When it comes to fabrics, how can a quilter pick just 10? Even if each collection has multiple colorways and prints and is a complete merchandised bundle of fun, is it ever really enough fabric? Really? Here is our Top 10 Fabric Collections of 2012 list, selected from our Staff Picks and arranged alphabetically. Quilters tend to want to include fabrics rather than exclude them, but we went against our instincts and narrowed it down to just 10 fabric collections that we loved in 2012.
Echo by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics – This collection combines organic and graphic motifs in colors that fall between pastels and brights in their intensity. Medium-scale prints – many with white backgrounds – step back to call attention to the collection’s stars: large-scale playful, sleek and sophisticated prints. This fabric, inspired by Lotta Jansdotter’s Scandinavian background, can be used for quilts, garments and home décor. (February/March 2012)
Gatsby Blues by P&B Textiles – This art deco-era collection is great for graphic, contemporary projects. The swirls, circles and triangles are supported by two geometrics and a tonal line drawing. All pieces work perfectly together, plus a contrasting color can be added for punch. Think art quilts, quilts for guys and accessories for the dorm room, living room or office. (June/July 2012)
Grand Hotel by Jenean Morrison for FreeSpirit – This collection imparts the beauty and joy of a stay in a great hotel. Traveling, seeing new things, experiencing new adventures, yet every night, returning to comfort that feels like a home away from home. The designs in these two palettes of azure and sunset evoke luxurious bedding, exotic wallpaper and lush carpet underfoot. (August/September 2012)
Melrose from Red Rooster Fabrics – Fresh style, urban sophistication and chic colors characterize this collection that features a large scale, thematic print with stylized flowers and flowing vines in three colorways: straw, granite and plum. Mid-scale prints have delicate leaves, vines, berries and circular motifs on black and deep plum backgrounds. (December 2011/January 2012)
Nouveau Chic by Marcia Derse for Troy Fabrics – Troy’s latest offering by this popular designer features both earth and jewel tones in a variety of textures. Blenders with names like pyramid, fans, lines, brick and filigree in three colorways go smoothly with many of Derse’s other collections. (October/November 2012)
Palladium by Dear Stella for Timeless Treasures – Palladium is a great introduction to Dear Stella fabrics, a new fabric brand that has “an edgy freshness, combining the best of old traditions with modern influences.” Fabrics within the collection have names like doodle paisley, sand dunes, cobblestone, ikat, bar code, gridlock and peacock. (April/May 2012)
Reunion by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics – These fabrics are perfect for summer, the season of family reunions. You’ll love this spirited collection that combines summer motifs like flowers and nautical flags with newspaper announcements and geometric blenders. You can find it not only by the yard but as precuts including fat-quarter bundles, jelly rolls and layer cakes. (April/May 2012)
Rouge et Noir Contemporary Florals by Michael Miller – Continuing the popular contemporary florals collection, these black, white and red damasks combine with loops, pin-dots, weaves and zinnias. Ideal for quilts, totes or home dec. (October/November 2012)
Satsuki by Robert Kaufman – This Asian-inspired collection of 27 fabrics features gold tinged flowers ranging from 1” to 7” across. Contrasting geometric tiles and colorful ribbons coordinate with cherry blossom prints and are available in three color stories: bright, multi and vintage. (June/July 2012)
Serenity from E.E. Schenk’s Cara Collection – Designed by Daiwabo artists, these serene prints are inspired by nature and are reproduced from antique 1870 Japanese designs. Subtle designs easily blend the muted colors into 4 colorways. Ideal for quilts, totes, home dec or embroidery projects. (August/September 2012)
What types of fabric do you love? Do you have a favorite fabric designer? Do you find that your style changes, or do you tend to select the same colors and print styles over and over? This is a great time to be a quilter as there are so many beautiful fabrics to choose from, and more are being introduced all the time. 2013 promises to be full of pretty prints and colors, and we will be so pleased to share them with you.