“Flora” is designer Joel Dewberry’s best collection since Notting Hill a couple of years ago. Flora is his newest release from Free Spirit fabrics, and I was instantly taken with the vivid, pretty colors and the somewhat retro looking prints (loving those tulips!).
On closer look, I think it is interesting and a bit unusual because the color ways could really be two distinct collections: the blue/green/salmon prints and the pink, violet, gold prints. I feel like they look good all together, but could easily stand alone (meaning you don’t need to buy the whole collection to get a workable variety of fabrics).
The Flora collection prints are all pretty middle to large-scale, so we really need to add some tone-on-tone, small scale, or solids to create a palette for patchwork. The Flora prints are an absolutely perfect match to my current favorite blender: these dots from the Mochi collection from Cotton and Steel. Take this group and add a bit of off-white and you are all set.
I recently (impulsively) bought a small fat eighth bundle of the new black and white prints from Cotton and Steel. These are so spunky and I like that they aren’t actually “white”, but kind of a cream/stone color and they look perfect with the light tones in the Flora fabrics. This grouping would make a really fun quilt, I think…Maybe a Dutch Windmill, with the black and white prints in place of the gray and white in the pattern.
For a beautiful, scrappy look, the Flora fabrics coordinate perfectly with other recent Free Spirit releases, Violette (by Amy Butler) and Elizabeth, and others by Tula Pink. In fact, several quilting shops I have visited recently have Violette displayed side by side with Flora and it is difficult to tell where one ends and the other begins. The little grouping you see above will definitely be on my cutting board soon…just need to finish a few “in progress” first (such discipline!)
You know I love linen and textured solids, so I couldn’t resist pairing a few of these pieces from my stash as neutrals with the Flora prints. The linen and linen-colored polka dot make a soft resting place, while the lime green cross weave plays the perfect supporter to these gorgeous prints.
I hope you like these little glimpses into my fabric stash and plans for future quilts…and thoughts on mixing it all up! After all, the fabrics are such a huge part of quilting for me: the prints and patterns, and, of course, the COLOR!