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8 days a week: thanks for caroline ritter

Ampersand Design Studio

We found Caroline Ritter's site, 'Lina Bean, awhile back and fell in love with her beautiful designs for babies and kids. So, we were hopeful that she would lend her talents to our 8 Days a week project and were thrilled when she agreed. She created the stylish and functional pieces below in our fabrics and we couldn't be more thrilled. Caroline sells crayon rolls and carry-alls like these in her shop along with many other adorable things like capes, ties and pillows. The craftsmanship on Caroline's products is flawless and the crayon roll, in particular was a huge hit with Morgan's son, Shaw. We love that it can roll up and be tucked in a purse or diaper bag to be used at restaurants or anywhere a busy toddler needs to be occupied. Both of these designs are Caroline's own creations. We're so impressed!

Thank you, Caroline, for sharing your talent with us! We love what you made with our fabrics!

8 Days a Week: thank you to Stephanie Patton

Ampersand Design Studio

When Stephanie approached us about sewing projects and said she had been working on baby and wedding quilts recently, we knew she would be a great fit! We had been hoping to have a baby quilt to go in our nursery photo shoot and we couldn't have dreamed up one more charming than the chevron number Stephanie put together. We showed her an idea we were considering, and she made it look so much better than we'd imagined. We just love it! We only wish we had Stephanie's sewing talent. When we asked if she had used a pattern, she just said that she "sketched it on the back of a scrap of paper and figured out dimensions." She makes it sound so easy, but we know that it is definitely NOT. Definitely would not have been for us, so we can't thank you enough, Stephanie! Can you please start selling these? So we can buy one (or many!)?

We feel like the quilt makes the whole nursery come to life. Wouldn't this be a sweet gift for a new baby?

8 Days a Week: thank you to Monica Spiehs

Ampersand Design Studio

We are so excited to introduce you to Monica Spiehs and her mad sewing and pattern designing skills! We can't even express how lucky we were that Monica volunteered to help us with our sewing projects! She was a rock star taking on so many pieces and designing them as well. We just gave her a few thoughts on what we were looking for and she made them come to life! She made the a-line skirt in the yellow polka dot fabric, worn by Michelle from her own design. Then, she created the little numbers dress with the ruffled sleeves for her own daughter, Lilli. We can't even handle the cuteness of both, the dress and Lilli! Really, are you kidding with how darling that dress and all its little details are (the yellow buttons, the pink top stitching... ahhh!)? Then, there's the baby romper, modeled by sweet Amya! Another dose of sweetness overload, no?! We just loved the ideas Monica had for how to make our fabrics come to life! We are pestering her to start making patterns for the rest of us to use because they are just too good not to be out there in the world! As if those weren't enough amazing projects for her to take on, she did our flag banner as well. So cute for a nursery or kid's playroom, don't you think? Monica: thank you doesn't even cut it. We are so grateful for your talent! Thank you for your time and generosity and for supplying one of our lovely models! We can't even wait to see what Monica is up to next. We are hopeful it includes some patterns for her designs or some kid's clothes!

8 Days a Week: thank you to Madi Sharp

Ampersand Design Studio

We are so excited to introduce you to Madi Sharp, another one of our amazing collaborators on our sewing projects! Madi is in her last year of school as a graphic design student in St. Louis, Missouri where she is in the process of designing her first fabric collection for school as well as a series of screen prints. Check out her online portfolio here! She is currently doing an internship with Lotta Jansdotter, one of our favorites and another designer for Windham. Madi likes to sew and sell things at craft shows on the side, and we are so thankful she offered to share her talent and time with us!
Please look at the cuteness Madi crafted for us:

Madi made the darling headband/ turban modeled by lovely Michelle was created using this pattern. She altered it a bit to include elastic, since our fabric is a quilting weight, and therefore, not stretchy by itself. She used this headband pattern to help her include elastic.

Madi also made the black and white striped pillow in the center of the photo above. Isn't it cute?! She did it without a pattern, but here is a similar pattern.

Thank you, Madi, for finding time to help us! We know you have a full schedule, and we really appreciate it!

(product photos by Jason Domingues)