Mary, Mary….

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow? That’s the title for my newest fabric collection for Modern Yardage. And I am so excited by this one! This is how the idea for this collection came about.

I LOVE Pinterest. Do you? I used to rip up magazine and catalogs for inspiration, but I hated to create folders and files for all of the clippings and organize them…only to have my kitties knock them on the floor. One day I was Pinning folk art (one of my faves!) and I came across the Polish paper cutting art called wycinanki. I had never heard of it before, and I am half Polish! I started to draw my version of these floral shapes. I am fascinated that people actually cut them out so symmetrically with paper, scissors, and blades . Crazy! So I decided to do mine all on Adobe Illustrator. So perfect, each little “paper” layer becomes a digital one, all stacked up like a layer cake. These are some of my sketches with the vector results to the right. I redraw everything using scans of my sketches and a Cintiq tablet.

sketches for "How Does Your Garden Grow" © Mary Tanana 2014 for Modern YardageIn my progression at repeat pattern making, I’ve come up with this weirdo method where I plop my main elements into the repeat box, then I’ll print it out and sketch in the rest on paper. I scan it back in and redraw it all in vector. This really works for me, as I can’t “think” creatively on the computer. I am at my best working on paper.

sketches for "How Does Your Garden Grow" © Mary Tanana 2014 for Modern YardageIt’s just how my brain works.

Here are the colorways for this collection….HERE is the link to purchase them at Modern Yardage

"How Does Your Garden Grow" © Mary Tanana 2014 for Modern Yardage"How Does Your Garden Grow" © Mary Tanana 2014 for Modern Yardage"How Does Your Garden Grow" © Mary Tanana 2014 for Modern YardageHope that you like this collection, I’ve gotten such positive feedback on it!! If you’d like to follow me on Pinterest, please click HERE.


  1. lisatravis

    Thank you for sharing your process for designing patterns. I hope you don’t mind-I am going try designing my next pattern in that way. Before your post I had never heard of wycinanki, I started following your Pinterest board as a result. Thank you for all the inspiration!

    Lisa T

  2. Aneta

    I am originally from Poland, and when I saw the Wycinanki print at my local quilt shop, I immediately grabbed the bolt and told my husband “I AM BUYING THIS!”. I bought the last yard and a half, not knowing exactly what to use it for. But, it doesn’t matter; I’m ecstatic that I can make something crafty with fabric that reflects my heritage. Thank you so much for your painstaking work in creating this pattern 🙂

    • Hi Aneta! I’m so excited that you bought it! Let me know eventually what you make from it. I am half Polish and half Czech. I discovered wycinanki on Pinterest. I had no idea it existed! It’s such a beautiful art form, I had to make a fabric design around the idea of it. Thanks so much for leaving me your message, made my day 🙂

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