Did you see Free Spirit’s blog post last week? The one where Jane Sassaman talks about her new collection, Scandia. Now, it’s my turn to talk about Scandia for Free Spirit’s The Artist UnSEWn series.
As my regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of Jane and her work. It’s more than the lively designs and bold colors. It’s more than the incredible fussy cutting opportunities she consistently provides. It all comes down to a particular vision, a certain way of seeing the world. Jane’s vision is informed by nature and by her love of the Arts and Crafts movement. She translates the ordinary and everyday into something beautifully stylized and accessible. (No one does bugs or dandelions quite like Jane!)Whenever I see a new collection from Jane, I do immediately look for those fussy cutting opportunities. She never disappoints! In Scandia, my favorite fussy cutting print is Cardigan. There are so many ways to use this one! For this holiday table mat (Christmas or Valentine’s, you decide) I used wedges to great effect. I cut scalloped edges and left them raw for a simple satin edge finish.The same Cardigan print in Red produces a fun zip pouch. In this instance, I fussy cut the piece to line up the pink triangles near the zipper. But you might choose to highlight the checkerboard pattern in the print instead. Multiple opportunities to highlight motifs–all in one print.
Scandia is in shops now. Don’t wait to get your favorites! There are many happy sewing hours in this collection. And be sure to visit Jane’s blog here. You’ll find her book, Patchwork Sassaman Style here, just in case you need even more inspiration.