When we talk about awesome, modern fabrics, we often think of the large-scale prints of Amy Butler or Joel Dewberry. We think of the saturated color palette of Anna Maria Horner, the hidden design elements of Tula Pink. We think of the originator of “put a bird on it” Japanese designer Etsuko Furuya. We think of these fabrics and designers and many others who make up the growing genre of what is called ‘modern’ in quilting fabrics.
One particular favorite designer has to be Heather Ross. Her designs have charm and whimsy but never overly sweet, and often depict images from magical lands or the sea.
So, when our guild heard that Heather Ross herself would be traveling to Santa Cruz, we jumped at the chance to host her for a guild lunch. Gladly, she accepted.
Guild member Mariah Flannigan and her husband Pat have a brand-new pizza joint Woodfire Woodie which serves incredible artisan pizza. It was the perfect place to have a private lunch.
This was a particular favorite…capers, caramalized onion finished with truffle oil….. I know, right?
Heather talked a bit about her daughter, her life in New York, her necchi sewing machine, and not least of all, her designs. Heather’s newest fabric line with Windham will be introduced this spring at Quiltcon and also at Quilt Market in Portland. She let us see the computer images and we can show you a tiny peek!
The most beautiful jade green is used throughout the whole line and it’s very fresh. It’s nice to look forward to having her prints on quilting cottons once again!
Another fab quilter/designer/blogger and expat Badskirt Amy happened to be in the area at the same time and so we invited her to come join us as well! She said that since she pretty much slept every night in Heather Ross pajama bottoms, and had loved Heather Ross since the early days of ‘fishes I have loved’ that it only seemed natural for her to travel from Australia to Scotts Valley to have lunch with her. 😉 We’re so glad you joined us Amy!
Look at Amy’s Liberty print top!! Julia’s Heather Ross Skirt!!! Look at Jenny’s cute smile!
Many thanks go to Heather who is lovely and chatty and doesn’t mind her adoring fans….to Amy who joined us on her anniversary (and to her husband for being a good sport about it!) and to Mariah and Pat Flannigan who let us take over their awesome restaurant. Everything about the afternoon was beautiful and delicious.