Time to Design
Joanna does the bulk of her designing sitting at a desk in front of a wall cluttered with bits of ribbon, fabric swatches, photos, pencil sketches, advertisements, greeting cards, and quotations. “I look for items with color combinations I like, such as cards, gift wrap, pottery, and vintage textiles,” she says. “I’ll also play with colors using little stacks of fabric from my stash.”
Since she doesn’t have a large design wall, Joanna’s quilt designs take final shape in the living room. There, she lays blocks and fabrics on the floor, then stands on the couch and peers down on the design, rearranging at will.
Photo: Joanna, at home designing in her studio.