The quilting industry consists of companies that design and sell fabric, notions, patterns, and other accessories to the home quilter. In recent years quilting fabric companies have begun expanding the market to include home sewers who create a variety of craft projects, including handbags, curtains, pillows, kitchen towels, dresses, etc. Are you interested in learning how to design fabric for the quilting market? These free resources will help get you started designing quilting fabrics.
In this 40 minute recorded interview 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: “What are manufacturers looking for in patterns or collections?” “What makes a collection irresistible to you?” and lots of other juicy topics.
April Cobb is the owner of Modern Yardage, an unconventional digitally printed fabric design/manufacturing/retail company that is changing the way people think about and buy fabric. April was kind enough to answers some of our questions about her exciting business and what she has learned about the quilting industry.
Rebecca Stoner is a Surface Pattern Designer based in York, England, and launched her first licensed fabric collection, called “Prairie,” with Dashwood Studio. In this post Rebecca answers questions about how the collection came to be, and provides some wonderful insights into what it takes to have a successful career in the surface design industry.
Carolyn Friedlander is a Florida-based designer who specializes in quilt and sewing patterns. In this post she answers some questions about the experience of exhibiting at Quilt Market and working with quilting fabric manufacturer Robert Kaufman!
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