Friday, February 16, 2018

Introducing My Primitive Side

When, in my last post, I hinted that my next fabric collection was something kinda new for me, did you think primitive?

Yes!!  Primitive Threads is my next collection for Marcus Fabrics!!  

Actually, primitive is not out of character for me at all when you know from where the inspiration for the collection came.
Antiquing is one of my passions with emphasis toward nineteenth century antiques.  I have several antique shows I attend where all items for sale are from the eighteenth and nineteenth century.   I thoroughly enjoy admiring the hand-crafted workmanship of the antiques as most of them are handmade.  Our early American ancestors were big time "Makers".

The book above is a favorite of mine.  American Country is a series of books published in the 1990's by Time-Life publications.  (I've found the books at antique shows and shops, and on eBay.)  This one is all about American folk art and I just love browsing the pages.  The cover is a lovely collection of hand made and hand painted items of true Folk Art.  The colors are dark but soft and warm.  I'm smitten!
Among the many items showcased in the book are hooked rugs. The designs and the colors speak to me. own one of these beauties!!  I'll have to admire and not acquire!!
Of course quilts are a huge part of folk is the color black.  Black seems to be the perfect neutral to show off all other colors.  Even if you're not as fond of black as I am, a little black in a room really sets things off.  
Like the book's cover photo, this photo of shelves of folk art sums the look perfectly.  

I am fortunate to own a few true handmade pieces of American folk art....treasures to be sure.  I am smitten with the makers desire to create beautiful things from ordinary everyday items.  They dipped brushes in paint, carved wood, cut paper and put needle and thread to work to make a truly unique class of art, although I don't believe they thought of it as art the same we do now. 

Items such as nineteenth century game boards, whirlygigs, Tole and Fraktur painting, wood carved and painted toys and banks, Sgraffito pottery, painted furniture, samplers, homemade dolls and pieced and pictorial quilts all serve as inspiration for this new primitive collection.

In my next post, I'll show you the fabrics in the collection and some of the original nineteenth century antique fabric prints that I chose to replicate.  I'll also share the quilt I designed featuring the entire collection.  I'm so jazzed for you to see it!!

In the mean time, you can click here to visit the Marcus Fabrics website for a sneak peek at the fabrics!!  

I am very happy to honor our American Folk Art heritage with the Primitive Threads collection!


  1. A Gorgeous collection!! I agree that black makes the colors stand out.
    Not at all what I was expecting. I thought you were leaping into 30s prints or something. :)
    Love 19th century antiques, but I can't ever afford them, so I admire from afar.
    Looking forward to the next post!!

  2. I think I’m going to love this collection!

  3. LOVE it Pam ~ You know I'm a lover of Folk Art so your new line of fabrics are perfect for what I like to use. I can remember falling in love with Folk Art when learning about it in Home Economics class. It really tugs at my heart to see those beautiful pieces of handmade art.

  4. It is always so exciting to see what you release for new fabric lines, Pam. They look beautiful and warm!!

  5. Oh, Pam - I have a few of these books and always find my grounding in paging thru them. I just love what you create and I am looking forward to your next post!

  6. Beautiful! Already thinking of what I'd like to quilt up with them! :-)

  7. Absolutely love this collection. I already know what I'm going to make.

  8. Anxiously awaiting Pieceful Pines. Any info u can share w us about that collection?

  9. Pretty projects,Thank you for the tutorial and for sharing !


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