I have a really fun announcement to finally share today. I finally get to spill the beans that I will be releasing my next fabric collection at the beginning of 2023 and here is the sneak peek!
My next fabric collection with Riley Blake Designs is called Portsmouth – after the New England seacoast town where my husband’s family lives.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire might be one of my favorite places on the planet. Twenty-five years ago I married into a New England family – my husband’s parents and extended family are all from Portsmouth and southern Maine, right on the Atlantic coast.
As a result I’ve been able to spend many summer vacations and family reunions soaking in the New England nautical perfection: beaches, sailboats, lighthouses, thriving hydrangeas, the smell of saltwater, and American flags and buntings hanging from colonial houses built before 1776.
We were able to go visit New Hampshire and southern Maine at the beginning of the month – our first time since 2019 – and it was heavenly to be back. (Although, it was a pretty hot, humid, sticky heat wave while we were there. But we still loved it.)
I’ve wanted to create a summer-y, patriotic, red, white, and blue fabric collection for a while now and this was the right time. But instead of bright saturated colors that I’ve used in my collections in the past, I wanted to use more washed-out, faded, nautical hues and tones.
This collection is inspired by faded vintage quilts at the beach, sand in your toes, celebrating summer and the 4th of July with flags and picnics, lobster rolls and barbecue, and ending the day with the perfect sunset.
At this point I don’t have a lot of yardage, just strike-off scraps to work with but hopefully you can get the feel and the flavor of the colors and prints from these swatches. I can’t wait to get my hands on real yardage!
I’m excited because I teamed up again with my sister, Laura Miller, who created another beautiful watercolor toile print with lighthouses, sailboats, beach houses and other scenes of New England nautical life.
Another favorite is the watercolor hydrangeas – because I wish I could grow those kinds of beauties in my mountain/desert climate the way they thrive on the seacoast.
And of course, ginghams. (Fun fact – did you know that every one of my fabric collections has a gingham print. 🙂 This is my first collection with a bias gingham!)
Coordinating solid colors from Riley Blake Confetti Cottons include Oxford Blue (navy), Dream (light blue) and Pewter for the sand color.
The Portsmouth collection will be available in stores in February 2023. I know it’s a bit of a wait, but if you’d love to see it at your favorite quilt store, let them know so that they can order now and not miss out.
Here’s how the collection looks with some of my favorite summer-inspired quilts.
I’m also releasing a new pattern in connection with this collection called New Castle Beach and I’ll share more about it in a few weeks when the pattern is ready!
This new pattern will be released in the next month – with plenty of time for shops to stock before the Portsmouth fabric collection arrives.
Sorry to be a tease and share fabric that you can’t get your hands on until February, but I will admit, it is really fun to get to finally let the proverbial cat out of the bag! I hope you’ll love this collection as much as I do!
I’d love to hear what you think!