The Quilt Shop of Deland in Florida. Talk about having built-in focus groups as she dreams up a new fabric line! I get a wealth of ideas listening to my customers," she says. ''They are my inspiration, and [seeing what they like] helps me know what it takes—usually just one focus fabric print, and then blenders—quilters love blenders."
And don't forget stripes. ''Stripes sell and sell. I always have them in my line."
|Customers at the shop serve as Judy's inspiration for designing fabric.|
To the quilt shop owner experience, Judy adds in twenty years as a school teacher and a degree in art—all three make a powerful combination. ''I have drawn, painted, and sewed my whole life,'' Judy says. However, ''I am left handed and right moused, so [making art] on the computer is difficult. I like pen and pencil, and paper and watercolors. I think the painterly look brings a freshness to my lines."
That painterly quality was particularly evident in her first collection, Bella Flora, which was inspired by Van Gogh paintings.
|Judy's first collection, Bella Flora, in all its Van Gogh-inspired glory|
In addition to Bella Flora, Judy's lines to date include: Christmas Memories, Radiance, Christmas Traditions (available now), Garden Whimsy (available now), and Cook's Helper (available in October).
''I still tingle thinking about the day Fabri-Quilt asked me to design fabric. I don't take it for granted. It was a great moment."
Next up: A look at Garden Whimsy.