Pattern and fabric designer Audrey Wright offers a new twist on traditional living, creating classic fabric designs with a modern touch. "In designing collections, I start with colors. Blending them together in a focal piece or strong border print, and using many colors in the range. Next, I incorporate coordinating prints that accentuate the focal designs and add contrast to create depth and dimension. I love to encourage quilter's to work with a group of fabrics that take them out of their comfort zone."
Audrey is owner of Legacy Patterns, a successful pattern company focused on creating patterns for quilters of all generations. Founded in 2005, Legacy Patterns is named for the generations of entrepreneurial women in Audrey's family. Today, Legacy Patterns is among the highest grossing pattern companies in the quilting industry. Audrey contributes her success to the company's eclectic mix of design styles and project sizes. "The secret behind the success lies in the mix," says Audrey. "Everyone is pressed for time it seems, keeping that in mind when designing is what makes Legacy Patterns user-friendly. Ease of construction and the use of pre-cuts and kits has been a focus for the shop owner as well as the individual quilter. Most of all, my goal is for quilters is to enjoy creating with fabric."
A self-taught quilter, Audrey has been quilting for over 40 years. She explains, "Having been introduced to fabric and sewing at the age of 7 had a profound impact on my life. I lost my mother when I was just 8, so working with fabric was my way to connect with her. I spent many summers and weekends sewing with my grandmother who nurtured my passion for fabric and encouraged me to hone my sewing skills. I attribute much of my success to both my mother and grandmother."
Audrey designs with the shop owner in mind, having operated and owned a quilt shop in Kansas for 5 years. Every print in a collection serves a purpose and works for quilting. An avid collector of antique quilts and fabrics, Audrey is drawn to traditional and contemporary designs alike. "I draw my inspiration from many sources past and present. I enjoy collecting anything made of wood, clay and metal. Objects made from these types of materials stand the test of time. I approach my fabric designing much the same way. My fabric designs carry a traditional feel, but also compliment a contemporary setting. My colorations are rich and livable to stand the test of time."
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