Introducing Luminescence!


Hello everyone! Have you taken a peek at my newest fabric collection Luminescence? Click on over to see all the fabrics…I’ll wait here. Take your time; imagine all of them in a fun breezy summer quilt or a warm and cozy winter quilt.

Close-up shot of the Oh! The Possibilities! Quilt Kit by Brenda Plaster

My hope is that there are many choices for a quilter to create a mood for any room in the house or any person on your gift list. Quilters are always first and foremost my inspiration. In this collection, I wanted to play with illumination, color, and the curvy lines you see in nature.

Have you ever seen fireflies floating on a warm summer evening? A couple of years ago, I was in Pennsylvania and I saw fireflies for the first time. In California we don’t have fireflies; we have mosquitoes and they aren’t quite the same!

Fireflies are enchanting. I created Fairy Lantern as a play between the adult view of a firefly and a child’s belief in fairies.

Fairy Lanterns fabric from Luminescence

Flickering lights against a background of moonlit leaves really tickled my fancy. Within almost all of the fabrics there are flickers of color. In Flickering Flowers, I imagined lying in a bed of flowers looking at flickering stars.

In the geometric modern chevron, Shimmer, there are little flashes of color that pop directionally.

In Fairyland I went all out crazy with lines, solids, small motifs, larger motifs, fun negative space elements and wild abandon. Don’t you just love that Connecting Threads chose this as a backing fabric? 104 inches of wild abandon!

The color palette is one dear to my heart. I would love to see some of your creations and how you put them together! It’s the icing on the cake to see all of your works of art come alive in a quilt or table runner, or whatever you can cook up.

This is my second collection at Connecting Threads and what I really loved about making this collection was the freedom they gave me to create and choose my palette. First I worked with Jenni and we traded lots and lots of emails so we were both on the same page every step of the process. When Jenni left for New York, Winthur stepped in and it was a seamless transition…we hit the ground running and off we went!

I love Connecting Threads and I love the community they’ve built. I’m very grateful for the opportunity they’ve given me to offer up a little piece of my vision so you can fulfill yours. Happy sewing, happy quilting and count me as eternally grateful for my piece of your art.

– Virginia Odien


  1. Diana - March 4, 2015

    Hi Virginia – Wow – what a great collection. So glad it is finally available for purchase. The Fairy Lanterns are my favourite – the colours are lovely. I made several of the projects from your last collection – Hello Sunshine – looking forward to more great designs from you. Keep up the good work and all the best………………..Diana

  2. Stephanie Dunphy - March 4, 2015

    I love how it looks like the fireflies could just fly right off of the fabric. Beautiful collection. Congratulations!

  3. Sharon - March 4, 2015

    Such a beautiful collection. The colours sing! So versatile. I’d love to see some little girl dresses using this collection! Magical stuff!

  4. Virginia Odien - March 4, 2015

    Thanks so much ladies! I’m so excited to see the designs out in the world. I would love to see whatever you make out of these. Diana, it makes me really happy you made things out of my Hello Sunshine collection! Stephanie, I love the idea that those fireflies glow enough that they’re going to fly around a room. And Sharon, thanks so much – I’d love to see little girls wearing any of them as well!

  5. Kristen - March 4, 2015

    These are all so beautiful! What fun and creative designs. I love the Flickering Flowers. You are so talented. Congratulations on the beautiful collection!

  6. Wendy - March 4, 2015

    This color combo is also one of my favorites. Hope Connecting Threads keeps this available for awhile! I NEED some fat quarters 😉

  7. Golders - March 4, 2015

    A beautiful collection, love the palette. The fireflies in the leaves captures the feeling of dusk wonderfully!

  8. Amanda Best - March 4, 2015

    Absolutely gorgeous fabrics! They will be great in many different applications. Very pretty!

  9. Victoria Lasher - March 4, 2015

    Love it all, from the beautiful colors, to the delicate chevrons and flowers, to the flickering lights, and the bold design of Fairyland.

  10. Robin Pickens - March 4, 2015

    What a beautiful collection Virginia! The purples are luminescent and I especially love the chevron and Fairyland! The whole group is wonderfully done!

  11. Janet Ward - March 4, 2015

    Hey Virginia, my name is Jan, I live in Western NC, and I know your excitement with the fire flies; which we that are native Appalachian, call lightening bugs. I am in love with your fabric, and have been playing around with some of my own ideas on fabric. Fairyland and Flickering Lights Aqua is my faves ….this is definitely a pattern that could stay around awhile… Gotta have some.

  12. Virginia Odien - March 4, 2015

    You all are so fabulously nice! Thank you all!

    Jan, I wish we had lightning bugs here! They make the evening magical. I’d love, love, love to see any projects made with my designs! <3 Big love to everyone!

  13. Barb - March 5, 2015

    Your collection is truly one of the most beautiful I have ever seen! I will be looking forward to more of your wonderful creations.

  14. Virginia Odien - March 6, 2015

    🙂 Thanks Barb, I’ll do my best to get more designs out in the world!

  15. Barbara Connelly - June 21, 2016

    Can I still get a copy of goofy birds from your Hello Sunshine Collection?..It’s been around for awhile but I can’t find it.. so cute! Barbara C

  16. Lynn Spring - October 9, 2018

    I love this fabric line and I bought three kits. I made a cutting error however and am now short on a fabric to finish my quilt. Does anyone have any of the Flickering Flowers fabric that I could buy?