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Love That Fabric: March 2011

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Spring officially begins in three days, conveying with it the anticipation of sunshine, flowers, baby birds, spotted fawns and lush green fields. I look out the window and see none of that. Spring has its work cut out for it. Seems like a good time to give spring a nudge with a field of enchantingly fresh prints guaranteed to bring a little ray of sun to your day. 

Honey Child

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Honey Child by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit Fabric mixes colors so vividly and brilliantly they nearly sing. Bold but never garish, they are ideal for sprucing up a room with pom pom throw, and would be gorgeous both in women's and little girls' apparel.

View the full collection from Free Spirit Fabric here.
Jennifer Paganelli's website: Honey ChildHoney Child Laminates and Inspiration

Where to Buy

Fabric.com
Sew Mama Sew

Rose Parade

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Rose Parade by Moda is a collection so light and airy, I immediately envision it in a bedroom. The Rose Garden Patchwork is perfect for making a quick but charming cheater quilt. A cheater quilt is made from fabric pre-printed with a patchwork design. It's easy to then quilt along the printed pattern to create the illusion of patchwork. Bind it in pillowcases, and a ruffled bedskirt to complete the look. This is the kind of bedroom that makes me linger over breakfast in bed – buttery toast, coffee with real cream and a bowl of fresh strawberries. What could be better?

View the full collection from Moda here.

Where to Buy

Hancocks of Paducah
This collection is just out, so look for more outlets in the next couple weeks.

Bazaar Style

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Bazaar Style from Art Gallery Fabrics is a Moroccan-inspired collection. The names are just as exotic as the floral and medallion prints... Gems Ocean, Imperial Turquoise, Bellydancer Sky and Exotic Flora Deep are shown in the image above. In addition to the ocean colorway, there is a sandy terra version that is blended beautifully with amethyst purple.

View the full collection from Art Gallery here.
There are currently some lovely sample pieces on the Art Gallery home page.

Where to Buy

Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric.com 
Hawthorne Threads

Strawberry Tea Party

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A small collection, Strawberry Tea Party by Michael Miller Fabrics would be lovely for tablecloth. The Strawberry Tea Party focus print with its berry covered teapots, pink cups and little birds is so cheerful, it simply must go into my stash!

View the full collection by Michael Miller here.

Where to Buy

Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric.com
Hawthorne Threads

Finding Fabric

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. You can also try Googling the fabric name along with the designer's name or the design house, for example: "Strawberry Tea Party" and Michael Miller. 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.

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Comments (7)

ummunada said:
i wish i could buy them in my country cos i wanna have them all. but to buy them from abroad will cost me a good fortune.. what with shipping fee and taxes..smilies/cry.gif
wordygirl said:
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I think "Bazaar Style" would make a fantastic "New Wave" quilt, using Elizabeth Hartman's pattern.
Mellamommy said:
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Love it all. I want to make dresses for my girls out of the strawberry tea party fabric.
KathyFagan said:
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All so pretty. Love the idea of the "cheater quilt" - easy smilies/smiley.gif

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