A Strong Following
Her updated classics have hit a chord with quilters and spawned her well-received Fresh Vintage quarterly booklets. Her advice in the first issue summarizes why she feels that choosing a color palette is key to a project’s success.
“Regardless of whether it’s a gift, for my own home, or for a pattern, that starting place is always a ‘feel.’ … I am most often inspired by a color combination I see somewhere, usually other than a quilt. … If you train yourself to look for color combinations wherever you go, you will be expanding the amount of inspiration you find a hundredfold. …Find your inspiration anywhere, refer back to it constantly as you choose your palette, and then stand back and watch as wonderful things happen before your very eyes.”
Photo: Joanna’s sons, Ben and Zack, read Harry Potter in the living room. “Caramels & Cream” hanging behind them is one of Joanna’s designs.