Sunday, February 1, 2009

Hi! My name is Andrea Chapman and I am the woman behind Watermelon Wishes. Bags of assorted dimension and character are my passion. I would be remiss if I didn't attribute my success to my husband, Darin, who has always supported my aspirations. When I was pregnant with our first child, Zachary, he would rub my belly and say in deep voice "I wish I had a Watermelon, I wish I had a Watermelon." I'd laugh and he would too. Hence the name of our company, Watermelon Wishes. These days, we have four "Watermelon's", ranging in age from 8 months to 14 years old (1 boy and 3 girls). Most days, you'll find the two of us, working side by side, in our home studio. While he cuts, I sew and together we contemplate all the possibilities the future holds for oursleves, our company and our country.

A peek inside my NEW studio

I enjoy working with designer quilt weight fabrics. Bolts of Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner fabrics adorn one wall of my home studio. Smaller cuts of Heather Bailey, Michael Miller, Moda and more are sorted by color and found in the cube's below my sewing station.

The fabric wall is a never ending source of inspiration and joy for me. Ingenious, if I don't say so myself, the fabric bolts are suspended with pot lid holders (you know the kind you use to keep your lids upright in the cabinet). They are great because they allow for proper circulation and provide valuable hanging space for my completed projects.