Five + Ten fabrics for Windham!

I am once again designing quilt fabric for independent quilt and fabric shops! Five + Ten will start showing to shops late 2020 and early 2021 – contact your Windham Fabrics sales rep to place your order! The collection will be in-store in June 2021.

I designed Five + Ten during the early days of the pandemic and I think it's no surprise that it features saturated, happy colors – my way of coping! I had in mind the Five + Ten store near the beach where I spent all the summers of my youth on Cape Cod. The store was wide open to the air via huge garage doors, barefoot-friendly, and had just about anything and everything you could want and need while on vacation.

I loved how all the packaging felt like it was from another era (most of it may have been) and even some items seemed like objects from a vintage past. The store was crammed to the rafters with all things bright and beachy – giant floaties and rafts, beach towels, sun hats, baskets, beach buckets and balls. For rainy days there were dozens of puzzles, time-warp board games, and decks of cards. There was everything you might need but forgot to bring or that was missing at your cottage – mostly things for the kitchen including tea towels and pot holders, or an extra pair of shorts; and of course postcards galore to send home to your friends, and every kind of tacky touristy souvenir.

My favorite sections were the magazines and comic books  – I was an Archie's fan (especially Betty & Veronica) and loved the newsprint smell they had – that scent can still transport me back to my bunk in our beach trailer with the rain loud over my head – and CANDY!!! The color palette of Five +Ten came from the inspired color combos and funky type on the candy wrappers I remember like Gobstoppers, Turkish Taffy, Chiclets, Hot Balls, and Lemonheads and so many more!

Five + Ten will infuse your quilts with a happy and bright nostalgic vibe, make adorable clothes for kids, and accessories for the beach or home that will keep on shining no matter the weather.