When I wrote this article about Classic Blue, the 2020 Pantone Institute’s Colour of the Year, I had no idea that the year that would ensue would reflect exactly the projections: Classic Blue represents calm and stability in an uncertain world. Fat Quarterly No. 3 with its accompanying pattern, Guided Flight, reflected this need to feel peaceful. The colours and patterns of sky and sea inspired this edition of Keephouse X 3rd Story’s collaboration.
As we navigated isolation and quarantine amidst a global pandemic, a shocking mass shooting happened in our small province of Nova Scotia. It hit our community hard and the inability to gather to mourn piled onto the grief. We were not allowed to go to the beach at that time either, and that was yet another hit to the heart. I felt like we needed something that evoked a sense of comfort, home, and the Atlantic.
Alissa of Keephouse played with cut paper to produce these textured stones. Many of the beaches by her home and studio on the Eastern Shore are filled with these smooth shapes and interesting textures.
I designed the second print in this bundle; this is the first time that I have put any of my drawings to fabric for commercial purposes. I had a series of these types of drawings from my 2019 sketchbook. I had tried to put them in repeat last year but the composition of it lent itself better to a defined area of a fat quarter. The ideas of sky, clouds, fog, rain, waves, and ocean are all captured in these line drawings.
This bundles also includes a linen/cotton stripe, which adds even more interest to the combination.
Although this edition of Fat Quarterly came from a difficult place, we are so delighted to release this pattern and these fabrics to you! You can get yours here: Fat Quarterly No. 3 by Keephouse X 3rd Story.
I love this pattern. Is it possible to just buy the pattern or does it only come with the fabrics? The fabrics are beautiful, but it woudl stretch my budget to order them too, especially when I have lots in my stach.
Hi Michelle, The pattern will be available as a stand-alone pattern in the fall. For now, it’s an exclusive with the fabric bundle.
Thank you so much!
Beautiful work & so peaceful! Very fitting counterpoint for these chaotic times.
Thank you, Pat!
This fabric is so beautiful. I am happy to put my money to small businesses so I ordered the kit. Can’t wait till it arrives…I ordered the next one as well. I am anticipating the surprise.
Thank you so much for your order, Lisa!! I hope you enjoy making it as much as I did!
Can you let me know when you will release just the pattern please? Thanks!
Hi Paula! The pattern has been released. You can find it here: https://3rdstoryworkshop.com/product/guided-flight-digital-pattern
I too purchased the kit.
When I saw the quilt I knew I had to make it and who I was going to give it to.
The fabrics have a variety of textures as well as colour and print. I enjoyed putting the quilt top together and will think about the quilting and quilting method as I get ready to finish this quilt.
So glad that you enjoyed putting it together! Thanks Barbara.