Friday, May 29, 2009

Retro Forties

Cathy from Cabbage Quilts posted a quilt on her blog on Wednesday that brought back some memories for me. Cathy blogged about a quilt that she made in 2004 from Sharon Yenter's range of fabrics called Retro Forties. Her quilt is fabulous, made from nine-patch blocks, and also a pieced back. It is a gorgeous quilt! (Be sure to check it out!)

I too loved this fabric range when it was printed in 2004 . The feature fabric is of ladies doing their washing and ironing. This is the quilt I made with it - it is one of my first quilts, made in 2004:


From memory I purchased this quilt as a kit, complete with pattern, and all fabric requirements. Some of the log cabin fabrics may even have already been cut to correct size.


Although nowadays I am most unlikely to make a whole quilt from just one fabric range, or even purchase a kit, I still think that making a quilt from a kit is a fabulous way to start making quilts, especially if your fabric stash is limited.

This quilt was professionally machine quilted with an all over stipple, by Karen Terrens from Quilts on Bastings.


I look at this quilt and feel so grateful for my quilting journey; everything I have learned along the way, the mistakes I have made, the confidence I have gained to try new things, and all the wonderful women I have met on this creative journey. (My formal education and professional back ground are very far removed from anything even remotely creative!)

Have you made anything with the Retro Forties fabric line? Did you purchase the same kit?


I will leave you with this fabric image, it is probably my least favorite domestic chore.


16 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt - and I only iron my fabrics :-)

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  2. What a fantastic post! It's funny, you know I think most people start out quilting by purchasing kits. My first quilt was a kit and it really gave me the confidence to move onto trying new things. I love the Retro fabric...especially the ironing shot, not sure about you but I'm an iron as you go kinda gal and I draw the line at my husbands business shirts...he has to do them ;)

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  3. It's a cute fabric line. Bright and colorful
    Its funny ironing is one of my favorite chore, well maybe favorite is too strong a word, it's my least dislike :-)

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  4. What a beautiful quilt. I love the yellow binding on the blue border. The wash day fabric is just gorgeous. You make the most amazing quilts, even your early ones! xo

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  5. Love the retro forties. Unfortunately didn't get to get any, but someday I have a whole stack of collected 30's reprint that I'll make a quilt out of....hopefully.

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  6. Love those retro fabrics , I was first attracted to quilting by those 30s & 40's fabrics.
    That quilt is very cute !!

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  7. Cute! I will admit my love for ironing; my quilting fabric only!

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  8. Beautiful quilt! My professional training and education is very far removed from my current interests as well.

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  9. Eeeek! That little quilt is adorable! I love the colors that surround that cute little print. I also LOVE that print -- I made my laundry room curtains out of it. They were one of my very first posts (http://thimbleanna.blogspot.com/2007/01/its-over.html) when I started blogging on my old blog!

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  10. This is just too cute! I never even knew that there was a 40s line but I love it. At the time this came out I was so wrapped up in my career I didn't even shop for quilt fabric. Ah, but now in retirement......thank for showing this.

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  11. i love vintage and vintage looking quilt fabrics. This quilt is so pretty...what a great first quilt.

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  12. I love stuff from the 30's and 40's. Once again, a great job on a quilt. I love the tea towel, but that's one of my least favorite chores too, along with dusting, which I do often.

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  13. Thank you for your visit on my blog:D
    I love this retro fabric with all domestic chores!
    In the same vein, I've bought the Dick & Jane fabric.

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  14. What a great fabric range. I've never seen it before. I really think that woman out to have her ironing board higher, she'll do her back in like that!

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  15. What a great quilt! I love 40's fabric. I have some of that panel and I want to make a tribute quilt to my grandma, using an old sheet of hers as the backing. Thanks for the motivation to pull it out!

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  16. Eee-oich Her back has GOT to be killing her!!

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