I know that pineapples are a hot decorator trend at the moment. I am particularly aware of this fact because our youngest son is completely obsessed with all things pineapple, whether it is real, painted, printed or cast. So you can imagine that when I saw this new fabric line, “Fresh Market” by Bella Blvd for Riley Blake Designs, I immediately knew that I had to make him a new quilt.
Because seriously…. look at those pineapples!!
Even the colour dots on the selvedge are pineapples. There may or may not have been a lot of excited squealing when I saw that detail. I will never tell!
It’s a beautifully balanced fabric line – with a nice range of print scale – large to tiny, some great tone on tone and those hits of black to really add the pop that a good collection needs. Think of it the same as music – you need everything from high notes to low notes to make a symphony. Fabric is no different – contrast is vital for balance.
Of course – three different prints that are all pineapple are just the icing on this particular cake! I love how this range is actually not over the top flowery and girly – more bright, fresh and fun. I can see using this fabric for picnics, splashes of colour cushions, or in the kitchen with aprons and potholders!
For Sam’s quilt I am using my Sizzix half hexagon die…. it will dramatically cut down my cutting time and because it’s half hexagons the blocks will sew up quickly without any annoying y-seams or tricky seams.
If you are similarly inspired by this fabric, it is available right now. Contact your local quilt store or check out the Riley Blake website (for the US) or the Millhouse Collections website if you are in Australia to locate your nearest store.
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