Meet Artist , Fabric Designer (And Blogger) Phyllis Dobbs As She Introduces Her New Line Of Fabric With Quilting Treasures

Oh, the interesting people I get a chance to meet!Phyllis-photo.jpg

I met Phyllis Dobbs at Quilt Market. Phyllis is an artist who licenses her whimsical art for various products and projects in the marketplace.  She is a quilter andphyllis%20Dobbs%20Sweetheart%20ballerinas.jpg author (and blogger) and most importantly a fabric lover.  (Phyllis and fellow artist, Anna Maria Horner, have been friends for years as they both attended various gift shows with their licensed goods.  Anna Maria told me I must meet Phyllis!) While attending Quilt Market, Phyllis was asked to use her artistic talents and develop a fabric line of Quilting Treasures and a little over a year later her line, “Sweetheart Ballerinas” is debuting and bolts are hitting quilt shops now.

Phyllis is an designer, artist, and illustrator with a professional career of 23 years creating product lines, books, designs and licensed artwork. She is known for her whimsy style and bright colors.

I asked Phyllis to tell us a bit more…

“I am so excited about my Sweetheart Ballerinas fabric line with Quilting Treasures.  It was such a fun line to design and develop.  I painted the ballerinas – a black-spotted cow, a frog and a cat in tutus – because these are some of my favorites in the non-human world. (Although I think my cat would disagree that he is non-human).   They just had to dance, so I knew they would make great ballerinas. As they danced from my paintbrush, I put them in format for fabric designs.   phyllis%20dobbs%20sweetheart%20hearts.jpg

The fabric line began when I was walking Quilt Market in Houston last year. Due to the crowds in the aisles, I began walking on a random aisle with my portfolio.  As fate had it, Quilting Treasures was on the first row I walked.  As a fabric lover and stash collector, I’ve always loved their fabrics and knew they were the company I wanted to work with.  The result of that meeting is “Sweetheart Ballerinas”, which comes in turquoise and pink color collections. Phyllis%20Sweetheart%20Ballerinas%20Aqua%20tote.jpg

It’s such fun to design and create quilts, totes, and other types of sewing projects with this fabric. 

I have photos of a tote and a quilt block that I designed. I’ve been designing quilts for 17 years for various publications and books and authored 2 quilt books, Dimensional Quilts and Fun with Flannel. Phyllis%20Fun_with_Flannel_cover_smal.jpg I designed different coordinates that would work together to create interesting quilts. 

 

I created a quilt with “Sweetheart Ballerinas” for the Autumn 2007 issue of Designers Quarters.   Phyllis%20Flower-Dance-quiit-block.jpg

In addition, I used “Sweetheart Ballerinas” for projects featured 2 segments that I was on for Martha Pullen’s Sewing Room on PBS.  Both segments are airing this winter. 

When I’m not sewing, I’m painting and creating art for licensing on products.  My style of art is whimsical and very colorful.

I hand paint my art and then use the computer to format the art to fit various products in addition to fabrics.  I have a photo of one of the products featuring my art, a Christmas coaster, Merry Cocktails from Thirstystone. I enjoy takingPhyllis%20Merry%20Cocktail%20coasters.jpg art and rearranging it to fit many styles of products    

I’m just finished my next fabric collection to debut at Spring Quilt Market.  I can’t tell much about it right now, but just a hint – it’s based on something close many hearts, including mine.  I invite you to visit my blog where I discuss quilt projects as well as various other topics.  I plan to post projects that you can create.  I will also post pictures of my next fabric line close to Quilt Market.

le="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana">Thanks Phyllis.  We look forward to seeing more from you at Spring Market.  Don’t forget to visit Phyllis’s blog and website.   

(Photos thanks to Phyllis and Quilting Treasures.) 

 

 

Take The Handmade Pledge! And Quilter’s Buzz’s Is Close To The One Million Mark–A Blog Makeover Is On The Way!

handmade%20pledge.jpgHere is a great thought for the holidays and the rest of the year.homemade%20pledge.gif  Buy Handmade.  Give Handmade.  I took the pledge and am going to give it a darn good try.

Thanks to Lizzy House for writing a bit about the "Buy Handmade Pledge" oncherry%20house.jpg her LizzyHouse blog.  I met up with this young talented girl at Quilt Market–she showed me her "play" book and …I think she will have a fabric line in her future!

You will be hearing more about Lizzy, an artist and student at Brigham Young University in Idaho as I have convinced her to help me re-vamp my blog with a new logo and look.  Lizzy did this logo for her mom Cherri's quilting/pattern business.  Cool huh.

I am hoping for a "blog makeover" (not anything like THIS makeover) to take place about the same time I hit the one millionth page view…before the end of the year. 1000000.jpg

 

Wow, I never would have thunk a million page views could have been possible.  Thanks for reading and commenting for coming back to read what I have to say!

The best part of all is meeting so many of you and being inspired by your creative handmade works.

(graphics and art thanks to www.buyhandmade.org and Lizzy House) 

Portabello Pixie’s “Ginger Blossom” Fabric Line Will Debut At Market, Sandi Henderson Guest Writes and Gives Us A Sneak Peek

portabella%20fabric%20stack.jpgI can't wait to see custom clothing designer, Sandi Henderson's first line of fabric, “Ginger Blossom”, this week at Quilt Market. I have seen Sandi’s fun and colorful, children’s clothing spotlighted all over blogland and on her own blog at Portabello Pixie.

She was invited to design fabric less than one year ago…and here is her debut line.  gingerblossom3.jpg

Here is a sneak peek of the line and a post written by Sandi:

“Let’s start at the beginning.  When I was 16 I took my first job at the local fabric store.  I loved folding and stacking the fabrics and a life-long love affair with the world of textiles began.  That was when I really started sewing, creating skirts and various projects for myself.  I remember sewing my senior prom dress and that project cementing in my mind thatportabella%20heather.jpg handmade is best.portablella%20lavender.jpg

When my daughter was born, I found a new project to sew, children’s clothing.  The satisfaction in seeing my daughter wear my clothing spawned the start of my business, Portabellopixie, 2 years ago.  I am seldom asked why “Portabellopixie.”  I wanted to create a word that felt like me.  Portabello comes from Portobello Road, which to me means eclectic, a mix of vintage and new. gingerblossom1.jpg Pixie is for fun and colorful.  The word describes me perfectly!   I have so enjoyed the time spent creating custom garments for my customers loved ones all over the world. It has been such a joy, and only deepened my love for fine fabrics. 

About a year ago I had the pleasure to meet up with Heather Bailey via blogland and after an inspiring phone call (in my stairwell, I can still see it) I put together a portfolio of artwork and designs and submitted the work to fabric manufacturers.  I signed a contract with Michael Miller and have spent the last 5 months putting the finishing touches on Ginger Blossom, my debut line of fabric.

The line is being released at Quilt Market this October 27-29th.  Ginger Blossom is an eclectic sampling of my favorite things.  I didn’t take specific inspiration from anywhere; I just created art I loved.

When I look at the line, I feel I am looking at a little bit of myself.  Vintage flair with a fresh and fun twist.  The colors of the line are what you will find me surrounding myself with.

The line has twoportabella%20red.jpg colorways, Blush and Fresh.  Blush is a colorway of corals, peaches, browns, aqua and pink.  Fresh is a colorway of bright greens and turquoise that are juxtaposed against orange and violet.  I’m happy to share a sneak peak today!

Up next?  I am working on the second collection of fabrics, and I will be releasing patterns at the Spring Quilt Market.  To begin with, I am staying close to my roots of children’s clothing.  There is a hole to be filled and I’m happy to do it.  So much sewing is being done for children, they’re so important!

I am looking forward to meeting up with Sandi at Market…Thanks for creating great stuff for us!

 

Note from Gina: P.S. Our design studio, Threaded Pear studio, has been busy…we will be introducing 12 new quilt patterns, 2 new apron patterns.  We are madly tying up loose ends and shipping our goods to Market, which starts on Friday of this week.  We spent the BIG bucks and got a double booth and will hopefully get a bunch of pattern orders from quilt shop owners throughout the world. Wish me luck.

(Photos thanks to Sandi) 

Marie Osmond is “Dancing With the Stars” and “Sewing It Up” With A New Quilting Fabric Line, “Heirloom Garden”

marie_head_shot_with_name.jpgMarie Osmond is back in the lime light…she is “Dancing with the Stars”, there is a “Donny and Marie” TV movie is planned.  And she has a quilting fabric line, called “Heirloom Garden”.


But there’s more…her collectible doll line is still going strong, her family is celebrating 50 years in the music industry, she has a new Christmas CD and more! And she is skinny and looking great. 

I had scheduled an interview with Marie at Spring Quilt Market to ask about her debut fabric line.  The fabric is beautiful. Take a look. marie%20o%20fabric.jpg

I was also secretly hoping she would tell me that yes, she remembers the letter I wrote to her family back in the 1970’s.

I wrote her, because I had read in a teen magazine that she did not have very many girl friends and was lonely sometimes…I, of course, volunteered, in my letter, to be her pen pal and perhaps she (and Donny) could come over for a visit sometime. ..and maybe she could become my sister-in-law someday. 

I did not have a chance to conduct the interview, because I could never really get her alone for a second in her booth.  All those dang quilter women gawkers and autograph seekers were cramping my own gawking and autograph seeking. marie%20o%20fabric%20rose.jpg

But, I did notice Marie’s fabric line and a beautiful family heirloom quilt she had in her booth.  Her Heirloom Garden” collection with the Quilting Treasures fabric company is in stores now. 

According to Quilting Treasures her line “evokes memories of the past, but colored for today’s tastes, this gorgeous collection includes a fresh take on paisleys and lace. Marie Osmond’s strong commitment to family and tradition is portrayed beautifully in these richly designed fabrics.

 
It seems like Marie keeps reinventing herself and redefining her craft.  She
marie%20o%20fabric%20wine.jpg certainly is overflowing with talent.

 
While, I no longer read teen magazines, I did notice on the website “Teen Scoop”  it says that High School Musical’s  Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens are planning to team up again – this time to play Donny and Marie Osmond in a Disney movie.

 

Mark Lipinski Gives Us A Sneak Peek Of His “Katmandu” And Announces His Magazine, “Quilter’s Home”, Will Now Be Available As A Subscription

I love this guy! Mark Lipinski Quilter's HomeI finally convinced Mark Lipinski, to stop for two and a half minutes and give me a quick interview…I happened to email him at about 2 a.m. one night last week with a question and he happened to be sitting at his desk and he answered.


I was shocked, not that he answered, but that he was actually sitting down.  I don’t think I have ever seen him sit.

 
This talented quilter (and author, editor, producer, father, designer, etc.) guy has an incredible spark for life and for the quilting industry.  I convinced Mark Lipinski to tell us more about his recent happenings.

 
He has a new fabric line,
Katmandu for Troy’s Riverwood Collection (to debut at Quilt Market in October). His magazine, “Quilter’s Home” will soon be available by subscription, so you will no longer have to hunt for this “sassy” magazine at your local grocery store, book store or Wal-mart. Mark%20magazine%20nov.jpg

 
So here’s the Buzz on Lipinski:

 
Well, what do you know; Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home magazine is finally going to subscription!   Those little magazine insert subscription cards will start to appear in the Quilter’s Home November/December issue (shown here is the cover you should be looking for starting the end of October),  and internet users will be able to subscribe online on the Quilter’s Home website  in November.

At last, Quilter’s Home readers will be able to have the magazine delivered to their doors rather than having to drive for miles on the hunt for issues, which seem to sell out as fast as they’re displayed.     

 
Quilter’s Home has been a big hit right from the start and has created a lot of buzz in the quilting world because of its sassy sense of humor and varied content rather than just pattern after pattern.   And believe it or not, the magazine’s international success has all been through word of mouth as there has been no formal promotion of Quilter’s Home since its debut in June 2006.  You can thank the internet for that kind of advertising.

(Note from Gina: QuiltersBuzz got a mention in an early issue in an article about quilting blogs—which resulted in a big traffic boost and more loyal readers!)

 Mark Lipinski Katmandu Quilting Fabric
But, that’s not all that’s happening at the Lipinski Compound in
Long Valley, New Jersey.   Mark’s new fabric line, “Katmandu” from Troy’s Riverwoods Collection, will be formally unveiled in Houston at Quilt Market at the Troy booth (but I have a very tiny sneak peek for you here, on Quilter’s Buzz).

Why Troy?   “They were the first ones who asked, “says Mark. “Plus they were always really nice to me before I had a magazine!”

 
Designed by Mark and his partner, Jeff Turner,
Katmandu is a fabric that was designed to be embellished.  Even the background framework on some of the blending fabric is a 28 count cross stitch grid.  The fabric is perfect for beading, painting, foiling, cross stitch and traditional embroidery techniques, crewel work, punch needle, and well, you
name it. 

All you have to do is let your imagination run wild and literally fill in the blanks.   The gorgeous  focus fabric, inspired by mendhi, the ancient art of henna skin painting, are combinations of lush, deep jewel tones in garnet, emerald, amethyst, orange diamond, and imperial topaz.

 
“I wanted to design a fabric that allowed both the traditional quilter, the art quilter, the sewer and the needleworker to have a hand in the final outcome and design of the textile they’re using for their quilts and projects rather than it being dictated to them,” says Mark. 

“A great many of us began our quilting journey with some other kind of needlework before we took the piecework plunge.  I was a cross stitching madman.  I also loved embroidery and rug hooking and beading and needlepoint. 

This fabric allows me the choice to construct a plain pieced quilt in the traditional method using traditional patterns or let’s me take off into that little creative corner of my brain to design beaded appliqué, or whatever I like with this fabric.”

 
“Embellishing this fabric is also very portable, which is something that we desperately need in these hurry-up-and-wait lives of ours. While the fabric can easily and beautifully be machine embellished and embroidered, it’s perfect as a take along project.

 
 “After all,” he observes in the irreverent style we have come to know and love, “I’ve yet to see a quilter sitting at her son’s soccer practice with a machine strapped to her back!”

 
I look forward to catching up with Mark at Quilt Market, see his “
KatManDu” fabric line in person and of course, be entertained and inspired by this talented guy.

(Photos and graphics thanks to that "Kat-man-du Quilt-man-do".) 

Be On The Lookout…For Verna Mosquera Of The Vintage Spool….She Is Debuting A Fabric Line And Guest Writing Today

I would like to introduce a new fabric designer to you my quilting friends. Verna Mosquera, quilt designer The Vintage Spool Verna Mosquera, is an artisit and quilt designer and now fabric designer who specializes in creations that combines yesterday's inspirations with today's fabrics. The vintage Spool at Quilt Market

I spent some time getting to know Verna while at Quilt Market in May.  Her booth for her company, The Vintage Spool, was wonderful as is her website.

And lucky for us, Verna has agreed to tell us more about herself and to show us a sneak peak of her new line “Sweet Escape” for FreeSpirit/Westminster Fabrics. I think you will love it.

And Verna is another one of those busy mommies (like Anna Maria, Heather, Joanna and dad’s like Joel) who are rocking both babies and the fabric world with their talents.

Here is Verna in part one of a two part series.

“I'm so excited about the opportunity to work with Gina. It's wonderful to have an avenue to share about my background; my company, The Vintage Spool, and my debut fabric line "Sweet Escape" for FreeSpirit Fabrics. As I prepare to launch this fabric line and the quilts designed from it I realize my life until now has been an incredible journey. It seems only fitting to share more about myself and the path that led me here.

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. My parents both immigrated to the United States from Latin America, my mother from Guatemala and my father from Uruguay. They moved around a bit while my brother and I were small but ultimately settled in a small town called San Lorenzo about 40 minutes outside of San Francisco.

Creative Interests Early In Life

I expressed creative interests in early childhood. I would spend summers lining up my stuffed animals and drawing portraits of them. My parents were quick to place me with a private tutor who taught me the fundamentals of drawing and painting. My grade school teachers would often receive my artwork as gifts at the end of each year.

My grandmother lived with us off and on. It was with her that I was first introduced to sewing and handwork. Once again showing signs of interest my parents enrolled me in a Singer sewing class one summer at the local mall. The assignment was to make a vest; I of course made a 3 piece suit. Clearly showing early signs of the over achiever.The Vintage Spool

I attended a very structured Catholic high school and my attentions focused more on studies. I wasn't able to take an art class until the last semester of my senior year. Creative endeavors were more about the occasional sketch I'd give to a boyfriend or a fun Halloween costume I'd make for a friend.

Starting Young…At 16 

Having graduated at the young age of 16, I decided to stay local for my college studies. I just wasn't ready to move away from home. I attended California State University Hayward where with the help of faculty I created my own special major. I hold a Bachelors of Art degree in Marketing the Arts.

 Passion For Creating

Continuing on the education fast track I completed my studies at the age of 20. While my marketing classes have been very helpful to me it was my study in art that really held my interest. Upon graduating, I went back to take all of the art classes I wished I had taken. My studies included Japanese paper-making, printmaking and artist's books. It was during this time period that I met an amazing up and coming artist by the name of Enrique Chagoya. I became part of a network of students who would gather on evenings and weekends and just create. He instilled in me how important it was to be passionate about life and creativity. For the first time, I thought of myself as an artist.The Vintage Spool

During this same time period, following in my mother's foot steps and ready to join the workforce I quickly took a job in Real Estate sales. I bought my first luxury car, nice clothes and my first home by the age of 21. Luckily, I soon realized that material things were not all they were cracked up to be and truthfully I was miserable. After lunch one day, I returned to my office, packed up my desk, quit my job and never looked back.

Traveling the World and Its Influences…

I decided it was time to travel the world. I sold pretty much everything I owned and moved to my father’s homeland, Montevideo, Uruguay. I rented a tiny furnished studio apartment by the beach. I hand stitched curtains and pillows and it became my home for the next 18 months. Looking back, it was an amazing time of personal growth. I was 23.

I took classes in Serigraphy, pastry making and even importing and exporting, pretty much anything that I could take away from the experience. More than anything else I spent time getting to know my extended family, spending hours talking with my cousins and learning to knit with my aunts on Sunday afternoons. I became deeply aware of the importance of family and all of the amazing opportunities that my own country offered.

It was during this time that I developed a deep friendship and fell in love with the man who would become my husband, Miguel. He was also anxious to travel and convinced me to join him on a trip throughout Europe. Returning to the US for a brief time, we worked a great deal and saved money for the journey.

Our venture started in Paris; we traveled for 3 months and ended up living in Florence, Italy for close to a year. We rented an apartment just across the Ponte Vecchio, overlooking the Arno River. He took a job selling leather goods in a tourist shop and I studied Italian and of course art. I was part of an amazing program where a student would spend time with a local artisan in their studio several hours a week. I studied ceramics, Florentine paper-making and bookbinding. There is no doubt that my love of that which is antique, worn and unique came from wandering those cobblestone streets.

While my time in Florence was amazing, I deeply longed to return to the USA and to be with my mom, dad and brother again. Miguel and I moved in with my parents to save money to buy our first condo. We married shortly after our return in a rented farmhouse in Mendocino, California. There were 15 people in attendan
ce, it was pouring rain but was one of the most beautiful days of my life. I was 28.

 Hooked On Quilting InstantlyVintage-Valentine.jpg

About a month prior I decided to take a quilting class as a New Year's resolution to continue to be creative. I was hooked from the very first night. I would spend hours cutting and piecing, truly passionate from the word go. I know my husband thought I had gone off the deep end, in the beginning he just didn't get it. Not long after this first class I was asked by the owner to work in the quilt store. It started as 1 day a week and quickly grew into many more hours. I was also asked to teach a class, the first one had 6 students and 2 of them were the owners of the store. Although I was very nervous, I loved it!

Teaching…Mastering the "A" word…And Starting to Design

Before long I was teaching several classes a week along with working in the shop. In an effort to become a more well rounded teacher I took a class in appliqué. It was very difficult for me; I spent 50 hours on my first block, even shed tears of frustration. I finally mastered the technique. After several years of quilting, I was becoming less interested in doing other peoples patterns. Luckily, a designer by the name of Robyn Pandolph was coming to town and teaching an appliqué class. In the first five minutes of the class she asked us to take our pattern and turn it over and draw our own design on the back. I remember looking around the room and everyone was completely intimidated. Then I thought to myself, what am I worried about I can draw! Life has never been the same. I have not worked on another person's design since."verna%20amaretto-rose-.jpg

The next post we will see a sneak peek of the new line and read more from Verna in part 2. 

(Photos thanks to Verna and photgrapher, Gregory Case. Shown above are two of Verna's patterns, Vintage Valentine and Amaretto Rose) 

The Making of Fabric…Joanna Figueroa, of Fig Tree Quilts and Moda Fabrics, Shares Her Design Story, Plus She Gives Us A Sneak Peak Of Her “Allspice Tapestry”

Joanna Figueroa, blogger, mother, quilt and fabric designer tells us about the “Fabric Design Process”, as she guest writes for the QuiltersBuzz again today in Part 2 of her 3-part series.  Joanna owns her own company, Fig Tree Quilts, and designs fabric lines for Moda Fabrics.Fig%20tree%20allspice%20strikeoff.JPG

Here is Joanna.

The Design Process

Once the fabric palette and the designs are finished, regardless of what medium or method you work with, the next step is submitting the “whole kit ‘n caboodle” to the design director along with any instructions you might have for the mill.

For many fabric companies, those mills are not in the United States but rather in one or more countries such as Korea, Japan, Pakistan, India, or others. For us at MODA, depending on what kind of fabric it is–woven, printed or specialty–will determine what country our designs will end up in. If both kinds of fabrics are in onefigtree%20logofront.gif collection, then those designs will not only have to be sent back to us for approval, but will also have to be coordinated between the countries in which they originated. fig%20joanna%20Studio-Shot-me-for-gina.jpg

And then the wait begins. Anywhere between a few weeks and a couple of months later, depending on deadlines, a wonderful little package will arrive on my doorstep.fig%20tree%20allspice%20swathces.JPG

STRIKEOFFS!!
 Strikeoffs are small pieces of fabric that have been printed by hand–not put through the giant printing rollers–showing the designer various color combinations that are options for the collection.

As designers it is our job to approve the strikeoffs for color and to make any necessary changes in color combinations or color details. For designers who submit all of their own original artwork, this part of the process is different. But for those of us who submit a combination of drawings, computer images, swatches, etc. this process of deciding on combinations is a crucial one. Sometimes this takes several sets of strikeoffs, and sometimes it is perfect right off the bat.

I always hope for the latter and plan on the former! 

After final approval, the strikeoffs go back to the mills for production. And then we wait again. This time for “air yardage” to arrive hopefully in time for us to produce something wonderful before Market.

(Ed. Note: Quilt Market happens twice a year.  Generally, in the fall, shop owners are reviewing and buying fabric for the spring and summer seasons, and at Spring Market, they are viewing fall and winter fabric selections.  Many designers, like Joanna, are producing a line of fabric for each market-that is enough to keep anyone busy, busy, busy!)

The fabric has been printed but it takes weeks for it to arrive here by boat, so a small amount of yardage is sent by air in order for the designer to have some ahead of time, in order for MODA to make fat quarter bundles and jelly rolls that, and for samples and swatch cards to be made for Market. (Jelly Rolls are a pre-cut 2 ½” strip, one of each color “sku” in a line that are rolled and bundled in a cute little package; so that the consumer can buy a jelly roll and get a “taste” of each fabric in a line.)

 

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And then a new set of insanity begins. Usually by the time the air yardage comes, most of our patterns have been made, photographed & printed into patterns. Many designers use strikeoffs or fabrics that are similar to what we know is coming in the hopes that it will resemble the actual fabric as much as possible.

If we are lucky enough to get the air yardage in time, we will then be burning the midnight oil to have a few samples or models made out of the actual new fabric in time to squeeze it all into our two allotted suitcases and make our way to Market. Shown here are some sneak peaks at our new line of fabric that will debut at Spring Market in Salt Lake City. I can honestly say that you are the first to see this line since it hasn’t even arrived in air yardage yet!! Moda%20Fig%20tree%20jelly-thumb.jpg

Next comes Market, and then the orders begin to arrive, by the bucketful if we’re lucky. Thank God that I have Mr. Fig to worry about that part of the business. 

Oh, yeah and did I mention that in between this, I am trying to be a good PTA mom… Well maybe not so good. Only one of my kid’s classes is getting a school auction quilt this year… if they’re lucky. But I truly can’t think of any other job I would rather have! Deadlines and all, it really is a wonderful way to make a living doing the art you love for the people you have come to know as your extended quilting family…. [Okay, so I’m getting mushy….] 

Next time, I will give you a sneak peak at MODA headquarters. Now there is a place filled with inspiration!!fig%20tree%20quilt%20in%20process.jpg

Thanks Joanna, for your insights into the “making of fabric”. 

Be on t
he lookout for Joanna’s spring line called “Folklorique”, which should be hitting store shelves now. (See jelly roll.)

And the above photos are a sneak peak of her line, "Allspice Tapestry", coming out this fall from Moda.

 Read more about Joanna and her great works in progress on her blog and website.

(Photos and graphics thanks to Joanna and Gregory Case Photography.)