Meet the New Folks: Nichole!

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What do you do at Robert Kaufman Fabrics?

I am in charge of all things quilt-related. I help format the patterns that our fabric designers draft, search for patterns that will be complimentary to the fabric we release and hire quilt makers to create physical quilts and other sewn goods for stores and Quilt Market.
 
How did you wind up here?
 
I am a charter member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild, which has been supported by Robert Kaufman since its early days. A fellow member, Ramona Burke, is one of the amazing sewers for Robert Kaufman. When they were looking for someone to fill this position, she recommended me. I can’t say enough good things about what being a guild member has done for me. I have a wonderful network of friends and a support group of like-minded folks. We are always looking out for each other, and it’s great.
 
What's your favorite fabric right now?
 
I am addicted to Essex Linen and am so excited about all the new colors it’s going to be coming in. I use it in practically every project. I also love the Interweave Chambray and Chambray Union, which I can’t wait to make clothes with!
 
Do you have a favorite technique or pattern?
 
My personal quilting style tends to be more improv, but I love a good trick! I loved the method used in the Scrappy Trip Along.

Nichole's Scrappy Trip Along in-progress

Nichole's Scrappy Trip Along in-progress

What is your current project?
 
I always have too many going on! But right now the most urgent are two quilts that I am making for a swap with friends. We take a little sewing vacation in Central California every year and have done a pillow swap before. This will be the first time we’re swapping quilts with each other!

The Farmer's Wife Quilt

The Farmer's Wife Quilt

Go-to color for quilting?
 
Linen and other naturals with pops of color.
 
Name three things on your sewing/quilting bucket list:

  • A Dear Jane quilt that is hand-pieced
  • A quilt for my bed (a plight I’m sure quilters can relate to)
  • Learn how to do longarm quilting

 
If you could spend a day with any quilter or designer, who would it be?
 
Carolyn Friedlander! I love the Architextures line so much! I’m also really excited for her future releases. Plus, she’s super-sweet!
 
Anything else you want to tell us?
 
No matter how specific your talents are, there’s always going to be a job out there that embraces that ability and uses it to the fullest. People are really surprised when I tell them what I do now for a living. My friends have all said that this job is so “me,” which I couldn’t agree with more. It’s lots of work, but I love every minute of it.

Follow along with Nichole's sewing and quilting adventures via her blog and Instagram.