Today I had the opportunity to interview Mary Koval and ask her some questions about her newest collection, Gabrielle which is due in stores this month. Be sure to head over to your LQS and pick some up!
A: My inspiration for the Gabrielle collection was the main print. When I found it, I was so in love with the
print. It was perfect in color and in design and I didn't have to change anything.
I have lots of fabrics but when I saw it I knew it said Mary Koval and when I
showed it to Windham they said the same thing…"This is so Mary Koval". I knew I
had to do it.
The fabrics are from 1870 and the colors are so perfect for
today's quilts. Every design and color was chosen to make a wonderful quilt.
The quilt sample is one that I had on my bed many years ago and it also had
birds on the fabric. Not the same fabric but the same style and size of birds.
Q: What is the hardest part of designing fabric?
A: I think I would have to say scaling down a collection. We
start with everything we think we want and need. We do art work in as many
colors as we think could be used and then we must choice what has to go and
what will stay. I would say that is the hardest part. The prints and colors are
all so wonderful how do you choose? It takes time to choose. It is important to
have just the right combination to make quilts. Lights, darks, medium color and
prints in different sizes. That takes a
lot of discipline and some one telling you you need to scale it back. In the
end, it is always perfect and we are all happy with the choices.
Q: What is something you want people to know about you?
A: Well most people think I only like reproduction fabrics
and I do, but I love all fabrics no matter the age. If you follow my Facebook
page you will see that I share lots of bright quilts and 1930's quilts. What I
love about quilts are the design and how the person used the fabrics. I do like it when I see quilts that are made well and one of a
Q: What do you do with your free time?
A: Well who has free time? Lol! I have a Quilt Store, I do
quilt shows all over the world; Japan, France, Australia and the USA . I
design fabrics, design quilts, and make samples. And I have grandchildren I
like to spend time with. I guess I would
have to say travel. When we do shows we are traveling, when I design I travel
to Windham Fabrics, and when I see my grandchildren I must travel to see them since they
don't live near me.
Starting Tuesday, June 25th until Sunday, June 30th enter in a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of Gabrielle.
All you have to do is leave a
comment below on our blog telling us what you would make with the Gabrielle fabric collection.
Prize winner will be selected by a
random drawing. Check our Facebook page on Monday, July 1st to see if you are the winner.
To find out about more giveaways and
contests, become a fan of Windham Fabrics on Facebook
Click here to view Gabrielle by Mary Koval