Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Artist UnSEWn Series presents Spring Fever by Jane Sassaman

Spring Fever by Jane Sassaman

Hello, everyone! I am pleased to be invited to tell you a little bit about my latest collection for FreeSpirit called Spring Fever. As the name implies this is a group of fabrics that truly has an optimistic, and frankly, a romantic point of view.

The collection revolves around Queen of the May, who is tickled pink that winter is finally over and the season of growth has begun. This design is a bit giddy with good cheer. The Tulips follow up in the promising procession, a quintessential symbol of Spring.



As you know, I favor large scale designs, which I call Personality Prints because of their obvious graphic power. But this season we decided to try them in a more delicate scale (mini), as well. I like them both!



The large print is fabulous for fussy cut quilts and the mini prints are wonderful for wearables and quilting,too. We have designed several quilts with this happy fabric, but my favorite one is called Stargazer. This is a paper piecing project. The white background really creates a light and airy feeling. You can download your free pattern on freespiritfabrics.com/inspirations.  Final pattern coming soon!
Designed by Jane Sassaman
Quilted by Gina Boone
Pieced by Melissa Peda

Here are some wearable projects made with the Mini Queen of the May fabric. The shirt dress is Vogue Pattern, Bill Blass #2961. I love the addition of the stripes. The little girls jumper is a classic Butterick #5283 from our archives. The tiny blouse is made from vintage Sassaman fabric from the Enchanted collection. So cute!

The rest of the supporting players add some “sass” to the collection. They contribute some contrast and graphic sting especially when they are paired with the frilly flowers.




But these fabrics are mighty powerful on their own! Here you see a quilt design that would delight all of you Mid=century Modern fans. What a difference a change in color can make! This is made with a 10” block, plus the Checkerboard and Sassy Stripes in the Indigo and Mexican color pallet.




I think these designs have lots of possibilities for your sewing summer projects and I’d love to see what you stitch up!
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