Remember all those time I told you “I’m so busy but I can’t share any of it with you yet!” Well, I’m excited to say that today, I finally can! You may know from my numerous Instagram posts that I’ve been working a lot with Lecien Fabrics of late. I’ve admired this Japanese company from afar for a while and was delighted when Yoko, one of their representatives based in the US, made contact with me a few months ago to ask if I’d be interested in trying out some of their newest collections. That initial collaboration turned into the colourful log cabin quilt I blogged about some weeks back. Highly publicised on my Instagram feed, I had so much fun making that quilt top and looking forward to the day when I can finally get it basted and quilted. Also, nudge, nudge, there’s another one in the works!
Some of the other Lecien projects I can now share are a little more muted in their appearance but were no less exciting to make. When Yoko asked if I wanted to use the latest First Of Infinity collection I jumped at the chance. Set to make its debut at this fall’s Quilt Market, the fabric, like previous collections, makes a bold and graphic statement, and I’m so excited the quilt I made will be featured on the Lecien stand!
I wanted to use the fabric in an improvisational way (such a shock, right?) and coupled it with some 1000 Colours solids and new yard dyed cottons. I can’t tell you how much of a joy all these fabrics are to work with. They press like a dream! For the first time, Lecien have released a number of new pre-uts and have coordinated new solid colours to work with their most popular collections, including First Of Infinity. I quilted this quilt with organic wavy lines and finished it with a simple black binding. I so wish I was going to Quilt Market to see it in the wild.
Another quilt that will be gracing the Lecien stand is a smaller sample I made featuring the some of these new solours. Improv again, I loved piecing with abandon and coupling the lightweight solids with the texture of the new yarn dyed cottons. Pre-cuts like origami squares (10″ x 10″) and sushi rolls would be perfect for this kind of piecing. Another thing that makes the quilt special is the fact that I got to quilt it on a long arm during my last trip to North Wales to film Quilt Monkey episodes. It was highly addictive, as I always suspected it would be, and in my head I’m rearranging furniture to see if I can fit one it the attic!
The new look book for all of Lecien’s new and upcoming releases is available to view now. Just click here to see all the gorgeous fabrics and inspiring makes that feature them. You can also see all the pre-cuts available, which I’m sure with get your creative juices flowing!
I’m so excited to stalk the Quilt Market hashtags and look forward to seeing ALL the fabrics. If you’re attending, be sure to stop by the Lecien stand and let me know what you think of these quilts. Any pictures of my work in the wild would be much appreciated. I felt so privileged using these fabrics before their general release and am so excited to be featured at Quilt Market. I sense a giveaway coming on…