Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fabrics With A Colorful Past...

Lancaster County, Sturbridge Village, Charleston and York County. These historic places evoke a sense of time and place and are also the names of a few of our many "Historical Collection" of fabric. Folks have been buying these patterns since the 1800's. Today they are used mostly for Quilting and Costuming. These patterns are also used in Home and Design projects. Think of how nice it would feel to wake up under a beautiful quilt pieced together with patterns and colors that have been used for over two centuries. The colors were rich and drawn from nature. From Colonial times through the Civil War Era, bright Indigo's, Red's, Emerald Greens and Rich Butternuts were all the rage. We often think of fabrics from this era as muted, but research shows that the fabrics and paint faded from bright to muted over time. So whether you like the "faded glory" look or the bright and original palette of colors you will not be disappointed.

We also have a large collection of fabrics from the 1930's. This is a happy, fun and cheerful collection filled to full with fanciful characters, prints and even some stripes. The 1930's depression was anything but happy, however designers have always helped to buoy the spirits of the people especially in the worst of times! Ducks, Scottie Dogs, Kitties and Bunnies all in Greens, Red's, Pinks,and sunny Yellows and Oranges. These make fun Kid's Clothes, Retro Curtains, Tablecloth, Quilts and Bags.
We have the full collection at the store and many are for sale online. To find these Fabrics, go to, on the front page click on the "Quilting" link. On the next page, click "Continue to Search", Now check "Browse by subcategory>Fabrics", click on "Proceed to next step", (Whew you are almost there...) Now you have lots of choices, the collections we are featuring today are Civil War Reproductions By Andover and Civil War Reproductions by Marcus Brothers also 1930's Reproductions. You may also view the slideshow which showcases many of these beauties. Click on the arrow below.

1 comment:

Becky said...

Thanks for the history lesson. I always thought the colors were originally "faded."