Welcome to the second to last blog tour stop for Modern Mix, by Jessica Levitt. Modern Mix includes 16 patterns, including quilts, bags, pillows and more. It focuses on combining designer prints with solid fabrics, and includes many tips for color selection, as well as mixing small and large prints to showcase them properly.
Jessica has been sewing and quilting since the age of 12. She is a former engineer, who now spends her time pursuing one of her many crafty endeavors—including designing several lines of fabric for Windham Fabrics. She has taught herself many different crafts and quilting techniques, and encourages the reader to be fearless and step outside of our comfort zones to create “art you can use.”
Modern Mix includes four chapters based on how much, and in what way, the solid fabrics were used:
Back Me Up—using solid fabrics as a background for your favorite prints
Strips and Stripes—adding strips of solids to highlight your gorgeous prints
Accentuate the Positive—little bits of solid colors to bring out the best in pattern
Steal the Show—piecing solids as the focus of your project
It also includes essential information on fabric design and color, techniques and quiltmaking basics for quilters and sewers of all skill levels.
We did a quick Q & A with Jessica to find out a little more about her, so here we go!
What is your favorite quilting memory?
Hmmm…I think it would be working on my daughter’s baby quilt. Being pregnant and designing something special for my baby I had yet to meet was warm, sweet, and full of apprehension.
What is your favorite holiday? Why? Do you love to decorate/quilt/sew for it?
Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love the warmth and family and feeling of sharing. It always feels like taking a break from real life and nesting together as a family. I definitely sew for it. I try to make some gifts every year and have make decorative items like a tree skirt and stockings etc.
But, Halloween is a close second and that is because I love sewing costumes and dressing up. My kids have yet to wear store-bought costumes and my creations for them are some of my favorite projects.
What is your favorite type of project to design? Quilts, bags, other home decor items? Or something totally different?
I don’t think I really have a favorite. I always like to try something new. I sometimes feel like quilts are the easiest because they are essentially 2-dimensional, but, then I like to challenge myself to come up with something new. I do particularly like designing for a larger projects. Like sewing decor for a designed room or designing the projects that went together in this book.
We see on your blog that you love many types of food, including cake and cheese. If you had to choose to eat just one for a whole week, which would
Bread for sure. I know by most accounts carbs are evil, but I LOVE bread. Soft warm bread. yum! Plus there are enough different flavors to keep me from getting bored
all week. 🙂
Now for the chance to win your very own copy of Modern Mix! Comment on this post and tell us your favorite fabric designer or fabric collection. The winner will be chosen Wednesday, October 26th. (If you reside outside the United States, you will receive an electronic version of Modern Mix.)