Monday, June 22, 2015

New from Susan Rooney: Autumn Breeze

If you're a fan of Susan Rooney's Breezy Blooms collection, you'll be happy to know that she has two new lines out--and we'll be sharing both of them here on the blog this week! 

First up is Autumn Breeze. This collection uses many of the same fun colors from Breezy Blooms, but with a fall feel. Because much of the palette is the same, the scribble and whirl coordinates from Breezy Blooms work beautifully with these prints too! Keep reading below the swatches, as Susan chatted with us about her new collection.

The panel 

We love Autumn Breeze!
Thanks! It uses the bright colors that I love, and people seem to like the option of a fall look in these colors—it’s something a bit different. It’s fun to pull things together between these prints and the coordinating whirls and swirls from Breezy Blooms.

Tell us about the panel.
The panel initially started out as squares but progressed to rectangles with leaves looking like they were falling or twirling. I like being different. The rectangles have so many possibilities! And since I have a pattern company as well, I am designing patterns using these rectangles. They make a beautiful table runner for a fall in general or even a Thanksgiving table.

Which of the prints came first?
The overall stained glass look. I’d used that concept before in some of my licensed products and I liked it. The way in which I colorized the sections creates the pattern in the print.

And how did that translate over to the leaf prints?
I started out by fitting the stained glass look into leaf shapes—almost like using cookie cutters. Then I reworked the lines to fit the leaf shape and give them a bit more dimension. The larger prints have just leaves and swirls, and the smaller prints have leaves with swirls as well as acorns and bittersweet, something else that is also in the panel.

What is your favorite piece in this collection?
The panel. It’s different from typical square block panels. I like how we’ve been able to pull it into a quilt and table collection design. I can’t wait to work with it some more.

Here are three free patterns available on our website featuring the Autumn Breeze collection:

First, Susan's table collection:

Click here to download the free pattern.

 The Falling Leaves quilt by Heidi Pridemore:
Click here to download the free pattern.

The Walk in the Woods quilt by Susan Rooney:
Click here to download the free pattern.

Click here to see the entire Autumn Breeze collection.
Click here to download the free projects featuring the Autumn Breeze collection.
Click here to read more about Susan and see her Breezy Blooms collection.
Click here to see more of Susan's patterns and other work.

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  1. What a beautiful collection. Thank you for the lovely patterns!

  2. Oh, I love fabric with leaf pattern. I'm a tree person. Lol!

  3. Lovely and happy - nice designs.

  4. Love this collection......what a bright and happy Autumn this will bring inside my home....

  5. Fall is around.Great collection and designs!