Thursday, February 01, 2018

THE AUTHENTIC STYLE OF WILLIAM MORRIS: Access to the unrivaled archives of The Original Morris & Co.
brings to quilters true William Morris artistry

In case you have not heard, FreeSpirit has some very exciting news!  We are collaborating with  The Original Morris & Co., based in Denham, England.  This unique partnership gives the FreeSpirit brand exclusive access to fascinating original works and colorations dating back to the establishment of Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co in 1861.

Known as the father of the Arts and Crafts Movement, William Morris longed for the simple beauty of artisans working alongside one another in collaboration using the best of natural materials. Much like quilters, he enjoyed the pure essence of artistic crafts, and then sharing that enjoyment with all. FreeSpirit is pleased to share the true aesthetics and authenticity of his art with quilters who are as passionate, using their talents to create their own masterpieces.
Two iconic collections are playing upon the true aesthetics of William Morris. Kelmscott, inspired by the picturesque Cotswold retreat of William Morris, celebrates the extraordinary patterns and detail within Morris’ work. Featuring iconic designs such as Strawberry Thief and Bachelors Button in a colorful palette, these classic designs beautifully complement a selection of smaller scale co-ordinates in light and fresh colorways.  This collection of 29 enduring designs will be available in now.

Named after Merton Abbey Mills, Merton, available in March, is where much of William Morris’ design work and production took place. The collection of 21 timeless fabrics features well-loved Morris designs such as Snakeshead, Chrysanthemum and Willow Boughs recreated in new, contemporary color palettes, perfect for quilters to infuse their creativity with re-imagined, heritage rich designs.

Want to learn more? Here are some fun things to watch for to inspire your quilting and your love for these beautiful Fabrics.
Host Susan Brubaker Knapp (left) and guest Luana Rubin (right) talk about
the influences of William Morris on modern textiles on Quilting Arts airing now on PBS.  
Watch your local PBS station for Quilting Arts TV Show featuring a show staring owner and textile expert Luana Rubin. She talks about William Morris and his influence in textiles and today’s quilting cottons.

Stars & Pinwheels designed by Sally Ablett,
in Today's Quilter, issue 32, on sale now. 

·      Today’s Quilter magazine issue 32 is now in stores. The magazine comes complete with a supplemental issue about William Morris including the free Stars & Pinwheels quilt pattern designed by Sally Ablett.
Star Nouveau quilt designed by Carolyn Beam
in the March/April issue of McCall's Quilting on sale now!

More inspiration can be found in the March/April issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine.  Look at Star Nouveau by Carolyn Beam. This medallion quilt pattern combines the FreeSpirit prints in the prettiest way.

There is more to come!  We are thrilled to bring to life the principles that drove William Morris through creative collaboration with its own artistic talents. Together, this unique relationship will bring to life the artistry, vision and authentic style of William Morris. Click here to find your nearest shop carrying these iconic fabrics. 
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