So, what is it all about this fabric collection of mine?
Let me talk you through each print....
The main focus print, the star of the show, is Sunday Clippings. This is a large scale floral collage print designed to resemble a scrapbook page with big blooms cut out from catalogues and botanical books. This one will be printed on both quilting weight cotton and voile. I am ridiculously excited about this print and the possibilities. I am definitely making a big quilt with a piece of this, full width, in the centre, bordered by the other prints. That will be my first quilt market booth quilt, when I get the yardage.
Next up is The Shambles. This is a reworked image of cobblestones, and is named after the little street in York (if you've been to York then you'll know where I mean!) It's a fantastic print (ha - says she!) that can be used as a dot, a textured blender, or binding. At least, that was my planning for it. I also think it looks a little bit leopard print-like, which was an awesome accident when playing with the re-colouring of the original image
Then there's Cottagely Posy, which is a delicate floral on an emerald green background. It's the local park that I spent all my time in when I was small, which was just across from my Grandparents' house and was full of grass dotted with wild flowers. Again, this was a collage but it's a more subtle rendition than Sunday Clippings. I really wanted this as voile as well, but I could only choose one print for the voile and Sunday Clippings was the obvious choice. This will definitely be made into pillowcases for my bed, using The Shambles as a faux piping trim. This print will be a knit as well as a quilting cotton. I'm thinking some leggings are a must!
Pouring Rainbows is my textured blender in a more traditional sense. This print represents the rain we get all the time in England, which is the reason everything is so green and lush. Rain makes me miserable but it makes the flowers grow, so I'm ok with it really!
Thru The Wire and Pouring Rainbows started as the same image, a wire fence, but Pouring Rainbows was played around with and manipulated to make it look like rain, whereas Thru The Wire retains it's original look. This print represents the chickens we had as children that lived at my Grandparents'. My brother hatched them from eggs at school and we took them home. Two got eaten pretty early on (by the fox not us!!!) but one lived to a grand old age (before the fox eventually got her too).
Clover Field is exactly that - a field full of clovers, little fat pompom flowers that attract the bees. I played around with it a bit, made it look less like clovers and more stylised just to give it a more modern edge, and to make it great for fussy cutting! (This will also be a knit as well as a quilting cotton).
Steeping Awakening is a simple line drawn rose print...in metallic gold!!!!! Yay for glitter!!!!! There had to be some metallic in here somewhere, didn't there? I absolutely love this print, it's perfect as a low volume background, for borders, you could play around with the prints and actually fill some of the roses in with embroidery. I'm excited to see what people do with this one because I think there are a lot of possibilities.
And then we have You Are Here. I think this will be the most popular print, because even if you are a non-floral person you'll be able to use this so much. Who doesn't like a map print? I hunted around for vintage maps of the area I live in, and eventually found this one which isn't strictly where I live, but it is the area where i first lived when I moved up to Yorkshire and went to College. Plus, it's quite a rural area and flat so flat areas look pretty as maps because there's less lines to show the gradient of the land. It also shows all the very tiny villages that existed back in the olden days, a lot of which I think have merged together or disappeared from modern day maps. Of all the prints, this is my second favourite, after Sunday Clippings. I just love it.
And there we have it. Priory Square will be available from October, it will be shown at Quilt market in Houston (I have a booth, stop on by and see me!) and you can pre-order it now from Pink Castle Fabrics. We're currently working on a little gift you'll get if you order from there that will exclusive to Brenda's store, more on that soon.
I hope you love it, I hope you buy it and use it in all the things!!!!!!!
You can find out more about me at the AGF blog and see a little video (where I look half asleep - because I kind of am) here.
This is kind of amazing....
My fabric on sale for pre-order in my friend's store and one of my absolute favourite stores. There have been a lot of happy tears recently!