A world of Color – Debi Payne Designs

Who doesn’t love a burst of color?   Someone who definitely shows her passion for color and design is our QT Fabrics designer, Debi Payne.

We were fortunate enough to interview Debi to share some insight into her world of color and we hope you enjoy!

The Carnivale collection has been a huge hit!  We know why – because our quilting and sewing friends enjoy a little color and WOW does Carnivale deliver!

Check out the entire collection here.

Onto the interview – enjoy getting to know our friend Debi!

Tell us a little about you and your work…

I am an artist and designer that creates whimsical art with bright, bold colors.  Even as a very little girl I always wanted to be an artist.  At age twelve I painted a large sunflower oil painting that was hung on display in the local public library.  As I stood in that library with its massively tall walls and saw my artwork hanging on the wall I knew in that moment, at that very young age, that my art was meant to be shared with others in as many was as possible.

How did you get started?

Once I decided that I wanted to license my art I first started reading anything and everything that I could find that talked about art licensing.  Today, there are so many classes and resources available today on the internet that I wish was available when I first started.

What inspires you most?

I am inspired by so many different things is so many different ways, however if I had to choose just one, I think it would have to be other artists because it is through them that I can see what is possible. Because, to me, once I really believe that something is possible, then I know that I am able to actually achieve it.

Are you more motivated by color or print?

Definitely color!  I love color and I love finding ways to shape color and have it make sense.

What’s one of your favorite projects? Why?

I have to admit that the Carnival collection has truly been one of my most favorite projects for two reasons, First, seeing the amazing response that everyone has had for the collection and second is seeing what people are creating from the collection. 

What advice would you give to a newbie to design?

  1. Don’t second guess yourself or your work. Go with your gut!
  2. Read and learn everything that you can about the business.
  3. Be patient because nothing happens over night and most things take years.
  4. I recently saw a documentary about Bob Hope. In it they said that Bob Hope woke up every morning asking himself, “how can I  promote Bob Hope today?”  I think that is a very good philosophy for all professional artists to adopt. 

Finish this statement: To me, success is…

 …other people finding joy in my art.

Three words that best describe you…

  1. Positive
  2. Imaginative
  3. Happy

Biggest challenge in your business

Just simply keeping up with everything that needs to done on a daily basis.  I have said many times that I could probably hire three full-time people and I would have plenty of work to keep them busy.

Rapid fire questions………………………………………………………………………………………………

Favorite color:   That’s like asking a mother which of her children is her favorite – they are all her favorite!  But if I have to choose just one, it would be red. 

Favorite food:   Mexican food/tacos

Favorite movie:  “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Most interesting place you’ve ever been:   Las Vegas.  My husband Tim and I lived there for 8 years and I loved it.  It was always changing and I was so inspired by the                     imagination and creativity of Vegas.

Favorite book:  “The Velveteen Rabbit”

Best gift you ever received:  Other than my children and my husband, the best physical    object gift I ever received was my wedding ring.

You have a whole day to yourself with no worries or obligations – what would you most want to do?   I would probably find a new art class that I could take where I            could learn something new and hang out with other artists.

Fun fact about you:  I can play the piano and I know how to ride a horse (but not at            the same time.)

You’re in a time machine – what year do you visit & why?  I know I wouldn’t go back in time because I have been there,  done that!  I think I would like to go to the year 2118.  I would like to see how long my art lasted and how well it stood up to time.  I might also see what I should be doing now to make that happen.

Favorite genre of music:  When I am in my studio working I listen to a mix of oldies and    jazz.

Here are some fabulous projects created with Carnivale!


This pattern is available at your favorite independent shop and at Lazy Girl Designs

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Pattern available at your favorite independent fabric shop and at The Whimsical Workshop


Dresden Pouf Concept – So chic! Pattern available at Indygo Junction

Here is a creation from our lovely shop customer 35th Ave Sew & Vac in Phoenix, AZ  They created kits of this beautiful quilt – it features the fabrics so well and the black sashing really helps the color POP!


A QT Facebook friend created this gorgeous quilt and explained the process.  Becky explains…

Sending you some photos of our Stack and Whack (8 layer) that was made by me and my husband. He picked the fabrics, did the cutting and designing and I assembled. I’m sending these because the quilt is made with Carnival Floral Geometric JX. In fact, when we walked into J&B Fabrics in Sunset, LA, Belinda had just received her bolt. That Day (my husband) and another customer split the bolt! So, I fully understand how popular this fabric is! We really enjoyed making this quilt and will be hopefully be submitting it for competition soon. We’ve named her Champagne Carnival, because of all the bubbles! Did a Mardi Gras mask motif in center and fleurdelis on the borders.


It’s great to learn more about our designer friends, we love how Debi’s passion for color and design has inspired so many other people.  What will you make???

Enter to win a fat quarter bundle of the complete Carnivale Collection by commenting here on this blog post or Facebook post with your favorite fabric from Carnivale!

We’ll announce the winners next week on 2/22 at 3pm!  



Brooke Quilt-Along – The big finish!

Welcome back!  We’re almost finished.. it’s been so much fun creating this quilt with you!  Let’s add another layer of fun to our Brooke project!

Once your quilt is quilted & bound, add some dimension and FUN to your finished quilt.

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Cutting: – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

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 (1) rectangle the same size as the applique rectangle you reserved from Week 4.

Fusible Fleece

(2) rectangles the same size as the applique rectangle

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Prepare applique:  – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

picture 3_fusibleFuse 1 rectangle of Fusible Fleece to wrong side of the Black Illusions rectangle.  Working quickly, while this is still warm, place the 2nd Fusible Fleece rectangle on top of the fleece just fused & fuse in place.

You’ll need a toasty-hot iron with steam to activate the glue on the second layer.  Press & steam from both the fleece & the Black Illusions side.

Remove paper backing from floral applique rectangle.  Position on top of fusible fleece.  Fuse floral fabric to top of the applique sandwich.

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Once the layers are well fused, fussy-cut out applique shape.

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Stitching – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Satin stitching is recommended for durability.   I set my machine zig-zag at .3mm stitch length & 3.0mm stitch width.  I used yellow thread on top & black thread in the bobbin to better match the fabrics.  You can blanket stitch if preferred.    Once stitched, trim any loose threads poking through the satin stitch.


Attach – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

There are many ways to attach your embellishment.  I opted for 2 stacked buttons from my button stash.  I ran my stitch through the entire quilt for ease of stitching.  Just be sure to make small stitches on the back & pull nice & tight.  I like the buttons because they allow some movement of the applique.

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Other Embellishing Ideas (not shown)

The red flower would be easily embellished with some French Knots on the stamen.  You could also add seed beads or crystals to make the flowers glimmer.




If you missed our earlier posts, just click over here, gather your supplies, then join in as we make this fun lap quilt together.

I am excited to see your finished quilts!  Be sure to tag any social media posts with #QTBrookeQAL  #QTFabrics so we can see your creations and share in your stitching fun!

If you have any questions, just comment or email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com.

Last Chance to win!!!

One lucky winner will receive our entire Harmony collection as fat quarters – that’s 84 fat quarters! WOW!


There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway:

  • Upload a photo using the hashtags (#QTBrookeQAL and #QTFabrics) on Instagram
  • Comment on this blog
  • Comment on the Facebook event with photos!

We’ll pick our winner from the comments or photos next week and will announce the winner on 12/27

HAPPY STITCHING – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –






Welcome – Brooke Quilt-Along! Week 1

Brooke is a bright, whimsical new collection designed by QT Fabrics.   I’m Shannon Ownby, owner of Fabrics N Quilts quilt shop in Jamestown, Tennessee.  I have designed a  lap quilt to share here on the QT blog; we will have fun making this together! This is my 7th design for QT Fabrics and I am excited to see your progress each week!  Be sure to tag any social media posts with #QTBrookeQAL and #QTFabrics so we can see your blocks and progress.  There is also a Facebook event for this where you can post photos and comments!

Facebook Brooke Quilt-Along – Click here to join in the fun!

Each week you’ll find one section of the quilt right here on the QT blog.  The tutorials will walk you through each block with lots of pictures.   If you have any questions, or comments just email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com

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Finished quilt size is 60 1/2″ x 60 1/2″

It’s time to gather your supplies from your favorite Quilt Shop!

You will need basic sewing and rotary cutting supplies.  Everything you need, fusible web, fusible fleece, and the Brooke fabrics with quantities, are outlined below in a handy shopping list! Click on the image to download and print!


Keep in mind… this quilt-along is for fun!  If you don’t have time to shop or finish a block in any given week, you can always refer back to the previous blogs and follow along!

We will have a big giveaway the last week of the quilt-along! Prize package will be announced next week…

There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway:

  • Upload a photo using the hashtags (#QTBrookeQAL and #QTFabrics) on Instagram
  • Comment on this blog
  • Comment on the Facebook event with photos!

We’re excited to see you next week to start the quilt and showcase the first block! 

PIXIES GIVEAWAY & Designer Shout Out!!!

Pixies week means giveaways!!!  Here’s one for you to try for…


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If you guess correctly (without going over.. .we’re channeling our friend, Bob Barker) you can win 1/2 yard of each of our current in-stock PIXIES!   Umm.. that’s like almost 11 yards of pixies –  a pixies palooza!!!  See details in our facebook post!!!


Designer Shout Out

Here’s a little inAliciaSelfiesight from the Pixies designer – Alicia Jacobs Dujets  (check out her bow!)


IandAquestion Quick!  What’s your favorite pixies color??!!??!!

Alicia:  I hope this is allowed, but two immediately come to mind! The first is Seafoam because it was one of the originals that was introduced with the Talk To Me line. It is a staple to the Pixies collection and is one of a few that make me feel nostalgic. My second pick is Navy which was introduced a bit later, but I’ve always been a sucker for a nice, rich navy. The two of them together would make a great pair though, and now you’ve got me thinking about projects to make with these two…

IandAquestion Pixies projects…anything you’d love to see or do?

Alicia: I have been blown away by the creativity being poured into Pixie projects ever since they first started popping up, I can’t even imagine what’s to come! Since I love teeny tiny things and am constantly pushing the limit with how small we can go on designs (have you noticed how small the Pixie dots are?) I would love to see someone make a shirt for their hamster or something. Can someone please do that? I’d probably even settle for a guinea pig shirt, that’s still pretty small if you think about it.

 Well, we don’t have a hamster shirt… yet… but here are some other adorable teeny pixies projects from our team here and our pixies fans!

pixies table chairs

I&A Dollhouse furniture – PIXIE-fied!

pixie furniture in glass Pamela Truenow

Fan creation – Pamela Truenow…Just add a hamster?


FabriFlair from IndygoJunction

Indygo Junctions new patterns – FabriFlair – great pieced objects with fabric!  

IandAquestion People love Pixies because…

Alicia: Pixies are so versatile, they can be the focal point of a project or a supporting design to something much more complicated and this is exactly what makes them so easy to fall in love with. Since I designed them as a small coordinate for Ink & Arrow collections I didn’t originally imagine them being a stand-alone design, but I remember the first time I saw our Pixie Dots Quilt (Stereo by Jaybird Quilts) in person and it was a game changer for me. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s made entirely of Pixies and the color is incredible! I believe it was made with every color we offered at the time it was constructed and this is solid proof that you really can do anything with Pixies, whether you’re mixing and matching them with other designs or with each other. Since color is the key element, the Pixie is something that can keep evolving (and has!) with every collection we release. We may even have some tricks up our sleeve for future Pixies, but you’ll have to stick with us to see what we’ve got planned!

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Here is the Stereo Quilt (Jaybird Quilts) made for us by Anne Cowan- great swirly stitching!!!

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Fun fact!…………………………………………………………..

City Life was the first collection ever established for Ink & Arrow and the Pixies dot is actually taken from a pattern of tiny windows in some of the buildings in the Rooftop Gardens design. They are sprinkled everywhere throughout that design and now you’ll never be able to unsee them!  🙂

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We’ll announce a winner on Thursday!  Get to guessing!