I have the pleasure of calling today’s featured artist a friend and mentor.  Patty Young is a very talented designer with a heart as big as the sun.  She has been a wonderful mentor to me as I’ve started my Two Peas business offering me advice, counsel and friendship.  She and her husband Jon make an amazing team and have been a great inspiration to our family.

She is truly a fabulous, genuine talent.  Say Good Morning to Patty Young…

Since the feature is called Monday Mornings Inspiration, can you tell me what inspired you to a career in art and design?
I have always been “artsy” for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I took as many private art classes as I could and many times I’d get in trouble at school for doodling on my notebooks or on the desks.  I chose Fine Arts as my major when I got accepted to college and luckily, my parents supported me all the way (even though we all feared it would be a tough life!).

After graduating with a BFA in Photography and Graphic Design, I worked for about 15 years in the Marketing/Advertising field as a Graphic Designer turned Creative Director.   After my second daughter, Sydney, was born, I just couldn’t do the long hours and crazy schedules anymore.  Plus, the stress of managing people, commuting and being away from my kids for so many hours was really messing with my head, so I left my job to “pursue my own creative endeavors”.  I put that phrase in quotes because at the time we didn’t know what it would be. We are all thrilled at what those “creative endeavors” turned out to be!   I wouldn’t trade this life for anything in the world.

What continues to inspire you each day and how do you keep your art fresh?
I draw inspiration from the past and the present alike.  Before I had my kids I traveled extensively through Europe and Central America, so you’ll see bits and pieces of my travel experiences pop up in my collections.  Andalucia was inspired by our honeymoon in Spain. Mezzanine was inspired by my travels through Northern Europe in the late 90’s.  I also draw inspiration from nature (Flora & Fauna), my kids (Playdate) and favorite places (Sanctuary).

What 3 words best describe you

Passionate. Obsessive. Sleepless.

What could you not live without to get through each work day? Your phone/computer, sewing machine or your coffee? Anyone who knows me can attest to my morning coffee addiction. Usually it’s a Peppermint Mocha, but lately it’s Espresso with Coconut Milk on ice. I cannot start my day without it. My MacBook Pro and iPhone are my necessary evil. I am — and probably will forever be — a slave to technology.

What is the one best part of your job as a designer? The best part is seeing the beautiful things other people create with my fabric and patterns. Just today I ran into a blog post, purely by chance, where someone had made the most beautiful quilt out of my latest fabric line, Sanctuary. The words she used to describe my fabric and the names of my prints literally brought tears to my eyes (in a good way). I immediately thought “She gets me.” That’s what it’s all about!

What advice would you offer to someone when it comes to living a creative life? Not to sound too clichéed, but “if at first you don’t succeed, try again… and again… and again”. Perseverance is everything in this industry!  If you are original people will notice. It may happen right away or it may take some time.  Be patient and keep up the good work.  It will happen for you.

What can we expect to see from you in the coming year in terms of new projects and design? I have a new fabric collection coming out this May that I am over-the-moon in love with.  I cannot reveal the name or any sneak peeks yet, but I will say it is exotic, rich and happy.  I hope you all will love it as much as I do!   I also have a new line of sewing patterns coming out in May and my first book coming out later this year.  In addition to all this, I do have three super exciting licensed products that will delight everyone in your family.  Again, it’s all hush-hush for now but I can give you one hint: My mom will LOVE the first two, my dad will SQUEAL when he sees the third! (that is, if squealing was his way of showing excitement… in reality, he will probably just smile and say “WOW, that’s great!” 🙂

Patty, thank you so very much for sharing your inspiration!

Patty has offered to share some of her fabulous designs with one of YOU!  A 5 – piece MODKID pattern bundle!  Cuz’ she’s generous and wonderful like that.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment for each one:

1) Visit Patty’s website and tell us which of your favorite MODKID patterns you would add to a bundle.

2)  Follow Patty on Facebook

3)  Follow the Two Peas in a Pod Homegrown Designs blog (you can find a subscription link over there in the sidebar)

This giveaway will be open until Friday, April 8th at midnight, EST.




86 Responses

  1. Hi Trish., sent from Tater Tots and Jello! Love your blog and patterns.

  2. I came over from Tater Tots and Jello. I love, love, love your pattern for the Ava bag! Can’t wait to buy one and make it for myself. Thanks for sharing your creativity with the rest of us! You’re pretty amazing!

  3. Sending love from over at Tattertots and Jello.

    I have enjoyed looking through your blog and Etsy store!! Love love love love your patterns and fingers are crossed that I win the contest!!

    Have a great weekend!!

  4. COmin over from tater tots and jello. Love your stuff!

  5. tatertots and jell0
    sent me over to say Hey!

  6. Tater Tots and Jello sent me!! LOVE all of your work!!!

  7. Tatertots and Jello sent me over to leave some love..your aptterns are amazing. I would love to sew them all up and bring some girliness to my all boys home!

  8. I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello

  9. I subscribed to your blog! I’m over visiting from Tater Tots & Jello! Thanks for a chance to win a great giveaway!

  10. I now like Patty on FB.

  11. The Stella Handbag would be my first choice and a close 2nd would be the Hummingbird Quilt! Beautiful Patterns & Love the fabrics used!

  12. Visiting from Tatertots and Jello. Great blog and patterns! (And thanks for the giveaway!)

  13. Visiting from Tatertots and Jello! I love your designs! I might just have to get me some Farmhouse Funk Pillows!

  14. Saw you on Tatertots and Jello! Love your work!

  15. Hello! Im over from Tatertots and Jello!

  16. I couldn’t find the follow button but I did subscribe to your blog. I’m excited to get the post in my inbox!!!

  17. I picked my top two. The Madeline skirt and the Sophie pants. 3 more? How AWESOME!!!!

  18. I subscribe to Two Peas!

  19. I follow her on FB

  20. My Favorite is the Sun & Surf Tote!

  21. Love your designs! Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. That Stella bag is great! I stopped and looked at the picture of it above before I even found the pattern! I’m popping in from Tatertots & Jello- glad I found you!

  23. I just signed up to follow you! I had to follow a fellow twin mama. I have two sets. My girls are 5 and my boys are 2. 🙂

  24. I just purchased Penny. I think that I would like to try Frida or Emma next. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. love your blog.. so fun to see your work..

  26. Also following your design blog….thanks again!


  27. I like Patty of Facebook!

    Thanks so much!

  28. I would add the Maddie, Madelyn, and Pillow Trio to a bundle!

    Thanks so much!

  29. I’m a subscriber to your blog (which is how I found out about this wonderful interview and giveaway–thank you!)

  30. Now following Patty on FB!

  31. What a fabulous giveaway! I love Patty Young’s beautiful fabrics and patterns! Definitely would add Sydney to a bundle 🙂

  32. I am subscribed to your blog via email.

  33. I have ‘liked’ Patty on FB

  34. OH gosh picking one of Patty’s patterns is really tough. I hope you asking which we’d add to a bundle means we can list those we’d love to bundle rather than just one. LOL

    I LOVE Stella And then the Mini Freda and Mini Ava and finally Emma is just an adorable pattern.

  35. I follow you blog.

  36. I follow Patty on FB

  37. I like the Maya pattern.

  38. Great interview! Thanks!

  39. sun & surf and stella are must-haves!

  40. i like patty on fb

  41. new follower of patty on FB

  42. I follow your blog.

  43. nina, frieda, and sydney are the ones I want to try.

  44. I’d love the Sydney pattern. The hood is just darling!

  45. I already follow Patty Young on FB. Love her!

  46. I am a follower of your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. I’ve bought from Patty and followed her on facebook/twitter for ages! I’m a new follower of your blog too 🙂 Thanks!!

  48. I am following your blog!

  49. I’m following Patty on FB…I just adore her. She is super talented and so sweet!

  50. I love the new Penelope and Penny pattern (and the Maddie pattern too!)

  51. I follow and subscribe to your blog 🙂

  52. I ‘like’ her on Facebook (Rebecca A)

  53. I love her patterns and fabrics, I think I’d pick Frida as my favorite 🙂

  54. OOOhh…so pretty! I am loving the hummingbird quilt and the pillow trio.

  55. Somehow my comment erased….I love Patty’s patterns. Being a new sewer and new to patterns I’ve found her directions easy to follow. They have also helped me learn new techniques that have helped me disect other patterns not as well written!

    I have a lot of Patty’s patterns, but my wish list includes: Kyoko, Emma, Maya, Julia and Penny. I can’t wait until May to get new patterns, so excited 🙂

  56. I’m a new sewer (only in 1 yr) and just introduced to patterns. I’ve fallen in love with all of Patty Young’s pattersn…they are beautiful and written with the beginner in mind. I’ve learned such neat techinques that have helped disect patterns not as well written.

    I have almost all of them, but am dying to get my hands on Kyoko, Maya, Julie, Maddie and Emma! I can’t wait until May….SOOO excited for new patterns 🙂

  57. Just subscribed to your blog too. Now to go look around! 🙂

  58. I follow Patty on facebook…how I found you! 🙂 Thanks!

  59. Wow! Fun! Nina and Sydney would certainly make the cut for my bundle!
    Thanks for the fun! 🙂

  60. The sun and surf tote and the Penelope pattern for sure! I have had my eye on that tote pattern for quite some time now!

  61. I love the Abigail pattern! Thanks!

  62. Great interview! I am a fan of Patty’s on FB!

  63. My 2 fav. patterns are the Kyoko and the Sydney.

  64. I am a fan of Patty on Facebook

  65. Follow Patty on Facebook! Love the purse!

  66. Subscribed to your blog!

  67. Following Patty on FB!

  68. I love the Nina pattern! And that was my grandma’s name!

  69. I like the Sun & Surf tote – since we had nice warm temps this weekend, I’m already planning for summer!

  70. I follow your blog

  71. Wow those patterns are all so wonderful… think I would choose Frida (tunic style dress and shirt pattern). Thanks for the chance to win.

  72. Following your blog, too!

  73. Following Patty on FB

  74. I love the penny pattern… so cute AND easy!

  75. I have “liked” Patty on Fb. Thanks for introducing us! Blessings

  76. I love following your blog! Fun and sweet!

  77. Well, first i stopped by the MODKIDBOUTIQUE ~ what fun! Then I found the patterns at another site…I really like the Penelope, the Sun & Surf tote and Maddie and Madeline matching skirts are ADORABLE! Thanks for the giveaway! Blessings

  78. I follow two peas!

  79. the penny and the madeline definately

  80. The Penelope dress pattern is my favorite. I also couldn’t find a link in this post so did a google search.

  81. I like Patty on FB

  82. I follow Two Peas!

  83. Oh wow!!!! Love them all! But I think ava and penelope are my favorites!

  84. I follow your blog (of course)

  85. I like Patty on FB

  86. I couldn’t find a link to Patty’s website here but I found it easy enough with a little search. I love her Pillow Trio pattern. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway.

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