One of the massive benefits of the quilting community I am part of is that when my friends get a fabric designing gig they send me some stuff to play with.
I 'met' Thomas before he had even made a quilt. He hadn't designed fabric. He was the new kid on the block. Then he did some playing about with designs and they were really good. So good that Andover picked him up and said' we'll print your stuff!' (or whatever they say when they take you on as a designer) At Spring Market this year his designs were on paper and we oohed and aahed over them.
I think quite often when it comes to printing, fabrics lose the initial wow of the digital colours. Pear tree isn't as bright as I thought it would be, which I actually prefer. It has a washed or faded feel to the colours, they're less digital or computer generated. They have a lovely softness to the tones that reminds me of being a kid and the faded flannel sheets we used to have on our bed at my Grandparent's house.
The fabric feels really nice too. These have been washed (by Thomas before he mailed them to me), so they've lost the starchy crisp feeling that new fabrics have and they've now got an almost vintage feel to them. The cotton is weighty, not thin at all, but not too thick either. It sews really beautifully, and cuts really nicely too (I tried with both scissors and a rotary cutter).
I'm taking this little tumbler pillow in progress down to Patch Fabrics with me to show the folks that are coming to my workshop tomorrow. I'm also making a couple of dresden plate pillows to go with the tumbler and I'll switch out my regular pillows on the trunk that I sit on to hand sew and have a little Pear Tree themed decor in my house. I'm really quite excited by it!
Pear tree by Thomas Knauer for Andover is coming to stores in November. You can check it out here.
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