Got Civil war reproductions? See quilts worth cutting them for (+ fabric giveaway!)

Calling all Civil War fabric collectors, 1800s reproduction devotees, antique quilt lovers, and Red Crinoline Quilts fans:

This book’s for you.

Quilts from Tributes and Treasures
Tributes and Treasures
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Tributes and TreasuresFor the first time in book form, the design team known as Red Crinoline Quilts shares a jaw-dropping collection of vintage-style designs. You’ll learn the techniques they use to create spectacular reinventions of antique quilts—and you’ll learn why their patterns are beloved by quilters across the country.

Throughout Tributes and Treasures you’ll also discover fascinating true stories of life in the 1800s. And if you admire antique anything, you’ll love the many photos of quilts in wistful settings that evoke a different time in history. You’ll want to treat yourself to a copy for the photos alone.

We’re thrilled to welcome Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts as guest writers to tell us more about their new book. Welcome, ladies!


GIVEAWAY ALERT! Paula and Mary Ellen are well-known pattern designers, and now authors. But did you know that Paula is also a fabric designer for Marcus Fabrics, with a dozen collections to date? Our friends at Marcus sent us a lovely bundle of fabric cuts from Paula’s many collections to give to one lucky winner.


Enter to win this beautiful bundle, plus a copy of Tributes and Treasures, at the bottom of this post. Head over to the Marcus Fabrics blog, Marcus Mentions, for another chance to win!

Paula-Barnes-and-Mary-Ellen-RobisonRed Crinoline Quilts grew from our passion for reproduction fabrics and quilting. When we started, we were both living on the same street in Katy, Texas. Our plan was to open an online fabric store that specialized in reproduction fabrics, and to sell patterns at local quilt shows. At our first show, we hung up our quilts hoping they would inspire attendees to buy our patterns, but people wanted their quilts to look just like ours. This was the catalyst that pushed us to provide quilt kits too.

A lot has happened over the past ten years. We’re no longer on the same street, or even in the same state. Paula is still in Texas, and Mary Ellen is now in Florida. Paula writes patterns; Mary Ellen edits patterns and sews the quilts. Paula designs fabric with Marcus Fabrics too, and we feature those fabrics in many of our quilts. Most importantly, we still have a passion for reproduction fabrics and a need to create beautiful quilts.
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“Hill Country Baskets” quilt

From the beginning we wanted our patterns to stand out, so we decided to add a little something extra. On the back of each pattern we include a human-interest story or “tribute,” some well-known and some obscure, about a person or event from nineteenth-century American history.
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Example of the “tributes” throughout the book. This one accompanies the quilt “Lancaster.”

When asked, “Which came first, the story or the quilt?,” our answer isn’t always the same. Sometimes there’s a great story we want to share, and a quilt is designed to go along with it. Other times the quilt is made and some aspect of it, such as the block or the colors, will inspire a story.

One of our favorite quilts also has one of our favorite stories. “Sallie’s Quilt” isn’t a story about a person. It’s about a dog, the mascot for the 11th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War. Sallie was devoted to the soldiers and stayed with them through many battles, but was killed at Hatcher’s Run in Virginia. In 1890, the remaining members of the infantry dedicated a monument on Oak Ridge (a Gettysburg battlefield). Sallie is buried at the base.
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“Sallie’s Quilt”

We hope the quilts in Tributes and Treasures will inspire you to create your own “treasure.”

This way to more astonishing quilts from Tributes and Treasures >

Which typically inspires you first when starting a quilt: the pattern or the fabric? Tell us in the comments and you could win the fabric bundle from Marcus Fabrics plus a copy of Tributes and Treasures! 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 creating your own “tributes and treasures”? Buy the book today and instantly download the eBook for free.

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

“Usually the pattern, although many times I evaluate a pattern based on fabrics I have in my stash…”

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


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