About the collection: Manzanita Grove celebrates traditional red and green prints from the mid to late 1800s. Inspired by appliqued and pieced quilts from the era the collection includes bottle green, turkey red, double pink, chrome yellow and a bright blue often referred to as Lancaster blue. Reproduced from bits of fabric salvaged from vintage blocks the collection includes a dramatic iris print and small scale companion prints with motifs reminiscent of the berries, leaves and bell shaped blossoms found in the manzanita groves scattered in the Pacific foothills from Oregon to Mexico.
An evergreen shrub, the manzanita demonstrates nature’s talent in combining colors - in spring the tiny pink blossoms against the awakening landscape delights the senses, while in fall and winter the glossy green leaves and brilliant red wood of the trunk and twisted branches cause us to pause and admire nature’s handiwork. Set the red and green against a bright blue sky with a backdrop of the golden sundried grasses of summer and you get the inspiration for my Manzanita Grove fabric collection.
Combined with a selection of Painter’s Palette solids, use Manzanita Grove to reproduce a favorite quilt from the second half of the 1800s or create a whole new look in a modern design.
“Manzanita Grove, A Red and Green Sampler” Block of the Month Program is available to quilt shops.