You know the old adage you can never get enough of a good thing? Well in the case of Riviera, that is definitely true. I still have some of the original Riviera squirreled away (jealous?) and have been judiciously using it in small amounts in almost every scrap or applique project I do. When I heard that there was another Riviera collection in the making I admit I did a celebratory booty shake. Something about the colors and textures in these groups get my creative juices flowing. In the new Riviera collection, Riviera II, there are some new prints that have been added, as well as some old prints that we brought back in new colors.
While I love those quilts, I had already pulled some of my original Riviera stash to work on the Pinwheel Sampler Pattern (still on my pinwheel kick), and now I have added some of the new Riviera II in the mix and it’s going to be decidedly delicious. This collection works well with just about any style quilt, from 3 color to scrappy; I dare you to try to find a pattern it won’t work with! Here is a picture of two of the blocks I have finished. I am so excited!
Another special note about this collection is that my friend Vicki Bellino has a new pattern Remembering Annabelle out that we kitted up with Riviera II and it is unbelievably adorable. The Remembering Annabelle pattern was designed as a tribute to Anne (Annabelle) Myers. Anne was Vicki’s best friend, and she lost her 18 month battle with colon cancer last May. Toward the end of her struggle, Anne moved to a hospice care center in Louisville, KY called Hosparus, where she was cared for with the utmost love and support. In honor of Anne, Connecting Threads has decided to donate 10% of all Remembering Annabelle pattern and kit sales to the Hospice Foundation of America.
On a lighter note, since Vicki is such an amazing person, she gave the sample of the Remembering Annabelle Wall Hanging to me. I LOVE it!! My husband, however, is not so in love with it since, even though I got the wall hanging free, it’s ended up costing him a lot of money because I am in the process of redoing the entryway to match it. I haven’t told him we are repainting yet…