Designer Tidbits: Mary Engelbreit - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Mary Engelbreit

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Mary Engelbreit to the Jolly Jabber. Mary’s latest fabric collection is Flutterby from Andover Fabrics.

Q: What or who would you dedicate the Flutterby collection to? Do you have an inspiration board?
A:I’d like to dedicate this collection to my wonderful staff here at the studio. We all worked together to produce this from my original sketches and had a lot of fun doing it, I might add! I’ve never used mood boards. I do pace around a lot before a project trying to decide what I’m in the mood to draw. Does that count?

Q: What is your favorite project using this collection?
A:I think the quilts are beautiful and I also love the totes. I have an obsession with tote bags.

Q: If time travel became possible, what year would you want to be in?
A:I love the twenties because of the gorgeous fashions, jewelry and art that were produced then. I actually taught myself to draw by copying my grandmother’s old picture books from the twenties, and I think you can still see that influence in my drawings today.

Q:If you had to change your first name what would you change it to?
A:Mary’s fine.

Q:What was your favorite childhood TV show?
A:The Carol Burnett Show!

Q:Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
A:My career has allowed me to meet some pretty fabulous people— President and Secretary Clinton, Maurice Sendak, Joan Walsh Anglund, and James Taylor, to name a few of my favorites.

Q:What is your favorite App to play on your phone?
A:Scramble. Another obsession, I’m afraid.

Q:If you could marry a technology, what would it be?
A:I’d rather be single.


  1. Butterflies are so wonderful that any fabric which has them is really good. Plus the other designs & colours make it.

  2. I have a Mary Engelbreit themed sewing room that I just LOVE!!!! Mary is a favorite of mine! Love her style.