Friday, November 17, 2017

Time for a Little History Lesson!

Temperance Collection

My Temperance Blues Collection,

named for the Temperance Movement in U.S. history, was a social movement against the consumption of alcoholic beverages.  It began as early as the American Revolution in Connecticut, Virginia and New York.  People preached - and pledged - abstinence of alcohol throughout Europe and America for many reasons.

 History shows that by the early 1800's, the average American over 15 years of age drank nearly seven gallons of alcohol a year (three times as much as we drink today)!
Alcohol abuse, primarily by men, wreaked daily havoc in families as women, with few legal rights, and many children to raise, were totally dependent on their husbands for support.

With the formation of the American Temperance Society early in 1830, the movement grew quickly throughout the states.  Maine, which was the first state to adopt actual temperance laws and guidelines, served as a model for other states.

Lightest sku's of the Collection
Medium Blues of the Collection
Temperance fountains were built in public places to provide safe drinking water in hopes of keeping people out of the saloons and away from consuming alcohol.  Concerns over alcohol consumption also gave way to other important social issues such as slavery, ill treatment of marginalized people, and in much later years, women's rights.
Darkest Blues of the Collection

Now, aren't you happy to have that little history lesson!  This collection was inspired by a little T-quilt from the mid-1800's which I so thoroughly have enjoyed owning.  

The blues are represented from the light hues all the way to the very dark, rich indigo.  T is for Temperance Quilt has been designed for this collection.  Notice the upside-down T's on two corners of the quilt!

This line is currently being sold by P & B Textiles/Washington Street Studio and distributors.

T is for Temperance

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kits for Christmas Baskets are Ready at Calico Annie's

Time for a new Christmas quilt at your shop/house!

Yes, there is still time to have a new Christmas Baskets quilt sewed and ready for the holidays this year!  

Call Calico Annie's Quilt Shop in Fullerton, Nebraska, 
for a kit and sit down to enjoy some wonderful 
stress-free sewing.   These fabrics are from the Christmas Remembered Collection!

What a great gift to yourself this holiday!
Phone number is 308-536-2925

Call today!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christmas Baskets is Ready!

Ready to get a head start on your holiday sewing?  The Christmas Baskets  pattern is ready!

Featuring the Christmas Remembered  fabric collection, this pattern brings a beautiful Christmas quilt to your home that can become a family treasure for some lucky person this holiday.  

Perhaps your shop can hold a class before Christmas!  

Give me a call at 712-362-3022 for patterns.  And I'll get them out to you as soon as possible! 

 Although we are having a few rainy days this week in Iowa, I hope you are enjoying these beautiful fall days!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Awesome Tree Skirt with Christmas Remembered Collection

Twilight Tree Skirt by Holly Hansen
What a great surprise!
Thanks so much to Holly for making her Twilight Tree Skirt from my 
It is simply gorgeous!  

She found the pattern in the book "Mariner's Compass Quilts" by Judy Mathieson!

The pattern in the book is 20" in diameter but by enlarging it 118% as the pattern directs, she was able to sew a 30" diameter tree skirt!  The collection's stripe makes a perfect bias binding for the Mariner's Compass circled by flying geese!  It is just awesome!

Thanks again, Holly, for sharing it with us at Thursday Girls last week!  And for finding such a great use for my newest collection!  Time to get on those holiday projects, girls!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Almost Amish Baskets

Almost Amish Baskets
One of my new designs !  

With the Christmas Remembered Collection, together with the reds & greens, there is a lovely coloration of blacks, creams & tans!  

I wanted to do a small quilt using the cream/tan toile as background, so here is my 
Almost Amish Baskets little quilt.  

The pattern is written in two sizes - 

22" square & 30" square.  

Patterns are ready now.  It will be on the website soon or call me at 
712-362-3022 for patterns!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

My Mariner's Compass is Growing!

 I have always believed I would sew a Mariner's Compass quilt someday - another on my bucket list of quilts to make!  I'm sure none of you have a list like that!!

Anyway, when I learned of a new tool for this block, I went to work on it again quite a while ago.  With the Robin Ruth ruler & method for a strip pieced compass, I was able to make a pretty good first block from some of my Flying Geese collection.

So that is as far as I got that day & I have been looking at it on the wall ever since.  Then I received some of the vintage fabrics from the Star of Bethlehem (1860 - 1880) & Rising Sun Medallion (1840 - 1860) collections by Washington Street Studio/P & B & my interest piqued again.  Thus - the borders appeared.

Recently, I added the pyramids & so far I'm really liking the vintage medallion look.  Although it is remaining a work-in-progress at this time, I'm having lots of fun with it!

These star blocks may find a home on this quilt eventually - who knows!  For now I'm just happy to enjoy it on the design wall again!

Hope you are all having a divine week!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

NEW - St. Louis Collection

Going to St. Louis market?  
Be sure to go to the P & B Booth #420 
to see this newest 
Washington Street Studio Collection - 
The St. Louis Collection!

This grouping features this beautiful floral in these three colorways!  Aren't they simply gorgeous and, of course, there are more than 20 coordinates and backgrounds available with them.

I have not seen this collection on P & B's site yet, but I'm sure they will be there soon with market just around the corner.  The fabric cards have been printed; Come to think of it, I have seen them in an email. . . maybe I can get them up here on the blog for you to get a sneak peek.  Let's see how that works!??

Nope, it bombed!  So, please stop by Booth 420 in St. Louis & take a look!

Below is the quilt pattern, The Secret Garden, designed to include all of the sku's of the collection. Patterns will be available from Clothesline Quilts as soon as the fabric is available this fall.

The Secret Garden

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Christmas Remembered Collection is Selling Well!

With spring just now showing her lovely face in Iowa, I'm really not quite ready to think about Christmas again! But the Christmas Remembered collection is selling well & I have to remind you of it, especially if you will be heading to quilt market next week.

You can see the collection at the P & B/Washington Street Studio booth #420. And if you are not attending market go to the P & B website & view it there!  Or see it now on the opening page of my Clothesline Quilts site.

Do you love toile as much as I do!  I use them in the quilts & then again for the backing & pillow cases, dust ruffles & pillows.  Do a whole room with them for such a beautiful traditional vintage look in your home!

The prints are mostly available in green, black, creams & tans, in addition to red, of course!

Clothesline Quilts patterns will be finalized as soon as the fabric arrives; I want to actually sew the quilts with these fabrics before they are published.  The Christmas Baskets quilt is 70" x 87" with 9" blocks. And the Almost Amish Baskets quilt is smaller and features two sizes -19" square with 6" blocks and 27" square with 9" blocks.  Both sizes are in one pattern.

Shops & customers are welcome to keep in touch with me at 712-362-3022 about availability of patterns.  Or get on my list and I will automatically send them to you as soon as they are printed.

Christmas Baskets
Almost Amish Baskets

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Vintage Solids by Washington Street Studio

Sara Morgan's Vintage Solids are luscious & any time I want the look of a solid, but not totally solid, I look to the vintage solids.  They have what I call a mottled or blotchy look; looking like they've been tea dyed like we did so many years ago.

So, of course, I had to sew something with the black vintage, to show it off!  Love the black with yellow!

Here's a closeup of the Washington Street Studio fabrics. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a very prosperous 2017 & much good health & happiness to go with it!

My good news is - "Christmas Remembered" is on the Washington Street Studio website!  Go to:

to see this special collection sku by sku. 

Due in April this collection is a sophisticated twist on elegant holiday fabrics in black, tan, red & green color ways.  These dimensional florals, calicoes & vintage miniatures will add flair to all your classic quilt and home decorating projects.


  . . . it is once again time for us to make a short trip south to a much warmer climate.  

So, FYI, pattern orders will not be filled until after January 30.  

However, if you are in quick need of something, please contact either Quilters Warehouse  or Quilt Woman.

Do hope your winter is warm and wonderful wherever you are!  

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