Friday, July 1, 2011

Appleville by Suzy Ultman | A Fat Quarter Shop Friday Sponsored Post

Welcome to another fabric filled edition of Fat Quarter Shop Friday where we bring you information and insight from some of your favorite fabric designers!

Artist and self proclaimed doodler Suzy Ultman is here today to spread a colorful helping of fabric cheer! Hailing from central Pennsylvania and currently living in Ohio, Suzy is new to the fabric design business and has found a happy home creating prints to be released through Robert Kaufman.

Putting her signature style on some of the collective line known as Metro Cafe and sharing the spotlight with a hand full of designers like Monaluna, we were first introduced to Suzy's work in these coffee themed prints below. Remember these lovelies?










Suzy is breaking out on her own AGAIN with a new mini collection named Appleville. Consisting of 1 panel and 5 coordinating prints, this tiny collection packs a big colorful punch. Covered in smiling apples and acorn houses, Suzy's Dutch inspired design really shines through.

Appleville at Fat Quarter Shop

RWQ: Hi Suzy! Thanks for being here with me to talk about Appleville! This line is adorable beyond words and I'm excited to explore the inspiration behind it, but first can you tell me a little about your design background?

Hi Ryan! Thanks for having me. I attended Penn State University as a graphic design undergrad and then CalArts for graduate work. My graphic design background helps me create concepts & organize patterns.

I give my mom credit for my craft education. There was always a project happening in our house: painting, baking, sewing and/or gardening. My mom made clothes, wall-hangings, bedspreads, and more. My favorite frock was a prairie-style dress that she made from a ditzy floral fabric. (And yes, my sisters had matching dresses). While my mom sewed, I would route through her treasure trove of odd buttons, assorted notions and fabric swatches.

While my mom sewed, I would route through her treasure trove of odd buttons, assorted notions and fabric swatches. At a young age, I was intrigued by the materials and process behind a sewing project.

I am a newbie when it comes to fabric design, working with Robert Kaufman for almost a year. But, As part of the Lilla Rogers Studio gang, I have been focusing specifically on print & pattern work for the past 3 years. I have also created art for Chronicle Books, Land of Nod, Crate&Barrel, K&Company, Madison Park Greetings, Oopsy Daisy & more.

My creations grace the shelves of Target, Archiver’s, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Crate&Barrel. The products range from holiday ornaments to bathroom decor pieces to scrapbook essentials to the fresh, colorful Robert Kaufman fabric collections.

RWQ: Oh WOW, Suzy! So you're saying I may have seen some of your work out there at places like Target and not even realized it?! I better take a closer look when I'm there next time. Where would you say your every day design inspiration comes from?

My inspiration comes from a combination of childhood experiences, travel, and my connection to the nature.

RWQ: Interesting! And your inspiration for Appleville?

I’ve lived in Portland, Oregon and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Appleville combines the spirit of both towns and the friends I’ve met along the way. The Pacific NW is quirky and environmentally conscious with a wonderful sense of community. Living there, I appreciated every sunny day and felt dwarfed by the huge conifer trees & the Cascade Mountains.

The Netherlands is colorful & peaceful. The landscape is full of flowers, windmills, water, cows, chickens & bikes. So inspiring!!!

Appleville by Suzy Ultman

RWQ: I've never been to Portland or Amsterdam, but your descriptions make them sound like fun places I should visit someday. You've released several lines with Robert Kaufman right? Can you briefly tell us about them?

Metro CafĂ© – I am going to sound like a Folger’s commercial, but there is nothing like that first morning cup of joe. I wanted to create mugs that expressed that feeling.

Kiss Kiss – Kiss Kiss is a busy print chock full of so my favorite critters.










RWQ: Those owls in Kiss Kiss are too cute! Are you a quilter or are there any forms of crafting or general creativity you enjoy?

I am not a quilter but would love to take a class.

I love working with my hands. Give me some felt, fabric & needlepoint floss and I’m a happy camper.

For holiday gifts, my mom & I collaborate on an annual stuffie project. I create the pattern & cut the fabric. She sews & stuffs.

RWQ: Do you have a hard time picking names for your fabrics?

All of the critters and characters live in a world inside my head, so the names come naturally.

RWQ: Have you had the opportunity design patterns for your fabrics?

Not yet…

RWQ: Please let us know when you do, OK? I bet they'll be just as cute as your fabrics!! What creative methods do you use to design your fabrics?

I draw everything by hand and then import the sketches into the computer.

RWQ: Where should my readers look if they want to find more information about you?

My Portfolio: www.lillarogers.com/artists/suzy-ultman
I'm on Twitter! www.twitter.com/#!/suzyultman
My Etsy Shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/suzyultman

Suzy Ultman

Thanks again for visiting with me today Suzy! I look forward to hearing what everyone thinks of Appleville!

The folks at Robert Kaufman have generously provided fabrics to give away!

To enter for your chance to win some, please leave a comment on this post. Feel free to let us know how much you like Appleville! Only one entry per person. All duplicate entries will be deleted!

I will draw one winner using the Random Number Generator and announce them here on Wednesday, July 6, 2011!

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207 comments:

  1. I love how graphic the prints are and the colorways are so my style!

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  2. The little surprisey eyes apple is adorable!

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  3. Just love the little houses in Appleville.

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  4. I love that she draws inspiration from Portland, since thats where I was born, and currently reside. I will have to get some of this fabric even if I dont win!

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  5. Such lovely fabrics! I especialy love the houses!

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  6. I am lovin' appleville!! What is funny is I have a few other things by her and until recently I never put it all together that it was Suzy! lLke her coffee cup fabric, a couple things from target and her chronicle book prints! I can't wait to get me hands on appleville.

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  7. Great fabrics - I have never seen it before but would love to be the winner.

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  8. Yes! I am a big fan of happy apples! And those houses are so cute!

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  9. Those fabrics are so cute and unusual! They would make cute clothes for my new granddaughter!
    hugs Karen

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  10. My Gt Niece would love this, so if I won I would have to make her something with it. It's lovely.

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  11. I love the bright and cheery look of Appleville!

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  12. Cute fabric! Just right for a little girl!

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  13. Suzy's outdone herself! Appleville is a place I'd like to visit.

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  14. I love to win the adorable prints.. It so so so so cute and lovely...I "Heart" appleville....
    Thanks for the chance...

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  15. Adorable! My mom in law would love this print! thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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  16. Totally cute!

    And I love the Netherlands (I´ve been there quite often) so that fabric is perfect for me :-)

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  17. I loved her Metro Cafe fabric line, and Appleville is so CUTE and cheery!

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  18. Oh my goodness - - this is such happy fabric! The design, the color...it all works together perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

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  19. love suzy ultman and her new appleville line. I live just north of portland, oregon where suzy lived and have lived in the state of washington all my life, and apples are a symbol of our state so this fabric line feels like it was really designed for me~haha!! seriously, i do love it and hope i win so i can make an appleville quilt ~xo~

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  20. I love the designs and the colors, it is very unique.

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  21. Great interview Ryan! Your and Suzy's conversation was really fun to read. I love every single thing about the Appleville fabric, it is amazing! Thanks for the chance to win the fabric!

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  22. Great interview! I absolutely adore the little faces :)

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  23. The fabrics are so whimsical and simply adorable. Those little apples are huggably cute!

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  24. I just LOVE bright, happy prints. Susy's fabric designs certainly fill the bill! Delightful little creatures live in her head!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  25. Those apples are just the cutest thing!

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  26. I like the little Apple houses! Would make a cute quilt...

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  27. These fabrics are so unique! I would love to turn them into a darling quilt for a child. And also add some leftover bits to a scrappy quilt as a happy little surprise.

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  28. These are such cute fabrics. They have a retro feel to them. Thanks for the chance to win some and thank you for introducing me to Suzy.

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  29. Appleville is oh so cute! The colors are fresh and pretty.

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  30. Such cute fabric. I like the little girl winking.

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  31. I love these prints! So colorful!

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  32. This line is adorable! I love all the colors!

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  33. What a fun line! So cute.

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  34. I have a vision of lots of fun things with these beautiful prints. Thanks

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  35. The designs are so cute! Yes,.. CUTE! I could go to town making stuff for my 8 year old... and me too. Lets face it, the Coffee print is the best.

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  36. I love the colors in this collection! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. awwww I love those acorn houses!! Great interview !

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  38. That fabrics stunning,they`re very lovely.I love the houses,they`re cute.

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  39. Very interesting interview and absolutly gorgeous fabrics! I would love to win of cause ☺ Thanks!!!

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  40. These fabrics are absolute adorable!

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  41. I always look at fabric with a quilter's eye and it amazes me when fabric designers don't quilt! Appleville is a fantastic line and those eyes!

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  42. Very cute fabric! Would love to win it!

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  43. Beautiful prints and colorways here!

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  44. What a great line - I especially like the faces on the apples.

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  45. I LOVE this collection! I have an apple orchard so I'm always looking for fun apple fabrics - so cute!

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  46. The appleville little houses are soooo cute!

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  47. I've been eyeing this collection since before it was available to buy. I love the thatched-roof apple houses. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. Love those little apple houses!

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  49. Absolutely LOVE this line!! It's so unique & fun! I love that it doesn't look like every other fabric out there!

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  50. Great interview :-) The fabrics are beautiful. Such cute little apple faces :-)

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  51. Hello.

    What a happy range of fabrics, they remind me of Pacman.
    Happy days.
    Bev

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  52. Great interview! I'll have to look at Target for her things too!

    I'd love to win some of her fabric, after all, I live just north of Portland! lol!

    Thanks! Cheryl

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  53. The houses are wonderful and love the graphic design and colours. Portland is a great place to visit. Suzy's other fabric covered my favorite...first thing in the morning!!

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  54. I love the whimsical fabric and the bright, cheery colors! What a great line!!

    Karen
    VA Beach, VA

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  55. This line is so adorable! Can't wait to see it in person.

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  56. I love Appleville! Especially the houses. They really strike me.

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  57. LOVEAppleville! So cute, fun, imaginative, I could go on and on, lol. Inspiring!

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  58. This fabric is too cute. I am looking forward to any patterns Suzy comes up with for this collection... I hope she makes some soon!!

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  59. Great interview with Suzy! Her fabrics really are fantastic, and Appleville is no exception. Thanks for the chance to win some :)

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  60. I live in the PNW and adore anything with apples on it or in the name. These are fabrics that must join my collection!

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  61. OMG Appleville is soo precious! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  62. Another great giveaway! Love the color combos of Appleville!!!

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  63. Appleville is a very cute place!

    just dot wingit at yahoo dot com

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  64. Awwww - this is a sweet fabric line - so adorable!!

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  65. I love the happy colors and cute design of appleville !

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  66. This fabric is adorable. Thanks for the chance.

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  67. Suzy's fabrics are such happy fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. This fabric just makes me smile.

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  69. Love, Love, Love Appleville!!! So fun, cheery, bright!!! Wakes up the eyes.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

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  70. LOVE APPLEVILLE-ESPECIALLY THOSE LITTLE HOUSES! THANKS RYAN+FQS!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  71. This is so cute - I wish I had a little girl to sew for!

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  72. That fabric would make a cute quilt for a toddler. The colors are so bright.

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  73. What cute fabric!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  74. Love the fun fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  75. What sweet fabric. I love the faces!! Thank you for the give away!

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  76. oh that appleville is just stunning, especially love the panel

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  77. Those little apple houses are sure cute. They remind me of the cottages in Ireland.

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  78. loving this fun collection! i see lots of fun crafting projects for babies with these beauties!

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  79. I love Appleville! What a fun, playful collection!

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  80. Wow! I love this collection so much...so sweet!

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  81. I just love these fabrics! So bright and fun. Appleville sounds like we should be able to live there and have fun!!

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  82. i love appleivlle! the quirky ones with the eyelashes are the best.

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  83. Eeee, these prints are so cute! Lovely interview! :D

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  84. I love the two dimensional "cut out" feel of this fabric. The felt dolls are absolutely adorable and such a great creative extension of the fabric. Maybe a collection of patterns could be evolved from those? ;) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  85. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee what inspiring prints!!

    Would love to get my hands on these!!

    Crossing Fingers!

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  86. This is an incredible line of fabrics. I love it.

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  87. Those colors just make me smile - and I love the eyes:-)

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  88. This fabric is just so perfect for making things for children! please count me in for the giveaway. Lots of children in my life!

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  89. What fun prints- they would make some very funky kids quilts. Thanks for the opportunity to win some fun fabric.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna

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  90. I wish I could be so talented! Those fabrics are so cute!!!

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  91. I love these fabrics, so happy, lively and charming.

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  92. Looks great! Thanks for the chance!

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  93. I think I will like to live in Appleville. It looks like such a happy place.

    Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

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  94. I am absolutely in love with the coffee prints!

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  95. Love the coffee beans and the pink owls! Too cute!

    Sandy A

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  96. So many cute things to look at!
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  97. I seriously love all of these fabrics! Every single print!

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  98. So charming that the Appleville townsfolk seem to happily interact in their colorful, peaceful-like village!

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  99. great interview - what fun fabrics!!

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  100. I love the colors!!! I am definitely drawn to fabric by the deeper colors and not pastels.

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  101. Ohmygosh. This has to be one of my favorite lines of 2011! I would love to win!

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  102. Like Appleville? I love it. Pick me please.

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  103. really cute stuff - thanks for a chance to win :) laurie

    llsbaskets@comcast.net

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  104. Such happy fabric! Love learning about the designers....thank you Ryan for a great post, and thanks FQS for the chance to win some super fabric!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  105. I love those little houses! So colorful!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  106. These are so cute and I want to live in one of Appleville's lovely little houses.

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  107. Love how cheerful the little apples are, they make the day a bit brighter. Great colors!

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  108. Love the colors in this print! So beautiful! =)

    Ly

    lyannab(at)gmail(dot)com

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  109. Appleville is so cute !! Going on my shopping list for sure. My Mom also intoduced and fed my love for crafts. I can always remember having a project I was working on. Even now I have lots of WIP.. Haha. Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

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  110. This is a divine range. I love the little acorn houses. I'm going to have to get some of this.

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  111. Love it!!! Very cute! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  112. I totally agree with suzy regarding portland. I live in portland for last 12 years and after reading her interview I look at ther appleville fabric with portland scenes in mind

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  113. This is such a cute range of fabric and I love the fresh and bright designs.

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  114. My daughters would love me to make something out of this. How adorable!

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  115. Super cute fabrics in such rich and vibrant colors.

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  116. Those fabrics are very cute, and I love to use them for my kids clothes :))
    Many thanks!!

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  117. Appleville is super cute. And I have no idea how I'd never seen the Kiss Kiss line before today. I *must* go find me some! :)

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  118. I love the Dutch influence she brings to her fabrics.

    esterling1923@gmail.com

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  119. Another great interview. The fabric line is adorable. It goes without say it, I would love to win it.

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  120. Thanks for a great interview. My Dutch niece is expexting a baby this weekend and I'd love to make a gift with this fab fabric.

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  121. I LOVE! Appleville! So cute! I'm going to have to find some of the Kiss Kiss, too. Those owls rock.

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  122. Oh! I love love love these prints. Ever since I first purchased those adorable girls as stationary, I have wanted them in fabric for a quilt!
    I would LOVE to win them!
    Jane

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  123. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOve this fabric line! And that sweet little doll is wonderful! Thanks so much! :)

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  124. Such whimsical fabrics! Love the prints and colors!

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  125. This fabric would be perfect to make something for my granddaughter. I love it. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you.

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  126. Such a cute fabric line!! Thanks for the interview and the chance to win!!

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  127. I love this line and can't wait to make some adorable place mats out of it for my little one.

    rhianneholmes(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  128. Suzy has designed some adorable fabrics. I just love how vibrant her colors are!

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  129. Beautiful designs and cheerful colours.

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  130. So cute! I especially like the house :)

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  131. Great interview. I absolutely LOVE the Appleville fabrics...the colors are so bold and cheerful!!

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  132. I love the little acorn houses. So sweet!

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  133. I love all of them! They are so unique!

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  134. I love the little apple faces! Very cute! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  135. I love the style of these fabrics, especially the houses - they look Dutch!

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  136. Inspired by Amsterdam, The Netherlands... love that!

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  137. I really adore the little houses!!

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  138. That is some unusual, but cute fabric! Great interview - thanks!

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  139. I love fun and this line is fun :) I also adore the girl doll with the house body!

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  140. What fun designs! They are deliciously quirky.

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  141. This is too cute! Just the right fabric for our babygirls' room!

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  142. I read "Appleville" in the title of your post and had to scroll to the images before reading the interview. It is such a fun print that leaves me happy and creative. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  143. It is just the cutest esp the apple houses. Thanks for the chance :)

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  144. Appleville is delicious!! It so fun, quirky, and original. It amazes me how creative designers can be. Wish I had 2% of that fabulous creativity. Thanks, Ryan!

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  145. Adorable, thanks for the chance to win.

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  146. Such bright, light fun fabrics.

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  147. Wow. I love how animated the prints are! too cute!

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  148. I am in TOTAL love with he fabric line. But I love the cheerful little apples. They're so cute and bright. They always makes me smile.

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  149. Love the really cute owls! Thanks again Ryan.

    Tania.

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  150. Such a lovely collection! :)

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  151. love these fabrics! they are so adorable!

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  152. Love these fabrics! they are adorable!

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  153. Suzy's prints are adorable. Thanks for highlighting her.

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  154. I love the little apples! So cute and whimsical. Back to school dress or bag....I'm thinking yes!!

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  155. I love the happy little apples print in blue!

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  156. Such a cheery, whimsical line. I can think of a lot of little goodies to make for my niece with this.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  157. Love the colors and designs!

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  158. Oh wow I like it very much, it's so cute and the colours are amazing.

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  159. So stinkin' cute- thanks for the chance to win this adorable collection of fabric!

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  160. First time I've seen Appleville but love it!

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  161. Oh my goodness, Appleville is ADORABLE! This is the first time I've seen it - thanks for introducing it to your readers. I'll be keeping an eye out for her work. sleepachu at hotmail dot com

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  162. Oh, this fabric is so fun! Cute, cute!!

    Veronica

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  163. Appleville has simple clean forms and a freshness that draws my eye and cleanses my palate like the first bite of a crisp apple. Totally yummo!!
    grace at amnet dot net dot au

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  164. Love these fabrics so much! So cute!!

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  165. What a fun fabric line! So cute! :)

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  166. Hoping to win for my sister! Bevmops at yahoo dot com

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  167. Good Interview.
    I like getting the inside scoop on the hows and whys. Thanks!
    Also love the fabric.

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  168. I'm not usually one to go for cutesy prints, but these I just can't pass up! I want to live in one of those little houses.

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  169. I love how graphic they feel, thanks for the giveaway.

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  170. Love the bright happy designs! Great interview.

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  171. Cute cute cute! I am loving me so Appleville!

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  172. Great interview - I love these fabrics! Especially the little houses, and the graphic style. Plus I'm from Portland area originally...

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  173. So cute! Thanks for the chance to win.
    :)

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  174. Appleville is a super cute line!

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  175. Very cute fabric!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  176. Love the prints!
    LauraL444 at yahoo dot com

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