It’s starting to feel a bit like spring here in South Northamptonshire – the sun has been shining, the daffodils are opening up, the blackthorn is in blossom, and the prospect of a blooming garden full of busy insects no longer seems so far-fetched! So for this week’s fabric round-up, we’re featuring new collections that speak to us of gardens.
Bee My Honey
Bee My Honey by Mary Jane for Moda Fabrics is an unusual collection just in that our customers are loving. In a palette of honey yellow, grass green, sky blue and silvery grey, with a touch of navy for depth, it’s fresh and summery.
The prints in the range are all based around the humble honeybee – there’s everything here from realistically drawn bees, honeycombs and honey drizzlers, to lots of flowers and blossoms, retro watering cans and poetic text. There’s even a variety of letter “B” prints for a dash of humour! Designer MaryJane Butters is a supporter of The Honeybee Conservancy and this collection is helping her to assist their work in preserving honeybees.
The Bee My Honey collection has loads of potential and has a paradoxically fresh-but-retro feel to it. We think it would work equally well in traditional quilts and modern designs.
Australian designer Lynette Anderson is well-known among quilters and Quilter’s Garden – her first collection for RJR Fabrics – is full of her trademark soft and rustic colours and charming folk-art style. For this new collection, Lynette has imagined a village in the country with gardens full of trees and flowers, playful animals and quilts drying on the line, leading her to a variety of designs from naive illustrations to hand-written text and lots of useful co-ordinating flower and small graphic prints.
The colours are soft and well-worn: powder blue, dusty pink, several variations of grey and beige, as well as some darker maroons, teals and pine greens.
Quilter’s Garden will make lovely country-style quilts and small projects in a soft and subtle palette.
Also traditional, but this time in a reproduction antique style, is Grant Park, the newest range from Minick & Simpson for Moda. Although not specifically inspired by gardens but by fabrics purchased in the early part of the twentieth century in the American Midwest, almost all the prints in this collection are florals, which gives the whole range a distinctly botanical theme.
These are classic colonial quilting fabrics in a classic colour palette: warm red, ivory, taupe and both light and dark blues. The floral prints range from large blowsy posies to tiny sprig muslins, with a smattering of paisleys and tone-on-tones to co-ordinate.
If you love the Minick & Simpson antique look, you’ll find plenty of useful fabrics here, either used together or as blenders in other traditional style project.
This range of hand-drawn flower, seed-head and leaf prints along with the co-ordinating graphic marks designs, is distinctive and modern in a sophisticated palette of white, teal, slate grey, mustard and rust.
Reminiscent of Scandinavian interiors and with a strongly contemporary feel, the Annali collection will make striking modern quilts, particularly in designs where the larger prints can be seen easily. We think these strong and modern prints would also work brilliantly as home decor fabrics or in clothing.
Flo’s Garden is a fun and quirky collection featuring lots of cute birds and butterflies mixed in with fantasy flowers, trees and toadstools, all in a fresh palette of pinks, turquoise, yellow and leafy green on white. There’s also a fun apple print in pinks, reds and greens, a lovely multi stripe print and several co-ordinating pin dots.
While obviously perfect for pretty baby and cot quilts, we think these designs could also be combined with other ranges and basics for some distinctive and spring-like modern quilts as well.
That’s all for this week – but remember this is just a tiny selection of the fabrics we have in the shop at the moment. We get new ranges in every week, so do check back to the fabric page of our online shop, which is kept up-to-date as new fabrics arrive, or pop into the shop if you’re nearby. And of course, all regular fabric purchases are eligible for our loyalty schemes as well.