I'm so excited to share my new fabric collection with you! Farmer's Market is here and there is a flurry of sample sewing going on! The colors in this line are just filling little parts of my being with bursts of happiness every time I walk past. So let's talk about the line a little bit..
My inspiration was not quite necessarily just Farmer's Market in general but the feeling that surrounds them. I wanted to capture the sights, colors and yes-emotion that I feel when I venture out into the world on a bright Saturday morning to visit a Farmers Market. Vendors selling not only gorgeous fresh produce and flowers but their handicrafts as well. I wanted to create a line of fabric celebrating it all. I think that the world is becoming a bit of a scary place and I feel that it's part of the surge of popularity in sewing and crafting. People searching out ways to slow things down and simplify. There may be some that laugh at the idea of sewing being "simple" but really it is. Your skill may not be to the point where you can finish a project in one sitting, but if you practice, it will. You will develop a skill that isn't based on technology, television or high tech gizmos. It can't be taken away from you.
Does this sound like way too much thinking for a line of fabric? :) Possibly, but that really is what I've put into it. I hope that it goes out into the world and gives people a little bit of inspiration and joy. I spent so much time perusing etsy, ebay and the blogs of crafty people while designing this line. I tried to capture what I felt would inspire the indi designers and vendors that are selling their good in market type settings.
Spring is a grouping of soft pastels, peaches and greens with a sprinkling of aqua. Coupled with cream it brings forth romantic and soft projects and is a breath of fresh air in my otherwise color infused world! (Check out a sneak of one of my sewing patterns below!)
The Summer Colorway is a saturated collection of Popsicles, sunshine and cherries! You might notice my favorite flower (at least right now) in there. Third from the top, the lovely Dahlia. And then a little bit farther down-juicy cherries that look like they are ready for picking. A playful, swirly filled paisley in bright colors that delight my daughter. A seed print shaped to imitate the pomegranate. A hippie ornate print that reminds me of Henna and is affectionately named "Henna Garden." Oh what else can I point out?!
All three color stories make me so happy, but what makes me even more excited is what you can do when you combine them! Just like the colors of the seasons, the colors of the 3 groupings blend together with each other. Pull from them and see what combinations you come up with. They create a look of "going together" without being too matchy matchy. Juxtaposition within itself.
The line is officially making it's debut at Quilt Market next weekend. If you would like to order it for your store, please contact your Michael Miller rep!
I hope you love the line - it was really designed for you guys. :) I have project all over our home made out of it and will share them soon. We are in the final push of market preparations before leaving Wednesday morning but I will try and post once more before we go.