A few weeks ago, I visited the home of Sandy Klop, owner of American Jane Patterns and Fabric. Sandy was hosting an Open House in her Northern California home, selling some of her wonderful fabrics, patterns, and quilts. I have know Sandy for many years, so I was really excited to see what she was up to!
Welcome to American Jane
When I arrived, I was immediately taken with the creative array of color and whimsy that filled Sandy’s home. This was going to be fun!
Sandy and Stan Klop of American Jane
Sandy and her husband, Stan, welcomed me at the door. I think I may have been standing there with my mouth wide open–I was so busy taking in the entire American Jane experience before me. Sandy’s home is a reflection of her cheerful personality–a quilter’s playhouse. There is a signature look to Sandy’s work that is immediately recognizable. Her home was staged to reflect this look in bright, happy colors that played together in a world of incredible quilts.
Quilts and fabric were everywhere. American Jane patterns were tucked in cute little baskets. A cozy upholstered chair wore her first line of fabric for Moda–still one of my favorites, by the way!
American Jane fat quarters and precuts by Moda
All those sunny fabrics were creatively displayed and calling my name.
Bolts of fabric lined up like a box of Crayolas. Uh-oh, this could be trouble . . .
Is it even possible to be grumpy when surrounded by all this Pezzy Print happiness?
Moda Layer Cakes
For a snack, an offering of Layer Cakes in the kitchen – Yum!
“A Baker’s Dozen” by Sandy Klop
Books written by Sandy were stacked in the corner to peruse and enjoy.
American Jane’s “A Quilter’s Journal”
Every page of her latest publication, A Quilter’s Journal, was a delight to thumb through.
Each nook, cranny, and shelf told a story.
Charming little wooden folk welcomed me as I passed.
Hmmm . . . which chair was my favorite?
Even the floor was cheery and bright!
And, did I mention the quilts?
. . . the beautiful, colorful, whimsical quilts?
Sandy has a true talent for displaying her beautiful creations in a creative and unique style. It was a delight to spend time in this American Jane world. Thank you, Sandy!
So how does one go about finding a signature look or style? It is a question I posed to Sandy and, in my next post, Sandy will share her thoughts on quilting and what life is like as our American Jane friend. Be sure to visit Friday for the interview and more of her amazing quilts.
If you missed Sandy’s Open House, you are in luck! There is another one coming soon!
American Jane Open House
Fabric, Kits, Patterns, and Books Featuring the Newest Line of Ducks in a Row!
And of Course – Quilts!!!
May 23 ,24 ,and 25
Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:pm
64 Sandy Lane, Walnut Creek, CA
Tell Your Friends!
Also, stop by my blog at Pati Fried to see what I am up to this week. I am looking forward to visiting my home state of Iowa and catching up with quilting friends. See you Friday!