Monday, May 19, 2014

Pretty Potent

On first glance, I was not actually drawn to Anna Maria Horner's most recent collection, Pretty Potent.  This collection has lots of dark value prints, which may be why it wasn't initially speaking to me.  In the spring and summer I tend to crave clear bright or even soft colors.



Then I saw the above photo by Kathy of Pink Chalk Fabrics.  I subscribe to her newsletter, which keeps me informed on new fabrics and patterns and other misc. happenings in our quilty world.  Kathy has a talent for taking beautiful photos of fabrics on the bolt.  I know I'm seeing the real colors when I take in her photographs, which is one reason I make space for her newsletter in my inbox and also follow the Pink Chalk blog.

Anyhoo, that photo of Pretty Potent charmed me, and started me hankering for these fabrics.  I asked my contact at Freespirit if they could send me some (I occasionally ask manufacturers for fabric.  They do not send it unrequested, but sometimes will send it if I have a project in mind).  When I didn't get a reply, I realized...  duh, Quilt Market!  And then one day last week a mysterious box appeared and it felt like my birthday.  (Only better.  Let's be real - I never get such good birthday presents!)

Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner

So this weekend I've been folding and arranging and rearranging and petting my cuts of Pretty Potent, while feeling incredibly grateful for my extraordinary good luck.  I'm itching to start a new quilt, so the timing couldn't be better!

I decided not to check how Anna Maria grouped these fabrics for the collection, but rather to try to feel for myself how I would group and match these prints.  Most all of them are multi-color and not in obvious same-color groupings.  I ended up pulling out solids to cement the colors I was seeing in my groups.  I created two colorways:

bonfires in Autumn

This grouping focuses on oranges, reds and dusky blues.  Plus pink, but that feels like an afterthought to me, maybe because there's a ton of pink in Pretty Potent.  It feels like an autumn bonfire at dusk.

Kona cotton solids shown in top row:  Cadet, Lake and Glacier
and bottom row:  School Bus, Thistle, Paprika, Aqua.

poolside all Summer

This group feels much more "now" with watery blues, cool greens, yellow and warm pink.  As you can see, I was also able to pull lots more Pretty Potent fabrics into this grouping, though I still kept out several darker prints which matched, but seemed to change the mood.  This group feels like being poolside all summer.  I'll be sewing with these!

Kona cotton solids shown in top row:  Willow, Sage, Cerise, Ocean, Leprechaun
and bottom row:  Aqua, Canary.

Ok, off to start cutting... in between hanging the laundry.   Hope you all have a great day!

::Fabric Notes::

Pretty Potent is in stock now at Pink Chalk Fabric, Sew Love Fabrics, Intrepid Thread, Fabricworm and Sew Modern.  Plus in Canada at Fabric Spot and Mad About Patchwork.

You can find Kona Cottons at most of my sponsors, including Pink Chalk Fabric and Sew Modern

20 comments:

  1. Thank you for pulling some solids with these beautiful fabrics! Love Pink Chalk Fabrics and order from them often!

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  2. i thought there were a lot of dark value prints, too, until i saw your grouping! love the prints you are using!!!

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  3. I'm looking forward to what you do with these, I really don't like them (the colors just seem clashing to me :/ ). The sprinkle of solids really help though, if anyone can make me like the, its you!

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  4. I think the same thing about a lot of the fabrics that are first introduced; but then once I see a few of them used in quilts or projects, I warm up to them quickly. Looking forward to what you make.

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  5. I love the second grouping of fabric you pulled and I can't wait to see what you have in store for these fabrics! These are such deep colors and I know your quilt will be a gem! No to order me some fabric too.....

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  6. It will be fun to see what you do with these gorgeous fabrics.

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  7. Your second grouping totally puts me in mind of sorbets and summer.

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  8. I'm interested to see what you make with these - I have not really felt drawn to them either.

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  9. I love the way you grouped them!

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  10. I love the rich yet dusky tones of your autumn bonfire set but I agree the cooler blues do echo our current season more nicely. I think this collection leads itself to being mixed with other collections and will add depth with their darker values. I'm curious to see what Anna does with them.

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  11. I love Pink Chalk's newsletter for much the same reason - great pics and I especially like when they pair solids with new lines to show you what coordinates before you buy - very helpful! Happy sewing, Rachel : )

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  12. Rachel, do you have a favorite print in this collection? Just curious.

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  13. I'm the opposite. I was immediately drawn to this collection and think its probably my favorite AMH so far.

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  14. that bright pink echinacea print is calling my name!

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  15. I totally felt the same way about this collection, but as a huge Anna Maria Horner lover I decided to jump in with both feet anyway. I'm glad I did! As soon as the fabrics arrived in person I fell in love as usual. I like the way you've grouped them and can't wait to see how you end up using them this summer!

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  16. I've come to appreciate AMH because of your projects. :)

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  17. I usually get more and more into her collections after seeing them used a few times. I'm definitely feeling your Poolside pull. :) looking forward to seeing your creation.

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  18. I saw a photo of this fabric on instagram and it sucked me right in! Hence I have a fat quarter bundle on it's way to Australia :) Can't wait to see what you create. I'm sure it will be fantastic.

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  19. I ordered the whole line and when it arrived i was a little disheartened with the collection as a whole. And i definitely wasn't feeling some of the prints. Then after mixing in some solids as well as Field Study and Dowry it's growing on me. Some of the prints are glorious and will warrant yardage purchases and others, meh. Not my fave from AMH (that would be field study and little folks!) but pretty none the less! Thanks for adding in the names of your picks for Kona's. My solids stash is limited and it's nice to be able to know what colours go without buying everything! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  20. Gosh...I still can't say I'm really drawn to this fabric line. There are prints I like, but most of them leave me wondering how I would use them. I've no doubt you will work your magic with them and I'll see the beauty that was hiding from my {sometimes} limited vision.

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