Designer Tidbits: Richard Neuman - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Richard Neuman

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Richard Neuman to the Jolly Jabber. Richard’s latest fabric collection is Choo Choo You from Clothworks Fabrics.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Choo Choo You collection?
A:I grew up in a small railroad town in the midwest through which passed 200 trains each day. I learned the alphabet seeing letters on the sides of train cars. From the smell of coal smoke to the sounds of train whistles fading into the distance on a summer’s night, trains are ingrained in my heart and soul. One might say I have always been a “Choo Choo You”!

Q: What are 3 words you would choose to describe this collection?
1. fun
2. detailed
3. colorful

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A:Creating this railroad layout was an opportunity to revisit many fond memories of my boyhood days when my brothers and I worked on and played with the train layout in our basement.

Q:What is your dream project using this collection?
A:As a adult what fun to decorate a train room with pillows, curtains and table skirting with prints from this collection. Revisit my childhood and snuggle in to bed on a cold winter night under a quilt of these train images.

Richard’s Silly Secrets:

1. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing?
Reading and traveling- my “bucket list” is long and varied.

2. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
I grew up in Fostoria, Ohio. For the last 20 years I have lived on the farm settled by my family in 1840.

3. Your biggest pet peeve?
People’s addiction to cell phones.

4. What color are you thinking about today?
Lush greens inspired by the wheat fields and part of the yard outside my studio window.

5. What is your favorite fabric print ever (excluding your own)?
Plaids of all colors.


  1. Instant favorite with me because my now 22-year-old son adored everything about trains when he was a youngster. He'd count train cars whenever we were stopped at crossings. We made numerous visits to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, so Matthew could ride the train that's a major tourist attraction in that mountain village.

    Very well done, Mr. Neuman! A charming, endearing collection for train lovers of any age!

  2. What a perfect little boy fabric! I know now what I can use for my 10 year old nephews quilt. Thanks 😀

  3. This takes me back to my childhood when my uncle had his trains in the basement with the creaky stairs and he would let us go down and watch them. I am 59 yrs old now and it's so nice to go down memory lane again. I love your designs!!