Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pillar Prints

Although I will usually be showing a particular line of fabric, I wanted to start off with one of my favorite topics, pillar prints. Pillar prints were generally printed c. 1810-1860, although they were particulary popular in the 1830's. They were often glazed with honey or egg whites to give them a shiny appearance. Their bold design made them a good choice for bed hangings. Here's a part of a bed curtain in the collection of Old Sturbridge Village, and the fabric it was made from.

Although you will occasionally see quilts with the top, backing, or borders made from a large piece of chintz, like this quilt made by a relative of Lizzie Borden,

Borden, Lizzie (cousin of). LeMoyne Star. 1830c. From New England Quilt Museum,
NEQM Permanent Collection (MassQuilts Documentation).

Published in The Quilt Index, Accessed: 01/29/2012

it's more common to see the print cut up and used for piecing, although you might not have noticed it.

I'll start with my favorite, from RJR's Broderie Perse line. I just have a small piece of this, through the generosity of Janet from Quiltsalott, and I can't bear to use it.

This is by Lisa DeBee Schiller for Timeless Treasures, Patt#LISA-C2372.

This is Colossal Columns by Kathy Hall for Andover, from the American Folk Art Museum, Patt. 3334.

Two colorways of Trade Goods by Karen Jarrar for Marcus Brothers.

Two colorways of The Presidents Collection c. 1830 by Nancy Gere for Windham, patt. 28135.

This is the Spencer Museum of Art Collection by Brackman and Thompson Pillar Print 1810-1840 for Moda. This also came in a light blue, and a yellow colorways.

Donna K sent in this pic of the blue colorway.

Another one by Brackman and Thompson, Material Pleasures Floral Trails Pillar Print 1800-1840 for Moda.

Leah Z. sent in three pillars.  First are two colorways of an unidentified print.

And the third is a from The British Heritage Collection with designer J.F. Thorne for Makower.

Ady sent in this picture of a fabulous print called Birds of Paradise by Free Spirit. 

And here are two colorways of Winterthur Toile by Andover, patt. 3950, copper plate printed.

Okay, here's the giveaway, and it's a good one. One yard of this Smithsonian fabric from The Rising Sun collection. Just leave me a comment, and if you send me a pic of a pillar print I don't have, I will enter you again.  I will draw on Thursday night at 10pm EST.  Good luck.