When Tim and I were at Quilt Market in May we went to a presentation by Darlene Zimmerman. You may know her through her line of 1930s reproduction prints. She told the story of her great great grandaunt coming to the Minnesota area in the 1800s. The story inspired her to design Civil War Era prints. The colours of her fabrics reflect the original colours as they would have been produced so there are great double pinks, lively indigos, whites, teals and chocolatey browns.
I love fabric that tells a story. We have had Beatrix Potter, Paddington Bear, the Very Hungry Caterpiller and Brown Bear fabrics for children. So after hearing Darlene speak we ordered the line of fabric by Robert Kaufman. You can see it at their website; http://www.robertkaufman.com/
Also, there are 4 sets of patterns with letters telling the stories of the settlers. I am working on getting the patterns but you can see the 'Many Blessings' quilt in an ad in the latest Fons & Porter magazine. Each pattern has a large quilt and a doll quilt as well as a historical information in letter form.
We were given 2" sample squares at Market. I made a mini quilt using the teal border print and mitered corners. Karen made a mini with black sashing. We both used border print backing.
Let me know if you want to see the patterns when they arrive.