November 18, 2016

Creator Spotlight, Helen and Janice, and a Thanksgiving Giveaway!

I am proud to feature two super-talented creative friends, Helen Bergner and Janice Roy, in this special creator spotlight and giveaway.

Helen and Janice mentioned to me earlier this year how they were working on two quilts incorporating 350 different fabrics from collections that I'd designed for Moda Fabrics. What?! How?! What fun!! I wondered.

Crossing state lines, time zones, and circling back, Helen and Janice tracked down some very hard to find out-of-print fabrics, from my first line, Verna, to the most recent release, Grand Canal, and almost all the other lines in between (except my Latitude Batiks line), and got to creating.

As they explained it to me, Helen and Janice practice the buddy system. Helen is a crazy crafter and Janice is a long-arm-quilting artist. For them, striving to sew together one morning a week during the school year keeps them moving forward on personal projects and, Helen adds, "keeps us from getting overwhelmed by the distractions in life, like work!"
Janice Roy
Helen Bergner
“I have been crafting in one way or another as long as I can remember," Helen explains. "There was always crafting going on in my house. My mom sewed, knit, and did crafting projects for the many Girl Scout troops she led. She used to sew matching outfits for all us kids- though she had to give it up by the time the twelfth one came along! I love to delve deeply in to a craft, teach a few people how to enjoy it, then move on to learning something new myself. I am pretty competent at knitting, sewing, making jewelry, tie-dye-ing and a few other things. One of the best was running a theatre camp for six years, called The Backyard Players, in my back yard for 25 kids where they made their own costumes, sets and props and performed a play all in one week.

“I started quilting about 7 years ago when my son Peter had nothing to do on spring break. I got him started, and he went on to make 10 quilts. Instead of summer camp a year later, we rented time on Janice’s long arm machine, and Peter quilted everything he had sewn. That is when I got to know Janice and started quilting myself.

“I tend to be a 'Quick and Dirty Quilter'. My sisters Annie and Liz, who quilt, love complicated patterns and paper piecing. I prefer projects which have blocks that are large enough to really show off the beautiful fabric. I have designed a few patterns, and love working out systems to make the project easier/faster to execute.”

Here's Janice in the early stages of her extraordinary quilt. Janice's quilts have earned her special awards and national recognition. I'm extremely fortunate to have had Janice's quilting on some of pieces I've shown at Quilt Market in Houston recently. It's thanks to our mutual friend, the great Denyse Schmidt, that I first met her.
Janice Roy preparing and sewing a few squares of fabrics for the quilt.

Janice explains her passion in short, “Fiber Arts are in my blood!" When I press her for more, Janice shares the tale of her sewing roots and adventures.

"My Grandmother always had a project underway. She was skilled at any needle art, from braiding rugs to knitting. My mother’s sewing machine was always at hand to make clothes, curtains and other home decorating projects. Quilting became my passion in my 30’s. Quilting after my boys went to sleep helped me unwind after a long day of work and family.

"I love taking classes to learn new techniques and enjoy every stage of quilting from initial design until the last inch of binding is hand sewn. My husband and I opened Little Red Quilthouse long-arm quilting studio in 2002. We offered drop off quilting service as well rental time on our 3 Gammill Optimum quilting machines. Working on a system that can be computer and hand driven affords me endless finishing flexibility. Working on projects with project designers such as Janice Averill and fabric designers such as Kate Spain, Denyse Schmidt and Jennifer Paganelli has resulted in my work being displayed in museums – including the National Quilt Museum!"

Helen emphasizes the synergy in her and Janice's collaborations, “Janice and I both contribute different strengths to our projects. Janice’s strong point is her experience. She has been to many classes including ones with the Ct Piecemaker Guild and often has tips or tricks to share. Her award-winning long arm skills put the polish on the final quilt. I am an avid collector. I love to search on-line and brick and mortar stores for pieces from out of print (OOP) fabric lines."

Here's how they brought their different strengths together to create their "Kate Spain" quilts. 

Helen had found herself resisting just mixing things too much, when it came to fabrics. "It made me avoid Kaffe Fasset Collective fabrics for a long time. Janice helped me get over the hurdle and we made our first 'Kaffe Quilt' using over 100 different fabrics. Then we decided if it was fun with Kaffe, it was going to be even more fun with Kate! We collected well over 300 different Kate Spain (non-Christmas, non-batik) fabrics for each quilt. Then Grand Canal arrived and we tossed in a few Christmas and winter prints, so the total went to about 350."

Helen's fabric hunt included Christie's Quilting Boutique, our local quilt store here in Norwalk Connecticut, and ... also an unexpected binge in Georgia.

"Last summer my sister Annie and I tackled 13 quilt stores in the Atlanta area in 3 days on a Row-by-Row odyssey. We found Thread Bear Fabrics in Cumming, GA and hit the mother lode of OOP Kate fabrics. Sorry, ladies and gentleman, I think I cleared them out of Central Park! They still have a ton of all the newer fabric lines, as well as Sunnyside, Honey Honey, Good Fortune and a little Terrain. They have Kate’s Christmas lines as well! 

"I love to take a picture of a quilt and to try to figure out how to engineer the cutting and assembly of it in the most efficient way, which usually means creating an entirely new pattern."

For this quilt, Janice broke out of her comfort zone and chose a dark navy for the sashing. Helen selected white.
Helen adds, "Either way, we can see how uniquely each sashing color brings out Kate’s amazing prints.”
According to Helen and Janice, it's the brightness, colors, and textures in my designs that excite them.  "Every fabric line has fresh new designs. (Though we would love to see a “Best Of” line sometime- perhaps a contest to choose Kate’s top 30 designs?) The influence of the travels she has taken and her love of gardening can clearly be seen. It is her florals and butterflies that inspired us to choose MSQC’s 4 Patch Lattice Quilt tutorial for our “Kate Quilt” because the pattern resembles a garden trellis." Helen re-engineered the construction method to avoid some of the sewing on the bias pitfalls, and Janice came up with the brilliant idea of cornerstones in the sashing to add more color. 

Bravo, Helen and Janice!

Happy creating all. And happy Thanksgiving preparations and safe travels!


P.S. Thanks to Janice and Helen, there is a Thanksgiving giveaway! One lucky winner will win this one-of-a-kind stack of 5"x10" rectangles of OOP fabrics remaining from Janice and Helen's amazing "Kate Spain" project.
The prize includes more than 100 different fabrics!
Want to enter to win?
Please follow these rules to be included in the drawing for this giveaway:
1. Leave only one comment per person, please :)
2. In your one comment name 3 prints from any of my fabric collections that you'd want to see reprinted. For each of print, include the COLLECTION name followed by the PRINT name (e.g., Grand Canal Girasole).
3. Submit your comment here by 11:59 PM Eastern US time next Tuesday November 22.

The randomly selected winner will be announced here on Thanksgiving morning, November 24.


  1. Great giveaway! Since my favorite prints are from your older collections I can't find the name of the prints but the SKU I hope that#s okay too.
    1. Fandango 27047 15 (clamshells on gold)
    2. 12 Days of Chirstmas 27021 12 (Ice skating children on red)
    3. Verna 27004 13 (tulips on dewdrop)
    But really can you and Moda just reprint these collections? PLEASE:-)

  2. Just this morning I was checking the selvedge for the name of a fabric that I wish I had more of and it was White Snowflake from In From the Cold. I also loved Fandango and wish I had more Castanet. Apiary from Honey, Honey would be great for a quilt I want to start.

  3. Great idea for reprint wishes! Excited to see what is reprinted! :)
    Central Park, Bridle Path 27061-14
    Terrain, Stonecrop Mist 27092-15
    Verna, Budding Pink 27008-11

  4. Love your fabric.
    1. Daydream Hills Valleys Jade
    2. Paradiso Destination Lagoon
    3. Aria Navy Leaflet

  5. Sweeeeet! Would LOVE to win their leftovers!! Thank you for the very fun spotlight!!! As for favorites?
    I don't know all the names but I have the skus :)
    Central Park: the big flowers(coriopsis?) 2706...I love the orange, but the blue and the gold are wonderful too
    Honey Honey (my personal all time fave collection!): the little scattered flowers in coral 27145
    Also from Honey Honey, any of the tea roses or florettes...tide was my fave colorway in all those
    How exciting!

  6. What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to see anything from the Cuzco line reprinted, but specifically these:
    Cuzco - Orchid Indigo
    Cuzco - Sanctuary Indigo
    Cuzco - Sanctuary Porcelain

  7. Great article and beautiful quilts. I would love to see the Terrain, Cuzco and Fandango lines reprinted, but it I have to pick three fabrics, they would be:
    Fandango - Alhambra - 2704311
    Fandango - Talavera - 2704411
    Fandango - Seville - 2705217

  8. The quilts look so different just by colour choice.......
    It is always wonderful when hunting thru a quilt shop and you find a favourite that isn't available any more...... It is a good thing not all shops have all their fabric listed on line.....
    There are so many great fabrics I'm not sure how I could choose just 3.....I do think it is sad that fabrics come and go so quick without the opportunity to get more......

  9. Love this quilt you shared especially the one with the Navy color. I would be happy with any of Debbie Mumm fabrics reprinted, Darlene Zimmerman fabric & any of the old lines of fabric from Moda. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  10. Budding Paisley Verna
    Dewdrop Floral Verna
    Sprout Verna

    Can you tell I love Verna? I used it to make one of my first quilts. I love how girly and classic it is. I enjoyed reading this story of two friends.

  11. Thanks for the chance to win! I LOVE Sunnyside fabrics. I made a small quilt of them for the back of my couch from them.
    Sunnyside Shine glow
    Sunnyside Celestial glow
    Sunnyside Radiance glow

  12. What a fun prize to sew with and create beautiful projects! Fingers crossed!
    Fandango Valencia, 27041-12
    Honey Honey Lace, 27144-15
    Good Fortune Lantern Flowers in Gray -- 27102-19

  13. Love their idea for a quilt including so many of your fabrics. The one with the dark sashing really catches my eye. I don't know if these are the correct names but here goes.....

    Horizon - Green Earth
    North Woods - Bough Icicle - I love this entire collect and wish I had at least three yards of every print.
    Grand Canal - Giardinin

  14. I love Fandago and Sunnyside:
    Fandango - Talavera ole orange
    Sunnyside - Shine
    Sunnyside - Radiance! have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Cuzco Sanctuary indigo, Aria sky butterfly, north woods icicle. Thank you, hope to see finished quilts.

  16. Good Fortune dragonflies 27107 19
    Hone Honey hydrangeas sunset 27142 13
    Central Park sidewalks blue 27070 11

    Sandy A

  17. Your fabrics are so delicious, but I would love to see a reprint of your Honey Honey line, especially these (I'm giving you only 3 because that's all you asked for, but I love all of them!):
    Honey Honey 27144 12 Blush
    Honey Honey 27144 15 Violet
    Honey Honey 27144 13 Sunset

  18. I really liked the Fandango line
    Fandango - Alhambra - 27043-11
    Fandango - Talavera- 27044-11
    Fandango Seville in Sand 27052-17

  19. I would love to see
    Grand Central - Cobblestone
    Grand Central - Esplanade
    Grand Central - Carousel
    (are you sensing a trend?)
    It was fun to see the two quilts today. I can imagine how much fun they were to make!

  20. I can sure understand wanting to make Kate quilts - and I do that as often as possible. The garden lattice design is lovely!
    I would love to see these three beauties from the vault reprinted:
    1. Central Park Reservoir (blue floral) 27060 11
    2. Terrain Forest Floor in bloom (main fern floral) 27090 18
    3. Honey Honey Garden - Ocean 27141 17
    So hard to choose! Inspired to sew now!

  21. So hard to pick a favorite! I have more reds in my stash than any other color, so I choose Jingle Crimson 27217-21.

  22. What an interesting blog post! Love the idea of using many different fabric lines from one designer. I'd love to see reprints of Terrain - Footpath Berry Moss; Horizon - Leaves Green; Sunnyside - Shade Shimmer. That said, I'd love all of Terrain, In From the Cold and Central Park. Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. 1. Daydream Pale Ink Wonder
    2. Canyon Agave Murmuration
    3. Aria Water Butterfly

  24. How exciting! They look beautiful :)
    Only 3?? *sigh* ok -
    Terrain, Stonecrop in Mist
    Cuzco, Sanctuary in Porcelain
    Good Fortune, Floral Sakura in Waterfall
    Thanks for the chance to enter <3

  25. Oh what a choice! Central Park is my absolute favourite so I will go with:
    Central Park, Linden in Aqua
    Central park, Bridle Path Floral in Pink
    Central Park, North Meadow in Aqua

  26. Great post.I would love to see:
    Paradiso:Camelia Pearl blue.
    Grand canal:M0saic cloud Fig.
    latitude:Floral ocean.

  27. Cuzco-Sanctuary in Porcelain, Fandango - Alhambra, Sunnyside - Radiance. Gorgeous, amazing quilts. Just want to say, you were the first designer I fell in love with, I love your collections, they fill my heart. My DIL introduced me to the world of designer fabric (dare I confess I tied WalMart flannel and called it quilting)but I wasn't overly thrilled until I found you. Your colors are mine, but you do amazing things and I love all your collections. I could wish for many, many more than 3 reprints. Thanks for a great post and a really fun quilt idea.

  28. Daydream - Arcadia in Ink
    Canyon - Desert in Aloe
    Cuzco - Sanctuary in Indigo
    Love every one of your collections!

    Sandy N

  29. What a fun post! And a great quilt! My three are Cuzco #27130, Honey Honey # 27143 and Terrain #27090. Actually would love to see all of Terran again.

  30. From Central Park: North meadows Ivory, Trefoil Reservoir & North meadows Reservoir. But really, I wish you would re-issue entire collections - Fandango, Central Park & Honey Honey.

  31. Those are really pretty quilts! But how could you go wrong using Kate Spain's fabrics????

    It's hard to pick just three, but here goes:

    Daydream: 27170 13 Scarlet
    Verna: 27002 14 Budding Green
    Sunnyside: 27160 17 Shade

  32. "Cuzco" - Sanctuary in Indigo
    "Canyon" - Desert in Aloe
    "Cuzco" - Sanctuary in Indigo

  33. It was fun going down memory lane. My top choice today:

    Canyon - Canyon Desert Moonlight
    Fandango - Seville Sand
    Aria - Begonia Butterfly

    Good thing you gave us a limit!

  34. All of the Joy fabrics, Reflection and Reverie (any colors) from Daydream and Simpatico (any color) from Fandango.

  35. Love their quilt!
    I'd LOVE to see these fabrics again;
    Terrain - Stonecrop Mist Yardage
    Good Fortune Collection-Waterfall-Metro Floral Lantern Flower
    Canyon - Desert in Aloe

  36. Good Fortune Pond garden
    Daydream Circle
    Honey Honey Tea Rose
    It's difficult to stop at three. I found dragonflies on Pinterest before I discovered Kate Spain and before I started quilting. Then I saw a quilt made from Verna and I was smitten. I was able to find some OOP Verna to make the quilt.

  37. Fandango--Seville Sand
    Terrain--Stonecrop Mist
    Central Park--North Meadows
    paweis at yahoo dot com

  38. Helen Carter Bergner this was such a great article--thanks for your part in this giveaway!!!
    I'd love to see, Butterfly from the Aria, Sanctuary Indigo from Cuzco and Desert Sand from Canyon reprinted Appletree Quilting Center friends check this out~

  39. I would like: In From the Cold-Stars, Gray on White
    Mistletoe-Gray with red berries and
    Sunnyside-Prism, green and yellow

  40. Fandango Alhambra
    Daydreams Arcadia
    Central Park Floral Esplanade (or the whole line- sorry I missed this one...)

  41. What wonderful quilts!!
    I *love* ALL Kate Spain collections!! Kate, you were the very first designer I "discovered" and collected!... But I missed out on your earlier collections! I would love to see SO many brought back!.. But, just 3???....
    Cuzco Sanctuary in porcelain (27130 21)
    Cuzco Sanctuary in indigo (27130 14)
    Canyon Desert in sand (27220 13) OR in aloe (27220 11)
    (I'd love to see all of Cuzco, and all of Central Park, actually!)
    Oh!!! This is such a wonderful fabric *treasure*!!! Thank you for the opportunity!!!
    Pat T.

  42. What pretty quilts, I like the white sashing one. I'm still new to quilting so I don't know any fabrics I'd like to see reprinted, I hope this doesn't disqualify me.

  43. I like your new brighter colors of your recent collections and it would be fun to see some of your older designs in these happier colors, First the large print from Verna 27000 13, Love your butterflies in Serenade 27114 25, and from Cuzco 27135 16

  44. I love the Good Fortune 27106 and 27104 in both the purple and gray colorways, the Fandango 27044 12 (the blue and brown), and the wood texture prints from Serenade #27116. Thanks for sharing the amazing work on this ambitious quilt!

  45. What fun! My two favorite Kate Spain lines out of so many great ones are Canyon and Terrain. My top three picks are Verna 27002 13 Dewdrop, Canyon 27221 any color!, and Canyon 27223 16 Sunset. BTW, I just trimmed up the edges of a quilt made with a Serenade jelly roll this morning! :-)

  46. I'd love to see Daydream Hills Valleys Jade, Paradiso Destination Lagoon, and Aria Navy Leaflet. Thank you for the opportunity! Samiam4321 at aol dot com

  47. Pretty Quilts. Horizon Intersection Orchid; Jingle Incline Cedar; Latitude Meridan Sunset are my choices.

  48. I'd love to see Fandango Talavera and Alhambra and Sunnyside Celestial.
    Wish I had been into quilting when I lived in Norwalk, CT. Seems I missed out on a great community!
    allisonpogany at

  49. I love all of cuzco but sanctuary in porcelain would be good, Daydream hills valley jade and Honey honey tea rose.

  50. Please..more of the Sunnyside - Shine,the entire line of Cuzco!!! & entire Honey Honey collection too!! :) Looove both Quilts too!! Gorgeous!!

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way!! :)

  51. Early Bird Daybreak, Central Park Zoo, Aria Butterflies, and Honey Honey Floral. You do gorgeous work, lady! Keep it up!

  52. Sunnyside - silver lining opal
    Sunnyside- buttercup twilight
    Sunnyside- cloud burst twilight

  53. Honey Honey Lavender... just because it's gorgeous

    Sunnyside Buttercup Dark Blue because I would love enough to do the backing of the quilt I did with most of the sunnyside line...

    Good Fortune Fans Blue & Green just for the heck of it :)

  54. Sunnyside cloudburst twilight
    Honey Honey Garden Ocean
    Terrain Stonecrop Mist

    Every collection is a work of art!

  55. Too many choices!
    Honey Honey 27046-15 Violet
    Honey Honey 27142-17 Tide
    Terrain 27095-14
    Terrain 27090-17
    Awesome post! I'd love to win that lovely scrap pack!

  56. 1) Terrain - Stonecrop Mist 27092 15
    2) Central Park - 27066 14
    3) Flurry - 27085 22
    Sorry, not sure of all the print names.

  57. canyon Murmuration Sand
    floral canyon 15-4486
    grand canal 27252-19-fig

  58. How do I choose? I love so many!
    My first love is Cuzco: with the purples: City Gate, Sanctuary, Citadel Damask in purple, gold, Aqua. Also flowers #27132 and flowers 27137 purple!
    Solstice: Evergreen, Snowflakes, Hemisphere, #27180--I love it in all 3 colors: red, green, ice blue.
    Daydreams: Vestige, Reflection, Cadence
    Jingle: Holly, Noel snowflakes in Ice, the stocking panel! The Joy stocking panel too!
    Horizon: Earth, Atmosphere, Tide, intersection, purple and Aqua.
    Aria: butterflies

  59. Fandango - Seville - 2705217
    Honey Honey 27046 Violet
    Central Park - North Meadow
    I also loved your In From the Cold entire line!

  60. I know I missed the giveaway, but I want to give input for the three I'd want reprinted!
    #1 Sunnyside-Buttercup (in vapor) My absolute favorite! I NEED more of this in my life!! :D
    #2 Sunnyside-Radiance (can you tell a trend?)
    #3 Horizon-Orchid

    LOVE all your collections but I would love to be able to find some more Sunnyside! Those yellows/oranges/blues....swoon!


  62. Oh that idea is wonderful and something I would have done myself. Glad they thought of it first. I doubt my Kate Spain quilts will have that many different prints in them but they certainly will be a good representation of all your fabric lines.