Shirtings are simple, small scale designs on an off-white or colored ground. They were a staple of 19th century dry goods merchants because of their usefulness and yet surprising modern-feeling in their geometric simplicity. Here is a follow-up collection of these versatile and beloved prints by designer Margo Krager which promises to be as popular as the first among all quilters, traditional or modern.
More fabulous miniatures from artist Anna Barnes…
Starburst flowers, diminutive leaves and other ditties delight the eye with their rich colors of cocoa, teal and burnished reds.
This is the perfect collection to add to your reproduction stash or for the finishing touch to a project. And don't forget little prints work great in home decor and crafts….think pillows, purses and bags and e-reader covers!
Enjoy a mini history lesson about ‘shirtings’ by artist Margo Krager…
"Shirtings are simple, small scale designs on an off white or colored ground. They were a staple of 19th century dry goods merchants. Dots, circles, isolated floral motifs and stripes were economical to print and popular for both clothing and quilts. Here are some of my favorites from a past century. These shirtings are perfect for 21st century merchants!"
Quilts from the Civil War are rare, but they do exist and quilt historian Pam Weeks has chosen a striking selection of patterns and colors from her antique collection to design Civil War Album Two. The elegant richness of the vibrant color and pattern way is an art form in its self! Album quilts, also called friendship quilts were quite the rage in mid-century America.
Signed blocks were exchanged and fashioned into beautiful quilts. The theme of these quilts are often the inspiration for today's friendship quilts. Using historically inspired cottons such as Civil War Album Two will make your project a treasured keepsake.
The Queen of the South was the description of New Orleans in 1850…with it's international flavor, it was the center of beauty, high finance, teeming industry and a challenger to New York as the nation's greatest port. Gorgeous goods sailed into it's wharves and among those were yards and yards of exquisite textiles.
Artist Jean Anne Wright has captured the essence of this period of New Orleans history with her vivid adaptation from her unique collection of antique French quilts. Feathers and flourishes combined with the fresh color palette make this collection perfect for modern interpretation!
Quilts from the Civil War era are rare, but they exist, and this colorful grouping of historic prints is taken from quilts in the collection of Pam Weeks, a New Hampshire quilt historian and collector who specializes in this period of American history. Too often, people have the impression that Civil War quilts were made of dull colors, especially browns. Brown was popular in the middle of the nineteenth century, and seen in many quilts of the time, but so were madder red, Turkey red, and bright blues, pinks, and purples.
Album quilts, also called signature, or friendship quilts, were a popular fad in mid-century, and the quilt pattern chosen to feature this line was often used by friends exchanging signed blocks. Several quilts survive the Civil War that were made by groups of women and children and donated to the troops through the United States Sanitary Commission. They signed their album blocks and included bible verses or cheerful poems to support the soldiers.
Sherri Marquez, her sisters and her daughter started Sibling Arts several years ago. Their inspiration for this unique line of “Paper Dolls” came when Sherri and her daughter Olivia attended a 2009 invitational International Convention, with 200,000 delegates from 27 different countries in attendance!. Although the language barriers were huge, they were still able to communicate with one another through the genuine love and fellowship that permeated the event. Sherri and Olivia came home with photos of friends from Nigeria, Europe, Japan, Spain, and Portugal to name a few. “While walking down a narrow street in Rome we passed a delegate with her badge on,” reminisces Sherri, “ She grabbed my arm gently and stopped for a moment to share a smile and a thousand unspoken words. We never communicated names, but a loving bond was evident.”
Sibling Arts hopes that this line of New Paper Dolls puts a smile on your face and opens doors to project goodwill to others. Hopefully,this collection will also allow us to share that ability with our children and grandchildren as they meet people from other lands and cultures.