Hello everyone and Happy Sunday! Sarah Watts is an illustrator and surface/textile designer. She makes up the fifth member of the Cotton + Steel dream team! Sarah has worked with companies such as Carters, Hallmark Cards, and Simon & Schuster to name a few! Her new fabric collection, August is a representation of power and strength. Read on to find out more about her collection!
Q: Tell us about your Collection. What were you inspired by? A: I love animals and nature. I wanted my first collection with Cotton+Steel to be one that represented power and strength. That’s where the lion comes in! August is about making wishes, going after your dreams, and being resilient through the journey. It’s also about all the fun along the way. It was a lot of work to get to this point and meet this amazing team and I feel that August is a good representation of that.
Q: What is your background in textile design?
A: I got my start in textile design working at Carter’s/Osh Kosh designing artwork and prints for children’s clothing. I learned a lot about the apparel side of textile design. After Carter’s I went to work at International Greetings. There I designed stationery and gift wrap and learned design processes on paper goods. I feel that these jobs were an invaluable extension to my education in Illustration.
Q: What projects do hope to see made with your collection?
A: Everything! A quilted helicopter that works. A quilted parachute that hopefully works. A miniature city made of soft blocks. A life-size Godzilla stuffed animal. Cute outfits for lions. A dust cover for a house. A giant hair bow for an elephant. But seriously, anything made from my fabric would be cool. 🙂
Q: How do you describe your style?
A: A lot of people say that my work looks like woodblock prints. I love that! I work in pen and ink, and I tend to draw from a narrative perspective. My work is inspired by antiques and vintage treasures. Nature is a continuous theme. There is something so mystical about the woods and all the little worlds you find in a forest.
Q: What does Cotton + Steel mean to you?
A: C+S is a group of friends to work obsessively with, while also calling them my sisters. I have so much fun with these girls, and respect them so much. I admire everyone’s strength and motivation. It is a blessing to be a part of it and be able to bounce ideas and grow stronger as an artist.
SURPRISE!RJR and Cotton+Steel have graciously donated fat quarter bundles for us to giveaway! Today, we are giving away Sarah Watts’ August Fat Quarter Bundle to one lucky winner. Just enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below! The more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win.
Thank you so much for the amaqing giveaways you offered this week!!:) amazing collection
Thanks so much for the chance to win. I love the animal prints.
Love these prints! Love the cotton and steel lines!
This is so amazing!
Beautiful fabric collection. Thanks for the giveaway!
Everyone not on social media, how about blog comment as an enter?
These are awesome ladies….I listened to one of their promos through the Badass quilters society link and they seem to be very down to earth people…would love to win and thank you for the chance..
Congrats to Sarah on a fabulous collection! I adore her illustrations and her fabrics.
I like the firework-type prints. 🙂
i love the hidden animals in the prints.
Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely selection of fabrics.
I love the lions, and how all the Cotton and Steel lines go together!
The color pallete is beautiful!
i LOVE how busy the prints are! they will make the cutest childrens toys and clothes! FYI ;The Pin it photo is not loading on any of the rafflecopters that the site has been having lately. I have tried through my laptop and through the ipad mini.
I love their fabrics. Thanks!
I love the colors and the prints.
Am loving all the designer offerings from Cotton and Steel. Appreciate the Bio and interview with each of them.
I love the lions!
The colours are so fresh and clean 🙂
I love the fresh ideas in the prints and the way they are so subtle to the eye! I also love the basics- the prints and colors are going to be very versatile with other lines!
I like the playful designs and the colors. email@example.com
Although this collection is very different from what I usually like, there's something about the way she used the colors that I really like.
I love the prints and unique colors. They aren't colors I would normally choose, but they are so pretty.
I love the lions!!
I love the lion! Such a cute detail 🙂
I love the colours. And my daughter is in love with the lions – they would be her favorite. Thank you for the chance!
I have been waiting for this line! Lovelovelove!!! Thanks for a great giveaway!
I love the unusual prints of this collection.
Don't know exactly what hit me so full on but I love just everything about this collection,colors,
designs,print scale variations. Hope I win!!!
I love the way everything coordinates but doesn't really "match". (At least in my brain!) it's fun to be able to expand my ideas of coordinating! Plus, the lions are adorable!
I love the color scheme of this collection, and the lions! Thanks for the give away!
Love this amazing new line of fabrics. And thanks for the opportunity to win!
I love the quaintness of these prints – almost primitive. Thanks!
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I really love the color combination! It really brightens you up!
I feel that the pattern is also so different, it's like nothing i have seen before!
i'm a big fan of Sarah Watts' style and i love the animal prints!
I love everything about this collection. It really speaks to me. The colors are fantastic. Thanks for the opportunity!
I love the colors in this group. Thanks for a chance to win! Carol in Idaho.
I love the prints and the colors
I love the use of color and patterns
i love the colors, and the animals are too cute
I love all of the colors and prints. I love the use of the animals in the prints.
I love the lines, its like a drawing itself
Wow amazing prints., would be cool on traditional as well as modern quilts too.
I love the color scheme of this collection!
I love the hand drawn designs – so unique, those lions and gazelles are amazing! My favourite of the collection is Stampede – such a beautiful, playful supporting print!
I love these fabrics. I love the faded, blended look of the colors. The color scheme is amazing.
The colors and Sarah's wonderful illustration style!! Go Sarah!!!
I love the colors Sarah used in her collection
I love the lions! They are amazing.
What a great collection of colors and prints! Pillows!
I love the lions!
I like the repeats. I want to try my 60 degree triangle on some of this fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!
Love that lion!
I love being outdoors and the different colors all around me. Animals are also dear to my heart. August is a time of reflection of the summer and the new journeys that September will bring.
I like the neutrals she used.
I love her style. I'm a big fan!
So striking! Love these!
The lions and the colors are my favorite.
Love this line and all the unique fabrics from Cotton & Steel. Great article
The lions are the best!!
I love how the collection is bright and fun without being overpowering in any one element.
The colors are so fresh, and the images are so modern and new. I really LOVE the entire collection.
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I love the colors and the animals in this collection.
the lions are my fave!
I love the lightness of this collection. It is very versatile and fresh. Thx!
As a zodiac Leo born in August, this line speaks to me. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!
What an amazing collection of unusual designs! Would make beautiful totes and wall hangings.
Wow . . . that fabric is gorgeous! Would love to win. Thanks.
Being an August baby myself, I love the lion imagery and strength that this collection represents! And as a fabric lover, I love the color palate. 🙂
I love the new line August, it would make a beautiful fall quilt! Thank you for the chance to enter FQS!
Those are the sweetest dandelion prints ever!
Love the lions in this collection!
I love the fun colors.
Such a generous giveaway week. Thank you for all of the information about the new products.
I love the lion! Would love to make a quilt with him in the center of every square!
I love Cotton & Steel. It's such a great concept- I love how all the collections work both separately and alone.
I love the colors and the fun prints and am excited to put the different lines together to create something amazing. Thank you for the chance to win!
The collection is so beautiful! Would love to use it!
I love, love that orange lion print!
Thanks for the giveaway,
Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows
I like the colors adn small prints in this collection. I also like the big lion.
Love the lions
I love the aqua/coral combination in some of the prints and I love the use of the lion with the flowing mane.
I love the colors and gorgeous prints. These will make some amazing, unique dresses and skirts for my 3 little girls 🙂
I really love the lions – my mum is a Leo so I would like to make something for her from these gorgeous fabrics!
Some very different patterns!
Cool fabrics,and super original!
Love these prints-the colors are wonderful!
I love the lions!
I love the story that this fabric tells.
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Crossing my fingers because I love the colors in this fabric!!! Thanks for the chance to win…
I like the Lion.
Hi FQS, from chilly Australia. Count me in.. I love this range. Thanks Kath
The colors are great! I can see a quilt made from this line.
Love this fabric!
I love Sarah's art! She has such a special unique style.
Love the colors of this collection. Thanks
Love the lions!!
Love the lion head print.
I love that I can see more than just quilts being used with this fabric and that it will be suitable for use for boys and girls!
The variety of colors and textures!
Really love the clean lines of the designs…thanks for the opportunity to win!
I love the colors and that many of the prints look like woodblock prints!
I love the stampede print!
I love the colors! They make me want to smile 😉
The lions! And the colors!
I love the animals and the turquoise color.
I love this fabric !
I love the colors.
These prints are very different from what I usually am drawn too, but I really love them! The colors are so pretty and I like that they are similar to woodblock prints. Thanks for the chance to win!
Such beautiful and unique designs. Thanks for the chance to win!
This collection is such a stellar mix of colors and prints!
I love the feel of the cotton in this collection, and i love all the metalics in it!
I love the colors. I struggle with putting together fabrics, especially modern ones, for a quilt.
I love the colors and the lions hiding in the grass. Fun collection. Thanks! notwendy gmail
Such a variety – I can't choose a favourite !
The colors are gorgeous! And so much texture!
put them in a quilt
I really love the organic lines and shapes and the color palette is beautiful
I love all the colors and the animal prints are great
I adore these prints! Hoping to add them to my stash!
Great prints. Thanks for a chance to win.
those lions are so cute!
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The lions. My grandson is a Leo!
Love this Line!! Specially love the Lion print…reminds me of our barn Cat!! lol Peanut lays in yard just like that..even same expression!! Tooooo funny!!
I love the whimsical nature of August line by Sarah Watts! I hope I can win this giveaway.
I love the lions because my last name is Lyons!
I'm loving the colors of this collection
What a beautiful collection! Thanks!
This is just such a bright and beautiful collection! I love the style of artistry in it! Thanks FQS!!
Gorgeous collection. I love the colours.
I love the unique designs and color schemes. I love different!
Lovely collection from a talented artist! And she has a great sense of humour tooo–thanks for the fun interview and giveaway!!
Love Cotton & Steel!!
The lion is my favorite part of this collection. I love, love, love the portrait of him. It will definitely be going into a gift I'm making for a special Leo with a birthday coming up.
i'm a leo so i love the lion print!
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I love the colors and the design, very pretty!
This collection has a 70s feel to it — a time when I was much younger and things were simpler. Thanks for the chance to win some gorgeous fabric!
Love the fabric with the lions! So cute!
I love the colors, they really appeal to me. The lions are really cute!
I love the beautiful blend of colors. This would make a wonderful quilt.
I love the antique look of the prints! Great colors! thanks!
I love the colors! It's so fresh
Beautiful colours! Oh, and I'm a Leo!
I LOVE this new line. So fun. Can't wait to see it in person.
Love the colors of this collection.
The smaller scale prints are awesome in this collection!
ooh… love those lions!
I love all the animals! The colors are amazing too. Thanks for the chance to win!
I love this collection and bought a few pieces!
wow sweet stack of fabric! thanks for the opportinuty
i love everything about this collection!
The aqua colour – I absolutely LOVE that colour and the way they all coordinate and compliment!
I have already picked out some Cotton and Steel to use for backing on a very special quilt.
What cool lions. I could see a couple little boys loving them.
Definitely the lions!
Love the lions and colours!
Thanks for the chance to win an amazing collection
I love the lions most of all!!
I love the lions on the teal background!
I love the color palette!
Love those lions! Thanks for the chance.
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I love these fun and funky prints!
I love the color palette. There is a different coral color I love.
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