The Melodies Collection: Coming Soon


The enchanting Melodies collection by Jo Morton  is coming to an independent quilt and fabric shop near you this August. These delicate and colorful prints beautifully accompany Jo’s Haberdashery collection.

Check out our store locator to find both collections near you.


Starry Paths quilt by Candy Hargrove. Download the free pattern here.

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The Handcrafted Collection: Coming This Fall


The Handcrafted collection by Alison Glass is 100% handmade, created in a lengthy process that is unique to Andover. These fabrics are coming to an independent quilt and fabric store near you this Fall.

View the full collection here.

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Get Involved Now: The 2015 Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt Along


Dear Downton Abbey & Andover Fans,

We are really excited about the upcoming fabric lines, and can’t wait for the start of the new season of Downton Abbey.

Once again, Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios will be hosting a mystery quilt along to celebrate the fabric and the show. Last year’s quilt along attracted nearly 3,300 participants from 50 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 24 additional countries around the world. We expect the excitement to continue with the next quilt along, and we hope you’ll join us!

More information about the quilt along can be found on the LoveBug Studios Downton Abbey page, and you can sign up to get updates about the quilt along. Registration begins in September, and the quilt along starts on January 4th, 2015.

If you have any questions about the quilt along, please direct your inquiries to LoveBug Studios directly. They can be reached at

Thank you,                                                                                                                                             The Team at Andover Fabrics

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The Ice Cream Truck Is Coming: Andover Precuts Are Here

Color Collection Double Scoop

We’re thrilled to be offering a variety of precuts, starting with our bright and versatile The Color Collection by Modern Quilt Studio. Satisfy your sweet tooth with these choices:


Our precuts are industry standard sizes of 42-40-42 pieces per pack.

We’ll also be offering precuts for the following upcoming groups:

  • Caswell County by Jo Morton
  • Fresh Market Flowers #2 by Firetrail Designs
  • Dimples by Gail Kessler
  • Georgetown by Modern Quilt Studio

Stay tuned to get these at your local independent quilt and fabric shop!


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Spooky Chillingsworth Bags: A Guest Post By Erin Of Diedel*Bug Handmade


Hi, I’m Erin, the craftermind as I like to call myself (hehe) behind Diedel*Bug Handmade. You can find me on Facebook or on Etsy. I love to sew anything and everything but my real passion is custom handbags. I really jumped into my “hobby” and decided to make it my business when I made the decision to stay at home with my two young boys a few years ago. They keep me on my toes ALL DAY, but when they are at “rest” my machines get cranking. I’ve recently started dabbling in pattern making and have a couple in my etsy shop, but for the most part I make and sell my bags from patterns by Swoon Sewing Patterns. I work closely with Alicia over at Swoon. She has the most AMAZING handbag patterns. If you haven’t checked them out you are missing out!


I have a weak spot for the slightly different and offbeat fabrics so when I first saw the new Chillingsworth line I knew EXACTLY what I was going to make. So I put in my order for the handsome Mr. Chillingsworth Skeleton Dance panel and the Deadly Damask in shadow. I literally DIED waiting for them to arrive! For these bags I choose the Swoon Blanche Barrel bag and the Coraline clutch wristlet, which are two of my favorites. Now the “body bags” and I make heads roll wherever we go.


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Pearl Bracelet Fabric Boxes Tutorial – A Guest Post By Karie Jewell

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Today I am linking up with Andover Fabrics to do a tutorial for Fabric Boxes. This is my first link up and I am so excited!  I made my first fabric box with my friend Becky in March. She used the tutorial by Seaside Stitches. They were little and they are perfect for thread catches and tool holders. When I got home I HAD to make more, I HAD to make them bigger,  I HAD to make them in Rainbow colors ……and Lizzy House Tonal Pearl Bracelets and Textured Linen by Andover had just arrived on my door step…..match made in Heaven!

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Here is what you need….

2 Fat Quarters
1/2 yard Decor Bond 809
18″ x 18″ Batting
Decorative Buttons


1 – 18” x 18”  outside fabric
1 – 18” x 18”  lining fabric
2 – 18” x 18” Decorbond
1 – 18” x 18” Batting

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1. Iron the interfacing to the back of the outside fabric and the lining fabric.

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2. Make a quilt sandwich. Put right sides together of the outside fabric and the lining fabric and place on top to the batting.

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3. Using your walking foot, sew around all sides. Leave an opening along one side big enough to fit your hand in. Seam allowance doesn’t really matter; just use the edge of your foot.

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4. Clip the corners at a 45 degree angle.

5. Turn right side out and press flat.

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Have you tried Flatter by Soak? It is a starch alternative.  It doesn’t leave flakes like regular starch and it smells AMAZING! I used it at Stash Bash for the first time and I am addicted now!

6. Topstitch 1/4 inch around the edges and then quilt as desired. I went in concentric squares till I reached the center using the edge of my walking foot for a guide

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 7. Fold quilted piece in half and measure from the fold….up 3 1/2 inches and over 3 1/2 inches and make a mark. Connect the 2 marks with a diagonal line. Repeat for the other corner

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8. Fold in half the other direction and mark it on both corners. It will look like the above when you are done.

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9. Fold in half and sew ON the lines marked.

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10. Fold in half the other way and sew on the lines

(My manicure was done using Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet Nail Polish Set by Soak)

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11. Turn right side out. I iron along the bottom to “sharpen” the fold. Fold the top edges down and press.

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12. Stitch all 4 top corners down, stitch the inside folds in place.

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13. Embellish with buttons. I only add buttons to one side because all of my boxes sit next to each other, but you can add them to all 4 sides.

Tada! You are done! I keep fabric scraps sorted in mine….what will you do with yours????

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Patchwork Pillows & A Fabric Giveaway

Are you a huge fan of Alison Glass?

Check out these bright Sun Print pillow shams made by Modern Sewciety, and enter to win a Fat Quarter bundle of Alison’s new Field Day fabric here.

Patchwork Shams Field Day giveaway

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The Southcott Quilt Collection: In Stores Now


The Southcott collection is inspired by a quilt of the same name made in the year 1808, probably in support of the millennial preacher Joanna Southcott. Her name, along with the date she made the quilt, is embroidered in the center. It is pieced from a variety of the most fashionable printed furnishing cottons of that period.

Check our store locator to find these fabrics near you.

2009_0009  color bar croppedDownload the free Joanna Southcott Quilt pattern here.

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Windmills And Wildflowers: A Guest Post By Marian Gallian


The Field Day fabric collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics has just hit the stores and we are excited to share our new quilt pattern Windmills and Wildflowers featuring Alison’s Field Day fabrics and Pearl Bracelets fabric by Lizzy House. This dynamic quilt has both piecing and appliqué techniques and is suitable for the intermediate quilter.

Pink Hippo Quilts has been designing quilts for Andover for almost a year, and our quilt Cadence, designed with Carol Van Zandt’s Pop Rox, has had record sales and will soon be featured in Keepsake Quilting. Our free to use quilt patterns for Andover include Seaside at DuskFlower Trail, Rise Up and Candy Cane. Please visit our website to order Windmills and Wildflowers and see our other quilt patterns featuring Andover Fabric collections. We accept both retail and wholesale orders.

Marian Gallian, Pink Hippo Quilts


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The Designing Of A Downton Abbey Quilt- A Guest Post By Tiffany Hayes

DA 1I am Tiffany Hayes, Needle in a Hayes Stack, and I am honored to be a guest blogger for Andover Fabrics.  I must tell you I love the Downton Abbey series, except the season’s always end to soon.  I am always left wanting more, but I suppose that is the way it’s supposed to be.  So, let’s get on to my designing process.  I want to give a little insight on how I create a Downton Abbey quilt pattern.

First thing, I get jpegs of the fabric lines.  I let them stew around with my creative juices for a while.  In the meantime I do research on quilts from the appropriate time period.  That means I get so sit on the couch at night with my favorite electronic device and search, search, search.  I have collected quite a variety of antique quilts on my Pinterest boards (I’m always on the lookout for more).

Lady Mary


This is my inspiration for the quilt I designed using the fabric for Lady Mary:










I design in EQ7.  I recreated the quilt and added in the fabrics:

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I have some great quilting friends who help me name my quilt patterns when I get stuck, or they at least give me votes on their favorite names when I have a few to choose from.  This quilt became Regal Mary, because she is regal, isn’t she?  Regal Mary has been pieced and quilted.  I know each of these quilts should have been hand quilted, but there was just not enough time from the point of design until the quilts needed to be presented at Quilt Market, so machine quilted they must be.  I have a fabulous machine quilter, Vickie Wall.  She did a great job with picking patterns that are appropriate but do not distract from the quilt.

Lady Sybil

DA.287This is my inspiration for the quilt I designed using the fabric for Lady Sybil:












We (my friends and I) called this one Sybil’s Spires.  I designed this quilt before I knew what turn Sybil’s life would take.  I miss her.

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Lady Edith


This is my inspiration for the quilt I designed using the fabric for Lady Edith:












Fan’s for Edith is supposed to be a bit scrappy.  I love this idea, that way when each quilter makes this quilt each one will be just a bit different.  Here is my version:

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I have 2 quilts for Edith.  I was pleasantly surprised when Andover Fabrics requested to use Edith’s Grand Entrance as a Free to Download pattern.  Here was the quilt used for inspiration:










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The Dowager Countess


I must admit, she is my favorite character!  I’m betting I am not alone here.


I used a couple of quilts for ideas on this one.  It was a bit harder to draw up than I had anticipated, but I tried and tried and eventually decided on this design.  Here is Victorian Violet:

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I love it!  And yes, I pieced it! 320 flying geese units!  This quilt, along with three others, are out traveling in trunk shows.  I am hoping you may have had a chance to see them up close.  Keepsake Quilting has kitted up Victorian Violet.  Click on the picture below to purchase your kit.

578o87tI have one more to share.

Ladies of Downton Abbey

This quilt utilizes fabrics from each of the character lines and well as the non-character fabrics.  This is another great scrappy quilt.  Each and every one that has been made should be just a bit different from the next.  Here is my inspiration quilt:








Here is the actual quilt:


You may have seen this one kitted up at the Fat Quarter Shop.  They may still have one for you.  Click on the picture for the quilt kit above and check it out.

I have all the patterns available on my website:  Most of them can be purchased as a hard copy or a digital download.  I have designed a couple Block of the Month quilts programs as well. One night, just for fun, I inputted Downton Abbey fabrics into the quilts, these were my results:


Amazing what happens to a quilt when you change out the fabrics!

I am currently working on quilt patterns for the newest lines, I will also to be teaching a Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt class, or two, at Road to California in January (so excited about that).  Look for me on the schedule.


I would love for you to look me up.  I am on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as Needle in a Hayes Stack. You can always find new quilt patterns on my website and catch my latest blog post there too.

Thank you for allowing me express my love of Downton Abbey, the show, the fabrics and the quilts.

Blog at you later,


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