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My dad loved musicals. I remember the whole family climbing to the so-called nose bleed seats to see The Music Man on Broadway, settling in and unwrapping mom-made salami sandwiches on mushy white bread.
Dad would wander through the family’s two-bedroom apartment, a block from where I am now typing, singing “I’m A Stranger in Paradise” from KISMET, a show first produced on Broadway in 1953. I grew up thinking kismet was an everyday American word meaning “fate” or “destiny”, slipping it nonchalantly into school essays. In fact, we borrowed it from Turkish in the 1800s, but it ultimately derives from Arabic and means "portion" or "lot."
Clearly, this collection was meant to be: my destiny to design the charismatic patterns and your fate to make fabulous quilts with them.
Two of the three bilaterally symmetrical patterns, called Dragonettes (1772) and Liquid Lace (1773) are available in 3 colorways. Each colorway is a multi because I’m all about versatile prints with a wide range of internal colors. Both are complex and agile, filled with details and interlaced patterns. Dragonettes is a resized version of Dragon Feathers (4561) from my out-of-print PATTERNISTA collection. You’ll get many more repeats in a yard than in the original version.
Offered in the same 3 colorways, Mandala (1771) is a perfect fit with the Kismet culture because a mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in many religions, representing the universe. This is the pattern needed to make an Opulent Ornament; here’s the link to the instructions:
Rather than combinations of multiple hues, each of the 9 variations of the aptly titled Flash Dance (1774) is rendered in its own color story. This mirror-imaged pattern reads as an intricate design with lots of potential to create unpredictable, visually active pathways. Use it to create imaginative sashing, with or without cornerstones. For cornerstones, consider a square of Dragonettes. If you have access to a copy of my new book, FABRICADABRA: Simple Quilts, Complex Fabric , look at Page 81 for illustrated suggestions. http://paulanadelstern.com/books.php
Alchemy (1775) looks like a left-over chemistry experiment gone wrong. I love all 11 colorways. It’s an all-over with a forgiving temperament that will look the same from any angle. Fabrics like this with a lot of color in a tiny area will energize a project. Put the fabrics on a design wall and step back to see whether they work the way you intended or not. Check out the really deep, rich tonal black in the group. It is a paradox that black, defined as the absence of color, is the one that lets the other colors display their true hue. Stockpile truly dark black patterns like this one that aren’t grayed or blotchy.