Guest Poster Alyson Clair talks Lizzy House

Greetings from rainy Portland, Oregon! I’m Alyson Clair, a patternmaker, dressmaker, and apparel nerd. Over the last few months my pal Lauren, from Spit Up & Stilettos, and I have had a great time making some kiddo versions of my most popular Women’s dress designs.

We’ve also had a lot of fun using the new Lizzy House knits line from Andover Fabrics to make our pretty dresses out of. I pretty much only sew with knits, so it’s always fantastic to find a nice quality fabric to sew with, that is also super wearable and fun.

I know that knits can often be a challenging new thing, especially if you are used to sewing with wovens. In classes I teach, I always tell new knit sewers that if I can sew with knits, so can you! I actually didn’t even learn to sew anything at all until I was 22, and in college for apparel design. I spent the first year and a half of my program cursing at wovens, and having a seam ripper pretty much attached to my hand. (We won’t talk about the home economics portion of my middle school that ended in some stapling of an apron project.)

Once I sat down at a serger and a coverstitch, it was a match made in heaven and I have pretty much been sewing with knits exclusively for the last 10 years. In the dresses that I make, I want to look pretty, fancy, and put together, but comfort is also one of the top things. When I look at my wardrobe, my go to things are all knit, so I strive to create things that are well loved every day garments.

We’ve put together a selection of 3 dresses and one Mommy and Me top. It was hard to pick which ones, but I knew I had to for sure do my best selling ladies style – The Unicorn Dress. I do love unicorns, but it really does seem to look good on everyone, which is what earned it the name. So of course we make a super adorable version for the kiddos!
Unicorn Dress Cover
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The other two dresses we put together have a lot of options for variety and color blocking. The Peplum Dress and the Tie Back Dress.

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Tie Back Dress

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The Trapeze top is a Mommy and Me style. The Mommy top can be worn through pregnancy and postpartum. I have carefully drafted the pattern to be flattering at all stages of baby and after. The kiddo version is a top that is great for play and twirling in. Make matching if you’d like, or add a belt for more outfit variety.
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The other really exciting thing going on, is the Great Giveaway. Yes, it really is a GREAT giveaway. 20 winners will be given full pattern sets of Alyson Clair Patterns, 10 winners will receive a 5 yard fabric bundle from the new Lizzy House line for Andover Fabrics, and one grand prize winner will receive a Brother 1034D serger. This giveaway is open internationally, so enter away until September 30th and good luck!

To enter just click the image below:
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While we were working on and planning this release, I really got to thinking about my starting to sew with knits. It was hard. It was intimidating. Threading a serger was a daunting task. What helped me learn was a trusty machine, that was easy to learn on, and had a lot of variety for the things I was sewing. It would be the best gift to a new or seasoned knits sewist, so we decided to make it the grand prize.

If you don’t have a serger, do not worry! We made sure all the patterns could be sewn on your regular machine. Happy Sewing from a knits nerd!
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Machine Quilting with Style by Christa Watson

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When I make a quilt, the actual quilting is often an afterthought. I do it out of necessity, not out of love. This is mostly due to the fact that machine quilting is incredibly intimidating to me. I’ve sewn my whole life but the actual process of quilting is fairly new to me.Christa 2

Upon going through Christa Watson’s new book Machine Quilting With Style, the first thing that struck me is how easy the techniques in the book seem to be. This is not to say that the book is simplistic. That’s hardly the case. The patterns and techniques in the book are quite sophisticated, classic and modern all at once. The reason the quilting techniques in the book seem so possible is because of how deftly Christa instructs the reader. She is careful and precise, meticulous but not overwhelmingly so. She is just really good and explaining how it’s done in a very efficient way.

The book really does make you feel like machine quilting is within your grasp. Some of the quilting motifs are just darn clever. I particularly enjoyed Christa’s use of straight line quilting. It shows up a few times throughout the book and each time it is incredibly different and surprising.

The book isn’t just a book on machine quilting techniques. It also showcases 12 quilt patterns, each one more lovely than the last. The thing that I really appreciate about these quilts is that there are endless possibilities for each one. The fabrics chosen for many of them could be changed a million different ways to transform the project. I think that that’s the hallmark of a great pattern, the ability to transform the look just based on the prints used within the quilt. I’m particularly fond of Pearl Gray, shown below [photo credit: Brent Kane]. It uses Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets very cleverly. They break up the rigid blocks so beautifully.

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I really enjoyed this book. It has opened my mind to new possibilities in quilting. I think that with my next project I’ll be able to come at quilting with a bit more courage having read this book.

And now for some more fun…

Christa is planning a quilt-along this January and needs your help deciding which quilt to make. Which would you choose? Click here for the chance to vote for your favorite.

And now… A GIVEAWAY! Want to win your very own copy of Machine Quilting With Style, a limited edition Alison Glass tote, and a 10”x 10” stack of Lizzy House’s Mini Pearl Bracelets? Head on over to our Instagram page for a chance to win!

Christa Giveaway

Be sure to check the full schedule of Christa’s blog hop here to see all the amazing projects people have created from the book as well as additional giveaways! And most importantly of all… Go buy the book! Click here to buy your SIGNED copy today.

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Little House on the Prairie Preview



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When Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first of her Little House on the Prairie books in 1932, a touchstone of American tradition was born. Decades later, it became a defining TV show for countless Americans.

It also inspired new generations to learn to quilt.
WebBanner_729_EditWith Little House on the Prairie, we got back to our roots, and began to find our passion for quilting. Even today, we still quilt with fabrics and patterns inspired by the frontier lifestyle. These fabrics are a cornerstone in the world of quilting, and are uniquely American in their style.

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Inspired by the illustrations found in the novels, this collection features the iconic imagery that resonates throughout Little House on the Prairie. The running girl, the wagon, the little house, and the majestic scenery are all here. This natural finish fabric pays homage to rustic roots of the story.

Prairie Flowers


The quilts of Little House on the Prairie featured bold, bright prints that gave the show its life and color. Our Prairie Flowers collection is a rainbow wave of gorgeous calicos, inspired by the quilts that inspired us from the show.

Walnut Grove

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Named for the town in Minnesota where Laura’s family settled in 1874, our Walnut Grove collection features prints from the era that their quilts would have been made from. The rich, sophisticated hues in this collection beautifully capture the fabric of the time.

We are so excited for the launch of this versatile collection. We cannot wait to see the beautiful quilts, garments, and accessories you all create. As always, be sure to let us see your projects through social media by tagging Andover Fabrics in your posts and hastagging your photos with #lhotpfabric.

Happy sewing!



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Dot Dot Dot: The “How Giucy_Giuce Got a Job at Andover Fabrics” Story

cover 1Have you ever downloaded an app to your phone and thought to yourself that it could change your life? Me neither. But funnily enough, that’s what happened to me when I joined Instagram. Little did I know that when installing that silly little picture app on my phone I would set into motion a path that would lead me to the desk I sit at now of a company in midtown Manhattan called Andover Fabrics.

It’s sort of funny to think about, isn’t it? How did you get to where you are? I think about this sort of thing all the time. Connecting the dots of all the seemingly innocuous little events in my life, waiting patiently for them to culminate to something greater.

A dot for posting your first fabric picture on Instagram. Another dot for seeing that quilters are starting to take notice of your work. Another for a company sending you a box of fabric to play with. Another for your work hanging in a booth at Quilt Market and yet another for that quilt being on the cover of a magazine. That leads to a dot where the fabric company invites you to work at Quilt Market. Then you get to add another dot for meeting all these amazing designers whose fabric you have worked with for years.

And then there is a really, really big dot. A red one, shiny and perfectly round with this lowercase A in it. This dot is for when Andover Fabrics invites you to work for them.

photo 1Three years of dots have led me to the desk I share with my new boss and friend Daryl Cohen. In the other room my team is discussing shipments and fabric lines. Outside the window of my 15th floor office I can faintly hear the sounds of Manhattan bustling beneath me.

It’s all a bit surreal to me still. I keep having these moments where I’m organizing fabric and I say to myself, “You’re getting paid to do this.” I feel lucky, but I also know I have worked very hard to get to where I am. There really isn’t a company or people I would rather be working for. I found my dream job, you guys!

So the next time you are wondering if you should download that app, just do it. You never know just what could happen when you do.

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Bags for Every Use: Guest Post from Annie at

Greetings from Annie at! I am the creator of ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable and also write patterns for useful bags and sell hardware and zippers to finish your creations. You can find me on Facebook at Patterns by Annie and or at my website,

In preparation for Spring Market, I needed to make lots of samples of new patterns. Luckily, with all the beautiful fabrics from Andover, it wasn’t hard for inspiration to strike!

First off is the too-cute Forest Friends by Makower UK. Foxes and other woodland creatures are all the rage right now, and this fabric fit in perfectly with my outdoor-themed patterns. Potluck Pals offers a sheltered container for taking casseroles and pies to your next potluck. These carriers keep a 9″ x 13″ casserole pan or 10″ pie handy, fresh, and secure.  Features include an easy-to-grab handle, zippered enclosures, and interior mesh pockets for holding ice packs or serving utensils.


Picnic in the Park holds everything you need for a picnic. The lid zips open fully for easy access to the interior. An abundance of mesh and slip pockets keep everything organized. Picnic in the Park is extra roomy to hold plates, cups, utensils, a tablecloth, beverages, food and more.


Doesn’t that fun tree fabric just make you want to run to a park and climb a tree?


When I got to a big quilt show in Portland last summer without the key to my cash box or my Square readers, I knew that my next sewing project needed to be an all-in-one-place organizer for cords, chargers, iPad, cash box key, scanner, and other electronic gear.

 Now traveling with electronics is easy with my new Power Trip! This handy organizer features an outer pocket (a perfect spot for that cash box key!) and easy-grab padded handle. Inside are zippered pockets and divided mesh pockets on both sides. Ex Libris by Alison Glass really makes this bag pop.


Perhaps the most beautiful way the ExLibris fabric was used was in this Daytripper 2.0. I love how the simplicity of the bag showcases this beautiful focus fabric. Daytripper 2.0 is a cinch to make, too, making it a quick and easy project for a beginner.


Thanks for reading along! Now, which bag is your favorite?

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Introducing: Little House On The Prairie

lh_logo_04Please SHARE the news: Little House on the Prairie is coming to Andover Fabrics!

Stay tuned to see the premier Little House on the Prairie collection, featuring designs inspired by illustrations from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels, florals of the time period, and the TV series, which became a touchstone of our American identity.

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Up With Giuseppe Ribaudo – As Seen On Generation Q

UP-GR-Andover-booth-460x613Sometimes while we’re strolling the aisles of Quilt Market, a quilt captures our attention that we.just.must.have. And it’s even sweeter when we can leave Quilt Market with said quilt. Walking by the Andover booth at Fall Market 2014, this quilt said, “take me home, c’mon I double dog dare ya!”Up, designed and made by Giuseppe Ribaudo is that quilt.

Here it is pictured in the Andover Fabrics booth among other quilts, totes and bags made with Alison Glass’ Handcrafted line. (Sorry, Q-bies, we have the pattern for Up in our March-April issue, but not all the rest of this gorgeousness).

Because we’re a bit nosy, we asked Guiseppe to tell us a little bit about his design process. Here’s what he shared:


The prints in Alison Glass’ work are so much more than just pretty shapes. I always see a story in her work. It’s what makes working with her textiles so wonderful. The fabric that went into this project was no exception. The quilt design was directly inspired by the fabric itself.

I was struck by the primitive nature of Alison’s Handcrafted line. While the line is incredibly sophisticated, the shapes used within it felt primeval to me. The way the actual fabric was created also lent to my thoughts of it having an “early” sort of feel to it.

To me, the line seems to be about discovering shape and form. It made sense to me that my quilt would communicate similar themes. So I started thinking about what shapes someone in the pre‐historic era would draw. I thought about their art and the simple forms strewn across their cave walls.  My research always seemed to bring me back to the triangle. It’s a shape used in art that dates back as far as art itself. It’s also a shape that we use today in virtually all of our quilt patterns in one form or another.I wanted to make this quilt as a sort of homage to this beautiful and diverse shape.

When deciding on a layout, I knew I wanted the triangle to feel like it was moving. Originally, the design was just a triangle made up of other triangles. But that felt a bit stagnant to me. I decided to add stripes moving upwards and outwards to give the shape a kind of radiance. I knew I wanted the focus to remain on Alison’s line. I decided to keep the stripes in Andover’s chambrays and textured solids in muted, low value shades. The combination of quilting cotton, chambray and textured solids give the quilt some depth and dimension, as well as texture. To keep movement within the triangle itself, I used a subtle spectrum. The triangle fades from purples and blues to red and orange and back to the cooler tones.


When quilting the piece, I again wanted to emulate the idea of upward mobility. The quilting within the triangle moves up, shining down from the top-most point. The stripes around the outside of the triangle also move up a simple quarter inch straight line around each of the seams. I am so grateful to have had the chance to work  on this quilt. It sparked in me a curiosity for a more contemporary approach to quilting. Lately I have been experimenting much more with negative space and bold pops of prints and colors. This quilt is most certainly responsible for my new awakening.–Giuseppe Ribaudo

See more of Giuseppe’s work on his Instagram feed, @giucy_giuce. And we hear that starting this evening (April 16 eastern time) there’s a giveaway of a tower of fat quarters of Alison Glass’s Ex Libris, plus a copy of our March-April issue featuring his quilt.
Check it out!

Quilt. Sew. Live. Breathe.

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The AlisonG4 Hobo and Lorelai Skirt: A Guest Post By Cheryl of Paradiso Designs


Hi there! I am Cheryl Kuczek of Paradiso Designs. I love to design edgy eclectic clothing and handbags that are fashion trend setters with a bohemian twist. My company mission is to offer solid construction methods with my patterns that inspire the home sewist to make fun & cool garments that really do fit. My Paradiso construction methods also allow the handbags to look fabulous for a long time.


I had a blast making my 2 newest patterns, The AlisonG4 Hobo, and the Lorelai Skirt Formula out of “Handcrafted” by Alison Glass. Handcrafted is one of the most stunning fabric collections that I have worked with in a long time. It inspired the patchwork inset on the Lorelai Maxi Skirt, because all the different fabric designs and colors work so well together, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


Any Paradiso clothing pattern with the word formula in the title means that the pattern is cut based on your measurements, and the patterns work for plus sizes too!! My Paradiso handbag patterns have designer touches to them with strong hardware & pleather straps. I developed the techniques to sew the pleather into straps, and you can reference my pleather techniques on my blog under the “Gospel of Pleather” tutorials that covers 4 techniques to use and sew pleather in my patterns or in your own handbag designs. And Paradiso has Hardware Kits & Pleather Kits to accompany the handbag patterns!!


And because I want you to have complete sewing success when sewing with Paradiso Patterns, please feel free to contact me with any questions at

Happy Sewing!
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Handcrafted Weekender Bag: A Guest Post By Erin Of Diedel*Bug Handmade


Hi, It’s Erin from Diedel*Bug Handmade again. I’m BAAAACCCKK! Oh wait, did that sound a little creepy? Haha! Well, I am the one that made the Chillingsworth Body bags last year. I’m back at it again only this time a little less creepy, just a little. I make custom made handbags. if you’ve never checked me out on Facebook, swing on over and say hi at


I received an awesome request for a Stella weekender Bag in the amazingly gorgeous Alison Glass Handcrafted line, but with a little twist. For the exterior I used the PLUS in lagoon. It’s a beautiful greenish teal blue hence the color name lagoon, with canary and mustard yellow plus accents.


Now Stella is anything but small. I think it should really be called the LONG weekender. Literally you could pack a three year old boy in it, mine just happened to try to stow away in his Gramma’s. It is quite the behemoth of a bag with 100+ pieces just to cut out, let alone sew. That being said it was the perfect bag to display the delicious fabric of the Handcrafted line. I choose the delightful yellow handles and accents to bring out the colors of the plus design in the fabric for the exterior. Now here comes the twist! The interior is lined with, wait for it! Chillingsworth Dictionary in cream.


The recipient is a scorpio so the scorpions in the print were of extra special meaning to her. And hey I can never pass up having a few skeletons in the bag :)

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Handcrafted for Quilt Market + A Giveaway: A Guest Post by Jenn of A Jennuine Life

I am giddy with excitement to share something fun I’ve been working on!  I got the chance to play with some wonderful fabrics from Andover Fabrics to display at the International Quilt Market in Houston October 25-27.


Rewind several months, and you may remember that this summer I went on a trip to NYC to meet up with some of my sewing blogger/designer friends and shop around the garment district.  I still owe a post on that trip – it was so amazing!  While we were there, we got to visit the offices of Andover Fabrics on Broadway and meet with several lovely people and fawn over fabulous fabrics!


We got to see this new line of fabrics from Alison Glass called Handcrafted and all of us were threatening to take the production samples home in our bags!  It’s a modern take on batik and the colors are just amazing!  Alison gave a nice overview of the inspiration for the different designs and the backstory of the line on her blog.


Needless to say, I literally jumped at the chance to sew something for the Andover booth.  Not only will my design and work be on display for thousands of people at market, but I got to be one of the first to sew with these amazing fabrics!

I decided to sew a design I’ve been working on for almost a year.  It’s been evolving over time, and you may remember theversion I made in linen this summer.  I’ve removed the center front seam from that version and changed up the construction just a little and I’m so pleased with how my vision is coming to life!  Only one problem… I just discovered that there’s already a lovely pattern with essentially an identical fold-back collar.  So, I’ll ponder that and see if I can change up my design a little to better differentiate them before offering a sewing pattern under Jennuine Design!


The dress has no closures and a comfy elastic back that’s formed from a self-casing made by sewing a line just below where the skirt and underskirt attach to the fully-lined bodice.  This way there’s no exposed elastic, and no extra work to install a separate casing.  This was one of those construction methods that I dreamed up and it sewed exactly as I had hoped!


For this version to showcase the fabrics I used two different fabrics from the Handcrafted line.  The outer fabric is ‘Petal’ in Eggplant and is this amazingly saturated shade of purple and the flower print is scattered becoming more dense along the borders.  The center of the panel has no design, and I used this area for the bodice so it gradually builds as you approach the hemline.  The lining is called ‘Bouquet’ in Ruby and is is an all-over design that looks like spatters, which really shows off the contrast of the colors.


To really play up the “handcrafted” nature of these fabrics and to highlight the fold-back collar detail, I handstitched a pick stitch, or I guess really a running stitch along the neckline with chartreuse perle cotton.  I love adding little details like this and I think for this dress in particular it is the exact right finishing touch.


Arden and I took advantage of one the last warm days of Autumn and the little strip of woods along a creek in my brother’s back yard.  Doesn’t she look like a woodland nymph with the rich colors and the fall backdrop?

Unity-Dress-7So if you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me!  And if you happen to be lucky enough to attend Quilt Market in person, I’d love to hear about it as well as whether you spot my little dress in Andover’s booth!


And now how ’bout that giveaway I hinted at in the title?  Andover is offering one happy reader a chance to get your own Handcrafted to enjoy!  Three one-yard cuts from the Handcrafted line are yours if you are chosen by the wonders of the Rafflecopter widget here!

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