It’s fall in New England and these fiery orange Chinese lanterns are reminding me that I really must make something from the beautiful Lantern Bloom fabrics I bought last fall.
Lantern Bloom is a collection by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller fabrics. I am intrigued by it because the designs for the fabrics are taken directly from her paintings, that’s right, paintings! None of this computer-designed, geometric stuff that has become de rigueur in contemporary quilting fabrics. We’re talking brushes, canvases and “paint in your hair” kind of things (as is the name of Ms. Gunn’s blog). You can actually see the brush strokes and textures in the fabric. Brilliant.
There is an interesting interview with Laura over on True-Up, the website that is all fabric, all the time. She shares insights about the designs, her motivations and the unique challenges of transforming her paintings into this unique fabric line.