Hello happy quilters! Our Jolly Jabber special guest today is Melody Miller. She’s the creative director and founding designer of Cotton + Steel. With her pink locks and dazzling smile, Melody is not new to the design world. She previously designed the Ruby Star fabric lines for Kokka. We got a chance to talk to her about her new venture, Cotton + Steel and her Mustang Collection.
Q: Tell us about your collection. What were you inspired by?
A: My collection Mustang was inspired by a wide variety of things. 2014 is the year of the horse, and the horse prints are the first time I’ve ever put animals in my fabric designs. I was very inspired by the look of vintage 3D photographs, and wanted to borrow a little of double-image overlapping color for the horses. Many of the other motifs were nods to my previous collections, although re-scaled and re-imagined for my first collection on quilting cotton.
Q: What is your background in design?
A: My background is in Fine Arts. Through a long and winding road, I had an idea to manufacture a line of baby bedding at one point, and hoped to use some of my favorite Japanese fabrics in those designs. However, I wasn’t sure of the rules about using other designer’s fabric in small-scale manufacturing, so I decided to play it safe and make up my own fabric designs. After a few months, I had an entire fabric portfolio, and decided to shop it around Quilt Market in Fall of 2009. My work was picked up by a Japanese company, and my first collection came out in Fall of 2010. (I quickly dropped the manufacturing idea once I realized how much I loved designing fabric.)
Q: What projects do hope to see made with your collection?
A: When we designed our collections for Cotton+Steel, we knew people would be quilting with them, but we also wanted to create fabric for people who make garments, handbags, home accessories, and other projects. I hope Mustang is used for all of those things!
Q:How do you describe your style?
A: My style is vintage-inspired, sometimes nostalgic, with an occasional nod to artists in the pop art movement like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Andy Warhol.
A:Cotton+Steel is a culmination of all of the things I’ve been working toward for many, many years. I work in a collaborative environment with wonderful people who are my dear friends, I have positive and inspiring relationships, I am creatively challenged, and I’m able to work harder than I’ve ever worked for a project that means the world to me.
SURPRISE!RJR and Cotton+Steel have graciously donated fat quarter bundles for us to give away! Today, we are giving away Melody Miller’s Mustang Fat Quarter Bundle to one lucky winner. Just enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below! The more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win.
I have a little girl who loves horses and I'd love to make her a skirt and a quilt.
I would definitely make some bags!
Would make some pillows.
I would definitely make a quilt. Love the horses!
I would make the Chameleon Quilt. I think it's a great way to show off all the beautiful fabric. Thanks for the chance to win.
I love her collection! As a quilter, I would love to use some of her prints on quilts…but I think her collection would look amazing as a bag!
Love this collection.
A quilt for my nephew!
I think a patchwork tote or sewing bag would look wonderful in these fabrics.
Would love the horses running across the quilt with the pink,aqua,and blue floral and the feathers are delightful. I love all quilt patterns so what ever worked would be the one.
I would love to make a set of really cool pillows with this fabric!
caribousmom (at) aol (dot) com
I would make a library tote for myself and my girls!
Would love to fussy-cut some of those mustangs into quilts for my granddaughters. Lovely collection, thanks for the giveaway!
I would definitely make some cushions! I just got a new sofa and the cushions that came with it are hideous!!
I'd like to make a handbag.
I would like to make a shirt and a feather quilt with this fabric.
This fabric would make a great quilt for my nearly 10 year old daughter.
I would love to make a Weekender Bag from this fabric!
This fabric would make some great pillow covers.
I would love to make a quilt or some pillows!
I would make laptop/tablet sleeves – this is my favourite Cotton+Steel collection, well done Melody you fabulously talented lady!!
Definately a quilt. I would fussy cut the horses so they were a focal point 🙂 love this fabric thanks for the chance
I'd use it both in quilts and bags. Hmmmm, may need quite a bit!
I have hourglass blocks on the brain lately, so maybe a very traditional lap quilt, with the zing of Mustang 🙂
Most likely a quilt…but I've been wanting to make a Super Tote.
Thanks for an interesting interview! My niece has just moved into a 'big girl' (i.e. single!) bed and needs a quilt for it – I think she'd love the colours and prints in this bundle!
µI would make q quilt for my girl you loves horse riding and If I had yardage I would make a SUgar Pop Top!
I really want to make Amy Butler's Weekender bag, making it look quilted/patchworked!!
Pillows, bags, everything! Thanks for sharing! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com
I would use some of them in a quilt and the rest would find the perfect project eventually! Love the bees!
i pinned http://www.pinterest.com/pin/472315079643957374/
a quilt, i love designing quilts, this fabric looks so fun
I would make a diamond quilt!
I would make my granddaughter a quilt; she loves horses and sparkle!
Jan at email@example.com
I love the Mustang fabrics! I would make a quilt.
Thanks for the giveaway.
I would make a travel bag to carry my handwork stuff onto the plane. I need a distinctive bag to put in the overhead locker and I think pink mustangs would be perfect! Thanks for the offer.
i would make some lovely cushions. x
I'd make a tote bag.
Goodness, so many possibilities. Tote bag would be cute, but a quilt would be great too.
I think this fabric would be really cute for bags. I have a few horse loving family members that would just swoon over a bag with horse prints.
I would quilt this. I would quilt a LOT of this.
I would probably make a quilt of some sort. Or maybe split a few of the fabrics up for different small projects (throw pillows, bags, placemats, or a couch cozy!)
I'd love to make something for my daughter, who was born this year, in the year of the horse!
This is a fantastic line of fabrics. I would take a bolt of the bees if I could afford to!
I just saw that I have to say what I'd make with it, not just leave a comment. So, I would make a quilt with the fat quarters and maybe a new patchwork tote bag for myself too.
A quilt as you go Weekender bag.
I would make a fun bag from this. Thank you.
This fabric would be perfect for a cute little girl's back pack.
Just a note that I couldn't get it to pin the picture through rafflecopter but I did pin another image of the fabric from the post. I hope that counts.
It is fun to see what these new designer create
Great colours in this collection.
Love me some Cotton + Steel!
Great prints for a bag.
WOULD LOVE TO MAKE A NICE BIG TRAVEL BAG
Love this collection!
Beautiful Fabrics…I would make a quilt with this fabric.
I would love to make a lap quilt and pillow for my little granddaughter, who loves horses. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
I would love to make the sew together bag with this fabric!
I would love to make a quilt for the horse lover in my life.
I absolutely love the colors in this line! Thanks for the chance to win!
My sweetie's first car was a Mustang, so he will be getting a new lap quilt!
I'd make a Super Tote for me!
I have been wanting to make a pieced skirt for my daughter! Thank you for the giveaway.
I would make a tote.
I would like to make a bag for myself with this collection
I would love to make a quilt for a very special person with this material.
Love this. Congratulations on a beautiful collection
My son would love a horse quilt!
I would love to make a quilt with this material!
I would make a quilt and possibly a dress for my sweet little Annika.
I LOVE to make pretty little zippered pouches
I think I'd make a lovely tote bag for one thing.
I really like this fabric. If I'm not the lucky winner of this Giveaway, I'm going to have to buy some! The colors are beautiful and I really like its whimsy.
I'm starting to love pink, thank you Cotton + Steel!……Sharon Lagace
Why do you discriminate against people who do not do social media on all of your contests?
I would make something for myself for this, I love horses and quilting, so a favourite fabric for me!
This is my favorite collection from Cotton + Steel. I would make a duffel bag with those horses all over it (and beautiful coordinating fabric inside & elsewhere)!
Super cool fabric bundle!
A bag for my daughter & dresses for my granddaughters.
I would use it to make a quilt for someone I know that loves horses.
I would make a quilt
I'd do a quilt and or a bag!
incorporate it into another gypsy wife quilt
I'd love to make some AG clothes with the pinks:)
I think that fabric would look great in a bag. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.
I would incorporate this into a weekender bag for a horse-loving friend. Thanks for the fun!
These would make the most fun kitchen aprons, pot holders and mini quilts!
I'd make clothes for my girls, and a quilt for me.
Would love to sew a quilt with these fabrics!
I'd make a fun outfit for my daughter and one to match for her AG doll.
A cute dress or skirt for my daughter and a quilt!
b dot ringer at Hotmail dot com
I would make a quilt for my daughter with these wonderful fabrics.
I would start with a sew together bag with the arrow print
My best friend has been a rider and horse mommy for as long as I've known her and now that we live in different countries I'd love to make her an awesome horse quilt.
I'm sure I have a quilt project screaming for this fabric!
My cousin is a fan of horses and I love make here some zipper pouches!
LOVE this so much!! I would make several things! Quilts, bags and some baskets for around the house!
I want to make a bag from the Mustang print for myself and western style shirts from this line for my 5 horse loving nieces.
HI, I'd make a new fun charity Quilt for some fortunate child!
THANKS RJR+COTTON+STEEL for sharing a great giveaway!
This fabric is so beautiful and retro. Would love to make something that really showcases the gorgeous stallion print.
I'd make a quilt.
I would love to make a quilt, I love horses! My grandad had 6 Clydesdales, they were beautiful!
I would make a cute bag!
Throw pillow cases!
A quilted bag to take everywhere!
Gorgeous! I'd make a patchwork bag and a quilt as large as possible with the leftovers.
Thank you for the generous giveaway! Big fan of C+S, Mustang and FQS!!
Mustang is my favorite in the Cotton+Steel collection! Looking forward to making a quilt with it 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway!
I'd make a quilt just for me!
My daughter and I love horses– a quilt for us to share and cuddle!
A quilt for my granddaughter
I would make a nice handbag and perhaps a zip pouch too. Love the new Cotton and Steel collections.
I think a purse would be great for these fabric, or some pillows or a quilt or some cute tops for the granddaughter.
I think this line would work well for so many things! I would probably start with a bag and a pillow.
A super large tote bag
I would love to make a simple patchwork to display the beautiful illustrations!
I've been considering fabrics to make a new Noodlehead Super Tote. I think Mustang would be superb!
I would love to make a purse with it! Thanks for the chance to win!
I would make a quilt for my granddaughter who loves anything horse related. Thanks! Quilt100@earthlink.net
My niece loves horses just like her mother, so I am thinking she would like a quilt or wall hanging made with this fun fabric.
My niece loves horses just like her mother, so I am thinking she would like a quilt or wall hanging made with this fun fabric.
I am so in love with the C&S lines! Thanks
I want to use the pink horses in a strippy baby quilt – I think they'd be an awesome focus fabric to start with.
I'd love to make a quilt with these for sure. Thanks for the chance!
I would make my daughter a skirt with the horse fabric, she loves anything with horses.
Wow fabric..would make it u to cushions for our bed" firstname.lastname@example.org "
Love love love this whole range. Kath x
I'd make school clothes for my soon-to-be-kindergartener. 🙂
I would put it towards a quilt. I have already seen a great idea using this line.
Very cool designs! I would make some funky pillows and bags!
Love this line!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!
I would make a quilt for a lil girl…. this is beautiful!
A quilt and cushions for a horse-mad child.
a quilt or dress for my little goddaughter
I'd totally make a quilt.
I see clothing for my granddaughter, and slimline satchel bags
I love this line. I would definately make a mini quilt for my sewing space so I could look at it every day. I would probably use what was left to make some gifts to share with my quilty friends. Thanks for the chance to win.
I would make a quilt- beautiful!
My daughter spotted the mustangs and wants a quilt made with the fabric collection.
I would make a large tote with it. Thanks!
Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.
I would make a bag. Thanks!
I would make a set of pillows for a gift!
I would make a throw and a to toe bag for a friend who rides horses.
I would make some fun bags. Thanks.
My daughter loves horses more than anything. They helped her learn how to run and refine her speech. She would love anything made out of this fabric!
Rosemary B here:
I would make a table runner for my sister in law. She is nuts bats crazy about horses and this would make her so happy!!
Thank you so much for this giveaway and sharing about Melody Miller!
My granddaughter loves horses, she would love anything made with this – maybe a lap quilt for her to snuggle up in.
I'd make a quilt for one of my girls and some sew together bags! Thanks for the giveaway RJR and Cotton + Steel. P.S. I couldn't pin the rafflecopter image. I pinned one from the post.
The first thing I'd make is a sew together bag!
How fun! Beautiful line for a little girl (Big girls too)Would lobe to make a skirt for my granddaughter. Thank you
A quilt for my son
Definitely a quilt! Thank you for a chance to win this great bundle!!
I love the bee fabric so a quilt highlighting that!
A picnic quilt !
I love this collection, it is my favorite! I would love to make some pillows or placemats/napkins in this fabric
What a beautiful collection! Definitely a quilt! Toes and fingers crossed!:)
I see some pillowcases for charity out of this fabric, as well as bags for Children's Aid charity our guild supports.
I love the Rolling Stone block and think a quilt with this fabric line would be awesome. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
a quilt for my horse obsessed friend!
Congratualtions! Your new line is a hit. I would pair some of these with a solid and make pillow cases. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com
Wasn't sure what I was supposed to pin on Pinterest. Oh well. I pinned what will help me remember this fabulous set of fabrics. I love the horses, well the entire set but since I have horses that just shouts out buy me! Thanks for a fantastic give away.
Wasn't sure what I was supposed to pin on Pinterest. Oh well. I pinned what will help me remember this fabulous set of fabrics. I love the horses, well the entire set but since I have horses that just shouts out buy me! Would have to make a quilt and maybe a tote bag. Thanks for a fantastic give away.
Love her hair! I would make a Quillow for my granddaughter who lives in Montana. Thanks for the chance.
Zippered pouches (:
I just love these fabrics! They are so fun, and I love the color combos. I've been wanting to make some kids pillowcases, and I think this fabric would be perfect!!
I'd make a throw for one of my girls!
A quilt or maybe a pillow. I just adore that fabric. I really need some:)
My daughter has a serious love of horses, so I'm thinking a few bags or purses from this fabric would thrill her to no end!
i would make some big squishy sofa pillows
some would definitely end up in a bag…the rest in a quilt
thanks so much for sharing!
I would make some throw pillows.
Messenger bags for some of my granddaughters!
This would make a great weekend bag for when I go horseback riding!!
I would use this fabric to make the handy tote from Patchwork, Please. Thanks for the giveaway.
Love the colors in this collection – I see a great tote bag emerging….
I love the spirit of this fabric line! I have a niece that loves horses and I'd make her a sweet lap quilt with this bundle if I win! Thanks!
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Super exciting! Thanks for sharing! These pretties would make lovely bags 🙂
I would make a cozy quilt with Melody's collection
I would make a lap quilt!
I would make zip bags or a tablerunner.
I would make my grand daughter a quilt.
I have grand daughters who love horses. I can see adorable skirts, accessories, pillows, quilts and the list goes on!
Some pillows for my granddaughter, she loves pillows!
Love the mustang. I'd make a quilt for one of my horse loving daughters.
I'd use it to make summer tote bags!
I would make some tote bags
These cute fabrics would make a great summer skirt- above the knee length in and A-line pattern. Thanks!
The fabric would work its way into a quilt eventually, but for a while it would probably just be eye candy in my stash 🙂
I would make a wallhanging in honour of the Calgary Stampede.
I would make a patchwork backpack
I would make a new throw for my niece who lives in ranch country.
I love this collection! (We have horses) Would love to make a quilt with it!
I love this collection! (We have horses) Would love to make a quilt with it!
I would make a patchwork skirt and matching appliqued T-shirt for my granddaughter, Nellie.
I have a friend who has horses on her farm, so I would make her a auilt.
I would make a bag — great colors. And maybe a quilt too or a quilt or two!
I think I would make some fun pillows with that fabric.
My grand daughter loves horses..She takes riding lessons and that is all we hear about..Now I see what I am going to make her quilt of….Love this new line…
I love this line!!! Patchwork quilt for my daughters for sure.
I!d make a tote bag for my knitting friend Karen who has horses. Thanks!
I have a friend who loves horses so I would probably share this bundle with her or else I might make her a bag with them.
Thanks for the chance to win such a nice prize.
Regards from Alberta,
My granddaughter loves horses. She would also love anything made with the fabric, pillow, skirt, quilt. Thank you for a great giveaway.
Love this collection!…a lot of projects in my mind 😉
That fabric would definitely be used for a modern design quilt for one of my teenaged granddaughters!
I just left a comment about the fabric being used for a modern quilt for a granddaughter, but it got saved before I left my ID.
I would make a rockin' tote bag!
I'd make something for my nieces – maybe matching bags.
I would make a table quilt if I won this fabric bundle.
Thanks for the giveaway,
Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows
I know it would be a quilt, but haven't chosen a pattern yet.
Horses on a pink background, that just screams little girl to me, I think a pillow case and purse would be just the ticket. I also love that bee print…I don't know why but I see table runner.
just in case I get real lucky: m3reyna at gmail dot com
I need to make a longer quilt for my littlest granddaughter to cuddle up with at daycare.
I would make a bag for my daughter. She loves horses.
Would love to make a bag out of the horse print – thank you!
Absolutely love the Cotton and Steel…love the mustang line…pick me…would love to make something fun…
This is perfect fabric for my husband. I'd make him a throw.
Something for my daughters. Thanks! email@example.com
With six grand kids I would use the fabrics to make borders on pillow cases.
Oh, this has to be a quilt. I'm going through a Kaleidoscope obsession at the moment, I think Cotton & Steel would be a great Kaleidoscope quilt collection.
I think that I would make a purse out of the fabric.
I really like this horse pattern. I make hospice comfort quilts and this is a nice blend of pop art and an animal. thanks for the chance
I would make a pillow for a sweet granddaughter….pink horses of course!
I would make a lap quilt!
I'd make a table runner for my dining room table.
wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com
Loads of bags! Starting with a sew together bag
A quilt for my friend who loves horses!!
I would definitely make a quilt, but I'd also include a pillow case. With this fabric, I think more makes it merrier!
I love this fabric! I really want to get some of the bee fabrics and make a bunch of throw pillows for my couch. Bees are my favorite!
Probably a lap quilt
I would make a lap quilt for one of my 5 grandsons.
Would love to make some fun tote bags with the fabric from this collection
I really love the little dress they made up with the cat print at the bottom and the crosses at the top. I'd love to do something like that but with horses.
I woul;d make a nice Throw for our horse loving Grangirlie! 🙂
I love the fabric and my husband used to farm, so the fabric hits home to me.
I would make a quilt for my daughter'a new bed!!
I think a sampler quilt. First block would be a pieced feather. Each block would have different dimensions and it would have lots negative space for nice fmqing.
contentncm at yahoo dot com
I would love to make some handbags with these fabrics!
I love the Mustang print. So hard to find horse prints that aren't cowboyish until now! So cute. I think a dress for a little girl would be cute & a quilt of course. Thanks for the chance!
I would make a quilt or a skirt. Or both! Thanks! notwendy gmail
Totes and handbags for all my friends !
Nancy Hilderbrand firstname.lastname@example.org. love the colors
I would make a table runner and some napkins, tablecloths, and trivets – to complete the theme!
I think I'd make some pouches with it.
Gorgeous. I have twin nieces who I would love to make things for from this range.,
I'm working on quilts for 7 nephews and a niece and this would be great in them. tdwoverton at gmail.com
I would love to make a few bags for Christmas gifts with the Mustang fabric! Very cool and beautiful!
a throw and pillow covers for our living room!
I am a quilter so,obviously I would make a quilt.
This would make a fun kid's charity quilt for a chemo patient who loves horses.
i'd make a makeup bag
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I would make an Aeroplane bag 🙂
I know lots of little girls who love horses–this would be perfect for them!
I think I would make a quilt or handbag.
Pajamas and matching bedding.
My son loves horses and i Want to make a quilt for him
I would either make a quilt or some type of scrappy handbag with the fabric
A Bag for me!!
Absolutely beautiful! Would love to win!
I would make a lap quilt to brighten the winter.
I would love to win.
I don't own a sewing machine and am a beginner at quilting by hand.
I would live to make a dress for my girls with that adorable border print!!!
I would love to make a quilt!
I would definitely make a quilt for a friend of mine that just loves horses!
A patchwork skirt!
I would make a quilt just for me! Thanks for the giveaway.
I have a horse-obsessed girl so this is one of my favorite collections. It would be fun to pull in a few of the other animal prints from the other collections
I would make a quilt. Hopefully more than one quilt. And clothes for my daughters.
I'd love to make a handbag!
would use this to make pillows for my new sofa!
I would make a quilt. Thank you for the chance!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com
I adore Melody's lines, so I really think I need to add it to my collection, thanks for the chance to win
The Cotton & Steel fabrics are so new and fresh and modern. It's fun to see something new on the market.
I see a triangle quilt in my future with this great line
I would love to make a mini quilt to hang up so I could see it everyday! Thanks for the chance to win!
I'd make a throw quilt for a friend who wishes she still had horses.
I have a tote pattern that I would use this for. Thanks for the chance!
I would love to make a quilt and a tote. Thank you for the chance to win!
I think I would like to make some pillow. Love this fabric line
I think a patchwork type of skirt would be really awesome with these prints.
oooh I'd make a quilt for my bed – love all of these but love the horses best – thanks so much for the chance to win !
I could see those horses on a great bag. I have a daughter who would love that.
Would make some cushions email@example.com
a lap quilt for my oldest granddaughter. Thanks for the chance to win.
I think I would make a quilt. Such beautiful colours.
I'd love to make some pillows or a small throw! I just moved into my dorm and our couches are bare right now and need some life!
I would make some bags and maybe a skirt. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
Melody's collections never disappoint – love the different color arrow print. Thanks for the give away!
My daughter would LOVE a skirt or dress made with the mustangs.
Oh the bees knees! Love this line!
Horses are so sweet! They are so cute and beautiful on this fabric!
Horses are so beautiful and sweet. Love the multicolors!
I'd love to make a washi or staple dress out of the mustangs and bees. They're so much fun.
Love the horses and the arrows
If I won, I'd work some of the fabric into a quilt and the rest into bags. Oh, I hope I win one of these collections. firstname.lastname@example.org
What a treat to have the opportunity to win these Cotton+Steel fabric bundles! Thanks for your generosity.
I've been wanting to try a fat quarter skirt…This might be the perfect fabric!
I would definitely make a quilt with this fabric. Something modern with large pieces to take advantage of the prints in the collection.
I would make a Noodlehead Duffle Bag!
I would love to make cute Kitchen accessories with Mustang!
I live in Nevada and I LOVE MUSTANGS! I get to see them all the time; but it always takes my breath away to see horses in the wild 🙂
I think I would make a cool bag/tote out of this material..
deanne AT deannedelvecchio DOT COM
My daughter works on a ranch and would love a beautiful quilt! THANKS…
Pillow cases and curtain trim
Quilts! Skirts! Totes! Pillows! Pillowcases! Duffle Bag! (and more!)
I would accessories or a quilt or maybe a skirt for my daughters room.
I think this would be just LOVELY as a bag or dress for a young girl
some would go into a boys quilt, thanks for the chance
These fabrics would make the cutest stuffed horse with coordinating quilt for a special 8yo in my life
I would either make a quilt or a dress 🙂
I'd use it in a quilt!
I would make a quilt for my daughter
What an amazing designer, lovely person and huge inspiration Melody Miller is!! I really love everything about this collection. I applaud what she has so far acheived with Cotton and Steel and am so excited to see what they have in store for us! I also wonder if they will be expanding and taking on other designers at any point? that would be a dream job!!
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I would make a tote bag.
I can think of lots of things I would like to make with this material. Throw pillows, quilts, tote bags, curtains,etc! 🙂
Bags and zipper pouches!