Thursday, May 23, 2013

Civil War Jubilee: A Shadowy Sprig

The document fabric for this reproduction print in my summer collection Civil War Jubilee
is from an old sawtooth star full of madder-style reds and browns, a few stripes and paisleys,

The center square was pieced together from scraps. The quilter didn't have enough
to make the square, or perhaps she cut this piece from a worn dress and just cut across the seam.
I love the shadowy nature of the floral with a crosshatched background.

Civil War Jubilee is a dark line and this is the darkest print in it.

The purplish prints would have been appropriate for clothing if one were in half mourning---

Queen Victoria wore half mourning
for four decades after her husband died.

Etiquette demanded a widow go into full mourning, wearing black for a year and then half-mourning in which she might wear dark colors and prints for another year.

Half mourning dresses
from Godey's in 1848

See a page about Victorian mourning dress at Michigan State University's site:

A Gibson Girl, a merry widow in half-mourning, 
by Charles Dana Gibson

And one more thing about this print: We dyed the background a dark color and then printed over it with an even darker color, so the back of the fabric can be used as a dark solid---
Two for one!


WoolenSails said...

Love this fabric and the cross hatch, definitely a nice fabric to use in a bed quilt.


Denniele said...

When will it be out? This is a great print...my mind is already wandering with it!

Barbara Brackman said...

Is scheduled for July 2013 deliver but precuts maybe next month.

suzanne said...

Your line will arrive just in time for my need for purples in my next project, currently in the have-the-design, don't-have-the-fabric phase. Great!

Esther Aliu said...

Hi Barbara, love you blog and always enjoy your posts.

I am working on a historical quilt at the moment, applique, dated 1790and am thinking a lot about which specific fabric colours and ranges to use.

Can you recommend any of your books (and available fabrics) that would direct me into some authentic options?

I have been reading about Georgian textiles but can't find detailed enough infomation to help me pick suitable options.

I would be so grateful for any direction on this, Esther

Susan said...

Connection: My grandmother's home from 1920's on was Emporia and visiting Emporia every year has made it closest to being my own hometown. Census records show that Grandma lived only a short distance from Rose K. and Great Aunt Alma was on the same street. I own a pieced quilt top from G.Aunt Alma. She stitched quilt tops and sold them to have a little "pin" money, so Grandma bought a couple. I LOVE the name Emporia Rose and my aunt was also Rose (from Emporia).

Linda Hicks said...

I want to ask you about the origin of a quilt of mine.
Do you have an e-mail address for the public?http://lindadrawingtime.blogspot.com/2012/10/october-mysteries-hoping-someone-can.html