Gabrielle by Mary Koval

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 monthBe sure to head over to your LQS and pick some up! 

Gabrielle_Cover FINAL copy
Q: What was your inspiration for this collection? 

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.

36428-2 Cream-MAIN PATTERN  
36428-3 Blue-MAIN PATTERN

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
  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?

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.

Kit cover

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Sewing Tool Case
Pin cushion

Pin Cushion
Wall hanging

Wall Hanging
Tissue case

Tissue Case

 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



99 thoughts on “Gabrielle by Mary Koval

  1. Paige Gonzalez says:

    This fabric would make a lovely tote bag, or the beginnings of a quilt top. I would make the bag to carry my project to my monthly ASG meetings.

  2. Lisa McGriff says:

    I would love to win this fabric it is so beautiful. My oldest daughter loves birds so I think I would make her something, a throw quilt, apron, pillow cases, not sure but something for her!

  3. Oh this fabrics are lovely, they would be perfect to use for the new BOM of ESTHER ALUI, a classic medallion quilt which she is going to launch within a few weeks

  4. Maryellen says:

    This really is a beautiful collection! I would make a throw quilt and repaint my living room just to go with these colors!

  5. Patricia Hersl says:

    It might be Mary but it’s Pat too! A gorgeous blended project designed for my wall. That’s what I would make.

  6. Ann Kessel says:

    I fell in love the minute I saw this fabric. I want to make my 11 year old granddaughter a quilt for her new room. Her parents just recently moved into a new home and she does not have any decorations on her before in her room. These fabrics would be so lovely and she loves my pretty floral fabrics. She is truly a girls girl.

  7. Joanna says:

    I love the central print too. It is an elegant line and I would want to make a quilt to use as a table cover. I’d want to show off whatever I made with that fabric. Thank you.

  8. Marilyn says:

    What beautiful soft colors. This would be ideal for a quilt in a guest room or just somewhere you might want to relax and enjoy the soft colors and soft pattern in a quilt.

  9. Pretty pretty fabrics. I am not sure yet what to make. For the time being I would just look at the bundle and enjoy them. Then after a while I probably would sew a lovely romantic log cabin quilt.

  10. Sandy Diehl says:

    I would make a lap quilt for my Grandmother who is in a nursing home. She loves red and these reds are so awesome!

  11. Conny Brusselers says:

    I would use the fabrics in addition to some in my stash to make a quilt for the flood victims in High River, Alberta!

  12. Mary Meche says:

    I would like to make a table runner and matching place mats for my dinette. thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Jean McMurrry says:

    I would make a table runner for my sister, who is moving into a senior living center, to brighten up her apartment.

  14. Dawn Hollingsworth says:

    I just LOVE that wall hanging you posted, I think I might have to make one. Or two. If I can find that pattern šŸ™‚

  15. Michelle Gibson says:

    Absolutely gorgeous collection. I think I would have to do a very pretty depression era quilt pattern with these prints with a matching Nook cover

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