Material Obsession. It is the name of my shop but it is also the name of my wicked condition. It is almost cruel that at this time of year when I should be concentrating and focused on my family, the upcoming holiday and two significant birthdays I am obsessed. OBSESSED I tell you with the materials that have recently arrrived in the shop! Anna Maria has done it again with Dowry.
Unable to select, we got the whole range and added in some delights from Jennifer Pagnelli as well! The result, show stopping bays of glorious designs in engaging colour combinations and at a good price of $20 pm. We can't get them on the website fast enough but if you would like a half metre range we could easily do that...I did!
What happens when a range like this arrives? Well, as we unpack the boxes you can imagine the squealing and dancing that goes on as one beauty is revealed after another! However, the next thing is the mind goes into overload considering the possibilities of the fabric itself. Words like medallion, border, shape, strip, diamond, square, triangle....all the components of quilts appear and fill with the fabric designs before our eyes. This is my favourite thing...the promise of joy that we feel when we gaze upon the beauty of fabulously designed fabric.
As if that wasn't enough temptation to bring the devil on deck...
Amy Butler's FULL new range arrived. The colour combinations are fabulous but Amy has given us a diverse mind emersion in fabrics that simply scream...CUT ME UP! Swirling patterns & strong graphics all speak to a memory somewhere in my soul of life before my time somehow caught up in my time.
I am grateful to these fabulous designers that have given so much beauty so that we can sew and sew and sew over the holidays. If you are looking for a gift for yourself, this is a great place to start...speaking from my own experience!
Here's a few thoughts on the fabric...
This one has long trailing vines that would be beautiful used as long strips in a quilt. Then use the colours of the other coordinating fabrics to make your favourite block patterns in the alternating strips.
The other fabrics have great palette stories in them. It is easy to start with one and build the remaining pieces from the colours found in the "inspiration" fabric. One of the great things about these fabrics, and other well designed fabrics like Mr Fassette's, are that they give you pointers. I'd be looking for a variety of cool blues to lift these colours and set them with warm oranges and pinks. Having the high and low saturation or value gives the pattern interest.
This is the kind of pattern that I find really exciting. Hard lines can be frightening but they add so much to a pattern. They can be used cut indiscriminently or fussy cut for drama. Fussy cutting isn't hard but it does require more fabric so if you like that idea, get more of that print.
This pattern is amazing. We pulled it out and hung it in the shop for a while to see the full glory of the way it uses pattern to create pattern. It is another one that can stand to be used in big long strips or large squares....(like Avalon or Stripping Vine in Material Obsession One). Saying that reminds me of way back in the beginning of Material Obsession when Amy Butler introduced her first range. The large style graphics and big prints made me search antique quilt books for patterns that had open spaces for these prints....and now, 10 years later I am standing in the same spot repeating history yet again.
And this one, my friends...well it takes the cake. I LOVE the drama of those black and white triangles. Cut up they'll create fabulous secondary designs throughout the quilt. Cut big or little, this one is sure to make an impact with style.
And how wonderfully exciting is it wth Valori Wells plaid. I have been declaring plaid the new black all year and here is proof!
It is an exciting time to be alive as a quilter when collections like these come out of the boxes. I finally feel as though Christmas is upon us! So what will quilt story will be revealed from these fabrics? One of family, cleaning and cooking neglect? More likely one of all consuming creative impulses and the execution of the promise of joy!
I look forward to the holidays after a long and productive year. Material Obsession will be open through Saturday this week and then closed until 13 January 2014! For some of us, this has been a year of Friday the 13th's and we look forward to flipping the calendar to a year of health and well being. As always, if you are visiting Sydney over the holidays and need an MO fix, email us. If the stars are aligned we can open up for special visits where possible. Enjoy! k