Friday, April 29, 2011

Designer Tidbits: Anna Griffin

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Anna Griffin to the Jolly Jabber. Anna Griffin’s latest fabric collections are Francesca and Isabelle Christmas. Today we have a little Q & A on Francesca and the designer herself, Anna Griffin.

Q: How did you get into designing fabric?

A: It’s hard to believe that eight years have passed since the debut of the first Anna Griffin quilting fabrics! My transition into the textile market was an easy one for me because my designs translate beautifully on both paper and fabric. A lot of my designs are reinterpretations of antique textiles, so it just makes sense!

Q: Do you quilt, sew or have any other creative outlet?

A: I learned to sew when I was nine years old. Growing up in a small town, extra curricular activities like the 4H Club were part of my weekly activities. I even won a blue ribbon for my blue print bib short set! There are no blue ribbons these days, but I can still sew – little time to devote to it though. With the new decorative fabric division of the company, I am busier than ever…but in a good way!

Q: What was the first seed that planted the idea of making this line?

A: Antiques inspire all of my collections, I love to take old things and make them new. Francesca was inspired by a beautiful 18th century floral painting that I own and was reinterpreted for use in fabric. From tufted patterns, tossed florals and damask prints this collection is wonderfully sophisticated.

Q: Where did you pull the colors from or what was the inspiration of the colors?

A: I’m always tearing sheets from home decorating magazines, coming up with colors and looking for trends for fabrics. I combined a beautiful, crumbling Italian Villa photo with the original colors of the floral painting and voila, Francesca’s muted hues were created. It seems that bedroom colors today need to be rich and romantic, so I went with soft tones of grey-blue, taupe and olive green colorways paired with my very favorite shade of shell pink.

Q: What are a few of your favorite projects you have made or you have seen made with this line?

A: For my gift line, the taupe Francesca floral has become a luxurious tote bag, picture frame and hanging magnet board. They are lovely! We have just completed a few digital quilts with the group that show how easy it is to mix and match this collection. The fabrics by the yard from this collection is available this month, so I can not wait to see all that will come from this pretty group!

Q: What can anticipate to come out next?

A: Block print florals and Lace!

Anna Griffin

Also, don't forget to check out her Christmas line that came out along side Francesca-- Isabelle Christmas.  It's an adorable vintage Christmas!


VickiT said...

I really love the Isabelle Christmas fabrics. So pretty.

Perry said...

I like the antique and romantic look of Francesca and Isabele Christmas, both reminders of earlier times.