This is Asbury…

I may be biased, but I’m just going to say this: Asbury is my best collection yet. I’m not saying I’m not smitten with the other collections, but this one has just gone a couple steps further. I feel like I am genuinely maturing as a fabric designer with this one, starting to really blend story and style, color and meaning. Heck, it may just be because I’m feeling kinda awesome today after turning in my finished book manuscript, but I’m just gonna say that this is a damn fine collection.

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Asbury is largely based on my childhood growing up near Asbury Park, New Jersey, a shore town that once boasted a vibrant and wonderful amusement park, but by the time I lived there the rides were almost all shut down. The thing is that I didn’t really miss the rides; that absence made Asbury Park an irresistible draw for my young imagination. I populated the boardwalk and pavilion with endless activity and excitement. It was a remarkable setting to create entire worlds.

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As an imaginary space, Asbury Park is perpetually imbued with the qualities of nighttime for me; the colors are all reminiscent of an amusement park at night with that strange saturated color that only comes from the mingling of multicolored electric lights and the deep black of a clear, dark sky. That sensibility is really the essence of Asbury; it speaks of both childhood fancy and adult reflection. The fabrics work just as well in Bee’s room and Baby Rabbit’s nursery as they do on K and my bed; they work for playroom bags for Bee and skirts for K. That was really the goal I had with Asbury, a collection that spoke equally to adults and children alike: for children it is about play, for adults, nostalgia.

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Now Asbury is out there in stores, but for whatever reason it may be a bit hard to find. While it seems some of the bigger online shops have chosen to not carry it, Andover has a list of shops that are carrying Asbury on their Asbury page. If you can’t find it locally go ask for it. That’s kind of the way things work around here; shops determine what is available to consumers. If your preferred online retailers aren’t carrying it, tell them you want it. Or, of course, you can just go support the shops and retailers that are carrying it.

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If you are looking for the entire collection online, I know that at the very least Fabricworm, Sew Modern, and Stash Fabrics have all of the Asbury prints. You can also hop over to the Andover site and download the free quilt pattern I designed for Asbury; as you might be able to tell I am currently in love with giant, patchwork half-square triangles.

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All I’m saying is that Asbury rocks. Seriously. Big time. And anyway, who doesn’t love bumper cars???

Yay Asbury!!!
-t

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14 Responses to This is Asbury…

  1. 1
    Sue G says:

    Great line, you should be proud. Off to see where I can get some!

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    Emily says:

    I love bumper cars, and ice cream. Especially ice cream. 🙂

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    Amy says:

    Love the pattern that you designed!

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    Jan says:

    I really like the new fabric Thomas. The bumper cars are a real blast from the past. I’m off to fabric worm to buy some.
    Thanks

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    cauchy09 says:

    great colors. and i love your text print.

    would love to learn more about the behind-the-scenes of the fabric industry. seems political and capricious sometimes.

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    Maggie Magee says:

    It is such a marvelous collection, Thomas!

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    Krista says:

    I’m a HUGE fan of this line, and had noticed it was hard to find… I got the charm pack at quiltcon from the andover booth, and then went and looked it all over at one of the seller booths. I’m glad I came and read this post, it’s even better now! Your eggs and jellybeans are to die for. they’re my absolute favorite.

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    Joanne Jones says:

    I still ‘need’ a dress like your daughter’s in the bumper cars! It’s a great collection, you are right to be proud! One of the jellybean prints reminds me of my best friend’s and my 18th birthday party where you had to wear something red or purple (a while ago now)! I don’t think any shop has this in the UK yet which is a shame 🙁

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    Denise in PA says:

    It’s fabulous – so colorful! I just went and bought a bunch at Stash! o:)

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    KerryQ says:

    This line is gorgeous. I can’t wait to make an ice cream dress for my daughter. I just emailed two major online shops to ask them to carry them. I’m sorry it’s not more available.

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    KerryQ says:

    I love this collection. I can’t wait to make a soft serve dress for my daughter. Maybe my nieces will get one too. I just emailed two major online shops to ask them to carry Asbury. I’m sorry your beautiful work isn’t more available.

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    Jennifer says:

    Yes, it certainly does rock – love the vibrant colours and geo designs. Must get me some of this fabric.

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    […] is what I so often aspire to do with my work, to look at what is just below the surface of things. Asbury snuck a glimpse into the closing minutes of the carnival, the period after the bright colors fade. […]

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    Alison Schmidt says:

    oh, my, I’m a Jersey girl born&bred, even though I’ve lived more than half my life away from the state…I knew there was something familiar about those cones…must be the Kohr’s frozen custard 😉 I still daydream about rainy days at that weird indoor amusement park in a teal building with the giant clown painted on the wall. (that might’ve been a little too weird for a fabric design, huh?)

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