Fabrics for an almost-spring day

Last weekend, on the first almost-warm day we’ve had this season as winter finally winds down and the crocuses start to bloom, I took my girls with me to my local quilt store to pick up some hand quilting thread because I really am going to start hand quilting my double Irish chain quilt soon. Once I had found the thread (YLI, as it turns out), well, I certainly couldn’t just leave without taking a look at the fabric, right? While my preschooler was making friends with the employees and climbing up on a stool at the cutting table to listen in on a conversation with a customer, I managed to pick out a few bolts while trying to keep my toddler from taking apart the acrylic ruler display rack. Here’s what I came home with.

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fabrics from the Avalon and Wishes collections from Moda

The floral toss in robin’s egg blue from Avalon by Fig Tree & Co. for Moda called to me, and when I spotted my parents’ wedding anniversary date on this print from the Wishes collection by Sweetwater for Moda, I knew it had to come home with me, too.

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Wild World by Jenean Morrison for FreeSpirit, and Garden View by Lisa Audit for Wilmington Prints

In the clearance section in the back of the store they still had some fat quarters from Jenean Morrison’s Wild World collection for FreeSpirit, which I remember from when we featured it in Staff Picks in the February/March 2011 issue. And the Lucia di Lammermoor reference on the Stamp Toile from the Garden View collection by Lisa Audit for Wilmington Prints grabbed my attention — how often do you see an opera reference on quilting fabric? Best of both worlds!

Later, when I pulled my folded fabric out of the bag and saw the four prints next to each other, I realized I must have been unconsciously planning a spring quilt while I shopped.

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I see a colorstory emerging here…

If you live in North America, chances are you’re eagerly awaiting warmer weather, too. With that in mind, here are a few new collections you might want to keep an eye out for the next time you visit your LQS.

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Spring Showers from Windham

Spring Showers by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics appeared in stores in January.

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Citrus from Windham Fabrics

The Citrus collection, also by Another Point of View for Windham, whisks me right past spring and into a summer frame of mind. The fruity cocktail shown on the card next to the swatches doesn’t hurt, either.

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Surf ‘n Sand Tropicals from Robert Kaufman Fabrics

These Surf ‘n Sand Tropicals from Robert Kaufman Fabrics are actually a garment-weight poplin, not quilting cotton, but I must really want a Hawaiian vacation because I’d love to use some of those motifs in a quilt.

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Sail Away from Windham Fabrics

And to round out what turned out to be a more summer-themed than spring look at fabric is Sail Away by Rosemarie Lavin Design for Windham. I am not a sailor, but I’d be willing to learn if anyone out there wants to take me out on their boat one day.

I have some more fabric organizing to do around the office next week and I’ll keep my eyes out for additional warm-weather fabric for a future blog post. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this song, “Ni Na La,” by Irish-American group Solas, in honor of St. Pat’s Day and the vernal equinox.

Spring is coming — can you feel it?



About Mary Kate Karr-Petras

Mary Kate is an associate editor at Quilters Newsletter. If you ask her what type of quilter she considers herself, she'll answer, "Slow." Favorite techniques include hand quilting, both traditional and big stitch, but she also loves her walking foot and keeps meaning to get better acquainted with her open-toe embroidery foot.
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2 Responses to Fabrics for an almost-spring day

  1. Sue C says:

    Love the fabrics you picked out! Never thought of looking carefully for dates of significance to me!!!

  2. Jenny says:

    Looking forward to the citrus collection

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