Q: Where did you find your original inspiration for this collection?
A: In and around my home in the Catskill Mountains, in upstate New York.
Q: What was your “aha” moment in designing this collection?
A: When I drew the sketch of the little honey-bee mom.
Q: What would be your collection's theme song?
A: Probably "That's My Daughter, In The Water".
Q: Tell me about your sewing machines. What kinds do you have and how many?
A: I have too many to list, but the green one in the Briar Rose catalog is my current love. It's an Elna, in a wonderful "grasshopper green".
Q: What is your favorite part of the fabric industry?
A: The wonderful people!
Q: From what aspect of your life do you draw creativity?
A: My daughter, my home, and my own remembered childhood
Q: What is your design process?
A: I sketch for days, then I scan and plan repeats and composition, then I add lines and color digitally, using Photoshop. I describe my process step by step in my last book, Heather Ross Prints.
Q: What is your favorite print in the collection?
A: Nanny Bee, in green!
Q: What is the most challenging part of the design process?
A: When I've been staring at the screen for too long and can't decide if something isn't working or if I'm just tired of it.
Q: What are your favorite and least favorite colors and why?
A: Grass green, buttercup yellow, and orange. I love orange: rhymes with nothing, goes with everything!
For a closer look at Heather Ross and Briar Rose, watch our interview from Spring Quilt Market in Portland.