Sweet Melody Designs

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Sweet Threads!

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I wanted to share with all of you my collaboration with Aurifil threads.  They make high quality threads in Italy and I've teamed up with them to bring you color coordinated threads to match my fabrics.

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Carrie Tomaschko’s (Sweet Melody Designs) darling illustrations come to life with her new line of Cuddle® (super soft minky) and Embrace® (perfectly delicate double gauze) for Shannon Fabrics. From elephants & bears to cats & dogs to bunnies & foxes, this adorable collection is inspiration for many a dream nursery.


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Carrie curated a collection of 10 small spools of Aurifil 40wt thread, perfectly suited to play nicely with these specialty fabrics. We were excited to launch the collection along with some of Carrie’s new fabrics at Spring Market in Portland, OR a few months ago and are even more thrilled to share some of Carrie’s inspirations here with you today!

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What first drew you to the world of sewing and quilting?
I first became interested in sewing from my grandmother.  She made a lot of her own clothes, and would make matching outfits for her and my mother when she was young.  And I thought “how incredible to be able to make your own clothes!?” and so that was always sort of a dream of mine to do the same.  Now that she’s passed away, I have inherited quite a bit of her sewing supplies and have enjoyed having that small connection with her.

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Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
My greatest creative inspiration has been my children by far.  The desire to want to surround them with beautiful and inspiring things was the first spark.  And as my children have begun to grow, their perspectives, imaginations, and dreams have fueled many of my designs that I create.

Tell us about your latest fabric collection. What inspired the designs?
All of my fabric designs thus far have had a childlike feel to them, using soft colors and sweet designs.  The designs were inspired with children in mind.

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Do you have a favorite project or projects made with the collection?
I have fallen in love with making dresses for my daughter.  My first attempt turned out pretty well, surprisingly, and my daughter absolutely loves her royal swan dress.  The dress was made with Embrace® double gauze fabric in my Royal Swan design, and with the pale apricot colored thread to match.

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When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
Aurifil discovered me first, and then I in turn came to learn about the company.  I love the quality of the threads, and I absolutely LOVE that I can have color-coordinated threads to match the fabrics I’ve designed.  It gives every project a very polished complete look to it when all of it seamlessly flows together.

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How did you go about selecting colors for Sweet Melody Collection and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world?
Selecting the thread colors for the Sweet Melody Collection was a pretty common sense task.  I tend to use a lot of the same color palette in my fabrics and so I chose the most used colors in my fabrics and was able to perfectly match them to the Aurifil threads.  I’m so excited to release this collection to the world and to every sewing enthusiast out there, to be able to offer threads that perfectly coordinate with my fabrics and to allow others to create beautiful projects as well.

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my inspiration...

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    There are quite a few things that inspire me, and motivate me to work better and draw more creatively.  My faith and trust in God, and seeing how much He's blessed this little business, inspires me to keep working at it.  My husband inspires me through his support and encouragement.  Our business wouldn't be where it is without our brainstorming sessions.  

     And then there's this little girl - my daughter, Melody.  I feel like overnight her creativity has taken off, and more often than not you can find her here, at our dining room table coloring or drawing.  Lately I've had a lot of fun working on sketches at the table next to her.  I love being able to hear her thoughts on what I'm drawing.  I inspire her, which in turn inspires me.  

     My son, Shane, also loves sharing his opinion.  Sometimes I'll ask him "What should mom draw next?"  And more often than not his answer is "A fox!"  My kids inspire me to draw creative art that will make them smile.  

     Another big part of my inspiration comes from the people I interact with through convos and emails that purchase my art.  I love to be a friend and hear about their story, and learn how I can help them create their little one's world.  They inspire my to keep creating things that are "nursery-worthy."  

     And just for fun, I'll throw in my go-to music inspiration.  The soundtrack to Chronicles of Narnia, and Plumb's albums - Blink and Need You Now, those are my top musical background noises that I prefer.  

    Thank you to all of my inspirations!