with Lu Summers, designer of the new Summersville range for Moda which
launched this April. I took the opportunity to ask her some questions . . .*
Photo by Scissorsandthread
*How did you get started? Do you have a design background?*
In a previous life I studied at Norwich School of Art & Design specialising
in print making, ran a patchwork and quilting shop with my Mum for 5 years,
had 2 children, opened an Etsy store where I sold paper collages and later
screen printed fabric before designing for Moda.
*Do you have a favourite print from the line?*
Fall in red and Scandi in red
*What do you think your line Summersville looks great in or with?*
Obviously it looks great in quilts but it has been brilliant at retreat
seeing it in different things such as a rucksack and baby trousers. It
looks great paired with solids but I think people should mix it up a bit
and try it with different solids than the main prints such as bright
orange, dark teal and charcoal grey.
|photo by Lu Summers|
*What sort of things do you make?*
I make quilts but for walls not beds but I would never describe them as art
*What is your favourite thing that you have made?*
My big improv quilt. I have taught this style as a class a few times now
and made some mini improv quilts too.
*You are teaching your Portholes technique here at retreat which won Best
Group Quilt at Festival of Quilts 2010. It's has a really unique look – how
did you come up with the design?*
My Mum told me about it over the phone, I said it would never work so I
tried it and it did. I did circles and have also made quilts usually
flowers and stars with the same technique.
|photo by Lu Summers|
|photo by Scissorsandthread|
*Do you have a sewing or quilting tip?*
Use your iron more!
*Summersville features some great graphic prints – where do you get your
Living in the countryside but I also have a fascination with industrial
estates and urban areas
*Is that something we are going to see more of? When are we going to see
more of you?*
I have designed my second line for Moda which is at the Mill at the moment
and I am waiting for samples. It launches in April 2013.
*Now for some quick fire questions!*
*Favourite colour? *Red
*Fabourite food? *Sausages
*Summer or winter? *Summer
*Favourite tv show? *Mad Men
*Marmite – love it or hate it? *I like it but I don't love it!
*Favourite film? *The gangster one with Tom Hanks (we think she means Road
*Favourite band: *Maroon 5
*Chocolate or crisps? *Chocolate
Photos by Lu Summers @flickr
Check out Lu's blog http://blu-shed.blogspot.co.uk/
A big thank you to @scissorsandthread for the interview and to Lu Summers for taking part. You can find out more about scissorsandthread on her blog http://scissorsandthread.blogspot.com
*Summersville is available in both Millie Moon shops in layer cakes, jelly rolls, charm
packs and in yardage and on the website www.milliemoonshop.co.uk *