My Kind of Florals

Last weekend, I was in Portland, Oregon, for Spring Quilt Market.

In addition to meeting up with several of my freelance clients, I took the opportunity to peruse the new offerings from the various fabric companies with an eye towards what sorts of floral prints they’re debuting.

Late last year, I started piecing Grandmother’s Flower Garden units. After a month or so, I had completed four full motifs and one half-motif.

Now, I have completed 19 full motifs and eight half-motifs. Can you tell that I’m loving it?

When I embarked on this project, I made a rule for myself that I would not use the same fabric twice. I have what I like to think of as a respectable stash of floral fabrics. I’m still sorting through my bin and coming up with pairings that I like, but I can see that I’m not going to have as many as I need, for the size quilt I envision.

Whenever I’m in a fabric store, I look around to see what sorts of florals they have, but it’s been hard to find ones that I like. I purchased a lot of my floral prints several (or many) years ago, and the ones that are available just aren’t the sort I’m looking for.

But that may be changing.

What I saw at Market was encouraging.

Several companies were displaying collections that included prints featuring aspects that appeal to me — all-over designs that are representational of real flowers, either realistically or impressionistically rendered.

These are just the ones that I took pictures of. I also collected several brochures that showed the following:

From Maywood Studio: Aubergine, Chloe, English Countryside, and Emma’s Garden.

From Elizabeth’s Studio: Roses, Tulips, Pansies, and Zinnias.

From Riley Blake: Fruitful Pleasures and Afternoon Picnic.

From Benartex: Midnight Poppies and Lilacs in Bloom.

Some of these are available; others will ship later this year.

I can’t wait!


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