Once is Not Enough: An Interview with Sandy Klop

Once is Not Enough: An Interview with Sandy Klop

Sandy Klop, the artist behind Moda's American Jane fabric line and the American Jane pattern company, made not one, but two versions of an antique Wagon Wheels quilt. We wanted to know more.

 

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QN: What made you want to reproduce this quilt?
SK: I was attracted to the high contrast in the arcs, and I was intrigued when I recognized the places where the quiltmaker ran out of fabric or chose to make corners from different fabrics. A friend and I combined our Civil War-era reproduction fabric stashes and made the blocks together, one at a time.
  QN: Was it as much fun to make the quilt a second time?
SK: Absolutely. I couldn't wait to use my new fabric line, Happy Campers by American Jane for Moda. Experience made the process go faster. I figured out how to piece one whole row of arcs at a time.


QN: Do you plan entire quilts in advance or just start making blocks?
SK: I begin with a block or several blocks, and then play with the layout. Sometimes I start with a plan, but it often changes midway.



QN: Where do you get inspiration for the fabrics you design?
SK: Inspiration comes from many sources: conversations with friends, vintage toys, books, old quilts, tile patterns, architecture, travel, childhood memories, movies, drapes, clothing, nature, and dreams, and sometimes inspiration just strikes out of the blue.



QN: The name American Jane is great. What's the story behind it?
SK: One day in 2003, while I was teaching a quilt class, I mentioned that I needed a name for my pattern company. A student said she had a friend who named her baby girl America Jane. I thought about the name for a day or two and then decided that's exactly who I am, an American Jane. Three years ago, I received an email from Texas from the father of the baby, America Jane, asking for a letter from me, founder of American Jane Patterns, for her baby book.


Visit americanjane.com for Sandy's patterns - including Wagon Wheels, kits, and more. Happy Campers by American Jane for Moda will be available in the fall of 2009.

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