What comes first, the fabric or the quilt?

What comes first, the fabric or the quilt?  Ever wondered about it?

When I started designing, it was the fabric that inspired me.  I’d wait on pins and needles to see the newest lines from Moda.  I’d have several quits in my head and when I saw the right fabric I’d start designing.

Oh joy how things have changed!   Now I design the quilt first and spend many happy hours choosing colors and drawing fabrics to go with it.  Think what this would mean if you were the designer.   Your colors could vary to fit the quilt, and suddenly you’d have your own backgrounds and prints that work in a way they could never work before.  For me its pure heaven.

"Mistletoe Lane" on the way to Moda

“Mistletoe Lane” on the way to Moda


I snapped this picture earlier this year as I was sending off my newest fabric line to Cheryl at Moda.  It’s because of Cheryl and her faith in me, that I can finally work this way.  What you see in the package are color swatches, carefully selected for my newest fabric line and block of the month quilt.  The Scan-disc has all the files to create this new line,  and the package for Cheryl is filled with my ideas.

If you wonder why I’ve been so quiet, it’s because I’ve been dealing with deadlines for this newest fabric line called “Mistletoe Lane”.  I’ve been working on patterns, calculating yardage and everything else that needs to be done while I wait for my sample yardage.  It’s supposed to arrive this week!

“Mistletoe Lane” is coming soon!



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  • DeAnna Dodson - Oooh it’s always so intriguing to see a tantalizing little package like that. Love the colors. Can’t wait to see the final result! :DReplyCancel

  • Susan - Can’t wait to see your new line……I just love all your fabric……I will be watch for a peek of it!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam - Cheryl is amazing. I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Hildy - Your new fabric line sounds great I love the name!ReplyCancel

  • liz - Oooh, pretty! I’m practically salivating over the colors!ReplyCancel

  • Judi - Please, please come out with a new baby line! Since most and I do mean most of the baby quilts I have made(and I have made 8) this year alone, the gender of the child is known. The one who didn’t actually know, took a sealed envelope with the gender info to her baby stuff store and they put away the blue ( in this case) choices she made.

    I desperately need pinks, blues, lavenders with greys and tsuoes. It seems every nursery was pink or blue with grey or taupe this past two years!

    Help! My children and their friends don’t want trucks, farm animals or robots!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Miller - Nice to see a post from you Anne and congratulations on another new line from Moda! I just love all of the beautiful new fabrics and peruse them often for inspiration for a new Moda Bake Shop recipe or pattern. I’m a new pattern designer and am always inspired when I see your fabric and sweet BOM. I would love to learn more about the process… Can’t wait to see the line. Hugs, Karen

  • Barb - Oh I love the name “Mistletoe Lane” just conjures up all sorts of ideas, thoughts and memories. I just know this is going to be extra-special – fabric always inspires so many possibilities.

    I’m with Karen Miller (above commenter) I’d love to learn and understand the process of fabric from inspiration to manufacturer – I know we would all be in utter awe of what it must take !

    Thank you, Anne, for sharing your talent, creativity and generosity with us.ReplyCancel

  • Mary T Salmon - Anne:
    Sounds lovely. I love everything you design.

  • Anita - I’m loving the pink and mocha colors, can’t wait to see what you designed to go with it.ReplyCancel

  • rosa - The new name sounds fun.Can’t wait to see the new fabric line.

    Don’t know what comes first because sometimes I see a fabric and know which pattern I ‘ m going to use .ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I love the colors! Now I’ll be on pins and needles waiting to see the new line and pattern :)ReplyCancel

  • Pauline - Anne…love the name, love the colors and I just know I will love your new ideas for your new line of fabric and your new patterns. Your creations always make me smile. Happy stitching, PaulineReplyCancel

  • Jackie Roisler - Very interesting, thanks for sharing :) plus, anxiously awaiting your newbie items.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Mclellan - Oh my! I can’t wait. Miistletoe, Christmas and Bunny Hill! What a fabulous combination. It just has to be wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Shawna - I love the name of this fabric line! I can’t wait to see it and the patterns you design for it.ReplyCancel