Bold and Beautiful: an interview with fabric designer Josephine Kimberling

20 Apr 2011

Josephine Kimberling’s fabric lines are anything but boring. Excelling in combining bold patterns and bright colors, Kimberling creates fabric lines for those who love to make a statement. Read on to find out more about Josephine Kimberling and her great fabric lines with  Robert Kaufman.

Can you tell me a little bit of background about yourself?

Yes, definitely! I went to college for Illustration and Graphic Design. Shortly after college, I ended up working for Nordstrom as a Textile Designer. Throughout my 10 years there, I created patterns for a variety of markets including kidswear, baby, juniors, and womenswear. It was there that I also created color palettes and did print trend forecasting for the junior girls brands. For 2 years somewhere in-between, I worked for Hallmark Cards designing stationery and gift-wrap collections, and also worked for a fashion print representative out of London, selling my artwork to fashion companies across the world. 

How did you get involved with the Fabric designing business?

I had been dreaming about starting my own thing for many, many years. I got to a place in my life and career where I decided to take a leap and put together a collection of prints to send to fabric companies. With my background as a Textile Designer, it seemed like a natural extension of what I’ve been doing, and a great place for me to start.

How many fabric lines have you designed?

‘Just Dandy!’ is my third fabric line with Robert Kaufman. My other two collections were ‘Glam Garden’ and ‘Hot Blossom’.

Where do you get the inspiration for your fabric designs?

I get inspiration from all over the place! I absolutely love researching and surrounding myself with creativity. I usually keep my eye on runway trends, find the common threads and then interpret the trend for a particular market, with my own twist and utilizing my own style.

On your website, http://www.josephinekimberling.com/, you showcase some great clothing and projects that incorporate your fabrics. Do you design these yourself? Do you have these products in mind when creating your fabric line, or is it the other way around?

Thank you! For the clothing that you see on my website’s inspiration page, I usually find already existing patterns that fit into the feel and theme of the fabric collection, and either friends or myself will sew them.

The projects available for a free download on my inspiration page are usually designed in different ways. I’m not a fashion or technical designer, so designing patterns for things like handbags and clothing are a bit out of my league, to be honest. For those types of projects, I usually have an idea of what I would like to have designed based on the feel of the fabric collection, and then work in collaboration with friends who have the right experience. On my inspiration page, I designed the fabric flowers and the pillow since they are much more simple and crafty. I’m a big advocate of leaning on people who are strong in areas that I am not in order to get to the best product possible.

You seem to love bold and exciting patterns on fabric. Any tips on how to combine many different patterns together successfully?

I definitely do love bold and exciting patterns, and even more than that, I love mixing them together! Some tips I have on combining many different patterns together successfully are:

1.     Drama. Find a pattern that is truly amazing, either by the detail it involves, the largeness of its scale or one with a lot of color throughout it. This is your “A” print. Then to accentuate it, find a “B” pattern – one that is either smaller in scale to balance it, or one that has the ground color that is an accent used in the “A” print. I usually don’t like mixing “B” and “C” prints together because sometimes they can lack interest. When mixing a lot of different fabrics together, you can also have multiple ‘A’ patterns to balance.

2.     Mix Master. Mix contrasting fabrics together until you bring out the best in each pattern. For example, contrast in scale, color position (pattern with blue accent + pattern with blue ground), repeat type (linear + tossed), or density (open ground space + densely packed).

3.     Harmony. Put patterns with different color balance within them next to each other. Allow the arrangement of the patterns to keep color moving throughout so your eyes don’t get stuck in one place.

4.     Personality. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box and try something new! Keep playing and push yourself outside of your natural boundaries.

 Any favorite parts of the design process?

My absolute favorite part of the design process is the beginning of starting a new collection, which for me is the research process. Looking at runway, blogs, magazines, nature, home décor, and shopping a variety of markets just keeps me excited about what’s going on in the world and pushes me towards expressing my artistic voice. I really enjoy taking that information, sketching out thoughts that come to my head and then putting together a collection like the pieces of a puzzle.

What other types of art do you do?

I would say that I combine my art creation with design, rather than multiple types of artwork. I love creating pattern for a variety of markets – either through creating a pattern that is fashion forward, working in collections for the quilting market, or designing what my patterns would look like on stationery, gift-wrap, packaging, etc. I like to use different mediums to get to my vision when creating artwork for a variety of markets.

Anything else you want to add?

Yes! Thanks so much for reaching out to me for an interview! The quilting & sewing industry is just full of amazing people with so many wonderful skill-sets and creativity, and it’s so fun to be a part of it!

 Thank YOU Josephine!

Photo Credits: Natalie G. Photography


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nonajeanne wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 7:30 AM

Your fabrics are wonderful.   Now you have me thinking of different things to make my two granddaughters.   I'll have to check out your website for more inspiration.

SewLindaAnn wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 7:48 AM

When I want to mix up fabrics I put several down on a table in my room for a few days so I can start thinking and experimenting. Depending on the project I'm interested in doing (quilt, bag, whatever) I get inspired to try a new technique or color combination from the fabric. I can't wait to check out her web site, I'm sure I'll be seriously inspired. Thanks for the great interview.

chickwilts wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 7:52 AM

What a fresh and lively collection of fabrics.   keep them coming!

qwiltks wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 7:55 AM

wonderful springy fabrics, great inspiration for quilts, wall hangings, and little things to make. will check out your website for more information,  good interview on fabric, love to read about designing fabric.

Von@4 wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 7:55 AM

What a great insight to to Josephine's fantastic collection.   It continues to amaze me that people can continue to broaden and create such new fabrics.. I'm thankful that fabric collections today can sit back on their own and usually its not a "ME TOO" product to knock off someone but rather an original!   Bravo!

on 20 Apr 2011 7:55 AM

What cheerful fabrics, they are perfect for summertime!  I love to combine different fabrics for a unique look.  To get just the right combination I use Photoshop to audition the fabrics to see how well they work side by side before I place an order.

lrond01 wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 7:59 AM

This collection makes me want to make me a dress... a very colorful dress. Wow!

Line from Montreal

Nancy Young wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 8:05 AM

Love the fabric line!  I really enjoy bright colors so I choose my fabric by starting with something that just jumps out at me and grabs my attention.  I then choose fabric that bring out colors or designs in the main fabric, but don't take away from it.

on 20 Apr 2011 8:22 AM

Great information. So inspiring.

The 4 tips on successfully combining different patterns together are so useful. Now looking at my latest fabric purchase and am ready to play with combinations for a fresh project. Also have inspired me to pull out my fabric paint and design my next painted shirt. So much inspiration so little time to put it all in action.

Thank you.

:-)

AnnieSky wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 8:24 AM

Great lively colors - looks like fun to play with!

Lindy101 wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 8:37 AM

I have been hoarding the big, bold statement fabrics from another designer. If I were to win the beautiful bundle of Josephine's creation, I might be 'forced' to use everything for a knock-your-socks-off quilt!

imzadilover wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 8:37 AM

I love the fabrics shown in the pictures! When I want to mix colors and patterns, I buy a bold print, and then I find coordinating fabrics that go with it. I don't try to figure out where/how much of each fabric will go in my project until I get home with all my pretty new fabric. then I clear off the dining  table and spread out the fabric, laying it all out. Some pieces I will fold back up and lay back down, folding it smaller until it balances visually with the other prints. After I have the quantities right, I go back to my pattern to see which pieces I should use for the different fabrics, keeping the proportions about the same as I have laid out on the table.

snowbaby wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 8:42 AM

Josephine's line of fabric would work great in the use of charity quilts that i love to make and donate.

Very cheerful designs that help put a smile on your face when you look at them!!!

sophisticat wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 8:49 AM

Beautiful! Just imagining all the wonderful things I could create with this collection makes me happy this morning!

tenino62 wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 8:54 AM

Love the fabrics!!

MonaAnn wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 8:57 AM

Great interview and gorgeous fabrics!  I like to lay out the fabrics I'm considering using together and leave them there for days.  Move them around, take out, add in, until they look like "friends".  

kariegibson wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 9:17 AM

I just adore the bright colors.  What fun the ruffles are!!  

Lisa Kline wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 9:27 AM

Wonderful fabrics! I am inspired to get busy ♥

robinnn wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 9:29 AM

Those gorgeous fabrics are just inspiring! Thanks so much for the giveaway chance. I'd love to win. :)

on 20 Apr 2011 9:37 AM

Love the bright color.  I can't wait to try the fabric.

aluze wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 9:38 AM

Loved the tips on combining bold fabrics. My fabric choses usually begin at the fabric store with that one print that I just have to have and several stores sometimes states later I finally have a group of fabrics for my project.

on 20 Apr 2011 10:39 AM

I love bold prints and love to use them in everything: quilts, bags, aprons, clothing.  I like finding smaller prints or solid fabrics that help to balance the bold prints but some projects are great with all bold prints!  

caline12 wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 11:05 AM

Thank you for this great post! I am a beginner quilter, and just love Josephine's bold fabrics. I never shy away from using bright, even contrasting patterns to bring texture and dimension to my projects. I never hesitate to mix flowers with stripes, or polka dots with geometrics, because together they make one unique design!

quilties wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 12:43 PM

Great tips for combining fabrics, I know that intuitively, but it's interesting to put into words! Josephine's fabrics are so fun, thank you for sharing!

LibbyS@3 wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 3:06 PM

I'm a new quilter, and like some of the others, I basically lay out various fabrics to see how they get along, then add or take away until the group feels complete.   I really appreciate the tips from Josephine, and I'm loving the lively designs she and Robert have put together.

coollabtech1 wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 4:14 PM

Love your fabrics and also your rubber stamps....Fabulous!

jabotquilt wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 6:30 PM

Such a fun line!

reginabdunn wrote
on 20 Apr 2011 8:12 PM

They are especially fun to use as patchwork on clothes, purses, and accessories.

on 20 Apr 2011 9:00 PM

I love working with large prints.  I like that they are so versatile and can seem so different depending on how small or large or even where you cut them.

on 20 Apr 2011 9:22 PM

It looks like it's going to be a great collection!

on 20 Apr 2011 10:14 PM

Great fabric!  Thank you for the wonderful tips, like Mix Master!

jrenniejr wrote
on 21 Apr 2011 12:06 AM

I am thoroughly impressed at how well the colors pop out at me in great style. My initial reaction to these eye catching peices of artwork was to stare and stare some more then embrace the truly captivating colors and patterns. Completely mezmerized. Such a talented Artist at work here!

Patreesha wrote
on 21 Apr 2011 4:34 AM

Love love love the fabric line. Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

Patti xxx

Patreesha wrote
on 21 Apr 2011 4:34 AM

Love love love the fabric line. Thanks for the opportunity to win some.

Patti xxx

Kansas3 wrote
on 21 Apr 2011 5:28 AM

Lovely fabric line...so retro and FUN!!!

Kansas3 wrote
on 21 Apr 2011 5:29 AM

Lovely fabric line...so retro and FUN!!!

PattyMorales wrote
on 21 Apr 2011 7:06 AM

I put the fabric somewhere laying out that I pass quite bit through the day.  That way I look at the fabric as I am cleaning the house and see if it works for me.

kaitieb wrote
on 21 Apr 2011 10:11 AM

What wonderful designs!  I'm glad I found this interview through Twitter!

cgochicoa wrote
on 21 Apr 2011 11:45 AM

How pretty!  I bet that your fabrics would be great for a strip quilt!

KarenHelen wrote
on 21 Apr 2011 1:36 PM

I made my granddaughter a dress from your Glam Garden fabrics.  She loves it.  Look forward to trying the Just Dandy line.  Hmmm. I am thinking purse. and of course another dress for granddaughter.

on 22 Apr 2011 6:12 AM

Love, love, love these colors and the "mix & match" quality - great tips

zelda007 wrote
on 22 Apr 2011 7:16 AM

Outstanding!  I love bold, bright fabrics and I'll be looking for them in my local quilt shops.  I like to use a lot of contrast in my quilts, so I tend to mix in blacks, deep blues, or purples to make the bright colors pop even more.

on 22 Apr 2011 1:56 PM

I start out by pulling fabrics that I think will work and then audition them by laying them out with only enough fabric showing to represent a quilt block.......

ixchelart wrote
on 22 Apr 2011 2:29 PM

Love to use the big, bold prints in bags and totes!

Patriciahrtn wrote
on 22 Apr 2011 4:50 PM

I love bold and bright colors..........they stand out a lot better than pastels.

I am not crazy about small, flowery print.  I am more for the medium

prints, than if i need to, I can use the individual prints, colors for patches on

on other materials.

Pat Horton 3kidson4@gmail.com

runnereater wrote
on 22 Apr 2011 10:15 PM

Beautiful fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!

on 23 Apr 2011 3:15 AM

Beautiful! Fresh!! An inspiration to do the quilt of the year. I bet your designs reflect your personality?

KaplanPKK wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 3:49 AM

Inspiration is the only word I can use to describe Josephine. Your fabric and design aesthetic are remarkable. Using bold prints is like visiting a beautiful flower garden.

Somehow they all work together. Thank you for sharing your beauty!

KaplanPKK wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 3:50 AM

Inspiration is the only word I can use to describe Josephine. Your fabric and design aesthetic are remarkable. Using bold prints is like visiting a beautiful flower garden.

Somehow they all work together. Thank you for sharing your beauty!

rush88888 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 3:51 AM

bold prints and color scare me although i would love to try.  i would love to have the opportunity to make children's clothing with this collection.

on 23 Apr 2011 3:58 AM

Beautiful colors and designs that can be readily combined.

JaneK@4 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 4:06 AM

I'm known for wild color/fabric combinations in my quilts.  Often, I use a "neutral" (calm color, sedate pattern) to set off the wildness and give the eye a place to rest.  Then the fun fabrics can be used in multiples!

on 23 Apr 2011 4:30 AM

I especially liked her comment about the arrangement of pattern not making your eye get stuck in one place.  That will stay with me !!  Thanks.  

Joanie B

pinnt wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 4:44 AM

I love your line and the name "Just Dandy"   what a great name for this line.  The last line I made a cute baby quilt out of for my great Granddaughter Delayne.   This line will have to go to the newest Great Granddaugter Pearl.    Would love some of your patterns for them when they get older!!!   Linda

connieann wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 5:06 AM

use this big and bright prints in traditional patchwork patterns. you may want to enlarge the patches and make sure to cut the fabric in different areas to mix the fabrics even more. the same patch will sometimes be several different colors and it adds great interest to a traditional pattern

lmitchell2 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 5:07 AM

I lay the fabrics out on my cutting table and leave them for a day or two.  As I walk by I start picking out the fabric that appeals to me and laying them aside.  I will leave the fabric on my table until I have a grouping that I like.  Lites, darks, and contrast.

Wen5 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 5:19 AM

Thanks for the lesson, especially "mix master".  I can't wait to try some of your fabrics...fantastic!

onequilter wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 5:37 AM

I love to make matching dresses and skirts for my 3 grandaughters, and now as of this past week there are 4 girls and 2 grandsons to sew for.  It's fun to create something that you wouldn't find in the stores.

KarlaM@11 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 5:40 AM

I am way too conservative when mixing fabrics. I tend to use solids or tone on tone to accompany a bold print. I'm working on being more adventurous. And bolder.

88njw88 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 5:45 AM

Thanks for your theory on mixing fabric patterns. I'm going to try that with paper too!

on 23 Apr 2011 5:52 AM

Love the fabric.  I enjoy mix and matching when I make purses.  These fabrics are just wonderful.  Thanks for the chance

Chrisart wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 5:52 AM

Beautiful colours and patterns.

I love to use a bold patterns and colours with a plain colour that matches one of the lighter  colours in the print. It really makes the print 'pop'

sdblasi wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 5:59 AM

Thanks for helping me to step out of my "safe" zone and to experiment with new combinations of fabric! Loved the article!

janiemae wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:07 AM

You have a wonderful gift of design.  Thanks for all it took to get your work "out there" and for sharing your gift with the universe!!

TBrooks wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:28 AM

I have never mixed and matched bold prints before... but, hey, I am ready to try something new!... First, I'm going to make a tote and then I am going to sew a summer jacket to jazz up my wardrobe...

JoanneT@14 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:35 AM

LIKE THE LITTLE GIRL BLUE DRESS.

Maralyn@2 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:41 AM

What great fabrics, bright, fresh colors.  I'm soon to have my first granddaughter and would love to make something for her with these!

gumbeau wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:45 AM

I love love love bold fabrics and I love love love your bundle!! I'm not an incredibly bold person though, so I tend to add in smaller patterns with the larger ones...it's easier for me that way.

Kim

Julia Graber wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:49 AM

This bright and fresh collection make me want to make another quilt.  --Julia pjgraber at juno dot com

suesinger wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:51 AM

wonderful fabrics.  Love the bright colors

NancySachro wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:52 AM

The large graphic prints are delicious . When I use them, I want  the big bold fabric to shine   . Other fabrics are chosen  with some of the same colours , of smaller print , tones on tones or batiks    to compliment the main fabric but not overshadow .    Thanks for the inspiration.

artsyred wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:55 AM

ive made some stuff (dresses mainly) as well as fabric journal books for my bunnies (grandaughters)

cant tell you what a thrill it is to have 2 girlies to create for after having and raising 4 boys.

ive used many in your line

thank you for being colourful

sandi/artsyred@gmail.com

label wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 7:00 AM

I find one colorful, bold and ususally complex print I really like and then I just start pulling anything I think might work with it.  I look mainly  for similar colors, not necessarily similar motifs. I try anything that catches my eye, even if my rational reaction to a fabric is "no way" I try it! Sometimes I am surprised and it works. Sometimes it doesn't.  I ususally collect many more fabrics in this  step than I actually use in final quilt.  I take digital photos of my choices as I work. It helps to see the   fabrics from a different perspective.

Thank you for showing these fabrics, they look like fun to work with.

ninab20 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 7:03 AM

Love to mix large DCircles and large Paisley design fabric to make fun mother daughter aprons

cluresrhodes wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 7:37 AM

Wow!  How inspiring your bright, bold, beautiful fabric designs are.  What fun they will be to work with.  Thank you for 4 tips on combining different fabric and the great interview. I am looking forward to your future fabric designs.

cluresrhodes wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 7:37 AM

Wow!  How inspiring your bright, bold, beautiful fabric designs are.  What fun they will be to work with.  Thank you for 4 tips on combining different fabric and the great interview. I am looking forward to your future fabric designs.

Sara Kozeluh wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 7:51 AM

I am starting to sew clothing for my nieces.  Your fabrics look perfect for them.  I am also making skirts for myself and would like to try your fabrics for one of them.

Fun!

Sara Kozeluh

barbsews wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 7:52 AM

I like to use bold fabrics and colors in my quilts and clothing designs.  My quilts are known for my use of colors.

barbsews wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 7:53 AM

I like to use bold fabrics and colors in my quilts and clothing designs.  My quilts are known for my use of colors.

Bearangel wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:00 AM

I like Harmony when I am quilting.  I use the bold material along with a complimentary material to really showcase the entire item. This brings every body's eyes right to the item right away. Love your fabrics.  

on 23 Apr 2011 8:01 AM

What a beautiful fabric line.  I have, in the past loved 1800 lines, however, I have recently been introduced to "art quilts".  I may never go back.  Love your bright bold colors.  

dhill857 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:17 AM

I love the bright bold fabrics, your great tips will help me step out of my comfort zone and use them more.  Thanks.

on 23 Apr 2011 8:19 AM

I like to make tea cozies and other related kitchen items.  I use the tea pot as inspiration, or sometimes the kitchen decor.  Then when I find fabric that jumps out and matches I have a plan!  Then I have happy customers.  What a great inspiration this interview was.

quiltedpig wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:21 AM

I love working with bold colors and patterns. My grandmother says it's the Wild Hungarian in me! I keep all my fabrics in rainbow order, so if I have an overall color in mind, I first pull out everything in that color and lay it out on the table. From there I select several that are in the same family and then head back to my stash for other colors that may have my first color choice as an accent. I like some big, bold prints mixed in, even if every piece cut won't have the "matching" color in it. I lay everything out on the table, and then make a trip to the fabric store. I often buy more choices than I need, but that gives me more options for next time. ;-)

I lay everything out in the dining room and then in my sewing room (east and west sides of the house for different lighting), and then make cuts or additions until it "feels" just right.

NancyE@11 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:29 AM

Inspiration comes with putting different ideas (and fabrics) together.  Oftentimes there is more "inspiration" than time in the day.  Best of luck to Jo Kimberling.

BjoLiz wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:30 AM

Josephine,

Your Just Dandy fabric line is appropriately named!  I love the bold colors and can see using your line in quilts, pillowcases, aprons, bags, etc.  Very versatile and eye catching.

Teresa C wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:36 AM

I would love to win some free Josephine Kimberling fabric!  I enjoyed reading about the story behind the fabric designs.

saroja50 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:38 AM

I pick a bold print (bold because or design size and/or color) and then I listen to it tell me who it wants to play with.  I audition diffent fabrics to get a group together that sing.  The additional fabrics are generally complementary to the focus fabric and all follow broad design principles so articulately laid out by Josephine in your great interview. That's how i do it and that's what works for me!

on 23 Apr 2011 8:51 AM

I have a difficult time combining color / pattern opposites.  I guess I'm too matchy-matchy.   After seeing Josephine creations, maybe I can give it a try.

melonkelli wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:52 AM

What wonderful patterns! I love contemporary quilting fabrics.

Susan Strong wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:53 AM

Great fabric ... I already have the quilt I would make pictured in my head.

Peggy1954 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:59 AM

I love Josephine"s free use of bright color and patterns in her fabric design. It's fun and inspires one to jump in and make a new project.

on 23 Apr 2011 9:28 AM

What an interesting article from a wonderful designer!

The fabric line is not only inspiring but fresh, modern and totally COOL!

Super tips on mixing things up, while maintaining good design sensibilities within the project.     I love the fact that todays sewers have great access to such talented fabric designers and

inspirational products such as Josephine's... thank you!!

austiff wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 9:49 AM

This is great bold and lively fabric line..  It will look great in an outfit for my grand daughter.

amadiana wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 10:14 AM

What bright, happy fabrics!

on 23 Apr 2011 10:23 AM

YOUR FABRIC IS AMAZING. LOVE THE PATTERNS TOO

marjack202 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 10:42 AM

I really like the patterns and colors of you fabric, a great pick-me -up for this time of year.  I love the color combos on the little blues jumper- it says sunny day at the beach.  Can't wait for find a store in my local area with these fabrics.

backesc wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 10:48 AM

I make a real mess when I am deciding on fabrics for a project! It seems I have to pull most of my fabric from the shelves, bins, etc. and start putting them together. That's why I like to have my own stash because I am sometimes surprised what I end up putting together.

believemagic wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 11:07 AM

great colors!  thanks for the tips on combining bold patterns and colors

merrellw18 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 11:12 AM

I always start with a stripe and 2 coordinating solids. After that I'll combine fabrics by theme, making sure that I have at least 3 sizes of motif.

And then the fun begins!

missieJ33 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 11:30 AM

Love your fabrics, can't wait to use them in my next project.

on 23 Apr 2011 11:39 AM

I'm a new quilter and I love your bold and colorful fabrics!

lynnk50 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 11:48 AM

I love bright, bold designs. I like to have a mix of print size (small, med, and large), as well as value (light, med, and dark) in my quilts. Depending on the design, sometimes I go for high contrast and other times low contrast. But I always try to add a "surprise" - a small accent color that catches the eye and really brings life to the quilt.  Josephine's fabrics are wonderful with a nice mix of what I look for in designing quilts.

Donna Hope wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 11:57 AM

Reversible bags are so much fun to make!!

ldunning wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 12:07 PM

I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your fabric!!  I'm going to make wild multi print shifts & handbags with it.   Never just one fabic!  Then I'm going to make some beautiful gingly jewelry to match it!  thanks for being so creative so I can be creative!   Linda D

texgal55 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 12:11 PM

I've always loved the blends of fabrics and your designs fit right into my creativity!  I just love so many of them, it's hard to keep it restricted to just two or three to put together. A fat quarter bundle of you "Just Dandy" fabric line makes that a bit easier!  Thanks, Josephine. And good luck and may God bless you in your future endeavors!!  Myra Wade

on 23 Apr 2011 12:11 PM

I am 100% drawn to bold fabrics which speak to me and give me a good feeling of Cheerfulness and heart joy. That's my anchor fabric.  Then I select coordinating smaller and medium prints to fill out the fabric landscape (project) I'm creating. Of course I have waaaaay more fabric in my stash than I'll ever use. I love the look and feel of fabric......fabric window shopping  always picks me up! I love all florals, paisleys and kid friendly critters. Having three granddaughters under three really helps! Love Josephine's fabrics!

caburque wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 12:26 PM

just loved reading about why and how you decide certain prints will click.  the photos helped me visualize something I might now dare to try.  Love to try new things, especially when sewing for girls and teens.  Accessory making isn't far behind. Have to experiment now using a flannel design board previously relegated only to quilting.  thanks, Josephine!

on 23 Apr 2011 12:41 PM

Love your designs!  Two little granddaughters will look darn cute in their "just dandy" sundresses.

on 23 Apr 2011 12:52 PM

I often add a solid to calm them, often black.

nschaut wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 1:18 PM

I love your bold colors.   They'll brighten up the gloomiest days.

sweetannie2 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 1:21 PM

I'm still learning how to mix & match bold fabrics, but when it starts to get overwhelming, I throw in some calmer fabrics to give the eye a place to rest!   Gorgeous!  Faith.

on 23 Apr 2011 2:30 PM

Elizabeth Carney

Great fabrics! I am just starting to work with fabric in my art. I am a fine artist who wants to mix fabric, paint and other found things to become hopefully more creative.

on 23 Apr 2011 2:32 PM

I have always liked bold color. Thank you for sharing this designer's ideas and prints with us.  I love to use bold prints in accessories, such as, pillows, sashing in subdued quilts, jewelry beads, weaving and a with host of other mediums. I can already imagine the fun handbags and flowers I could make with the fabric pack!  Keep up the great newsletter.  I look forward to reading it, daily.

on 23 Apr 2011 3:25 PM

What a lovely interview and a fun filled line of fabrics.  When I work with bold fabrics I change up the amount of fabric... for example I will audition the fabric by folding away the "percentage" of fabric I choose to not use.  This gives me a visual ratio of how much of each fabric I want to put in the piece.  This allows for balance and variety that provides interest.  A shock of color as highlight, and a lovely group of fabrics a,d the sewing, designing party begins.

on 23 Apr 2011 3:33 PM

What a lovely interview and a fun filled line of fabrics.  When I work with bold fabrics I change up the amount of fabric... for example I will audition the fabric by folding away the "percentage" of fabric I choose to not use.  This gives me a visual ratio of how much of each fabric I want to put in the piece.  This allows for balance and variety that provides interest.  A shock of color as highlight, and a lovely group of fabrics a,d the sewing, designing party begins.

kilu wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 4:24 PM

Amazing Fabric love the colors!

mcglen8 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 4:28 PM

I love to combine bold prints that have similar colors in them.  Thanks for the chance to win this great bundle.

ItzMeSandraD wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 4:58 PM

Your fabrics are so fresh, colorful and alive looking, I just LOVE them all!

Thanks,

Sandy

on 23 Apr 2011 5:13 PM

What a beautiful collection!  I will look forward to all your lines in the future.

jlchevy wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 5:28 PM

I take the one with the most colors in it and use it as the focus fabric. I try to coordinate colors within the focus  fabric.  Be sure and use different scales.  Black always makes bright colors pop!

mjkasz wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:23 PM

loved the ideas on combining bold and exciting patterns into one garment.

on 23 Apr 2011 6:47 PM

i love the colors and combinations. they are so cute. isaw onethati have already used in a project.

TEMA61 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:48 PM

Oh, these fabric are gorgeous!  What fun!

When I go about making something, I first have a project in mind, at least, vaguely in mind.  Then I go to my stash and pull out something that 'feels' right for the project.  After that, anything goes... A lot of fabrics get audited and discarded and I just love throwing in one or two pieces that don't 'go' at all just for fun.

TEMA

quilternan wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 6:57 PM

I love these fabrics.  Thanks for a chance to win.

Nancy B

SharonI@10 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 8:11 PM

I really like her fabric designs.

Wannabe Beader

Kathyw2010 wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 9:10 PM

Bold fabrics help a quilt along, keeps your imagination working!!

quiltedmaple wrote
on 23 Apr 2011 10:52 PM

Love your bold colors. So happy!

Glenda B wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 12:16 AM

wow the things i could do with a selection of that fabric. bags that turn heads, table runners that brighten up a winters day and imagine a quilt on my b ed waking up to a bright day....everyday

Glenda Brady

lilyf1 wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 5:30 AM

I love these bold, colorful, new fabrics.  With the 'fierce' designs of the fabrics, you don't need to make complicated pieced blocks.  I like to use just one or two shapes, like rectangles and squares, and mix the shapes, letting the bold fabric do all the work.

Kelsey@6 wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 7:26 AM

What a perfect combination!  The well known quality of Robert Kaufman fabrics and the creativity in design and color combinations from Josephine Kimberling. I can't wait to try them in my spring/summer projects planned.

Kelsey@6 wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 7:30 AM

What a perfect combination!  The well known quality from Robert Kaufman and the creative designs and color combinations from Josephine Kimberling.  I can't wait to use them in my spring/summer projects.

Kelsey@6 wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 7:33 AM

What a perfect combination!  The well known quality from Robert Kaufman and the creative designs and color combinations from Josephine Kimberling.  I can't wait to use them in my spring/summer projects.

pamdoffek wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 11:16 AM

As an older student (55+) working on a BFA in Studio Arts, with an emphasis on fabric (30+ yrs as quilter) I found Josephine's comments on combining patterns very inspirational and Fresh

midtownfg wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 3:03 PM

It seems that all I own are bold prints but that's the way I like it and I never have trouble combining prints.  I LOVE that yellow fabric!

Barbara Kay wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 3:10 PM

I think it would be very fun to create something for my granddaughter to wear from the Just Dandy fabric.

cecerogers wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 3:54 PM

Great fabrics! I love the colors.

4karen wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 4:40 PM

It makes it so easy when you can select from  a fabric story, all the hard work is done, thanks for this beautiful collection.

megrje wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 7:31 PM

I think the dandelions in this line can work for so many age groups!

on 24 Apr 2011 9:21 PM

I'm just finding your fabric!  It is beautiful!  I'm going to have to get the Simplicity Pattern #2574! Thanks for the chance.

TracyB@21 wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 9:23 PM

I would totally use just dandy to line my hand knit purses, so bright and beautiful

gjeneve wrote
on 24 Apr 2011 9:41 PM

This grouping is fantastic.  I like to put together bold patterns with colors from the print.  Makes life exciting.  Since I'm a visual learner, I pull out things that I hope will work together and go from there.

on 24 Apr 2011 10:23 PM

Thanks for the nice introduction to this textile artist. I especially like her website where I was able to see some of the vibrantly colored fabrics in completed projects. Your fabric line is terrific.

luve2quilt1964@hotmail.com

stitches2U wrote
on 25 Apr 2011 7:12 AM

Quilting with these wondeful fabrics would give a traditional quilt pattern a new outlook.

Thanks for your creativity!

malynne wrote
on 25 Apr 2011 7:45 AM

These fabrics make me smile!

barbara234 wrote
on 25 Apr 2011 8:40 AM

OMG! your patterns are beautiful.  I love the colors, the combinations and the  playful look.  Fabric makes any pattern come alive.  I look forward to seeing more.

Thanks for sharing!

barbara

on 25 Apr 2011 8:42 AM

I have a difficult time when I need to select bold fabrics.  I tend to be too matchy-matchy.  Great designs.

on 25 Apr 2011 9:25 AM

Thank you for the opportunity to win fabric.  If I win I will donate the fabric as an award for our Yellowstone Quilt Fest in September (with proper credit to you of course). LindaMac

Elaine L wrote
on 25 Apr 2011 9:31 AM

Now that I have a couple of granddaughters, I am always on the the lookout for patterns for them.    After so many years of non-clothing sewing, it is so much fun to sew for those little girls.     Your designs are an inspiration.

on 25 Apr 2011 11:42 AM

Great interview! I love the fabric designs!

on 25 Apr 2011 11:56 AM

not sure my last comment made it in! I love this fabric - great interview

Candi12 wrote
on 25 Apr 2011 3:44 PM

Josephine's fabric collection is wonderful!!

I love Bold and Colorful fabrics. They just bring smiles to my face.

When I am starting a project I place all the fabric in a line to decide what will be the focus fabric. Then step back and look at the colors and the energy they will bring to the project. Then I pick from there.

I see Lots of darling dresses for my little granddaughters with this Happy patterns and colors.

Thank You

on 25 Apr 2011 4:59 PM

I love these patterns and combinations.  Kids really love to combine patterns and really do it with flair, as these fabrics have punch and look juicy together.  Robert Kauman fabrics are always great quality and these are great designs!

CDee2 wrote
on 25 Apr 2011 5:56 PM

I love these bright colors and designs- I can think of several different projects that I have in mind that these fabricd would look wonderful on!  I love having a design that has fabric that you can mix and match- it makes your colors stay true and you don't have to try to match stuff in your stash.  Beside this gives me an reason to buy the whole line of fabric!

ckus wrote
on 25 Apr 2011 6:49 PM

Just go with the colors that make you feel good and you will have a winning combination to share when you wear them!  I want to win Josephine's bold fabric bundle! CK

silvergal wrote
on 25 Apr 2011 7:15 PM

Oh what fun for Spring!  I can think of projects for these fun fabrics, no problem!  I love them.

Rhelda wrote
on 25 Apr 2011 10:55 PM

Ya know the saying, "This isn't your parents'...", well that's how I feel about your collection. A new twist on time honored techniques. Thank You!

r19338 wrote
on 26 Apr 2011 1:05 AM

Beautiful fabrics--I love the turquoise!   Thank you for the design tips!

wendyc31 wrote
on 26 Apr 2011 2:43 AM

The bright fresh colours of this collection are just what we all need at this time of year, after months of grey sky and dreary weather.

on 26 Apr 2011 8:46 AM

THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my post about fabric designer Josephine Kimberling ! I loved reading

AngieH@12 wrote
on 26 Apr 2011 11:31 AM

I like to just go for it and put them all together.  Sometimes I pull a color you might not expect from a line or small flower in the fabric and make that my focus color.  I love to do that.

on 26 Apr 2011 6:00 PM

Thank you for this giveaway - I found you through Josephine's blog. When working with bold fabrics, I like to find a more subdued solid or print to pair with them so the eye has a little rest. Otherwise, the bold fabrics will clash with each other rather than work together. Sometimes, two bold fabrics together will have enough color contrast to actually tone each other down so is bold and not overpowering. alternate email mlwright29(at)hotmail(dot)com

Sallie A wrote
on 28 Apr 2011 11:22 AM

A quilter/sewer for "lots" of years, even I am ready for a change to a brighter bolder palette.

Anna Willard wrote
on 25 May 2011 9:40 AM

Love your fabric designs.

You created an amazing group of fabrics are eye catching and work well together.

ncub wrote
on 28 May 2011 3:45 PM

Love love these designs, am now ready to return to sewing after 30 year hiatus after viewing these delightful pieces, from quilts to clothes to pillows to tabletop these will alll be exciting to use. Thanks so very much, ncub