Welcome to Episode 48 of Sit & Sew Radio, a Quilt Addicts Anonymous podcast. This week our guest is pattern and fabric designer Jessica VanDenburgh of Sew Many Creations. I’ve known Jessica for a few years from meeting her at various quilting industry events, and I spoke with her at Quilt Market in Portland about her brand-new fabric line, Gypsy, for Windham Fabrics, which is due out in shops in October, including ours at shop.quiltaddictsanonymous.com.
Before we get to the interview, I wanted to let you all know what’s been going on at Quilt Addicts Anonymous. We’ve been pumping out tons of great content in 2018, and the latest is our Hillside and Jelly Roll Rug video tutorials which have been big hits with the quilting community so far on YouTube. And if you missed it, be sure to check out my Free Online Beginner Quilting course which is great for first-timers as well as quilting veterans looking for a refresher course.
We’ve also been added a fun new Crafting With Kids video series in which myself and my cute little Future Quilter have fun with crafts in hopes of inspiring you and your little ones to get crafty! Check out all of our content at quiltaddictsanonymous.com and click on the tutorials tab. Also, be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube by clicking here.
Now on to the interview …
Jessica VanDenburgh, pattern and fabric designer
I just love Jessica’s work and have been wanting her as a guest on the podcast for awhile now, so I am super excited to get to share a bit of her story and passion with all of you.
Jessica has created many wonderful patterns through her Sew Many Creations brand, for quilts and bags. The idea of her own fabric line was always in the back of her mind, “but I didn’t think that it would ever actually happen because I don’t consider myself super artistic. I don’t think that I draw that well and I don’t have those computer skills either.”
Nonetheless, she spoke with Windham about doing her own line and started sketching and coming up with concepts.
“It was an exciting process,” Jessica said. “I got to pick all of the colors and make it what I wanted but they polished it up and made it even better than I could have imagined.”
A lot of fabric designers are not sewers, and they don’t always understand how their art translates into cutting it up and using it in projects. That’s what I love about Jessica’s line. As a sewer and pattern designer, she really thought about her her line would be used when creating it and the end product is just beautiful. I just loved how her booth looked at quilt market, and her fabric looked great on large and small-scale projects.
In addition to her new fabric line, Jessica discusses her obsession with Cork fabric and more in our interview. Check out Jessica’s website at sewmanycreationsny.com.