I’m so excited that my latest fabric collection, Gretel, is hitting stores! You may have seen a few posts where I’ve teased Gretel. I’m so excited to share the full collection as well as a brand new coordinating quilt pattern, Fraulein.
Gretel is distributed by Penny Rose Fabrics – a division of Riley Blake Designs. Check your favorite local quilt shop. It’s also available online from Lady Belle Fabrics, Simply Love Fabrics, Huckleberry Quilt Co, and Cherry Creek Craft Co, My Timeless Day, and the Fat Quarter Shop. (If you’re a quilt shop and you’ve got Gretel in stock, let me know and I’ll add you to the list!)
I am so smitten with the color palette of this one. I kept my standby primary reds, yellows, and blues, but I’ve softened them a little and added some sentimental pink.
I also love the number of low-volume prints that are included in this collection. I think it really helps to soften and round out the collection.
And, this collection is designed specifically to coordinate with other Riley Blake basics including my favorite woven ginghams in red, yellow, and navy as well as the Swiss Dots in Denim, and Red and Navy on cream. The Kisses print in Denim also coordinates. I used Riley Blake’s Confetti Cotton solid in Cloud for my coordinating white as it’s a little more creamy, off-white.
I’m also releasing a new pattern along with the Gretel collection called Fraulein. I specifically designed the prints in this collection to be perfect for classic patchwork, so I wanted a traditional quilt, but with a fresh feel. This quilt is inspired by traditional granny-square blocks, but with a twist (and no bias edges in the blocks!)
I love how the Baptist Fan quilting adds to the vintage vibe. The quilting was done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting.
This is also a great quilt for a fun, scrappy patchwork feel. The pattern is precuts friendly – works for both 10″ x 10″ precut squares OR 2 1/2″ precut strips (aka Rolie Polies or Jelly Rolls).
You can find Fraulein available now in my Diary of a Quilter Pattern Shop in both downloadable PDF and hard copy formats. The Throw-size version finishes at 68″ x 82″. There are also instructions for Crib, Queen, and King size options. And I’ve marked it down 25% for it’s debut week!
I’m also working on a new version of my Gingham Girls Stars pattern using Gretel and coordinates. (Guess how much I love that gingham in there?!) I’ve also marked down the Gingham Girls Stars pattern, also available in PDF or Hard Copy versions.
I’ve shared a little bit of the background story behind Gretel previously. It’s another collection inspired by childhood memories. My mom was a collector of German-inspired folk art that was so popular in the late 1970’s. She’d lived in Europe on a study abroad program in the early 70’s and brought back coordinating dirndl dresses for her nieces, which my sister and I wore a few years later.
Not only that, but my mother was a devout fan of the Sound of Music and we were raised on that music/movie. (I think I can quote the whole movie while watching it.)
Little did I know at the time that I would grow up to marry a cute boy who was born in Germany while his father was stationed there with the US military. Germany continues to be a place we love to visit.
It’s been fun to take all of that sentimental nostalgia for Alpine/German/Austrian inspiration and put it together in a collection to create with now. I was so excited when Erika offered to make a dirndl for my booth at Quilt Market last spring! She used the Burda 9509 pattern for this one.
I also couldn’t resist making a simple patchwork quilt with these prints. I’ll be sharing a tutorial for this simple bias patchwork crib quilt in a few weeks.
For the backing I used the main print from the collection (which is also available in yellow and blue) and the blue stripe for the binding.
I designed this main print with fussy cutting in mind. I plan to make a whole bunch of these covered buttons as magnets for gifts this Christmas.
Gretel also has some other fun coordinating accessories including these woven, sew-in labels (they come in sets of 12),
and matching washi tape!
I’m so excited to finally have fabric here to play with! I have many more projects to share in the coming weeks and can’t wait to see what other people do with it! Including you! Tag me on Instagram or Facebook with #GretelFabric so that I can see! Maybe you’ll be inspired to sew up a dirndl of your own…
Gretel is arriving in stores now. Check your favorite local quilt shop. It’s also available online from Lady Belle Fabrics, Simply Love Fabrics, Huckleberry Quilt Co, and Cherry Creek Craft Co, My Timeless Day, and the Fat Quarter Shop. (If you’re a quilt shop and you’ve got Gretel in stock, let me know and I’ll add you to the list!)