What was your design process for Winter Wonderland?
Designing a fabric line is like telling a story with a beginning, middle and end. I start with a theme, work on an outline, add in some color and make sure it has something unexpected. The more I work on a fabric line the more it grows and changes, often taking off in new directions I hadn't planned on.
Tell us some design trends you're currently exploring.
I love the idea of smaller projects and the trend for "small" seems to be growing. We're all pressed for time, and working on a project that can be completed in a day or two gives a wonderful sense of fulfillment. I'll always design large applique quilts, but each season I'll add in more of the fun "little" things.
What do you hope to find made up in Winter Wonderland?
I've designed a lot of fun patterns for Winter Wonderland, but I know you can think up more. What about a table runner, table cloth, napkins, tree skirt or stocking? Make a Christmas tote, purse and a few special gift bags. Doesn't a fabric covered journal sound cute?
What is your absolute favorite Christmas tradition?
It's hard to pick just one tradition because Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love everything about Christmas, but at the top of my list is decorating the tree. I have about three sets of decorations and I alternate them every year. I always add a few new ornaments and different bows. I invite my granddaughters over for a day of hot chocolate and tree decorating. Making lasting memories is a great tradition!
Time to confess a big sewing faux pas!
When I was cutting a quilt border, I cut the entire strip 3 ½" instead of 4 ½". Luckily, I like to cut my borders lengthwise, so I had enough fabric to cut another strip. What is it they always say? Measure twice, cut once. It's really true!