For me, this is the hardest time of the year to inspire myself to get into my studio. The weather is warming up, the days are longer, and I want to spend more time outside. That being said, I think that it is important to get crafting at least once a week; it is just good for my brain. One thing that always inspires me to spend some more time in the studio is new fabric. I love imagining all the patchwork quilt projects I could make with it. Here are a few new fabric lines that I fell in love with (and wrote about) when reviewing fabric collections for our premier issue of Modern Patchwork.
This collection, which features cute little monster characters, is a must-have. In bright greens, pinks, oranges, and grays, the line depicts little monster-like figures in various settings. When asked about the fabrics, Brummer-Everett explained that each character has a story and personality. These personalities clearly shine through in the fabric designs. This gender-neutral line is just fabulous for all of your own little monsters!
This fabric is for you if: You like cute monsters, you want to create something fun for a child in your life, or if you just love fun, whimsical designs.
“Curious Nature” by Parson Gray, FreeSpirit
For anyone who has struggled with finding fabrics for that special manly project, this collection is the answer! The muted colors and earthy feel make for a winning line with a masculine vibe. Parson Gray is the brand of designer David Butler.
This fabric is for you if: You are looking for masculine fabric, you like earthy fabrics, or you love Amy Butler (this line is created by her husband).
This fabric, which was inspired by a trip to Scandinavia, is so much fun. The collection features different graphics that all tie into each other in surprising ways. Don’t miss the “bah bah black sheep” print. Not only is this fabric adorable, it is GOTS certified organic.
This fabric is for you if: You like bold graphics, you want to make something for a baby or young child (boy or girl), or if you are looking for great organic fabrics!
“Ruby Star Shining” by Melody Miller, Kokka
Everything about this fabric collection—the texture, graphics, and colors—screams old-school…in a good way. Although it is the bold graphics that draw the eye in, it is the details that keep you looking. When paired with bright solids, this retro -style line truly pops!
This fabric is for you if: You love modern twists on retro looks, you like really large graphic patterns, or you love to fussy cut.
“Traditional flower patterns with a flair” best defines this fabric. The fabric has unexpected modern twists that add to its appeal. Making good use of color, the collection is a fresh approach to vintage-looking fabric.
This fabric is for you if: You love vintage floral patterns, you want to make projects with a soft and romantic look, or if you are looking for fabric that is simply pretty.
“Good Fortune” by Kate Spain, Moda
Kate Spain does not disappoint with this new collection, and those who are fans of her “Terrain” line will want to snap it up. “Good Fortune” was inspired by visits to Asian gardens, so there is no surprise it has a decidedly Asian feel. The vibrant colors and patterns of this line will make a wonderful addition to any stash.
Another fabric line that is appealing to me at the moment (because of its summer vibe) is Twirl by Me & My Sister designs (Moda). Please leave a comment telling me you favorite projects to create in the summer for a chance to win a Jelly roll of “Twirl”.