Meadowlark is the second full collection that I’ve designed. The patterns are inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s classic book, Little Women, which is still one of my favorite books. Over the summer my daughter and I watched the newest adaptation of Little Women on PBS and I decided to re-read the book. I also read Samantha Ellis’ book How to be a Heroine, which breaks down some of the most beloved heroines from classic novels and explores how these heroines have shaped our lives. Yes, as an adult I see some of the pitfalls, but I still love to root for Jo, yell at Amy for being the worst and hope Beth won’t get scarlet fever. I still have my illustrated copy of Little Women that I read multiple times with my mom growing up.
There were times when I was creating these patterns I was pretty sure that my Adobe Illustrator was possessed and determined to drive me crazy. My Concord Neighbors pattern in particular killed Illustrator multiple times. Where my Strawberry Jam collection seemed to pour out of me, there were times when some of these patterns seemed just out of reach. I could see how I wanted the pattern to look, but then I would end up tearing the pattern apart and starting over. Sometimes I think our culture glamorizes “ease,” and vilifies hard work. This collection did feel like more work than Strawberry Jam, but that doesn’t lessen my affection for it - if that makes sense.
I definitely designed this collection with my daughter in mind. At 10, she’s right at the cusp of becoming a young woman, but still a little girl at heart. Much like me, my daughter is an avid reader, and I can picture her cuddled up reading under a quilt made up of these patterns. They have a youthful feel, but could still grow with her.
Below you will find four of my patterns from Meadowlark in both color ways - Dawn and Dusk. From left to right they are March Sisters, Beth’s Quilt, Orchard Canopy and Concord Neighbors. Make sure to follow along on Instagram for even more peeks into this collection.
Do you love the March sisters? Who are your other favorite heroines from literature? Tell me below! Besides Jo, I also love Anne Shirley, Lizzie Bennett, Anne Elliot and Hermione Granger.