Designer Tidbits: Kate Spain - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Kate Spain

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome the sweetheart, Kate Spain, to the Jolly Jabber. Kate recently released 2 charming collections with Moda Fabrics, Serenade and Joy. Today she is going to chat a little about her spunky Joy collection!

Q: What or who would you dedicate the Joy collection to? Do you have an inspiration board?
A:I would have to dedicate this collection to all the children who hang stockings by the chimney, leave cookies out for a certain robustly jolly guy, and wake up in the middle of the night convinced that they have heard reindeer hooves on the roof. Also, to anyone who has ever had to untangle Christmas tree lights.

Q: What is your favorite project using this collection?
A:When I was engineering the make-it-yourself stocking panel, I had to sew some samples to see if the sizes/proportions were working. It was a challenge, but I had so much fun with the hands-on process so I’d have to say that’s my favorite project. Plus, it was so fun to embellish them and I think they turned out really cute!

Q: If time travel became possible, what year would you want to be in?
A:This is a tough one, because I love travelling and think time travel would become addictive! I’d really want to visit the Roaring Twenties (any year) to experience all the transitions our country and culture were undergoing at that time. I love the style of that era too, from Art Deco architecture to the beaded and crazy-fun flapper dresses. I could definitely get into learning the Charleston (if I weren’t so klutzy)! Also, movies were starting to be made in Technicolor and I think it would have been very cool to see the beginnings of something we completely take for granted today.

Q:If you had to change your first name what would you change it to?
A:The designer formerly known as Kate Spain.

Q:What was your favorite childhood TV show?
A:Hard to decide. Either The Brady Bunch or The Love Boat.

Q:Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
A:I met the renowned artist/sculptor Louise Bourgeois when I (and I might add, terrifyingly) attended one of her open Sunday salons at her home in NYC. The idea was that you could bring a piece of your own artwork and she would openly critique it in front of the group of attendees. The story is longer than I’ll make it here, but basically I brought a photograph that I had taken of one of Ms. Bourgeois’ spider sculptures that was installed in Rockefeller Plaza. With my limited French, I told her the photo was “un cadeau” (a gift) and gave it to her. She immediately tacked it up on her bulletin board next to a small painting by Willem de Kooning. I almost fainted. It was a day I will never forget. This is the companion photo to the one I gave her:

I also grew up around the corner from Matt Dillon and would often run into him in the local record store. But he looked more like this like back then!

Q:If you could marry a technology, what would it be?
A:Does a coffee maker count as technology?


  1. Again.. I will state that this is a great interview. I can relate with Kate her excitement of her picture being accepted as I felt the same way when Kate sent me a picture I will treasure forever. It can bring a tear everytime I look at it. I love it that much. Oh..Another great line Kate. Thank you Kimberly for another great interview.

  2. Kate is my favorite fabric designer! And my favorite name – like my daughter. I hunted down some Central Park after weeks of searching for a pre-cut pack to get all of the lines. Now I won't miss anything when it sells out! Thanks for sharing her with us!

  3. Aw, wonderful! Kate seems like such a down-to-earth and all around pleasant person! We have some very important things in common too, like favorite childhood TV shows! Oh yes, and gorgeous fabric lines…she designs them and I buy them! That makes us practically twins!