Monday, February 16, 2009

Rebel Roses by Heather M. Peterson

Happy Monday & President's Day! Heather Mulder Peterson, pattern pro and now a seasoned fabric designer to boot, from Anka's Treasures is here with us today to share about her newest fabric line, Rebel Roses. If you enjoyed her first collection, Cottage Charm, this is your lucky day! Heather brings back the soft, pretty feel of home and comfort, in a wider variety of prints with quilting necessities in mind. Painted roses and other blooms rest on red, a soft aqua, buttery yellow, chocolate brown, and spring leaf green. Multicolored stripes and plaids round out the group for a little contrast and variety! Rebel Roses will bring "home" to your home :) We've got the full line and two mini-bundles for your convenience!

Hello Jolly Jabberers,

Just in case we haven't met before, I'm Heather from Anka's Treasures. You can read about me at my website or my blog. Please stop by so we can get to know each other better!

I always look forward to doing anything with Fat Quarter Shop -- shopping on their website, reading their blog, or sharing some of my new ideas on their blog, which is why I'm here today! I have a new fabric line that has just arrived and I'd like to share some of the things I've been making from it. The name of the line is Rebel Roses, and I must confess I didn't put this all together myself. First of all, the fabric is printed by Henry Glass, and my helper in designing this line was my mom, Deb. For those of you who are familiar with me and my work, you may not know that my mom helps me with my business quite a bit. She helps sew a lot of my models, tests my patterns, assists in designing, and helped design this fabric line. It's always been fun to work together, and this line was no exception.

Our inspiration for this line came from many things. We started by listing out our favorite types of prints, what we're always looking for when we're making a quilt. That usually starts with a large floral, and then we pick several prints to go with that -- a tonal, a plaid, a smaller floral, an even smaller floral, and of course a stripe to cut into bias binding. (To read more about how I cut my bias binding, see the Tutorials tab on my blog.) The large floral prints and colors come at the perfect time to brighten up some of the dreary winter days. The colors are fresh, cheerful and homey.

The name for this line has a little story behind it. When I was growing up, Mom and I loved to sew and watch movies together. One of my favorite movies was Anne of Green Gables. There is a scene where Mrs. Harris is greeted by a group of Anne's rambunctious students. She is so appalled that she proclaims, "Who are these Rebel Roses?" Or, at least that's what I thought she said. I later learned that she meant "rabble rousers". Mom and I had a good laugh over my misunderstanding, and that name came up when we were working on this line together. It stuck and now I will forever be reminded of the old days, growing up in Mom's sewing room.

We've also designed a free pattern to go with the line. You can download the pattern here!

Please stop by our blog for a chance to win a fat quarter pack of Rebel Roses!

Heather Mulder Peterson
Anka's Treasures
Trends and Traditions


Shawn said...

Your Rebel Roses fabric line looks so pretty!

Cynthia said...

I love the colors and the prints. My mom lives on the island, she is a true islander herself. Maybe we are "kindred spirits"?

Dandelion Quilts said...

I love this line, Heather.

CJ said...

I just got my order from FQS that contains some of your REBEL ROSES!! My daughter fell in love with it and wants a skirt made out of it.

CJ said...

I don't see a place on the blog to enter to win a fat quarter set.

Threeundertwo said...

This is a beautiful line! I agree that a good stripe is crucial.

I love the "Live, Laugh, Love" quilt.

Nancy said...

Thanks so much for the free pattern. I need to make several of these, a couple for myself and a few to put away for future gifts. It is a delightful table runner. Love the fabric collection.