Fabric, Wallpaper, and More

At this moment, I am stalking the USPS tracking site. I have an order of design proofs arriving any day now (tracking says Saturday arrival, but it may arrive today!) I have three yards in that order, with over 80 designs that will be available for purchase as soon as I double check them, make any tweaks, and mark them for sale on the site. Spoonflower requires you to purchase a proof of any design you wish to sell. Their Fill-A-Yard option is perfect for proofing up to 42 designs on one yard.

Proof Yard #1

Above, is a yard with 39 different designs on it in 6″ squares. I wanted to see larger pieces of a few of my Chinoiserie inspired ones, so did 2 squares of each of those. Some of these have been waiting quite a while to be proofed. As soon as the order of proofs is shipped, Spoonflower allows them to be marked for sale. I usually wait until I actually see them before clicking the boxes, but with many on this yard, I am making some available before I actually see them. Colors are the main thing that surprise me… they don’t always look the same printed as they do on the screen. To help me know how my colors actually look, I have printed color palettes of some of my most used colors, so I know how they look on fabric. I have my favorite shades of blues, pinks, and more… a lot have been pulled from colors of flowers I have used in my designs.

Black and Whites Collection at Spoonflower

Above, is my Black and Whites collection. I have been working on organizing my designs in collections to make it easier for customers to find things easier. All of the ones in the above photo can now be purchased. Each design is 6″ wide, to see the scale. Click on the photo caption to check them out in my shop. While being sure tags, descriptions and more are done for each design, I’m inspired to play with new versions in different colors, or orientation of the images. I hadn’t done a butterfly print in black on white… As soon as I have everything proofed, I end up with another batch in waiting.

Proof #2 Panels

Above, is a yard with some of my newly made panels. I had the four in the left corner a bit smaller than they actually will be available so I could proof more in one yard. The bouquets will be available in both full yard and fat quarter panels. Garden Arbor will only be available in the fat quarter size to start… There are some squares with little chunks of each panel so that I can see how things print out at the large sizes. They look great on the computer when I zoom in, but printed on fabric can look different. The Peonies and Roses are made from actual photos I took in my gardens or other gardens. The Cosmos bouquet started as a sketch that I colored and arranged in Photoshop (the sketch is shown in the previous post). Garden Arbor is a digital reproduction-ish of one of my favorite art quilts. Instead of flowers from fabrics, I used flowers from my photos. The sunprints have been fun to play with, too… I can’t wait to see how the panels printed!

Wallpaper samples by Sue Andrus, AndrusGardens on Spoonflower
Wallpaper in my Spoonflower Shop

My designs are also available on Wallpaper or Gift Wrap in addition to many types of fabrics. Right now, the wallpaper is on sale… hurry, the sale ends tomorrow, April 7.


I am a former textile artist and new pattern designer with a degree in horticulture, wishing to share my love of nature, flowers and gardens with everyone through my photos, sunprinted fabrics, and now pattern designs. Chronic Lyme Disease has caused major changes to the direction my life. I have to limit the amount of time spent digging in my gardens, and quilting has become more difficult. I discovered pattern design as a way to get art back into my life. I now use my gardens and photos to inspire designs that can be used on fabrics and print on demand items.

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