For Dorothy & Linda

Last Saturday I caught up with Dorothy & Linda for a coffee after CAG, and was roundly scolded for not having posted recently.  While I had many excuses they all fell on deaf ears!

As a web developer and trainer sometimes the last thing I want to do on ‘my time’ is be at the computer.  And sadly, at the moment I don’t have have much to show as I’m busy putting on and sewing binding down.

But, I have been adding to my stash as well as adding to my museum collection fabrics.  I’ve picked up some Smithsonian I didn’t have or didn’t have much of.

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More Smithsonian fabrics as well as some friends came to stay

I also picked up some DAR Museum Collection by P&B Textiles from 1998.

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These have been on the shelves for some 14 or more years!

Some fabrics I failed to buy when they originally came out that I picked up recently.

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Bits & pieces

For interest, that last brownish piece of fabric was originally produced by Windham in their ‘Empress’ range by Nancy Gere, not sure which year.  It came in pink, blue and this olive/khaki/drab green colour. Note the difference in the background.  Empress had fine line grounds on a ecru background, whereas the ‘Canterbury’ range by Robert Callaham above, was much deeper & richer in colour with a smoked or mottled background. I have some of it in green, limey/yellow and now brown which will be perfect for stems in some future project.

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Empress 24458-3 by Nancy Gere for Windham

And last but not least I picked up this tiny bit of floral fabric which I just love and would be perfect for a new design I’m keen to start, after I start & finish those Kaffe Baskets I’ve already cut out.

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Who am I? Where did I come from?

Do you know who the manufacturer or the name of this fabric?  If you do please let me know.  I’m really keen to find more.

And last but not least a message to Dorothy & Linda from Tigger.

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I heard about you two and your heretical ideas, and I'm not having any of it!

11 Replies to “For Dorothy & Linda”

  1. I have just gone and looked on the Windham website and cannot find it there so maybe it is another range. I am sure I have some of that fabric maybe a FQ but it is hiding at the moment. 🙂

    1. I’ve trawled through the Windham Fabric Archives and haven’t found it. It could have been a Marcus Bros as they did alot of repros. I’ll post a query on ReproLovers perhaps someone will know.

    1. Lots of my recent Smithsonian fabrics have come from an eBay shop. Margaret and I have just about cleaned Sherry out. I also often do a web search for something and find all sorts of treasures. Many of these fabrics either didn’t come to Australia or only a few shops had them. I also had a break from quilt-making for about 8-10 years so missed so very many beautiful fabrics. So I buy what I can when I see them.

    2. You’re right about that secondary market. Also we pay anything from $20 to $25 a metre, which is just short of a yard for fabrics here. I also often do a web search for something and find all sorts of treasures. Many of these fabrics either didn’t come to Australia or only a few shops had them. I also had a break from quilt-making for about 8-10 years so missed so very many beautiful fabrics. So I buy what I can when I see them.

  2. yes the fabric , the last one , is from a very early Windham line actually when that came out they were probably still Baum .
    I have some in my closet and use it sparingly!
    Kathie

  3. Found the fabric for you
    Lincoln Gold
    17656G
    The Quilters store Queensland has it on 40% clearance Queensland
    Email me and I will give you the link

  4. Hello from Brush Prairie, Washington, U.S.! I have a number of pieces from this collection. It is called New England Quilts from Old Sturbridge Village Curator Aimee Newell by Marcus Brothers. Hope this helps! Carol

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