Spring Quilt Market wrapped up a couple weeks ago and now a deluge of beautiful fabric collections, having made their debut at Market, begin showing up in stores like a fresh crop of peaches – lush, beautiful and snapped up quickly by the appreciative. This is the perfect time to shop for your next project and add too-pretty-to-pass-up prints to your stash.
The creative options with these gorgeous new fabrics are endless! Browse our favorite shops in the new Shopping Directory. We have worked extensively with the terrific people who operate these businesses and they have delighted us with their products and service at every interaction. They also help support our ability to provide free tutorials and patterns to you. Show 'em some love, and we'll give it back to you. Have fun looking !
Loulouthi by Anna Maria Horner for Free Spirit Fabrics
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S4H Senior Editor, Liz Johnson met up with Anna Maria Horner at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City for a firsthand look at her latest collection, Loulouthi. Liz says it's even more striking in person than it is online. What a treat to find that Loulouthi is not only available in premium 44" cotton, but also includes four prints in cotton laminate, and six voile prints.
Anna Maria describes her new collection: Loulouthi is a treasure box of all that I love about flowers and fabric coming together in form and inspiration. The word loulouthi simply translates from the Greek as “flower." But in an ongoing story, my cultural heritage has enlivened these fabrics with visions of needleworks in progress, the gentle tending of village gardens, and the luxury of living alongside everyday works of art. The language of flowers and floral handiwork has spoken to me since before I could thread my own needles, and this collection is my reply to all that beauty.
Loulouthi is new on the market, and just beginning to show up in stores or online now.
Found it: CityCraft (cottons and voile)
Fat Quarter Shop (includes two fat quarter bundle options)
View Loulouthi at Free Spirit Fabrics
Anna Marie Horner's Blog
Sweet Pickins by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman
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These prints are all authentic 1930's reproductions from Darlene Zimmerman's personal collection. Perfect for our retro kitchen tutorials: oven mitts. Just as pretty as they were 80 years ago, these prints would also be great for picnic projects and more. Love the border print! It's going into my stash because I know it will be spot on for something.
Sweet Pickins is also new on the market, and beginning to show up in stores or online now.
Found it: Fat Quarter Shop FQS also carries a fat quarter bundle, and charm pack!
View Sweet Pickins at Robert Kaufman
Darlene Zimmerman's website (The Feedsack Lady)
Prince Charming by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics
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What frog? You almost don't notice what you're seeing when you first look at the Frog Prince print... ohhh, THAT regal fellow staring right backatcha? Prince Charming from Tula Pink for Free Spirit is full of whimsical hidden surprises. The more you look, the more you see, the more you want. Can you find the giant sea turtle in the Toile print or the snail in Scallop? I'm swooning over the Taffy print, simple but what pizazz! There are also five cotton laminates and six voile prints. S4H is already a big fan of Tula Pink. We did our recent Mother's Day tote, tea towels, pillows and sachets in Parisville. Any of those tutorials, and so much more, would adapt beautifully using Prince Charming. I may break the bank stashing this collection!
Also new on the market, but beginning to show up in stores or online now.
Found it: Fat Quarter Shop FQS also carries fat quarter bundles, and coordinating designer solids!
View Prince Charming at Free Spirit Fabrics
Tula Pink's blog
If you see a particular fabric online that you like, you can check your favorite fabric source to find out if they have it in stock or can get it for you. Be sure to look at our Shopping Directory for our fave sources. You can also try Googling the fabric name along with the designer's name or the design house, for example: "Prince Charming" and "Tula Pink" and/or "Free Spirit Fabrics". Prints from older collections can sometimes be found on Etsy or eBay. If you love a fabric, get it while you can. Because, like fashionable apparel, popular fabrics come and go; at some point even the most amazing fabrics are no longer in stores or online.