It’s really nice knowing people who go to Market. For those of you who may not be familiar with it, Market is the place where all the shop owners, fabric and quilt designers, and teachers get to go and see all the new fabrics, patterns, books, and notions that will come out in next six months. (It’s only open to the trade.)
It can be a madhouse, especially Sample Spree…which is usually the night before market opens. It’s an opportunity for designers and shop owners to get a head start by purchasing pre-cut fabrics (fat quarter towers to charm squares) from a number of fabric manufacturers. This allows folks like me…who want to get a head start in designing a class or pattern…to complete their finished projects around the time that the fabric comes on the market.
Well, I wasn’t able to go to Market this year…but, someone who went brought me some Moda precuts of Rural Jardin, the second line of fabric by Kaari Meng of French General. And, I have to confess…these fabrics are really beautiful and have a lot of those pinky reds that I so dearly love. Since they won’t be out until Spring 2010, you’ll have a wait a while, but you can certainly begin planning.
They blend beautifully with Kaari’s first line of fabric, Rouenneries, which I gushed about some months ago when I won the jelly roll pictured on the right from a giveaway hosted by The Quilt Shoppe (www.thequiltshoppe.net/).
Rouenneries has been so popular I just have a feeling that it’s going to fly out of the stores. So far, I’ve probably seen a half dozen new pattern designs featuring the fabric, including a wonderful applique pattern by Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs fame. It is called Le Jardin and Anne was kind enough to allow me to post the photograph below. You can find out more about Bunny Hill Designs by clicking here bunnyhilldesigns.com. And, if you want to see the entire line, including linen/cotton blends and wovens, visit the Moda webpage at www.unitednotions.com/fcc_Rouenneries.pdf.
Precuts for Rounneries have been in the stores for a couple of weeks, but fabric on the bolt should be arriving in the next week or so. In fact, if you live in the South Bay Area, I happen to know that the Prairie Queens Quilt Shop in San Jose will be getting the entire line of this fabric in their store. Keep checking their website at www.prairiequeensquilts.com/ to find out when they arrive. Don’t forget to support your local shops!
Disclaimer: I hate to sound like an infomercial….but when I see something I love I gotta share the news. Just think of me as the applique whisperer…or is that the quilt town crier.