Thursday, January 12, 2012

Every Civil War Reproduction Line Needs a Neat Stripe

Narrow stripes, known as neats in the fabric industry,
were a fashion necessity after 1860 or so.

Like this madder-style stripe in my newest Civil War reproduction collection for Moda.
1862 Battle Hymn is in shops in the precuts including Fat Quarter Packs.

This particular stripe comes in five colorways

I named the prints after Civil War battles from 150 years ago.
The neat stripe is called Cedar Mountain.

This colorway with it's madder reds and dulled oranges is named Culpepper Peach.

The navy blue at left is Farragut Blue and the lighter, steel blue Merrimack Blue.

There are two neutral (what we might called taupe) colorways---on the left Stonewall Gray and in front Sharpsburg Tan.
The blues and the neutrals are rather subdued, evocative of the national mood in 1862 when everyone began to realize that the War would be a long and horrible conflict.

Roseanne Smith has some 2-1/2" Jellyroll strips and some 10" Layer Cakes. She's been busy with the neat stripe in the peach colorway.

She loves to miter
I could see a whole quilt out of scrappy nine-patches with mitered frames.

I'll post more about the prints, colors and themes in 1862 Battle Hymn. The yardage should be out any day.

Read more about stripes in the mid-19th-century at this post of mine a few years ago:


Sue said...

Boy, I sure do love this fabric line. And good to know it's in the shops now. I've been waiting for it!

Great post as always. Love coming to visit for a good history lesson:)

WoolenSails said...

I can attest to how beautiful this fabric is and love those blocks. It might be a nice one to use for me and then alternate with some applique or maybe an applique middle with the blocks around it.


Becky in VA said...

I'm always attracted to stripe fabrics because they add so much interest to whatever it is I am making. Beautiful fabrics as shown by Roseanne Smith's block.

Love how you injected the history by naming each fabric.

Anonymous said...

I'll start looking for it in the stores. Thank you for another great line of fabric choices. Interesting info about the "neats", I had never heard about that before. I think the stonewall gray would make a lovely CW dress.

YankeeQuilter said...

The little girl next store asked me to help her make a CW dress so she can go to a CW event with her Dad. I think I will order that peach stripe for it...

Jan said...

Anxious to see this new line. What a beautiful stripe, and such a great idea of framing a little 9 patch in that manner.

*karendianne. said...

I'm so glad you shared this. I love the stripes. Working on a projects with all CW repro stripes. Perfect timing. Order made. Just had to!

Robin said...

Thought you might enjoy seeing a British painting of actress Hester Booth in her patchwork costume.
You'll need to scroll down a bit.

Wendy P said...

Will your Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns ever be reprinted? I looked it up on Amazon and it is almost $500! Used is $173. Steep for my pockets.

Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge for free here every day!