but, alas, 1800s fabrics are rare and expensive. soooooo...... reproduction fabrics are a great alternative. here are some favortie projects that i have made with 1800's "repro" fabrics. (another one of my favorite things are pillows.)
in 2005, i made a quilt for an art competition sponsored by the church in japan for joseph smith's 200th birthday. i didn't win, but i sure enjoyed myself. it was made entirely from 1800s fabrics, except for the center embroidered block, and the binding which were new fabrics, and the backing which was a muslin feedsack, from about 1940. the tiny "postage stamp" blocks around the embroidered block were a set of antique blocks that i sewed together to form that border. working with those fabrics on that quilt was a dream come true for me - i loved every single minute of it! i titled it "nauvoo, the city of joseph". each block has a name that relates in some way to joseph's life like: joseph's necktie, nauvoo, missouri puzzle, illinois roads, vermont maple leaf, etc.