Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cotton + Steel Collection: Hatbox by Alexia Abegg

     

Hello everyone! We're all about Cotton + Steel this week and Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Designs and Patterns is joining us today on the Jolly Jabber to talk about her Hatbox Collection for Cotton + Steel. Read on to learn about her inspiration for her collection. 

Q: Tell us about your collection. What were you inspired by?
A: I am constantly inspired by a particular place and time. With my collection, Hatbox, I kept thinking about mid 20th century cross-country travels and all the things that might be encountered in California, and the West at that time. Small, family-owned amusement parks, traveling sideshows, women and their hats and day dresses, these are all part of the inspiration for my collection. I also love to work in watercolor or pen and ink, so much of my work starts on paper.



Q: What is your background in textile design?
A: I studied textile design as a part of my fashion and fine arts studies in school, but most of what I have learned has been trial and error, learning from my peers and my husband, Rob Bancroft, who is also a designer.


Q: What projects do hope to see made with your collection?
A: Oh my gosh, this is the most exciting part of designing fabric!!! I love quilts and apparel when I sit down to sew, and kids clothes, and accessories, and home decor...okay really I haven't come across much in the sewing realm that I don't love! So I hope people want to make all these things!

Quilt by Film In The Fridge 

Q: How do you describe your style?
A: I would say I aspire to describe my style as Audrey Hepburn meets Frida Kahlo meets Ray Eames meets Charles Girard meets Vera meets Mary Blair but mostly I wish I could wear a uniform to work so I can only think about art and design all day!


Q: What does Cotton + Steel mean to you?
A: Cotton + Steel is basically the kind of creative environment I have been hoping to find or create my entire adult life. I have found not only the creative freedom every artist longs for but the best manufacturing and logistics to help the creativity have both form and function. As much of a dream come true as Cotton + Steel is artistically, it is even more so because of the relationships that have been kindled. Not only are my fellow designers like my sisters but we have all felt so lucky to be a part of the RJR family.

SURPRISE! RJR and Cotton+Steel have graciously donated fat quarter bundles for us to giveaway! Today, we are giving away Alexia Abegg's Hatbox Fat Quarter Bundle to one lucky winner. Just enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below! The more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win.

59 comments:

Ginny Worden said...

This is just "sew" exciting.

SarahZ said...

Sweeeeet :) I am so happy for all these talented women!! It is fun to see something like this "start up"! Congratulations to Cotton & Steel :)

Sarina said...

Sew cute! Wish we could enter for leaving a comment. :( love the history the designers are sharing with us. It's fun to get to know them on a more personal level. Thanks or hosting them!

sophie said...

This collection is simply Fabulous!

sophie said...

This collection is simply Fabulous!

Tracy said...

Love this collection! I tried to pin this but the icon doesn't show so it won't let me pin it! Oh well.

GranChris said...

I love the fabric. I'm sure I would make a quilt if I won.

JLVerde said...

This is my favorite set from Cotton and Steel. I love those tigers!

(I also had trouble pinning, but I still have three chances to win so it's all good)

Lisa said...

Great giveaway! Thanks!

jinsnapp said...

I am having problems pinning the actual image from the blog also, so I went to Fat Quarter Shop's Pinterest page and pinned the image from there :)

Evie H said...

I would love to win these fabulous fabrics, but, alas, I'm not in any social media. =( But thanks for a great blog and other giveaways I can participate in.

Unknown said...

an interesting interview and really inspiring fabrics.
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Jacklynn said...

I love the tiger print - it reminds me of Tammis Keefe cats. Thanks for the give away!!!!

knottygnome said...

those tigers!

Barbe said...

the cats lolol

Danielle said...

The colors are so great!

Amanda J said...

I love that Alexia's collection is hand painted - those little tigers and flowers! Love!

selleck said...

I like the way the colors are coordinated.

Veronika B. said...

I like the cat prints, the right design for my daughter.
Thanks for this giveaway.
Veronika

AngieSewTherapy said...

I like the rose and aqua combination with the pop of navy. It's awesome.

Kristi said...

Are you kidding me? Those kitties are priceless! Love it!

Country Girl said...

Looking at her pictures and fabric takes me back to when I was a little girl to my teens. going to my grandma's and great aunts home and seeing these colors and items on this blog. Memories!

Melissa Boo said...

The cats are so much fun from this collection

Jill Trentacost said...

Love it!

Jeanmarie said...

These tigers are the best!!

Marti Taylor said...

I love the combo of floral with plaid and the text print is just awesome.

Karen Thurn said...

I love the designs and colors. I'm always looking for fabric with good designs that look great when cut up and sewed back together. kthurn@bektel.com

petoskystone said...

I would love to use all of the cat prints in a tote :)

Emily Kim said...

One word...TIGERS!!

GO STARS! said...

The cat print! The colors

Heather O said...

I love the palm springs lawn print, and of course those tigers!

Kayla Gordon said...

Love this collection! Would make a beautiful addition to my shash!

Jodie said...

The kitties. Also the colors.

Tana said...

Love the colors :)

ThirdMargaret said...

Those tigers!! I love this line and Alexia seems to be such a warm, good soul! Her designs reflect this.

lynnquiltsalot said...

Oh, the cats! My daughter would love the cats!

Karen said...

I like the floral prints.

Karen said...

The blenders are great and such a good idea to coordinate with all of the main collections.

Anita said...

I love the tigers and the colours! My favorite colour is turquiose.

Josie McRazie said...

such AMAZING fabrics! Thanks for sharing!!!

Emerauld said...

The tigers! They are so so cute! must have!

Margaret said...

I love that red and black. Thanks for sharing

Ali K said...

Love the green cat print.

Anonymous said...

I especially love the little striped cats - too cute!
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Asheligh said...

I love the color pallet and how retro the prints are. The kitties are super adorable too!

OhioLori said...

LOOOOVE this bundle!! Especially the Cats! lol Way fun fabrics!! :)

Karrie S said...

love the prints and the colors!

Nancyz said...

The colors and and prints are so unique! Congratulations Cotton&Steel!

Katy Emanuel said...

Love the prints, they are so fun.

Jenifer said...

I need this because of the cat design! I collect unusual cat fabric and love this collection

May said...

Lovely collection

Debbie said...

This is a fun collection. Kitty's are always fun. :)))

Beth said...

Ah, those cats. Total crush on that print.

ruadhella said...

I love this collection! It looks very whimsical, just beautiful!

Janet said...

I did a double take when I saw the tigers! I love that bit of surprise and whimsy.

Paloma said...

lots to love, but the cats are definitely my favorite

KrisD said...

I love the colors in this collection.

Laura said...

I love the colors in this collection!

pkmegs said...

The cats.