Friday, February 18, 2011

Calypso Swing by Mark Cesarik for Free Spirit { Designer Spotlight Sponsored Post }

Happy Friday everyone! I'm so excited to introduce today's guest. Mark Cesarik and his lovely fiance Cara are stopping by to talk about Mark's new fabric from Free Spirit, Calypso Swing! Let's all give a big welcome to our second ever MALE designer featured on RWQ! Woot!

Released in January, 2011, and available now in shops online and in LQS' nation-wide, Calypso Swing is a bold statement full of intricate patterns off set with bursts of color.

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Here's a little info about Mark's fabric from the Free Spirit website: Calypso Swing is a collection that I had a great deal of fun designing; I think that is well reflected not only in the designs themselves but also in the collections name. Each design creates it's own motion and its own mood. I thought it only appropriate then that it be best represented in the context of music and dance. Violets, pinks, grey and black provide a playful sensibility and enable the viewer to get a sense of direction and purpose.

RWQ: Please tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you been designing fabric? What is your design background?

I've been designing fabric for about 4 years - Cara and I started Sew Bettie in 2007 after she asked me to design a fabric for a pattern she was making. 4 years later I have my first collection with Free Spirit in stores. My background is in fine art and design. I studied painting and design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my passion for art begins with oil painting.

RWQ: Where do you draw your inspiration from when designing in general?

Everywhere, I suppose. I am constantly sketching in one of my many sketchbooks and use them as references for almost all of my designs.

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RWQ: Is there anything you want to tell my readers about your inspiration for Calypso Swing? Do you have a favorite print in the collection?

My favorite design is this one:

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I think it represents to the fullest extent what I was trying to accomplish in the collection - there is so much movement and celebration in this. It's like a party.

RWQ: Is this your first design to be licensed on fabric? If no, can you briefly tell us about your other lines?

This is indeed my first full cohesive collection yes, Obviosuly I have designed fabrics under Sew Bettie and I've done some other licensing work for other companies. But yes this is my first full collection under my own name.

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RWQ: Are you a quilter? As a male in the quilting industry, what do you look for when selecting fabric?

I am not a quilter, although I am starting to appreciate the art more and more, my wife Cara is the person who introduced me to the industry overall. But I have to say that I absolutely LOVE just looking at fabric. I'm a fan of all types of design - so I suppose that is enough to really keep me interested in fabric.

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RWQ: One of the hardest parts of designing for me is coming up with the names for my patterns. How do you pick the names for your fabrics?

GREAT question - I often let the design dictate the name. I don't generally have an idea of what a full collection of individual design is going to be in the context of the others until the collection has really come along. And while I do believe the names I have given my individual fabrics and collection do reflect the designs very well. I do have to admit there is a certain level of randomness when it comes to the names.

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RWQ: How can my readers find more information about your company?

My website is markces.com, and I have my fan blog run by my lovely wife Cara, markcesarik.blogspot.com, and of course you can find info about me on the westminster/freespirit site as well.

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Thanks so much for being here today Mark!

Mark and Cara have donated a bundle of four fat quarters to give away right here.

To win, leave a comment on this post. Only one entry per person, please. All duplicate entries will be deleted. I will draw one winner using the Random Number Generator on Friday, February 25, 2011!

Happy quilting,

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238 comments:

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  2. very cool. love the pinks and grays!

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  3. this is such a fun collection - so different than what's currently available! I'm a fan :)

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  4. I apologize for the mistake post. I love this fun and modern line! The colors are perfect, and I would love to make a tote bag with them!

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  5. Wow - great bold fabrics. Thanks for bringing him to my attention!

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  6. Gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for the introduction. Have to see if I can find these locally!

    Sandy A

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  7. Interesting fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. This is a super cool line. I would love to have a bit to add to my stash! Thanks for the chance!

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  9. I really do love the same floral fabric, it does have a lot going on. Seeing it made up, I can imagine the way you cut it, can make all new designs by new placements, very fun.

    Debbie

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  10. I love both the color and pattern. Hope that I will win this time. Thanks for the chance.

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  11. Oooh, love love it!

    Tina
    tinahmg@hotmail.com

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  12. Really does make you want to start dancing, doesn't it?

    Thx for the chance to win.

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  13. The name Calypso Swing is perfect for these fabric designs as they generate a feeling of movement. Very different from most of the designs I've seen - it's good to see someone break out of the pack. Thanks Ryan and Mark for a fantastic intro to this collection. Of course, I want to win your giveaway.

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  14. Love the purple and grays! This collection is fun!

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  15. What a great line, I especially love the gray swirls.

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  16. Love the bold shapes and colors!
    What fun they would be to play with!

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  17. love the colours, so gorgeous!

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  18. Great fabric! Thanks for the chance!

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  19. Wow what very cool colors! Thanks for introducing them, and for the fabulous giveaway :-)

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  20. It's great to meet another wonderful talented designer. Thanks, Ryan. Great post and wonderful fabrics.

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  21. Gorgeous, bright colors. Would like to win, thanks for the chance.

    Darlis

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  22. this fabric looks fun and so alive! I would love to win the bundle.
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  23. Love the fabric!!! Great interview.

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  24. I like the colouring of this line.

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  25. Great new collection of fabrics, love the design work! Fun and vibrant! Thank you for introducing us to Marc.

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  26. That is beautiful fabric. It's so fun and lively.

    theredkiwi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  27. That fabric collection is beautiful. I would be thrilled to win!

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  28. Mark's collection is fresh and fun! !

    Would love to create something with these fabrics.

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  29. Great fabric!!! It would be very fun to play with!

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  30. Wow! What a great line af fabric! I just love this collection! Thanks for a chance to win!
    Stephanie
    scarppinscout451@yahoo.com

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  31. Pink and grey are so lovely together!

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  32. The patterns in Mark's range are stunning!!
    sandangels1945@hotmail.com

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  33. What a cool collection. Thank you, Mark and Cara, or a chance to win some.

    My word verification this time is 'rules'. I like how this collection is breaking out of some of the traditional quilt floral 'rules'. :-)

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  34. So nice to see a fresh collection of different than the ordinary things. Thanks for bringing it to us.

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  35. I've been seeing this collection everywhere online--so pretty!

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  36. Ryan, thanks for sharing the interview with Mark. He does an awesome job designing fabric. :)

    Have a great weekend!

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  37. This fabric is such a great combination of traditional and modern! Should inspire some interesting projects!

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  38. Beautiful collection,colors are so bright.

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  39. I love the bold design and strong color choices.

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  40. Cool collection. Congratulations on your first line.

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  41. And yet another fabric designer I was previously unfamiliar with! Thanks for the introduction. Lovely, bold designs.

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  42. I love the color combo! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. Amazing fabric. Thank you for bringing us another spectacular designer Ryan. It is much appreciated.

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  44. It's so fun to see a new designer-not that he's new, but he's new to reaching the masses. His new line is spot on-love both the colors and the design!
    And boy do I have a tough word verification to type in-it may take me at least a second try!

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  45. Love, love, love the fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  46. Love, love, love the fabric. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  47. I want to make that quilt with that fabric.

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  48. Love this line! :) Name, colors, design, all of it! :)

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  49. What a fun line of fabrics:) Thanks for inspiring us!!!

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  50. I love the purple/pinks in this! Such a fun girly collection!

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  51. Love this color combo! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. My favorite color combo, pinks and grays! I love it!
    Thanks so much for sharing this!
    hugs, margie
    TheBumbleGirl at Rocketmail dot com

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  53. I so want to wear that skirt...gorgeous!

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  54. Thanks for introducing us to all these great designers. And thanks for the chance to win!

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  55. I love the colors and movement. Talented designer!

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  56. I love this collection! Great job on your first one, and great interview!

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  57. Beautiful fabrics! I love the apron! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  58. LOVE the new collection!! Thanks for this opportunity to get my grubby paws on some!

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  59. A fresh fun fabric. Great colors! I'd love to add this to the stash.

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  60. What a nice way to brighten up those winter doldrums! Love the color combos & the different patterns.
    Congrats on your first collection!

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  61. gorgeous! love the fabrics - thanks for a chance to win!

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  62. I love the black with hot pink. It looks fantastic.

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  63. It's the purple that makes me go weak at the knees!
    Who-ever gets the Bundle is very, very lucky.
    Hopefully it's me!

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  64. i love the pink, purple and grays in the collection. lovely!

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  65. Great interview Ryan, Thanks so much for sharing it with us and thanks so much to Mark for sharing his beautiful fabric!

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  66. I like the black and white and gray ones most!

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  67. I am so in love with this fabric already, i can't wait to meet some in person

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  68. These fabrics are so bold and exciting! I'd love to get my hands on a bundle of FQ's - thanks for the opportunity :)

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  69. This line is too Kool for skool! I love it

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  70. It's always nice to discover a new (to me) designer.
    Thanks.
    Andi :-)

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  71. I am in LOVE with this fabric!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  72. Interesting interview and lovely vibrant fabric.

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  73. Great fabrics! Would love to win some. Thanks for the chance!

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  74. Calypso Swing is a gorgeous line. I saw the whole collection yesterday at my LQS and I was stumped to pick a favorite. I couldn't buy any because I wanted a piece of every bolt! I was only there for a quick run with my two girls (4 and 2).

    Wish my LQS carried precuts of the line, would have made my day. I love the projects made from it. The plus signs quilt really shows each print the best. The apron is gorgeous, too. This line translate well to clothing.

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  75. Love the line, very unique looking, wonderful colors.

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  76. cool fabric - love the pillow! Thanks for a chance to win :) and have a grand day - laurie

    llsbaskets at comcast dot net

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  77. This is the first time I've seen Mark's fabric. Very cool!

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  78. I just love the greys! beautiful fabric - thanks!
    butler83ataoldotcom

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  79. I just love the amazing colors in this line. Combined with the bold prints, it is a knock-out!! Love it. Thanks for the fun interviews Ryan and I love your pillow. So cute!!

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  80. Loved your interview and these fabrics are awesome - thanks for the chance to win some!

    Happy Stitching!

    gale
    galew417@comcast.net

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  81. I love the swirly greys and I'm glad to see more purples arrive on the scene. Thanks for the interviews, it is fun to learn a bit about the designers.

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  82. Would love to win - thanks for the chance!

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  83. This is my kind of fabric, and the patterns and the colours blow me away. I like Free Spirit materials anyway, but this designer is the best I've seen.
    Elaine

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  84. I love the colour combinations in the fabric. Thanks for the opportunity to win some!

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  85. I would love to make a Kindle sleeve out of these gorgeous prints. Thanks for the chance.

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  86. This is great stuff -it does look like a celebration!

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  87. I love this line - so bold and modern

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  88. Love the color on black and gray - especially the fabric in the apron - wow!

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  89. Pretty fabric. Thanks for the interview.

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  90. Loving this fabric..gorgeous prints. Congrats to Mark on his first design line!

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  91. The colors are just yummy would make a beautiful quilt.

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  92. Wow!!! Love to see the bright fun colors. Thanks!!!

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  93. These are such fun fabrics and I love the colors!

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  94. I love this line of fabrics and your cushion really caught my eye over at Mark and Cara's blog. I love purple and it's so hard to find, it's great that now we've got Calypso Swing

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  95. What a great line! I love this collection every since you posted your wonderful pillow! Thanks for the chance to win Ryan :)

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  96. Love the prints used for that apron! Very pretty! Thanks for the opportunity to win.=)

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  97. What am amazing fabric grouping - love the pinks and gray together. Great give-a-way!

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  98. A very fun collection. My girls, the queens of pink and purple, would love it!

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  99. wonderful fabric, how talented to design such a fabulous line, would love to win this amazing giveaway...fgrivic@cogeco.ca

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  100. I like it! Purple and grey is my favorite

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  101. Love the fabric. You did a great job at putting it together. Nancy P.

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  102. I love hearing how people sort of fall into fabric design from other lines of work/hobbies

    caitlindevlin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  103. This is really stunning fabric. The designs are unusual and have so much movement and dimension, as well as the unique colors. Thanks for a chance to win some!

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  104. OH my ... such pretty fabrics. I just love all the colors ... spring like!!!

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  105. Nice patterned fabric and the colours are so inviting. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  106. I am so loving this fabric line! Just beautiful!

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  107. Love the purple squares in that pillow! Nice POP! All the other fabrics are beautiful too!

    MGM

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  108. I am not sure what I would do if I won. Probably sit and look at it and dream. Maybe a tote, maybe a small quilt. It sure is interesting material.

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  109. This collection has a defnite edge with colors and patterns. I like the gray's and pink.

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  110. There is almost a "retro" feel to this fabric! Love it!

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  111. I love it!! Can't wait to see more from Mark, thanks for the introduction!

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  112. What lovely and unique fabric. I really love the "textured" feel of it!

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  113. Gorgeous fabric! I need some purples, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  114. This is great fabric. I really like the pillow you made. I would do the same if I won. Thank you.

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  115. I just love this fabric. It is so gorgeous and I really want to own it so please pick me.
    Patti xxx

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  116. OOOHH I love these. They are so graphic and beautiful. Can't wait to see them in person at my LQS. Though winning would be awesome too! Thank you for the chance.

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  117. I love the colors - especially the rich purples! My favorite! :)

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  118. Oooh, I love the dark and dreamy colors. Thanks for the chance to win!
    LauraL444 at yahoo dot com

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  119. I love the colors of this collection. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  120. This is a really beautiful collection! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  121. Awesome collection - would love to win!! Thanks for the chance.

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  122. Great interview, love the fabric!

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  123. Black, grey, and hot pink! My favorite colors. Love the bold colors in the collection.

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  124. It is nearly Spring....and these say bright is beautiful!!! They are some of the best new fabrics I have seen!

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  125. Beautiful fabric designs - and colors! I love this new line! The interview was very interesting.

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  126. Beautiful fabric designs - and colors! I love this new line! The interview was very interesting.

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  127. Wonderful bright colors. THis would bring some spring and summer right into the house about now.

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  128. Gorgeous fabrics and wonderful patterns! Great collection!

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  129. Fresh and funky colors and patterns! Just love it!

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  130. lovely. thank you for this chance. hugs

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  131. Those fabrics are gorgeous. I would love to have some of them in my stash (actually, I don't think they would stay in the stash very long....).

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  132. love the colours and designs! thanks for the giveaway.

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  133. I think I've fallen in love all over again. Can't get enough of gray at the moment on who doesn't love a splash of pink and purple?

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  134. The fabric really does swing. Kathie L in Allentown

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  135. Thanks for the interview and this generous giveaway--the colors and design lines are young and modern.

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  136. What beautiful fabric, love the colors and patterns.

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  137. I love the colors and design! I see some bags in my future with this fabric....

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  138. Thanks for the interview, and I love the quilted loveliness of these fabrics!

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  139. Fresh and jazzy prints and colours.

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  140. Beautiful color and movement - I'm excited to see it in person.

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  141. Looks beautiful. Thanks for the interview.

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  142. Beautiful, simply beautiful!! If I win, please contact me at
    marykane6 AT gmail DOT com


    Thank you for a chance to win.
    Mary

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  143. Great fabrics! Thanks for the chance!

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  144. Please count me in for this wonderful fabric giveaway.

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  145. I love the colors and patterns in the whole collection. They would make a beautiful quilt for a bed the colors would go with almost anything. Thanks to Mark and Cara for the fabric for this giveaway.

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  146. This fabric is fab! Nothing like this over here, I would love some.

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  147. Wow, What inspiring fabrics. Such Fun.

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  148. What lovely colours and combination, I would love to win a bundle and already know who to make the quilt for!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Lotte van der Linden at lottelinden@hotmail.com

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  149. Great interview, Ryan! I love these fabrics - so bold and colorful!! Thanks for the chance to win....

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  150. What a great line af fabric!
    Thanks for the chance!

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  152. This line is so cool! I would love to get my hands on some.

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  153. I'm really loving this line, it's so gorgeous!!

    kirsten_13@hotmail.com

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  154. Thank you for bringing us a closer look at this new designer. I like his take on colors in this collection. Can't wait to play with this fabric.

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  155. I love this collection!! Thank you for the chance to win :)
    cherylsneedlecrafts(at)gmail(dot)com

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  156. I sure would love to create something with these fabrics! Thanks!

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  157. I love the colors.

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  158. Fun to hear about new designers. Thanks for sharing Ryan. And yummy fabrics too.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  159. Love how those colours pop! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  160. Great fabrics, thanks for the chance to win!

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  161. loving these new fabrics! AND I think it's fabulous how you get to work with your wife. Thanks for an opportunity to win some of this fun line!

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  162. LITTLE bit obsessed! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  163. Love this collection. So fun!

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  164. Love the colors and patterns! Thanks for the chance!

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  165. The designs are fantastic! Thanks for the interview.

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  166. i never really use black, but this would be a fun collection to get me out of my rut!

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  167. Nice modern looking combination of colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  168. Absolutely adore the colours!

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  169. I love this line - it's so fresh and fun. Makes you wanna dance!

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  170. What a great looking pillow. LOVE IT! And these fabrics are to die for! Mark's done an amazing job designing the entire line. I just learned of Calypso Swing last week and immediately fell in love.

    Great interview too. I hadn't realized Mark and Cara are from Chicago and so close to me.

    The apron shown is just gorgeous too. I cannot wait to see what Mark comes up with next.

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  171. I love his gray+pink combinations. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  172. LOVE those fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  173. Absolutely love the collection!

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  174. I am amazed at how many different styles of fabrics I love. This is no exception, what wonderful bold prints.

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  175. Very beautiful and intense line of fabric. This would take me out of my stagnate situation:)

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  176. How fun! thanks for a chance to win!
    Thanks!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  177. Thanks for posting this interview - it's so fun to learn about the designers. I love the fabric colors and prints....I see a large purse/tote and several coordinating organizer bags in the prints! Love it!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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