Thursday, August 29, 2019

Past Perfect: Carol Hopkins

Nanette Chopin Cook's version of  Carol Hopkins's Enduring Love
See Nanette's blog here:

This month's Past Perfect quilt designer is Carol Hopkins.

Enduring Love from Carol's pattern line Civil War Legacies.-

Carol Hopkins

Quilt Market fun includes a look in Carol Hopkins's booth to see what she is up to. She consistently produces authentic patterns for reproduction-style quilts using 18th- & 19th reproduction prints. Carol Hopkins Designs has a Civil War Legacies pattern line of mid-19th century designs and a Vintage Legacies line of other dates.

Faded Roses

She shares her love of "old-looking fabrics" and "soft, faded colors" with these stand-alone patterns and quilt books from her home in West Lafayette, Indiana. She's been quilting since 1980 before the mills were doing much in the way of reproduction coloring.
"I relished the challenge of finding fabrics that looked old. I remember the day that I bought 6 yards of a cream colored fabric with a tiny black motif because it looked like a shirting fabric, something that just didn’t exist in the marketplace. And when I found a pink fabric that looked like some of the cinnamon pinks I’d seen in old quilts, I wanted the entire bolt so that I could reproduce those wonderful turn-of-the-century scrap quilts."
Carly's Star
Southern Belle

Give & Take

Most of the quilts she makes herself are small, but the designs are easily adaptable to larger formats.

Mama Sara

Baskets for Betsy

Bonnet Ties

Her sixth book was published recently by Martingale Press.

Vintage Legacies focuses more on larger quilts

See a preview with lots more pictures here:

Patriotic Logs

We've got two months till Quilt Market. I wonder what she's plotting.

Here's her webpage:


  1. She is a talented designer! Thanks for highlighting her in your post.

  2. WOW - thank you for show casing my work on Enduring Legacy! I had started quilting it about a month ago and had issues with seeing the thread! I will be having Cataract surgery to correct that problem and hope to have it quilted in November! What an honor! Thank you Barbara!

  3. Chopin-it's a great version. How much fun it will be to see color again! Best of luck with the surgery.