The mood at P&B Textiles was somber because their owner/founder Irwin Bear passed away just a week before market. I never met him except through a few of his very informative blog posts, but he is legendary and hugely respected in the textile industry and everyone knew him. The folks at Alexander Henry remarked on how he had been a larger-than-life fixture at every Market as long as they can remember, and they wondered what his passing means for the industry. As the P&B website states, “He wants to be remembered with joy, and he was adamant to the last that we should continue to move ahead with P&B and that is what we will do.” So on that note, let’s look at their upcoming collections …
The first is Spring Street, the second collection by Carolyn Gavin, following up her very successful debut Wild Thyme. It’s similar in style but with more novelty elements and a broader spectrum of color. You can see some of the individual prints below in the quilt, which was made using a panel print, which you can see on paper in the last picture there.
Next up, Red Rose Farm by Elizabeth Scott of Late Bloomer Quilts, which is actually arriving in shops now. This was my first introduction to her but from the reception I’m seeing around the internet, she’s very well known and loved!
These last two collections, Sausalito and Flora Bella, are from the P&B Studio (aka in-house designs!) Sausalito is printed on a lovely, slightly heavier, textured linen-like cotton, and is great for home decor. You can see the blue/beige and lavender colorways below. Flora Bella is a very pretty and versatile collection in pink and a blue colorways, and features that ghostly transparent white overprinting that we also saw at Hokkoh. So lovely!
Thanks very much to Julie Freimuth for meeting with me and showing me the new collections!