Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Designer Tidbits: Emily Taylor


The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Emily Taylor to the Jolly Jabber. Emily’s latest fabric collection is Verona from Riley Blake Designs.





Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Verona collection?
A: This is surprisingly tough! I just wanted to create something that contained some natural but vibrant hues, something that I would use to create a quilt for one of my daughters. I've dreamed of taking my girls to Verona, Italy (the setting for Romeo & Juliet). My oldest daughter is a hopeless romantic and I know she would be as enchanted as I was when I first visited Verona. The swirls and paisley shapes remind me of traditional Italian design, and the collection is almost as charming as Verona! Here is the original sketch I did, and a magazine clipping that helped to inspire the color scheme:





Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A: Love this question!! Here it is:
1. "I'd Rather be with You" - Joshua Radin
2. "The Way I Am" - Ingrid Michaelson
3. "Everybody" - Ingrid Michaelsen
4. "Suddenly I See" - K.T. Tunstall
5. "Not Falling Apart" - Maroon 5
6. "On the Radio" - Regina Spektor
7. "Paper Weight" - Joshua Radin

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite?
A: My very favorite piece in the collection is the main print in the gray color-way! The whole collection was created around this piece. The colors are an interesting medley and provide a nice complement to everything else in the Verona collection. I'm really having fun using it in my projects!




Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A: I've only had a small sample of the fabric to work with, but here is one quilt I quite like -- a very simple quilt. It's not quite finished... needs to be quilted and bound still.



Here is the quick and easy pattern I made up for it:


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Another project that I'm smitten with is one that I commissioned Angelina Fracchiolla, of the Ruby Jean blog, to create for me. This apron/pinafore took my breath away when I saw it!




Q: If this collection had a scent to it, what would it be?
A: The scent of this collection is absolutely Jo Malone's White Jasmine & Mint.

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A: My next collection is entitled "Avignon" (I'm making my way around charming cities in Europe). Here's a sneak peek of it:




Q: If you had a mascot, what animal would it be?
A: My mascot is my Cocker Spaniel, Winston.

Q: Who is your favorite celebrity?
A: My favorite celebrity is Oprah! Who else on all in all media inspires and teaches people to reach their potential? She is the best!




Q: If we were making a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
A: In a movie of my life, I'd really like to be played by Angelina Jolie. I'm smitten by her beauty just like everyone else!




Q: Who is your favorite fabric designer not including yourself?
A: My favorite designer is Joel Dewberry. He is amazing!


4 comments:

JustPam said...

Thanks for the interview. I love Verona and can't wait to find the right project to use it in.

Sherry said...

The Verona fabric is beautiful. I love the simple quilt design you shared. It is a good showcase for the fabric.

elletaylor said...

My daughter's name is Emily Taylor! I always stop to look at your designs. She is an art/fashion student at Texas Tech....

Judy Blinkenberg said...

I didn't realize how beautiful your fabric was until I saw your quilt. It is so pretty. Thank you for the pattern and the lovely fabric!