Best Juvenile Collections
My two favorite juvenile collections last year both did “gender neutral” in unique ways. Jackie Shapiro’s Sweetpea line for Windham used bold graphics in yellow (the traditional go-to gender neutral color) with orange, green, and red, and touches of pink and gray. There is enough variety in the collection to go completely neutral or skew to boy or girl.
Heather Ross‘ Rabbits and Race Cars was a small collection for Kokka printed on decor-weight cotton, with girl-leaning dancing animal and meadow prints, and boy-leaning car prints (the best car prints ever in the history of car prints, I might add). previously blogged)
Best Home Decor Collection
The quilting cotton industry is starting to recognize that sewists are using quilting cottons for far more than quilting. Westminster has led the way, rebranding themselves as “Lifestyle Fabrics” and producing a number of collections using heavier weight cottons and sateens for use in home decor, accessories, and even quilts and apparel. 2008 saw Anna Maria Horner’s Drawing Room, Amy Butler’s August Fields, Denyse Schmidt’s County Fair, and Joel Dewberry’s Ginseng, which were all spectacular. Alexander Henry also introduced some wonderful prints in their Fashion for Home collection: I flipped for Carolina and Heath.
However, my personal favorite is Jessica Jones’ Amusement Park for J.Caroline Creative (previously blogged), just because the simple graphics and colors exactly my style (plus, I have to hand it to any upstart indie fabric company!)
more 2008 best-ofs here.