Thursday, November 17, 2016

Quilt Market: Free Spirit

At Quilt Market in October, Free Spirit stayed true to their flair for funky, bright, non-stereotypical prints from designers with a clear sense of their personal aesthetic.
Anna Maria Horner's booth was filled with three beautiful quilts in bold, saturated hues.
Safe Passage is an update on a similar Mod Corsage quilt Anna Maria made last spring. It is one of three patterns Anna Maria is releasing shortly.
 Cross Country (86" square) was made from Loominous 2.
Plot Twist was created with raw edge appliqué using a combination of Mod Corsage and Loominous 2 fabric.
 She also has lovely embroidery patterns.
Tula's new collection, Tabby Road, is all about the common house cat, in spite of her former claims that she would never, ever put a domestic pet to fabric. Never say never, right?
The beautiful Catnip quilt (70" x 70") is going to be available as a kit.
The Funky Friends Factory made a standing kitty softie pattern especially to showcase Tula's collection. I see this plush being a major hit.
This fantastic triangle quilt is Tabby Mountain, a free pattern from the lookbook.
The alternating solid fabrics create the perfect means of showcasing elaborate quilting.
Heather Bailey pulled inspiration from favorite Beatle's songs including "Octopus's Garden," "Norwegian Wood," "Twist and Shout," and "Blackbird," for her hello LOVE collection.
This New Glory quilt is by Scott Hansen of Blue Nickel Studios.
What do you think of these collections? Are there other Free Spirit Q4 collections on your wish list?
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  1. Well, Tula has done it again--made a collection that I think I can buy. The first one I ever bought was her last, bypassing most of the others as too hard to use in a quilt, but her geometric designs look wonderful (and that quilting! oh my!). And AMH--also done it again, with lush beautiful quilts, but lately, they have become a collection that is too hard to use in a quilt with other fabrics, so I'm glad she's designed new quilts. I have a stack of her latest and always consider it...and always put it away. Fabrics need to play well with others; some do and some don't. Thanks for this market wrap-up. I'm really enjoying them all.

  2. I'm pretty drawn to the Hello Love Fabric....and I just might want a little of the cat fabric.

  3. that TAbby Road!! I've been waiting years for a cute fabric with cats that I could sew into fun little dresses for little girls. I looks wonderful!! Thanks for sharing!! Hugs, H

  4. i think the Tula and AMH collections are both really muddy looking. They look more like traditional quilts than modern.