Umbrella pops up as fashion statement in quilters mecca

Melissa Marie Collins of Frond Design Studios of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, showcases her fabric line, “Carpe Diem,” at the recent International Quilt Market in Houston. Collins is one of a collective of artists whose goal is to turn original art into fabric in strong, saturated colors. She designs items to decorate the entire home, as well as the dress she’s wearing and her collection of umbrellas. “I want to let sewing be part of your lifestyle, in your kitchen, in your living room and in all areas of your home,” Collins says.



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Melissa Marie Collins of Frond Design Studios of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, showcases her fabric line, “Carpe Diem,” at the recent International Quilt Market in Houston. Collins is one of a collective of artists whose goal is to turn original art into fabric in strong, saturated colors. She designs items to decorate the entire home, as well as the dress she’s wearing and her collection of umbrellas. “I want to let sewing be part of your lifestyle, in your kitchen, in your living room and in all areas of your home,” Collins says.

Rain falls rarely here in our high desert region, and demand for umbrellas in these parts is negligible. This fall and past summer, admittedly, have been out of the norm with a couple more…




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