Conservatory Craft’s Chapter 4 : Bouquet

First, it has to be beautiful,then, the rest is a pleasure. Anna Maria’s Conservatory is a gathering of beautiful art from uniquely talented artists. Anna Maria’s Conservatory is composed of Anna Maria Horner, Monika Forsberg of London, Arounna Khounnoraj (Bookhou) of Canada, Courtney Cerruti of San Francisco and Nathalie Lete of Paris – renowned artists from diverse corners of the world whose work complements Anna Maria’s timeless and fine art-based approach to design. “The Conservatory takes the FreeSpirit tradition of gathering incredible artists under one brand a step further by creating collections that offer compelling crossover in styles while maintaining the individual artist’s distinct point of view,” said Anna Maria Horner. “What I know as an artist is, first, it has to be beautiful.” The idea is the culmination of Anna’s formal training in fine art, self-taught love of arts, crafts and quilting and valuable industry experiences as spokesperson, designer, author, instructor and, most recently, shop owner of Crafts South in Nashville. Her passion for her art is supported by the sales experience of working with customers to compose quilts that strike that one of a kind mix of a number of designers. “As an artist, that unexpected composition of different fabrics coming together to create beautiful quilts speaks to me. As a retailer, I’ve watched the practice inspire quilters and grow business. This is what I want to share,” said Anna Maria.

Bouquet is the 4th installment from Conservatory Craft designers. We get to see Courtney Cerruti’s Flower Market, Natalie Lete’s Sunday in the Country, and Anna Maria Horner’s Triple Take. Three different collections that come together to form a cohesive colour pallette and blend well between them and with previous chapters.

All three collections will be appearing on our shelves in the next few weeks. Get the early bird discount by taking advantage of the PREORDER discount.

Explore the full catalog here…

Hindsight by Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner is one of those creative spirits enables you to change your view, to try something maybe a little out of your comfort zone yet still feel so familiar that it is both exciting to to see and with a warm sense of nostalgia. Does that make sense? I hope so because that is I think why both Amanda and I love her so. We were lucky enough to join her for a workshop a couple of years ago that the Oxford Modern Quilt Guild hosted and the ease and calm she brings makes you feel part of family instantly. We had planned to host her in August for a special event, but but we are watching the world events at this time which has put a spanner in the works. We will let you know more as soon as we can on future plans. But for the moment. Let’s focus on her wonderful new collection Hindsight. Don’t forget to see this new collection here . ( Note: We have ordered the 108″ wideback which has been delayed but should be with us July and don’t forget your coordinating solids: Spruce, Macaw, Pear, Solar).

Here’s what Anna Maria says in her own words,

Hindsight is a very joyful look back at my body of work over the last 15 years in fabric design. It is impossible not to mention how much the community of quilting has continued to inspire my work and therefore this collection. Traveling and teaching classes allows me to watch various coveted pieces of fabrics from all points in time come together to create beautiful vignettes. That celebratory mingling as well as my own desire to look back at my art and reimagine it with fresh eyes was the guiding inspiration in Hindsight. The showy “Guest of Honor” flower now has a sparkling “Center” and floats among the boisterous “Summer Totem” blooms and branches. “Sinister Swarm” moths invade and dance through the thicket of “Small Gathering”. The abstract “Volumes” stack of books gets painted with “True Colors”. “Echinacea” breaks its own norm and single fields are dappled with many sunset rich hues. I hope that Hindsight feels like a treasure hunt of favorites and contributes to new discoveries in art and patchwork.

New Conservatory Craft fabrics

We’re thrilled to stock yet another chapter of Conservatory fabrics from Freespirit fabrics. Conservatory is a wonderful group of collections carefully curated by Anna Maria Horner.

Here’s what Anna Maria has to say about Conservatory:

Conservatory gathers and translates beautiful art from uniquely talented artists into textiles, quilt patterns and crafts that inspire you to create your own beauty. Our hope is that you love our art, and treasure what you’ve made.

Expanding upon her successful path as an artist, quilter, writer, and creative brand, Anna Maria curates and collaborates with artists who exemplify and complement her timeless and fine art based approach to design. Each of the artists and their work reside in diverse corners of the worldwide creative community and contribute something special to Conservatory.

Wild is the latest chapter and includes collections from After the Rain by Bookhou, Endless Summer by Monika Forsberg and One Mile Radiant by Anna Maria Horner.

Find out more about the wonderful artists that make up this collective here: https://www.conservatoryfabric.com/artists

See more of the Conservatory fabrics in stock here: https://sugarbowlcrafts.com/product-category/fabrics/annamariahorner/

For some great colour bundles:

Stourpaine Pop Up Shop

Stourpaine friends! We are back on the 9th of September with our fun friendly Pop Up Shop. Joining forces again with Eternal Maker bringing quality fabrics for your sewing pleasure. We’ll be at Stourpaine Village Hall – Dorset from 10:30-3:30 on the 9th September!

We have a new guest, Kallosphere, who will be joining us for some fun with her acrylic templates. You can start your Christmas gifts and decs early with this fun little hand sewing course. You may have seen them before at various Sewing Shows and recently on Hochanda.

Here’s what Liz has to say about her workshop,

Come and have a go at some hand sewing to make gorgeous hanging decorations! Kallosphere will be using their fantastic acrylic templates to help us make some stunning Christmas decorations! You could string them together to make some Christmas bunting or have them hanging from your Christmas tree! Let your imagination run wild and embrace your creative side! There are so many different designs to choose from, some aren’t Christmassy if you are not ready for Christmas crafts quite yet!

You can also have a go at hand sewing a cute felt brooch! If you like flowers, dogs, stars, hearts and many more, we have lots of templates to help you create your masterpiece!

All the materials are included, felt, ribbon, stuffing, beads, buttons, brooch pins, embroidery thread and cotton.

We are running two workshops,

 In the morning 11-1 

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In the afternoon 1:30-3:30

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Read more about Kallosphere here…

Pop Up Shop in Sussex

We’ve joined our forces with Eternal Maker to go out on the road with our fabrics! This time we are heading to Dial Post Village Hall near Horsham. We’re bringing all our quality fabrics to you and even have some fun workshops on the day. We’ll have our quilts too and all of us are sewers so we bring a range of sewing knowledge with us from dress patterns to quilting!

Check out our Sew your own lampshade, Introduction to Hexie Flowers, and Get measured for Sewing patterns which will be taking place on the day :https://eternalmaker.com/classes-events/class-timetable.html/

Dial Post Village Hall, Worthing Road, Dial Post, RH13 8NS.

10:30- 3:30