Friday, March 18, 2016

French Bouquet...

by Annemarie Yohnk for Quilts Remembered. neighbor in nearby Burnsville, MN.. used fabrics I designed for Andover Fabrics....Dargate Treasury.. to create this charming wall hanging. It is featured in the newest issue of Quiltmania # 112, page 74. She combined broderie perse applique and piecing for the center portion of the project...and then finished it with a dramatic printed border.

We have kits, issue # 112 of both rulers recommended by Annemarie.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fancy Grounds

Traceries by Andover Fabrics/Margo Krager

Further development of roller printing equipment and techniques led to the popularity of fancy ground covers in 1820-30s.
The early chintz prints were usually on plain or colored backgrounds. Other options were a speckled pink ground, popular with the Dutch trade, in the early 18th century and a subtle vermicular, endless meandering lines also called worm, or seaweed design as a background or border print in the late 18th century. The overall design were printed with a weak mordant and showed as a pale background. Sometimes it was done alone with the fabric then used as a lining.
This type of background design was revived as a honey comb motif in 1815-20. The workshop of Joseph Lockett of Manchester, England was known for their cylinder making and engravings. By the 1820s he offered a wide range of delicate overall designs to be used as cover rollers. Strike offs of much of his work from 1806-1840 remain.
A meander, a subtle stripe or plaid or overall fancy grounds were added to many floral prints from 1825-1860. Often an initial roller printing was done for outlining or picotage shadings, motifs were then block printed. The print paste protected the first two steps when the yardage was again roller printed with a 'fancy ground' cover pattern. This final step could add an additional 1 cent/yard to the cost of production!
The above leaf design from my current 'in production' line, Traceries, features the look of c. 1830 fancy ground plaid.

Sunday, February 21, 2016


EQ Stash 2016 contains Margo's Mignonettes...WOW. I am delighted that my nice icky gold, brass, bronze and russet designs were chosen. They are some of my favorites!!

May Day Basket....pattern available free with purchase as part of the current Block Stock Shop Hop. Mention it in Comments at the end of your order and we will be happy to slip the pattern into your shipment.

In anticipation of my newest Dargate line....Vines....I am working on some Lucy Boston blocks. We offer not only the templates and papers for 3 different sizes...but will soon also have Fat 1/8ths Bag O Scraps combining Dargate fabrics with Trinkets.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

To Wash or Not

I recently received the following washing instructions in a shipment from RJR Fabrics.

"The dyes used in these fabrics are reactive dyes: therefore, colors are stable and will not release dye. Prewashing fabric is not necessary.

If you choose to prewash, wash in cold water and damp dry. Complete drying process by air drying. This washing and drying method will retain the finish of the fabric."

Good explanation for today's fabrics.

Reproduction Fabrics will be participating in the upcoming Stock Block Shop Hop.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Quilt Market in Houston

Andover Fabrics showed my newest lines....Dargate Polychromes and Margo's their booth at Quilt Market in Houston. Mary Robbins from Bozeman, MT made the Rail Fence quilt as well as the Card Trick pillow. Lauren Meddings from Manhattan, MT make the red/pink Young Man's Fancy. Both the Card Trick and Fancy are free patterns available from

Center Medallion Quilt by Margo Krager

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pillar Prints
Cloverdale Pillar by Di Ford/Andover Fabrics
Di's Pillars feature lovely green and gold accents. Margo's Mignonette's play nicely with these elements within the Pillars.

Pillar Prints

Glorious upholstery chintzes featuring architectural columns festooned with flowers or ribbons appeared in wood block prints around 1800 and again later in roller printed designs after 1825. They lost popularity for decorating during the 1830s but continued to be used in quilts through the 40s and 50s.

Pillar prints are a distinctively British styling and were especially popular there and in America for curtains and bedcovers. These early designs featured short columns topped either by an ornate capital or flowers. The columns could be classic Greek, or twisted, carved designs wrapped with ribbons, garlands, or vines with tendrils. Polychrome wood block printing produced especially beautiful fabrics in this style and English printers offered hundreds of different designs early in the 19th century.

Roller printers revived the popular pillar print motifs between 1825-30.Copper rollers laid down the primary pattern that was then overprinted with extra colors by blocks or surface rollers. These later textiles still featured a basic column with flowers plus extra elements that had not appeared in the earlier versions.

Often pieced blocks in quilts from this period (first half of the 19th century) contain small squares or triangles cut from a large pillar print (12” to 20” repeats). Sometimes you see only a small portion of the flowers; other times an odd piece of architecture.

In her great book, “America’s Printed Fabrics, 1770-1890”, Barbara Brackman recommends purchasing 5 yards of a Pillar Print. Use it for borders and cut it up for pieced blocks!