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NEW True Colors Collection by FreeSpirit Fabrics - Blog Tour Starts Today!

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Color. If you create, it's your stock in trade. The color palette you choose for your project provides its personality: fun, elegant, romantic, rustic... The list goes on and on, because every new combination inspires a new direction. Late this past fall, the innovative minds at FreeSpirt Fabrics introduced a new designer-driven mixer collection called True Colors. The first offerings have been created under the artful eyes of some of FreeSpirits Fabrics' best-loved designers: Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Jenean Morrison and Joel Dewberry. Today, we officially kick-off the True Colors Blog Tour, which will take you through one dozen creative websites who have had their way with the True Colors mixers along with cuts from the four debut designers' newest full collections. Projects... giveaways... and most importantly, inspiration awaits!

The general concept of "mixer" or "blender" prints is not a new one, but FreeSpirit Fabrics and their designers have approached it from a very unique direction. The close collaboration means the designers can bring their amazing vision and experience with color to the table. 

These mixers feature the spot-on colors and prints that will be a perfect compliment to any quilting or sewing project, working alongside not just the designer's own fabric - but any fabric. Like a spice that can be used to invigorate hundreds of dishes, the True Colors collections can effortlessly mingle with past, present... and future FreeSpirit fabrics.

Anna Maria Horner's True Colors

The four initial collections carry each designer's signature style so they have the capacity to stand alone as well as blend with others. Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Jenean Morrison and Joel Dewberry each created five distinctive prints in four colorways. The variety is wonderful; you'll recognize some favorite designer motifs as well as brand new patterns. There are all-over graphics, whimsical florals, perfectly-sized dots, narrow chevrons, and elegant damasks to name just a few. 

Heather Bailey's True Colors

Each True Colors collection is available as full yardage as well as precut bundles: Fat Quarters, Design Rolls, and Charm Packs.

Video Snapshot

Take a look at the inspiring video produced by Creativebug, which gives you a look inside the colorful worlds of these first four designers and shows how color affects their lives and their work. 

The link below will open a window to view the video on YouTube:

The Story of the True Colors Collection by Creativebug and featuring: Anna Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Jenean Morrison and Joel Dewberry

Joyce Robertson, global creative director for Westminster Fibers Lifestyle Fabrics (a division of Coats plc., the world's leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business), underscored their commitment to the new brand. "The program is designed to grow beyond our initial offering of artists and will combine the best of the best with new, fresh prints to create truly proprietary and unique mixer prints with longevity in the marketplace."

Jenean Morrison's True Colors

The Blog Tour

Starting tomorrow, you can experience how eleven creative bloggers expressed their True Colors. To round it out to a full dozen, we have our own Sew4Home project as well, coming up this Thursday, blending fabric from Jenean Morrison's True Colors collection with fabric from her new Wishing Well collection. 

Each blogger was provided with a complete selection of pre-cuts along with full yardage cuts from their designer's latest collection. They also received coordinating Coats thread. 

No sneak peeks of the projects here... you'll want to visit each site on each day to see what they've come up and to find out about the True Colors giveaway each will sponsor.

Tuesday, January 21st:

Amy Gibson - Stitchery Dickory Dock, who will be working with Heather Bailey's collections

Wednesday, January 22nd:

Katy Jones - I'm A Ginger Monkey, who will be working with Jenean Morrison's collections

Thursday,  January 23rd:

Heather Valentine - The Sewing Loft, who will be working with Anna Maria Horner's collections

Thursday, January 23rd:

Anne Adams and Liz Johnson - Sew4Home; we'll be working with Jenean Morrison's collections

Friday, January 24th:

Jennifer Mathis - Ellison Lane, who will be working with Joel Dewberry's collections

Monday, January 27th:

Amy Smart - Diary Of A Quilter, who will be working with Jenean Morrison's collections

Tuesday, January 28th:

Kathy Doughty - Material Obsession, who will be working with Anna Maria Horner's collections

Wednesday, January 29th:

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood - CraftSanity, who will be working with Heather Bailey's collections

Thursday, January 30th:

Rachel Hauser - Stitched in Color, who will be working with Anna Maria Horner's collections

Friday, January 31st:

Lindsay Conner and Mary Jaracz - Craft Buds, who will be working with Heather Bailey's collections

Monday, February 3rd:

Julie Herman - Jay Bird Quilts, who will be working with Joel Dewberry's collections

Tuesday, February 4th:

Melissa Peda - 100 Billion Stars, who will be working with Jenean Morrison's collections

Joel Dewberry's True Colors

Current and future True Colors collections can be found at fine in-store and online retailers everywhere. Visit the FreeSpirit website for a retailer locator

Four Creativebug Classes Feature Each True Colors Designer

Creativebug and FreeSpirit Fabrics have partnered to create four step-by-step video classes, one featuring each True Colors designer.

Learn alongside the masters: Anna Maria shows you how to piece and sew a colorful quilt. Joel and his wife Laurie make a farmer’s market tote bag. Heather creates a charming throw pillow, and Jenean whips up easy, no-sew kids party decorations.

Creativebug is known for its all-star lineup of instructors and video classes that walk you through creative projects from start to finish. With classes in sewing, quilting, knitting, jewelry and more – there's something for everyone in their growing library of classes. If you'd like to get access to the Creativebug classes and the True Colors fabric collection for free, enter to win Creativebug’s Pin It to Win It Contest.

Follow Creativebug and FreeSpirit Fabrics on Pinterest, and re-pin your favorite True Colors project from their Pinterest Contest Board. The contest starts January 24th (the day after the last True Colors Creativebug class goes live) and runs through 1/31/14. Prizes include fat quarters from the True Colors collection and a free 6-month Creativebug subscription. Visit Creativebug, starting January 24th for complete contest details. 

In addition, to celebrate the launch of the True Colors collectionsCreativebug is offering a free one-month trial with the check-out code: TRUECOLORS.

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Comments (35)

Deb Adams said:
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The True Colors collection is really ALIVE and I think the variety of projects that would be appropriate for these fabrics is unending!!

J.L. Walker said:
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I like Joel Dewberry's True Colors; they make me think of a rich spring! These would be perfect for cute bags or purses. Hope I win!!

Typy said:
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Love the colours and the prints. So very fresh looking.

Anne Poulsen said:
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What Can I say, these new colors are wonderfull. I would so love to gået my hands on the. 

Lori Morton said:
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Looooove these fabrics!! AWESOME colors & prints!! :)

Rosemary Bolton said:
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Just found this post! WOW these fabrics are amazing.

I love them all :-D

Christy Daigle said:
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This very lively line would make a great child's carousel. The True Colors are great paired against each other and I couldn't single out one color. If I were to have this line, I'd back it with one of the light blue or green colors.

Nan Barone said:
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Would love to use these fabrics for quilts for my grandkids! Bright timeless colors they won't outgrow. 

Debby Errigo said:
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Thanks so much - I just love giveaways!!!  And I love all these beautiful new fabrics.  Thanks to Free Spirit for all the chances to win some if this great True Colors line.  Maybe it'll be my turn to win something!

samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

Laurie P said:
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These colors are just beautiful and just what I need during this cold, gray January with our terrible inversion.  I could almost imagine sitting I my porch swing on a lovely summer day if I were surrounded by these lovely prints.  Thank you for the chance.

Debra Kay Neiman said:
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Wow... 4 designers make this a wonderful collection.  I love the colors and fabrics and these will make quilts and small projects a pleasure.  crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Elizabeth Bolton said:
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It's wonderful to see the new lines of fabric, and the bright colours are so cheering this time of year.  Thanks for setting it all up!

lyn lewis said:
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FABulous fabrics - and a a blog hopalong to learn as we visit! Whats not to like!!

Kathleen O'Grady said:
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What a fun Hop!  All the colors are so happy and beautiful, Anna Maria and Heather just rock!  So many wonderful options with these fabrics!  kogrady@cableone.net

Sharon H, dambuster0662@gmail.com said:
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Beautiful fabrics, just perfect for the soon coming Spring!

The Quilting Loft said:
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Fabulous write up! We are excited to host the Anna Maria Horner fabrics at our shop this spring and summer! I will be sharing your post ! Thank you! 

Kathy Fair said:
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Lovely fabrics.  Can't wait to see how the fabrics are inspiring folks.

Sheila Wynens said:
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LOVE this new line.  The colors call out to me!  Beautiful.

Julie Beard said:
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It's so sad this fabric is more than likely not going to get to Australia until 2015!!!!! So bye that time you all will have had a wonderful play and all I can do is think about what I would have liked to have made with it!!!!!  I love the colours they are so inviting, warm, natural, cosy, springtime, romance and anything else you'd care to think of.  I am so envious. Julie Beard www.julie714@adam.com.au 

ElliPirelli said:
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Boah, I´m so impressed from the colcours !!! They are wonderfull, can´t wait buying it.

Elke

Tesuque said:
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I'm anxious to see how the bloggers use the fabrics.

Jenn Reed said:
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All of the designs and fabrics, are beautiful and I love them all.

BarbL said:
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I love all the bright colors! They are great "therapy" for a very cold and cloudy winter day!

Estela said:
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Thanks for posting all this great information. I love the colors for all the designers!

Flicsha Allen said:
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love the colors and the pints . I can see lots of projects large and small for the fabrics. Flicsha

Valarie Carey said:
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Love the colors and the patterns.  I can see many new quilts and wallhangings out of this line of fabric.  Great job

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