Saturday, March 30, 2013

Speaking of Shirtings

A Quilt for Alice
By Jeanne Poore

I went into Prairie Point Quilts in Shawnee, Kansas,
 the other day and saw this
quilt making great use of shirting reproductions.

I especially liked to see that Jeanne used some of my 
1862: Battle Hymn reproduction prints.

She used Paula Barnes's pattern A Quilt For Alice, inspired by Alice Paul's Suffrage Banner. Read more about Alice and the banner here at my Grandmother's Choice post:

There is a range of color value in the 1862 line but it makes sense to add some very light prints to get a more dramatic contrast between dark and light...

Log Cabin by debi schrader

...As debi did in her log cabin. 
She even added some almost white solids.

Fox & Geese
By Jeanne Poore

Jeanne taught a class in this Fox & Geese design in a butternut and blue color scheme. That's an old pattern with a good spot to frame a large print.

Best Friends
By Jeanne Zyck

The shop's other Jeanne has finished a top in my 2012 collection Metropolitan Fair.

She used a plain almost white for the neutral and precuts for the scraps.
 Her pattern was Best Friends from Country Threads.

I brought in some of the strips from another line. 
Jeanne Z. was plotting her next scrap quilt.
Behind her is Ilyse Moore's
Paradise in Kansas quilt. See the pattern book
over on the left here.

Read more about shirtings at this post:

And here's the website for Prairie Point Quilts:


  1. On my last shopping trip to my local quilt shop, I bought a bundle of fat quarter shirtings. Am just beginning to appreciate the value and contrast they add to a quilt

  2. I've been using shirtings since I got into doing repro quilts. When I'm at a quilt store - I buy a minimum of a 1/2 yard of each shirting that I find.

  3. I added a light shade with mine, I still need to get the batting on and quilt it, but want to finish it since it will make a nice americana style quilt for summer.


  4. I have really appreciated the posts on shirtings and the quilts made from them. It made me realize the old quilt I used and loved through high school, college and beyond was made from these shirtings. I always loved the dark and light blues, tans, pinks, blacks and white prints in it. Now that I have learned the background history of them and can get reproductions I am going to remake that quilt! Thank you!

  5. Carolie- send a picture when you get it don!

  6. Thanks for featuring our Quilt for Alice pattern on your blog. Love reading it always!
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