This month Free Spirit is rolling out One Fabric Nation. Here’s their blurb about the program: “FreeSpirit has partnered with five of the best bloggers to bring you One Fabric Nation. This new blogging network is designed to provide their amazing insight and inspired projects from our newest collections!” As one of those five bloggers, I am eagerly looking forward to sharing my thoughts, ideas and inspirations. Basically, I’m going to be doing what I usually do but more of it. (Just to get the disclosure stuff out of the way…I received yardage from Free Spirit to play with but am free to say what I like.) I have two collections at this time. The first is Jane Sassaman’s Enchanted. The second is Amy Butler’s Brightheart. Yes, I am one very lucky girl and I know it! As the weeks go by, there will be opportunities to share some of that luck with a few readers. Hint, hint.Let’s start with a little introduction of the collection. It’s called Enchanted and this is Jane’s inspiration statement about it:
“’Enchanted!’ is Jane Sassaman’s latest fabric collection for FreeSpirit. It evokes the atmosphere of a classic European folk tale. This is a world where Little Red Riding Hood would feel right at home. Here we have a gathering of romantic motifs and colors that create a sense of well-worn comfort blended with a hint of mystery and magic. Hansel and Gretel might have tip-toed through this field of flowers. The Cameo pattern could have lined the walls of a bewitched cottage in the woods. Lastly, the zesty oversized geometric designs contribute to its fanciful fairy tale flavor.”
There is a lot to love here, even if you are not a hard core Sassaman fan like myself. And in this first post, I’d like to talk about the three prints I think are the most versatile, the ones anyone and everyone can use. First up, these Viennese checks.Talk about a print that will do hard work! The checks are 3″ x 1″. Cutting them on the “line”, you would get a dramatic 2 1/2″ finished border of rectangles. Or use it for sashing with scrappy block designs. I’m partial to the black and white for pure contrast drama.Another hard working print is Trellis. The size of the white squares is 1/2″, as are the colored trellis lines. I should point it, it’s no trick of the light or problem with the photo. The green and the blue are different from the green and the blue of the Viennese Checks. As usual with Jane’s collections, you get options–not matchy-matchy bits. Again, I love that black and white! I can envision a fabulous, bold Dresden plate applique on these.The third is Perpetual Plaid. I love the blue one. For the Market samples, I made a tote with the coordinating tonal print. I really see a lot of potential in lifestyle projects and home decor with this print. Everything from tablecloths to circle skirts.There isn’t a pattern for this tote yet. But you can find the free quilt pattern on the Make It Coats site (the one I sewed for Market and which is featured in the first photo).
You can expect more completed projects along with some digital ideas and a giveaway in the weeks and months to come. The fabric is shipping next month so you’ll be able to get your order in for your own Enchanted sewing time very soon!
If you have questions–about the fabric or what to do with it, about how I choose prints & projects–just leave a comment. Or if you prefer, send me an email from the contact page. I’m always happy to help!