Good day everyone! We’ve got one of our favorite British bloggers, Katy Jones of I’m A Ginger Monkey, today on the Jolly Jabber. After years of quilting and blogging, she’s finally debuting her first fabric line with Art Gallery Fabrics. Read on to learn about her first fabric collection, Priory Square.
Q: Tell us about the Priory Square Collection. What were you inspired by?
A: My inspiration came from a classic English Country Garden. I grew up with keen gardeners as parents and spent a lot of my childhood with my even more keen gardening grandparents. I was a nature nerd – obsessed with birds, flowers, and plants. I wanted my fabrics to remind me of my childhood and to be a more true representation of England than most ‘English’ inspired collections. Usually they have red buses and scenes of London but that’s as relevant to me as the Empire State Building is to a Texan! Kind of familiar but not where my English heart lives! We all have a universal love of flowers too, whether you live in the UK or US and having something that didn’t alienate others because they just weren’t familiar with elements of my line was important.
Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A: I started with a color palette, which was taken from a bunch of flowers. Sunday clippings was the main print, and that was where I started because I felt that it was much easier to begin with the focal print and then put in other elements around that. I don’t draw so I trawled through catalogs, books, and images of flowers and gardens to find the perfect floral elements. I then created a collage on paper, and this was transferred to illustrator and manipulated until I was happy with the layout and colors.
From there, the other prints were created around this central print. Because I’m a quilter, it was important to have prints that played well together but also on their own. I like eclectic mixes so I also wanted the collection to have that feel too. I did a lot of printing onto paper and making mock up quilt blocks to see how the prints behaved together. I found that was the best way for me to get a feel of how things would work when they were fabric. A few designs were scrapped because they weren’t quite right and in others, the colors were changed.
Q: We know that you love quilting and sewing, but what is the best part about being a fabric designer?
A: The selvage! Hands down the best part! It’s a weird feeling knowing you are sewing from fabric that came from your own head. I don’t think that can be beat!
Q: Do you have a favorite print from the Priory Square collection?
A: Sunday Clippings is my favorite print partly because it was the first print and where the rest of the collection evolved from, but also because it’s a big bold floral and I am a sucker for big bold florals!
Q: What’s next for Katy Jones?
A: My regular job as editor of Quilt Now Magazine keeps me crazy busy and I love it. So there’ll be more of that, and I’m hoping that at some point in 2015, I can convince my bosses that we need to get international distribution for the magazine. I’ll be at Quilt Con teaching in February and at Glamp Stitchalot in November also teaching. Maybe there’ll be more fabric eventually, but that’s not something I’m thinking about right now – I need to get my first Quilt Market booth ready before I can think about all that.
I'd add them to my stash to use in scrap quilts so that I will see the lovely prints in many of my quilts.
I'm looking to make a Pickle Dish quilt. Thanks for the inspiration!
I think Priory Square would be fabulous in a quilt for my bed!
I'd make a couch quilt featuring Sunday clippings. I'd need some additional yardage of that print–it's my favorite!
I think these would make gorgeous pillows!
It's so lovely, maybe it's time I make a quilt for my mother!
I love the mix of colors of the Priory Square collection!
I fancy making a Trail Tote bag with them.
Beautiful fabric line! I would definitely make a quilt. The big question is: for myself, or as a gift? Hmm.
I absolutely adore this line! Sunday clippings is beautiful! And I also love that gold rose! I cannot wait to get some of this fabric. I think I may make a holiday in London duffle with the map print and others. Wouldn't that be quite fitting? Thanks for the awesome chance to win!
Love a lap quilt in this color story.
I'd make a set of cushions, maybe in hourglass blocks. Beautiful collection!
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This collection is so fun! I'd love to make a tablerunner and place mats.
I have a quilt design I have been working on and this collection would be perfect! Thanks
I am making swoon blocks and would love to use your main print and a coordinate to add to my collection. I will eventually put them together ( I currently have six completed) but meanwhile it is just fun coming up with different fabric choices for them.
I love this fabric and I know my BFF would love it too. I would make her a quilt, I owe her one, I've never made her one.
I love this collection. It combines unusual patterns and colors.
Love the mustard and pink,green ,black scheme.I would make a quilt for my enclosed porch ,Something to cuddle up to in the seasons .
I'd love to make some bold pillows.
definitely a quilt
I love the colors in this collection! Really great fabrics!
I love all the colors in this collection! I think I would make some beautiful pillows or clothes for my girls with it! Thanks!
Very pretty collection. Definately a quilt.
I would love to make a quilt.
I'd make a lap quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!
I'd make the fat eighth fizz quilt. But I might steal the map fabric and keep it for myself!
I'd make a picnic quilt!
Not sure what I would make. The sky is the limit on what to make.
This fabric is beautiful! I would make quilts, quilts, and more quilts with it. Thanks!
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some zip bags for gifts this christmas perhaps!
I think this fabric would make a beautiful lap quilt. Thanks!
I want to copy the bag made from this line by Schnitzel & Boo. Gorgeous!
I love scrappy quilts. Priory Square would be a perfect compliment to my stash.
I need to make another Linus Quilt soon so this would be ideal.
A scrappy quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com
I'd make a throw quilt and big plump pillows to liven up our sofa during the all too long winter months. All these flowers & bright colors would remind me of warmer days that I so love.
I love this collection! I think it would make a great shoulder bag with those big bold flowers. And the subtle rose pattern would make a beautiful scarf.
Beautiful prints that aren't just 'filler'. A Dresden Plate quilt would be fantastic, but maybe a Swoon quilt?
Love English gardens and love this fabric line.
I love everything about this! the midnight blue with yellow and Aqua and just a little pink is amazing!!!
A quilt, of course! But first I'd have to stare at it for months before finding JUST THE RIGHT quilt design. 🙂
I would be very tempted to follow Katy's example
and make a Dresden quilt
– vintage and cool!
I've been wanting to make a totally hand-pieced and hand-quilted piece and I think these fabrics would be a great choice for that!
Anything – the materials are beautiful
I would make a bag!
This collection is so versatile. I would make quilts of course but I think I would also like to make accessories such as bags and scarves. I am hoping to get some voile to make blouses as well. Thank you for another lovely giveaway!
I just love this fabric-the colors!
I would make my daughter a jewelry roll and I would make a quilt.
I love scrappy quilts using fabrics I love, so I think Priory Square would get mixed into my next Scrappy Quilt.
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I think I'd make a lap quilt with these fabrics-something like the fat quarter fizz pattern that works up quickly!
I would make a quilt out of these pretty fabrics & some sort of tote bag!
Love the colors in this line…a spring quilt in the making!
Simply gorgeous! I would make a travel case for my beauty products.
HI, SO PRETTY! I'D MAKE A LAP QUILT FOR A FRIEND! THANKS FOR SHARING!
Would be a lovely quilt for a friend.
The floral with the navy background is so cute! Love those colors. Thanks for the chance to win.
I just got to see these in person the other night. Lovely. I think they would make a great throw.
I am a sucker for florals too, but I cannot decide if my favourite is Sunday clippings or cottagely posy.
I would love to make a pretty bed runner!
A pretty quilt
I'd make a quilt or doll quilts or clothes for my granddaughters. Such cute fabric!!
Lovely fabric. I would make a baby quilt of star blocks to show off the bold flower print.
I enjoy reading about her creative process. So many fabric collection is put out by designers and no insight is provided to how the designs came about, especially when they are non-artists — meaning not illustrators, painters, etc.
I would make a small quilt for a wall hanging-love the colors
These are such lovelies! They would undoubtedly find their way into a quilt of some kind…maybe a cushion 🙂
I'd make a mini quilt!
I LOVE this line! I'd make something improvisational…to use up every bit!!!
I am needing new pillows. Thanks.
I love the colours and I would make a small floral applique wall hanging.
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I'd like to make a big slouchy bag!
This collection would go in my stash and become parts in several of my quilts.
This is a beautiful collection. I'd make a beautiful floral quilt for my niece.
I would love to make a bag and a quilt! Thanks so much for the giveaway, I love this design!
I would love to show off these fabrics in a lattice quilt with bright white sashing to allow the colors to pop!!
Not sure what I would make…maybe stash it for now and let it inspire me to make something awesome.
I would make a pretty bag I think! Or a quilt. Such a pretty throw for my couch to cover up with during this coming winter!
I would make a quilt and keep it!! I give most everything I make away but this is gorgeous fabric and I will keep it and love it.
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I would make some placemats and a table runner for the summer.
A quilt just for me!!! I make so many to give away, I think I am overdue for one for myself!
I am constantly working on quilts for gifts and charities……so I'd definitely make a sweet quilt!♡ love this!♡
What a lovely giveaway. I would use these fabrics in a quilt, with some others from my stash. Thanks for the chance to win.
I'd make a lovely bright summery table runner and some coasters.
Maybe a big bolster cushion. I've ordered some knit too to make a raglan top 🙂
I am not sure. Into the stash first until the right project comes up.
I was interested to hear about your creative process
This fabric is gorgeous.
Maybe some big, bright, happy pillows!
Love the colors and thank you for the contest!!!
I've been eyeing up a dresdan plate quilt, I think this line would be perfect to try with that pattern.
Oh the possibilities. Thank you for the offer.
I recently bought a fat quarter quilt pattern. Never have used fat quarters so wanting to try something new. Thanks!
Love this collection! I think I would want to see it everyday, so I would make a few large pillows for my couch.
I love this range, and cannot wait for it to arrive in my door 😉
Making a baby quilt would be a lot of fun with these fabrics!
I think your fabrics would make a lovely table topper. Love them all…
Oh what lovely fabrics. Hmm I think some pillows would be in order here.
I think the collection would look beautiful in a grandmother's fan quilt.
I would make a lap quilt – love this fabric.
Mug rugs all around! I'd love to make a series of mug rugs for my dearest friends. There is something so vibrant and jubilant about this collection; I like to think of each of us settling in with a cup of tea, a Christmas movie, and our own Priory Square mug rug.
When I reached the end of the interview and found there was a giveaway of this awesome fabric, my morning got much brighter. Your primary fabric, Sunday Clippings, is a standout and so colorfully striking, that I will have to get some yardage of that one. Thanks you for this giveaway opportunity.
Love this bundle and need need it.
I love these fabrics! I would use them in a quilt and to make clothes for my little girl!!! Thanks!!!!!
I would make napkins and a table runner out of Priory Square.
I would turn this into a baby girl's quilt so fast your head would spin! I love love love this fabric!
I would pet them, talk to them and listen to what they want to become. Then I would start to cut and sew.
Great line of fabric – has a nice vintage feel
Fabulous line! I'd make something fab – not sure what! 🙂
I think I'd make mug rugs!
I love the Rolling Stone block and think this fabric selection would make a beautiful quilt. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway
The fabric is lovely. I would make a quillow. Thanks for the chance.
I would be making a 'happy' quilt with this fabulous fabric… something for my mom who love flowers and gardening.
Oh, those fabrics are lovely. Especially the focal print.
I just found a wonderful table runner that would be awesome with these fabrics! leftovers? into a scrap quilt!!!
Love this collection- I'd make a hip quilt And/or some awesome throw pillows!
these fabrics are gorgeous i would make pillows to welcome spring back in a few months
Beautiful fabric for a scrappy quilt!
Love the fabric! I would make a throw quilt.
I would make a quilt with this fabric . It is beautiful! I love the colors !
Looks like some great fabrics to make a bargello quilt.
I would make a quilt
Love these fabrics, would make a quilt for myself!
Beautiful. I think some of the fabrics could make a beautiful skirt or dress. Would love to see some of those beautiful english gardens.
I would love to make a swoon quilt and a 241 tote!
I'd make a quilt where each of the prints is highlighted.
I just love the colors. Can't wait to order it.
Love those colors! Definitely a quilt!
I'd make a lovely quilt for my bed being that I always give away my quilts, this one would be a keeper. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lovely fabric!!! Love the design! Would make a great quilt, table runner, or pillow. Thank you for this great giveaway!
Have a super great sewing and stitching day!
Really cute fabric. I'd start with an outfit for my girlies, then move on from there. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.
I would love to make a quilt for a dear friend.
I would put the material in my stash and save for a quilt
I'm designing a new quilt right now and I'd use this in it.
I would love to make a wallet with this fabric!!
my favorite new line this fall.
I'd love a duffle bag made with Priory Square!
Priory Square will be the focus collection for a new X & Plus quilt.
I love your fabrics – hope to be able to find them around where I live soon! Thanks
I would make hatboxes and a piece or two of luggage with these prints.
Such a great fabric collection!
I have 3 daughters and would use the fabric bundle to make something for each one of them–quilted totes, cosmetics bags etc.
Thank you for the giveaway.
I would love to make a tote bag and a zippered pouch!
I love the navy fabric and I would make a quilt maybe a dresden design.
I love the tops and dresses!
That Dresden Flower is so pretty in this line, I think I'd make a dresden Hearts quilt!
Thanks so much for the giveaway,
Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows
Some EPP cushions for my bedroom
A tablerunner or small wallhanging would be great in this fabric collection!
Love the fabrics! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com
Great interview w/Katy!… I love her magazine & fabric.
I want to make a scrappy quilt that lets all the colors and patterns play. The Roundhouse quilt pattern by TraceyJayQuilts would be awesome in these fabrics.
I love the colors in this fabric and I would definitely make a quilt with it.
I would make little lavender scented pillows, a purse, a pincushion and anything else I can think of! Thank you for the giveaway.
I would use it along with other fabric in my stash to make a picnic quilt for my middle daughter.
I think it would make a gorgeous patchwork bag.
I would make a lovely lap quilt.
I have been wanting to make a couch quilt with the One thousand pyramid pattern using crisp white with bright colors. I think this fabric line would be perfect.
I would make pillows.
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I'd definitely make a fun quilt with these pretty fabrics!! Thanks for the chance 🙂
I would make a pretty tote bag!
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I would make a quilt of course!
I would make a Dresden Plate quilt – her example in the look-book is just fabulous Thank you!
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I'd make a throw sized quilt. These prints are soo cute!
Love this range this would make a beautiful quilt for my granddaughter, which one? that would be x 3
I'd love to make some pillows with this collection
Id make a quilt for my precious great neice MIla Grace!
I'm primarily a quilter, but my granddaughter would love a skirt made from this collection. I have a scrappy pattern that's perfect!
We just painted our kitchen and livingroom in a neutral colour. Some placemats, a tablerunner and a few pillowcovers in these fabrics would bring colour in our lives (next to the crafts of the kids of course ;-))
Cute fabric. I'd make a quilt, of course!
this is a beautiful line of fabric. I'd love to make a lap quilt for one of my adult daughters.
Oooooh! This fabric collection is so pretty, I'm thinking that a quilted bed runner and matching cushion covers would be perfect for our master bedroom!!
a quilt with a simple, graphic pattern so the fabrics would pop even more:0
I would make aprons; great prints!
Would make a cute Disappearing 9 Patch quilt by showcasing the prints in the corners and the solids as the center accent.
Would definitely make that Heart Quilt!! Looove it!
I love Sunday clippings best and of course I love quilt now magazine!
I'd make a darling pillow.
I'd make a quilt because that's all I make;)
I would use them in a scrappy quilt. Thank you for the giveaway.
My project for this bundle would be a table runner! The colors remind me of spring with such happy colors.
A picnic quilt! email@example.com
I think they will work in lots of quilts I plan to make.
I think these prints would make a lovely churn dash quilt.
I love making pillows so that's probably what I'd make. Maybe a matching lap quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
I love this color palette and mix of large and small prints. I would love to make something Henie with this bundle. Thanks for the chance!
I would like to make lots of beautiful zipper pouches in all sizes for my friends as gifts.
I think I would make a tumbler quilt. I love the beautiful colors.
My grand-daughter doesn't have a quilt yet, so that would be my first priority!
This collection would make a lovely throw for a special friend in need of some cheering up these days. Thanks for offering a giveaway of Priory Square.
Embellishments on two little girl shirts and two little girl pairs of pants.
I'd make a quilt for sure. Wonderful fabric.
I'd love to make a Dresden plate quilt with this gorgeous fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!
Lovely fabric. I's probably make cushions…or bags
I really like the strong contrasts in this collection. I would make a lap quilt or maybe a tote bag. Thank you for the giveaway!
I love these flower prints! I would really love to make cute little pouches!
Yes have an international distr for the mags….you have Aussie fans waiting. .!!firstname.lastname@example.org
I love the Dresden plate pictured in the blog post. It might be time for me to make my first Dresden plate quilt!
I think I might try a Rapture quilt, that one is really pretty.
I've been wanting make The Professional Tote and Priory would look great done up in the tote. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com
I'd make a pretty tote bag for myself!
This line would be great to make a quilt for my sister. She loves flowers and lots of color.
Very cute fabric.
I think I would make a big swoon quilt using a darker background, for my bedroom!
May have already left one comment–sometimes things don't always show on my mobile–anyway I'd make a commemorative quilt for all the walks through English gardens with my British husband 🙂 our first together before we married, Leed's Castle.
Oh, I'd love to win. I need more brights in my collection.
I would make a quilt or duvet cover for my bedroom.
These look great to add to my Scrap quilt or for my around the world Quilt! Gorgeous brights.
These would make a couple beautiful purses!
I would make something very pretty.
I enjoy play with fabrics and would be great play with these.Thanks for the fun!
So many great ideas. I'm in love with this collection, and the focus floral is gorgeous. I'd make a Dresden plate, I think. Wanting to try a new pattern.
I love this line of fabric! I purchased it to make a quilt, but I may have to display it on cake stands in my sewing room!
I would make some special dresses for some little girls in need.
Match them with some solids and make a grandma's garden quilt. Long term project for me. Thanks
I would love to make a quilt with them 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!!
I would use this bundle in my scrappy quilt!
I would use this bundle in my scrappy quilt!
It's beautiful fabric. I would make a lap quilt for myself to use this winter.
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I love the main floral with the navy background, and the floral that looks like a dandilion.6495
This is so pretty. Thanks for the chance.
Love the combo of vibrant prints with low-volume prints. So fun!
My daughter was recently married and she would absolutely love a lap quilt or pillow made from these gorgeous fabrics!
I'd use it in a quilt.
I'd make a lovely quilt for the couch.
Hiya!!! Love this line. That heart quilt is adorable. I think these prints would look great in an Around the World quilt. Thanks for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
I'd use this for zipper pouches or the Sew Together bag.
Winter has hit hard, so I'm leaning towards cozy, cuddly, lap quilts right now! Thanks for the chance.
I think it would make a beautiful quilt for a little girl!
I would love to try the heart quilt.
Lovely fabric and I would probably make a quilt as it's my favourite thing to sew these days! Thanks for the chance to win.
I would make a bright churn dash quilt. Love this line.
A new bag for me!
I would make a set of zipper pouches to go inside a weekender bag made with the collection!
I seem to see a nested churn dash quilt out of these fabrics.
Some new table toppers
I think a Round the World quilt would be great in these fabrics!
These fabrics are stuning!! How exciting to make something lovely from them. email@example.com
A fabulous bag, for starters. It's so bright.
I loved Katy's comment on how this is an English collection, but without the red buses and such. I like those too, but I know they aren't entirely representative of the UK!
I think this would make a lovely quilt for my niece!
I would make a quilt for my mother-in-law.
I would make a really bright and fun throw for my living room with these!! Love these bold colors!
Most of these colors would go perfect with my daughter's quilt I'm planning. The rest I could see making into a tote bag.
Love the flowers outlined in gold-I'd have to use that along with the aqua flowers. Thanks for the chance to win.
I'd love to use this line in a scrappy project, like one of Jen Kingwell's quilt patterns.
The yummy heart quilt from Quilt Now is what I would be making if I won! Fingers crossed!
Placemats so I could look at this loveliness everyday! Thanks for the chance to win! Sarah- crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com
I would make a new work bag! Thanks for the chance to win!