Saturday, November 23, 2019

Past Perfect: Cynthia Collier

One of the hits at Houston Quilt Market's 40th Birthday Bash a few weeks ago was Cynthia Collier's exhibit of reproduction style quilts: Applique: The Timeless Beauty of Broderie Perse

She included several of her own.

The Caswell Quilt, appliqued by Cynthia Collier,
Quilter: Cindy Gravely
Pattern: Corliss Searcey

Cynthia lives near Houston, Texas
"I have always been in love with chintz quilts...inspired by reproduction fabrics and home furnishing material that allow me to create my version...."

Cynthia's Album appliqued by Cynthia Collier,
Quilter: Cindy Gravely

Her inspiration was the Fish Family quilt in the collection of the International Quilt Museum.
"I love them all, especially the appliqué ones. But, it was (and is) the chintz quilts of the early 1800s that always make my heart sing. I think when I look at them, 'I want to do that, too.' "
Cynthia from Windham---now that's an honor!
Name the line for your best customer.
"[When] Mary Koval designed a line of reproduction fabric a few years ago she did me the honor of naming it 'Cynthia' because she knows how much I love the large scale chintz fabrics."
Cynthia designs her own patterns and uses those by other reproduction fans.

Civil War Bride, collaboration between Corliss Searcey (pattern), Cynthia and quilter Denise Green.

It's always Cynthia's eye for fabric that sets her quilts apart.

Mary Stites Medallion from my America's Printed Fabrics book.

Old Voices, by Cynthia, Peggy Morton & Jonnie Nottingham
Quilter: Cindy Gravely

Adapted from patterns in Jeana Kimball's Old Voices, New Impressions. She and Peggy quilted "on shares," as it used to be called. Peggy made all the pieced blocks, Cynthia the appliqued. Each made two sets.

Cynthia also taught a class at Houston. Must have been fun. All that chintz.

Using a panel repro as a frame

Show and Tell

Anita M. Smith interviewed Cynthia for the Applique Society newsletter.

See many more pictures at Cynthia's Facebook page back in November.


  1. Cynthia's quilts are wonderful, whimsical, and beautifully worked. That pretty well sums her up as both a person and a teacher.

  2. Lovely display, lovely quilts, lovely person and great review.