Hello happy quilters! Our Jolly Jabber special guest today is Melody Miller. She's the creative director and founding designer of Cotton + Steel. With her pink locks and dazzling smile, Melody is not new to the design world. She previously designed the Ruby Star fabric lines for Kokka. We got a chance to talk to her about her new venture, Cotton + Steel and her Mustang Collection.
us about your collection. What were you inspired by?
is your background in design?
My collection Mustang
was inspired by a wide variety of
things. 2014 is the year of the horse, and the horse prints are the first time
I've ever put animals in my fabric designs. I was very inspired by the look of
vintage 3D photographs, and wanted to borrow a little of double-image
overlapping color for the horses. Many of the other motifs were nods to
my previous collections, although re-scaled and re-imagined for my first
collection on quilting cotton.
My background is in Fine Arts. Through a long and winding
road, I had an idea to manufacture a line of baby bedding at one point, and
hoped to use some of my favorite Japanese fabrics in those designs. However, I
wasn't sure of the rules about using other designer's fabric in small-scale
manufacturing, so I decided to play it safe and make up my own fabric designs.
After a few months, I had an entire fabric portfolio, and decided to shop it
around Quilt Market in Fall of 2009. My work was picked up by a Japanese
company, and my first collection came out in Fall of 2010. (I quickly dropped
the manufacturing idea once I realized how much I loved designing fabric.)
projects do hope to see made with your collection?
do you describe your style?
When we designed our collections for Cotton+Steel
, we knew
people would be quilting with them, but we also wanted to create fabric for
people who make garments, handbags, home accessories, and other projects.
I hope Mustang
is used for all of those things!
does Cotton + Steel mean to you?
My style is vintage-inspired, sometimes nostalgic, with an
occasional nod to artists in the pop art movement like Jasper Johns, Robert
Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.
is a culmination of all of the things I've been
working toward for many, many years. I work in a collaborative environment with
wonderful people who are my dear friends, I have positive and inspiring
relationships, I am creatively challenged, and I'm able to work harder than I've
ever worked for a project that means the world to me.
SURPRISE! RJR and Cotton+Steel have graciously donated fat quarter bundles for us to give away! Today, we are giving away Melody Miller's Mustang Fat Quarter Bundle to one lucky winner. Just enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below! The more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win.
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