Today, we are celebrating Christmas in July! We have Kim Christopherson of Kimberbell Designs on the Jolly Jabber to talk about her first fabric collection for Maywood Studios Fabric, Merry & Bright. This collection is full of whimsical Christmas prints that we're falling in love with! Read on to know what inspired Kim on her new collection.
Q: Tell us a little about the Merry & Bright collection. What were you inspired by?
A: Merry & Bright is very whimsical, bright, and fun. I
wanted to create two colorways that would appeal to both someone who likes traditional red and green, while the other color way incorporates red, green,
black, gray, and pink. I was inspired by the fun and playful side of the
holiday and "making" special Christmas projects. I also wanted to
design a line that could be used beyond Christmas, so you'll find many of the
basic prints that can be used for other holidays and seasons, too.
Q: What design trends are you currently exploring?
A: I'm really
enjoying working with fresh color schemes -- corals, blues, grays, etc. I also
love creating basics that provide subtle geometric backgrounds that work well
for appliqué pieces.
A: I feel like the Merry and Bright collection
can be used with any number of home decorating projects, as well as children's
clothing. I've used it in table runners, pillows, ruffled aprons, wall
hangings, ornaments, machine embroidery, and quilts. I also used the pink and
gray fabrics from the line to make a "Mini Kimmy Doll & Quilt Set".
Q: How do you describe your style and how has it evolved over the years?
A: I would say that my style is mainly whimsical, but I also
enjoy working with more traditional colors and blocks as well. You'll
probably notice that the majority of my patterns include dimensional
embellishments to them -- adding that little extra touch to a wall hanging,
Q: What has been your biggest sewing faux-pas to date?
question. I feel like I have them all the time! :) I definitely experienced
many when my twin sister and I co-hosted "The DIY Dish" web show. One
example was when we were making mannequin pincushions. We got to the part
where we were stuffing the bust line with polyester stuffing. As I was
doing that, I said something to the effect that stuffing the bust reminded me
of what I did in Junior High. :) The producer kept that in the show and we all got
a good laugh.
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