We’re back for day 4 of Moda + Aurifil. <3 Moda Fabrics has been a treasured and dedicated partner, a creative leader, and, above all, an inspiration for years. We so value the collaboration and relish the opportunity to work with such a wonderful team to promote a top-notch list of designers. Today, we’re please to present another fabulous designer with a brand new collection — BasicGrey.
BasicGrey’s principal designer, Rachel Brenchley is the creative mind behind a slew of stunning fabric collections for Moda. One of her biggest hits has been Moda Grunge, a series of gorgeous solids that offer texture and dimension. We’ve seen some pretty amazing quilty masterpieces created with these fabrics!
We were overjoyed by the chance to work with Rachel on a curated Grunge Thread Collection, representing her top-selling colors. A Spring Market launch was the perfect timing as it coincided with the release of Grunge Hits the Spot, a remix of Rachel’s fabulous grunge prints with perfectly-sized polkadot overlays.
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Thread Up With Grunge
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Small Spools, 50wt (220yds/spool)
2024 – 2310 – 2326 – 2620 – 2692
2230 – 1147 – 4182 – 5006 – 2783
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
Growing up my mom and four aunties sewed everything from pieced quilts and hand-braided rugs to cross stitch samplers and vintage button collecting . . . they do it all and with such skill! I guess you could say it’s in my blood.
Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
Definitely my mom and my aunts. There are a lot of artist that I admire and follow, but truly, my creative side was built and nurtured by my mom, grandma and aunts throughout my life. They encouraged me to use my talents and not apologize for anything. They gave me courage and were great examples.
How did you first connect with Moda and what do you love most about working with them?
I started working with Moda in 2007. I had a very unique and successful paper crafting collection and Cheryl saw the potential for what I was doing to be translated to fabric. The “grunge” look took a minute to catch on with fabric, but now that it has, we are so thrilled with the reception. I love working with the people at Moda, they are the very best and kindest people.
Tell us about your Grunge collection. What inspired the designs?
Grunge was born out of my desire to have backgrounds and textures that were forgiving and variegated. I was tired of the solid flat colors and wanted a more depth and dimension. Grunge was born and I found myself preferring that always to flat solid colors. I’m so happy to see so many agree with me!
Do you have a favorite project or projects made with the collection?
Oh goodness! That’s a tough question. It seems everyday I see awesome things created using grunge, I don’t think I could choose one.
What is next for you? Where else can we find you this year?
This year is super busy! I will continue to design collections for Moda. I have four kids so they keep me super busy too. We are building a new home in Utah and I plan to invest a lot of my time and attention there. Lastly, I started a new little design software company and that has me quite consumed. Between all of these things, I hardly have time to breathe.
To enter-to-win BasicGrey’s Thread Up With Grunge thread collection AND a FQ bundle of Hits the Spotby BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, September 29! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, October 2. Good luck!
For BasicGrey’s principal designer Rachel Brenchley, invention and inspiration are all about family, friends, and full-on FUN!
Rachel launched BasicGrey over fourteen years ago as a surface design company, and as it’s owner, she knows a thing or two about pushing the ticket rather than simply following a trend. Inspired by her crazy, hectic and colorful life, her sweet husband and four fabulous children, Rachel loves to mix things up with unique color palettes applied to bold prints and patterns – eclectic representations of her eclectic world.
What does she think is the best part of her design work? Seeing her designs become YOUR amazing creations!
[Bio courtesy of Moda — thanks Moda!]
MODA + AURIFIL SCHEDULE
Monday, 9/18 — Moda + Aurifil
Tuesday, 9/19 — Moda + Aurifil: The Interviews
Wednesday, 9/20 — Moda + Aurifil: Stacy Iest Hsu
Thursday, 9/21 — Moda + Aurifil: BasicGrey (YOU ARE HERE)
Friday, 9/22 — Moda + Aurifil: Kate Spain + Brigitte Heitland
Monday, 9/25 — Moda + Aurifil: Designer Tips
Tuesday, 9/26 — Moda + Aurifil: Pat Sloan + Me & My Sister Designs
Wednesday, 9/27 — Moda + Aurifil: Lynne Hagmeier + Minnick & Simpson
Thursday, 9/28 — Moda + Aurifil: Joanna Figueroa
Friday, 9/29 — Moda + Aurifil: Fall Sneak Peeks + Contest/Giveaway!
Thanks for following along & Happy Stitching!