QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT

QUILTS & FABRIC: PAST & PRESENT By Quilt Historian Barbara Brackman Above: Moda's Morris Earthly Paradise

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:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/artists-residence-va/the-strawberry-thief-ipad-game

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.

http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O9236/morris-adjustable-back-chair-bird-adjustable-back-chair-webb-philip/

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

or 

strawberry thief jewelry

Silver brooch by Xuella Arnold

3 comments:

WoolenSails said...

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

Debbie

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!