The Fabric Design + Printing Process: Info from Insiders

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Becca Jubie, co-owner of the online fabric store Quilt Sandwich Fabrics, fills you in on the fabric design and printing process. Becca interviewed industry leaders to give you insight into every step in the process of traditional fabric manufacturing.

Becca has been quilting and sewing for over ten years and loves fabric! (Some favorite fabric designers include Anna Maria Horner, Lizzy House and Carolyn Friedlander, and she loves the quilts of Elizabeth Hartman and John Q. Adams.) Becca is also an active member of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. Find Becca on Instagram and Quilt Sandwich Fabrics is there too!

Quilt Sandwich Fabrics specializes in fun and modern, high quality cotton fabric. Some of their favorite companies and designers in the shop include Anna Maria Horner, Tula Pink, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Cotton & Steel, Heather Ross, Alexander Henry, Michael Miller, Windham Fabrics and Free Spirit Fabrics.

In addition to helping you learn more about fabric design and printing, Quilt Sandwich Fabrics is giving away 11 fat quarters from Lotta Jansdotter’s Follie collection! Comment for a chance to WIN!


Who doesn’t love beautiful fabric? Whether you love colorful, busy prints or clean and simple modern graphics, quilters and sewists can’t resist adding fabrics to their stash. But how do companies get these fabulous fabrics made?

To find out more about how fabric companies design and print their fabrics, I talked to three people at different fabric companies for their input: Hayden Lees, Public Relations Coordinator for Timeless Treasures, Jessica Stern, Marketing Coordinator for Dear Stella Design and Jason Yenter, President of In The Beginning Fabrics.

Of course, we have to start with artwork first! All of the companies I spoke with use various kinds of artwork from a variety of sources. Timeless Treasures and Dear Stella have in-house design departments, while at In The Beginning Fabrics Jason Yenter is the main in-house designer. All three companies also use artwork from freelance artists, purchase art from studios or find unique vintage and antique artwork as a starting point for a collection. Some artists submit actual paintings or illustrations which need to be scanned into a program like Photoshop for editing. Other artists submit designs already in a digital format.

Artwork from Timeless Treasures, purchased from a design studio

Timeless Treasures has a six-person art department that meets to discuss new designs. Designs are generally based on trends, fabric shop requests and popular Timeless Treasures themes. The team at Dear Stella Designs works hard to create unique, beautiful collections that are take trends into account, while staying on-brand. Jason Yenter of In The Beginning Fabrics also takes trends into account when considering new fabric collections, paying attention to shops like Target and Pottery Barn.

Choosing colors for new art at Timeless Treasures

Fabric designs need to be put in a repeat pattern before being printed. Some artists already know how to do this and will submit art suitable for a repeat, but the design departments at the fabric companies will also do this if necessary. Creating a repeat is easier with digital artwork than it is with paintings, but with Photoshop just about anything can be done! Jason Yenter does a lot of work in Photoshop, and especially loves the Clone Tool for blending artwork so that it can be printed in a repeating pattern.

The largest height a pattern can repeat is 24” tall, due to screen sizes at printing mills. (Exceptions can be made, but it is very expensive to do a larger repeat.) Most fabrics have a smaller repeat; when the repeat is smaller, it needs to be a height that goes evenly into 24”– such as 2”, 4” or 8”. Motifs can be repeated either side-by-side, or in a half-drop repeat; this staggers the artwork. A designer may use a half-drop repeat to make the images fit together better. Here are two fabrics from Dear Stella’s Bay Breeze group. The Anchor Grid shows the grouping of anchors repeated side-by-side, while the Flamingos are in a half-drop repeat.

After the designs are finalized, the artwork needs to be sent to the mill. Dear Stella Designs sends a technical package along with the digital files which includes Pantone swatches or color tabs to assist the mills with color matching. In The Beginning Fabrics sends Photoshop files and includes a hard-copy printout of all the designs with the colors shown correctly. The mills use CAD (computer-aided design) software to separate the design into screens.

Most fabric printing mills for the quilting industry are located overseas. All three companies I interviewed use multiple mills for their fabrics. Japan is known for their fine engraving on screens, so they are a good choice for very detailed designs. Mills in Korea are good for hand-painted art, and they can generally do more screens. The mills that In The Beginning use in Japan can do several screens, but the mills they use in Korea can do 18 screens. Each screen represents one color, but because colors can be layered fabrics can have many more colors on them than the screens they have.

After the artwork has been given to the mills, they create strike-offs of the designs. Strike-offs show how the fabric will look and also include a swatch showing each screen color. It takes about six weeks for a company to receive the first set of strike-offs. The design teams review the strike-offs to make sure the screens were engraved correctly and also to check the colors. Sometimes the first set of strike-offs is approved, but often there are corrections. If there are very minor changes, the company may opt to approve the strike-off right away as “approved with changes.” If a re-strike is needed it can be because a screen needs to be re-engraved or a color needs changing. This can get tricky when screens are layered.

An approved strike-off from Timeless Treasures

The following photos show strike-offs from a print from In The Beginning Fabrics’ Marianna collection. In the first strike-off, the colors are lighter than they should be. Jason Yenter decided to ask the mill to change Screen 11 to a darker brown. In the second strike-off for this print, Screen 11 was changed but it changed many other colors too, and Jason felt the entire piece was too dark. He changed the screen again, and the third time it was correct.

Fabric colors are too light

Fabric colors are too dark

Fabric colors are just right!

The amount of time it takes to go from initial design concepts to printed fabric depends on many factors, but working on changes to strike-offs is what can really add time to the process. Each new set of corrections takes 2-3 weeks, so if there are big problems with the strike-offs it can delay a collection by a month or more. If you are anxiously awaiting your favorite designer’s newest collection, try to be patient; the manufacturers just want to get it exactly right for you! Hayden Lees estimated that most Timeless Treasures collections take about 3-4 months from start to finish (if all goes well with strike-offs). Jessica Stern said Dear Stella’s collections can be brought to life in about 4-6 months, and Jason Yenter at In The Beginning mentioned that once the strike-offs are approved it takes about 6-8 weeks for the finished fabric to arrive in their warehouse to be rolled and delivered to stores.

Of course, getting the fabric into stores is the most exciting part because then it can be made into anything you want! Jessica Stern from Dear Stella said, “Our favorite part of the process is to see the creative handiwork of the end user. We love to see our designs used in new and different ways. It’s a constant source of inspiration as we prepare to put together a new collection.” So go out there and make something. As long as there are people out there sewing and creating, fabric companies will keep coming up with new and exciting designs for your projects. It’s the sewing circle of life!


Thank you to Hayden Lees, Jessica Stern and Jason Yenter. Please check out their websites for more information on Timeless Treasures, Dear Stella Design and In The Beginning Fabrics. If you’re interested in learning more about fabric printing, search for “Roller Screen Printing.”

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371 Responses to The Fabric Design + Printing Process: Info from Insiders

  1. Emily says:

    Very interesting process!

  2. Kristen says:

    It is amazing that they are able to accomplish so much in what is truly not a very long time! The hardest part to me would be waiting to share the new fabric designs with us after the concept is born!

  3. Barbara Bailey says:

    Very interesting read and a lot of detail in the process. Thanks for showing us how it’s done!

  4. Lydia R. says:

    Pretty complicated to get fabric to completion. I imagine it’s like Christmas when the new fabrics arrive from the overseas mills.

  5. ChrisK says:

    Great article! I’ve always thought this would be a eat career and now I know it would be!

  6. BigIslandQuilter says:

    I always wondered about the time frame for the process. Great article!

  7. Barbara Grant says:

    Very interesting post. I never knew just what was involved in taking a design to fabric production.

  8. pat H says:

    eye opener

  9. pat H says:

    The level of talent and the drive it takes to develop a line of fabric and to make it pretty is awesome….

  10. Kelly Paquet says:

    I’m very interested in the process of printing fabrics, and this was a very helpful article! Thank you! And I would love to win the beautiful fabric!

  11. Laura Downs says:

    What a fascinating article! I’m definitely bookmarking it!!

  12. Bonnie says:

    I have a new appreciation for all the “work” involved to bring us beautiful fabric!

  13. Anny says:

    Years ago I was on a group tour “behind the scenes” at Hoffman Fabrics. It was so fascinating. Can’t get enough of stories like this! Thanks!

  14. Nancy R says:

    So much information. Wow! This was such a great post!

  15. Charlene Glover says:

    Beautiful fabrics

  16. jbsews says:

    Stuff like this just fascinates me. Thank you for posting it!

  17. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    would use the material to make a picture quilt

  18. kim t. says:

    wow. really interesting!

  19. suzanne c says:

    A really interesting post, thanks.

  20. Denise says:

    So fun to see that finalizing of the process. Love the fabric, especially that top one!

  21. Michelle Smith says:

    Very interesting information. Thanks for sharing us the process. The fabric bundle looks amazing!

  22. Irene says:

    Very interesting info, I loved learning about it! Thanks

  23. Amy says:

    just beautiful. I have always wondered how the process works. Hope I win some pretty fabric.

  24. Anne says:

    Lovely fabrics.

  25. amber says:

    What an exact and precise process. I am glad that there are folks out there with enough patience for this because it is beautiful.

  26. DebbieKL says:

    Beautiful fabric – thanks!

  27. Mary Hanna says:

    I find the whole process fascinating from beginning to end! Thanks for the inside info.

  28. Deb H. in PA says:

    Gorgeous fabric!

  29. Thank you for this fascinating glimpse at fabric printing and design. I loved reading it!

  30. THIS WAS A GREAT ARTICLE. I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN THIS PROCESS AS MY GRANDDAUGHTER IS A GREAT ARTIST AND I WAS THINKING OF PUTTING SOME OF HER WORK ON FABRIC.

  31. Ramona says:

    How fun to learn about the design process. It is so interesting!

  32. Pattij says:

    The fabric is gorgeous!

  33. Samantha in CA says:

    Such gorgeous fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Margo says:

    Thank you for the great article! Design is such an interesting career! Talent as well as the eye for colors. Amazing process really! Considering everything, it’s amazing how fast new designs come out!

  35. HeatherK says:

    Interesting info. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Lindi Goins says:

    It was interesting to see the design process. I love finding a company whose quilting fabric speaks to me.

  37. Jessica says:

    So interesting! Thanks!

  38. Dawn says:

    I’ve always thought about designing my own fabric and have been aware of sites such as this but was not sure about the process. Thanks for this informative post; helps a lot.
    Dawn

  39. Lee says:

    Great post – thank you!

  40. Aurélie says:

    What a fabulous give away! Fascinating insights too, thanks for that!

  41. Becky N. says:

    This was really interesting – not something I think about as I’m buying fabric, but now I will!

  42. Sandra says:

    fascinating information here. How is love to see a process like this in person.

  43. Carla S says:

    I had no idea that designing fabric was that complicated. Great article. I love the flamingo fabric. It’s so cute.

  44. Marian says:

    Must have flamingoes!

  45. Fascinating information! I’ve always wondered how the designs were produced.

  46. Anke says:

    Thanks for this post, this is very interesting!

  47. Marissa C. says:

    these colors are stunning!

  48. Dana says:

    Hmm, really fascinating! Thank you so much for sharing the process. I always figured that this was something that took at least two months. I wonder how the three companies stay on trend when the process takes as long as 4–6 months. Also, I’m sure they archive old patterns, right? And the rejected ones? It would also be fascinating to look at their archives.

  49. crystal wall says:

    Thanks for some great info! I love the process, then having beautiful fabric come from it. Amazing. Thanks for sharing. I could use the fabric.

  50. Eleni says:

    Oh i love them all!!! Just recalled about15 years ago, during my 1st year at college, we were doing fabric and paper printing. They were both amazing courses, especially the fabric was my favourite. I would really love to have another oportunity to do some more of those, and trully appreciate all the effort the designers put in their work!!! Thanks for this opportunity to win!!

  51. Teté says:

    que interesante¡¡ y que gran sorteo¡ Gracias

  52. April says:

    I LOVE that rose print! And the flamingo! Sounds like my dream job….

  53. Paula says:

    I find this whole process fascinatiing. Thank you for the great post. I like the examples …

  54. Liesel says:

    So interesting!

  55. Courtney says:

    Beautiful fabric, thanks for the giveaway and the great information in this artical.

  56. Karen A says:

    Interesting to learn about the process. So glad someone figured it out so we can have great fabrics!

  57. Pamela R says:

    Great article. wonderful collection. Love to win it!

  58. Rebecca says:

    That fabric is gorgeous!

  59. Pam S says:

    Thanks for the fascinating post. It certainly makes me more attentive to the prints in my stash, knowing what went into designing them. And thanks for the chance to win this great fabric!

  60. Cassie says:

    How cool to see how it works! What a neat process.

  61. Audrey says:

    Thank you for the all the info. I have a better understanding of the process. Thanks also for offering a giveaway.

  62. Jane Drewel says:

    These make me put on a happy smile. So many ideas!

  63. Jodi Gradolph says:

    Beautiful fabric!

  64. megan a. says:

    Great information on the creative process. It’s so easy to see the gorgeous finished product and forget how much went into it!

  65. Michele T says:

    Fascinating process!!! Beautiful fabrics!!!

  66. Kelly Wilson says:

    Thanks for a sneak peek behind the curtain!

  67. Nancy says:

    Beautiful! I’m glad there are people out there with these talents.

  68. karen says:

    This article was very informative; thank- you. It gave me a much better insight into the printing process.

  69. Emily B says:

    Such an interesting process. I’m just getting into sewing but I have discovered that I LOVE fabric and my “collection” is growing all the time!

  70. Trina says:

    I’m sure my girls would love to create their own fabric.

  71. Mindy says:

    Very interesting read!

  72. Wow! Such great, detailed information! I have been scetching up fabric designs in the hope that one day I will become a print fabric designer.
    Thanks!
    Quilty Huggs,
    Jacqueline

  73. Shonda in TX says:

    Very interesting subject! Thanks!

  74. Robyn says:

    Love the colors!

  75. Corky says:

    Fascinating! Thank you!

  76. Carol says:

    In another life I am going to be a fabric or pattern designer! In the meantime I will just keep buying, and hopefully win, other designers’ beautiful creations!

  77. Cindy S. says:

    Interesting post. I have a better appreciation for the work involved in creating beautiful fabrics.

  78. Rena says:

    Fascinating!

  79. Very interesting look at how the design process is finished. Thank you for sharing.

  80. Vicki in MN says:

    Thank you for sharing, loved reading your post a lot!

  81. That was really interesting, thank you! And of course I’d love to win the Lotta Jansdotter fabrics, she’s one of my favourite designers.

  82. Thea Hardcastle says:

    I never knew what it took to print fabric. I sure would love to win some of the beautiful fabric!!!

  83. Debbie says:

    Really fascinating – thanks for the insight!

  84. Judy says:

    It was extremely interesting to read about the process of how fabrics go from design to being printed.

  85. Ioleen says:

    Great information on how the fabric we see at our local quilt shops comes to be. Beautiful fabric to win – thank you.

  86. kathyh says:

    I had the wonderful opportunity to hear Tula Pink talk about fabric designing up at SewExpo. Amazing.

  87. Debbie says:

    Sew infirmative. Thanks for your research efforts.

  88. Liz says:

    Such an interesting read, thanks for sharing a glimpse into the fabric creation process!

  89. Margaret says:

    Interesting! Thanks for the article.

  90. Duane Wiley says:

    Very Interesting read! Thanks for the chance to win some fabric!

  91. Rose says:

    fascinating!!!
    Thank you.
    I’m interested in trying this, via spoonflower at 1st.

  92. Karen J says:

    This is so complicated. I don’t think I’d be patient enough either!

  93. Penny says:

    Ohhhh… that is very interesting!

  94. Holly says:

    Great info. It’s interesting to know the work that goes into the fabric before we even get our little hands on it.

  95. Michelle Olsen says:

    I’ve never worked with Lotta Jandsdotter’s fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

  96. Dtacy says:

    So fascinating. Thanks for sharing!

  97. krystina says:

    Great article! It’s so much more work than I thought!

  98. Mary Furber says:

    Thanks for the information – very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway of such beautiful fabrics.

  99. Kate says:

    Really great article.

  100. Susan in CA says:

    I’ve always wondered about the fabric design and printing process. This was a really interesting read. And a Quilt Sandwich Fabric giveaway, too! Would LOVE those fabrics!

  101. marilyn says:

    thanks for the info!

  102. Jules says:

    Very interesting – thank you for this in depth look at what happens behind the scenes long before an fabric order is delivered to the home sewist!

  103. Monique B says:

    So interesting. It reminds me of when I worked in a print shop doing the Sunday paper inserts. An in-depth process for something most people don’t care about unless it’s missing. Luckily, I am sure we all love our fabric more than our paper inserts. 🙂 Thanks for the chance.

  104. Kim says:

    Very informative post, thank you for sharing. It is fun to know the process of how the fabric on the shelf is made! I do love Lotta’s fabrics, I have used them often! Thank you for the opportunity to win some more!!!

  105. Alexis Smith says:

    I like the fabric and the print. Great!

  106. Ruth L says:

    You have given me new appreciation for all the work that goes into the fabric printing process! I love learning new things and have always been fascinated by fabric – all the different textures, colors and patterns! Thank you for this great giveaway!
    Ruth L

  107. Linda from Montana says:

    Loved reading about the whole fabric printing process! Looks like a lot of work, but worth it in the end.

  108. Anita says:

    Very interesting to learn about the process!
    The fabric bundle is gorgeous; thanks for the giveaway!

  109. Jayne says:

    I love this post! Learning more about the process is so interesting! Thank you!

  110. Pat J says:

    interesting

  111. Peggy says:

    Thank you for the interesting article. You never really realize so much work goes into making beautiful fabric collections.

  112. Jenny says:

    I’ve wondered about how fabric printing is done. Very similar to book printing, it sounds like. Thanks very much for this article!

  113. emma says:

    thanks so much for this! I’ve had in mind several designs that I’d love to transfer to fabric, and I’ve done my research on pattern design and Spoonflower and such, but these little “insider” tips and information points are wonderful!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!

  114. Erin Ellis says:

    How interesting! I really enjoyed reading about the entire process. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

  115. Sarah says:

    I always wondered what all went into designing fabric. I’m always amazed by how a small difference in design can totally turn me on or off from a certain fabric. Thanks for posting!

  116. darlene macdonald says:

    Love learning processes for fabrics. Simply amazing what goes into our beautiful fabrics we all get to play with. 🙂

  117. Meg says:

    Fascinating information – makes me appreciate the gorgeous fabric even more!

  118. Brenna J says:

    I had always wondered why the price difference in the quality fabrics, now that I have seen the attention to detail that is put into the process I realize. Thanks for showing me the process so that I can appreciate the work that goes into making my favorite fabrics.

  119. Margie says:

    Thanks for the sharing the process with us. It makes me appreciate my favourite fabrics that much more!

  120. heather says:

    That was great information to read about!

  121. Renea says:

    Very interesting to read all this information. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  122. Mary Burnette says:

    Don’t think I would have the patience to design the fabric but so glad that others can do this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  123. Rosie Davis says:

    Very nice fabric and interesting information. Thanks for the giveaway!

  124. Beth says:

    Had no idea it took so long to get the colors right! Thanks for the interesting article.

  125. Karen L says:

    Excellent article. Thank you. Love the beautiful fresh looking fabric. I’d love to win.

  126. Jeannette says:

    Very interesting article. The fabric is beautiful!

  127. Lisa Marie says:

    Very interesting! Thanks!

  128. Patricia says:

    Great read. I sometimes daydream of designing my own fabric print.

  129. Tammy says:

    Really like those fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway.

  130. jennifer says:

    I love the fabrics. Great information on the process.

  131. Kathy Hassig says:

    Thanks for very interesting info and fabric giveaway.

  132. Very interesting! Thank you for the giveaway

  133. Jan says:

    I would love to watch all of this on a show like how it is made!!!! So interesting to understand how our beautiful fabrics come to life!! Thank you for the research!!

  134. Gorgeous fabric! Now, I know I like the half-drop repeat style as shown in the flamingo fabric. Neat!

  135. Sue H says:

    Wow! So much work but it sure is worth it. Love the colors in this collection!

  136. Umaesew says:

    Thank you for a very interesting insight Into ‘a small portion’ of how a fabric pattern is produced. It is nice to be able to appreciate the hard work that goes into producing such lovely fabric. Thank you for the giveaway.

  137. tami minor says:

    such hard work, but such beautiful results

  138. Tina McOwing says:

    You know, I’ve never really put much thought into how fabric is made! I would love to design my own. Thanks for the info and the giveaway!!

  139. Jessy says:

    I feel new ideas coming very fast!

  140. Ellee says:

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your interesting and detailed description of the fabric design process. Thank you for sharing.

  141. Chris says:

    The whole process is fascinating to me. Then of course I’m amazed at the creativity in the designing of the fabric to start with.

  142. Marina says:

    Interesting and beautiful fabrics!

  143. delia jones says:

    What a cool article!

  144. sheri turner says:

    great article,love the entire process,from design to finished quilt!

  145. Mary Kay says:

    What an interesting read! Love these modern fabrics some of which are already on my wish list. Love the Lotta Jansdotter fabrics!

  146. Christine says:

    A BUNCH of fabrics!!!! drooooollllll

  147. Allison says:

    Fascinating!! Sometimes I dream about fabrics at night and wake up wishing I could design them.

  148. Alicia C says:

    Thanks for the chance.

  149. Alicia C says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful fabric.

  150. Ali M says:

    This makes me more sure I’m not cut out for fabric designing, interesting process, thanks for the article about it!

  151. EmilyH says:

    I loved learning about fabric design. Thank you!

  152. Rose says:

    Very interesting information on fabric design and printing!

  153. Carolyn says:

    Interesting information.

  154. Lauren says:

    It’s my dream to have my own thoughts made into a fabric print, life would be beautiful! Thanks for the insight!

  155. Ava says:

    Great to know the process after the design.. love Lotta’s design aesthetic

  156. Heather says:

    I thought it would be an invoked process…this makes much more sense now- thank you for demystifying this!

  157. Nancy A says:

    Thanks for such an interesting and informative post.

  158. Beth K says:

    Great post! Thanks for the giveaway!

  159. Honey says:

    What a great tutorial in fabric printing in the 21st century. Watching Project Runway in the episode where they get to design their own fabric, the turnaround appears to be so quick. Good to know the real process.

  160. Tamie says:

    I love Follie! What a beautiful bundle.

  161. Tina says:

    That was super interesting!

  162. Doris McCarty says:

    Thank you for sharing that it was very interesting. And thank you for the givaway.

  163. Jessica P. says:

    Gorgeous fabrics! Thank you for giving us an insight on the process.

  164. Pal says:

    Fascinating……

  165. Amanda says:

    Beautiful fabric! And such an interesting description of the process!

  166. Bonnie says:

    Really pretty fabrics. Very interesting process. Thank you for sharing.

  167. Elizabeth says:

    Love all the technical information about fabric design! Thanks!

  168. Oh my gosh, some of those fabrics are STUNNING! I love the blue flower one near the top. Thanks and God bless!

  169. JoNell says:

    Interesting process. Thank you

  170. carol fun says:

    Very interesting… I had no idea there were so many steps to fabric production. Thanks for the info.

  171. Sandra B. says:

    So many ideas from seeing such lovely fabric! Thanks

  172. Beth T. in OR says:

    This was fascinating. There is always so much more to a process than anyone but an insider knows. Thanks for the glimpse behind the curtain, so to speak.

  173. Kimberly Giancola says:

    thanks for the interesting article! Those fabrics are divine !

  174. Ginger says:

    very interesting. Thanks for sharing

  175. Kelly P says:

    This really is fascinating. I love fabric!

  176. Rosemary says:

    Interesting to read about this is done. Such pretty fabrics for the give away!

  177. Kathy E. says:

    I have always wondered about the process of fabric design and now I know! thanks for the photos and info. Many kudos to those involved in the process of keeping my fabric addiction alive!

  178. Susan says:

    There is more to fabric designing than I imagined. Beautiful fabrics.

  179. Vicki P says:

    So fascinating to hear the story behind the creation of the fabrics we love. Folie! I’ve had my eye on that collection for quite a while now. Great giveaway!

  180. Sue says:

    What an interesting process. Thanks for the article.

  181. Robin says:

    I am new to sewing, so now I understand why the fabrics I like are so expensive. Truly enjoyed the article and look forward to more.

    Robin

  182. Sue Mariotti says:

    Well done Becca. The process seems like it could take so long that your idea for fabic is no longer relevant. Thanks for the inside scoop!

  183. Nan M says:

    interesting article on the process

  184. Paige says:

    Very informative, thank you!

  185. Brianna Schueller says:

    Very cool! Can’t wait to get over to IG to follow quilt sandwich fabrics!

  186. Sherry Fram says:

    Great article! I too always wondered how fabric went from an idea to the actual product buy!

  187. Dot H says:

    Interesting process. Thanks for the beautiful giveaway.

  188. Sandy k says:

    I enjoy reading the behind the scene info. Thanks.

  189. Cindy Pilkington says:

    What an interesting process on fabric design! Thanks for the chance to win!

  190. Vicki H says:

    I am always happy to do my part in the sewing circle of life.

  191. Kath S says:

    I’ve often wondered why there’s such a long time between when we start hearing and getting peeks of a new collection and when it’s actually available for purchase. Also was surprised to learn that most of the mills for quilt fabrics are located overseas – that’s got to add a chunk of a time to the process too. Thanks for enlightening us to the process. Are we going to be seeing this type of post on a regular basis? I would love it.

  192. amy v says:

    very interesting process! this printing process is a lot like the printing process for books, posters, packaging, etc, which i did for years as a graphic designer. good to know the similarities, in case i ever decide to try fabric design! thx for the giveaway!

  193. Emma says:

    Awesome! Another giveaway. Maybe someday I’ll win one 🙂

  194. Rhonda Laws says:

    That is very interesting. If I an ounce of artistic ability, I might try fabric design but I don’t so instead I will stick to quilt design. Thanks for this information and the giveaway.

  195. Jess says:

    Cool! I had very little idea about how printed fabrics were made.

  196. Jinger says:

    Thank you for the interesting insight and for the giveaway.

  197. Allison C says:

    love Lotta’s work and fascinating information!

  198. Miet says:

    This is very fascinating. Thanks for a very informative post!

  199. Torina says:

    How neat! Thanks!

  200. Barb says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…good post!

  201. Audrey says:

    Thanks for this, it’s something I often wondered about!

  202. Karen says:

    Oh, to be as creative as those who design the fabric we all love to ply with. Thanks so much for the article. Hope I win the FQ’s????

  203. Afton says:

    Thanks for the insightful look into fabric design.

  204. Laura B says:

    Love those flamingos! Thanks for the chance to win.

  205. Linda Webster says:

    There are so many beautiful fabrics available. I want them all! Thanks for a very informative post.

  206. Lesley says:

    interesting article!

  207. stanleybeagle says:

    that was such a cool post. thanks! and I loooove the fabrics!

  208. Lisa says:

    Thanks for sharing – this is so interesting!

  209. Kim S says:

    This is an interesting read. It’s always fun to know what goes on behind the scene.

  210. NAOMI says:

    Great article. Always wondered how it was done

  211. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful fabrics!

  212. Diane Beavers says:

    So that’s how my greens are so the right shade of green, and blues, etc. 3-4 months seems like a reasonable time for an artists sketch to come to fruition. Now I know what a strike off is:)
    Thank you Becca, my curiosity is settled.

  213. Carol H says:

    Wow, I always wondered about the process. Thanks for sharing!

  214. Wow! That is an interesting process!

  215. Subee says:

    Fascinating to learn of the process that goes into those wonderful fabrics we just have to add to our stashes. And those are some lovely ones in the give away! I already have ideas for some of them!

  216. Becky says:

    Wow. I had no idea it was such a process. Fascinating.

  217. Cheri says:

    Being a techie, love learning about the process. Thanks!

  218. Suzie says:

    Good article. I love seeing strike-offs and the whole process from start to finish.

  219. Karen McMahon says:

    I really loved learning about the design and printing process to make beautiful fabrics!

  220. susie says:

    Very interesting process ! Thanks for the lovely giveaway chance!

  221. Bridget says:

    This is fascinating. I love learning how the process moves forward, and sometimes backwards –until the glorious fabric invites itself into my project!

  222. Laura in NH says:

    How interesting to learn more about the fabric making process. Thanks for the info and giveaway.

  223. Kathy Davis says:

    Very informative article about fabric from beginning to end. Thanks, Kathy

  224. Adele Dizney says:

    Have always had great admiration for artists and believe me, these people are artists!

  225. Toni Buzzeo says:

    Amazingly beautiful fabrics. So much work goes into the creation!

  226. Merribeth O'Keefe says:

    What a terrific inside look at the fabric design & production process. Thank you!

  227. Marjory W says:

    Very Interesting, and I’d love to win!

  228. June says:

    Who knew? 24 inches for a fabric repeat. Very informative post. Thanks.

  229. Mary says:

    well any thought of whipping up a fabric design has been firmly put in its place. Thanks for a most informative blog post and the opportunity to win some fabric.

  230. Sandy Ross says:

    Really interesting to learn about this process. So much goes into getting beautiful fabrics to us!

  231. Kristy says:

    I always enjoy learning new things. 🙂

  232. usairdoll says:

    What a great post! So neat to learn how the design process works.

    Awesome giveaway! Beautiful fabrics!

  233. Enerle says:

    Very intresting, i love to learn more about fabric and i would love to get the Lotta Jansdotter fabric.

  234. Lori Morton says:

    The Give-a-way Fabrics are Awesome! Thanks for chance to win! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing all the interesting info too… Way cool how fabrics are designed & all!

  235. JMJ says:

    Too cool!!!

  236. Teresa says:

    This is great info. Thank you, Becca!

  237. hayley says:

    What an interesting post. Thanks for sharing

  238. Janet B. says:

    Makes me want to design some fabric. Thanks.

  239. Gretchen says:

    I have always wondered about the creation process for fabric, so this was very informative. Thanks for a great article!

  240. Lindsey F says:

    I love beautiful fabri. It is interesting to learn about the design and production process. Thanks for the insights.

  241. Shannon says:

    Thank you for explaining the process and for the give away!

  242. Sarah says:

    Excellent post! This was a really interesting read. Thanks for the chance to win!

  243. Suzanne says:

    This is a really interesting look into how fabrics are designed and printed. I’ve daydreamed of designing my own patterns.

  244. Mary Emmens says:

    Fascinating article, I love reading more about the fabric process

  245. Laura F. says:

    Thanks for a chance to win.

  246. Kim Koluch says:

    Thank you! Incredible designs!

  247. Kim Koluch says:

    Thank you! The designs are incredible!

  248. LINDA says:

    HI, neat process! Thanks for sharing a nice giveaway too!

  249. Kelsie says:

    so interesting! Thanks for doing the legwork to educate us!

  250. EmSewCrazy says:

    Very interesting. A friend and I were just discussing how fabric is designed the other day. This was informative.

  251. Mel says:

    thanks for the interesting behind-the-scenes look!

  252. Logan says:

    It seems like tidbits about fabric design have been popping up in many places, but this is the first I’ve seen on the production. Thanks for the great info.

  253. Laura says:

    Cute bundle! I could do a lot with that 🙂

  254. mjb says:

    Love the behind the scenes peeks!

  255. Jessie Hansen says:

    That was a lot of information! I remember when Maureen Cracknell was going through the process of designing with Art Gallery and it sure was an interesting method/process.

  256. GloriaW says:

    How interesting process, thanks for sharing and thanks for the contest. I want to participate.

  257. Veronica says:

    Thanks for filling us in on the process of designing fabric. It’s very interesting. I always wondering how it all came together.

  258. Stephanie says:

    What great information about the process. Thanks!

  259. becky m says:

    What an interesting post. thanks for sharing this!!

  260. beth p says:

    Great fabrics! Interesting post! Thanks.

  261. Amy says:

    That is really cool!

  262. mona says:

    The fabrics are gorgeous and the process is so preciselu explained, thank you so much. I would love to receive your fabrics and create something !

  263. Alli says:

    How interesting!

  264. barbara woods says:

    love beautiful fabric , thanks for the chance

  265. Anna says:

    Wow, such a complex process!

  266. Jennyroo says:

    The more I learn about fabric design, the more I pick apart the fabric in my collection… trying to identify repeats, etc. LOVE!!

  267. sherri says:

    Very informative! Thanks for the post and I would also love a chance to win some Lotta Jansdotter fabric! Thank You!

  268. Emily K says:

    I was curious about this process! Thank you for the very informative piece (and the giveaway)!

  269. Alison says:

    Thanks for the contests!

  270. Kay says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and an insight to the design process.

  271. Kiley says:

    How interesting! Loved this article and the beautiful fabrics!

  272. Laura says:

    Very interesting – I love getting to the knitty-gritty of how stuff is made.

  273. victoria marsh says:

    I love learning about how different designers have different processes and methods during their design process. Thanks for an interesting read, and give away! X

  274. Debbie says:

    Thank you for this interesting article. I’ve always wondered about the process for making prints! This was very informative and I really enjoyed reading it!

  275. Katie K says:

    Great read and fabulous fabrics!

  276. Katy M says:

    Really interesting article thanks! 🙂

  277. Megan says:

    Thanks for the interesting article. I had some vague ideas about how the process worked, but this gave me a much better understanding of how beautiful fabric comes to be!

  278. Kristen says:

    I love fabric and think the process is so interesting.

  279. amy says:

    Great explanation of the process-I love reading this stuff!

  280. Donna says:

    So interesting to read about fabric designing and printing! I had no idea and have a new appreciation for those beautiful fabrics and the creative process.

  281. MaryLou says:

    Thank you for the very interesting article on choosing colors. Lots of info there! 🙂

  282. Christina says:

    Thanks for that read. I never knew. I’d imagine the process is a lot quicker these days though with quicker technology and all. Just think how they used to do it, even 30 years ago!

  283. Anne Marie says:

    I find this so interesting – thanks for posting.

  284. Bonnie Larson says:

    Great information. There was much i did not know. Thanks so much for sharing

  285. Olivia says:

    Great photos of the process.

  286. auschick in va says:

    It’s amazing how much effort goes into designing something that could appear as so simple to an outsider!

  287. Barbara says:

    Fascinating process! Thank you!

  288. Delaine says:

    The fabric making process is fascinating. Thanks!

  289. Deborah says:

    Very interesting, I really like Lotta Jansdotter’s fabrics.

  290. Debby says:

    This is a fun sort of “behind the scenes” look at the process! I think it would be fun to design fabrics someday. And thank you for the giveaway.

  291. linda Pawlak says:

    What an incredible giveaway! Thank you so much!

  292. Judith says:

    I love these behind the scenes articles. It’s like a window into another world.

  293. Trudy Brule says:

    So informative. Love the luscious fabrics in the give away.

  294. Jonquil says:

    Lovely summer prints! So many things to take into consideration when drafting out fabric patterns. Neat interviews. Thank you!

  295. Erin says:

    This was really interesting to read. I have always wanted to know how it works. crazy!

  296. Renae says:

    Beautiful fabrics! I’d love to win. 🙂

  297. Kathy Cummings says:

    Very informative.
    Awesome colors!
    Thank you.

  298. linda says:

    Wow, lots of steps and phases… very interesting! Would love to share my designs on fabric one day!

  299. MJacks says:

    Great article, truly enjoy learning new things each day and this was “sew” very well-written.
    Thanks….inspired me to work with fabric as soon as I get home from work.

  300. Ana says:

    Pretty interesting!

  301. Janet T says:

    Thanks for showing us the process. I always wondered how fabric was made. I know the stork did not drop bolts from the sky, lol.

  302. Tonia Jeffery says:

    Designing fabric sounds like so much fun though a lot of work.

  303. Sally says:

    This was a great article. Very interesting to see how it all happens.

  304. Sonya M says:

    Thanks for explaining the process, it’s interesting all the steps it takes to make a great fabric. Thanks for the chance to win!

  305. Tina Short says:

    Wow, very interesting. Thats a whole lotta stuff that i didnt know i didnt know!

  306. Vicki says:

    I hadn’t thought about the designing and printing of fabric and looked at fabrics as pretties! Thank you for the opportunity to enter your drawing.

  307. Juliana says:

    So interesting to see how the process of creating fabric goes. Thank you for this giveaway!

  308. Corrie tollett says:

    Lovely fabric

  309. Kate says:

    Thanks for having this great giveaway!

  310. sarah says:

    Wow, so cool to check out the whole process.

  311. Nicole says:

    Such an interesting snapshot of the process! And thanks too for the heads up about a sort-of-local-to-me store.

  312. Susan says:

    You have just shown some very incredible fabrics! I’ve obviously been shopping in all the wrong places! I just love the name Quilt Sandwich- it will be easy to remember your name.

  313. Laura says:

    Thank you for the very interesting overview around fabric design and printing. I love Lotta’s prints and would love to win this lovely set of fat quarters. Thanks for the chance.

  314. wendy says:

    that was a really interesting article! I like hearing how fabric is designed and made.

  315. Jennifer says:

    What a bundle! Love Lotta!

  316. Anna Glines says:

    Fabric fat quarters are fun because there are so many projects in which to use them. These seem very exciting. Thank you.

  317. Caroline Rohrer says:

    Facinating process. Thank you for writing this article

  318. Andrea says:

    What a fascinating process!

  319. Lynda H says:

    very interesting post – if I were younger I would definitely want to be in the fabric design business – thanks for this peek into the process.

  320. Heather J says:

    A very informative post about the process. Fabulous giveaway of lovely fabrics.

  321. joanne says:

    Thanks for the interesting article! I’ve always wondered how fabric went from concept & design to production.

  322. melissa says:

    What an interesting read!
    Thank you also for the chance to win

  323. Kathy Guenther says:

    love Lotta and especially this line. Already have a couple of these FQs, but can always use more!

  324. Joanne says:

    Thanks for the interesting article! I’ve always wondered how fabric moves from concept & design to production.

  325. Buffy says:

    This is such a cool article…love reading/ seeing this process!!!

  326. Barbara says:

    Thanks for this great insight into the fabric printing process. I will never look at fabric the same way again.

  327. Annmarie says:

    Great fabric & great post! Thanks sew much for that informative post

  328. Stephanie says:

    is this the right spot to respond also for the fabric giveaway?

  329. Stephanie says:

    WOW some of those fabrics you show are adorable!!!

  330. Thanks for the information on the process. It is fascinating.

  331. Jodie says:

    Looks like a lovely fabric shop. Interesting topic on today’s post as well.

  332. Cheryl says:

    Wow, what a process! But we love the end results.

  333. I love the colors!

  334. I am fascinated by the design process and thank you so much for insight into how it works!

  335. Angela says:

    I’ve always been curious about this process. Thanks for the info on the creation of such lovely fabric!

  336. Katie says:

    very interesting!!

  337. Kathy h says:

    I love to see how products are made. Very interesting information about those beautiful fabrics.

  338. Trina says:

    So cool!! And I love those Lotta Jandotter fabrics!

  339. Rosalynd says:

    Sew interesting! Loved learning about the process.

  340. jessicac says:

    Thanks for sharing the process.. fun to see how it all works together!

  341. lori n says:

    The teal in those fabrics is beautiful!! Its my go to color this spring.

  342. Never knew this stuff before. I’m amazed by people who have the creativity to design and create fabric; I don’t think I could do it!

    Thanks for the very interesting read!

    (Also commenting for the 11 fat quarters, haha. Who isn’t?!)

  343. Sarah C says:

    So interesting!

  344. The art and craft of fabric design has always held a special fascination for me. I tend to keep especially beloved fabrics for ‘that one special project’. Thank you for the opportunity to acquire some new and exciting designs!

  345. ty for the insite on how thing work……Looks fun but i bet it has its hard times too…..All I can say is keep up the good fabric…..tytyty

  346. Sarah J. says:

    It’s so interesting to elarn more about the “behind the scenes” process of fabric making. Sometimes we hear about the designers process and we can all see the final product- but the manufacturing process is so interesting as well- thanks for sharing!

  347. Masha says:

    I love those Lotta Jansdotter prints!

  348. Cinnamom in MN says:

    What a neat collection. Just my style.

  349. Diane K. says:

    Very informative. I knew the fabric design process was not quick but this article explains how involved it can be.

  350. STH says:

    Some gorgeous fabrics here–if I ever see the one with the huge blue flowers in a shop, I will snap it up!

  351. Amber says:

    This is interesting – I’d love to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the full design-to-printed-fabric process sometime!

  352. Rochelle says:

    Thank you for an interesting article on fabric printing. I’d like more information on how the fabric is delivered from the printer…is it on rolls or bolts? If on rolls where and when is bolted? Any chance of another follow up article?

  353. kristin says:

    beautiful fabrics!

  354. Janie says:

    Wow it is a tedious process. Thank you designers, for all of the beautiful fabrics. Thank you Sew Mama Sew for sharing. Thank you for the giveaway.

  355. Tori says:

    Those are beautiful fabrics. And it’s so interesting showing the production process!

  356. Ruth Sunday says:

    I have found fabric interesting since I was a teen, more then half a century ago. We visited mills, embroidery and printing stamping plants whenever possible on family trips – not often, but more often than the regular family vacation activity. My Dad’s family were weavers and dyers who immigrated from Germany in the mid-1700’s along with others from their village. The group of families kind of kept together until the mid-1900’s – migrating from entry to this continent at Delaware to small towns and farms in Ohio over the 200 year period. So fabric seems to be in the blood.

  357. Lynne Tilley says:

    Thanks for the information on Quilt Sandwich Fabrics. I’ll be checking them out. Thanks for the fabric giveaway chance, too!

  358. Danette says:

    This is very interesting, the whole process of making the fabric. Would love to win. thank you.

  359. Wonderful information.Thanks for sharing!

  360. Barbara Bailey says:

    Lovely fabrics, very interesting how they go from design to fabric.

  361. Amruta says:

    Lot of work in designing fabric. I like those fabric and colors are so nice.

  362. gramk says:

    Interesting article! I have seen fabric where the colors weren’t precisely in the design. It shows the importance of proofing. Thanks for the opportunity to win the lovely Jansdotter fabric!

  363. Brenda Melahn says:

    Beautiful fabric — interesting process!!

  364. Denise W says:

    Wow did I just learn a lot in a few minutes. This was really informative about the over all process, but from three different perspectives made it very clear. And thank you Quilt Sandwhich Fabrics, for sharing such pretty treats.

  365. Jill says:

    What a cool process!

  366. Erika says:

    So interesting to know how the process works. Thanks!

  367. Esther G says:

    How interesting! I’m glad for what they do, but I’m happy to stay on the consumer end of the process 🙂

  368. Annika says:

    That was really interesting. I always love some behind the scenes info.
    Of course I would love to win some Lotta Jansdotter fabric. She is one of my fav designers.

  369. Alicia says:

    I love this! I have always been so curious about how all this goes down! Thanks for the info!

  370. Stacey says:

    I love learning all about the process that goes into making beautiful fabrics! Thank you so much for sharing with us. And those fabrics!!!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!

  371. Catherine in MI says:

    Pretty fascinating! I don’t know if I’d be patient enough for all the waiting! 😉

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