Earlier this spring, when Art Gallery Fabrics started previewing their new collections for Market in Minneapolis, I knew immediately that I wanted to make a quilt with “Happy Home” by Caroline Hulse (SewCaroline). The colors and prints in this collection are so fresh and bright, and I like the whimsical and hand-drawn look of them: a bit child-like.
I was lucky enough to have Art Gallery provide some fabrics for me to make a quilt for a new pattern, and I wanted to share these pretty fabrics as well as some ideas for what you might mix them with from your stash or when planning a brand new collection of fabrics.
My first impression of the Happy Home prints is that they are quite uniform in color value and most are pretty large-scale. This makes me most likely to pair them with blenders or other small scale prints in a variety of values. I love the looks of these polka dots (all from Michael Miller fabrics “ta dot”). They keep up the cheery theme of the Happy Home prints, but still allow them to take the spotlight. The variety available in the dots also gives you some options for patchwork, since they are more conducive to cutting up small or using them as background.
In the vein of adding supporting characters, I love how the Happy Home fabrics look with basic geometrics. These Prisma elements (from Art Gallery Fabrics) come in a range of colors, and, again, give you some options for value and contrast since they almost read as solids. You could get a similar effect with tone-on-tone prints, checks or pure solids.
If you know me, you know I think “more is more”. I tried mixing the Happy Home prints with others in my stash (I really need to get using what I already have!). These are similar in the scale and color of the Happy Home fabrics, so this group would make a wild and crazy scrappy quilt (I would keep adding more….) in a basic pattern, or mix in some solids for more detailed patchwork. I think the fabrics in the photo above would make a beautiful “Star Crossed” quilt, using these prints as the plus and star shapes, grounded by the gray and white.
I discovered as I was sewing my quilt that Happy Home also blends well with previous Art Gallery collections, Gossamer (winter 2015) and Minimalista (fall 2013). I also think it will go great with Jeni Baker’s new collection, Curiosities, due this summer. So much fabric….too little time!
Always a favorite: blue and white. Even better: blue and green and yellow and white!
I have just a sampling of the Happy Home fabrics. You can see the entire collection Here, on the Art Gallery Fabrics website. Happy Home is just arriving in stores now and I think it will be a popular one this summer. Hint: that navy and white script print is a very nice backing for a quilt! (it comes in pink and white, too)