Designer Tidbits: Rosemarie Lavin - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Rosemarie Lavin

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Rosemarie Lavin to the Jolly Jabber. Rosemarie’s latest fabric collection, Mistletoe from Windham Fabrics, just arrived in our shop- so let’s get right to it, a little Q & A with Rosemarie!

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Mistletoe collection?

A: When Windham fabrics asked me to develop a Christmas quilting collection, I immediately thought of poinsettias and tartan plaids. I then added beautiful metallic scrolls and a red cardinal print. When I showed it to my husband he said he liked the mistletoe print to which i responded, it’s poinsettia and holly, but the name stuck and it became known as the Mistletoe collection.

Q: What are 3 Words you would choose to describe this collection?

1. Beautiful
2. Traditional
3. Festive

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?

A: I like the poinsettia print. When I designed it, I laid it out so that it can easily be cut into placemats and runners without sacrificing any of the large florals.

Q: What is your dream project using this collection?

A: I think it’s just perfect for tabletop. I would love to see the green metallic scroll with the red texture border as a tablecloth coupled with placemats of the poinsettia block pattern on top.

Rosemarie Lavin’s Silly Secrets

1. What music are you listening to right now?
I can’t seem to get enough of Ray LaMontagne and also have been listening to the new Lucinda Williams CD

2. Work and life essentials aside, what is the activity you spend the most time doing? 
I like to spend time near the water so we spend a lot of time on our boat in the Great South Bay and on Fire Island

3. Where did you grow up and where do you call home?
I currently live in the same house I grew up in (my grandmother’s house) and have spent a good part of my life here on Long Island.

4. Do you have any pets and what are their name(s)?
We recently got a new puppy, a Hungarian Visla named Romeo. He’s a real mush and a sweet boy so that’s how he got his name.

We also have our 11 year old cat named Mrs B who actually acts like a dog.

5. Your biggest pet peeve?
When I’m on the train and people’s headphones are so loud that I can hear what they are listening to.


  1. What a lucky job you have…I'd love to work around the fabrics all day long!
    Great block and wonderful layout!

  2. Great interview!!! Rosemarie sounds like someone that I'd like to meet. Thanks for the introduction!

  3. Love the picture of Romeo..we have two Vizsla's, Tara the momma and Jake one of her 9 puppies. You will love having a Vizsla, they are the absolute best dogs ever! Congrats on your fabric line, they would make a lovely Christmas tree skirt. Lisa in Texas

  4. What Christmas themed flannels are due out for 2011? I usually like to start making Christmas pillowcases in August or September, so am on the hunt for fresh, modern Christmas flannels.