Meet Fabric Designer Jennifer Sampou . . . and a Giveaway!

Screen Shot 2013-10-04 at 11.19.24 AMI have had the pleasure of knowing and enjoying the beautiful work of talented fabric designer Jennifer Sampou since she first wowed the quilt world back in 1989.

Since the debut of her initial fabric line, Jennifer has designed over 3000 prints and sold millions of yards of fabric.

Jennifer has a degree in design from Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and began designing specifically for quilters as creative director for  P&B Textiles. Later she opened her own studio and now licenses her work to Robert Kaufman Fabrics. She loves to travel the world for inspiration and has designed lines based on her experiences on safari in Africa, diving in the Red Sea, trekking in Nepal, and playing with elephants in Thailand. When she can’t go far from home, she fills her creative tank through day trips to San Francisco museums and by witnessing beauty in nature.

When her three children were younger, in an effort to watch their growth, nurture their souls, and have an adventure together, Jennifer and her husband Todd moved to San Miguel de Allende, an artist town in Mexico, where they immersed themselves in this colorful and creative culture. Although Jennifer took a break from her career in fabric designing, she continued to be inspired by the colors, textures, and patterns of her new surroundings. She experiments with new techniques in art such as encaustics–painting with hot wax, fire, and pigment–which she can translate into fabric. This is the process used in her Continuum fabric line.

Screen shot 2013-10-07 at 8.30.29 PMJennifer and her family have recently returned to their home in Northern California and happily thrive in a busier, crazier life than that of their experience down south.

Jennifer compares her passion for textile design to that of a boomerang, suggesting that “no matter how hard you throw it or how far it goes, it always comes back.” I’m so thrilled that her boomerang has returned to fabric design, as the quilt world is richer for her work.

Please enjoy a peek at three of Jennifer’s fabric lines: Fiesta, Continuum, and Studio Stash 2013.

Fiesta collection on left, Continuum in upper right and Studio Stash lower right.
Fiesta collection on left, Continuum in upper right and Studio Stash lower right.

Studio Stash is Jennifer’s most recently released line with Robert Kaufman Fabric Co. These fabrics are the perfect blenders for your quilts, adding just the right colors and interesting textures.

studio stash ad:logoJennifer has graciously offered a color pack from her new Studio Stash collection to a lucky See How We Sew reader in your color choice.  (Click here to see the entire collection.) Simply leave a comment at the end of this post by end of day October 10th telling us which pack you would like–turquoise, raspberry, citrus, or emerald–and I will announce the winner in my October 11th posting. In addition, Jennifer is offering a second color pack to a lucky person who puts his or her name on her mailing list. To be eligible for the second packet, go to Jennifer’s website  and sign up on her mailing list by October 15th. Jennifer will contact that winner directly.Giveaway-Gold

To read more about Jennifer, and see additional photos of her fabric and quilts, please visit her website and sign up to follow her blog.

Nominate Me!

On another note,  most of you know by now about my involvement with Craftsy.com, which offers online classes in everything from quilting and knitting to cake decorating and jewelry making. The Craftsy blog is asking for nominations for your favorite blog in any of three categories. If See How We Sew is one of your favorites, and you would like to nominate us, simply click on the badge and fill in the necessary information. (As a bonus, you will then be eligible to win a FREE Craftsy class, courtesy of Craftsy.)

Enjoy your week everyone. Hope to see you back here on Friday.

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152 thoughts on “Meet Fabric Designer Jennifer Sampou . . . and a Giveaway!

  1. I would love to win the raspberry selection as the colors would blend beautifully with my bedroom colors. All of them are inspiring.

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  2. i can’t believe this is the fabric line i recently saw at my local fabric store and L-O-V-E-D it… absolutely loved it. my favorite (it’s tough to choose) is the turquoise… then the raspberry… then the emerald… but, again, i LOVE them all!! thanks for the give-away

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  3. Laura, very interesting to hear Jennifer’s story and beautiful colors in the collections.
    If I had the chance to win I would love the raspberry. Thank you.

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  4. Laura, very interesting to hear about Jennifer’s story and the collections are so beautiful. If I had the chance to win I would love the raspberry, thank you.

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  5. Welcome back Jennifer. Have always loved your fabrics. Victorian Wheeling was my first purchase of quilting fabrics; Under the Red Sea; Naturescapes, etc…love them all-so hard to cut even today!! Would love the raspberry colorway-reminds me of sherbet, smoothies; something cool and relaxing.

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  6. I have seen Jennifer’s fabrics in different quilt shops and they always catch my eye. Matter of fact they catch my eye so well I find I have to purchase some. Then the next hard decision is which ones are coming home with me. I have not found any of her designs that do not enhance my quilts. They also inspire me. Jennifer’s designs make a simple quilt very modern yet very beautiful.

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  7. Jennifer has beautiful fabric….love it!!! I have to pick a favorite? Wow….if I must, it would be the turquoise. What a great give-away…thank you!

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  8. I LOVED your fabric from long ago! I would find fabric that I loved and it would be your name on the selvedge. I am so happy to know that you are designing fabric again. I look forward to oohing and ahhing over fabric and finding your name on the selvedge.

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  9. I have LOVED your fabrics for a long time! I can close my eyes and see the fabrics that I liked. I am so happy to know that you are designing fabric again. I look forward to oohing and hashing over fabric and then finding your name on the selvedge.

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  10. Turquoise!, what else? It has been my favorite color since childhood. When I was 6, I asked my dad to paint my walls that color!

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  11. These fabrics are all gorgeous just like Jennifer’s quilts. Very inspirational and perfect for a modern quilt. It would be exciting to work with any of the fabric but citrus or emerald would be my choice if I have to pick. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

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  12. Wow! Those colors are beautiful, hard to pick a favorite but I favor the turquoise. All of them would make beautiful quilts, clothes, accessories, etc. The possibilities are unlimited.

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  13. Favorite? Oh, how could I decide, I love all the fabric! I have always loved all of your designs. All the colors would look great in our Florida home. I am so happy that you are not afraid of great colors…..thanks! Maybe I would say raspberry would be my first choice….maybe.

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  14. Love these fabrics…traditional and modern at the same time, with the color saturation of the warmer climates and a batik feel….Love, love, LOVE!

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  15. Love her work! It’s always fun to learn about the designers behind such beatiful designs.

    Hmmm…have to say Emerald is my favorite but it was really hard to choose.

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  16. I love the new Studio Stash fabrics! I often am so busy picking out prints I forget to buy the more neutral colors to blend in. I’d love to win the Raspberry line. I am really into grey and this would be a perfect pairing! Thank you both for the chance to win some beautiful fabric…. 🙂

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  17. I am so glad that Jennifer is back to fabric designing! I still have bits of her previous fabrics and love to slip them into current projects. Her new designs are totally different! But wonderful — I’d choose the emerald, I think.

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  18. I love this collection and bought some when it first arrived at Cotton Patch. Since I already have lime, raspberry, and turquoise, I would love to have citrus.

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  19. I love the Studio Stash Collection. The fabrics are very versatile and the colors would blend for many purposes. Each of the color ways are great but I am partial to the raspberry or emerald.

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  20. Thanks for your profile of Jennifer. I recently discovered a decided lack of turquoise in my stash, so that would be my choice, please. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  21. Such a beautiful selection, I remember her first line years ago, something different at the time. Raspberry would be my choice, such rich colours. Thank you for a ‘visit’with Jennifer.

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  22. While all of them are beautiful, I’d have to pick the raspberry, as the combination of colors is so different and delightful.

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  23. Tough choice … they are all wonderful, but when forced to choose just one it would be turquoise. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  24. I have been a fan of Jennifer’s for many years and didn’t see Ber “out there” so I thought she had retired! I would like the blues as I like the look of their addition but don’t automatically go for them at the quilt shops.

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  25. I like them all together but if I have to choose I would go for the raspberry. My stash really could use that. Thanks for the chance.

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  26. Oh-what a treat! Hard to decide but I have been really into turquoise lately – so that would put me over the edge for turquoise!! Thanks for the chance.

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  27. Wow, what a lovely collection. Hard to say which is my favourite colourway as it is a toss up between raspberry and citrus. Thanks for the introduction to Jennifer and her blog.

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  28. What I love about this collection is that it is very usable. The fabrics would look beautiful in any application… home dec, quilting , garment sewing. The colors are very pleasant and easy to look at and the patterns ones that you would never tire of. Which ever color way is chosen I’m sure it would fit easily into any decor.

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