Inspired by antique quilts? How to re-stitch the past (+ fabric giveaway!)

If you’re inspired by antique quilts, you’ll find an instant connection with author Julie Hendricksen. As the owner of J. J. Stitches Quilt Shop in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Julie’s been collecting antique quilts for more than 30 years. Her favorite period? The late nineteenth century. (Raise your hand if you concur!)

Petite Stars quilts
Old and new: “Petite Stars” from
Remembering the Past

Over the years, Julie’s customers have had the pleasure of seeing reproduction quilts and the antique quilts that inspired them on display together. In her new book Remembering the Past, Julie lets you see what only her customers have seen until now. Plus, she’ll show you how to re-create her quilts of yesteryear so perfectly, people will be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the old and the new!
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Bordered Stars quilt
“Bordered Stars” from
Remembering the Past. Can you tell the original from the reproduction?

Julie even includes close-ups and commentary about individual blocks in her antique quilts, as in this example of the antique “Bordered Stars” quilt:

Close-ups of antique quilt blocks

Gather your reproduction fabrics, shirtings, and plaids; then give yourself ample time to browse this gorgeously photographed book, featuring photos of authentic antique quilts and their modern-day remakes.

Today Julie is a guest writer at Stitch This! to tell us more about Remembering the Past. Welcome, Julie!


FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Julie has given us a whopping 45 fat eighths from “Threads of Time,” her latest fabric line with Windham Fabrics, to give to one lucky winner!

Threads of Time fabric giveaway

Learn how you can win the fabric plus a copy of Remembering the Past at the bottom of this post.


Julie HendricksenI’ve been collecting antique quilts for over 30 years. Most of the quilts I collect are scrap quilts from the late nineteenth century, with more than 50 different fabrics in each quilt. Studying these individual fabrics and wishing they were available in today’s quilt world led to a new adventure for me: designing reproduction prints for Windham Fabrics.

I also own J. J. Stitches, a quilt shop in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, that specializes in reproduction fabrics, from the Civil War through the 1930s. As fabrics arrive in the store, I keep an eye out for any that I could use to reproduce one of my antique quilts. Going for an overall look, instead of matching individual fabrics, makes it easy to pick the variety of fabrics needed for each quilt.

Ninepatch Road quilt
This super-scrappy “Ninepatch Road” quilt provides an easy introduction to working with reproduction fabrics.
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Flying North quilt
Julie purchased the antique version of “Flying North” (folded on table) as an unquilted quilt top.

So many of us quilt because we love all of the fabrics and books available to us. I hope Remembering the Past will inspire you to pull out your stash and start your own collection of “vintage” quilts for your home and family.

Madder reds, chrome yellows, poison greens?
Learn nineteenth-century color lingo in Remembering the Past >


Remembering the PastThanks for telling us more about your new book, Julie!

Antique quilts: own some, want to own some, or want to remake some? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Remembering the Past eBook plus the 45 fat eighths from Julie’s “Threads of Time” line with Windham Fabrics! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

Can’t wait to start quilting? Buy Remembering the Past at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Bev, who says:

“I love reproducing antique quilts and sharing them. I also love to know the stories behind them. I would love to win a copy of the book.”

Bev, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


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