Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Floral Cretonnes

Tulip quilt with a cretonne border
19th century
from Laura Fisher at Fisher Heritage

I've done a few posts on cretonnes,
the end-of-the-19th-century 
version of chintz furnishing prints.

I've shown several pictorial fabrics:
circuses and hunting scenes, dogs and cats.

But, as in nearly every print style, florals were the most popular.

Mills in France, England and New England did an
impressive job on the cretonnes of the 1880s and later.

They had perfected the drawing style and the
color registration

Roses are always in fashion.

Some designs were highly mannered
with exotic flowers made more
exotic by the artists.

One classic cretonne style pretended to look like
woven rather than printed design.
We love cretonnes at Moda and have
done many reproductions.

Double Chocolate repro by 3 Sisters

Meadow by Barb and Alma for Blackbird Designs

Rhubarb & Ginger by Blackbird Designs

Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts

Shooting Star by Edyta Sitar

Love Letters by Edyta Sitar

Mariner's Compass pieced by Roseanne Smith 
in my
Arnold's Attic collection.

Here's my latest cretonne reproduction,
an exotic floral called "Love's Token" from the Ladies' Album
line coming out in March, 2014.

Here's a link to the whole collection:


  1. Those fabrics really look beautiful in the quilts, nice designs and the designs look wonderful on the borders.


  2. Large florals are always my favorite for a wide border. Those shown are gorgeous!

  3. Love these prints. Rather terrified to use them myself. The quilts shown are truly beautiful. Best one? I like Laundry Basket!
    Smiles, JulieinTN