Choosing fabric by Sharon McConnell, quilting and patchwork

For the Love of Fabric: “Winged”

Choosing fabric by Sharon McConnell, quilting

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).

Choosing fabric by Sharon McConnell, quilting and patchwork

“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)

Choosing fabric by Sharon McConnell, quilting and patchwork

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!

Choosing fabric by Sharon McConnell, quilting and patchwork

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).

Choosing fabric by Sharon McConnell, quilting and patchwork

I’m thinking this little collection would make a fantastic “jewel box” quilt!

Have a great weekend!


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6 thoughts on “For the Love of Fabric: “Winged”

  1. emily says:

    I love this post because this collection is my absolute fav right now and because I was with you when you purchased at that amazing store in Portland. I keep exercising control and not buying a fat quarter bundle but restraint is running out!! Is the fabric you are using on the pic you emailed me? The quilt is gorgeous!!!!!!!!!

  2. Whitney says:

    Winged is great, I haven’t purchased any but I’ve been drooling over it for a while. I never thought to combine it with some of the Cotton + Steel prints, but the pairing is perfect! So cute!

  3. Kirsten says:

    The Winged fabrics are beautiful – Art Gallery fabrics always feel so lovely too!

  4. Jenny @ Jack's Room Online says:

    I love winged and indelible my two favourites that I am trying to hold off from buying but after seeing your post I must have them… I too struggle with larger scale prints particularly in quilts and often don’t usually buy them. I have however started making bags and find these larger scale prints are perfect.

  5. LeeAnna Paylor says:

    love the fabrics. REALLY love your best walking buddy. Oh how I miss my labradaughter Chelsea. I sew and walk with my Standard poodle Cole… LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  6. Mareenchen says:

    Ooh, I really like how you’ve combined prints from different collections here. Lovely colours, will make for interesting projects.

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