Fall Quilt Market 2012: Blend

Blend, the recently introduced division of Anna Griffin Inc., continues to expand their designer roster and impress with a variety of artistic voices. As I said before, my photos don’t do justice to the collections, so I’ve included the company’s promotional images too where available.

Everyone who is tired of birds, owls, and deer have been asking, “Kim, what is the next hot animal?” I can say now with confidence that it is bugs. And I do have to say they have a certain appeal on fabric, even if you’re squeamish in real life. Jone Hallmark has moved over from FreeSpirit and her first Blend collection is called, simply, Bugs. It is out in January 2013.

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My snippet here of Jessica Swift‘s Blomma is so minimal, I don’t know what happened! But it is in stores now so you can see it in the detail it deserves.

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Oh, Sarah Watts, well played, my friend, well played. That sounds a bit like we’re enemies, doesn’t it? But my reaction when I saw her collections Cushion & Dust (already out) and Timber & Leaf (out this month) was, “whoa. YES. Nailed it.” The colors and illustration style have that Etsy zeitgeist and I’ll lay bets now that one or the other or both are strong contenders in Fat Quarterly’s Modern Madness next year. Cushion & Dust, by the way, is a sequel to her debut blend collection Feather n Stitch. Feather n Stitch were about two lovebirds falling for each other, and Cushion & Dust is about their first home.

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Charlotte Lyons‘ Tilly (just out) is so charming. Everything references handicrafts somehow, from the big needlework sampler prints to the little zipper stripe coordinates. The flowers of the larger-scale floral print look like buttons, and they look like they’re block printed on linen. So it’s very layered, this collection.

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Shell Rummel‘s Alchemy is newly out, and we can look forward to another round of watercolory beauty in her February 13 collection (which you don’t get to see yet), called Gossamer. You can just picture it from the name, right?

 

Bella by Amanda Murphy is another recent release. I like how warm coral and pink and cool aquas and greens are all incorporated into one colorway.

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Ana Davis‘ Animal Parade (out now) has a pattern-in-pattern thing going on in its main print. It’s a sweet collection in green, pink, and brown for the zoologically inclined kid.

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And if your zoologically inclined monkey doesn’t like pink, green, and brown, try Little Monkey by Sharon Kropp — it’s also available now.

Maude Asbury‘s Gabbie (December) is full of big exuberant Scandinavian-inspired florals and medallions. Look for an equally happy circus-themed collection called Bailey in February 2013.

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Josephine Kimberling‘s Global Bazaar is a layering of motifs inspired by India and other exotic locales, rendered in a very Josephine palette of brights. It’s kind of genius, actually! And it will all be yours in January 2013.

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No images yet, but Amanda Murphy, Charlotte Lyons, and Josephine Kimberling will have Christmas collections (April-June 2013), and Maude Asbury will have a rad vintage-packaging-themed Halloween collection around then too.

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