QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Baltimore Blues

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Union Blues for Spring Delivery

Typical eagle from Baltimore Album quilts 
of the 1840s and '50s

Union Blues, my new Moda reproduction collection, is
scheduled for delivery to shops in mid March and shop buyers
are planning their spring arrivals now.

The collection includes a variety of blues, light tan shirtings,
and darker taupe browns and olives.

Among the blues are a few rainbow or foundue prints,

The first three eagle blocks here are from antique Baltimore
Album quilts.

which are good reproductions of the shaded Prussian blue
prints popular in the 1840s and '50s.

We have two shades of blue and two shades of 
taupe/brown in the rainbow or ombre prints.

Buy lots. The ombre prints will be very useful for mid-19th-century repro quilts.

From Sea to Shining Sea by Gaye Rice Ingram

Gaye made good use of reproduction ombre prints in this small quilt
based on the Baltimore eagles.  

See some Prussian blue period quilts from the Quilt Index at this site:


WoolenSails said...

That is a wonderful line for working with reproduction quilt designs, really like how it looks in the eagle quilt.


Jacqueline Frances said...

Hi there Ms. Brackman,
I am trying to track down a pattern that was being used as a class about 15 years ago, in Vancouver, BC and area.
The pattern was called Curved Attic Windows, I believe. It was a basic Attic Window pattern, except that at the top of the block, the 'window' was curved in an arch shape, making it more rectangular-ish, in two pieces and made out of two complimentary fabrics.
Have you heard of this block before and if so, would you have any idea as to where I might find it?
Any help on this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Quilty Huggs,
Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

Becky in VA said...

I left a comment earlier but it never showed up, so I'll try again. THANK YOU for knowing what quilters NEED: rainbow/foundue/ombre prints. Buy them first chance you get because this line of fabric will sell fast.

Barbara Brackman said...

Haven't heard of a Curved Attic Windows. Sorry to say.

Lixie said...

These colours are very Japanese in style. I've seen a lot of this taupe and blue combination since I moved to Tokyo.