Thursday, November 13, 2014

Designer Tidbits: Priory Square by Katy Jones

Good day everyone! We've got one of our favorite British bloggers, Katy Jones of I'm A Ginger Monkey, today on the Jolly Jabber. After years of quilting and blogging, she's finally debuting her first fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics. Read on to learn about her first fabric collection, Priory Square

Q: Tell us about the Priory Square Collection. What were you inspired by?
A: My inspiration came from a classic English Country Garden. I grew up with keen gardeners as parents and spent a lot of my childhood with my even more keen gardening grandparents. I was a nature nerd - obsessed with birds, flowers, and plants. I wanted my fabrics to remind me of my childhood and to be a more true representation of England than most 'English' inspired collections. Usually they have red buses and scenes of London but that's as relevant to me as the Empire State Building is to a Texan! Kind of familiar but not where my English heart lives! We all have a universal love of flowers too, whether you live in the UK or US and having something that didn't alienate others because they just weren't familiar with elements of my line was important. 


Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?

A: I started with a color palette, which was taken from a bunch of flowers. Sunday clippings was the main print, and that was where I started because I felt that it was much easier to begin with the focal print and then put in other elements around that. I don't draw so I trawled through catalogs, books, and images of flowers and gardens to find the perfect floral elements. I then created a collage on paper, and this was transferred to illustrator and manipulated until I was happy with the layout and colors. 

From there, the other prints were created around this central print. Because I'm a quilter, it was important to have prints that played well together but also on their own. I like eclectic mixes so I also wanted the collection to have that feel too. I did a lot of printing onto paper and making mock up quilt blocks to see how the prints behaved together. I found that was the best way for me to get a feel of how things would work when they were fabric. A few designs were scrapped because they weren't quite right and in others, the colors were changed. 

Q: We know that you love quilting and sewing, but what is the best part about being a fabric designer?
A: The selvage! Hands down the best part! It's a weird feeling knowing you are sewing from fabric that came from your own head. I don't think that can be beat!

Q: Do you have a favorite print from the Priory Square collection?
A: Sunday Clippings is my favorite print partly because it was the first print and where the rest of the collection evolved from, but also because it's a big bold floral and I am a sucker for big bold florals!


Q: What's next for Katy Jones?
A: My regular job as editor of Quilt Now Magazine keeps me crazy busy and I love it. So there'll be more of that, and I'm hoping that at some point in 2015, I can convince my bosses that we need to get international distribution for the magazine. I'll be at Quilt Con teaching in February and at Glamp Stitchalot in November also teaching. Maybe there'll be more fabric eventually, but that's not something I'm thinking about right now - I need to get my first Quilt Market booth ready before I can think about all that. 



SURPRISE! We're giving away a Priory Square Fat Quarter bundle in honor of Katy's new collection. Just enter through Rafflecopter below for your chance to win. This contest ends on November 19th, 2014 and the winner will be announced on November 20th, 2014 Good luck everyone!
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Just Sew Sue said...

I'd add them to my stash to use in scrap quilts so that I will see the lovely prints in many of my quilts.

Cotton Blossom said...

I'm looking to make a Pickle Dish quilt. Thanks for the inspiration!

Laura said...

I think Priory Square would be fabulous in a quilt for my bed!

JudyB said...

I'd make a couch quilt featuring Sunday clippings. I'd need some additional yardage of that print--it's my favorite!

Paula @ Sewy Stuff said...

I think these would make gorgeous pillows!

Tracy said...

It's so lovely, maybe it's time I make a quilt for my mother!

Mary said...

I love the mix of colors of the Priory Square collection!

memmens said...

I fancy making a Trail Tote bag with them.

Louise said...

Beautiful fabric line! I would definitely make a quilt. The big question is: for myself, or as a gift? Hmm.

Kristen Jones said...

I absolutely adore this line! Sunday clippings is beautiful! And I also love that gold rose! I cannot wait to get some of this fabric. I think I may make a holiday in London duffle with the map print and others. Wouldn't that be quite fitting? Thanks for the awesome chance to win!

Stephanie Lau said...

Love a lap quilt in this color story.

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Liz said...

I'd make a set of cushions, maybe in hourglass blocks. Beautiful collection!

Marie Chat said...

This collection is so fun! I'd love to make a tablerunner and place mats.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I have a quilt design I have been working on and this collection would be perfect! Thanks

Lynda said...

I am making swoon blocks and would love to use your main print and a coordinate to add to my collection. I will eventually put them together ( I currently have six completed) but meanwhile it is just fun coming up with different fabric choices for them.

Stephanie Bertics said...

I love this fabric and I know my BFF would love it too. I would make her a quilt, I owe her one, I've never made her one.

Oksana Shpack said...

I love this collection. It combines unusual patterns and colors.

Sonja Loyd said...

Love the mustard and pink,green ,black scheme.I would make a quilt for my enclosed porch ,Something to cuddle up to in the seasons .

Crafty Coffin said...

I'd love to make some bold pillows.

Carrie P. said...

definitely a quilt

nan_c said...

I love the colors in this collection! Really great fabrics!

Cherise Towrr said...

I love all the colors in this collection! I think I would make some beautiful pillows or clothes for my girls with it! Thanks!

C Franklin said...

Very pretty collection. Definately a quilt.
cfquilts@gmail.com

Debbie said...

I would love to make a quilt.

Monica said...

I'd make a lap quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

Karin said...

I'd make the fat eighth fizz quilt. But I might steal the map fabric and keep it for myself!

Gill said...

I'd make a picnic quilt!

Linda B said...

Not sure what I would make. The sky is the limit on what to make.

delaineelliott said...

This fabric is beautiful! I would make quilts, quilts, and more quilts with it. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

bee said...

some zip bags for gifts this christmas perhaps!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I think this fabric would make a beautiful lap quilt. Thanks!

supersara20 said...

I want to copy the bag made from this line by Schnitzel & Boo. Gorgeous!

Dianne Bienick said...

I love scrappy quilts. Priory Square would be a perfect compliment to my stash.

Dianne

Tina Short said...

I need to make another Linus Quilt soon so this would be ideal.

Quilting Tangent said...

A scrappy quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Kitten said...

I'd make a throw quilt and big plump pillows to liven up our sofa during the all too long winter months. All these flowers & bright colors would remind me of warmer days that I so love.
Debbie
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Laura Stepien said...

I love this collection! I think it would make a great shoulder bag with those big bold flowers. And the subtle rose pattern would make a beautiful scarf.

Karen said...

Beautiful prints that aren't just 'filler'. A Dresden Plate quilt would be fantastic, but maybe a Swoon quilt?

Laurel said...

Love English gardens and love this fabric line.

shayne said...

Everything!!

Kristal said...

I love everything about this! the midnight blue with yellow and Aqua and just a little pink is amazing!!!

EG said...

A quilt, of course! But first I'd have to stare at it for months before finding JUST THE RIGHT quilt design. :)

Anonymous said...

I would be very tempted to follow Katy's example
and make a Dresden quilt
- vintage and cool!

Gayla May said...

I've been wanting to make a totally hand-pieced and hand-quilted piece and I think these fabrics would be a great choice for that!

Thanks!

Kerry Young said...

Anything - the materials are beautiful

Julia said...

I would make a bag!

Anita said...

This collection is so versatile. I would make quilts of course but I think I would also like to make accessories such as bags and scarves. I am hoping to get some voile to make blouses as well. Thank you for another lovely giveaway!

RobinRiley said...

I just love this fabric-the colors!
I would make my daughter a jewelry roll and I would make a quilt.

magistra said...

I love scrappy quilts using fabrics I love, so I think Priory Square would get mixed into my next Scrappy Quilt.
Magistra13 at yahoo dot com
Beth

Andrea York said...

I think I'd make a lap quilt with these fabrics-something like the fat quarter fizz pattern that works up quickly!

Whitney s. said...

I would make a quilt out of these pretty fabrics & some sort of tote bag!

Marisa Adams said...

Love the colors in this line...a spring quilt in the making!

Jenelle said...

Simply gorgeous! I would make a travel case for my beauty products.

Linda said...

HI, SO PRETTY! I'D MAKE A LAP QUILT FOR A FRIEND! THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

dortha said...

Would be a lovely quilt for a friend.

Patti K said...

The floral with the navy background is so cute! Love those colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

Tamie said...

I just got to see these in person the other night. Lovely. I think they would make a great throw.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I am a sucker for florals too, but I cannot decide if my favourite is Sunday clippings or cottagely posy.

Lee said...

I would love to make a pretty bed runner!

Anonymous said...

A pretty quilt

NancyL said...

I'd make a quilt or doll quilts or clothes for my granddaughters. Such cute fabric!!

Mrs MomMegan Craftsalot said...

Lovely fabric. I would make a baby quilt of star blocks to show off the bold flower print.

Melissa Miller said...

I enjoy reading about her creative process. So many fabric collection is put out by designers and no insight is provided to how the designs came about, especially when they are non-artists -- meaning not illustrators, painters, etc.

sue I said...

I would make a small quilt for a wall hanging-love the colors

SarahZ said...

These are such lovelies! They would undoubtedly find their way into a quilt of some kind...maybe a cushion :)

Kimberly said...

I'd make a mini quilt!

Mego said...

I LOVE this line! I'd make something improvisational...to use up every bit!!!

Vicki H said...

I am needing new pillows. Thanks.

lindawwww said...

I love the colours and I would make a small floral applique wall hanging.
lin dot web dot 28 at gmail dot com

Mary W Quilts said...

I'd like to make a big slouchy bag!

Havplenty said...

This collection would go in my stash and become parts in several of my quilts.

tushay3(at)yahoo(dot)com

GO STARS! said...

This is a beautiful collection. I'd make a beautiful floral quilt for my niece.

Tabitha Keener said...

I would love to make a bag and a quilt! Thanks so much for the giveaway, I love this design!

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

SeeAmySew- Amy Caldwell said...

I would love to show off these fabrics in a lattice quilt with bright white sashing to allow the colors to pop!!

Allison C said...

Not sure what I would make...maybe stash it for now and let it inspire me to make something awesome.

Lynne Tilley said...

I would make a pretty bag I think! Or a quilt. Such a pretty throw for my couch to cover up with during this coming winter!

Anonymous said...

I would make a quilt and keep it!! I give most everything I make away but this is gorgeous fabric and I will keep it and love it.
Pauline

perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Cindy Swoveland said...

I would make some placemats and a table runner for the summer.

Anna said...

A quilt just for me!!! I make so many to give away, I think I am overdue for one for myself!

Genee' Davis said...

I am constantly working on quilts for gifts and charities......so I'd definitely make a sweet quilt!♡ love this!♡

Crafting Kim said...

What a lovely giveaway. I would use these fabrics in a quilt, with some others from my stash. Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda said...

I'd make a lovely bright summery table runner and some coasters.

pennydog said...

Maybe a big bolster cushion. I've ordered some knit too to make a raglan top :)

SewSuzie said...

I am not sure. Into the stash first until the right project comes up.

Beth said...

I was interested to hear about your creative process

Anonymous said...

This fabric is gorgeous.

Susan Smith said...

Maybe some big, bright, happy pillows!

Suzie said...

Love the colors and thank you for the contest!!!

KathyinMN said...

I've been eyeing up a dresdan plate quilt, I think this line would be perfect to try with that pattern.

Martha Cook said...

Oh the possibilities. Thank you for the offer.

Melanie Hudgens said...

I recently bought a fat quarter quilt pattern. Never have used fat quarters so wanting to try something new. Thanks!

lalaluu said...

Love this collection! I think I would want to see it everyday, so I would make a few large pillows for my couch.

Mrs.Giggles (Anna) said...

I love this range, and cannot wait for it to arrive in my door ;)

Michele said...

Making a baby quilt would be a lot of fun with these fabrics!

Maggey and Jim said...

I think your fabrics would make a lovely table topper. Love them all...

Lori said...

Oh what lovely fabrics. Hmm I think some pillows would be in order here.

Kathy H said...

I think the collection would look beautiful in a grandmother's fan quilt.

annemarie said...

I would make a lap quilt - love this fabric.

Beth said...

Mug rugs all around! I'd love to make a series of mug rugs for my dearest friends. There is something so vibrant and jubilant about this collection; I like to think of each of us settling in with a cup of tea, a Christmas movie, and our own Priory Square mug rug.

Sylvia Anderson said...

When I reached the end of the interview and found there was a giveaway of this awesome fabric, my morning got much brighter. Your primary fabric, Sunday Clippings, is a standout and so colorfully striking, that I will have to get some yardage of that one. Thanks you for this giveaway opportunity.
lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

Patricia said...

Love this bundle and need need it.

Patricia C

Lauren said...

I love these fabrics! I would use them in a quilt and to make clothes for my little girl!!! Thanks!!!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I would make napkins and a table runner out of Priory Square.

Lisa said...

I would turn this into a baby girl's quilt so fast your head would spin! I love love love this fabric!

Tinliz said...

I would pet them, talk to them and listen to what they want to become. Then I would start to cut and sew.

Marie Atkinson said...

Great line of fabric - has a nice vintage feel

Kartar Kaur Khalsa said...

Fabulous line! I'd make something fab - not sure what! :)

Nancy said...

I think I'd make mug rugs!

Shirley sascott4@hotmail.com said...

I love the Rolling Stone block and think this fabric selection would make a beautiful quilt. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway

Janie said...

The fabric is lovely. I would make a quillow. Thanks for the chance.

janie.mccombs(at)yahoo.com

Rosyquilter said...

I would be making a 'happy' quilt with this fabulous fabric... something for my mom who love flowers and gardening.

LZ said...

Oh, those fabrics are lovely. Especially the focal print.

Lorene Holbrook said...

I just found a wonderful table runner that would be awesome with these fabrics! leftovers? into a scrap quilt!!!

Veronika said...

Love this collection- I'd make a hip quilt And/or some awesome throw pillows!

cjmont said...

these fabrics are gorgeous i would make pillows to welcome spring back in a few months

Mary Deckert said...

Beautiful fabric for a scrappy quilt!

Trudy Keller said...

Love the fabric! I would make a throw quilt.

Anita Gambrell said...

I would make a quilt with this fabric . It is beautiful! I love the colors !

Paul Burega said...

Looks like some great fabrics to make a bargello quilt.

keen Keyes said...

I would make a quilt

rrjane011749 said...

Love these fabrics, would make a quilt for myself!

Mary Ann R said...

Beautiful. I think some of the fabrics could make a beautiful skirt or dress. Would love to see some of those beautiful english gardens.

linynp said...

I would love to make a swoon quilt and a 241 tote!

Karen said...

I'd make a quilt where each of the prints is highlighted.

Applikaye said...

I just love the colors. Can't wait to order it.

Wendy said...

Love those colors! Definitely a quilt!

Karen Thurn said...

I'd make a lovely quilt for my bed being that I always give away my quilts, this one would be a keeper. kthurn@bektel.com

Miss Nancy said...

Lovely fabric!!! Love the design! Would make a great quilt, table runner, or pillow. Thank you for this great giveaway!
Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

Jan said...

Really cute fabric. I'd start with an outfit for my girlies, then move on from there. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Nita said...

I would love to make a quilt for a dear friend.

Nancy Hilderbrand said...

I would put the material in my stash and save for a quilt

Haley said...

I'm designing a new quilt right now and I'd use this in it.

Jennifer said...

I would love to make a wallet with this fabric!!

Unknown said...

my favorite new line this fall.
zanalou999@gmail.com

mary mahoo said...

I'd love a duffle bag made with Priory Square!

Noel Minneci said...

Priory Square will be the focus collection for a new X & Plus quilt.

Penny from S.C. said...

I love your fabrics - hope to be able to find them around where I live soon! Thanks

tlcala4me said...

I would make hatboxes and a piece or two of luggage with these prints.

Sheila Howard said...

Such a great fabric collection!
I have 3 daughters and would use the fabric bundle to make something for each one of them--quilted totes, cosmetics bags etc.
Thank you for the giveaway.

Susan Stanton said...

I would love to make a tote bag and a zippered pouch!

Corrie Tollett said...

I love the navy fabric and I would make a quilt maybe a dresden design.

Cynthia Weeks said...

I love the tops and dresses!

Jacqueline Frances said...

That Dresden Flower is so pretty in this line, I think I'd make a dresden Hearts quilt!
Thanks so much for the giveaway,
Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

salamanda said...

Some EPP cushions for my bedroom

Anonymous said...

A tablerunner or small wallhanging would be great in this fabric collection!

Dixie said...

Love the fabrics! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Jen Beatty said...

Great interview w/Katy!... I love her magazine & fabric.

Ramona said...

I want to make a scrappy quilt that lets all the colors and patterns play. The Roundhouse quilt pattern by TraceyJayQuilts would be awesome in these fabrics.

Judy1522 said...

I love the colors in this fabric and I would definitely make a quilt with it.

Gill said...

I would make little lavender scented pillows, a purse, a pincushion and anything else I can think of! Thank you for the giveaway.
gilldusty2@btinternet.com

Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

I would use it along with other fabric in my stash to make a picnic quilt for my middle daughter.

Lisa Marie said...

I think it would make a gorgeous patchwork bag.

Joan H. said...

I would make a lovely lap quilt.

KatieQ said...

I have been wanting to make a couch quilt with the One thousand pyramid pattern using crisp white with bright colors. I think this fabric line would be perfect.

Dawn said...

I would make pillows.
dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

Terry said...

I'd definitely make a fun quilt with these pretty fabrics!! Thanks for the chance :)
terryscwayons(at)yahoo(dot)com

Debbie said...

I would make a pretty tote bag!
gussek at Hotmail dot com

Stacy said...

I would make a quilt of course!

Barb in Mi said...

I would make a Dresden Plate quilt - her example in the look-book is just fabulous Thank you!

Pink Scissors Design said...

Pillowcases!

Deborah
Pink Scissors Design on Etsy
pinkscissorsdesign @gmail.com

Lisas Mom said...

I'd make a throw sized quilt. These prints are soo cute!

Judy Ducrou said...

Love this range this would make a beautiful quilt for my granddaughter, which one? that would be x 3

Mary said...

I'd love to make some pillows with this collection

debra peters said...

Id make a quilt for my precious great neice MIla Grace!

Anonymous said...

I'm primarily a quilter, but my granddaughter would love a skirt made from this collection. I have a scrappy pattern that's perfect!

kristelleke said...

We just painted our kitchen and livingroom in a neutral colour. Some placemats, a tablerunner and a few pillowcovers in these fabrics would bring colour in our lives (next to the crafts of the kids of course ;-))

Juels said...

Cute fabric. I'd make a quilt, of course!

lauraluvsloons said...

this is a beautiful line of fabric. I'd love to make a lap quilt for one of my adult daughters.

Michele T said...

Oooooh! This fabric collection is so pretty, I'm thinking that a quilted bed runner and matching cushion covers would be perfect for our master bedroom!!

Carol Page said...

a quilt with a simple, graphic pattern so the fabrics would pop even more:0

diana said...

I would make aprons; great prints!

Betty said...

Would make a cute Disappearing 9 Patch quilt by showcasing the prints in the corners and the solids as the center accent.

OhioLori said...

Would definitely make that Heart Quilt!! Looove it!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I love Sunday clippings best and of course I love quilt now magazine!

ronnie said...

I'd make a darling pillow.

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I'd make a quilt because that's all I make;)

Joyce Carter said...

I would use them in a scrappy quilt. Thank you for the giveaway.

Kathy E. said...

My project for this bundle would be a table runner! The colors remind me of spring with such happy colors.

Sarah said...

A picnic quilt! sarah@forrussia.org

Carol Kuse said...

I think they will work in lots of quilts I plan to make.

Jennifer said...

I think these prints would make a lovely churn dash quilt.

Kathy said...

I love making pillows so that's probably what I'd make. Maybe a matching lap quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Barb said...

I love this color palette and mix of large and small prints. I would love to make something Henie with this bundle. Thanks for the chance!

Karen said...

I would like to make lots of beautiful zipper pouches in all sizes for my friends as gifts.

Robbie said...

I think I would make a tumbler quilt. I love the beautiful colors.

Jeanine said...

My grand-daughter doesn't have a quilt yet, so that would be my first priority!

Audrey said...

This collection would make a lovely throw for a special friend in need of some cheering up these days. Thanks for offering a giveaway of Priory Square.

lfhpueblo said...

Embellishments on two little girl shirts and two little girl pairs of pants.
Lauralee Hensley
lfhpueblo@msn.com

GranChris said...

I'd make a quilt for sure. Wonderful fabric.

PK Sews said...

I'd love to make a Dresden plate quilt with this gorgeous fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

valerie boudier said...

Lovely fabric. I's probably make cushions...or bags

Jean said...

I really like the strong contrasts in this collection. I would make a lap quilt or maybe a tote bag. Thank you for the giveaway!

citronmarbre said...

I love these flower prints! I would really love to make cute little pouches!

Anonymous said...

Yes have an international distr for the mags....you have Aussie fans waiting. .!!ganddpalmer@bigpond.com

Donna quilts said...

I love the Dresden plate pictured in the blog post. It might be time for me to make my first Dresden plate quilt!

Emily C said...

I think I might try a Rapture quilt, that one is really pretty.

Sherry VF said...

I've been wanting make The Professional Tote and Priory would look great done up in the tote. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Teresa Stanulis said...

I'd make a pretty tote bag for myself!
tstanulis@verizon.net

Lorinda said...

This line would be great to make a quilt for my sister. She loves flowers and lots of color.

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