What do you do at Robert Kaufman Fabrics?
I am the one who gets to post pictures of beautiful quilts and projects on social media, answer customer questions, chat with bloggers and help with all the behind-the-scenes advertising, marketing and content creation.
How did you wind up here?
I heard through friends at Generation Q magazine that Robert Kaufman Fabrics might be hiring and I jumped at the opportunity. I'd previously worked as an editor for an trade magazine in Portland, Oregon and am thrilled to continue working in an industry I love so much.
What's your favorite fabric right now?
I'm slightly obsessed with Blythe (designed by Rebecca Bischoff) that is in stores now. I love the rich colors and its uncluttered florals. Girly, but not too much. I'm planning to use it to line the wool coat I made.
Do you have a favorite technique or pattern?
I love the log cabin block and all its variations. My first twin-size quilt was a log cabin that took me twelve years to finish because I ran out of one of the fabrics. Oops. Last summer I was able to take a class with Susan Beal and we made some Modern Cross baby quilts for charity—it's my new favorite quick-and-easy block!
What is your current project?
I always have a few things going at once, but my top priority right now is finishing a fan quilt my great-grandma hand-pieced four decades ago.
Go-to color for quilting?
I'm a sucker for the neutrals, especially white, snow and ash (Konas, of course!).
Three things on your sewing/quilting bucket list:
- the Weekender Bag because it's like the Mt. Everest of sewing
- the In Spring quilt pattern for my daughter
- a Farmer's Wife quilt
If you could spend a day with any quilter or designer, who would it be?
I've loved Laurie Wisbrun's fabrics since her first collection and I think her books are fabulous, so I would be thrilled to spend the day oohing and aahing over her designs and getting crafty with her.
Anything else you want to tell us?
I'm a sucker for hand-sewing, yet I love to bust projects out in a day whenever possible. I love sewing clothes for people I love and teaching others to sew, as well. One of the things that I adore most about working with fabric, whether it's sewing or quilting, is that there is always more to learn, skills to master and fabric to hoard.