Back in February, I started on the first batch of my assignments for Free Spirit’s Spring Market samples. Imagine my delight at being assigned to Jane Sassaman’s Wild Child collection. I’ve been waiting all this time to share that delight with you. It hasn’t been easy. But now that it’s been revealed at Market, let me show you what I got up to with this colorful, lively collection. First up, Jane’s free pattern, Prayer Rug Quilt. Available through Free Spirit’s website soon.This one goes together easily and provides a powerful punch of color. It acted like a magnet for Stinka who tried to get in every shot. Nothing like a black cat to accent bold colors. Here’s more of the quilt.This Koos pattern (Vogue 1311) sets off the large bold prints perfectly. It’s a huge bag with a fun silhouette. I quilted the pieces for the top, bottom and sides and used strong webbing for the handle. The stripes of this collection are just begging to be put to work. If you’re looking for a print that will do the heavy lifting, these stripes certainly fit the bill.Of course, there’s another print perfectly suited for heavy lifting and that’s Jane’s harlequin diamonds. I am over the moon about these. So many things you could do with them. For the rectangular pillow, I left the print to speak for itself and softened the geometric look with a frilly, floral ruffle.A second pillow combines several prints and adds pom poms to the mix. I created my own “ribbon” to cover the center strip using the same print as the one on the outer sides. Both of these pillows will be available as a free pattern from Free Spirit in the near future.The last of the projects I put together in this collection is this floppy shopper bag. It will also be available as a free pattern from Free Spirit. I wanted a bag to showcase large prints but also reflect the wild child, carefree vibe. No fussing, no hard angles. It needed to be something you could easily pack away, but would also hold a lot of stuff. Perfect for taking along to the farmer’s market, the beach, a picnic, you name it.You’ll be seeing more Wild Child pop up around here over the next few months. I am certainly not done playing with this collection. I’ll be stocking up on stripes and diamonds just as soon as these show up in shops.
I hope these photos jump start your imagination. There’s nothing like pops of color and fun prints to get a new project off the ground. Thanks for sticking around and sharing my enthusiasm!