We thought we would catch up with Katie Hennagir and see how this once again new mommy was doing as she coordinated her daughter's birth with the launching of her line of Chirp! fabrics. Needless to say, it sounds she like she had her hands full as it all came together...
"Birds, birds, birds… who knew that when I spotted an adorable baby announcement with birds 3 years ago that it would lead to my first fabric line, Chirp! I was trying to decorate my son’s nursery at the time and was frustrated with what was available in the way of quilting fabrics. As the manager of a quilt shop, I really had seen all there was to offer. That bird announcement planted the idea of creating my own line of baby fabrics that would be geared towards a modern mom- not too cute but still baby.
When I was designing the line I was picturing where each fabric would go in a nursery- the large stripe for a crib skirt, the tree print for bumpers, the bird print for a crib sheet, & the panel in a quilt hanging on the wall. Armed with those ideas I entered the world of fabric designing- an awesome & interesting experience. From start to finish it was exciting to see my ideas take shape and become printed fabric. One of the most exciting moments was seeing my name on the selvage for the first time! Actually, a few of our staff members & customers still think that’s the coolest part. It was also exhilarating to present my ideas to other shop owners at International Quilt Market. Then we had to wait for the fabric to arrive!
The day FedEx delivered my fabric to our shop was one I will never forget! I was expecting baby number two any day and launching a fabric line at the same time- very cool.
What an exciting couple of months it has been since Chirp! debuted in February. First baby Isabelle was born on February 3rd, 2010. At the same time I have been having a blast here at the shop watching how people are using the fabrics in their own projects. Probably most exciting is when someone comes in to buy fabrics to decorate their nursery or kid’s room- that is exactly what I hoped would happen!
I have of course been using the fabrics in my daughter Isabelle’s nursery. And, I have been making gifts for all of my friends who are having babies right now. I love stripping together some of the Chirp fabrics in random sizes and then backing it with Shannon Cuddle. My finished size is about 30” x 36” - perfect to throw over baby’s feet in their car seat! I have a simple pattern called Quick Strips Baby Quilt available on my blog:
Now I’m thinking that a dress would be adorable for Isabelle- maybe in the pink bird print.
My creative juices are flowing as I start designing my next line of baby fabric. As the mom of two little ones, inspiration is not far away- whether or not I get the ideas down on paper in between naps & diaper changes is another story!"