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 – There are a lot of nice Turkey red solids and subtle prints available all the time. However, I would NOT recommend Kona – it is too thick and heavy for fine appliqué 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
http://www.andoverfabrics.com/Grid.php?GroupName=Crimson and Clover by Jo Morton
Andover Fabrics - Crimson Bouquet – Jo Morton
(A-5085-Y is a fabulous golden yellow!)
COMING SOON, OR LATER THIS YEAR
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)
http://www.andoverfabrics.com/Grid.php?GroupName=IQSC Square in Square