Yardage for my latest Moda reproduction fabric collection
has been shipped to quilt shops.
Each of the prints in the new line is named for a place or a person important in the
mid-19th-century New England intellectual life.
Sophia Amelia Peabody (1809-1871)
Sophia Peabody was one of three remarkable sisters of the generation known as Young America, the first generation born in the new United States in the 19th century. Recall their lives and times in my latest reproduction fabric collection from Moda called Old Cambridge Pike.
The fabrics are reproductions of prints from
shortly before and after the Civil War.
Sketch of her mother
Sophia planned to be an artist but chose to marry writer
She and Hawthorne were from Salem along the Massachusetts coast. They lived in two houses near the old Cambridge Turnpike in Concord.
When first married in 1842
they lived in "The Old Manse," near the Concord River.
The Hawthornes wrote on the windows with Sophia's diamond ring.
You can still view that window at The Old Manse.
Later the Hawthornes bought a house from the Alcotts, which they named The Wayside, two miles from The Old Manse. Both houses are within the Minuteman National Park in Concord.
I thought Wayside a good name for the stripe in the
Old Cambridge Pike collection.
The original document print for the stripe
is a glazed chintz. Joyce Gross gave this
swatch to me years ago. I am guessing
it's as old a 1830, but I gave it a range
I also named a colorway in this line Hawthorne Red.
Read more about the Hawthornes' homes in Concord here:
Sophia left many papers. She and her sisters Elizabeth and Mary led well-documented and interesting lives, told in the book The Peabody Sisters by Megan Marshall.
You might want to spend the New Year reading about the people who lived near the Old Cambridge Pike. I'll be featuring some books I've enjoyed.