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Friday, March 8, 2013

More Thoughts on Prairie Wovens, Dobbies & Chambray

In my last post, I talked a bit about combining lovely cotton wovens, dobbies and chambray fabrics in blocks with cotton prints.  As I have seen this combination so often in my antique quilts, and really love the look, I wanted to create two fabric collections that would work well together to achieve this tradition.

Blue Jeans & Bubble Gum.  Photo courtesy of
American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  

This lovely antique quilt from my collection appeared in American 
Patchwork & Quilting magazine in 2009.  It is a wonderful, sweet quilt, a great example of a "make-do" quilt as well, with approximately 90% of the blocks combining wovens, dobbies & chambray fabrics with cotton prints.

Here a few photos of individual blocks...

Loving the combo of the beige prints, the blue worn chambray, and the plaid woven in the corners.  

This block has a blue solid cotton, mixed with the chambray, and the dobbie plaid.  Loving the shading and textures.  

The gingham is, of course, a print, as well as the blue print, paired with pink cotton chambray.  

This little make-do block has the sweetest dobbie.......

In this close-up photo, you can see the raised threads of the blue dobbie fabric which  I love.  I think it really adds interest!  

I'd love to know what you think!  You'll find a poll at the top of the side bar right here on my blog.  Answer the question about whether you like to add textured fabrics, never add textured fabrics, or have never tried but are willing to do so!  Your vote is completely anonymous!

The sweet little pink and blue print you see in the setting squares and borders of this quilt was reproduced in my Heart of the Prairie fabric collection.  If you like it as much as I do and want some, please check with your local quilt shop.  I also have a few yards left, so if you can't find it at your LQS, email me.....first come, first served until it's gone.

Now that all my new sample yardage is here, I can begin making the quilts I have planned for these collections.  I'll be sure to post some photos along the way.  In case you were wondering, both the Pin Money and Prairie Wovens, Dobbies & Chambray collections should be available in shops June 1st!

Thanks for stopping by.....



  1. This quilt is gorgeous! I love the pattern and the piecing elements. There is a no waste factor here and you can select any fabric to give it the charm required to make it this beautiful.

  2. I am loving this quilt! Thanks for the close-ups. : )

  3. Thank you for sharing this beautiful quilt with us. I am enjoying the close-ups a lot.

  4. Oh I just love these sweet antique quilts. They are what made me fall in love with quilting. So perfect...in every way.

  5. Hello Pam, I am new to your fabrics and I really love the antique quilt you have shown. Will these or similar fabrics be available in your new lines? I would love to make a quilt using these different fabrics (wovens, florals). You are I am sure very busy but any advice from which shop will sell a bundle of fabrics would be helpful. Thanks, Ann - Australia.

  6. Pam, I can't wait to see and fell your new fabrics!!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful quilt with us. Karen S.

  7. Pam, You are so lucky to have this beauty. I think I have used wovens with cotton in KT BOMs, if not can't wait for your new fabric.

  8. I love make-do quilts... and mixing everything up... it makes for an interesting piece with character. It also makes a quilter think... what can I use that doesn't match exactly... but won't be "noticed" until closely examined... Looking forward to your new fabric line!

  9. Pam, you are a wonderful teacher! I've learned so much from you. Could you clarify the difference between dobbies and wovens? I love fabric, and I love textures in the quilts I make. Thanks so much for sharing your love with us!!!

  10. Very interesting, Pam. You are a natural teacher!

  11. Pam, I absolutely adore these new fabrics...I will be pinching my pennies hoping to turn them into Pin Money !