Philip Jacobs, one of the designers from the Kaffe Fassett Collective explains how his beautiful designs develop.   We continue the journey, in his own words

I use a Stanley knife to cut the design off the drawing board.

Philip now explains how he achieves the fabric repeat to a question from an interested party

“How do you manage to “match” the repeats? Say you have some purple petals there sticking out on the top right… where is the purple flower to go with that? On fabric this will all “interweave” and interconnect”

Philip responds:

The purple petals on the top right go with the purple flower on the bottom left. Its whats called a half drop repeat, which means that bottom left half matches top right half and bottom right half matches top left half and top and bottom is a straight forward match.(I make it exact with tracing paper) Half dropping gives more variety in the fabric as opposed to a side by side repeat. I`m wrestling with it now on the geranium design i`m currently working out the layout of.”

 “I`ll continue this album for the life of the design. The next bit will be dull, as it will sit in my plan chest till I meet up with Kaffe. Assuming we include it in the following collection then he works up the other colourways, then it goes to America and then to Korea where it gets printed (i`m not sure how they transfer it to screen now, if its digital or by hand) then it gets launched hopefully in May 2012, then i`ll follow its progress in quilts and clothes and books.”  (the story is evolving back in 2010)

24. Before the design is complete I am working out the next one in my head. Here is a rough layout.

We are grateful to Philip Jacobs for allowing us this insight into how a designer works through the steps to create such detailed patterns.

We hope to hear more from the UK Designers, but for now, enjoy some of the range that reached the marketplace. Perhaps some of you used these fabrics in your quilting?