13 September 2011


by Barbara Brackman

Moda LATELY ARRIVED FROM LONDON Quilt Fabric by Barbara Brackman

by Barbara Brackman

"Lately Arrived from London will delight fans of early calicoes and chintzes. The collection recreates fabrics from the turn of the 19th century when Americans imported their cottons. Traders brought the world’s luxury goods to wharves in Philadelphia, Boston and New York. Each piece is named for a trading ship that sailed into American harbors---the Charming Betsy, the Brigantine Sally, the Ship Surprise. Colorways echo natural dyes with colors named for the styles of the times and prints range from a neat geometric and leafy sprigs suitable for a lady’s dress to "furniture calicoes," the chintz-scale florals."

Fat Quarter Bundles, Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes are available.

Here's a link to a free quilt pattern that features Moda LATELY ARRIVED FROM LONDON fabric.

I thought you might enjoy some additional history on the ships some of these fabrics are named after.  I love history and found some great links to share with you.  The first one lists passengers aboard the Charming Betsy.
This one talks about a lawsuit involving the Charming Betsy (maybe she wasn't so charming? LOL) .
This site has historical documents, including information from the Brig Sally.

Let me know what you think!  How cool is it to be able to see some of this stuff still available to us?



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