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After the rain, the sun appears and the garden is alive. Birds and insects are busy and the scent of freshness is everywhere. Walking in the garden is my favorite escape - a place where I find my greatest inspiration. I’ve always thought of myself as a botanist of sorts, and botanical drawings and patterns have always been a large part of everything I do. While out on walks I love collecting samples of the most amazing little leaves, flowers or twigs. For this collection I created patterns and groupings of floral shapes, and simplified forms, altered, arranged and rearranged. Arounna immigrated with her family to Canada from Laos at the age of four. While her Canadian upbringing was typical, one thing that became a part of her life even as a child was the importance of making in everyday life. Perhaps instilled by her mother who made everything she needed and educated herself at a local college for work as a seamstress, or perhaps it was her own need to make, her life has been endlessly involved in making. After several art schools, a master’s degree in fine arts and craft residencies in a variety of media, Arounna spent her time between her studio practice and work in education through mentoring and the building of a craft community with events and social media projects. In 2002 Arounna created Bookhou with her husband John Booth as a multidisciplinary studio creating a wide range of fabric-based work, printing and furniture. They have a brick and mortar shop in downtown Toronto where they reside with their two children Lliam and Piper.
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by Bookhou for Anna Maria’s Conservatory
I love to paint!! So this collection is a direct result of some of my watercolor paintings and my acrylic paintings. Now I can use my "paintings" in my other passion, quilt making. Katie Pasquini Masopust produces high quality contemporary art quilts that have been coveted and collected by a broad range of admirers. From her early beginnings as a painter dabbling in traditional quilt making, her work has evolved from structured Mandalas and mind-blowing dimensional pieces to painterly landscapes executed with the finest fabrics and most creative stitching techniques. When not in residence at her studio in California she travels the world presenting her contemporary quilting theories and techniques to classes. Awards and accolades have been numerous for Katie, culminating with her 2005 induction into a very select group of art quilt professionals who have earned the Silver Star Award presented by Houston Quilt Festival. A prolific author, Katie shares her enthusiasm for the art of creative quilting through her numerous books, her many classes, and now as executive director of Alegre Retreat held at Gateway Canyons Resort in Colorado - a destination resort for quilting enthusiasts and fiber artists.
Ships in December 2019
by Katie Pasquini Masopust
Inspired by the great outdoors, Eloisa brings together cheerful prints that are created using paper-cut collages giving the designs an adventurous and contemporary look. Lovebirds meet to create the fun geometric Lintu pattern; a design which leads the way for a colourful Scion collection bursting with joy and personality. Accents of deep marine and bold pimento red create impact alongside steel greys and frosty blues, or for a more sophisticated look, Eloisa is transformed into a softer palette featuring a pastel teal, soft mint green and heartwarming blush which mirrors back to Scion’s Scandinavian influence. Eloisa is a playful range of feel-good fabrics that will bring fun to your everyday life!
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The name Endless Summer flew into my head when I was drawing this collection. Last summer was unusually warm and long, and it brought back memories of one specific childhood summer that lasted almost forever. I mostly was running barefoot and devouring books and learned about the meaning of an unusually dry, hot summer occurring during that actual Endless Summer. I wanted to hint at a bit of magic so Endless Summer seemed like the perfect title.
by Monika Forsberg for Anna Maria’s Conservatory
I moved my studio last year and discovered the large blue floral painting that is the focal piece of this group. The original painting is 40” x 60” and was in a large box that held what I thought were blank canvases. Surprise! I developed the rest of the collection focusing on the group as a whole. I painted thinking in terms of light, medium & dark colorations and small, medium & large patterns. My favorite is actually the large allover named Tempest. I can’t wait to use it in a quilt!
by Sue Penn
by Kaffe Fassett Collective
This collection is inspired by the wonders of nature, but in the manner of a collector who arranges, organizes, and composes his findings in the manner of Land-Art. Rosettes of flowers, tidy seeds, insects, pebbles and flowers are organized in symmetry ... Up to the animals that are adorned with flowers and patterns to become magical! The patchwork will allow you to assemble all these elements in a unique way, You will create your own plant combinations with these treasures collected for you!
by Odile Bailloeul
The beautiful decay of abandoned elements inspired this collection known as Memoranda. Handwritten documentation and colorful ephemera are layered with faded tape to create a unique timeworn esthetic. Memoranda reimagines remnants of the past into collaged works of pattern and print...
by Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements
by The Original Morris & Co.
My fascination and love for wild creatures, plants and flowers started when I was very young spending hours with my Mom and Grandma in the woods, on the rivers and under the stars. They’re artists too and they taught me the value of experiencing the beauty in nature, and with unspoken words, guided more by feeling, we all felt the love, magnanimous positive vibrations and grounding peace that the wild world offers us. It’s magical, evolving and expanding; just like us! I wanted this collection to express the richness of my natural inspirations and to be a joyful celebration combining gorgeous color with jaw dropping feel good prints. I hope you feel it and have fun with it too!
by Amy Butler
This season, Jane Sassaman takes her queue from the exotic florals and formal motifs of the Art Nouveau era. Her refreshing interpretation adds a modern twist, of course, with contemporary colors, dynamic graphics and perhaps a dash of mystery. These radiant designs are ideal for paper piecing millefiori, kaleidoscope and mosaic style quilts. Plus, Jane’s personality prints are also wonderful focus fabrics for piecing and decorative projects of all kinds. Sew some seeds of creativity and let Nouveau lead you down the path to inspiration.
by Jane Sassaman
I gathered all the inspiration necessary for this collection within a one-mile radius of my home. The Front Walk print, for instance, was conceived simply by stepping out my front door and admiring a particularly wonderful day of blooming efforts by the flowers in my planters. A short walk to a nearby arboretum introduces Queen Anne’s lace all along my trail. Deeper into the tree covered path on any summer day, I am greeted by monarch butterflies dancing across a wild patch of black- eyed Susans. When the air begins to smell damp, I know that I’m nearing the glowing, pale green pond - today the lotuses have exploded into extraordinary blooms. All of nature’s small and fussy as well as large and bold forms combine before my eyes to create such beauty, that I’m overwhelmed to translate it into my fabrics and quilts. I hope you find as much beauty in these fabrics as I find around my home.
by Anna Maria for Anna Maria’s Conservatory
Pinkerville is a state of mind. When I design fabric, I retreat into an imaginary world of my own creation. I call that place Pinkerville. In this collection I am inviting you to join me on a journey through my own delusion! This is a place where all things are possible. Each piece in this collection is named after an attribute that is required for entrance. The Swan is your tour guide to Pinkerville as she holds the keys to the kingdom, so her print is named “Gate Keeper.” The Unicorn print is titled “Imaginarium” because this place requires a devotion to the imagined, a willingness to invent and accept things that may or may not be real. A pattern of marbled water conceals a lovable lake monster (among other things!) in a print called Blind Faith because it is a magical thing to believe in something so hard that you can turn innocuous things like shadows into evidence of the fantastic! A butterfly conceals the face of an owl in a print titled “Enlightenment” as she is the watcher, the all-seeing eyes of Pinkerville. A delicate weaving of lace flowers makes up the print titled “Delight,” a healthy appreciation for beauty is always welcome here. A print of overlapping fans named “Serenity” reminds you to be calm and relaxed here, take it all in, there is plenty of time. Worry and anxiety are never welcome in Pinkerville. Finally, there is Fairy Dust that adds just a sprinkle of rainbow magic to tie it all together! Welcome to my world, the space between my ears, the water is warm so shed the heavy baggage of reality and dip a toe into Pinkerville!
by Tula Pink
As an artist and a designer, my most inspired ideas often come about once I surrender to a creative moment and let the mind wander. Such is the case with Reverie, whose hand painted Orchid was the original Muse for this collection. While painting the dreamy watercolor petals, I envisioned pairing this design with more minimal kimono inspired textile designs that would lend themselves to creative collaboration. My signature feminine art and Sashiko styled patterning provide a soft canvas for sewers to enhance my fabrics with their hand embroidery and stitch work embellishments. I look forward to seeing how you incorporate your own artistry onto my newest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics.
by Shell Rummel
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