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Love That Fabric: October

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It's October and raining here in the Pacific Northwest. Even though it was sunny just two days ago, I already miss the warm dry weather! But, far from gloomy are our four charming collections featured this month. From farm animals, to mod flowers, to a leisurely weekend fabric; plus a new stunner that I have a crush on.

City Weekend

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City Weekend is by oliver + s and produced by Moda. Known for cute children's apparel patterns, this is their first fabric collection. Take a look at the oliver + s blog to see some delightful examples of children's apparel and décor made from City Weekend. This fabric is both smart and charming for children, but there is nothing about it that limits its use to children. Designed to have the feel of relaxing weekend in the city, it accomplishes that goal well with a casual mix of prints and a wonderful scale of motif and mixable colors. The collection also includes a number of prints in 60" interlock knits. Now, that's weekend comfort! In stores now.

View the full collection here.

Fun Flowers

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Bright and bold, with a name that fits perfectly, Fun Flowers by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods has more possibilities than I thought at first glance. My initial thinking went to girl's bedroom… an enthusiastic mix of cheery pillows on a coordinating duvet, or bright dresses in a mix of dots and flowers. This is a big collection, so even if you want a bit more subtle look, you can find that here too in some of the simpler motifs, including traditional gingham, a diagonal check, micro dots, and a delicate fretwork. The variety and sheer volume of prints is ideal for quilting. In stores now.

View the full collection here, here and here.

Innocent Crush

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Me want. What a gorgeous collection; and to-die-for colors. Anna Maria Horner has another winner with Innocent Crush produced by Free Spirit Fabric. Ten prints in two colorways, Charmed (cool colors) and Swept Away (warm colors) give you a license to mix in crazy ways that shouldn't work, but do. Fantastically! It has a bit of a bohemian feel; motifs with romantic florals, interesting stripes, delicate blossoms, and a shattered flower print that is surprisingly beautiful.

View the full collections here.

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Farm Fresh

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Due out this month, Farm Fresh by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Designs is cute! cute! cute! It has softly colored farm-fresh animals, produce and flowers with a mix of coordinating gingham, plaids, polkadots plus an almost plain "haybale" textured print. The three colorways are very subtle shades of brown, green and teal making mixing it up fearless fun. Perfect and adorable for children's décor and apparel, with smaller motifs and repeats that make it easy to use.

View the full collection  here.

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: "Innocent Crush" and "Free Spirit Fabric." 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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