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

Friday, March 6, 2015

Strawberry Thief: Best of Morris

Strawberry Thief from Best of Morris for Moda
#8176 in Black

Very few fabric patterns merit their own Wikipedia page. William Morris's Strawberry Thief  is one.

We've included three colorways in our Best of Morris for Moda.
I see the yardage is in shops now.

Sage Colorway
Morris designed the pattern in 1883

Indigo Colorway

The print also has it's own iPad game. A link to the Victoria and Albert Museum's site:


The Victoria and Albert has a great collection
of Morris prints, including this upholstered adjustable chair (Morris chair),
which gives you an idea of the size of the print sold by Morris & Company.
The chair is from about 1910. The fabric is velvet.


The cotton print we've done for quilters at Moda is
smaller scale. You can see it in the black colorway
on top of the stack here.

Here it is on a chair seat I covered.

The thief in question is a song thrush.

Block from Stitching with Schnauzer and Siamese

Mimicking the Cherry Thief, 2009

Inspired by the Strawberry Thief, Australian Emma at SampaguitaQuilts made a Cherry Thief quilt.
The perpetrator is a lyre bird.

Decoupage by Nova &Lorsten

The Strawberry Thief design is in the pubic domain which means artists can go off in any direction they choose with it. Entertain yourself by doing a web search for the words:
strawberry thief decoupage


strawberry thief jewelry

Silver brooch by Xuella Arnold


WoolenSails said...

That is a beautiful print and I like the sage and how it looks on your chair.


FabricandFlowers said...

I'm addicted to Morris!! So gorgeous.

Pam said...

Love the black background. I will have to check out my new favourite quilt shop in Calgary and see if it's in stock yet. I think I need some!