We’re excited to share a sneak peek today of the I’d Rather Be Playing Chess collection coming to stores in October!
We asked Tara about the inspiration behind the collection. Here is what she said: “I have memories of sitting over a chessboard with my dad when I was little, learning the rules about how each piece moved, and learning to think a few moves ahead. Whey my son was small, the scene was recreated with me as the teacher and him as the student. Now my brother is teaching his children – so while chess never became a passion for us it is definitely a family tradition passed down through the generations.”
So many of us can relate to her words! Tara curated a color palette that aligns perfectly with the chess theme. Simple and rich shades of red, gray, black and off white are the name of the game here.
Take a look at the Chess Pieces print, featuring – you guessed it – chess pieces! We love how Tara named each piece to help out those of us who struggle to keep them straight. Chess Pieces will be available in Black (seen here), Red, and Off White.
A chess themed fabric line has to have a Checkerboard print, and Tara’s artistry shines here as she perfectly recreated a traditional checkerboard with a beautiful woodgrain effect. Checkerboard will be available in Red (seen here), Black/Red, and Black.
Varnish is the perfect blender fabric to pull this unique fabric collection together. We absolutely love the subtle woodgrain in this print! Varnish will be available in Red (seen here), Black, and Off White.
The I’d Rather Be Playing Chess collection wouldn’t be complete without this amazing 36″ x WOF fabric panel. Frame it with borders, or cut out the sections and incorporate them into quilts, pillows and more. The options are endless.
Need some project inspiration? Take a look at the FREE quilt pattern that will be available soon on our website under the “Free Patterns” tab! Sew fabulous!
We can’t wait to start creating with I’d Rather Be Playing Chess! We’re dreaming up quilts, wall hangings, bags, pillows and more. What will you make with I’d Rather Be Playing Chess?
I’d Rather Be Playing Chess, designed by Tara Reed, is expected to arrive on the shelves of your favorite quilt shops and online retailers in October. Pre-order yours today and share your makes with us on Instagram using #idratherbeplayingchessfabric #rileyblakedesigns #iloverileyblake and tag us @rileyblakedesigns.