Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE—editor, designer, and publisher

janine vangool: fabrics for the creative and curious

By guest blogger Janine Vangool—curator, editor, designer and publisher of UPPERCASE magazine

CALGARY AB   I’ve had an eclectic creative career, from working as a freelance graphic designer to teaching to having a line of wholesale greeting cards to sewing products to running my own gallery and bookshop. In 2009, I launched UPPERCASE, a quarterly print magazine for the creative and curious. It combines everything that I’ve learned and loved over the years so now publishing is my main focus.

UPPERCASE Magazines and Fabric Fat Quarters, by Janine Vangool

Each issue of the magazine has a unique pattern that goes on the spine, cover and throughout the issue, so after many years I’ve accumulated quite a nice collection of patterns. Through some good fortune and nice connections, I was able to pitch the idea of turning them into textiles with Windham Fabrics.

Pillows made with UPPERCASE fabrics designed by Janine Vangool

I grew up sewing—when I was little, my mom did alterations for a women’s clothing store and grandmother sewed drapery professionally. Having an entire collection of fabric is really special. Now I can say that I sew professionally as well, at least when it came to making some of the samples and projects to publish in the UPPERCASE Look Book for Windham Fabrics!


UPPERCASE Collection by Windham Fabrics, designed by Janine Vangool


Thankfully my mom made some of the quilts and the team at Windham supplied samples, too, like the tuffet shown in the top photo. The full list of projects and credits are in the free digital Look Book.

Pillows made with UPPERCASE fabrics by Janine Vangool

With all this colorful fabric around my home and studio, I’m happy to say that my son has taken an interest in sewing. He started his own quilt improvised from my offcuts and scraps, bringing a love for fabric and sewing into another generation.

UPPERCASE fabrics by Janine Vangool

To visit the Uppercase website +click here

To visit the Windham Fabrics website +click here

Photos by Kirstie Tweed

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  • Janet Larson
    I love your creative designs.

  • Patricia Belyea
    You bet, Janet. P.

  • Patricia Belyea
    Mrs. Plum, this is a fun, bright and creative collection. P.

  • Patricia Belyea
    Carolyn, you will enjoy it! P.

  • Patricia Belyea
    Elana—The fabric comes out in June. At Quilt Market this week, many shop owners will be ordering UPPERCASE for their customers. If you have a fav shop, let them know that you want some. Best, P.

  • Elana D Goldberg
    Your patterned fabrics are so unique. With 5 sons, I am always looking for fabrics that are fun and not too girly. I must get my hands on some of your fabrics. Can you tell me who carries it online?

  • Carolyn Burton
    Beautiful fresh prints in yummy colors. I would love to experiment with these fabrics.

  • Mrs. Plum
    These fabrics are really fun! Love the bright colors.

  • Janet Wright
    It is so nice to see young creative women who are quilters and sewists. There is a lot of excitement associated with these women. YEA for them and us. Janet Wright