Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jay McCarroll

Jay McCarroll came to speak to the Philly Modern Quilt Guild last night.  He spoke about fabric design, his creative inspiration & of course his time on Project Runway.  Jay also announced the Habitat Challenge for the guild.

Jay talked about the process and inspiration for each print.
This pixelated print is probably my favorite in the collection.

...and I love this one too.
I have a HUGE polka dot collection... I'll take some photos one day and show you.

I'm not sure what I'm doing with this fabric yet... but I'm sure it won't end up on a shelf and that I'll be playing with it soon.  Right now I have a bunch of different ideas.
What would you make with these fabrics?

 Jay recently started a blog that combines fabric, food, friends & fashion.  If Quilt Market hadn't overlapped one of the recent shows he was at I would have gone {Art Star}... and bought a polka dot bag... maybe I can see if he still has any.

If you want to learn more about Habitat & Jay... he recently did a 2 part interview with Kim of True Up.  It covers the inspiration for the line & goes into detail about each one.  Jay was inspired to create this line by his Habitat of Philadelphia. {mine too!}

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Angie said...

Love those fabrics!! I think I'd pair them with a solid background (maybe white?) for a simple quilt...letting the fabrics shine.

I'm like you - they wouldn't sit on my shelf long. :)

rachel griffith said...

i bet jay is a fun guy :)
love those dots too. yum.

Dolores said...

I am stalking the mail for a FQ set I bought from Canada!!! I couldn't find a complete set anywhere a month ago. Anyway, I fell in love with the bowtie quilt Angela at Fussycut made so I want to make one for myself.

Josie McRazie said...

Love the geometrics! I think they are wild and fun and would look amazing in a paper pieced project! Off the wall fun!!

mascanlon said... did I miss these along the way? And when did my tastes grow so eclectic! Must be the company I'm keeping....

Anonymous said...

I didn't even know Jay was designing fabrics, sweet! I loved him on Project Runway, hope you had fun!

Marcia W. said...

I always see fabrics in terms of quilts. You may turn me into a polka dot collector if see your collection!

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

I bet that talk was awesome. I am starting the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild and our first meeting is tomorrow. We are excited about our first MQG Challenge with Habitat!

Can't wait to see what you make with it Julie.

dolores said...

Cool fabrics and an even cooler room! That wall paper is amazing for a meeting room!:)

Finished collecting all my fabrics for my two Opposite Attracts for my parents but I don't have time to actually start on them yet...soon...real soon!:)

JessicaSews said...

You have the Drop Cloth Plum!!!
I'm planning on purchasing a couple of yards of it (for home decor). The Habitat collection is really pretty... have fun with your pieces!