Thursday, May 26, 2011

::Loulouthi::

What was I supposed to be doing today?  I don't know, because I've been dreaming in Loulouthi all morning.  Anna Maria Horner's new collection (see Anna's colorways here and individual swatches here) has hit the shelves, my order is in and I can't wait to get started!  Loulouthi is shipping now from Sew Love Fabrics!

Last week I put together an assortment of 13 prints, picking and choosing from all three colorways, and created my own little set of favorites.  I've been thinking of them as Loulouthi Morning:

Loulouthi Morning

Do you like my favorites?  I'm positively smitten.

I went out on a limb and asked FreeSpirit fabrics if they would be interested in partnering with me.  You know, they provide the fabrics, I make the quilt...  And, I'm so excited because they said "yes"!!!  Oh my gosh, how fun!  And so as not to be selfish, I'm also going to create a free quilt pattern for you in whatever design I produce.  Oh, and there might be some kind of giveaway from FreeSpirit.  Just sayin.

So today I'm playing with quilt ideas. Whatever I do must have large cuts of fabrics to show off Anna Maria's gorgeous oversized floral motifs.  And, I'll also be incorporating touches of hand quilting using Anna's enticing new pearl cotton boxed sets in geranium wall and reflecting pool. 

Here's the first idea that came to mind, since I've been thinking in circles lately...

Loulouthi circles mockup

This seems like a baby quilt to me.  I see hand quilting around however many of the circles feels right and machine quilting in a double grid pattern, following the block seams. Maybe we could add a Loulouthi border as well, framing the dottie center like a huge log cabin block?

Loulouthi tiles mockup

What about this one for a larger scale quilt?  I like how the large rectangles allow some of my favorite large scale prints to shine and how all these straight edges would be a cinch to stitch up.  White or cream sashing creates a tile effect and could even be a fun place to add some hand quilting.  Or, I've also thought of enlarging the white sashing around the focal blocks (so making the focal prints slightly smaller) and adding stripes of hand quilting through the enlarged white sashing just around the focal blocks. 

Ok, so I probably should have done a mock up on that variation, but I'm starting to remember all those things that I am supposed to do today, so that's going to have to wait.  For now, I'm just excited to show you what's cookin and I'd LOVE to hear back from you on which design you prefer, whether or not you think you might want to use the pattern yourself.

Hey, and if you like my picks from Loulouthi, speak up.  I could see about getting a "Loulouthi Morning" bundle set up for you too! 

I do love new fabric.  Yes, I do.

42 comments:

  1. Ooooo pretty! I didn't know AMH had perle cotton. Cool!

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  2. Speaking up! Yes, love your picks -- they would make a beautiful bundle!

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  3. Sally - Yes, it's brand new! I don't think it's out in stores yet, but hopefully real soon.

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  4. I like the larger scale quilt. I think since the floral patterns are so curvy the boxy design offsets the patterns better than the circles. Looks awesome!

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  5. Oh I love your choices. I am getting ready to order some for myself and it is so hard to choose, not holding them in my hand. They are all so lovely and amazing! i like both quilts but think I would go with the bottom one since it shows more of the fabric patterns.

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  6. I've held off on ordering any fabric nearly all month. Nearly. This morning I couldn't resist and ordered the full fat qtr bundle. Your mock-ups look fabulous! And I'm going to check out the perle cotton. Sorry, Mr. Bank Account!

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  7. That's such a great idea to do the two bigger circles to show off the large prints. Love it. My local fabric store should be getting it this week. Aaaaaaaaaaand I just got a job there, so 20% off for me, just in time!

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  8. Both are beautiful! I think I like the squares & rectangles one a little more & have so many large scale prints, I would totally use a pattern for it. And I love the idea of the bgger frame around the larger pieces! Good job!

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  9. i am so excited! i can't wait for my quilt shop to get it!

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  10. To be totally honest, when I first saw the swatches I wasn't a huge fan. But then I saw your large scale mockup of a quilt and it is very lovely! :)

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  11. I really, really, really like your favourites!! The baby quilt idea is great. Go for it!

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  12. I love your picks! I can't wait for her thread to come out! I know there will be fabulous color choices. I'm really liking the circle version. I'm normally a square gal, but for some reason, I'm feeling the circle quilt--especially if you add some hand stitching! :)

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  13. Oh no, I'm starting to think I should make both! Hey, that wasn't the plan!

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  14. I LOVE the circle one-so pretty! The cheerful fabric makes me smile too-I'm definitely a bright colors type of gal!

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  15. I don't blame you for being distracted. I've been eyeing Loulouthi, and it won't be long before I give in! I can't wait to see what you come up with. Enjoy playtime!

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  16. Great picks! I think I like the circles quilt more, but then again the saching with the hand embrodiery sounds really cute. I know, I'm not much help. Its hard for me to make decisions on my own quilts. Good luck. Whatever you choose to do, I'm sure will be AH-mazing!

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  17. im sure whatever you make will be lovely! i just got my order in the mail today and it's even better in person!

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  18. So pretty! I definitely need to order some of these gorgeous fabrics! I love both your mock-ups, though if I were making one, I'd probably go for the squares/rectangles, but only cause I'm scared of circles!

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  19. I love the rectangle quilt...I think it really shows off these beautiful fabrics.

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  20. Oh and I would love to get my hands on these if you can really stand to give some away !!!

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  21. Rectangles, rectangles, 1000 times please go the rectangles.
    Circles are just a bit 'yesterday' but rectangles stand the test of time.
    These fabrics = gorgeous.
    Bring it on.

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  22. her fabrics are fabulous! and I love the quilt ideas you're putting together. how fun to work w/ FreeSpirit congrats

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  23. Aren't they gorgeous fabrics!
    Hard choice, I love how you see more of the prints with the squares and rectangles, the more fabric show off the better! But then there's something about the circles that suit the actual designs...
    What one would I personally like to make/have a pattern for.... the squares and rectangles.

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  24. Those are beautiful fabrics, Rachel, and I love both quilt designs, although I'd be more likely to make the second one. I like the idea of framing the large rectangles with a wider sashing to allow for hand quilting around them - that would look great! Can't wait for the tutorial/pattern!!

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  25. I love Anna Maria's fabrics and the prints you put together are fab! I have such a hard time putting fabrics together. I like the rectangles quilt.

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  26. These are some of the most beautiful fabrics I've ever seen! Love them and can't wait to see what you do with them, and now I'll be dreaming of what I might do with them.

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  27. Oh dear! I cannot wait to see what your final plan is . . . I am so jealous that you have some of this gorgeousness in hand! So glad Free Spirit worked with you!

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  28. Bevarnold123@comcast.netMay 27, 2011 at 12:16 AM

    The squares and rectangles win for me? The tile effect is very Mediteranean and a bit larger sashing with the hand quilting would be awesome. I would buy one of your hand selected bundles if available. Bev

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  29. I adore this line of fabrics! I can't wait for my work bonus to come in so I can snap some up for myself! :) I'm excited to see how your projects turn out with it.

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  30. Anna Maria and Rachel - what a perfect match! Congratulations for partnering with Free Spirit, very excited for you:)

    I like the square one, but that might be because circles makes me a bit nervous...

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  31. Feeling a little jealous- On a fabric diet. Those fabrics are so beautiful. I think I like the sqaures & rectangles quilt mock-up best. It may or may not be because I would want to keep that quilt for myself, and not have a baby spitting up over something sooo gorgeous (but that's just me being greedy!). ;-)

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  32. Rachel, I love the one with the rectangles. I put up a little inspiration board on my blog inspired by your selection: http://www.asewingjournal.com/home/2011/5/27/loulouthi-inspiration.html

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  33. I'd definitely buy your Loulouthi picks for a quilt. I just today got my own Loulouthi voile yardage. I got the deep blues and green one and the raspberry coriopsis one. Women, I'm here to tell you: gorgeous!!!!!

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  34. O wow, that's so exciting! Good for you, I am looking forward to seeing it and I really do like the pallet you've chosen. I've got some on the way that I am itching to get my hands on!

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  35. So glad MelanieO led me to you this morning. I love both designs, scared of circles though and have 2 baby quilts in my WIP pile already. I have been eyeing Loulouthi for a wedding quilt for my niece so I love the idea of the rectangles. When you make up the pattern would it be too much to ask for a couple of sizes - lap quilt and queen?

    thanks
    dxx

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  36. awesome for you and freespirit! love the new amh line, just ordered some the other day. :)

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  37. Oh dear such a quandary Rachel. I love, love the new AMH fabric range and will be ordering some this week too. I love the second one but also love circles so I guess you will need to make both. I would jump though hoops to be able to have a full set of this. Oh well I can dream.

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  38. I'm so excited for Anna Maria's new line! Your choices will make a gorgeous quilt. I would be more inclined to make the square/ rectangle version as it highlights more of the floral motifs. And I like your idea of hand quilting around the focal blocks. I'll be ordering Anna's new embroidery thread too!

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  39. Love your quilt designs. I was able to buy a 3 of Loulouthi designs (2 of which you picked too) this weekend and I'm waiting on the black clippings in voile to make a new nightgown. Fun!

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  40. I love the idea of the large rectangles with white sashing and a border. Those fabrics are so colorful and bright - I love them! And I would be very interested in a quilt pattern - thanks for offering!

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  41. I adore these made up with the tile design!! Will you be selling a pattern?

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  42. Actually, the pattern will be a free download! You can see more info on this post: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/06/loulouthi-tiles-versions-design.html

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