I’d like to introduce you to Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints – a fabric collection featuring reproduction prints from 1880-1910. Ready for shipping now from Paintbrush Studios/Fabri-Quilt.You may wonder how this came about – a farm girl from California ends up designing a fabric collection.
Sometimes I wonder myself!
Here is the short version of the formula that worked for me: Start with loving quilts – making new quilts and collecting old quilts. (That began in 1984).
Add 25+ years of interest in quilt history with classes, workshops, fabric camps, and a lot of reading about quilt study and the dating old fabrics.
Mix in a longtime membership in the American Quilt Study Group with more reading and studying of quilt research.
Know generous people who frequent garage sales and find unusual old quilt tops and are willing to share. (Thank you Sharon!)
Then be in the right place at the right time when Paintbrush Studios, a Kansas City, MO based fabric company, is looking for someone to design reproduction fabrics.
Viola! That’s all it takes to become a fabric designer via the route of quiltmaking.My first collection features shirting prints along with cotton dress prints that were popular during the late 1800s up to 1910 (and in some cases, beyond). The colors are as true to the original, unwashed, unused vintage goods as possible. Deep claret red, deep indigo, chambray blue, cadet blue, and the black mourning prints of the era.
Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints, are 100% reproduced in the United States of America. That means the cotton was grown here, the yarn was spun here, the fabric was woven here, and the final goods were printed right here in the US of A. With so much of our industry moving overseas, I am thrilled to be part of a fabric collection produced at home.
I, along with Fabri-quilt, will be at Spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis, MN from May 15-17. If you’re there, stop by booth 2318 to see the goods and the block of the month project that I designed for the collection.
Ask for Vintage Shirting and Dress Prints at your local quilt shop and watch Barb’s Favorites for more about the fabrics, the Block of the Month, and Spring Market!