Filling the Hole

Do the things you make reflect your style? Do you set them out and display them proudly in your home? Typically, I don’t. Sad, I know.

If I had to name my home decorating style I suppose I’d call it traditional-eclectic..mostly it’s just ME though..but the majority of things I make are either country or cutsie. The reason that is is because I feel that most fabric collections are either country or cutsie. From my stand point, there’s a hole in the fabric market. If you want traditional style fabric you have to buy that really thick home decor stuff. That’s perfect for curtains and seat coverings… but not quilted wall hangings or throws. If I made a quilt out of that stuff I think it’d be a bit too bulky, kind of like tapestry and honestly, well, it would look a little dumb.

So, when I spotted this quilt I knew instantly I wanted it.. knew just where it would hang. It is so right for my home. This fabric collection, Lantern Bloom, is amazing. It’s art on fabric.. not a pattern repeated over and over. In my book, Laura Gunn, the creator of this beautiful work, hit a perfect creative mark. The colors are bright and fun but yet are still very “grown-up”.. They’re not vintage or retro or have that 70s feel to them. I know that’s popular right now but what about the rest of us that don’t really want to relive the past?

I have most of these fabric colors spread throughout my home as accents..the orange, blue, brown, cream, green..So obviously I love them.. but to have them all together..WooHoo! She’s a genius. If I had tried to do this, well, it would have been a mess. But she picked just the right shade of every color..and tada.. perfection!

So, like I said, when I spotted it I knew I wanted it. I waited until the fabric shops started receiving their shipments from Market.. and just when I was about to sit down to figure out which fabrics I needed to buy.. Laura puts up the link to the free pattern. (Can you hear the Angels sing?) Immediately I reached for the credit card :).

And when the fabrics arrived? Well, let’s just say I was not disappointed. I was home alone so there was dancing and singing..and lots of little giggles… like Christmas morning.. You fabric junkies know what I talking about :).

And that “Christmas Morning feeling” resurfaces every time I sit down to work my quilt.


I love this fabric collection and my soon-to-be new quilt! And I think Laura Gunn is so very in-tune with today’s fabric market! She’s filling the whole that everyone else has missed. Love her!



Filed under Decorating, fabric, quilting, Sewing

2 responses to “Filling the Hole

  1. Wow I absolutely agree about this fabric. It is AMAZING!!! I really loved that quilt when I saw it too and yours is coming out wonderfully.

  2. *I know, right? I hope more designers follow her lead. This collection is so completely perfect. I was even thinking about how I might use a couple of her fabrics for a belt to a dress or maybe a shirt. I just can’t get enough of it. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!*

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