As a lover of early 19th century quilts and the wonderful fabrics within them, I was very excited when my quilting friend, Bev Bannard, offered to lend me some of her antique quilts and fabrics with permission to reproduce them. Amongst the bounty she lent me were some stunning Chintz fabrics and beautiful secondary prints that would be an asset in any quilt. The decision as to what fabrics not to include was a huge one!
The line includes 2 amazing chintz florals, one of which would make a stunning border stripe or feature stripe within a strippy quilt. Both prints can be cut up and rearranged creatively into Broderie Perse appliqué, as well as being used within blocks, setting squares and borders. The third featured print is a large, unusual serpentine print in cream which was the feature of a wholecloth quilt in Bev’s collection. Five beautiful companion prints in coordinating colours complete the collection and will enhance any quilt. Of course, this includes a smaller serpentine stripe which is a must in my fabric lines due to their versatility as a stripe but also when fussy cut within blocks for effect.
The fabric collection is named Bannard Hills in acknowledgement of the generosity and friendship with my friend Bev. Without her collection of antique quilts and textiles and her unwavering readiness to allow me to reproduce them, this collection would not exist.