Sorry for the recent radio silence. Feel free to blame it on one of two things. Either I was so busy working on my increasingly high pile of deadlines, or my ability to sit and type was affected by the pain that has assaulted my sinuses these last few days. I think I’m finally over the worst of it, so hopefully I’ll be back to normal soon. In my absence, lots of exciting things have been happening! The letterbox has been flapping around like crazy as lots of new fabric was delivered for me to play with and I’m excited to share some of it with you now.
As I became more active on social media during the early part of my foray into quilting, the name Lecien popped up on various posts and pictures. The fabric depicted was mostly floral, with lots of pastels colours and ditsy prints that appealed to the more traditional quilter. A few weeks before the most recent Quilt Market, I stumbled across Lecien’s Instagram account and began following them. I learnt a lot about the history of this Japanese company from their website, and yet, something on Instagram was different. The fabric they were positing peeks of wasn’t the fabric I’d come to associate them with. These were bright, graphic and modern and appealed to my style of quilting. Over the course of Quilt Market I grew to love their most recent collections more and more as they shared pictures of gorgeous quilts made with these fresh, modern fabrics. I was sold. I had to have some!
Imagine my delight then when I received an e-mail from Lecien’s American representative to ask if I’d be interested in receiving some of their fabrics to use in my future projects. I was overjoyed and immediately replied YES! Those of you who follow me on Instagram will already now how excited I was when a boxful of fabric arrived. I was like a child in a sweet shop as I rummaged through all the goodies they’d sent.
The collection that caught my eye online is called L’s Modern and comprises of a rainbow of stunning blenders and small-scale prints split into two colourways, warm and cool, and a ‘Spring’ collection also split into warm and cool colours. As well as yardage, the collection is offered in a range of precuts, from 5″ charm packs, 10″ origami squares and 2.5″ strips called sushi rolls, I know, adorable, right? The potential for this collection is limitless, and I can see so many ways to incorporate these prints, either small or large pieces, into my patchwork. The colors are zesty, the designs bold. Whilst impossible to choose a favourite, I love the dumbbell print and the squares-in-squares which, in the cool colourway, are printed with metallic ink. So on trend right now! The text print is awesome too, and I am a sucker for a good text print. There are a number of prints, especially in the Spring collection, that would make great bindings and so many would work with other fabric collections. If brights aren’t your thing, then there are numerous other collections to look our for. I was also sent some Quilter’s Basics in the woodland colourway which is a little more subdued but just as versatile. Some of the greens I can see finding their way into future Vegetable Patch quilts.
This loveliness is looking right at home amongst the ever-increasing stash and I can’t wait to get some of my deadlines out of the way and start sewing. Now, I feel lucky to be the recipient of such awesome fabric and I want to share some of it with all of you! I have a L’s Modern Spring sushi roll in the cool colourway up for grabs. Much like a jelly roll, there are 42 2.5″ by width of fabric strips to play with, perfect for so many blocks and patterns.
If you fancy getting your hands on it, simply leave a comment on this post. If you’re not yet following the blog, please do so and let me know in your comment. For an extra entry, head over to Instagram and follow me there. Leave an extra comment on this post to let me know if you do. I’ll draw a winner in a week.
EDIT – Congratulations Brooke K! You are the randomly chosen winner of the giveaway. I’ll be in touch via e-mail shortly to find out your shipping information. Thanks to everyone for playing along.