I just got my fat quarter bundle of Far Far Away III prints by Heather Ross today and wanted to share my thoughts about it, good and bad.
I anticipate making a fairytale quilt at some point using my Far Far Away prints. I have one colorway from FFA1, FQs of the entire FFA2 collection and now a little bit of each FFA3 print. I wonder how many more FFA collections there will be? At what point do I just start the quilt and not worry about missing out on any future fairytale themes? From the way I’m feeling about this latest collection, this might be the last FFA collection for me (but don’t quote me on that!).
I am disappointed with this collection and am starting to lose a little bit of love for Heather Ross (losing the love not solely due to this, but in conjunction with issues related to her Spoonflower prints, her studio sale and full disclosure).
I am not sure why the prints in this collection were grouped together and called Far Far Away III. One of the prints show little girls playing with toy horses (the print is called “Play Horses” on Spoonflower). How does that relate to fairytales? I do like the Girls & Horses print and think it will mingle well with her West Hill line. I find the placement of the girls to be odd because there is a lot of negative space around them. I don’t know why the design isn’t tighter. The accompanying print to the Girls & Horses is the Guitar print. The guitars could easily be mixed with the fairytale prints because the Owl and Pussy Cat design from FFA2 has a guitar in it. The Guitars and Girls & Horses prints are on a heavier weight cotton-linen blend (canvas-y); similar, if not the same, as the FFA2 line.
The other prints – Snow White, Wildflowers and Laundry on the Clothesline – are on a lighter weight cotton-linen blend and it is really, really soft. It almost has the feel of a quilting weight cotton. It is so much better than the heavier canvas and the double gauze from FFA1.
My biggest disappointment with this collection lies with the Snow White print. Sadly, the placement of the design elements and repeat were not very well thought out. Heather mentioned on her blog that she struggled with the repeat for this design and I don’t think she won the battle. The majority of the print is trees. There are three scenes in the print: the dwarfs cutting down a tree, the dwarfs’ tree trunk house and Snow White waking up.
I ordered a FQ bundle of this collection and did not get a single full Snow White in the bunch. In fact, one of my FQs had no full scene on it; trees only.
In no way do I fault the online fabric shop that I bought this from. Fabric shops can’t afford to fussy cut fat quarter cuts and half yard cuts. From looking at what I have of the print, I think you would only get ONE full Snow White per yard of this print. Partial Snow Whites are placed along the selvages. And there is also one right in the middle of the print, so if you order a FQ, she gets cut in half. If you order a half yard and are lucky enough to get a Snow White, then you will miss out on the other two scenes. You might get parts of the others, but not full scenes.
If you are looking to fussy cut Snow White in a quilt, that’s one expensive Snow White when you consider that these Japanese prints are double the price of “normal” quilting weight cotton fabric.
The repeat of that design just does not make sense to me. I guess quilters and those who want small cuts of fabric are not a high priority to Heather, which is sad to me since I am a quilter.
I miss the completeness of a collection, like she had with Mendocino. I know she’s working overseas with Kokka because of some sort of non-compete she signed with Munki Munki. I hope that non-compete ends soon and she works with FreeSpirit to put out a well rounded collection on quilting-weight cotton in the future.