It’s rare that I get really excited over a group of fabrics that aren’t batiks, but I’ve been waiting with high expectations for a new collection from In The Beginning Fabrics called September Light.
You see, about 5 months before one of their fabric collections comes out in stores, I go over to In The Beginning’s wholesale offices to pick up a set of “boards” so I can proof and edit the directions for their free handout patterns for an upcoming collection. The boards are paper images of the fabrics glued to embossed artboard which the sales reps use to pre-sell the fabric way before it’s printed.
When I saw the boards for this new collection by Lida Enche, I got very excited. Lida is a graphic designer, illustrator and painter and her designs look like they are inspired by impressionist painters, with obvious brushstrokes, bold, beautiful, lush colors and organic patterns. There is a rustic, natural quality to her artwork and maybe the reason they appeal to me is because they are not far from the irregular, organic, exotic qualities of batiks that I love so much. Another reason for my captivation, is that many of the fabrics are in teals and funky greens – my favorite colors!!!!
Three days ago marked the next step in getting fabric to quilt shops; the air yardage arrived. This means that the fabric has been printed and while most of it will be brought to the US in a container on a ship, about 30 yards are sent by air to In The Beginning so they can make the fabric “headers”. These are samples of actual fabric that the sales force can use to sell the fabrics to shop owners. Even though the paper boards are pretty exact, there’s nothing like looking at actual fabric to see how wonderful the fabrics are.
So in about 4 weeks, the bulk of the fabric shipment will arrive rolled on tubes (ROT), get doubled and rolled, and then sent to quilt shops. The double and rolling (D and R) machines fold the fabric in half, and roll it onto bolts in 10 – 15 yard lengths. It’s fascinating to watch these machines (and not just a little mesmerizing).
The best part of all of this is that I’m making a set of placemats and tablerunner for In The Beginning to use to show the off fabrics, and I was able to take home cuts of about 12 of these new fabrics. Within 10 minutes of arriving home I was hard at work. It’s rare that I’m that anxious to sew (I do a LOT of sewing), but I couldn’t wait to see how they all looked together – and I’m not disappointed. Here’s the set of table toppers I made using my soon-to-be-released pattern called Making Waves.
I’m In Love!!! I can think of lots of projects to make with these rich fabrics and can’t wait to see what other quilters make with them. If any of you do create quilts or other projects with the September Light fabrics, I hope you’ll send me email pictures.