"Antique Flowers Collection" by Lecien
Do not adjust your set ...
I KNOW! What is UP with ME?! LOL!
I'll tell you what. Another Lecien quilt for Quilt Market!
Yes, I know. There's nothing really Shabby Chic about these colors either. In fact, one could argue they are like the anti-Shabby colors I most often relate to.
But I'm totally head-over-heels in love with this fabric all the same.
Why? Lemme 'splain.
Even though I’m a city girl I have many fond memories of visiting my Dad’s childhood home. He was raised on a small farm (80 acres) and my grandparents grew wheat & corn. They also had sheep and chickens. They lived in a tiny (and by tiny I mean the original bathroom was an outhouse) turn-of-the-century Cape Cod style farmhouse in southern Ontario (Talbotville, if you know the area) with a quaint parlour just inside the front door to the left. To me, that little parlour was the ultimate in old-fashioned, traditional romance.
Well, my sentimental heart jumped the moment I laid eyes on this collection. You see, my Grandma Irma - of Finnish decent - had beautiful long auburn hair (always worn up in a gentle bun).
And these colors are, in a word, her.
tobaccos, (this is a very ... unusual color ... but it plays so well with the other colors in this collection and I think is one of the "keys" - hardy har har - that really make Antique Flowers feel ... antique)
deep chocolate, (I was gonna say coffee, but I don't drink coffee ... and I do love chocolate)
silvery greens, (another color that almost defies description but is so gorgeous in real life)
... even the littlest hints of blush & rose
... it's all Grandma Irma.
Her parlour was appointed with everything one would expect to find in the "best room" of a country farmhouse. The window was adorned with cream, voile curtains. Heavy velvet drapes – which matched the gold wall color - functioned as a closet door.
There was a dark, antique pie-crust coffee table and oak cabinetry with glass doors to hold her books. A small wingback chair occupied one corner while a chesterfield lined the far wall and a smaller couch sat in front of the brick fireplace. (Her prized Royal Doulton & Hummel porcelain figurines cluttered the mantle!) The furniture was all mismatched and covered in a variety of upholstery from brushed mocha velvet to goldenrod cordeuroy.
The accent colors were wine and smoky blue/grey.
And the painted, squeaky floors (which were almost EXACTLY this color ...)
were covered with layers of oval braided rugs in russet & autumn browns.
And then of course there were the quintessential vintage glass bottles on the window sill to catch the light and the doilies to protect the wood and decorate the furniture.
I think you've got the picture. ;)
It's as though Lecien went to my Grandma's parlour, took an inventory of all the colors and made these fabrics especially for her.
And I've not even MENTIONED this quilter's dream combination of timeless cabbage roses,
and whimsical polkadots ...
you know ... to keep everything from being too serious.
Can you just IMAGINE what beautiful quilts can be made with this collection?
Well, I've got one in the works here. Partly the reason I haven't got my FW blocks done yet. I've been cutting and sewing like crazy working on this quilt these past few days and can hardly wait to show it to you.