I just realized the other day that we have been talking about these yummies for quite some time now. People have been working with them and even gushing about them a bit here and there. The precuts have come into the shops and projects have been started. Projects are being made left and right just in time for Spring Quilt Market.
And yet I haven't really formally introduced them yet, have I? I always feel like I would like to give the current collection its "day in the limelight" and since Whimsy just came into stores in February it has somehow felt like cheating if i started talking about these babies too soon. How funny is that?
But its time I think. Yardage will start arriving in April and after all I have sneak peaks to share of the next offspring… I know… how does this all come so fast sometimes?
So here are a few pics of Fresh Cottons….
The group itself makes me think of fresh laundry drying on a summer clothesline in a garden overflowing with blossoms. Sounds seriously corny, huh?
I know, I know but sometimes I just get this image in my head when I am designing a new collection and for the life of me, I can't get that image out of my head. Its that image that informs all of the prints that I end up choosing. That's the way it was with this one. I can almost smell that smell, you know what I mean, that fresh laundry on a line smell?
When I was a little girl and a brand new immigrant to this country, we didn't have a lot of money and so my mom wouldn't let use us the clothes dryer except for in the dead of winter. We had several clotheslines in the backyard and it was our job to both hand and take down the washing … all the time! My sister and I would of course have been rather doing anything else at the time but the scent of those clothes is something I will never, ever forget. It is the smell of Fresh Cottons.
After the air yardage came and I started working on patterns, there were a few that seemed to just come straight from the prints… If that makes any sense at all! Here are a couple of my current favorites.
A few shots of Paper Roses. A really fun charm pack pattern. Made us happy to work on it.
Definitely my favorite out of this grouping. Made from Layer Cakes… gotta love that.
Traditionally this block is called the Snails Trail block & not only did I not like the name of the block but wasn't crazy about all of the traditional templates I would have had to use to make it.
Well, this time around I finally figured how to do it from standard squares & we were off. This is not a beginner quilt…. but Oh so worth it in the end I think. I'm having a hard time parting with this one for shows these days. Loving the movement and the secondary pattern that forms in the swirls.
Gotta love that quilting!
Talk to you soon.