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!!