Saturday, November 12, 2011

Exploring Fabric Designers

I have been continuing my journey of exploration into discovering who designs the fabrics I like to use when making quilts for children.  I was at a local quilt shop recently and put several fabric collections onto my Christmas Wish List.  Then I looked into the very talented people that put these collections together.

First up is Richard Neuman:
Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising design and a master’s degree in art graphics.  His paintings and designs are held in high regard by many patrons worldwide, and he includes  clients among large corporations such as GE and John Deere.  His artistic efforts include whimsical renditions of tractors, barns, lighthouses and much  more.  To learn more about the background of this talented man, see

Have you ever met a kid that could resist watching heavy machinery?  Me neither (and not just the boys … just sayin’)!  Well, during his varied career, Richard (as illustrator) partnered with author Stacey Gabel and introduced the early reader series of books for children with “The New Blue Tractor”.  Check out these darling books for children who love machines at his website:
Some of Richard’s designs are now available in the Clothworks Textiles collections.  Two of my favorites are “Ready Go” and “Choo Choo You” (I’m a BIG train lover!):
Clothworks has also sponsored free patterns for quilters.  Click on the links under the pictures above to take you to .pdf files of the free patterns shown here.

To see all of the fabrics in each of these collections, click on the following links.
Ready Go:
Choo Choo You:

Another talented designer tomorrow!

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