You may know Marie Osmond from the '70's variety show she shared with her brother Donny or her recent appearance on "Dancing With the Stars." But did you know that she is also a quilter and fabric designer? Marie's latest fabric line for Quilting Treasures is Fusion.
We asked Marie to share some thoughts about her designs and quilting with us.
Fusion is such an interesting blend of animal and floral prints. It reminds me of "a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll." Where did this idea come from?
Fusion was pulled directly from the current fashion trend of mixing florals with skins. Even though these two things seem to contrast, they have always existed together in nature. I thought the blend would be a fresh approach for quilters who are looking for something both eye-catching and very natural.
What is your design inspiration for fabric in general? Do you start with a concept or color scheme?
I've always had a fascination with fabrics and design because I grew up in entertainment and had the chance to learn from some of the best designers in the world: Bob Mackie and Ret Turner to name two. I want my designs to be fun and appeal to a broad range of quilters--especially those who may be just starting to quilt and are looking for something a little different and non-traditional.
Can you tell our readers about upcoming designs that you're working on?
I love to put a non-traditional twist on a classic design to make it very contemporary. I keep an eye on what fabrics and colors appeal to my children--from my 26-year-old down to my 7-year-old. Upcoming collections will also closely mirror fashion trends.
What other fabric designers do you admire?
Right now, I really like the clean look and retro lines of Amy Butler. But, there is quite a bit of talent out there.
What kind of quilts do you like to make?
Well, I'm a woman who grew up reinventing herself to stay current in the entertainment industry. I think that's why I love to design my own quilts. I usually cut out pieces and lay them out on my floor to find the color and shape that appeals to me most. But, I say...keep it interesting and fun!
Are any of your kids interested in sewing?
My 20-year-old daughter has been sewing since kindergarten and even inherited my mother's sewing machine. She's very creative and has made a variety of bags. My 18-year-old son is very interested in design. He'll be attending a fashion and design college this fall. His quilt design will be in my new craft book coming out through Martingale Publishing. My younger girls love to pick out fabrics and make quilts with me. It's our mommy/daughter time. Even the younger boys show up to run embroidery applications.
Does Donny sew?
He can sew so-so. ;-) Although he loves electronics so much, I'm sure my sewing machines would capture his attention.
What do you see as the most significant development in quiltmaking over the past 20 years?
There have been so many changes in the past 20 years--it's hard to choose just one! I think I'd have to say advances in technology. Sewing machines that make machine quilting a breeze and computer quilt design programs are two that come to mind.
If you could offer one piece of advice to quiltmakers today, what would it be?
Trust your intuition. If an idea has caught your attention, try it. Experiment with new techniques or styles and keep growing your quilting skills! Stay true to your own personal quilting vision. Pile on the embellishments if you love that. Why not? I guess that's more than one piece of advice, but once I get started I could talk about it all day. I love to share my love of quilting!