Ty Pennington Fleece, Home Dec and Fashion Cotton Print Fabrics

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I recently had the pleasure of having breakfast with Ty Pennington, host of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Actually, it wasn’t just the two of us, but a group of magazine editors gathered to see the debut of his new Ty Pennington Impressions fabric line from Westiminster Fibers.

Look for these new collections at your local fabric and quilt stores this winter–there are fun fleeces, home decorating sateens and laminates, and fashion cotton prints.

Unlike many celebrities who simply rubber stamp their names onto product line endorsements, Ty actually had hands-on involvement with the collections. He used photographs from his travels, made wood-block stamps of the patterns, then actually stamped them onto cloth in his own backyard to see how they looked with repeats, overlaps, etc.

Being a talented graphic designer — and a hands-on sewer — he then went back to the computer to figure out the fabric designs, repeats, etc. The results are fabulous and knowing that he did it all himself makes them even better!

This is actually my second brush with celebrity this year…I also interviewed Chandra Wilson (Dr. Miranda Bailey from Grey’s Anatomy about her involvement with the Quilts for Kids program. Who knows who I’ll get to chat with next?