If you know my work at all, you know I’m crazy about traditional fabrics inspired by the past: my designs feature lush florals, sweet dots, and lots of small-scale prints. But I’m the mother of three adult sons, and the day finally arrived when they asked me to design fabric for them. No flowers or leaves, please!
I wasn’t sure at first that I was up to the challenge, but once I got to work the ideas began to flow. The result is Steel, my first collection of fabrics in gender-neutral colors. I got so excited after designing this line that I’m already planning more in the same style. We’ve even created a new division of Planted Seed Designs called PSD2: Pure and Simple Designs.
The response to the new line has been fabulous. They’ve been called “elegant,” “urban,” and “dramatic yet easy to live with.” I had no idea so many quilters were looking for black-and-white and gray-and-white patterns. It seems that black, gray, and tan fabrics and geometric patterns are not just for guys. The neutral tones fit easily into many decorating styles, and they’re perfect for teens and young adults who don’t want anything too fussy.
Here are two quilts made from the Steel Collection. Mixed Metals appeared in the May/June 2015 McCall's Quilting magazine; quilt kit available here.
"Gold Dust" was featured in the June/July 2015 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts magazine; quilt kit available here.
These fabrics are also versatile; they work beautifully in bags, pillows, jackets, and more. In future posts, we’ll feature some of the great pieces we’ve already stitched up. Be sure to check back for a look at some very stylish bags. In the meantime, here’s a link to a free quilt pattern.
As excited as I am about this new direction, rest assured it doesn’t mean I’m giving up on traditional prints and colors. No way! My newest collection, Classic Elegance, will be on its way to a shop near you soon.
What’s your favorite gender-neutral palette? Tell us in the comments!