Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Introducing Pin Money


I just adore the name Pin Money.  I heard this phrase a couple of years ago, and have never forgotten it, smitten if you will by the story.  If you're not familiar with the story or the phrase, allow me to share it with you.


The phrase "Pin Money" was coined by first lady, Abigail Adams, wife if president John Adams.  As the story goes, while president Adams was making his numerous trips to Europe on state business, Abigail asked him to purchase large quantities of needles and pins for her.  She would then sell them to her friends and neighbors for a little extra spending money....her "pin money" as she called it.  The phrase took off, so much so, that even many years later, in 1926, when Sherman Edwards wrote the musical 1776,  he included the reference to 'pin money" in the song lyrics!  From time to time, I still see the phrase in articles here and there, and I think about Abigail, and her industrious way of making a little spending money for herself.  Isn't that a sweet story?  I thought the phrase was a good fit for this collection.  
I encourage you to say "Pin Money" when referring to your extra stash of cash....let's renew the phrase!

The prints and colors of my Pin Money fabric collection were designed to be a wonderful "basics" line.  These prints play very well with one another as well as blend with other reproduction fabrics....and, of course, look great with the Prairie Wovens, Dobbies, and Chambray.  There are several light print shirtings, and two beige tone-on-tones along with a variety of prints in my eight favorite colors: red, blue, green, plum, black, brown, gold and dusty pink.  These are the colors in my "wheel house", if you will.  I use these colors to decorate my home, in the fabrics I choose and create, and in the quilts I make.  They are olde, vintage colors that have been around hundreds of years.  

Here's a look at a few photos of the Pin Money prints.  I'm not the best photographer (as you know!) and some of the photos of the other colored prints didn't turn out so well (sigh), but you can see the entire collection by clicking on the links above.





We've started cutting and sewing the projects I've designed with both collections, and as we're piecing away, I'll be taking photos.  We're well into other projects for Journey Five of the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle club, too!

Several of you emailed me to ask what the difference is between a woven and a dobbie.  Click here to see my post explaining the differences. 

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You also asked for more information about these fabrics.  I'm afraid I don't have much information, but what I do know, I'm happy to share with you.  If you know more about these collections, please leave a comment!


The main multicolored print on the left is Jo Morton but I don't know what collection.  The red and dark brown prints are both from Lecien's Mrs. March collections.  I don't have any info on the gold.



The lovely berry background print is The General's Wives by Nancy Gere for Windham.

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Check back here on March 16th for

National Quilting Day

I'll have a give-away!!

Pam



24 comments:

  1. I loved the little history lesson...I will definitely begin using that phrase right away!

    PS your fabric is beautiful too!

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  2. I think I grew up hearing the phrase "pin money" which always referred to a housewives spending money. I use it already, but I will keep using it.

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  3. I've heard the phrase before, but never that story...and I'm a history major! Haha

    I love this fabric so much and your photography was great !!

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  4. Love the pin money story and your fabrics!

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  5. Congrats on your new Pin Money collection - it's wonderful! You have such a knack for names, I love the history behind it. Best always.

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  6. I enjoyed the little story about the origin of the term 'pin money', and I love your new fabric line! It really speaks to me. Great job!

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  7. Wonderful little story and fabulous new line of fabrics. Well done!

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  8. I've heard and used the "pin money" phrase, but had no idea of its origins. Thanks for informing us.
    I LOVE your new fabric. Gorgeous stuff! I wonder if anyone around here will be getting it in so I can pet it and talk to hit before deciding which ones will be happiest coming home with me. : )

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  9. I love this little Pin money phrase. Thank you for pointing out the historical account.

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  10. I love your pin money fabrics. I can see some "must haves" in there for my stash.

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  11. I love your Pin Money fabrics Pam and I am anxious to see them in the fabric stores! Your lesson on pin money was most interesting as I have heard the phrase before..perfect name for your new collection:)You do a great job of designing what we quilters love...happy Wednesday!

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  12. Hi Pam, I enjoyed learning about the Pin Money phrase. I love all your little history lessons. I can't wait to see all your fabrics in person!! They are lovely and I can see where some of my Pin Money will be going. And to see what projects you have come up with for session five.
    See you soon!! Karen S.

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  13. Your fabric line is gorgeous. I love the Pin Money story, I have to remember that.

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  14. Love your new Pin Money line... looks to be some very versatile prints in it... i better get stitchin'!

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  15. Your fabric lines are delightful! Have always been a "BIG FAN" of small prints from the age 12...and still am!

    Enjoy your posts, too!

    :) Carolyn

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  16. I'll be saving up some pin money to purchase some of the Pin Money fabrics--love the prints and colors!

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  17. The fabrics are beautiful Pam! Can't wait to see them in person and create with them!

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  18. What wonderful fabrics! I see a quilt Pam. Maybe on your next post you can tell us when it will be available. I want a f/q bundle. Congratulations!!

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  19. Love your Pin Money fabric collection. Can't wait for them to hit the LQS!

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  20. Great story and awesome fabric line.CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  21. Pin Money is definitely my style! LOVE IT!

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  22. The Pin Money fabric is beautiful...great colors!

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  23. My mom taught us the value of Pin Money, when I got married, my dh had no idea what I was talking about, I made him go ask my Mom! To this day, I always have "pin money" on me. A female should never leave home without it!

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