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    In 1862 Julia Ward Howe published the Battle Hymn of the Republic, a moving anthem still sung 150 years later. This reproduction fabric line remembers the first full year of Civil War, its battles and losses. Muted colors recall the mood of mourning. The original prints date from mid to late 19th-century, many drawn from an 1860s mill sample book. Print styles fashionable in the 1860s include small figures in formal repeats, floral trails and a floral spray that might be a cotton boll. The flag print may date to the 1870s, a postwar celebratory fabric to commemorate the Union’s Centennial.


    Windham Fabric's Nancy Gere is proud to honor one our nation's greatest patriots. Without question of valor and the unwavering belief in the future of the United States, George Washington was the only US president who was unanimously elected. He ran unopposed for both terms and declined to run for a third term, setting a precedent which held until 1940. He fought in the wars against the French and Indians, serving as General Edward Braddock's aide in the disastrous campaign against Ft. Duquesne. His ability as a General, along with the French alliance and the growing weariness within Britain, brought the American Revolutionary war to a conclusion with the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown 19th October, 1781.

    VINTAGE SHIRTINGS, 1870-1925 by Sara Morgan

    Between 1870 and 1925, quilters were fond of using white shirting fabrics for pieced quilts. The standard shirting prints were small, isolated figures on white or off-white backgrounds. During the decade of 1874-1884, Allen Printwork's line of shirtings were among the most popular. Quilters used black, muted red and medium blue on white grounds, with small geometric, floral and striped patterns.

    Around 1925, plain white cottons resumed their popularity and began to replace shirting as a standard background fabric for pieced designs.


    Muted roses, blues and greens by Paula Barnes lend themselves to both traditional and updated block arrangements, for quilts with a timeless appeal.


    Paula Barnes continues her new color-keyed collections under the TAVERN name with a stashworthy group of gorgeous greens to add to the original blues -- you'll want to collect them all!




    You'll love the trans-seasonal coloring of Paula Barnes' latest collection for Marcus, a mix of brassy tones with deep blues that are perfect for a cozy den accent, for the special men in your life.


    by Kathy Hall with Jo Morton for the International Quilt Study Center

    About International Quilt Study Center and Museum

    The International Quilt Study Center & Museum is located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Center houses the largest publically held quilt collection in the world. 3000+ quilts date from the early 1700s to the present and represent more than 25 countries. The center also offers a unique masters degree in Textile History with a Quilt Studies emphasis. For more information and to enjoy the unique Quilt Explorer, visit

    Judie Rothermel revisits the archives of Old Sturbridge Village to gather the inspiration for her Holiday '12 collection. It features deep shades of green, red and golden tan in a richly detailed wallpaper stripe, large floral and an array of smaller allovers.



    Snowman Gatherings is a festive gathering of little vintage inspired prints that remind us of snowy winter days. Whether you are blessed with a snow season or wish you could be, this collection of blues, creams and a jolly snowman or two will bring the spirit of the season to your winter projects.


    Make a big splash with Salt Air from Cosmo Cricket! This vintage beach line is filled with warm summer colors and sea-inspired patterns that are perfect for picnic quilts, sundresses and beach bags.


    A Signature Collection Design from Blank Quilting


    We tend to think of quilts from the Civil War era as full of blues, grays, blacks - generally dark colors. These fabrics, reproduced from a quilt of the same name in the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum collections, is a cheerful exception.  Most of the fabrics in this quilt date back to 1860-1880, although RMQM believes the black ombre may have been a little earlier. The vibrant green color in the small-scale prints was obtained by an overdyeing process popular at that time. The other prints, although typical of the time period, are somewhat rare finds: the dark red with blue and brown, the double pink with machine ground, turkey red with chrome yellow, and brilliant Prussian blue. It is these beautiful fabrics that inspired Blue Hill Fabrics™ to re-create a vintage collection that would appeal to both traditionalists and contemporary quilt artists.



    Pom Pom de Paris by French General for Moda


    You'll love this collection for its wide-ranging color palette, and its longevity, making it a great choice for BOM's, mystery quilts and other serial projects! We think the name says it all!


    Madder reds, indigoes, chrome yellows, poison greens, double pinks and other colors were used prominently in the 1800s, resulting in vibrant, lively quilts that would brighten any room.


    Paula Barnes combines a subtle palette of antiqued sage, terra cotta, taupe and grey with traditional patterns for quilts with an heirloom look and feel. Her stylized floral wallpaper stripe leads the group, with a large repeat that lends itself to creative cutting and piecing.


    Molly B's begins its new "Style Series" with a cool medley of Greys, Blues and Greens, with two border print options. The Style Series offers classic elegance with a vintage vibe, fitting easily into today's home decor and heirloom quilts alike.



    Metropolitan Fair by Barbara Brackman

    Metropolitan Fair recalls the Civil War ladies' fairs that raised millions of dollars for Union and Confederate soldiers' hospitals. The largest extravaganza was New York City's Metropolitan Fair held in Union Square in 1864. Women from the Carolinas to California orchestrated fund-raisers to sell needlework and handmade items at tables staffed by volunteer sales clerks permitted to be quite flirtatious for the cause. The prints in Metropolitan Fair recall calicoes and dress goods of the war years. Each print is named for an exhibit. The collection is a stroll through exhibit halls from the Knickerbocker Kitchen that celebrated New York's Dutch past to the Old Curiosity Shop.


    We invited Bethany Fuller to spend a few days rummaging through the fabric archives at Windham. What fun we had watching Beth dive into endless amounts of document fabrics! It wasn’t long before Beth created the origins of several different collections each going in fantastic new directions.

    We are delighted to present Marguerite, Bethany’s premier collection for Windham Fabrics. We couldn’t be happier with the selections that she finally made. As a quilter, and quilt shop owner, Bethany clearly shows an understanding of how to fine tune the raw material of design, and maneuver it into a wonderful new quilting collection.


    As you can imagine, Chloe’s closet is filled with treasures, one of which was an adorable antique patchwork crib quilt from the late 18oos. It has inspired a collection that portrays a whole gang of precious Lil’ Rascals enjoying endless adventures of the imagination. From playful puppies and cute kittens to mischievous monkeys and baby bunnies, all in a dusty gender neutral color palette true to the original antique, this gang is all sugar and spice!


    Indigo Crossing by Minick and Simpson

    No other fabric evokes 19th century America more than an indigo cotton. Indigo - the color of ink on paper; the color of denim; the color of the star covered flag - is as crisp and clean as a spring morning. Our collection of indigoes is taken from snippets and scraps from sewing baskets and linen cupboards, as well as from our own collections. We love a stack of indigo and white quilts stacked to the ceiling! We love them hanging on a line and snapping in the breeze. We love the geometric beauty of blue and white. Freshly laundered and smelling of lavender, an indigo and white quilt is true comfort.


    Hey good-lookin’! What’s your name? Well, Hello Luscious! Let us introduce you to the most decadently delightful, completely divine line of brilliantly bright, temptingly cute fabric designs. Stylishly provocative. Charming and disarming. Nothing but yum.


    For HEART OF THE PRAIRIE, I chose two prints that would represent what a Prairie Woman might choose if she were splurging on fabric for a "Sunday Best" dress. These floral prints feature simple country flowers... sweet blooms that might grow on flowering prairie bushes, or a flower in her garden. I also chose a very simple shirting as one of the light prints, because they were so common then, and it's a print from one of my 19th century antique quilts. Also included is a mix of small prints, both in neutral and colors, which would have been common during this time period as well. These were the staple fabrics they used to make everything they needed in their lives.

    I designed the line in very popular colors of the era, Indigo blues, double pinks, and sage greens. All blend nicely with each other as well as in pairs, i.e., blue/pink, pink/green, blue/green, which give a lot of creative combinations in quiltmaking. Lots of fun and different period neutrals add to the mix for even more possibilities.


    grand fi•nal•e (noun)
    a very spectacular ending of a performance or show. In my opinion grand finale could be a description for fall. Fall is when Mother Nature gives us one last spectacular show of color before everything is put to bed for the long, colorless winter. Enjoy the show.


    Cherry blossoms are in full bloom as you take a leisurely stroll through this springtime water garden. Waterfalls of color energize your creative spirit as you meander along through raked sand gardens in the calming shade of bamboo trees. Discover the collection’s tranquil blossoms, dragonflies, lotus ponds, and geometric expressions of the harmony of nature. Good fortune and happiness await you!


    April 12, 2011 marked the 150 anniversary of the firing of cannons on Fort Sumter, South Carolina marking the opening day of the Civil War; a war that would divide families, friends, and a country and ultimately take the lives of over 618, 000 soldiers, about 2% of the population of our country at that time.

    The generals who served during this time had been friends, classmates and sometimes, even roommates at West Point prior to the war. Theirs was now the task to destroy that friend to support the cause in which they believed. This was not an easy decision. The wives of these generals had to support her husband as he wrestled with those decisions. She had to keep the home fires burning and keep the children and families together at a time that was extremely dangerous for her. The wives of Confederate generals also had the concern that the actual battlefield could be in hertown or on her property. Most of the women on the Southern side lost all their possessions and homes. These were extremely brave and strong women who deserve all the recognition that can be afforded them.

    Nancy Gere has designed General's Wives, her proudest civil war fabric collection, and Jerry Stube's quilt design by the same name is created to honor these brave women, and truly, the wives of all soldiers who fight to preserve our cause, our country.


    E'Sprit De Noel by French General

    Visions of a rustic French Christmas filled my head when designing the collection for this holiday line, Esprit de Noel. Rural flowers and berry vines intertwine with petite stars and snowflake buds to inspire a handful of holiday quilts and projects. Joyeux Noël et bonne année from French General!


    This Spring 2011 Paducah, Kentucky will be in full bloom, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the National Quilt Museum amidst the annual Dogwood Trail festivities. A tradition since 1964, the Dogwood Trail has grown to a vast 12 mile tour show casing the flowering Dogwood trees beautifully illuminated. Moda thought this was the perfect imagery to honor another Paducah treasure. Through quality exhibits, workshops and conferences the National Quilt Museum, a non-profit institution, strives to educate, promote and honor today’s quilt maker. Enjoy the beauty of Dogwood Trail and help the museum continue to celebrate the art, history and heritage of quilt making.


    Cuzco by Kate Spain

    Trek beyond the city gates, through wild gardens where peacocks roam, over valleys and hills, and up the highest mountains. In rich colors of fuchsia, indigo, patina and orchid, the patterns in this collection are Inspired by the colorful weavings, landscapes, and layers of cultures in its namesake place. Cuzco offers you a new journey into the exotic and ancient — where hidden sanctuaries and adventure await you!


     The antique mall awaits with a plethora of pleasures to be discovered, all in Curio. A mixing of soft petal pink, cameo blue, and antique mahogany becomes a study of timeless treasures found. From classic lace doilies to fine bone china, the collection of shabby chic vintage collectables is chock-full of quaint, estate quality design and fine, traditional detail.



    Collections for a Cause: Mill Book Series 1835 by Howard Marcus

    As an avid collector of antique quilts and textiles, Howard Marcus uses his passion to give back to various charities by donating proceeds of the sales of his Collections for a Cause quilting fabrics. The latest installation of this program is Collections for a Cause: The Mill Book Series, Cira 1835. This group compiles reproduction prints from a French mill book dating back to 1835. This book, one of many in his library, features hundreds of antique swatches documenting prints of the time. Authentic in color and in scale, this beautiful new collection showcases the fine, delicate print quality of the period. Proceeds from The Mill Book Series will benefit the American Quilt Study Group to assist with educational programs, offer more scholarship opportunities, and enhance the abilities of the AQSG to have a more prominent impact in the quilt world.


    This 1850’s friendship quilt from Philadelphia is the Ninth in a Series of reproduction quilts featuring the Howard Marcus Collection. The series includes antique quilts from across america. This friendship quilt is believed to be a wedding or anniversary quilt. With a cheerful red and cream color palette and fine applique work, this quilt was made with love and friendship for a happy occasion. The center of each block is signed in a beautiful script further indicating the quilter’s desire to create her very finest work. Many of the signatures are from members of the same family. It is our hope that you, too, will create a friendship quilt for the special loved ones in your life. Supporting the Cause…Feeding America “Whose mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.”


    Collections for a Cause - Warmth by Howard Marcus
    Benefitting Habitat for Humanity

    Howard Marcus's latest reproduction quilt collection harkens back to a more simple time and place. In 1830's New Jersey subtlety of color and simplicity of design were common characteristics among local quilters. This quilt features an eight pointed beauty, the LeMoyne Star, in a subdued palette of cream and cocoa brown calicoes. Accent colors within the stars in a variety of faded reds, indigo blues and even a pop of green provide a spark of Warmth. By recreating this beautiful quilt you can play an important role in Supporting the Cause, and help Habitat for Humanity spread Warmth to those less fortunate.


    Collection For A Cause - Faith (1840-1860) from Howard Marcus of Moda

    The inspiration for this collection is found in an original quilt in the collection of Howard Marcus. The original quilt from the 1840s-1860s was found in Massachusetts. It is a quirky summer weight quilt with wonderful pinks and browns.

    Proceeds from this collection were intended to support the cause of The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (CSAH).


    The Howard Marcus line of fabrics is inspired by one of the many antique quilts collected by Moda's owner. This collection is Moda's version of an original early 1860's quilt from that collection, a vintage nine patch pattern.  The stripes, florals, plaids and dots are accented by a traditional soothing palette of brown, tan, cream, brick, juniper and blue. The proceeds are donated to a worthy cause.  Collections For A Cause - Comfort's proceeds will be given to American Red Cross for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund to offer support and comfort to Moda's many friends and colleagues in Japan, as they rebuild their lives and country.


    Carrie's Madders, 1860-1880

    Madder is a low creeping plant that will quickly cover an area of ground without a great deal of maintanence. The plant matures at fiveyears old, bearing small yellow/green flowers and berries. The berries are dark when ripe and can be used as seed stock to multiply the crop.  The part of the plant used for the dye is the tuber type root. The plant is pulled from the ground after loosening the soil, the leaves are stripped from the plant and the roots are dried out until they can be ground up into a powder and put in a pot with some water. This mixture is heated to extract the bright red dye. If a copper dye vat is used, the color will be brighter.

    In the 19th Century, many reds, pinks, rusts, browns and purple dyes came from the root of the madder plant.  Madder-dyed cotton required mordants, especially alum and iron, and they were applied with a carved wood block or engraved cylinder. The fabric dried for a few days, setting the mordant for good bonding later. Mordants were also used to change the color of a dye. The amount of mordant used, or combinations of them, produced different colors when mixed with madder in the bath.  The Rebecca’s Madders collection is based on an antique quilt and quilt top from the private collections of Alexandra Schweitzer and Carrie Quinn, respectively. Both items have been certified and appraised as authentic pieces with fabrics ranging from 1860 – 1880.


    Two color quilts are a recipe for fun! The color choice is made easy. The peaceful blues and tans will make your room a feeling of comfort, rest and harmony. Pick your favorite prints and let’s get piecing!


    Judie Rothermel took her inspiration from the New England Quilt Museum in creating this line of pretty blush, soft blue and tan florals & coordinates.


    Jeanne Horton delights us again with her unique perspective on fabric merchandising and design. "American Spirit" reminds us of a period in the US where tough economic times encouraged women to use scrappy strings of fabric weaves, velvets and even ribbons to create their quilts. This turn of the century fabric collection consists of various geometrics, shirtings and stripes common in this era. This time is also known as the dawn of crazy quilts and cheater panels.



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