Friday, March 20, 2015

Designer Tidbits: Kate Spain (Paradiso GIVEAWAY)

Hello Fat Quarter Shoppers! It's Kate Spain here on the Jolly Jabber and I'm so thankful to Kimberly and FQS for inviting me here today to share about Paradiso, my newest fabric collection for Moda Fabrics! 

Q: Tell us about the Paradiso collection. What were you inspired by?
Kate: As it usually happens with my design process, when I finish one collection, I'm left with more ideas swirling around and unresolved so they carry me forward into the next collection. My previous collection, Horizon, was inspired by the colors of sea glass, and I guess it was that combination of dreaming of warm shores and escaping the cold winter that very naturally drew me into a tropical palette and floral Paradiso. The corals, aquas, blues and charcoal grays will blend perfectly with any leftovers from Horizon to create a bright beautiful range of harmonious, happy colors. If anyone has the kind of winter we've been having, Paradiso couldn't arrive at a better time! 

Q: Which print is your favorite?
Kate: My favorite prints are usually the ones where I feel like I'm trying something a little different and bringing something new to my style that stretches and pushes me forward as a designer. It's probably because of this that I can never pick which prints will be the most popular in a collection! I get attached to certain prints for various reasons so can I cheat and pick three? I love the energy of Rhapsody. This came from a painting I did in my sketchbook.

I really like the texture of this one called Tradewinds from random elements I pulled together from my sketchbook. And I didn't realize it until I actually made a quilt, but I love the optical motion that Veranda adds to a finished quilt. 

Q: What is your favorite project you made with Paradiso?
Kate: Can I have a few favorites for this too? For Fall Quilt Market, the Moda Schoolhouse included a "pajama party" theme, so to play along, we were asked to make pajama bottoms. I have to admit, it seemed a bit daunting having never sewn anything that fit well before (oh! I've tried). But I turned to the internet for some how-to tutorials and was able to make a pair of drawstring PJs that I wear all the time. I incorporated elements from here and there and improvised a lot!
I'm also really excited to be offering new quilt patterns in our shop!

Here's Shangri-La that I pieced and quilted for my booth at Quilt Market. 

And here's Tradewinds that was pieced by Sherri McConnell, quilted by Val Krueger and is on our bed right now - along with my fave Denyse Schmidt pillows! As you can see, this quilt happens to be someone else's favorite too! 

Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Kate: Paws down, I'd want to be a cat so I could lounge on the ironing board, like Franny, instead of actually using it.

Stretch and sleep, like Lou, as much as possible

Or squeeze myself into an empty box, like Roscoe for a nap,
For a gazillion more pictures of these three (well, and some other photos too), come and visit me on instagram @katespain. Hope to meet you there!

SURPRISE! Franny, Lou, and Roscoe (along with Kate) are giving away a Paradiso Fat Eighth bundle and a Paradiso PDF pattern of your choice! To enter the giveaway, all you need to do is enter through Rafflecopter below. 
Thank you so much for reading along! We can't wait to see what projects are made with Paradiso, and please don't forget to share so we can highlight your beautiful work! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Jeanie said...

I think I like crocus simply because it's the first one to sprout in my yard in the spring ....regardless if there is still snow on the ground. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I love Iris's

SuperMomNoCape said...

I actually have two favorite spring flowers... crocuses and daffodils. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win some of that beautiful fabric.

Sandra said...

I just love tulips. Maybe because I also love yellow roses. Thank you for the chance to become of this new line of fabric as well as a new pattern.

Sandi Timmons
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

Carol said...

My favorite spring flower is tulip

DebrafromMD said...

Daffodils!

Gretchen said...

Lily of the valley is my favorite spring flower, although crocuses are a close second because they show up first!

Elizabeth said...

White tulips are my favorite.

Southern Gal said...

The Gerbera daisies on my back patio! Thanks for the chance.

Joanna said...

I love tulips!

Brenna said...

Lilies, of all shapes and sizes!

Monica said...

I've always loved tulips.

Bunny Wilson said...

I think my favorite Spring flower is the daffodil

JudyB said...

It's really hard to decide--I love crocuses, I love daffodils, I love tulips....

Janie said...

Tulips I love all of the colors. I can't wait for mine to bloom. Thank you for the giveaway.

Lorraine said...

Definitely tulips, although daffodils are a close second.

PK Sews said...

Thanks for this delightful post! I love reading about fabric designers and their inspiration. And I love Kate's fabric. My favorite spring flower is the daffodil.

Quilter Kathy said...

Gorgeous fabrics! I love all spring flowers because they signal the end of the long cold winter! My fave is daffodils because they pop up first and are yellow! I also like the variety of tulips, and the scent of amaryllis.

bountiful quilter said...

I love these colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

madebymeinred said...

Spring flowers always smell the best. The blooms on bushes are amazing too.

JoyceLM said...

Daffodils are my favorite - bright sunny yellows make me happy. Thanks.

hiyacinth said...

Daffodils!

Willa said...

Loving our daffodils, forsythia and Lenten roses. Camellias also beginning to bloom. Love Spring but not so fond of sneezes that come.

Lisa said...

Tulips without a doubt!

Tina O. said...

I like Lily's.

Peggy Phillips said...

Peonies are my favorite - such beautiful colors and sizes and so feminine.

Kathy said...

Love the prints and Destination - what a great pattern

Mary Clark said...

Love this fabric ... and love the three kitties, too :)

Mary

Nettie said...

I would have to say the miniature daffodils are my new favorite flowers! Guess it is because I have a special spot in my heart for anything miniature....
Love this new spring collection of fabrics so much.
Thanks!
nettiecrain@live.com

JudyCinNC said...

Hyacinth and tulips - especially double tulips. Still in love with all things Kate Spain ... some of my favorite quilts are with your fabrics. Judy C in NC

Miss Nancy said...

Love these fabrics!! Kate Spain is a great designer!! Thank you for this great giveaway! I love all the flowers of spring for their great colors. I love seeing new plant life come into bloom.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

Ramona said...

Dafodills are just so cheerful. Love the clear colors in this line. Beautiful job.

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

I'd have to say tulips. I love their bright colors!

Debbie said...

I love tulips.

Cathy said...

I love daffodils and lily of the valley. Am anxious to see them soon!

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needle and nest said...

I love tulips and daffodils - thanks for the chance to win!

Deb said...

Purple coneflowers...crazy me though keeps calling them pinecones!

Brenda Iwami said...

I love daffodils 'cuz I tend to see them 1st!

Elaine said...

I love Hellebores, they bloom very early and last a long time. Thanks for the giveaway.

Kristen said...

Daffodils are my favorite...probably because they are the first signs of spring we see around here.

Ann Dunn said...

I like daffodils. It seems as though they pop out overnight and make everything look cheerful.

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Julie Ann said...

Tulips, but I love arrangements of assorted spring blooms!

Nori L said...

Daisies are my favorite spring flower!

Kd Brown said...

My favorite spring flower is iris and lily of the valley. Love their fragrance.

JanetD said...

Azaleas are my favorite! Spectacular but too short lived!

Elisabetta said...

Crocus is my favorite, so simple but extremely beautiful with its bright and energic colors! And last but not least it's spontaneous ^_^

Cindy Frazier said...

What beautiful fabric, and an awesome giveaway!

quilt455 said...

Any kind of daisy

quilt455 said...

Any kind of daisy

Sarina said...

I'm not sure how to pick one! They're all so happy and fun in their own unique ways! I love the daffodils, tulips, iris... And I love the blooms on the trees!

cookie said...

Love your colors. I love tulips. I also love your name. It sounds like a character in a mystery novel.

Andrea York said...

Daffodils are my favorite, their bright yellow colors are so cheery!

Barbara McD said...
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JudyBL said...

Yellow daffodils!! Love the new Kate fabric - thanks for another great giveaway!

Lori V said...

Happy, sunny daffodils!

Nancy said...

Not sure if it would count, but I love purple wisteria!

Barbara McD said...

Living in the Deep South, there are so many flowers to choose from!! I'll have to say it's a tie between azaleas and dogwoods!

Thanks for an awesome giveaway!!

Lisa Walsh said...

Daffodils! Such a cheerful flower! thanks for the great giveaway!

Heather Chermak said...

Kate is one of my favorite designers. My favorite spring flower is Lilly of the Valley. I love the variations of green and the pop of white. Happy spring!

RosieGma said...

I love Tulips......

CASSIE HATCH said...

I LOVE her fabric! And the patterns are awesome!

Kathy Davis said...

The tulip is my favorite spring flower.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Laura said...

Lilacs are my favorite. Thanks for the chance!

Deb G. in VA said...

I love iris.

cjmont said...

the fabrics are all gorgeous, all my favorite colors.

celticwoman55 said...

I love wild Violets!! sandybailey55@hotmail.com

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Daffodils are definitely one of my favorites. I know warm sunny days are soon to come!

Anita C said...

Ranunculus & daffodils, bight sunny colors

MaryAnn Guappone said...

I love daffodils, mostly because they come early and let me know spring is on the way.

Dee said...

This is so very yummy. would love to received.

Sheila Howard said...

I love the Texas bluebonnets--they are how I know spring has REALLY arrived!
I am quite taken with the Shangri-La quilt, lovely indeed.
Thank you for the giveaway.

Sally K said...

Ohhh! I love Kate Spain and all she does. Thanks for bring her to the Jolly Jabber.

Rebecca said...

When the fruit trees start to bloom... these are my favorite!

Kathy said...

I absolutely love tulips!! But the bunnies and the deer keep eating the tender shoots and I end up with practically no blooms :(

blocksandmore said...

Daffodils are my go to favorite Spring flower

Bethany said...

Tulips!

Marsha said...

Lily of the Valley. Can't beat that fragrance.

Anita said...

My favorite spring flower is tulips!

RockinHairBabe said...

I love this collection! I just recently purchased some Horizon! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Gina S. said...

Tulips!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win!
Tulips are my favorite Spring flower!
DiAnn

Jennifer Gleich said...

Daffodils!

RockinHairBabe said...

I love Tulips!

Ellen said...

My favorite spring flowers are tulips!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Christina McGowan said...

Tulips, hands down!!!! They symbolize spring to me.when snow is still on the ground i take a trip to Trader Joes and grab some to brighten up the house until they bloom in the garden.

JaneB said...

Daffodils because the deer won't eat them. I love tulips but they are deer candy.

Mom C said...

Love the collection. Daffodils. I watched several Bunches of mine brave 2 surprise massive snowstorms and still bloom and looked so bright and springy.

Squirrel-needleworker said...

I love tulips.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

My favorite would be hyacinths! Beautiful fabrics--love the pajama pants!

April Demroff said...

Absolutely love this line of fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

Carol said...

I love those bright and cheery fabrics! My favorite spring flowers have to be daffodils, followed by iris.

kamta10aq said...

Lilacs & Tulips are my favorite Spring flowers! Tulips because they're one of the first signs that Spring is truly here in Michigan and Lilacs because they smell like Spring!

Chelsey Franco said...

I love hibiscus! I have a few of them around my house.

Ms De said...

I love the cherry blossoms - does that count even though it's a tree flower :)!! I love this collection! I have Horizon precuts that I bought for a quilt for my bed - just haven't gotten it done yet!

Joan H. said...

I love all the bright colors of tulips in the spring

Lori said...

my favorite spring flowers are my purple crocus's and tulips because they really signify that spring is on the way. But I love all, all flowers. they are just the fragrance of life.

Sandy said...

I love Gerbera Daisies and Gardenias. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Love Kate Spain!:)

Jane S. said...

I love daffodils! They're so sunny and bright. We didn't get any this year because the goats find them quite delicious but I enjoyed seeing them in other people's yards. :)

Katrina Williams said...

My favorite spring flower are tulips!

Dianne Bienick said...

Beautiful...

Jill Trentacost said...

My Favorite Spring Flower is a tulip! Thanks for the chance to win! Love this line!

Billy'sgirl said...

Tulips! Every color is beautiful, and screams Spring to me. Since we in the Northeast are expecting snow again today, the first day of Spring, I may have to wait a bit for my tulips to come up. But it will be worth waiting for.

joleen mcbride said...

I love this fabric collection and I love pink tulips!

Cindy Mizer said...

Liked Horizon and would love to see Paradiso!

Amanda said...

I love lilacs and tulips!

Heather Wakelin said...

Woke up to snow this morning!!! Love gerber daisies! Always brighten my day!

Tori said...

California poppies! It took a couple years to get them to grow in our yard, but now they come up every spring on their own. I love the splash of orange they bring.

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

We moved to Alabama a little more than a year ago, and my new favorite spring flower is the azealia.g

Linda Big D said...

I love the contemporary design!

Brandy Pettit said...

Daffodils are my favorite flower!
~Brandy
brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com

ejpkam said...

Daffodils!

Lori in NC said...

My favorite spring flower is the daffodil. (I really prefer pansies, but I think of them more as a fall or winter flower.)

Marguerite said...

Tulips and daffodils

Sonja Kuvik said...

Tulips,the are so fun.They are closed in the beginning ,to keep you patiently waiting for the big bloom when they open .I have forced bulbs for a pretty Spring table setting and in front of my dining room window.One of my Aunts favorite flower.
Thank you for a chance to win this Awesome fabric

Jennifer said...

Tulips

Mary Jane said...

I love hyacinths, I know it is Spring when I see the beautiful colors and I smell their wonderful fragrance. Thanks for a terrific giveaway!

Anne said...

what a beautiful bundle. thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

Crocus is my favorite spring flower. It's the first one to come up in my garden but they only last a week because it always snows on them.
Mary

Carolyn said...

When I see the irises come up I feel Spring has reached its pinnacle of glory.

Terri said...

I just loved Horizon and am finally creating a bed quilt out the fabric I've hung on to for so long!! I also love the warmth of Parisio. It will definitely be a must have. My favorite pattern is the one with half square triangles on point!!

Susan P said...

Daffodils and tulips!

tami farrer said...

Tulips!

Mary Deckert said...

Tulips are my favorite!

Archie the wonder dog said...

I love dwarf iris!!

Anita said...

I love tulips

Trish said...

Tulips are my favorite. Love seeing all the colors.

mamabug said...

Daffodils are my favorite. I love seeing them randomly in the countryside !!

Kathy Shively said...

My favorite spring flower is the crocus. Spring is here when you see their little heads poke out - and their colors! Plus they come back year after year. ktsquiltdreams atgmail dotcom

Donna Selwood said...

I love dAisies and this range is just amazing!

VickiT said...

My favorite is the Blue Iris. Of course, I also really look forward to my Lilacs blooming in the Spring because the scent fills my entire home if the windows are open.

Becky said...

Definitely tulips!

Carole Shaffer said...

i like daisies and tulips

Anonymous said...

Dogwood blossoms, so delicate and such a bright pop of color in all the bare woods.
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Dawn said...

Tulips ๐ŸŒท

Laura said...

I love crocuses and tulips. We don't see much of these in the Southwest, but when I was growing up in Montreal, they filled our garden!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Can't wait for the bleeding hearts to bloom!

Becky Hobza said...

I love tulips.

A Momma said...

I love tulips. I grew up in Seattle and every spring there is a wonderful tulip festival with hundreds of thousands of bulbs that bloom. It's wonderful.

Sarah said...

lilacs are my favorites; I love the smell. sarah@forrussia.org

Cheryl said...

Tulips! But I should say dogwood since I live in Georgia.

Amy Harward said...

I love Japanese Lilies!

Vicki H said...

I like the daffodils.

Kylie Harris said...

Tulips!

Jennifer Ball said...

I love spring daffodils! I also love this Paradiso collection. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sorcha girl said...

My "favorite" Spring flower is Bleeding Heart. However, one favorite is not possible with all the daffodils and rhododendron blooming here in the Pacific NW. Love the colors in Paradiso!! Thanks for a chance to win some fabric.

Hannah said...

Peonies are beautiful..we have a few bushes in our yard.

CalWriRenz said...

Tulips and peonies!!!

Anonymous said...

I love tulips, especially the parrot tulips! Your new fabric line is gorgeous and I love your Tradewinds pattern, but then I am a sucker for all things flying geese. Thank you. kathleendotlutzatcomcastdotnet

Chiska said...

I love tulips--though the crocus are really beautiful this year.

Kim said...

Absolutely love Kate's patterns and fabric!

Lynda said...

I am a tulip person all the way - someday I plan to visit Amsterdam in the spring

Dawn said...

I don't know if it qualifies as a flower but give me a sprig of daphne any day. The first whiff of daphne is my personal harbinger of spring. Here in Portland, Oregon the daphne bloomed early -- February -- with all of the other spring flowers right behind. Love your new fabric line!

Becky S. said...

I love hyacinth!

Tracy Chin said...

Crocuses, tulips, daffodils!!!

Esther Grimes said...

Daffodils :)

Cynthia Weeks said...

I love grape hyacinth! Always the 1st bloom.

Abigail deVries said...

I like any flower that comes up and surprises me :)

Jeannie A said...

I love daffodils, Crocuses and tulips. These flowers make me happy!

Wendy said...

Daffodils, they're just so bright and cheery

Linda said...

HI,it's the small Grape Hyacinth>so lovely!
Thank You for a sweet Giveaway!
msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Laura Fedewa said...

I love the crocus or the Tulips!

Sylvia Anderson said...

I've been drooling over this fabric ever since I first saw it, and to be given the opportunity to possibly win some, is awesome. Beautiful colors and patterns!
lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

Jacklynn Grimm said...

My favorite Spring flower is a lilac, they smell wonderful and usually bloom around my birthday. Thanks for the generous giveaway! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

The Other Barb said...

I love to see the daffodils in the Spring. Mine are snow-covered today..the first day of Spring~

Vicki in MN said...

I always get so excited for my daffodils to come up!

JustPam said...

Lilacs and peonies.

Carla G said...

Crocus is my favorite as they are first up in the spring and it's a reminder to me that it winter is really over and warm weather is coming. :)

LindaKy said...

Crocus and daffodils are my favorites -- they are so cheerful to see sfter a dreary winter!

Amorette said...

Cherry blossoms!

Debbie said...

Crocus are my first loves of spring flowers...then daffodils & tulips are a tie. LOVE the kitty pix ...we have 4 kitty helpers here!

Jenny B said...

I love peonies! They have such a beautiful, delicate texture.

Marly said...

My favourite spring flower is daffodil, especially by the hundred!

Santee Bobbie said...

I especially like the gray one with all the movement,sorry I don't know the name of that print. I also like all the turquoise prints. thank you for the chance to win. rjc2cam@gmail.com

Pam said...

tulip

Brenda Lisitano said...

I love hyacinths

Jill Auxer said...

I love my Grecian Windflowers! They are first to sprout every year and the pop of color in the yard is fantabulous!

Harriett said...

I love tulips! I can't wait every Spring to see my tulips coming up in the yard.

Dawn Martin said...

Lillies! :)

Michele T said...

It's a toss up between pansies and petunias!! I do love all flowers... How they liven a yard, perfume the air, draw the bees and hummingbirds, and make a home lovelier!!119

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Tulip and Bearded Iris

Danette Collins said...

The tulip!!

MtnJudy said...

Thank you for your giveaway! Beautiful colors in the collection. Almost anyone would appreciate a quilt using these vibrant colors.

GO STARS! said...

I love the smell and shape of iris. They mean spring is here and summer is coming!

Carin@Ullhรคrvan said...

I love the daffodils!

Rosemary Dickinson said...

Tulips are a sure sign of spring! I hope!! Still buried in snow up here!!

lauraluvsloons said...

The pansy is my favorite spring flower.

jaellede said...

I love tulips in all colors :)

quiltingtaylormade said...

I love Lily of the Valley because it's the flower for May which is when my mom and I celebrate our birthdays. It's a miniature flower with such a sweet fragrance !!

Kelley said...

My favorite spring flower are peonis!

Hildy said...

My favorites are primroses because they're one of the first and a true sing of spring!

Elke Scharmer said...

I love the tulips .But not the simple one. I like the filled most.

Nancy said...

Love the bright colors

Pat Pearston said...

I love lilacs. They smell sooo good. I love the pj bottoms in this fabric.

zeb312 said...

Beautiful fabric ♡ I LOVE lots & lots of lavender! It's beautiful & smells fabulous!

Lesley said...

Beautiful fabrics! I love all of Kate's fabrics! My favorite flower is the lilac...sure sign of spring!

Lynda Garcia said...

I love tulips!

Linda B said...

Not sure if this is a spring flower but my favorite flower is a yellow rose.....but also love the smell of lilacs when they are in bloom....it always makes me stop and take a deep breath.....

Lesley said...

I love daffodils!

April Shae said...

Tulips are my favorite spring flowers. Especially the pink ones. They scream Spring and also let me know that Easter is around the corner!!

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