For the love of Fabric: that is a huge reason I quilt. There are so many beautiful designs to choose from and one of my favorite parts of the process is deciding what to put to together in my quilts. This involves color, print and texture. The new collection (released over the summer) from Art Gallery Fabrics, Winged, was designed by Bonnie Christine. The first thing that drew me to it was the “prettiness” of the prints with butterflies and flowers, and also the unique way she designed the bird prints. The colors are right up my alley, too, and there is a good mix of unique prints and blenders (small scale and/or “read as solid” prints).
“Winged” prints are so pretty and diverse, they really could stand alone in a very basic patchwork design. I think they look great with a white print. (text by Alison Glass in Eggplant, above. Cherie by Frances Newcombe in black/white, below)
Of course, it’s always fun to go shopping in my stash for additions to a collection. The Winged fabrics look fabulous with another recent Art Gallery collection, Indelible (read my post on Indelible, Here). I like how the softness of the Winged fabrics gets pumped up a bit when added to edgier pieces in Indelible and prints from the recent Cotton + Steel collections, including some with metallics. Winged is perfect for adding with metallic fabrics!
Obviously, what is striking about Winged is the presence of so many larger scale and novelty prints. I often find these difficult to work with and don’t usually buy them. But these are so pretty, it would be a shame not to show them off in a quilt.
Below, I chose some of the novelty prints from Winged and added some basic geometrics, Mochi dots (linen/cotton blend by Moda Fabrics) and some shot cottons (you could also use solids).
I’m thinking this little collection would make a fantastic “jewel box” quilt!
Have a great weekend!