Here's a Cotton + Steel Fabrics first! Two designers, Melody Miller and Sarah Watts, have combined their skills to collaborate on an entire fabric collection from start to finish. Titled "Beauty Shop," it's a retro-inspired line featuring five cotton, 13 unbleached cottons and two canvas prints. Both designers worked on each and every print. To create this new style, Melody and Sarah passed the designs back and forth in order to edit and perfect the patterns for these unique fabrics.
The inspiration behind Beauty Shop comes from Sarah's childhood and her memories of spending afternoons at her grandma's beauty shop - from the treat bowl filled with strawberry candies to the vintage designs of the hairstyling and beauty tools. Then add in the influences of Melody, a veteran in retro design. Mixing Melody's love for vintage with Sarah's beauty shop memories proves to be a winning match!
In addition to the prints above, "Beauty Shop" consists of two quilt panels called Hankie. Offered in either a blue or peach color-way, these panels contain squares that are hankie-sized and include designs reminiscent of vintage handkerchiefs.
The versatile hankie prints can be used in quilts as borders and backings or even fuzzy cut into a whimsical patchwork. However, they can also be cut apart to make a variety of sewing projects - such as the pillow and hankies shown below - just to name a few. What would you make with these fabric panels? If you have some clever ideas, please leave them in the comments section!