Friday, July 18, 2014

Cotton + Steel Collection: Homebody by Kim Kight


Hi everyone! welcome back to the Jolly Jabber. Thank you so much for tuning into our Cotton + Steel blog special. Today, Kim Kight is here to talk about her Homebody collection for Cotton + Steel. Kim is a fabric collector ,and creating her own fabric collection is her ultimate dream come true. Read on to learn more about her inspiration.

Q: Tell us about your collection. What were you inspired by?
A: My collection is named Homebody in celebration of introverts, hermits, and recluses. The prints all reference the home and quiet, bookish hobbies like stamp collecting. As it came together I thought a lot about my grandmother's house, her faded carpet, the Chesterfield, and the cigar boxes and mason jars she filled with coins, buttons, and miscellaneous treasures.


Q: What is your background in textile design?
A: I am totally self-taught in fabric design. I got my experience with design software from the publishing industry, and I was just driven by a burning love for all things fabric and textile to learn how to do repeats and how to design for different substrates and markets. 


Q: What projects do hope to see made with your collection?
A: Quilts, because what is cozier and more homey. I naturally gravitate toward more gender-neutral, versatile prints, so I hope to see clothes for all genders and ages. I'm also very much looking forward to seeing things I haven't thought of making myself. 

Q: What projects do hope to see made with your collection?
A: For fabric, it's vintage all the way. I love feedsacks and dress fabrics from the 1930s-70s. My Homebody prints are reproduction and vintage-inspired. For sewing, I like simple, classic, geometric. For my house, ideally it's understated mid-century modern, but realistically it's more like "barely keeping up because I live with three boys." 

Q: What does Cotton + Steel mean to you?
A: As I said in our first documentary film, I really think Cotton + Steel is the next logical step for the industry. We are the natural outcome of the last 10 years, which has seen a growth in design-savvy people who just love creating, and it never crosses their mind to define themselves as this or that type of sewer. I'm also thrilled to be involved in the collaborative design process ... I'm not sure I'd want to do it any other way!


SURPRISE! RJR and Cotton+Steel have graciously donated fat quarter bundles for us to giveaway! Today, we are giving away Kim Kight's Homebody 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.

67 comments:

SarahZ said...

Really enjoy seeing the fabrics and the folks behind them in this series! Thanks!!!

jinsnapp said...

Thanks for the wonderful interviews and the giveaways!

Cindy said...

Love this fabric!

Terri said...

Congrats Kim on your success with this collection! It's lovely. I especially love reading about your inspiration and the backstory.

KK said...

Love Cotton + Steel story! Love the Homebody collection! Can't wait to get the fabric to my machine! Thank you Kimberly @ Fat Quarter Shop

Tiara said...

Can't wait to see this collection in person!

Sarah said...

Being a definite homebody myself, I love the inspiration behind this collection! sarah@forrussia.org

Maureen Boyd said...

Love this line of fabric and can't wait to see it live!

Amanda J said...

Did all the Cotton+Steel ladies have to change their surnames or is it just coincidence that all their names so far follow alliteration - Melody Miller, Alexa Abegg, now Kim Kight?! So poetic!

P.S. Love all the collections so far! Thanks for the chance to win!

Catherine said...

I really enjoyed reading about the inspiration behind this line - - so creative!

Mom N Mia Quilts said...

These fabrics are all amazing

c said...

Love the homebody fabric line, I am sorry but I do not "do" any of the media sites you list, I only do email-so here I am. Pls enter me in the giveaway!

aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

Jacklynn said...

I love the postage stamp print - but they are all wonderful! Thanks for the give away!

Sarina said...

Love the postage stamp fabric. Love her vintagey feel!

knottygnome said...

i love the colors of this line!

Barbe said...

i love the colors she used and the graphic prints

Crafty Coffin said...

I love hearing the thought behind the design process!

Danielle said...

These colors are so great!

sskcraftshop @ Hooks, Needles and Brushes said...

Lovely collection by cotton!+ steel

Amanda J said...

I love all the motifs used in Homebody and the colours are a great mix, Kim's created such a wonderful vintage feel collection!

selleck said...

I am a pink person and drawn to pink fabric.

AngieSewTherapy said...

I love the peachy color in this collection!

AngieSewTherapy said...

I love the peachy color in this collection!

Kristi said...

Loving the aqua and black! So great!

Country Girl said...

Vintage and feedsacks are my favorites! Thanks so much for sharing your love with us!

Melissa Boo said...

I love how the collections all work together. The color palette is the best.

Jill Trentacost said...

Thanks for the chance!

Jeanmarie said...

Love the colors in this collection!

Marti Taylor said...

I like how the colors are muted without being dull while the prints are full without being overly busy.

Karen Thurn said...

I love these colors and designs. They all work well together. So far this is my favorite collection from Cotton and Steel. kthurn@bektel.com

Emily Kim said...

Love the multiple geometric patterns in this collection!

GO STARS! said...

The range of colors and the geometric prints are what draws me to this collection

Heather O said...

I think Kim really did get the vintage fabrics with a modern twist in her textile designs. So nice.

Jodie said...
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Jodie said...

I love the little stamps.

Tana said...

love the colors!

ThirdMargaret said...

Kim's range is retro and modern both and in all the best ways! Love this!!

lynnquiltsalot said...

Any fabric with touches of orange is a favorite. Sigh!

Karen said...

I like the blue prints.

Doris said...

The colours look like they would be fun to play with.

Doris said...

These colours would be fun to play with.

Anita said...

I love the textures and the aqua!

Quilting Momma said...

I love the intro and the background to how this came about. The fabrics are just yummy! Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway!

KathyinMN said...

This fabric is so super yummy!

Pat Rutland said...

Such beautiful and unique fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win!

aus_chick said...

I love how soft the fabrics are, and the great designs!

Josie McRazie said...

Beautiful fabrics!!!

Gill said...

I love everything !!

Emerauld said...

This is my favorite of these collections! I love the terracotta and complementary colors!

Colette Whelan said...

WOW!

Margaret said...

I am in love with this collection. The colors are great

Ali K said...

Love the light blue button-type print.

Anonymous said...

I love the wide stripes! Lots of fun to use in a project.
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Asheligh said...

I love the colors and the simple shapes

Karrie S said...

I love the colors and the prints! These collections are all so awesome!

Laura Fedewa said...

Great geometric style to this one! Love the modern vibe!

Katy Emanuel said...

love the gender neutrality of the collection

Debbie said...

I absolutely love the windows with the vines. I love the earthy colors.

Beth said...

Being a total homebody myself, I am absolutely delighted to see that inclination be celebrated.

Ngozi Ibe said...

I'm in love with the colors and prints! This collection is simply amazing and I would love to have some in my stash!:)

KrisD said...

This collection is so modern!

Laura said...

The blue and orange color combo is so pretty!

Nana (Mom/Kathy etc.) said...

This line speaks to me. This is me in fabric!

pkmegs said...

The color combinations, especially the blues and oranges.

epban said...

Love the colors and prints! Have been a fan of Kim's since True Up!

Sharyn DePriest said...

The more I look at these fabrics, the more I love them.

JoEllen said...

Love this line! Hope to win!