Friday, May 6, 2016


Numbers can sometimes help me think about textile history from a slightly different angle. The 1840s were a time of rapid advances in textile printing. (New printing machinery as well as dyes)  Designs were often 'over the top'....because technically it was now possible.

Merchant's Wife by Terry Clothier Thompson for RJR Fabrics beautifully illustrates this phenomena.
Merchants Wife
 Let's do a floral between add a scroll.....then put both on top of a diagonal ombre. WOW!

Here is the statistic....." estimate of hand versus machine printing of fabrics in Great Britain per day was 168 yards ( hand) as against 5,600 to 14,000 yards by machine". Quote from "A Pieced Quilt" by Holstein.

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.