Modern Mix Blog Tour

One of the hardest things about writing a book was not being able to tell anyone what I was doing. Luckily for me, the fabulous Jessica Levitt was also hard at work on her first title for Stash Books, so we did the secret handshake and got to do a little private cheering for each other.

Of course, that just made it all the more painful to have to wait for her book to come out. I have been a Jessica fan since meeting her at a pre-Market party in Pittsburgh in 2009, where I got a sneak peek of what was to be her first line of fabric for Windham. I dream of throwing the kinds of parties she gives her family and her blog post about “glamping” made me want to run right out and buy a camper. So, yes, the anticipation level at Casa Craft Addict for Modern Mix was sky high.

Let me tell you, it was definitely worth the wait. Better yet, why don’t I show you?

Gradations Bag

Twin String Quilt

Pebble Road Quilt

Modern Mix combines solid fabrics with amazing designer prints and Jessica has designed 16 projects to show off those fabrics to their best advantage. Paging through the book had me nodding my head, visualizing my family living with this quilt (Pebble Road, you will be mine) or seeing that bag on my arm (check out that Gradations Bag). I am itching to get started on a few of these projects!

I had the opportunity to ask Jessica a few questions as part of this stop on the Modern Mix blog tour. Read on for a little insight into her creative life and inspiration:

You wear so many hats — fabric designer, mom, wife, work, author — and yet still manage to pull off everything you do with such style and grace. How do you make time to be so creative?

Well, I pretty much live to create. I’m sure the crafters out there understand that NEED to be creative. I just have to. So it’s what I make time for. What suffers? Oh the laundry. The sweeping of the kitchen floor. The endless cluttered corners of my house that need to be sorted out. I do hope all of my projects really reflect my style and I spend countless hours making things “just so” but you’re not seeing the mess (and stress) that goes on behind the scenes. It’s all a balancing act and you have to have priorities. Mine are my family and creating, in that order. It’s great when I can overlap the two, like throwing elaborate parties for my kids…
When I see your work, I can really see “you” in it. There’s such a clear style to everything you do, whether it’s fabric, quilts or other art. What do you think is the strongest influence in your creative life?
Wow, I consider that one of the best compliments there is, so thanks! It’s all about staying true to your own vision. Naming a strong influence is difficult for me. Certainly my husband’s encouragement has helped me to take risks and grow creatively more than I ever imagined I would. Growing up my father help set me on the path of the “next big project”. But currently I’m influenced but nearly everything. I’m a very visual person and I think my mind just catalogs all the awesome inspiration on the web and in the world and then I put my spin on it. The periods of history that I look to the most are definitely the Mission Style or Arts and Crafts Movement or Art Nuveau. I love a modern adaptation of those.
How have the milestones you’ve hit in your career in the past couple of years (licensing your fabric, writing a book) affected your goals or plans for the coming years (or have they)?
Accomplishing those things that I didn’t even know were goals a few years ago has definitely opened up a lot of possibilities to me. There’s a (somewhat tenuous) confidence that comes with career milestones that makes me believe that I can really do what I put my mind to. So now it’s about choices. I know I want to continue in these areas because I’ve found it so rewarding and fun, but I’ve also seen how much work they are so I have to be sure to take on projects when the timing is right for me and my family. And certainly now I have Quilt Market twice a year that factors into my planning. πŸ™‚
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Guess what? You get the chance to win your very own copy of Modern Mix! Comment on this post and tell me some of the fabrics you’d love to mix. I’ll randomly choose a winner on Wednesday, Oct. 19. (If you reside outside the United States, you will receive an electronic version of Modern Mix.)
And don’t forget to check out the other stops on the Modern Mix blog tour; those fabulous bloggers also are giving away copies of the book!

10/6/11 – Sew Mama Sew

10/7/11 – Jaybird Quilts

10/8/11 – Blue Nickel Studios

10/9/11 – Handmade by Alissa

10/10/11- Stop Staring and… Start Sewing

10/11/11 – Quilting is My Therapy

10/12/11 – Stitch Magazine Blog

10/13/11 – Oh Fransson

10/14/11 – Gen Q Magazine

10/15/11 – Quilt Dad

10/16/11 – Confessions of a Craft Addict

10/17/11 – Amy’s Creative Side

10/18/11 – Pink Chalk Studio

10/19/11 – Connecting Threads Blog

10/20/11 – Keepsake Quilting Blog

10/21/11 – Juicy Bits

UPDATED
Congratulations, Ali Hughes!

64 Replies to “Modern Mix Blog Tour”

  1. I love bright colored fabrics! Right now I am working on using what is in my stash. Blue, Yellow and Red are a favorite color combo of mine. Love the Pebble Road Quilt!
    Such Fun!

  2. What a fun book! Can’t wait to see all the pretty, pretty pics! My fave for mixing prints and solids is to find a great monochromatic print and then mix it with different shades of an unexpected color choice. It’s fun to mix scale too and use tiny blocks and huge blocks together. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. Great looking projects-I ADORE the bag!!!! I love to add splashes of bright-brights like lime green and electric orange to my projects!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  4. I’m a new quilter, and don’t know much yet but am becoming obsessed πŸ™‚ The last thing I did was a rainbow stacked coins quilt with batiks, and worked in a polka dot that seemed weird but made the whole thing come together. I love polka dots!

  5. I’d like to try mixing more vintage prints with modern ones. I’ve seen other quilters do it successfully.

  6. I’ve been slowly incorporating more solids into my quilts, but I think I need to get a little more adventuresome with the colors-I tend to stick with grays & white, but hope to go a little more bold in the future.

  7. Oh, I think I should try mixing my favorite colors with ones I don’t usually pick. I always end up with blue and green colors. I need to mix in some orange!

  8. I would love to mix some of Kaffe Fassett’s hot cottons with Anna Mario Horner’s prints–oh, the possibilities!

  9. I just pulled some fabrics for a new new quilt that were really different for me- nothing major but I auditioned (and chose) some that I wouldn’t normally have chosen- maybe just a little bolder to push the envelope just a little more! Thanks so much!

  10. I’ve been mixing solids with print fabrics, but sticking to white, cream or black. I need to become more adventurous with unexpected solid colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. Right now I’m in love with the new collections of
    Zen Chic. I’m anxiously awaiting fabric in shops
    right after market.

    I’d so LOVE to have this book……Every pic of the projects makes me want it more. Thx for the chance to win it.

  12. My most recent quilt was all oranges with white sashing. I love it even though I never wear orange myself.

  13. I would like to play with mixing just polka dots and solids together. I don’t know how yet, just playing in my head so far.I like mixing different textures so maybe some cool applique on top in some other type of fabric.

  14. I would like to mix Moda’s “just wing it” with a crisp, solid white. Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. I aren’t used all solids yet….so I would like to mix those. I also rarely work with tans and I think Kona Ash would look really nice with the citrine Heirloom collection.

  16. I like to mix red & aqua patterned with grey solids! Thanks for a chance to win this fabulous book! πŸ™‚

  17. I’m into mixing grays and plums with deep magentas right now with a splash of white/cream.

    Beautiful book! Thank you!

  18. I’d love to mix anything in all honesty. I’m still fighting the ‘old school’ way I was taught as a child that you do not mix stripes and plaids or anything similar. That’s one of the reasons I love things I’ve seen in this book so far. I need more confidence to do mixing of fabrics and some guidance more.

    PS..I’m not sure if you are aware but your top posts do not show up for anyone using IE, including the capability of making a comment to the very top post. I had to install Firefox in order to make this comment. In IE your entire top of the post was totally missing and the point in which it started was the top purse picture so the entire first paragraph, title, and comment link were totally gone.

  19. The colors of the pebble quilt are calling to me. I am a blues/purple/paisley/modern patterns mash-up kind of quilter. Really really would love this book.

  20. I am planning on starting my first quilt soon… It will be for my daughters room. I just finished a set of 3 roman shades for the windows in amy butler’s trumpet flowers so would love to do a quilt with purples, white, navy blue, teal, and some green. Maybe a combo of stripes, polka dot, and prints.

    This book looks PHENOMENAL!
    mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

  21. I’d love to add this book to my library. I think it has lots of inspiration. I have quite a stash that would be great mixed with solids.

  22. I tend to pick very traditional patterns and fabrics for quilting,but I’d love to have this book to give me a little more courage with bolder patterns. I’d probably start with something small, a purse maybe?

  23. I get really nervous for some reason when I try to mix prints from different lines. I’m a fabric-mixing scaredy cat! So maybe this book would help, because I don’t think I could pick out anything that would look right together!

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  24. Lately, I’ve been mixing brightly colored fabric (think Anna Maria Horner) with denim. I don’t know why…I just like it!

  25. I would love to mix kona sage with one if aneela’s lines, little apples, sherbet pips or the not quite out yet a walk in the woods. Although she doesn’t use this color in her designs, I think it would make a very sweet baby quilt!

  26. OMG, I literally groaned when I saw the Pebble Road quilt from the book! It made me that happy…

    My current ambition is to mix Aneela Hooey’s Little Apples fabric, which I just bought, with some Moda Bella solids to make a baby quilt. Since I’ve never made a quilt before, this is high ambition. Lol.

    Thanks for the fun blog tour!

  27. Who’d a thunk I’d be attracted to purple but I’m liking it with grey, with pink, with orange, with blue, with lime green. Who knew?!

  28. My favorite fabrics to combine right now are the grays & yellows and raspberries and blues! I also love soft browns with nice bright pinks and turquoise. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this book . . . I’d love to have it!

  29. Right now I’m trying to mix everything! I’ve been stashing for more than 10 years and while I no longer love many of these fabrics I can’t bring myself to give them away. So I’m making quilts with lots of pieces to be able to blend in the older bits.

  30. Looks like a fantastic book! I’m just starting to branch out in using more solids in my projects, so this book would be a great source of inspiration and guidance. Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. On a project I am working on right now I am mixing BRIGHT prints! It’s so much fun to see geometric prints next to stripes, next to lightning bolts, next to polka dots, next to a checked print, etc. You get the picture! It’s the BRIGHT background that ties it all together!
    The book looks like it has some fun patterns! Here’s hoping I get lucky!

  32. I’d like to mix some Amy Butler and Anna Maria Horner fabrics that I have been collecting with some solids.

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