Q: Where did you find your original inspiration for this collection?
A: I wanted a traditional print from nature that would work well in today's more contemporary household. I think the modern quilter will love this line; the colors are so bright and fresh!
Q: What TV show or movie does your collection fit best in?
A: I watch the Hallmark Channel where all the movies are sappy and have happy endings. Any love story will do!
Q: Tell me about your sewing machine(s). What kinds do you have and how many?
A: I have been using Babylock Sewing machines for the past six years. The Symphony is my favorite. I have a dozen of them at the Bear's Paw Ranch for students to use in a classroom above my garage. There's also one in each of my three sewing rooms: one on my "set", one in Quilt in a Day's sewing room, and one in my second home sewing room. I'm not bragging or complaining! Babylock furnished me with a machine for every Koala sewing table I own. My favorite feature is automatic pivoting with needle down.
Q: What is your favorite part of the fabric industry?
A: I love the feel of the fabric! I can be completely stressed and after I stoke a piece of fabric, my worries just seam to disappear.
Q: From what aspect of your life do you draw creativity?
A: My inspiration always comes from nature or history. I have a log cabin in the mountains of Julian, CA where I watch the change of seasons. The colors can take your breath away.
I've done several books and lines of fabric that dig back in history, such as a 30's line for Egg Money Quilts, and 40's patriotic line for Victory Quilts. I select traditional patterns and fabric to help tell my story.
Q: What is your favorite print in the collection?
A: My favorite is the large scale Rose, 1227. I like the graceful lines of a rose and the smell it brings to a room. You can have more blooms in a season by simply trimming the bushes.
Q: What is the most challenging part of the design process?
A: It's challenging for the whole line to be cohesive and flow. To use the fabric in a quilt, you need variety as large scales, ones that read solid, small scales but not spotty, some fussy cuts, stripes, different values, and textures.
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite colors and why?
A: I am a Red, white and blue gal through and through with my birthday on July 3rd. My least favorite color in general is Orange. However, I really like the Juicy Mango in the Ellie Ann line. Normally I can only bring myself to use orange in the fall but now I can see that I will be using it all year long!
Want a taste of Ellie Ann for yourself? We are giving away one fat quarter of each print in the collection to a lucky winner! UPDATE Barbara Edmondson was chosen as our winner! Please send your full shipping information to chelsey[at]fatquartershop[dot]com. Thanks for playing, everyone!