Friday, August 29, 2014

American Made Brand Fabric Review

Back in July, my family traveled to Missouri to visit family.  From there I traveled solo to Oklahoma City for Sew-OK and in the process I just so happened to make my way to a quilt shop or two.  ::cough:: ::cough::  In route back home, we stopped in Paducha, Kentucky and we were near the infamous Hancock's fabric of Paducha so I went in just for a second.  While I was there, I stumbled across the new fabric from American Made Brand.  I had heard of this new company but had never seen the fabric in person before.  I liked what I saw.  In fact, I liked what I saw so much that once back home I looked up the company and read more about them and realized that it's an all American product.  The cotton is grown here in USA and the fabric is manufactured here too.  Their tag line, "Celebrating a Farm to Fabric Movement" had me hook, line and sinker.


I spent some time on their website and was just so impressed with the "farm to fabric" movement that I clicked on their contact button and sent an email telling them just that.  Then I went on with my day. But within a few hours I had heard back from them and they offered to send me some fabric to test out and see what I thought.  How cool is that?


After making this mini quilt with AMB solid fabric, here are my thoughts:

  • Intense and consistent saturation of color
  • Quality base cloth for sure - the weave is consistent and solid and maybe a little tighter than what I'm used to working with which made for crisp pressing and seams
  • No color bleeding or fading after washing (which I have done three times to adequately test)
  • Minimal shrinking - not noticeably more or less than other quilt shop quality fabric from other manufacturers

I read on their website that there are currently 50 different colors available which means that I should be able to find a color that matches whatever I'm working on often.  Since the company was established in 2013 I am hopeful that they will continue to add to their color range as time goes on and they carve their way into the fabric market.  I know that I will find satisfaction in choosing a fabric completely made and manufactured in America and look forward to seeing these fabrics show up in more online and brick-and-mortar shops every day.

-dana

14 comments:

ferne said...

This is wonderful and l am loving the color intensity!

Lynn said...

My local quilt shop carries this. After reading about it I was excited to give it a try and I wasn't dissapointed. It sews beautifully and I love the colors. I bought the most beautiful shade of blue. Plus I loved the price. Love your zig zaggy quilt!

Lynn said...

Plus, maybe cause we live in NC, where the textile industry was decimated, but isn't it great to see fabric made in the US!

MeganW said...

More and more these days we're liking to buy American made products. Sooooo cool to find out about fabric that's all American!

dolores said...

oohhh...thanks for the heads up...I will definitely go check them out!:)

Melissa B said...

How have I never heard of this?!! Very exciting! Thanks for spreading the word!

Corinnea said...

I will have to check them out. Love the saturated colors of your quilt!

Mcm said...

Thanks for the review Dana. I have been eyeing this fabric and I do believe it's time to add it to my solid stash.

Beth said...

We have that at the shop. I have some I am working with right now. I love it. Especially that is grown here and manufactured here.

Karen said...

I just found you yesterday when reading Swim, Bike, Quilt's review of your book. So glad I did. I read about these in the spring but haven't seen them in any shops yet. Interested to know if the tighter weave makes for less fraying?

diane said...

I'll have to try these fabrics. I'm always looking to support made in America products

Regina said...

My favorite LQS is carrying all 50 colors and I just picked some up to work with some charm packs I picked up recently. I haven't cut into it yet - but glad to read your review. Looking forward to incorporating it into more projects!

Jackie said...

Neat!

Karen said...

Just found your blog. I enjoyed your review of American Made Brand fabrics and am pleased to see a couple of near-by shops to check out! I am pleased to see they are based in Seattle. I live about 2-1/2 hours north, just shy of the Canadian border.

I wish you had a blurb about yourself on your blog, so we could get to know you! I will enjoy perusing your posts.