Today we have a special guest all the way from North Carolina. Designer of Swiss Chocolate, Amanda Murphy is here to gossip a little about her new line. Be careful as you read on though... your mouth just might start salivating... Well, here she is...
I'm so pleased to introduce you to "Swiss Chocolate", my second line of quilting fabrics for Robert Kaufman. You can already find it here at the Fat Quarter Shop
! The inspiration for this line comes from the delicate scroll-work motifs on confectioner's packaging...
And the drizzled swirls of fudge that adorn the candies themselves...
Of course, a delicious box of chocolate always comes bound with a ribbon, also perfect for binding a quilt!
It is always fun to play with scale. This is my version of an oriental rug (chocolate, of course) gone wild, scaled so you can see more of the fabric:
There are 8 patterns in this line, in two color stories. "Espresso" - the original color palette for this line showcases creams and brown, accented with rich reds and salmons, which are favorites of mine.
I also developed an alternative palette of tans and blues, called "Mocha". It is especially fun to play with this family on a dark background, like the one on the middle left! Really makes those blues pop!
The designs on the middle row work with either color story.
There will be six Swiss Chocolate quilts coming out in magazines over the next few months and they are all very different; some are in the Espresso Color Story, and some are in Mocha, but they can be used interchangeably if you prefer one color story to the other. I really enjoyed juxtaposing the traditional feel of the prints themselves and the light and dark fabrics in modern quilt designs. I'm so excited that Fat Quarter Shop will be kitting many of these! (They're also kitting a quilt from my Ambrosia line for Quilts and More.)
One of my favorite parts of being a textile designer is seeing the creative things people do with my fabric, so if you make something fantastic out of "Swiss Chocolate" please hop on over to my website and or blog and share - I'd love to see your creations!
Back to working on quilts for my next collection, "Veranda", which will debut at Spring Market. Thanks for inviting me to guest-blog on one of my favorite sites!
Ok, now I'll give you a second to wipe the drool off your lip.. (although there might be more in about 2 seconds) because it's time for a giveaway! Today we are going to tease you with two fat quarter bundles.. that is one Espresso and one Mocha Swiss Chocolate bundle. Drooling again yet? I know I could definitely go for a scrumptious Swiss Chocolate candy bar right about now....
To enter leave a comment on this post telling me which bundle you would ideally receive and what you would make out of it. This contest will close Wednesday January 12th @ midnight CST.