love the colors, and the animals are too cute

Jeanenne Nielsen said...

I love all of the colors and prints. I love the use of the animals in the prints.

SIMPLESEW said...

I love the lines, its like a drawing itself

sskcraftshop @ Hooks, Needles and Brushes said...

Wow amazing prints., would be cool on traditional as well as modern quilts too.

Danielle said...

I love the color scheme of this collection!

Amanda J said...

I love the hand drawn designs - so unique, those lions and gazelles are amazing! My favourite of the collection is Stampede - such a beautiful, playful supporting print!

Weatherbee ;) said...

I love these fabrics. I love the faded, blended look of the colors. The color scheme is amazing.

abby said...

The colors and Sarah's wonderful illustration style!! Go Sarah!!!

Karen said...

I love the colors Sarah used in her collection

Crafty Coffin said...

I love the lions! They are amazing.

Karen said...

What a great collection of colors and prints! Pillows!

Tori said...

I love the lions!

Kathy said...

I like the repeats. I want to try my 60 degree triangle on some of this fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

jennifer w said...

Love that lion!

Country Girl said...

I love being outdoors and the different colors all around me. Animals are also dear to my heart. August is a time of reflection of the summer and the new journeys that September will bring.

selleck said...

I like the neutrals she used.

lesbontemps said...

I love her style. I'm a big fan!

Kristi said...

So striking! Love these!

Melissa Boo said...

The lions and the colors are my favorite.

Jill Trentacost said...

Love this line and all the unique fabrics from Cotton & Steel. Great article

Jeanmarie said...

The lions are the best!!

Marti Taylor said...

I love how the collection is bright and fun without being overpowering in any one element.

Nettie said...

The colors are so fresh, and the images are so modern and new. I really LOVE the entire collection.
Thank you! nettiecrain@live.com

GO STARS! said...

I love the colors and the animals in this collection.

Samantha said...

the lions are my fave!

dirtyard designs said...

I love the lightness of this collection. It is very versatile and fresh. Thx!

Erin Ackerman said...

As a zodiac Leo born in August, this line speaks to me. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

Joan H. said...

What an amazing collection of unusual designs! Would make beautiful totes and wall hangings.

Buncobuddy said...

Wow . . . that fabric is gorgeous! Would love to win. Thanks.

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

Being an August baby myself, I love the lion imagery and strength that this collection represents! And as a fabric lover, I love the color palate. :)

Twinstitches said...

I love the new line August, it would make a beautiful fall quilt! Thank you for the chance to enter FQS!

petoskystone said...

Those are the sweetest dandelion prints ever!

Chris B. said...

wonderful collection

Emily Kim said...

Love the lions in this collection!

Donna W said...

I love the fun colors.

Melanie Hudgens said...

Such a generous giveaway week. Thank you for all of the information about the new products.

allison pogany said...

I love the lion! Would love to make a quilt with him in the center of every square!
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Barbara Beyun said...

I love Cotton & Steel. It's such a great concept- I love how all the collections work both separately and alone.

Sue said...

I love the colors and the fun prints and am excited to put the different lines together to create something amazing. Thank you for the chance to win!

Kayla Gordon said...

The collection is so beautiful! Would love to use it!

Jodie said...

The lions!

Jacqueline Frances said...

I love, love that orange lion print!
Thanks for the giveaway,
Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

Susan said...

I like the colors adn small prints in this collection. I also like the big lion.

salamanda said...

Love the lions

Debbie said...

I love the aqua/coral combination in some of the prints and I love the use of the lion with the flowing mane.

Tana said...

I love the colors and gorgeous prints. These will make some amazing, unique dresses and skirts for my 3 little girls :)

Kirsten said...

I really love the lions - my mum is a Leo so I would like to make something for her from these gorgeous fabrics!

Shari said...

Some very different patterns!

Rosa said...

Cool fabrics,and super original!

Sue said...

Love these prints-the colors are wonderful!

Barb said...

I love the lions!

Heather O said...

I love the story that this fabric tells.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous fabrics!
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renée @ Singing With Birds said...

Crossing my fingers because I love the colors in this fabric!!! Thanks for the chance to win...

Robin QUILTS OF COMFORT said...

I like the Lion.

colby katherine said...

Hi FQS, from chilly Australia. Count me in.. I love this range. Thanks Kath

Helen said...

The colors are great! I can see a quilt made from this line.

Anonymous said...

Love this fabric!

Kimberly Cobranchi said...

Gorgeous!!

ThirdMargaret said...

I love Sarah's art! She has such a special unique style.

Jeanne Gwin said...

Love the colors of this collection. Thanks

Afquilt said...

Love the lions!!

Ali K said...

Love the lion head print.

onethousandlayers said...

I love that I can see more than just quilts being used with this fabric and that it will be suitable for use for boys and girls!

JANET said...

The variety of colors and textures!

Carol is Sewbizzy said...

Really love the clean lines of the designs...thanks for the opportunity to win!

Leslie Kohn said...

I love the colors and that many of the prints look like woodblock prints!

Karen said...

I love the stampede print!

Brenda Iwami said...

I love the colors! They make me want to smile ;-)

Mikki Lawrence said...

The lions! And the colors!

Anita said...

I love the animals and the turquoise color.

Cynthia said...

I love this fabric !

KathyinMN said...

I love the colors.

Susan said...

These prints are very different from what I usually am drawn too, but I really love them! The colors are so pretty and I like that they are similar to woodblock prints. Thanks for the chance to win!

Pat Rutland said...

Such beautiful and unique designs. Thanks for the chance to win!

wobblybobbin said...

This collection is such a stellar mix of colors and prints!

aus_chick said...

I love the feel of the cotton in this collection, and i love all the metalics in it!

MamaLovesFabric said...

I love the colors. I struggle with putting together fabrics, especially modern ones, for a quilt.

Kelly Wilson said...

I love the colors and the lions hiding in the grass. Fun collection. Thanks! notwendy gmail

Gill said...

Such a variety - I can't choose a favourite !

Emerauld said...

The colors are gorgeous! And so much texture!

barbara woods said...

put them in a quilt

Asheligh said...

I really love the organic lines and shapes and the color palette is beautiful

Margaret said...

I love all the colors and the animal prints are great

Allison Gibbons said...

I adore these prints! Hoping to add them to my stash!

Anonymous said...

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Dee D said...

Great prints. Thanks for a chance to win.

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Allison Sews said...

those lions are so cute!

Sandra Walker said...

The lions. My grandson is a Leo!

OhioLori said...

Love this Line!! Specially love the Lion print...reminds me of our barn Cat!! lol Peanut lays in yard just like that..even same expression!! Tooooo funny!!

Melissa said...

I love the whimsical nature of August line by Sarah Watts! I hope I can win this giveaway.

Welcome to the Glorious Chaos! said...

I love the lions because my last name is Lyons!

Karrie S said...

I'm loving the colors of this collection

Cindy said...

What a beautiful collection! Thanks!

Laura Fedewa said...

This is just such a bright and beautiful collection! I love the style of artistry in it! Thanks FQS!!

Katy Emanuel said...

Gorgeous collection. I love the colours.

cnesselrodt said...

I love the unique designs and color schemes. I love different!

Belinda Masi said...

Lovely collection from a talented artist! And she has a great sense of humour tooo--thanks for the fun interview and giveaway!!

Debbie said...

Love Cotton & Steel!!

Beth said...

The lion is my favorite part of this collection. I love, love, love the portrait of him. It will definitely be going into a gift I'm making for a special Leo with a birthday coming up.

suzanne paton said...

i'm a leo so i love the lion print!
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ruadhella said...

I love the colors and the design, very pretty!

KrisD said...

This collection has a 70s feel to it -- a time when I was much younger and things were simpler. Thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous fabric!

Laura said...

Love the fabric with the lions! So cute!

Rose Sabey said...

I love the colors, they really appeal to me. The lions are really cute!

Peggy said...

I love the beautiful blend of colors. This would make a wonderful quilt.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Lee said...

I love the antique look of the prints! Great colors! thanks!

Laura said...

I love the colors! It's so fresh

Danette Collins said...

Beautiful colours! Oh, and I'm a Leo!

Nana (Mom/Kathy etc.) said...

I LOVE this new line. So fun. Can't wait to see it in person.

pkmegs said...

Love the colors of this collection.

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

The smaller scale prints are awesome in this collection!

Sarah said...

ooh… love those lions!

Sarah said...

I love all the animals! The colors are amazing too. Thanks for the chance to win!

epban said...

I love this collection and bought a few pieces!

Sheltered Stitches said...

wow sweet stack of fabric! thanks for the opportinuty

Stephanie C. said...

i love everything about this collection!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

The aqua colour - I absolutely LOVE that colour and the way they all coordinate and compliment!

Faye Nettles said...

I have already picked out some Cotton and Steel to use for backing on a very special quilt.

lfhpueblo said...

What cool lions. I could see a couple little boys loving them.

JoEllen said...

Definitely the lions!

EmpressC said...

Love the lions and colours!
Thanks for the chance to win an amazing collection

AngieSue said...

I love the lions most of all!!

Teresa Stanulis said...

I love the lions on the teal background!
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Tiara said...

I love the color palette!

Barb F said...

Love those lions! Thanks for the chance.

Nancy said...

Love the Cotton and Steel Lines, Pinning Link was broken~

Thanks for all the Give Aways~

Nancy

Susan @ MadebyMommainPA.Blogspot.Com said...

I love these fun and funky prints!

Anonymous said...

I love the color palette. There is a different coral color I love.
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