Andover Fabrics showed my newest lines....Dargate Polychromes and Margo's Mignonettes...at 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 ReproductionFabrics.com.
Di's Pillars feature lovely green and gold accents. Margo's Mignonette's play nicely with these elements within the Pillars.
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
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!