The Fabric8 contest this year with Spoonflower and Moda Fabrics really appealed to me as I love sketching and flowers aren’t a subject I normally put pen to paper for, so it pushes my boundaries and makes me think outside the box. The timescales were also quite generous so I thought ‘perfect.’ What I wasn’t banking on was an influx of interior design work, which along with being a mum, has taken up most of my days and evenings, leaving very little time to sketch. I did however get some inspiration from RHS Harlow Carr when there for a rare family day with my hubby and son and sketched a variety of flowers, many of which I don’t even know the names of (feel free to help me out.) It was interesting that although my sketches started out quite detailed, my style evolved to a more simple approach and I think this will lend itself better to creating a surface pattern design. I just have to experiment with some layouts now based on what I have done so far and that will be my quick, last minute entry so watch this space as the deadline is Tuesday.