This October, we debuted a new fabric collection in our catalog and online called Heirloom Manor. I personally love this collection—to date it is my favorite fabric line that I have worked on since starting here as fabric designer a little over a year ago.
The working title for this fabric collection was “Rich Country Floral”, not very exciting but that was the challenge. The idea was to create a fabric collection that was warm, inviting, and steeped in tradition. Country style means something different for everyone. Currently living in the city of Portland, Oregon and born and raised in New York on Long Island, I think it’s safe to say that I don’t do country the way some others would. Growing up my mom would wake us up early and take us on day trips to “the country”—an hour or two drive north to the Catskills or up the Hudson River.
There, we would play country kids for the day: run around in cow pastures and pick flowers, maybe go horseback riding, eat picnic lunches and visit small towns. Sometimes we would stay at a bed and breakfast or quaint little inn, other times we would just drive home, watching the stars get dimmer out the window and the convenience stores become more plentiful. Still, those little escapes into the countryside left their mark. I developed a strong love for traditional design and country style. My drawings, paintings, even my color palettes are almost always based on nature. My home at the moment is filled with antiques that I’ve collected through the years, all perfectly mismatched (in my biased opinion) to create a warm and lived in atmosphere. I love wood grain and natural textures. Most importantly, I think that country style means surrounding yourself with things that you love, whether or not they “match” or “go together” in a planned out way.
So, that is what I tried to do when I began to design this collection. I started with a piece of artwork and colors that I loved. This antique textile design was purchased from the Design Library as inspiration for the focal print from Heirloom Manor. I knew the bright, acid yellow would have to go but I loved the warm shades of brown with the pop of blue. This was my starting point. I pulled out the brown, reddish paprika, and blue as the primary colors in my palette.
I have to admit, that when naming this collection I had just returned from a trip to England to visit my sister and her newborn baby, my nephew Augustus. Manchester, Picadilly, English Breakfast, Lancaster, Highbury—you can see where the anglophile in me got creative in naming the collection.
The above artwork, recreated and recolored for this collection, is available in two colorways: Spicy Paprika and Dark Provincial Blue.
At the end of the design process—when the collection was reviewed and well loved—our designers created some amazing quilt projects using Heirloom Manor. All the photography for this collection was taken at my house, which showcased this fabric collection a little too well! It’s almost like I designed it for myself…
Here are few of my favorite projects using Heirloom Manor fabrics, all available as kits on our website and in our catalog. Hope you like it as much as I do!