Valori Wells‘ new collection is Urban Flannel — I assume it’s from FreeSpirit, if so it’s not on their website yet. See the entire collection on Valori’s blog here. It’s being released at Quilt Market; I’ll get an ETA for the shops this weekend.
That reminds me — in response to the giveaway, Tiff from Three Peas asked After washing flannel before my project they tend to come out pilled. It just doesn’t look nice. How do I wash it and still keep it looking nice?
and Susan asked, “What is the difference between flannel and ‘quilter’s flannel’?”
Anyone have any ideas? It sounds like fabric quality issue — the flannel that U.S. chain stores sell tends to be of poor quality — maybe it’s a looser weave? Or looser yarn? — so the brushed nap deteriorates faster. “Quilter’s flannel” is likely of higher quality, suitable for the rigors of a typical quilt’s life. But can you make a quilt from even high-quality flannel and expect it to be heirloom-quality? That I don’t know.
What good is a fabric used mostly for baby items, men’s shirts, and PJs if you can’t machine-wash the hell out of it? Tiff, I hate to think of you having to hand-wash flannel with mild soap — I would try some of the higher-end flannel and compare results before troubleshooting your laundry routine.