The threadbare 30’s?

I’ve been getting all excited about 30s reproduction prints recently. Yes, my quilting obsession is still in full swing.

When I was commissioned to make a baby blanket for new baby Sienna Rose recently, I couldn’t get passed the idea that I wanted to use 30’s inspired fabric. The 30’s is apparently remembered as ‘the turbulent 30’s’ or ‘the threadbare 30’s’ due to the state of the economy at the time, but from researching the prints and the textures within them, I’d say they’re anything but.

There’s a lot of ditsy prints, small flowers and small geometric patterns. The palette is generally cool and calm, pastel-y shades that lend themselves nicely to baby blankets, children’s clothes and in my mind, tea aprons too! storybook



Although the fabrics can seem a little ‘dowdy’ and outdated at times, I found some super cool and graphical 1930’s quilt that challenged that perception and really got me thinking about how it’s more about selection and categorizing than anything else…. and if you get those two right, I reckon you’re onto a winner!


So, after trawling through my favourite fabric websites, I decided on these beauties. Admittedly, they are girly and cutesy and perhaps a little generic. But don’t worry team, I’ve got a fabulous fabric to back this little quilt in and it’s going to pop it right back into this century … oh, and a fab binding fabric too. Hurrah!

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These are some of my favourite cobos:

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I’m thoroughly excited to get working on this quilt, I love venturing into the unknown with a new design or style or print. There are times when I have a very clear idea of how I want a project to end up, but I think this one is going to be a little more organic than that and I can tell already that the prints have a very distinct style that will ultimately dictate the outcome of this venture… stay tuned for updates!


Now to get to work! Wheeeeeeee! x

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