Next month, Jane Sassaman’s exciting new collection, Spring Fever, will be shipping to stores. I’ve already had a chance to work with it and I can tell you, unequivocally, it’s AWESOME! I made two quilts for Market this time around. The quilt that Stinka is showing off is called Siesta in the Garden and will be available as a free pattern from Free Spirit in the near future.As regular readers know, I never pass up an opportunity to fussy cut, especially when it comes to Jane’s fabulous feature prints. So for this quilt design, I used four 90 degree triangles to create a large block. Then I added simple sashing to highlight some of the other prints. It’s an easy quilt but it does take a lot of yardage. You will end up with some lovely leftovers of the feature print for other projects.I’ll be showing you more of this collection next month. For now, you should go check out the all the prints and colorways. Then, make your list. You’ll want to supplement your stash with some Sassy Stripes and Over The Top Dots at the very least.
Are you feeling a bit of nostalgia? In the mood for fabric that takes you back to fond memories of a grandmother’s kitchen or grandfather’s den? Then Stonington by Denyse Schmidt might be just what you need. Back in April, I received yardage from Free Spirit to make samples for Spring Quilt Market. For starters, I made a rectangular pillow with a hidden zipper in one end. Here’s the cover sans pillow form.When I’m working with fabrics for Market, I’m especially cognizant of the designer’s aesthetic. I do my best to design projects that work with that aesthetic. For Denyse, it’s easy. Her style incorporates the use of negative space. So for the pillow I gave the patchwork nice hard edges to make them really stand out on the solid background.Although when it came to the bag, I left the negative space out of the equation and worked it all in an improv style. It still speaks to Denyse’s aesthetic generally. Specifically, it has that boho vibe in keeping with Denyse’s statement about the collection:
“Stonington perfectly captures the confident individuality of Denyse’s Yankee heritage, and evokes a beautiful preppy/bohemian vibe with cool understatement. Think 70’s rock stars, Ali McGraw, patchwork everything, tiered flounces, lots of prints mixed together, big floppy hats, wide-legged pants, and scarves galore. Ten coordinating patterns in three salty colorways (Lobster, Twist, and Dungaree) offer a range of hues and texture, with plenty of hi/lo volume to combine and contrast. Practical and fanciful, Stonington is your go-to collection – the possibilities are endless!”
You’ll be able to find a free pattern for this bag on the MakeItCoats website soon. If things settle down a bit here, I’d like to walk you through the improv process in a blog post. It’s a lot of fun and worth trying at least once.
The tote uses a 2 1/2″ design roll so keep that in mind for any jelly rolls you might have languishing (I mean, waiting) on your shelves or in your stash. And if you’d like a bit of additional inspiration by way of a virtual quilt idea, I’ve got you covered.Stonington ships to stores this month.
Next month, Cool Breeze by Jane Sassaman for Free Spirit will be shipping to stores. It’s just the thing for some summer sewing. Two great stash building prints in the collection–the plaid and the dots. When Free Spirit asked for a large, stand up bag, I knew immediately how to capitalize on the plaid. I envisioned a project bag that would hold all your essentials, whether you’re heading to a class, taking your piecing on vacation with you, or just want a bag to separate out a particular project. Boxy in structure, this bag has a large pocket for your 17″ rotating mat, plus straps for keeping your rulers upright. Interior side pockets will hold your rotary cutter or other tools. Another pocket for scraps of paper, notes or patterns and a loop for pen/pencil or key chain. But the best part, it will hold an Art Bin project case.With a bit of room leftover for a zipper pouch, your wallet or water bottle. Tons of room!You can see the leaf print from the collection on this little zipper pouch.
All of this inspired by Jane’s fabulous designs. It started with the plaid and escalated from there. When you’re wondering what to do with her large personality prints, treat them like a diva. Give them center stage. You’ll find it easy to fill the supporting roles with other prints, solids and blenders.
If all goes according to plan, I hope to have some virtual quilt block ideas for you next month, just in time for ordering your favorites. Keep your fingers crossed!