Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Introducing... Mezzanine!

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The creative impetus for Mezzanine traces back to some memorable experiences from the early days of my burgeoning graphic design career. Back in the late 90's, prior to husband and kids (was there a time before kids?), I was a graphic designer for a large multinational company. They asked me if I'd be interested in relocating to their new branch in the Netherlands to help set up the creative department. I've always had a bit of a travel bug, so of course i said yes immediately.

I arrived in Amsterdam in the winter of 1998 and took a commuter plane to a small city in the South of the country named Eindhoven. I spent 3 months training Dutch designers, buying equipment & software and exploring my surroundings by bike. At the end of my stay, Jon (who was still my boyfriend at the time) flew out and met me for a 2 week vacation or what the local natives call a "Holiday". We rented a tiny car and wound our way through the lovely sites of Belgium & France. Of course being a photo freak who had sat through her fair share of art history classes in college, I took hundreds of pictures of architectural elements... think cathedrals, theaters, museums, castles... you name it! I just love that Old World European look!

Mezzanine was inspired by all the fabulous stonework, ironwork, terraces, gardens, tapestries, etc. we saw and photographed during our travels through this beautiful part of Europe.

Enjoy...

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Below are a few creative projects I've completed to give you an idea of scale. You may notice I have a thing for circles. They seem to pop up everywhere from my fabric designs to the sewn projects I make with my fabric designs...

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Here is my Frida sewing pattern (View A with Capped sleeves option) paired up with the Sophie 3-Way Pants (View C) and Mezzanine... what a combo!

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Loving these chunky, yummy baby feet!

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Hope you've enjoyed the tour. If you are headed to Pittsburgh for the Spring International Quilt Market in a couple of weeks, please stop by and see me at booth #2531.

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75 comments:

  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new fabric, Patty! Can't wait to get my hands on some!

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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  2. Oh Patty, it's incredible!!! Congrats. And the outfits are just wonderful!! xoxo

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  3. Patty...I love it. I need to be a test sewer for you. Do you need help? I would do it for free. Love it...Amy

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  4. Ooooh, how lovely--I'm envisioning lots of lovely summer combos with Mezzanine!

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  5. I love the fabric! I already can't wait to buy some...I have the perfect thing in mind for what I want to sew!!

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  6. I LOVE IT!!! I know it will be a fav for sure!!!

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  7. OMG! I actually gasped, then squealed! Well done, Ms. Young!!!

    Annie

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  8. This is just beautiful. Great job! Love it! -Vivian Love

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  9. Soooooo gorgeous and vibrant and pretty!!! Yeah i'm lovin' it!

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  10. Gorgeous! I love that I didn't see the architectural concepts at first (just glorious colors!) but as I read and looked I could totally see the arches and iron work... Really beautiful - I hope you feel great about it!

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  11. Oh goodness, those are gorgeous! And that little outfit is darling! (as is the sweet model!)

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  12. Beautiful. I need to grab some and some patterns too. Another Hit.

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  13. Oh joy!!! I'm so happy to see Mezzanine! The colors are wonderful (love that aqua)! You've done it again Patty!!

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  14. Love it! I can't wait to get my hands on some! Your daughter is so adorable... what a great model!

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  15. oh Yumm!!! my machine is fired up and ready to go! It is simply fabulous - after seeing the pics I think I need to up my order LOL!

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  16. It must be a wonderful feeling to have made such gorgeous fabrics. A lot of hard work ending up with a result like yours, wauw!

    Isn't it a great thing to be able to think at your own fabrics, when you use and design your patterns for children's clothes? I would have loved that...

    Lots of congratulations to you for your talent and your new fabric line :0)

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  17. Soooo beautiful. Really looking forward to using some!

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  18. Yay! It's finally here! That is so neat about the Netherlands--my husband lived there for two years in the late 90's, the same time you were there! It is such a small world.

    Congrats on your new line! Where/when can I buy it?

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  19. WOW, you guys! Thanks for all the love! I'm thrilled you like Mezzanine! It was a labor of love for sure. :)

    patty

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  20. Oh my goodness, Patty, it's beautiful!! Wonderfully done! :)

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  21. Patty, Patty, Patty... you new line is just BEAUTIFUL! I love the designs, I love the color, I love the scale! It's fantastic! Huge congrats and I know it's going to be a HUGE hit! Clearing out space in my fabric cupboards RIGHT now, and can't wait to get my hands on some.

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  22. Patty, it's just stunning. Wow.

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  23. Gorgeous!!!!! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  24. So cute Patty- congrats!!!

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  25. Very cool. So crisp. I especially love the combination with denim in the Frida outfit.

    I will actually be at market this time around....I do hope I get the chance to meet you!

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  26. Just absolutely gorgeous, Patty! Already you've made so many pretty things. It's a very inspiring collection.

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  27. Love it!

    How many pieces are in the collection?

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  28. Patty, it is SO beautiful. Congratulations!

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  29. It's absolutely gorgeous Patty! Thanks for showing us your fabric in use, I love that Frida in Mezzanine! And your model is so natural!

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  30. I love the new line! I especillay love that it is different form Andalucia, but I can still tell it is from you!

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  31. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors and the intricate details!

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  32. Kelley4:02 PM

    What a beautiful collection!! Love it!

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  33. Thanks again, everyone! I just hear directly from Michael Miller that Mezzanine will ship at the end of June! YAY! So look for it in store beginning of July or so. :)

    patty

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  34. Gorgeous fabrics! I love your designs! Really cute outfit too!

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  35. patty,

    once again amazing. amazing!! the new queen of Vector emerges!! love them!

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  36. Such great colors....they look so good! I can hardly wait to see them in real life at market! Thanks for sharing early!

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  37. Absolutely beautiful!!!!

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  38. It's spectacular!!! Can't wait til it starts shipping!

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  39. I love everything about these fabrics... the colors, the scale, the designs. Absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to use them. Michael Miller here I come!

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  40. LOVE love LOVE love IT!! so inspired want it NOW! xoxo's tanya

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  41. ooooo. love it. THANK YOU for sharing your talent, and fabric, with all of us.
    yup.
    love it.

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  42. I was right!!! I am totally in love with this line! I can't wait to get my hands on some! Congrats! Another great line!

    I have the quilt stuck in my head since I saw the first sneek peek, I decided it must be made no matter what! When this hits stores and I get some, I'll send you pics of the finished product! It's gonna be perfect!

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  43. What a beautiful collection! I love to hear your inspiration behind your designs. Sounds like a wonderful way to tour part of Europe. Can't wait to see more of these lovely fabrics.

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  44. WOW Patty! It's fabulous. I got a chance to see it at the LA texite show-- the pictures are fabulous but the colors in person are just to die for! I have big plans for this line! Can't wait til the end of June!

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  45. Patty is GORGEOUS!!! AMAZING!!! You have really outdone yourself this time. I can't wait to get my hands on ALL of it. Congratulations.

    Shannon

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  46. Congrats on the new line! I looooove it! I especially love the choice of colors. Good job.

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  47. I love it....great colors!!

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  48. Me first, me first! LOVE the new pattern line. I can't wait to see it for sale on the rack of my local quilt shop! That liitle one of yours is quite the cutie! She does a wonderful job giving some adorable little poses and facial exxpressions!

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  49. I'm in love! Those top three, in particular! If you ever need a sample quilt, you only have to ask!!!

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  50. What a beautiful new collection! I love the colors! I can't wait to get my hands on some!

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  51. I cannot wait to get my hands on that beautiful fabric and fill my shop to the brim with it! Beautiful colors!

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  52. Patty - it is beautiful! I have it all ready for pre-order on my website too for your fans! http://aboveallfabric.com Use the code PATTY to get free shipping in the US on all pre-ordres!

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  53. Oh Patty, it is gorgeous!!! Cannot wait to use some. Great work, what an amazing woman you are.
    Hugs, Huenu.

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  54. Patty, congratulations! How awesome!!!

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  55. Cathie1:34 AM

    How stunning. Can't wait to see the real thing. Well Done!!

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  56. DROP DEAD GORGEOUSLY AMAZING Patty! I am so proud of all you have accomplished. Mezzanine will fly off the shelves...mark my words :) I can just see all the giddy retailers at market in Pittsburgh drooling over your fabrics and patterns. I can't wait to buy some. So happy you are my friend. Love you, Eva

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  57. arrrrrrghhh no fair SOOOOOOOOO nice - go Patty!
    Cree

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  58. Anonymous12:14 PM

    Those are so yummy Patty!!!
    Can't wait to make some baskets with them!!

    Lee Anne
    *ladesigns*

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  59. wow, gorgeous new line, love those hot pinks with the greens

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  60. I LOVE IT! I really loved it at first and reading the way you were inspired makes me love it even more. Beautiful job! Can't wait to order some :)

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  61. Holy Gorgeousness!!!!

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  62. I cannot wait to get my hands on some!

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  63. Love the new line! I especially love how the turquoise pops against the olive green. Can't wait to get my hands on some!

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  64. Patti- of course I love this line- as always you amaze me!

    I just passed the adorable blog award to you, when you have time, you can stop by my blog to pick it;)

    Hugs
    Melissa

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  65. What online retailers can we shop at for your fabrics, this mezzanine line is STUNNING!

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  66. Hi Shari!

    Thanks so much for your comment. The line just launched and although I know lots of retailers have ordered it, the only one I know for sure that has it on their own site for pre-order is Above All Fabric. Below is their link:

    http://aboveallfabric.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=109_234

    RETAILERS: if you have Mezzanine up on your site right now, please leave a link below so my readers can check it out!

    Mezzanine is due to hit stores around the end of June. :)

    Thanks again!!

    patty

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  67. So beautiful!! I love your new designs! I can't wait to use them for my products at www.babycoverz.com

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  68. Gorgeous! Look forward to sewing and creating. You are such an inspiration. Thank you!!!

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  69. Ach, I'm away from blogging for a few weeks and I miss the big reveal! I love love love your new line and you are so right, it really does go with denim. It has given me some fab bag ideas as I sew a lot with denim. Can't wait until my fabric shop stocks arrive!
    I also can't believe you lived in Amsterdam, when we live half an hour away from the closest UK crossing! Tsk, you'll just have to go back again.
    Kim xx

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  70. Oh my world your work is amazing!!! I just got one of your patterns, I'm waiting for the mail to hopefully get it today. I can't wait to start working on it. Thanks for inspiring me.

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  71. do you have samples available for these? I am mostly interesting in the blues and greens. I can't find anything on-line where I can get samples. Thanks so much.

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