Introducing Good Neighbors!
9.9.2015

I am so excited that my first line of fabric, good neighbors, has finally made it out into the world!

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Back in the spring of 2014, Alisha, who is the director of marketing, and I started talking about the possibility of me designing a line of fabric for Connecting Threads. My initial thought was, “There is already sooooo much fabric out there, what would I have to offer?” At the same time, I was a little giddy (and let’s face it, nervous) at the thought. I consulted “my people” (my husband and my good friend Tara) and I got the same response from both of them: “You might as well give it a shot.” So, with that, I set out to design fabric that I wanted to sew with.

At this point, I didn’t really think about fabric in terms of a line, I was just dreaming up random designs that I thought would be fun translated into fabric. I did a lot of doodling. A LOT. On paper and in Adobe Illustrator. I came up with at least 50 different designs-some of them good, some of them not so good. (It’s interesting to look back on some of them a year later. It offers such a different perspective!) I worked with both Teri, the director of Connecting Threads, and Winthur, the in-house fabric designer at Connecting Threads, and they helped me narrow things down. They also encouraged me to design a few additional prints to fill in the gaps. I am so thankful for their expertise-it helped so much!

good neighbors fabric color palette
Picking out the colors was part of my favorite part. I had a printed swatch of every color that Connecting Threads uses and I cut them apart and played with them like paint chips. I had to laugh the day I had the colors all spread out on the keyboard of my laptop and I saw that they match my blog header perfectly. I guess it’s good to know that I like what I like!

The fabrics in this line are very true to my style…most are small scale prints that can be cut into little bits and will blend with so many different styles and fabrics. They would work in ANY scrappy quilt! 🙂 A lot of the prints are just one color plus white. That’s what I gravitate to all the time when fabric shopping, and in my work, so it made sense that a lot of the fabric that I designed followed suit.

I’m envisioning the ovals as backing fabric on countless quilts.
good neighbors fabric ovals

These X’s will work beautifully as low volume background fabrics in scrappy quilts.
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I’m excited to use these stripes for binding ALL the quilts.
good neighbors fabric stripes

The polka dots will be used for everything! 🙂
good neighbors fabric polka dots

The flowers in the round print was probably the biggest stretch for me, design wise, because it uses 5 colors and it’s larger than a 2” square. I do like it though! This design is available as yardage, and it has been printed on 108” wide fabric for easy, non-pieced quilt backs. I’m can’t wait to use it and see it all quilted up!
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Naming the fabric line was probably the most difficult part of the process. A good name is so important to a line of fabric. It has to be easy to say, spell, pronounce and it should be catchy, but definitely not cheesy or obscure. I have a difficult time naming anything…quilts, especially, and the name of a fabric line has even more importance. So, my family and I spent several nights at dinner brainstorming. My friend Tara and I spent several days on the phone brainstorming. Nothing was hitting the spot. Finally, Tara suggested “good neighbors” and I knew that was the one. I liked the name good neighbors because it implies that this fabric will get along with others, and will be harmonious with many other prints and many different kinds of fabric. That was the goal!

It wasn’t until the day that I opened the box of strike-offs that I finally saw all the prints together as a fabric line. What a journey it was to get to that point! I have to say, even though they are one line, I encourage you to break them apart and use them in many different projects. That’s ultimately what they were made to do!

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Be sure to check out all the fabrics in the entire line. They are also conveniently available in pre-cuts and bundles.

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If you want to see more of the Good Neighbors fabrics, head over to Instagram and search hashtag #goodneighborsfabric !


31 comments

  1. Lynn Patch - September 9, 2015

    Love that new fabric

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  2. Susan - September 9, 2015

    Very nice, the colors are so bright and cheerful. Just like a good neighbor!

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  3. Becky Schultz - September 9, 2015

    How “stinking cute” is all of that fabric…I want it ALL!

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  4. Judith Green - September 9, 2015

    Congratulations on your pretty and sooo charming first fabric mine. The fabrics definitely would coordinate s

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  5. Rita Serrano - September 9, 2015

    I love it! I am definitely getting the x’s and stripes!

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  6. Sue - September 9, 2015

    I follow Crazy Mom Quilts and love everything Amanda Jean doss…including designing fabrics!! My best wishes to her on this big step!

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  7. Anita Carol Gambrell - September 9, 2015

    Awwwwwwwww! That’s so cute! I love it!

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  8. Sandy - September 9, 2015

    It has been a while since I have seen such a yummy line. I also want it all, it is so soft and cheerful, just the colors I like to work with.

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  9. Vickie - September 9, 2015

    Really nice! I love the bright colors!! Great job.

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  10. Karen - September 9, 2015

    I’ve got my order coming on Friday! Whoop! Whoop!

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  11. Nancy - September 9, 2015

    I love all the fabric, I ordered the whole line on Sunday and can hardly wait to get it. You did a great job. Hope there will be another collection !!

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  12. T. Johnson - September 9, 2015

    Oh WOW, I love it all. Hope to get some.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Katherine - September 9, 2015

    I love your first line of fabric, Amanda Jean! It is so YOU and the name is perfect. I’m looking forward to adding some Good Neighbours into my projects! I’m so glad you decided to “go for it”. ;o)

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  14. Marianne P - September 9, 2015

    I just received my order today and it’s soooooo beautiful. The quality of the fabric is very smooth and soft. Gorgeous colours! I’ll have fun with this line. Well done!

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  15. Georgia - September 9, 2015

    So beautiful! I can ‘t believe there are so many in the line. I love Connecting Threads and I love scrappy quilt,s, so this will be perfect. Everything in one place. So convenient and Connecting Threads fabrics are awesome.

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  16. Judie Harron - September 9, 2015

    I am turning cartwheels over your new line of Good Neighbors fabric. I have already ordered a FQ of each and can’t wait to play with them when they arrive. Good job on your first adventure into fabric designing…you hit the bulls eye1

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  17. Judy Murphy - September 9, 2015

    What FUN fabrics!!!

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  18. Pat Evans - September 9, 2015

    What a delightful collection. Such bright colors. I especially like the five color circles of flowers that you found to be a stretch. I think it’s perfect.

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  19. Ellen - September 9, 2015

    Fun prints and colors, and I appreciate the “zing” of a little orange!

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  20. Kathie L - September 9, 2015

    Love both the colors and design.

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  21. Debbie - September 10, 2015

    It turned out beautifully! Congrats for giving it a go! 😉

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  22. Janice Steffek - September 10, 2015

    I love the colors and the patterns. I can think of several quilt patterns to use them in and a few totes too.

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  23. pauline - September 10, 2015

    Love your new line…All the bright colors great to cheer up winter…if it ever comes our
    way. LOL

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  24. Diane Swett - September 11, 2015

    Wow! What a pretty line of fabrics you have designed. Love, love, love the flower print and can see it both as a baking or as piecein in a Quilt. Congratulations Amanda. .

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  25. Terri Spencer - September 11, 2015

    Really like the design, so simple but striking, and cutely old-fashioned. Wonderful!

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  26. Carol Peters - September 14, 2015

    Carin and I are some of your biggest fans!!
    Can’t wait to order my own stash and make more and more quilts for Margaret’s Hope Chest recipients.
    Great job!!!

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  27. Judith - September 14, 2015

    Amanda, These are gorgeous! These are exactly what I gravitate toward for my own projects. You did a wonderful job. I had to smile when you talked about stripes as bindings. I have a love of striped fabrics on the diagonal for bindings too. I have quite a collection.

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  28. Amanda Best - September 15, 2015

    They are so cheerful and happy. Congratulations on your first line for Connecting Threads, and here is to many more, from another, Amanda. :0)

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  29. Michelle Lelevier - September 17, 2015

    Amanda Jean,
    I just made my first purchase with Connecting Threads and bought some of your new fabric line. You are inspiring and I want to support you and your endeavors. Bravo.

    Michelle

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  30. Carol - September 18, 2015

    Love the Good Neighbors line. The colors are great, the patterns fabulous and the uses will be endless! Congratulations on a job well done!

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  31. Becky - October 1, 2015

    Amanda, this fabric is absolutely beautiful! Just love it and looking forward to doing a few projects with it in the near future.

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