Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Fabulous Fabrics: Oakdale

I recently found a fabric collection by Mark Lipinski (who, less than 2 years ago, I'd never heard of and now he's everywhere!) called "Oakdale" manufactured and distributed by Northcott. Well, I got some -- and it's spectacular! Ohmygosh, its coloration is so rich -- vibrant reds and interesting lime greens and yellows. The motif includes wheat, and sunbursts and tiny turkeys, along with surprising scrolls and some really original tonal fabrics. The scale is lovely for quilters and the designs and motifs are intricate, organized and detailed. I think every shop in the midwest should capitalize on the fabric's "bread basket" qualities and have a sample in their store.

For me, I recovered my popular pattern "Diamond Time" in the Oakdale collection and I think it's stunning. I hope my customers think so too.

Here's the backing fabric -- isn't it something?

Enjoy, Lori Allison

Brand Spankin' New "KLIMT"

I have loved the cubist art of Klimt since I saw his work at the Guggenheim -- okay, I was never at the Guggenheim, but I did see nice reproductions at the Linen's'N Things going out of business sale. Not quite as 'high brow' but inspirational never the less!

Then I looked for fun color combinations in the new Kaffe Fassett spring 09 prints and found this warm, Sonoran Desert pallette that I pursued for this design.

I contemplated these fabrics and fabulous shot cottons and finally decided that I couldn't not use that weird stripe! It just sang to me.

And so, here is my hope for putting groceries on the table this fall. I hope my customers like this contemporary, different way to use large prints.

Enjoy, Lori Allison