Get to know Riley Blake Designs designer and lover of all things quilting, Lori Holt, in today's Designer Spotlight! You'll find out about her farm girl roots, how she started designing, details on her latest fabric collections and what's coming up next!
I’m a small town farm girl who spent her childhood playing in the sunshine on tractors and climbing trees. I grew up happily immersed in all things domestic. I’m the middle child of a large family and live closely surrounded by grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. My mom says that I was practically born with a needle in my hand. My earliest memories are of sitting underneath the quilting frames and threading needles for my grandma and great aunts until I eventually grew old enough to make stitches of my own. As a girl, I spent many happy hours designing and sewing clothes for my dolls, crocheting and doing embroidery.
My deep love of all needle art comes from the early influence of my mother and grandmothers, who were my first teachers. Now I teach others to create and I find joy in using my creativity to make beautiful things. I am drawn to stacks of colorful fabrics, pretty papers, aprons, buttons, embroidery, old dishes, gingham and polka dots, sprinkles and glitter and all things vintage. I am married to my best friend and childhood sweetheart and together we have 3 creative, intelligent children, and a new baby granddaughter. Life is good! I sew, draw, create, decorate and re-decorate on a daily basis. I think of myself as the luckiest girl in the world, because I get to do what I love everyday. I feel blessed to have my own company called, “Bee in my Bonnet,” which I began in 1994. My wish is that my designs in both patterns and fabric, will inspire others to create and will also instill the desire to pass down the valuable lessons of days gone by taught to us by our mothers and grandmothers.
When did you realize you had a passion for design?
I knew I had a passion for design when I was a girl. My mom taught my 3 older sisters and I how to sew, and as we were following patterns I often found myself changing them up. My mom and my grandma were free with their fabrics and supplies…allowing me to create whatever my heart desired.
Describe your aesthetic in 3 words.
Your newest collection, Bake Sale 2, is now available on fabric.com! What was the inspiration behind this collection?
Click here to shop Bake Sale 2!
You partnered with Riley Blake to launch your line of fabrics. What made them the perfect partner for you?
I love working with Riley Blake Designs! I feel that they are the perfect partner for me because they understand the vision that I have for each of my fabric collections. They support me every step the way.
What are your current favorite trends in sewing / quilting?
What do you love most about creating a DIY project with your fabric or seeing customers creating with your fabric?
I especially love working with my happy prints and colors. When I hear others describe my fabric and designs in the same way, I feel so grateful to be a part of their creative world!
What projects are on your “must make” list right now?
I am currently rekindling my love affair with crochet and cross stitch. I am having fun mixing both with fabric and quilting to create fun new projects.
What’s coming up for you in 2018? What’s next?
I’m currently working on my next book…along with brand new notions...and of course a new fabric collection!
What do you love to do when you aren’t designing and creating?
During my free time I love to relax and enjoy the simple things with my family and friends. Gardening and camping are two of my favorites.
Tell us one thing people might not know about you.
One thing people may not know about me is that I am a true blue music lover and was a singer in a band for 3 years!
Want to see all of Lori Holt's amazing fabrics and notions? Click here to shop!