Monday, 21 August 2017

Tilda Harvest Collection

As the long summer days start to wane and the days draw in it inevitably leads us to harvest time. Long hours of toil to collect the years bounty when it is at its very best, hours of sunshine stored up in corn, fruits and vegetables. Then of course there is the labour of preparing it all for winter keeping, drying, bottling, preserving. I have already begun to build up my little cache of bottled summer - rhubarb cordial, raspberry jam, elderberry cheese. I love preserving and opening a jar filled with summer and goodness in the depths of winter. Traditionally these tasks would have brought the whole family together, working to prepare the larder to serve them throughout the cold months and there might even have been a little celebration when the work was done.

This autumn there is even more reason to be cheerful because Tilda is releasing a brand new line called 'Harvest'.

I think this is my favourite collection yet, its the colours that are reminiscent of those gorgeous glistening jars of preserves and cordials, the deep blues that come with the indian summer skies in September, the rich tones you only see on those late summer evenings when the light is just so that it seems to awaken a new depth of colour in the world.

The deliciously rich palette is full of designs depicting birds, wild berries and cabbage flowers. To complement the fabric range there is a delightful kit to make a fox as well as a ready-made cat and dog that are so adorable you’ll be tempted to make some sweet little clothes for them using the Tilda friend patterns that now include a snazzy new anorak design. 
There’s also a gorgeous selection of beautifully coordinated buttons that are perfect for home and fashion embellishments and, for those who love making cushions and throws, there is a beautiful quilt pattern that’s bound to entice you.
If you enjoy paper crafting you’ll love the autumn leaf motif for paper-piece applique so you can produce your very own autumnal scene.

Tildas World have produced a beautiful lookbook for the collection, packed with inspiration and ideas, view it here.

 I know I will be making the pumkins from the new book Sewing By Heart and hopfully I will find time to make the pumpkin quilt too, having a halloween birthday in the family I am always excited to find new seasonal projects!

So it looks like I will not only be spending my autumn stocking the larder but also filling the home with quilts and fabric goodness to keep us warm and cosy throughout the winter. You can shop the full collection over at Pretty Fabrics and Trims.