How to Design Quilting Fabric

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.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 11.46.21 AM3 Reasons to Love the Quilting Industry

Have you ever thought about the quilting industry, and if it is a good choice for you? Read my three reasons why I believe the quilting market is so fabulous.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 11.06.36 AMInterview with Jane Lewis of P&B Textiles

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.

Modern-Yardage1Interview with April Cobb of Modern Yardage

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.

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Interview: Rebecca Stoner

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.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 11.08.21 AMQ&A with Kim Kight

In this 50 minute recorded interview we discuss Kim’s book, The Field Guide to Fabric Design, the quilting world and the fabric industry as a whole.

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 11.21.05 AMInterview: Carolyn Friedlander

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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