Wednesday, May 19, 2010

William Morris Reproductions—Prints and Patterns

Ode to William Morris
by Ruth Berke
Designed by Patricia Cox

Ruth writes that she is looking for more William Morris reproduction fabrics. Can we ever get enough? She's taking a class from Patricia Cox who designed the above block and needs more fabric. I can see Ruth's used several prints from my first Morris Garden reproduction collection introduced about two years ago.

I am working on a third collection that will be in quilt shops in late fall. I'll be calling it A Morris Tapestry.

And Michele Hill, author of William Morris in Applique, writes on her blog that she will be doing a Morris-inspired line for In The Beginning Fabrics:

It will be very William Morris like (of course!) – not reproductions though – all new designs. And how wonderful that it is to be called “The Adelaide Collection” ....our home!
Here's Michele's blog post:
The Adelaide Collection will be shown at Quilt Market this week so ask your quilt shop owner to buy EVERYTHING William Morris that she sees.

Michele's new Australian book More William Morris Applique will be out soon.
She's used The Morris Workshop fabrics in the quilt shown in detail above.

More Morris Inspiration:

Carolyn More, William Morris Goes Aussie

Carolyn's sewing group all made quilts from this Shadow Box design they saw in an Australian magzine---a great way to use the 10" precuts that Moda calls Layer Cakes. Carolyn combined the fabrics from my Morris Workshop collection with a cheery blue batik. I think the pattern is from Mountain Peek.

Ode to William Morris by Patricia Cox
Here's Pat Cox's version of her pattern. Find out more by clicking here at her website:

And click here to see blogger Ann Marie's octagon quilt made with The Morris Workshop


  1. I love Morris Workshop, one of my favorite lines!!!

  2. Beautiful adaptations of his designs, love the colors in the first one.


  3. Hello Barbara,

    This is a most informative post. I have never heard of Patricia Cox until I came her this morning. I checked out her website -- she is absolutely talented!!!

  4. Thanks for the good info. Can not wait to see your new line of Morris inspired fabric.

    Ever notice? The only time I have noticed applique done with the flower stem laying on top of the flower, instead of beneath it, has been done by Australian quilters. Is this something unique to the Aussie applique technique? Interesting look.

    Julie in TN