Yesterday, Jay McCarroll stopped by with sample yardage from his new collection, Habitat! SO. MUCH. FUN. Since Jay doesn’t have his own blog, (I know, it’s crazy! I’m working on him to start one, don’t worry!) he asked if I wouldn’t mind giving you a sneak peak of these fantastic new prints. How could I say no?!
This is Jay’s latest line with FreeSpirit Fabrics, and as you can see, it is quite a departure from his previous collections Woodland Wonderland, Garden Friends and Germania. While I love the whimsy of his those lines, I feel that, with this, Jay threw the door wide open for new possibilities to wear, carry, and decorate our own habitats!
Habitat is made up of 8 prints in 3 distinct colorways – jewel tones, brights, and earthtones. Jay loves to play with contrasts and contradictions! Urban & pastoral, digital & analog, graphic & organic. He pulls it all together with his signature color sense. For me this collection feels modern, artistic, and personal. A winning combination! Kudos, Jay!
Sharing this is exciting under ANY circumstances, but it’s even more so, because I’ve had the pleasure to watch this collection come together from the beginning. Jay was very generous in sharing his creative process with me, from showing me sketches, color stories, test swatches from the mill, and brainstorming names for the collection. Designing fabric is no joke, people! It’s a lot of work!
I am incredibly flattered that in exchange for my opinions, Jay named one of the fabrics after me! My last name is Singewald, which means “singing woods” or “singing forest” in German. Singing Forest is a gorgeous, faded floral printed over with bold, beautiful polka dots. Awww, thanks Jay! You are too sweet!
Habitat is shipping in January, and Spool will be carrying the entire collection. We will have a big party for Jay and you are all invited! In the meantime, Jay gifted me with a 1/2 yard of each fabric to play and plan with – I am thinking quilt! What types of quilts or projects would you like to see with Habitat?
I’m sure Jay will be reading this, so be sure to leave a comment. I know he’d love to know what you think!