Spring Quilt Market 2013: Robert Kaufman – Basics

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Robert Kaufman is famous for their basics, and basics seem to be more popular and appreciated these days (maybe as the “new generation” of sewists becomes more savvy?), so now when I gush about solids and basics, people won’t think I’m being ironic!

RK just rolled out new Kona solids last year, and this year there are even more — 28, coming out in July 2013. There are more light grays, and I’m really attracted to the on-trend greens. Their Essex linens are rounded out with yarn-dyes, and apparel sewists will definitely be seeking out the cotton chambrays, chambray union (which I’m assuming is a bottomweight), and an interesting reversible railroad denim stretch fabric.  If you love color, batik, and chevrons, or even any two of those three things, also look out for the new Ombre stripes and Artisan Batiks. The stripes are tailor made for this “Faux-Gello” pattern, a kind of cheater version of a bargello quilt.

In the next posts: Kaufman’s print collections and Jennifer Sampou!

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Photos and legwork by Sam Hunter. Sam is a fiber artist and quilt designer behind Hunter’s Design Studio.

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