The inspiration for Little Pink Stars II is a quilt made by Margo’s friend Bette Faries. Bette lived in the Tidewater area of Virginia in the early 1970s. While shopping for Blue Flow china at local antique stores, Bette started to pick up quilt tops and blocks. Always fond of pink, she chose pieces that contained classic double pinks but were damaged or poorly sewn. Bette took everything apart, saving the good parts.
Bette's quilt, entirely hand pieced and hand quilted, contains 432 mostly pink star blocks with a sprinkle of other colors: lights, taupe/tan, warm browns and several Indigos. The background fabric is late 1970s broadcloth; all the stars are antique fabrics, 1840-end of the century.
Bette, an inspiration at 87 year of age, still has a small pile of 19th century double pinks and is recently completed small 9-patches for a full size quilt.
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.
Rainforest fun has never been so soft and cuddly as it now in Jumpin' Monkeys Flannel!
Hip, bold colors and friendly jungle animals make this lively collection perfect for every little monkey on your list.
Contemporary and chic, the Bloomsbury Collection by Floating World Studio is available in a Blueberry and a Tropical Nights colorway. Wonderfully suited for today's home decor and fashion accessory needs, this collection is ready to charm and sparkle in any sewing project.