In April, I visited a new guild (FVMQG) and won a door prize–two fat quarters wrapped up with a pretty blue ribbon that were donated by Lynn.
These fat quarters are responsible for my new love of Tula Pink fabrics. Both fat quarters were from Tula’s, “The Birds & The Bees” line. The fabric on the left is called Swallow Skies and the fabric on the right is called, Little Bits.
I had so much fun at the FVMQG’s April meeting that I went back in May. At May’s meeting I won another door prize–two packs of Moda 2.5″ squares and a spool of coordinating thread donated by Sheri. The two packs of squares are from Moda–Sphere by Briditte Heitland and Simply Style by Vanessa Christenson.
Last night, I went to my regular quilt guild and I won a door prize–the Spring issue of Quilting Quickly magazine and some gingerbread tea.
Wednesday night, I also won this wonderful stack of fat quarters for having finished and shown during show and tell the most UFO’s this year. These fabrics are from Windham Fabrics’ Tavern Signs line. Windham worked with the Connecticut Historical Society to reproduce these fabrics.
The following is taken from Windham’s site and describes this fabric line.
Long before neon lights or billboards, painted tavern signs were the primary form of outdoor advertising. And before interstate highways, these signs marked Americans’ travels along dusty or muddy roads by horse, private carriage, or stagecoach. In the 18th and 19th centuries, taverns and inns provided essential services, ones so important that colonial laws in Connecticut required every town to have an inn or tavern identified by “some suitable Sign.” These establishments were places for travelers to find food and lodging for themselves and their horses and for locals to meet, drink, and share news.
Between 1750 and 1850, there were more than 50,000 inn and tavern signs produced by American painters, creating a distinct visual language and offering a glimpse into tavern life, travel, and patriotic ideals in early America. Only a fraction of these signs survive. The Connecticut Historical Society’s collection—numbering more than 60 signs—is by far the largest and most spectacular in the country. Bold eagles, exotic lions, prancing horses, cheerful travelers, patriotic heroes, Masonic symbols, and beautiful lettering adorn these signs, along with dozens of other images, each unique.
Windham Fabrics in association with the Connecticut Historical Society is proud to bring to life this glimpse into America’s past. Our fabric collection commemorates the road traveled by those pioneers who made America great. Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society inspires and fosters a life-long interest in history by helping people today connect with the past though its remarkable collections of artifacts, graphics, manuscripts, and printed materials. You can discover more about the Connecticut HistoricalSociety at www.chs.org
I am going to have to find a special pattern to show these historically significant fabrics.