Designer Tidbits: Tim & Beck - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog

Designer Tidbits: Tim & Beck

Set sail with Tim & Beck this Summer! We are climbing aboard and heading out to Bartholo-Meow’s Reef! This new collection is perfect for playful sewing projects! Tim & Beck are here to share more about the Bartholo-Meow’s Reef collection, so keep reading for a closer look!

Q: Tell us a little about the Bartholo-meow’s Reef collection. What were you inspired by?
A:In the fall of 2012 we had an impromptu encounter with whales. We were visiting one of our favorite beaches on the central coast of California and spotted whales coming in closer to the shore then we had ever seen. Tim, the braver half of “Tim & Beck,” convinced me that we should hop in a kayak and head out to say hello. Next thing i know we are side by side with giant whales coming up to feed less than 20 feet from our boat. It was a spectacular experience! We went back the next day with as many family members as we could entice into kayaks and spent another afternoon with the whales. After that experience our whole family was highly inspired by all things ocean. Our two budding artists were drawing sea creatures and the whole family had creative visions of life under the big blue ocean. Tim combined all of our thoughts into one concept and we began the design journey into the depths of the beautiful briny and oh so cute sea.

Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?
A:Hunting for inspiration is typically the first step. We tend to have 3 or 4 concepts in queue at all times. We’ll choose which idea we’d like to pursue and start hunting for inspiration to help us decide what convention, genre, style, colors, mix of patterns we’d like to use for that particular collection.

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Bartholo-meow’s Reef?
A:Childrens clothing would be so fun!! Quilts are always amazing. Childrens aprons…. hmmmm really we are always in awe of all the projects we see!

Q:How do you describe your style and how has it evolved over the years?
A:We have a few different styles that we create under the brand “Tim & Beck”. When it comes to fabric design for Moda, we love to design whimsical collections for children of all ages. Our style is often described as a contemporary twist on a vintage classic feel. We’ve explored so many design paths over the years. I’d say we have evolved by learning to simplify. We used to want to pack so much into one collection when we could have created 2 or 3 collections with the same amount of material.

Q:What is the most memorable handmade item you have ever received?
A:Tim’s younger brother gave us a wedding gift of handcrafted pottery from a college pottery class he was taking. We’ve been married 11 years and those pieces are my favorite to have on display in our home. He made a giant bowl that I love to overflow with fresh fruit as a centerpiece on our dining room table.


  1. It must have been amazing being that close to Whales! Love the fabric line so fun that your daughter did the octopus.