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Monaluna

[I just returned from Quilt Market, a fabric trade show in Houston, where my debut line with Andover Fabrics was previewing.  I had the chance to interview a few other talented designers + am so happy to share their incredible words of wisdom and encouragement while I am traveling again this week.  I hope you enjoy!]

It was such a treat to connect with Jennifer Moore of monaluna and her husband, David, at the show.  Jennifer also took Holly Becker’s Blogging Your Way class, and it is always fun to meet other alumna out there in the real world.  She has a wonderful, fresh energy that translates beautifully to her fabrics.  Jennifer has been getting a ton of great press lately, so I am flattered to have her answer a few questions.  Here’s Jennifer –

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What are you most excited to be showing off at this Quilt Market?

Our new collection, Taali, is coming out in 3 weeks.  Sewing samples for the booth was exciting.  This was my first time sewing with it — and I love the feel of it.

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What keeps you inspired?

I respond to traveling — seeing the world in a fresh way, even if it isn’t very far — just a hike.  I love getting out and noticing things in a fresh light.

What one piece of advice would you give someone who wanted to pursue their own creative dream?

Stick with it.  It’s easy to get discouraged or off track, but find what you do well and stick to that.  And go to trade shows — it’s amazing how many people and connections you make.

Designer Interview: Cynthia Mann

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[I just returned from Quilt Market, a fabric trade show in Houston, where my debut line with Andover Fabrics was previewing.  I had the chance to interview a few other talented designers + am so happy to share their incredible words of wisdom and encouragement while I am traveling again this week.  I hope you enjoy!]

I first met Cynthia Mann a few years ago when she was first launching her own organic fabric company, Birch Fabrics.  It has been such a treat to watch her business grow, and she is still the same warm, down-to-earth person I remember from that first conversation.  I consider her one of the smartest business women in the business, so it was a treat to pick her brain a bit.  (Check out her blog for more great photos of the booth.)  Here’s Cynthia –

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What are you most excited to be showing off at this Quilt Market?

I’m really excited for our new collection, “Commute,” which comes out in January.

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What keeps you inspired?

Seeing things that are made with the fabrics — what people are sewing.  Getting ideas for things people can use for today’s sewing and quilting.  Thinking about whether or not the fabric will be for sashing or binding or the trim on a dress.  The best designs are always inspired by the end use.

What one piece of advice would you give someone who wanted to pursue their own creative dream?

Never let criticism get in the way.  Stay true to your design aesthetic.

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Designer Interview: Pat Bravo

Pat_Bravo3[I just returned from Quilt Market, a fabric trade show in Houston, where my debut line with Andover Fabrics was previewing.  I had the chance to interview a few other talented designers + am so happy to share their incredible words of wisdom and encouragement while I am traveling again this week.  I hope you enjoy!]

My conversation with Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics might have been the highlight of the whole show for me.  Pat has a beautiful sparkle when she speaks that can’t really be captured here.  Her words alone are lovely.  I know I will be coming back to re-visit them often.

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What are you most excited to be showing off at this Quilt market?

I am so excited for my latest collection, Modernology, which came out because I was wondering how to apply some dark blues to my work which is not usually a color I use.  I was thinking were can I get some inspiration for this and not feel forced — for it to be something I like.  I began doing research of Swedish houses and found some lovely blues against white.  Against that white backdrop, the blues really came alive, and this inspired a modern, Scandinavian collection.

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What keeps you inspired?

A lot of things.  I have photos that I have been collecting for many years.  Also traveling.  I traveled to Paris, and I am planning a trip to London.  This drives my inspiration.  Photographs that I take or collect and give me a feeling about a place or a mood.  I have a huge dream board where I put up swatches of colors.  Color brings a collection to life.

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What one piece of advice would you give someone who wanted to pursue their own creative dream?

The #1 thing is to always do what you like.  Never do something that is forced or that doesn’t resonate with you.  It will not turn out well and more importantly, you will not like it.  The second piece of advice — show your collection with passion!  Then the customer will be thrilled to buy your fabric.  And also — to show your collection with passion, you must feel passion for your designs.

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Designer Interview: Melody Miller

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[I just returned from Quilt Market, a fabric trade show in Houston, where my debut line with Andover Fabrics was previewing.  I had the chance to interview a few other talented designers + am so happy to share their incredible words of wisdom and encouragement while I am traveling again this week.  I hope you enjoy!]

I was hanging around the Seven Islands/Kokka area when I bumped into Melody Miller who is showing off her new line, Ruby Star Rising.  This is Melody’s third collection, and this girl is seriously a design powerhouse.  I cannot wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.  Melody gave lovely, succinct answers — don’t miss her answer to question #3.

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What are you most excited to be showing off at this Quilt Market?

I really like the big combination print that pulls in all of the designs.

[Kelly's note: see photo below for more detail of the panel on the back wall -- so clever!]

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What keeps you inspired?

I love vintage things — vintage shopping, collecting vintage fabrics, estate sales, thrift stores…

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What one piece of advice would you give someone else who wanted to pursue their own creative dream?

I have a favorite quote that isn’t mine but it’s “leap and the net will appear.”  But also, you just have to keep trying.

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Editor Interview: Susanne Woods

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[I just returned from Quilt Market, a fabric trade show in Houston, where my debut line with Andover Fabrics was previewing.  I had the chance to interview a few other talented designers + other interesting peeps + am so happy to share their incredible words of wisdom and encouragement while I am traveling again this week.  I hope you enjoy!]

I was so excited to grab a few moments with Susanne Woods, acquisitions editor from C+T Publishing and home of Stash Books.  She gave an incredible schoolhouse presentation of all of the upcoming titles from Stash Books, so I was really honored to have her answer some questions.  For those of you wanting to write books or sewing patterns, I think you’ll find this helpful.  Here’s Susanne –

What are you most excited to be showing at this Quilt Market?

I am most excited to be presenting the beta launch of our Patternspot.com site where hundreds of patterns are available for instant download. We spent many, many months developing this site to be beautiful and easy to navigate. I’m really proud of how it turned out and think it is an exciting opportunity for well known and less well known pattern designers to reach a huge audience without having to go through a gatekeeper.

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What keeps you inspired?

In my role as the Acquisitions Editor for both C&T and Stash Books, I want our content to be a source of inspiration to others. That desire to provide innovative ideas and techniques to help others expand their own creativity keeps me motivated. I read through a lot of magazines and blogs and attend a variety of regional shows around the country, so what keeps me inspired is seeing a body of work or a single project that just stops me in my tracks.

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What one piece of advice would you give to someone who wanted to pursue their own creative dream?

Be professional! Once I think I want to work with someone, I research all about them. I follow their blog, their facebook, their twitter and pay attention to how they act if I see them at shows. I have walked away from promising authors in the past on the basis of their social media interactions and/or how they have conducted themselves in person. We need to have respected ambassadors for our lists, so as you establish your voice in social media and in person, remind yourself (before you post/attend) that a book editor, fabric manufacturer, distributor or magazine editor might be watching/reading. Our sewing community is fun and social, but it is always business.

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Designer Interview: Jennifer Moore

Monaluna

[I just returned from Quilt Market, a fabric trade show in Houston, where my debut line with Andover Fabrics was previewing.  I had the chance to interview a few other talented designers + am so happy to share their incredible words of wisdom and encouragement while I am traveling again this week.  I hope you enjoy!]

It was such a treat to connect with Jennifer Moore of monaluna and her husband, David, at the show.  Jennifer also took Holly Becker’s Blogging Your Way class, and it is always fun to meet other alumna out there in the real world.  She has a wonderful, fresh energy that translates beautifully to her fabrics.  Jennifer has been getting a ton of great press lately, so I am flattered to have her answer a few questions.  Here’s Jennifer –

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What are you most excited to be showing off at this Quilt Market?

Our new collection, Taali, is coming out in 3 weeks.  Sewing samples for the booth was exciting.  This was my first time sewing with it — and I love the feel of it.

Monaluna3

What keeps you inspired?

I respond to traveling — seeing the world in a fresh way, even if it isn’t very far — just a hike.  I love getting out and noticing things in a fresh light.

What one piece of advice would you give someone who wanted to pursue their own creative dream?

Stick with it.  It’s easy to get discouraged or off track, but find what you do well and stick to that.  And go to trade shows — it’s amazing how many people and connections you make.

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