Sunday 26 May 2013

Setting up shop

Ever since I heard that Spotlight was releasing a line of quilting cottons by Australian fabric designers Prints Charming, I have been anxiously awaiting their arrival.

I first fell in love with their designs when I saw their cotton poplin prints in Spotlight, which I used to back my Scrappy Trip Along quilt (one of my favourite ever quilt backs!).

When I saw a couple on Kirsten's blog, I knew they couldn't be far away, and last weekend I managed to get my hands on a good range of the prints at my local Spotlight.

I think the fabrics are super cool - the colours are bright and very fun and the prints are naive, whimsical and a little bit folksy, in Prints Charming's usual style.  I really like that there is a good range of print sizes - there are a couple of really large scale prints, some medium sized prints and a couple of smaller prints.  This fits with the classic design advice given to quilters - to use prints of varying scale to add interest and movement to quilts.

I managed to snap up a reasonable amount of fabric, and while I am keeping some for myself, I decided to list a few fat quarter bundles in my etsy shop (very newly opened).  I particularly had in mind those outside New Zealand and Australia who won't be able to get their hands on this fabric at Spotlight, but of course anyone should feel free to take a look.

This is the cool fat quarter bundle, which features 6 fat quarters in the following prints.  To give you a better idea of the different prints and their scale, the swatches below show an approximately 18" square of each fabric in the bundle.

prints charming for spotlight

prints charming for spotlight

prints charming for spotlight

prints charming for spotlight

I have made these up as metric fat quarters, measuring at least 50 cm (20") by 55 cm (21").

This is the warm fat quarter bundle, which also features 6 fat quarters, in the following prints.

prints charming for spotlight

prints charming for spotlight

prints charming for spotlight

prints charming for spotlight

Tempting, right?  I have four fat quarter bundles in each colour way.  If you are interested, check out my shop!

Ok - I spent my weekend doing everything (buying fabric, attending a guild meeting, and a massive tidy up of my craft room) except sewing, so now I'm off to do some stitching!  See you later in the week with my latest finished project.


Annabella said...

The bundles are beautiful Adrianne - good luck with your new venture!

Sarah @ said...

Great fabric choices!!

Erica said...

Those are gorgeous! Congrats on your new shop!

Nat at Made in Home said...

Great fabric choice for your shop!

Salsy said...

Go Girl!

Kirsten said...

Just love these fabrics - the bundles look beautiful!

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Enjoy your stitching, these look like fun prints. We don't have a Spotlight store in our town but I know of a couple just over an hours drive....I'll keep these in mind if visiting these towns.

Susan at said...

Those are fantastic! Can't wait to see how you use them.