Pop Rox, Carol van Zandt’s New Fabric Line, Part Two + Giveaway

Welcome back to Part Two of my interview with fabric designer, Carol van Zandt.

While doing a bit of homework on Carol, I learned that she sewed clothing as a child, and later created home decor. Designing fabric inspired her to make her own quilts.  Here’s a bit about her personal quilting experience.

Are you also a quiltmaker? If so, what style of quilts do you enjoy making?

Carol van Zandt's first quilt.

Carol van Zandt’s first quilt.

I just started quiltmaking in the last eighteen months, inspired by all the people I have met making projects with my fabric.  A trip to an East Bay Modern Quilt Guild meeting tipped me over the edge. I was blown away by the work they were doing. It just hit my sweet spot design wise.  I am inspired to do more improvisational quilting and, though I sometimes plan a basic type of composition with a sketch, I am having a great time quilting for fun and making whatever I want unconstrained by market demands.

Honestly, traditional quilting can be jaw dropping and inspirational, but also very intimidating. With improvisational quilting I can stretch my creative wings by means of my penchant for abstract design coupled with my apparel-sewing skills. I am just beginning on this journey and want to savor every step and I suppose, in years to come, I will probably do a lot of different kind of quilts. I also design for the new collections I send into Andover to be used as a free downloadable pattern for the collection.

Soon though I will actually tackle quilting with my own fabrics, but I don’t want to give up the joy of networking with other quilters and sewists, sharing my fabric with them, and seeing what comes out! It is so thrilling and I learn so much seeing my designs in real life applications through other people’s projects.  I pay close attention to their fabric selection and use.

Please tell us about your new line of fabric?

My new line is called Pop Rox by Andover Fabrics and will be in stores in the next month or so. It’s a very fun, geometric line in two colorways. It is simple and modern and very usable. One colorway is more pop with a lot of white and the second is a very different neutral handsome color way with browns and blacks and beiges.  Both go great with solids.  The main design is a border print with an ombre effect.

Pop Rox by Carol van Zandt for Andover Fabrics.

Pop Rox by Carol van Zandt for Andover Fabrics.

PopRox by Carol van Zandt for Andover Fabrics.

PopRox by Carol van Zandt for Andover Fabrics.

 Do you have product/kits for sale? If so, where can they be purchased?

I carry my fabric lines in my Etsy shop. I didn’t put Tokyo Rococo or Licorice Fizz in there until they had been out for a year so as not to compete with the independent quilt stores. I wanted people to have access to it after it sold out of the stores, or if they have sewn with it and wanted more.  It is always a big complaint from quilters and sewers that they can’t find favorite fabrics after they leave stores.

 I also have started to sell kits for some of the projects people have designed with my fabric where I split the kit with the project pattern designer. I will be adding a number of kits for Pop Rox when we have them all ready. I will probably also sell fat quarter sets in advance of the year for Pop Rox, but if people want yardage, keep your local quilt stores in business!

Here are some of the creative projects that have been made using some of Carol’s fabrics.

Up, Up and Away by Patchwork Posse using Tokyo Rococco.

Up, Up and Away by Patchwork Posse using Tokyo Rococco.

Gypsy by Creative Sewlutions using Tokyo Rococco.

Gypsy by Creative Sewlutions using Tokyo Rococco.

Kaleidoscope by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Licorice Fizz.

Kaleidoscope by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes using Licorice Fizz.

Caroline Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House using Pop Rox.

Caroline Dress by Welcome to the Mouse House using Pop Rox.

I just visited Carol’s blog today and enjoyed reading about her recent Improv Round Robin experience at the Stitch Modern 2014 show. Take a peek here. I’m sure you will agree that it looks like a fun and creative workshop.

Giveaway-GoldMany thanks again to Carol for sharing the story of her creative journey in fabric design. As promised, she is offering two fat packs of Pop Rox to two of our lucky readers. If you are interested in putting your name in the hat, simply leave us a comment by end of day, March 10, telling us what project you would like to make with the fabrics. The winners will be announced in Pati’s March 11 post and mailed as soon as they are available.

Carol’s Website:  www.carolvanzandt.com

Carol’s Blog: www.theplaidportico.com

Carol’s Etsy site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CarolVanZandtLLC

Until next time, happy creating everyone!


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33 Responses to Pop Rox, Carol van Zandt’s New Fabric Line, Part Two + Giveaway

  1. Peggy O'Connor says:

    Wow, her fabrics are great! I’d use the pastel for a baby quilt. The browns would look good in a masculine quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. Peppermint Pinwheels says:

    Reblogged this on East Bay Modern Quilt Guild and commented:
    An interview with East Bay Modern’s Carol Van Zandt!

  3. Donna W says:

    I would make some travel bags. I would be the talk of the town with these fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway.

  4. Lynn says:

    I would make a quilt but until I had time to pet the fabric and read it’s mind I wouldn’t know what design yet. Oh, another idea just popped into my head – these would be great made into a purse or bag too.

  5. Sally MB says:

    I love the collection and hope my shop will have it soon. The Caroline dress is wonderful and I can see clothes and quilts in both color ways. I am looking to both for quilts for the house. Wow!

  6. Toya Charles says:

    Off the top of my head I would probably use my wedge tool to create different sizes of circles to place randomly on a quilt.

  7. Frances Quigley says:

    I think I would make a very colorful quilt for my granddaughter. Thank you for chance yo win.

  8. Cecilia says:

    I would love to make a quilt for my oldest granddaughter who is moving into a big girl bed this year with this beautiful fabric. I enjoyed the interview and learning more about Carol. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Melissa G. says:

    I can easily see that fabric in a modern quilt. Or a dress for my six-year-old niece. Or a skirt for me. Just gorgeous!

  10. elle says:

    ooh! Sweet- I have two small granddaughters, and the the neutrals are so sophisticated, sew for me!

  11. spx823 says:

    I would love to make the Caroline Dress using Pop Rox as shown…My granddaughter would love it..

  12. sewingangel says:

    Having 9 granddaughters of various ages I would love to make the Caroline dress for the younger ones and twirly skirts for the older ones. I love sewing with bright fabrics that make the project pop. These are amazing and I think my oldest daughter will be getting that new quilt she would like out of the brown fabric. It is so rich and appealing. Thanks for the chance on the giveaway fabric. :D

  13. Shirley Schmeyer says:

    Her design fabric is beautiful. I would love to win and make a quilt using the pattern of Gypsy by Creative Sewlutions.
    . Thanks.

  14. I would make some fabulous pillows and some great bags. This fabric is gorgeous! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  15. Cathy Gunstone says:

    Can just see my granddaughter in the Caroline dress!

  16. Shauna says:

    I’m making a memory quilt for a friend and I think Pop Rox would be a great addition to it!!!

  17. Carol Kuse says:

    Such great modern fabric which I normally don’t like. I do a lot of reproduction quilts, but this might just be the kick start I need to do something outside the box.

  18. Vicki H says:

    I love the Pop Rox!! I would have to pet and admire it for awhile before cutting into it. I can see some wonderful pillows, bags or a quilt made with them. Thanks for the chance.

  19. Sandy K says:

    Depending on the colorway, I would make a cuddle quilt and pillows for either my granddaughter or grandson.

  20. Rosemary says:

    LOVE, love, love that Pop Rox in pink, but when I click on the link, I get the message that Safari cannot located the server-help!

  21. Sunnybec says:

    I think an handbag or a tote bag would be lovely in this fabric… so you can show it off every day! Thanks for the chance.

  22. Diane H says:

    I’ve been itching to make a great new bag for spring and it would be great to use the beautiful fabric. Thanks!

  23. The little girl dress out of Pop Rox is beautiful, that is what I would love to make!

  24. edukedesigns says:

    Beautiful such happy fabrics! Would love to win em !

  25. I love these fabrics! I would love to use them in a quilt! I love the multi colored fabrics but I also love the brown fabrics which I’m not usually attracted to! what wonderful designs!

  26. cindyandroy says:

    I love these fabrics. If I were to win, I think I’d just savor them for a while, enjoying their beauty and then use them to make quilts for my grand kids. Thanks for the chance to win.

  27. cynthia says:

    Lovely designs and colorways! I think I’d make double-sided napkins, or start a medallion quilt.

  28. Elizabeth Clark says:

    I’d love to make a pile of pillows for my daughter’s modern living room. What a tempting giveaway.

  29. Heather J says:

    Thanks for sharing the backstory to this fabric line. Love both colourways. Will be looking for this fabric in the stores nearest me.

  30. Linda Stone says:

    Can I just say I never met a fabric I didn’t love? Right now, though, I’m partial to neutrals. Thanks for the opportunity.

  31. Shar says:

    I think I would love to try to make some skirts with them. The colors and designs are so striking to the eye.

  32. Terry says:

    I’d love to make a lap quilt and some pillows with that beautiful fabric…thanks for the sweet giveaway :)

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