Whether you’re a dedicated quilter or a hobby seamstress, or just like playing with pretty things, you’ll find something to like in Andover Fabrics’ new Outlander collection. I wrote about this new collection several months ago, but the company recently sent me samples of all of the pieces in the collection so I could feel them, put them together by color, and see how they fit with one another.
Not that I have any skills in the sewing world – my biggest claim to fame is making pillows from old band uniforms – but it’s always better to be able to have a hand on things before you spend money for them. It was fun putting the swatches in color groups – blue, black, brown, and red (burgundy). Some of the fabrics match with others better. The three tartan fabrics are very nice – a heavier weight, and they have a bit of a flannel feel to them. I’m not an expert, but they seem light enough that if you wanted to make some clothing items from them, you’d be ok. Except for the tartans, they’re probably not good for home decor (although I am planning to make a pillow or two and see how they do).
There are a couple of styles of fabrics reproduced for the color groups. There’s a botanic toile; a “words” group – two different styles; a textured plaid; a flannel plaid; a beautiful flower print; and a crest print.
And here are the color groupings:
In addition to the 20 fabrics, Andover also produced 3 larger panels – the iconic Claire reaching for Frank image; a Claire/Frank/Jamie image; and one of the standing stones.There are no Jamie panels – no Scot on the Rocks image or anything else that would make a great Jamie body pillow, a problem I hope Andover will correct in any subsequent release. These panels are 44×24″ (including the selvage edges), and I’M GIVING THEM AWAY! See below for the contest.
I checked at my local quilting store today to see if they sell these fabrics. While the store is an Andover dealer, they didn’t order this line. So if you’re looking for these in your area, and here’s the link to Andover’s store locator – call before you go! If there are no stores in your area, you may be able to order them from several different websites, including the Fat Quarter Shop.
And one other caveat – while Andover’s site disclaimers say they encourage you to make items to sell from their products, the Outlander line, along with a few others (Downton Abbey, Hungry Caterpillar and a couple more) can not be used in products that you make for resale. There are several free quilt and project patterns available for this collection, and for all Andover collections – see Outlander’s patterns here.
What ideas, big or small, do you have for using these fabrics? Leave a comment below, then click the Rafflecopter box that says “I commented.” I will choose one commenter to win their choice of the three panels. The other two panels will be given away in a random drawing of all other entries, one per winner. Prizes shipped to US and Canada only (sorry, I pay for all the shipping myself). If you prefer not to do any “following” to enter, there’s an entry method to just click on the “Enter Here” box. But you can get extra entries by following me or Andover Fabrics on Twitter. Contest closes Tuesday, 1/17, at midnight central time.
Have you made any projects using these fabrics? Send me photos and I’ll feature them on a future post! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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