The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Debbie Beaves to the Jolly Jabber. Debbie’s latest fabric collection is Simple Pleasures from RJR Fabrics.
Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Simple Pleasures collection?
A: I was browsing through a local garden center and a group of African Daisies caught my eye. The cheerful yellow petals with a surprising orange center just clicked something in my brain! Daisies are a simple flower and a pleasure to look at.
Q: What are 3 Words you would choose to describe this collection?
Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: Progressive Dots is based on a vintage fabric swatch I own. The picotage dots are spaced farther apart as they get progressively become larger allowing the background and dot coloration to interact more. This allows a hombre, gentle light to dark value change in stripe-like rows, to appear.
Q: What is your dream project using this collection?
A: The "Let the Sunshine In!" project. I had to simplify the already single petal style of the daisies. Each appliqué petal is a merging of 2 or more single petals. This gives a natural silhouette of the daisy with fewer appliqué pieces. I grew up in the '70s so the song kept going through my head as I designed it. It was a very happy experience to design and make the quilt. The Sparkling Jewels was a kick to design using the entire color range.
Debbie's Silly Secrets:
1. What music are you listening to right now?
2. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
I was born and raised in Murray Utah on the outskirts of Salt Lake City. I have lived in the NW, Vancouver Washington since 1991.
3. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?
I have two little dogs Teddy Bear (a pomeroodle) and Bella (a long hair Chihuahua). Bear has been confusing for the grandkids. They are learning baby signing and my Bear is a dog and looks like a snuggle teddy bear.
4. Your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest life pet peeve is when people don't accept the differences in the people around them as "normal". My biggest quilting pet peeve is when a new quilter doesn't have access to other quilters to ask questions and learn.
5. What color are you thinking about today?
Deep pink with a violet cast