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Crystal Manning's Rosa...

Rosa is a chic collection with rich colors and textures, inspired by Central American tribal patterns, weaves and embroidery.

In addition to cultural influences, you will find dainty flowers, lush roses and swallows symbolizing love and the island Cozumel, which means, “Land of the Swallow.”

There is a folklore about swallows among sailors that inspired the quilt design Soul Catcher. Since swallows return to the same location every year to mate and nest, the swallow will guarantee the sailor’s return home safely. A sailor would have one swallow tattooed before setting out on a journey, and the second swallow tattooed at the end of their tour of duty. It is also said that if the sailor drowns, the swallows will carry their soul to heaven. The finished quilt size is 60” x 80.”

Danza - which means dance or to move in different directions is available in two sizes, 72" x 72" and 72" x 92." This quilt has a modern bohemian feel that incorporates tribal designs.

Take Flight is Jelly Roll friendly with touches of Basic Grey Grunge and Navy. The design resembles little birds or butterflies flying together. Little things with wings are my favorite! The finished size 60" x 80."

The fourth quilt design is Wanderlust.  It's great for beginning quilters and makes a thoughtful gift for the holiday season. It is 54” x 54” and takes two charm packs along with the background and border fabric.

To add accents to the prints in my quilts, I've been mixing in some of BasicGrey's Grunge.  These are the colors I've used so far.

Rosa has stylish elegance that’s universal for quilts, garments and accessories.

The Schoolhouse Tunic by Sew Liberated is a garment example that features the Rosa print, which was inspired by embroidery designs. This is an easy- to-follow pattern that’s perfect for fall and comfortable to wear with jeans or as a dress.

The Recyclable Grocery Bag by Michelle Patterns is an accessory that would make a great class project and gift as well.

I hope you have enjoyed learning about the inspiration behind the Rosa Collection. With pinks, reds and burgundy, Rosa is also a symbol of love, which is a theme we can all embrace. As the selvage states, “Let Love Rule Your Heart.”


Rosa will be in shops in early December.