Thursday, July 12, 2012

Baltimore Garden Quilt Fabric Suggestions

The search for just the right fabric continues!

Quilters have sent me questions and suggestions about fabric choices for their Baltimore Garden Quilts, and other 1850s reproduction red and green quilts. As fabrics go out of print and new ones become available, I will try to post more suggestions. Several stitchers are doing blocks with broderie perse fabrics. Those I will list in another post very soon, with lots of photos!

Here are some fabric lines suggested by friends, and shop owners, and some that I have used. The first ones listed may be available now, or have been out for a year or two. Later in my list are newer lines coming soon.

Turkey Red РThere are a lot of nice Turkey red solids and subtle prints available all the time. However, I would NOT recommend Kona Рit is too thick and heavy for fine appliqu̩ and especially too thick for multilayer flowers.

Here is a red fabric that I have really enjoyed using for multilayer flowers, Robert Kaufman "Fusions" Screen Print D# 5573 (pictured below). This multilayer flower is from the Block B3 pattern; the most complex layered flower in the book, Baltimore Garden Quilt. See how the subtle shading makes it look like each petal was stitched on separately?

For greens and yellows, the following choices are wonderful, if you can still find them:

Windham Fabrics - Baltimore Album ca 1847 – Mary Koval

Windham Fabrics - Mary’s Blenders – Mary Koval

Andover Fabrics - Crimson and Clover – Jo Morton and Clover by Jo Morton

Andover Fabrics - Crimson Bouquet – Jo Morton Bouquet
(A-5085-Y is a fabulous golden yellow!)


A friend who recently attended Quilt Market posted an update of future fabric ranges on her blog. Here are some you might want to consider for your Baltimore Garden Quilt.
Here is a fabric line I am really looking forward to! PERFECT yellows, PERFECT greens, and one potential Turkey red print (available 11-20-2012):

Windham Fabrics, New Colonies by Nancy Gere:

Blue Hill Fabrics has some good candidates for yellows and greens in Pomegranate – Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum:

There might be a green candidate here:

Marcus Fabrics - Tavern Collection Greens – Paula Barnes

The next two collections will be popular for Baltimore Album quilts – definitely also on my list:

Newcastle Fabrics - Prussian Blue – Pamela Weeks

Little Pink Stars – Margo Krager

If you find other great fabric candidates, please post a comment!

Here is another find (thank you Charmaine!) from Andover Fabrics - IQSC Square in a Square (available September 2012) Square in Square


  1. Thank you for the recommendations, Barbara - I ordered 7.5 yards of one of the Pomegranate greens, but I may yet decide to use different greens. For the yellow I've reserved a couple of yards of an older Judie Rothermel print - Butter churn and Cheddar. Ady

    1. Ady, I had no luck finding Judie's Butter Churn & Cheddar. That's why I always say "Buy it when you find it, because it will be gone tomorrow!"

  2. Great list, thank you! I must be on the right track because I have a few of these. Love those Prussian Blues! I will be watching for the Broderie Perse suggestions, I would love to get into this a little bit. I admire all of your quilts!


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