Editors’ Picks: IH fans get new fabrics

Quilters who are or who know fans of the International Harvester, Farmall, McCormick and Case IH equipment brands now have new “retro” fabrics they can source through Case IH dealers.

“In addition to eight new designs and five new blender fabrics, we’re thrilled to offer pre-cut fabric packaged for convenience,” Sarah Pickett of Case IH’s licensing and merchandising department said in a release Wednesday. The new one-yard and three-yard cuts are available, three per pack, in all 19 designs, she said.

“Pre-cut packages make it easier for our customers to order — and for Case IH dealers to carry these fabrics in-store,” she said. “Our dealers have been getting fabric requests for years, but it’s safe to say that most aren’t set up to measure and cut quilt and craft material.”

Other new packaged fabric cuts include two assortments of eight-piece, 18-by-22-inch Fat Quarter bundles: the “History/International Harvester” and “Farmall/International Harvester” two-year bundles, each three per pack.

Also available is a double-face quilted 1.5-yard cut package. “These are perfect for making tote bags or small quilts,” said Jodi Beckett, executive vice-president of marketing for fabric maker Cranston.

That fabric, called Farmall Tractors, is on 10-yard bolts and is 100 per cent cotton with poly filling. The other fabrics are bolts of about 15 yards, made of 100 per cent cotton, and have a cutting width of about 44-45 inches.

“Our customers love the look of these International Harvester and Farmall fabrics,” Beckett said in Case IH’s release. “They’re perfect for creating magnificent quilts, crafts, drapes and much more.”

The fabrics have names like Textured Tractors, Tractor Fields, Tractor Patch and Tractor Square Toss. “And the five new blender fabrics are available in blue, brown, yellow, cream, and of course, red,” said Pickett, who works out of Case IH’s head office in Racine, Wisc.

Besides participating Case IH dealerships, these products can be purchased at fabric stores and online fabric shops. Crafters and sewers may also want to call Cranston’s toll-free line at 1-800-876-2756 to find fabric retailers close to home.

— The “Editors’ Picks” feature will highlight eyebrow-raising and unusual-yet-true news from the world of farming, as gleaned from various sources by the editorial staff of the Farm Business Communications division.

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