Thursday, January 24, 2013

Modern Color: Lili-fied

If you're looking for an early glimpse of bold spring color and stylized, modern designs, look no further than Lili-fied, a new Kanvas collection designed by Greta Lynn.

The collection comes in cool, crisp blues and greens:

And sizzling hot pinks and oranges:
Lili-fied filled the Kanvas booth at Quilt Market in October, bringing home a first place award.

The collection has been attracting fans ever since, and it's now available in quilt shops. We asked Greta to talk about her new fabric line and the inspiration behind it.

How did you come up with the idea for Lili-fied?
I am always following the trends for fashion and home furnishings. I love to merge the two together. I was inspired by the color feeling and pattern play of  70's fashion designers. Maria Kalinowski (of Kanvas) and I always love to brainstorm and come up with new themes and ideas, and this was definitely a theme I wanted to do.

Tell us about the color palettes you chose.
I  used two different color stories of bright, fresh and clean colors for this collection. The first uses pinks, fuchsia, orange and an accent of green. I mixed these colors with white to give it a modern look. For the second color story I went for a cool feeling, using turquoise, aqua, blue and lime.

What is your favorite print in the collection?
My favorite print would have to be Bella Flora. It is a large scale floral design with a geometric element added in. It's my favorite because it is very versatile. 

When I was designing the line I pictured quilters and home sewers using it in many different ways. It mixes fashion, home furnishings and quilting, for example:  We made a dress out of it and we used it on the walls of our booth at Quilt Market. 
Bella Flora, one of the prints in Lili-fied,
was the backdrop of the Kanvas booth at Quilt Market.
Which print design did you start with?
I started with Paisley Daze, it is a paisley patchwork and I designed the rest of the group around it.

What do you envision this collection being used for?
I pictured Lili-fied being used not only in quilting, but I could see it being used to make dresses, accessories, beach bags and children's clothing, bedding, etc...endless possibilities.
Lili-fied in pillows!
Are you falling in love with Lili-fied? Wait until you see the free quilt patterns on our website. 
Use one color story at a time in a modern quilt, "Pixie Dust" designed by Stitched Together Studios.

Or mix the two palettes in "Royal Picadilly," designed by Diane Nagle.

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