We've been hard at work on Stitch Spring 2014, (while also simultaneously getting Stitch Gifts out the door!), and mixing prints and patterns has been much on my mind because the Spring 2014 issue theme is "Pattern Play." From fabric to fashion, mixed-up prints are hot for spring, and I see some glorious options in your future.
I can't get enough of Moda's
Glamping by Mary Jane.
It is especially because I have been working with designers on the 30+ projects for Stitch Spring that I have been learning a lot about working with prints. Every designer has a different take. Some are bold; some are subtle. All are superbly talented and intuitive about their fabric choices.
I would say that I myself fall on the reckless end of the curve. I am always tending toward the outrageous with color and print, which can result in stunning success and fabulous failure.
Patchwork is of course one of the staples of Stitch magazine, and how the fabrics go together can make or break a project.
So what is the big lesson I have walked away with on prints and patchwork? This is going to sound really wimpy after all my chest-beating about how audacious I can be, but I would say to stick with the coordinates.
I have found that if I really fall in love with one fat quarter in a charm pack or jelly roll, the chances are good that I am going to adore everything else in the collection. And if I am going to put all that work into a patchwork project, where badly-mixed prints will stick out like a sore thumb, I want to be sure I absolutely adore the fabrics on their own to begin with.
There are so many amazing collections out there these days, and they just keep getting better and better, as fabric companies woo extraordinary designers. Why start trouble? I prefer to trust the experts on this one.
For lots of lovely patchwork projects, you can pre-order Housewarming Patchwork in the Sew Daily Shop.
How do you select your prints for a patchwork project? Do you stick to coordinates or go commando? I would love to know!