David Walker: Get Together, and Quilting Collection Design Trends

I’ve always been fond of David Walker’s charming kids’ collections for FreeSpirit. His newest, Get Together, features bears, pigs, squirrels, birds, and hearts. So sweet! I’m also interested in how this collection is all novelty prints (with a lot of floral action mixed in) — in this case he is playing with density and scale to fill the supporting role that coordinating geometrics usually play. Notice how some of the smaller-scale, packed prints look like geometrics from a distance.

How do you respond to collections lacking the “usual” dots, stripes, etc.? Do you see this as a trend in the industry? Maybe with the abundance of basics on the market, designers have more leeway with the conventional quilting cotton collection components. Maybe it’s just a FreeSpirit thing, or FreeSpirit is leading the way on this. In the book I profile Erin McMorris’ Weekends, another FreeSpirit collection, as an outstanding example of a modern collection that creatively flouts the traditional focus/supporting prints hierarchy. It reflects the fact that we’re using quilting fabrics for non-quilting projects just as often — or maybe even more often — than we’re using them for quilts.

Thanks to Jody of Fabric Shoppe for the photos. She has the collection available now.

One Comment

  1. Sarah Jane says:

    I’m loving those pigs on the orange background! Great collection. The “boy” ones would make a really sweet quilt. I love the trees with the blue squirrels too.