Interview with Jane Lewis of P&B Textiles

I could not be more thrilled about today’s post!

I know many of you are interested in the quilt/ craft fabric marketplace, so last week I sat down with Jane Lewis, former Art Director of P&B Textiles, to ask her a few questions. We cover a vast array of important topics including:

1. What are manufacturers looking for in patterns or collections? What makes a collection irresistible to you? What would you like to see more of in quilting fabrics?

2. When you are making the decision on whether or not to purchase a print, how much does your decision depend on if it is in repeat or not?

3. Is there anything that is “just not done” with a fabric meant for quilting- sort of a quilter’s taboo?

4. How and when do you like to receive submissions? How many collections should we have in order to make a submission?


18 Comments on “Interview with Jane Lewis of P&B Textiles

  1. Thank you for this informative and inspirational interview! You are setting wheels in motion for a number of people, I’m sure! I’m one of them!

  2. I found the interview to be so informational. I’m currently in the process of wanting to become a free lance fabric designer and there are just so many unanswered questions that I’ve come up with along the way. The information here was so helpful. Thank you!

  3. Great interview and very insightful; thank you!!!

  4. What a great interview, Michelle and Jane! It’s so generous of you both to provide such useful and relevant info. Thank you!

  5. oh wow this was so interesting for me. i am unknown in the quilting industry, but wants more to know about it, because it could be very interesting for my natural style of creating patterns. and this was so helpful. many of my questions have been answered. thanks michelle and jane :-)

  6. Thank you Michelle, Fabulous interview, super interesting, and well done by you…good questions, great open attitude, you let Jane speak her whole thoughts, can’t wait for more…although I think I can snack on these ideas, thoughts and motivations for a while : )

  7. fantastic interview – lots of info and help for textile designers. Thanks Michelle!

  8. Thanks for this interview Michelle. It was SOO interesting. You are wonderful for sharing this. I found your site quite by accident at just the right time. Very excited about this coming when I needed it.

  9. Thank you for this great interview. Inspirational to say the least. Always nice to hear from different perspectives.

  10. Thank you so much Carrie! I had so much fun as well..we have another amazing interview coming up this month so stay tuned!

  11. This is so helpful. I am so new to textile design and I don’t even know what to ask

  12. Great interview, Michelle and Jane! Really enjoyed the in-depth questions and Jane’s very positive, encouraging answers!

  13. As always, great information. Thank you.

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