Fabric Favorites 2009
So, over at True Up , there’s been a giveaway running for those who submit their lists of favorite fabrics in 2009. For some reason I didn’t feel like I had anything intelligent to add to the discussion until AFTER I started reading everyone’s submissions. While I totally missed the contest, after reading the lists of others, I just have to chime in for the fun of it.
So here goes….
Favorite collection of 2009:
This is a tough one for me. I have two. The first is Rouenneries , by French General for Moda. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this line of fabric. For the first time in my life, I wanted a piece of EVERY print in a collection. I already raved about it here .
My second favorite fabric line of the year was Whimsy by Pillow & Maxfield for Michael Miller Fabrics. I bought a ton of it in the pink colorway for my baby’s blanket, and designed a quilt for my niece in the emerald blue colorway. This was just so vibrant, I loved it. And did you know they just released the large whimsy prints in a new colorway at the beginning of January? In aqua and chocolate brown? Hello! But I digress, for this is 2010, and I’m talking about 2009.
Favorite new designer: I’d have to say Kaari Meng/French General . I’ve been watching her for a couple of years now, and was super excited to see her first fabric line.
Favorite Solid fabrics:
Kona Cottons by Robert Kaufman . Love the variety. Just wish I could find a local shop that carried a good selection of them.
Favorite new trend in quilting: Ok, some might think this is on the edge, and to some it might be old, but to me it’s new. Selvage quilting. You can learn about it here . I’ve always wished I knew what to do with the cute selvages when I cut them off, and now I wish I had them all back! I’m collecting mine for some fun after I’ve got a good stash. I want to make a spiderweb quilt like this one . At least I discovered this in time for the neatest selvages ever, again from French General. I LOVE the little design on each one.
Favorite colors: I’ve been on this one for a few years now, but I’d still have to say aqua, white, and red. Oh, how I love these colors together! Most of my house is painted a shade of aqua. I never get tired of it. And if you want to see an adorable blog in all these colors, check out Camille Roskelley’s blog . You’ll be happy if you do.
Favorite go-to fabrics: Polka dots. I’m loving them as much today as when I first fell in love with them.
Favorite holiday fabric (that I didn’t buy ANY of):
Spooktacular by Sanae for Moda. What was I thinking? Oh yeah, I had a newborn baby then. I guess that’s a good excuse.
Favorite out-of-the-ordinary collection:
Authentic by Sweetwater. I was really drawn to bolts of fabric with dictionary type pages printed on them. I liked how unusual it was.
Favorite random print that I just loved: Flower Power stripe in Heron blue by Lakehouse. I went on a huge hunt to find some of this fabric. Can’t wait to use it!
Favorite new quilt pattern that made me catch my breath: Cotton Way’s Life’s Journey (which I haven’t bought yet, but really want to). I saw it first on True Up’s post here .
Ok, I’ll stop there. I can’t believe how much I found to love of the 2009 fabrics, even with how out of the loop I felt due to adding baby #8 to my life. I’m sure 2010 will be just as wonderful!