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Past Messages from Karen

January 2011

Have you noticed? The hottest new trend in the quilting industry is wool applique!

Wool -- hand dyed and wonderful textures -- combined with the great hand dyed threads that are available for embellishment is a winning combination!

To enjoy the adventure of wool applique and thread embellishment, we have a wonderful new Block of the Month project. Each block features luscious wools combined with delightful embroidery. Nothing is quite as nice as knowing that EVERY MONTH there will a package in the mail -- filled with wonderful fabrics and a beautiful pattern! Even though life often gets hectic, it's great having a quilting project to look forward to-- it makes each day a little brighter! And as we enjoy the sunny days of spring and summer, a wool applique Block of the Month quilt is the perfect take-along project for day trips and vacations!

This new quilt is a wonderful potpourri of flowers and traditional images set on a gorgeous textured black wool with a textured red wool providing the perfect separation between the blocks.

Join us for 12 months and make a 12 block quilt with four rows of three blocks. With borders, that will finish at 41" X 52". Extend the fun and join us for 25 months and make the larger design that is five rows of five blocks and with borders finishes at 68" X 68.

I've been having so much fun adding extra embroidery to the blocks -- click on each image to see for yourself!


The program will include patterns, plastic overlays for applique placement, all wools for background, borders, sashing, binding, applique, and instructions for completing the project. We require a $50.00 deposit for the one year program and $100.00 deposit for the 25 block quilt. Each month we will charge your credit card $27.95, which includes all these supplies and shipping to anywhere in continental US. You can join anytime during the year. We ship the middle of each month and there are no hidden finishing costs! We'd love to have you join us in making this heirloom quilt!

In addition, we're extending our other wool BOM projects for another year. Look under Wool Applique (Link of the left side of the Home Page) for details on the Folk Art Album Quilt and Life's Journey quilt.

Karen
January 2011

It's here!

Like Mother/Like Daughter -- Two Generations of Quilts is now available!

Our new book, published by Kansas City Star, was released in late July. And we're so excited, we can't wait for you to see it and make some of our patterns into quilts!

We took five different design challenges -- and each created our own unique version of pieced basket quilts (Erin's is missing the handles!), quilts from one block design, quick quilts with a twist, applique quilts and multi-sided designs such as hexagons and snowball blocks.

The book also includes directions for making coordinating dust ruffles and Roman Shades - to make a complete ensemble for your bedroom. And, there are lots of quilt-making tips and ideas and a very special section on labels.

My quilts are scrappy and made with reproduction fabrics -- of course! I enjoy each step of the quilting process -- from fabric selection to pattern design to construction, even binding -- and love to work leisurely on each project.

Erin's quilts show her love of simple yet sophisticated contemporary designs and her projects come together quickly. Wait until you see her stylish applique wall hanging dressed in trendy high-heeled shoe silhouettes and fashion fabrics!

The book is available from us for $26.95, plus shipping. It is also available at local quilt shops, directly from Kansas City Star and at quilt shows. Please call 859-333-6232 or email karen@reproductionquilts.com to order.

Hope you enjoy the warm summer days ahead and make time for lots of quilting!













May 2010

It's Quilt Show season!

I hope as you make your plans for the next few months, these plans will include some of the wonderful quilts shows available to us on a local, regional, and national level. No other needlework or craft has the array of classes and events that is available to quilters. There is no more wonderful experience than to have the opportunity to study award-winning quilts, take classes from talented teachers and visit vendor areas!

There are so many shows available now that it is no longer necessary to travel long distances to see outstanding quilts. As you view these quilts, I think there are three important questions to ask. First, does the color and design of the quilt attract you? Without good color and design, we walk right past a quilt -- regardless of the workmanship. Second, study the workmanship. Check to see if there are classes in your local shop -- or at one of these shows -- that will help you perfect your own techniques. Finally, look at the quilting design. Does the quilting design simply hold the three layers together or does it add to the beauty of the quilt? As so many of us are "outsourcing" the quilting process to long arm professionals, we have the opportunity to utilize their expertise in selecting designs that will complement our piecing and/or applique.

While you are at the shows, be sure to visit the vendor area to see the latest fabrics, patterns and notions. In preparation for the upcoming shows, we've been gathering lots of new fabrics and have lots of new patterns. Be sure to come visit us at the following national shows: April AQS Show in Paducah Booth 3805-3807 Second floor of the Convention Center. July 14-17 AQS Show in Knoxville Booth 912-914 November 3-7 Quilt Festival, Houston Booth location to be announced.

Finally, we've been busy finishing our new book with Kansas City Star -- it features 10 projects and is titled Like Mother, Like Daughter, Two Generations of Quilts. The book will be available from your local quilt shop or us sometime in July! We'll have kits for a couple of quilts - keep watching this website for more information. Writing a book has been a totally new experience and we've learned a lot! Thanks to our wonderful editor, Kimber, the book is looking fantastic! In addition to the patterns for both traditional and contemporary quilts, the book has lots of tips and techniques and a special section on quilt labeling.

Hope you enjoy the warm summer days ahead and make time for lots of quilting!

January 2010

Thanks to all of you who helped make 2009 a wonderful year for us!

Now it's time to show you some new patterns and ideas for the coming winter months and all of 2010! Be sure to look throughout the website for new patterns and kits! Under new patterns, we've added Redwork Medallion, Gettysburg, Sallie Rose and Barrington Medallion. Under Wool Appliqué, we feature a new Crazy Patch Wool Purse and Strutter, a darling turkey appliqué for next Thanskgiving.

Of course, this time of year everyone is looking for new Block of the Month quilts. Really, is there anything nicer for a quilter than to open the mailbox and find the latest BOM package? It's Christmas once a month! Particularly after a long tiring day, I love to fix a cup of hot chocolate, open my package, and admire the gorgeous fabrics and dream of how beautiful the finished quilt is going to be! With that in mind, we have planned the following projects for you in 2010.


Life's Journey Wool Sampler 33" X 38" Life's Journey

$24.95/month. This collection of (12) 6" blocks will feature wool textures and plaids on beige patterned wool backgrounds and will be stitched in 100% black wool floss. The black floss really makes the design "pop!" I've used these blocks to journey my 2009 travels -- embrodering on each block the name of the place I've traveled while working on it. The finished blocks will be placed on top of a beautiful black patterned wool and fastened with a briar (also called cross-hatching) embroidery stitch. Penny rug tabs will surround the finished edge to make a 33" X 38" quilt that will look great as a wall hanging or across the back of a sofa! The fee includes US postage, pattern, black wool floss, transparencies for overlays, all wool for blocks and black backing for the finished quilt. No extra finishing fees at the end of the year!

It's A Wonderful World! Wool Sampler 32" X 32"

Life's Journey

$19.95/month. The embroidery on the center panel states, "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings!" The (57) 4" blocks include all types of favorite things to be grateful for -- music, flowers, books, butterflies, friends, snow, puppies, kitties, strawberries.......As your mind starts to work overtime and you keep thinking of more and more favorite things, add blocks or change motifs to make the quilt truly yours! The finished quilt is 32" X 32" and to finish, will only require adding a backing of your choice. The background squares are a variety of plaids and textures, "married" in a warm green hue. And we'll use over 100 gorgeous wools to make the appliqués! This is a great opportunity to use your own embroidery flosses, perle cotton and novelty threads as the blocks provide lots of opportunity for embellishment! The fee includes US postage, pattern, all wool for blocks and backgrounds, a booklet I've prepared of embroidery stitches you may want to use and Transfer EzeTM , a wonderful new product that will make the embroidery transfer so easy!

Folk Art Album -- 47" X 57"

Folk Art Album

$90 deposit and $26.95/month This BOM is very popular with new groups starting every six months. Gorgeous hand over-dyed wools on soft cotton flannel. This 47" X 57" quilt has twelve blocks with flowers and animal silhouettes on suede colored flannel. Appliqué border is brown and black houndstooth patterned flannel. Complete kit includes US postage, pattern, flannels, transparencies, hand dyed wools, and one box of Valdani Vintage Hues #12 Perle Cotton. No extra finishing fees at the end of the year!

Finally, as we leave 2010 and enter the New Year -- we're wishing for each of you a very peaceful and pleasant year and look forward to seeing many of you at shows and programs throughout the year!

Fall 2009

Fall is a wonderful time of year for quilters! So many shows and events and projects to make for Christmas! We have been busy designing new patterns, writing patterns for manufacturers’ websites (free downloads!) and making new quilts. We want to share some of what we are doing and hope you will include us in your Fall and holiday plans.

We just spent three wonderful days at Quilt Market and are now preparing for Quilt Festival and AQS at Des Moines. At the Quilt Festival, we are in Booths 1214-16 and in Des Moines we will be in Booths 429-431. Be sure to come by and see us – we love these opportunities to meet our customers in person! We have a huge array of wonderful new fabrics, patterns and ideas to share with all of you who enjoy making reproduction quilts! And we have lots of exciting news! Be watching our website for details! Meanwhile, here’s a brief summary –

BOOK CONTRACT -- Erin and I have just signed a book contract with Kansas City Star! It will be released next July. As you know, Kansas City Star books are well-known for their easy-to-follow directions, beautiful photography and overall appeal to quilters of all interests and abilities. We are envisioning a must-have book with a variety of great projects and that it will be a book that you will want to have beside your favorite chair or on the bedside table to read over and over just for fun! As you all know, Erin has started her own company – www.erinwittdesigns.com -- and has been busy publishing her quilts in various magazines and designing free download quilt patterns for manufacturers’ websites. The book will feature us using the same pattern to create two very different quilts -- a traditional quilt (me) and a contemporary quilt (Erin). We believe you will enjoy reading about our work together and the design decisions we used in making our quilts.

EQ INTERVIEW – I am quite honored that Penny McMorris of Electric Quilt wanted to interview me for their October newsletter. There’s all types of information in the interview – from border proportion to how I started quilting! I hope you will go to www.electricquilt.com , search “Karen Witt” and read the interview. We have been using Electric Quilt for a number of years now and were delighted to work with them on this venture.

FABRIC LINE – A new fabric company has been started by several of our favorite people from Windham. Blue Hill Fabrics premiered their first fabric lines at Market in Houston. And I am very excited to announce that I will be designing lines of fabric (reproductions, of course!) with them! Erin and I have several free patterns that will soon be available on their website www.bluehillfabrics.com and are looking forward to this new project of fabric designing. My head is spinning with visions of beautiful chintzes, Prussian blues and ombres!

OPEN HOUSE – For those of you within driving distance, we are once again opening our “occasional” brick and mortar retail store to quilters on Saturday, November 21st from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The last Open House in August was such a delight as we had the opportunity to visit with so many old friends as well as welcome new friends into our home. We will have all of our quilt kits, patterns, notions, and fabric (on the bolts and pre-cut) available for sale. Be sure to stop by on November 21st before the holiday rush begins and have a cup of cider and a chat with us – we look forward to seeing you!

Be watching our website for information on upcoming quilts and kits and events. It’s almost time to post the Block a Month projects for 2010 – we have had such tremendous enthusiasm for these that we are working extra hard to make next year’s even better!

April 2009

Spring is rolling on and summer will soon be here!

We have lots of new patterns, kits and fabrics for you. An ad in the current McCall's Quilting features one of our new designs and a new collection from Windham -- Lincoln Bicentennial.

Lincoln Bicentennial

The center panel is gorgeous with Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee -- two outstanding generals of the Civil War! And used with the coordinating fabrics which feature Abraham Lincoln, this quilt -Civil War Presidents -- will be a beautiful historic quilt. The pattern is a Free Project on the Windham/Baum Textiles webpage www.baumtextile.com The fabric will be available the end of July and we are taking pre-orders as the kits will be limited. Call or email us NOW to reserve your kit and backing! Kit is $78.00 and backing is $39.50.

Once again, several of our designs are featured in quilting magazines. Be watching Fabric Trends and Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting for two quilts using the Old Glory IV collection from Windham, which features a beautiful image of George Washington.

Cameron's Quilt

Fon's and Porters Easy Quilts, summer issue, will be on the newsstands April 21st. On page 32, Cameron's Quilt features the Coverlet collection designed by Mary Koval for Blank Quilting.

This quilt was inspired by a visit to the American Coverlet Museum in Pennsylvania. Fussy cutting the red, white and blue fabrics makes a quick and interesting geometric quilt.

The kit for the 63" X 63" quilt is $111.00 and the backing makes a reversible quilt (a tone on tone coverlet design) for $39.50.

French Elegance

Also in the Easy Quilts summer issue, on page 36, we have a quilt that has been extremely popular in pre-order sales!

French Elegance features a fantastic reproduction fabric collection (Providence) from Colonial Williamsburg.

We were privileged to see the original fabric c. 1790. The border print and companion fabrics are excellent reproductions! The kit for the 64" X 70" quilt is $92.00 and the backing (several choices available) is $42.00.

Gigi's Quilt

We also used the Providence collection -- with our black 100% silk homespun -- for the class project we will be teaching in Nantes, France the end of April. We named it Gigi's Quilt. The quilt is 38" X 44".

Quiltmania is sponsoring a quilt show in Nantes and we were asked to design a quilt for the event and to teach the techniques we used. The kit is available for $37.00 and the backing (several options) is $13.50.

Southern Belle

Erin has also been designing quilts on her own for some time and currently has three in quilting magazines.

Her quilt Southern Belle features Windham's Savannah fabric collection and is a contemporary creation using classic florals for springtime.

Published in the January issue of The Quilter, the kit for the 72" X 96"quilt is available for $111.00. There are several beautiful backing options available for $63.00.

Arlington

Finally, we have been busy kitting two of our older patterns with new fabric lines that make it possible for us to bring these favorites back!

Appomattox Crossing (74" X 74") is now available in the Presidents collection. This version features a beautiful pillar print border which frames the design beautifully and gives it a definite 1830's look!

Kit price is $87.00 and backing (several choices including the pillar print) is $48.00.

In addition, Civil War Stars (60" X 70") is now available in Civil War VI fabrics for $72.00. An Abraham Lincoln toile backing is available for $48.00

These kits are available in limited quantity so order NOW if you missed them the first time!

As always, we look forward to seeing you at classes and shows throughout the year. Check the calendar for our schedule --we'll be looking for you!

December 2008

How fast each year seems to pass! It's been a busy year -- such a delight to meet so many of our wonderful customers at shows and to talk with so many others via telephone and email!

Please take a few minutes to relax and view our newest patterns, kits and notions! You'll find special gift ideas for the season as well as lots of items to add to your own Santa Wish List! As the winter winds blow, you'll want lots of the our newest patterns and kits on hand -- there is nothing better than homemade soup in the crock pot and a humming needle as the snow falls to the ground!

It's holiday time again and also time to register for Block of the Month programs! Our 2008 BOM was a huge success so we have decided to offer TWO programs in 2009!

Sign up soon (karen@reproductionquilts.com or 859-333-6232) as space is limited and the deadline is January 1st.

First, we are offering a gorgeous hand-dyed wool appliqué on cotton flannel quilt, 47" X 57". We decided to embellish this lovely quilt with a variety of simple embroidery stitches that really brought the motifs "to life!"

This gorgeous heirloom requires a $90.00 deposit and $24.95 per month (includes S & H) for 10 months (January to October). We're including all the supplies you will need to complete the project - no finishing kit with extra costs! You will receive the pattern, tan suede-like flannel, a 12 skein box of Valdani colorfast hand over-dyed #12 perle cotton and the first wool pack in January. Then, just like Christmas, you will receive new wool, instructions for the embroidery stitches and a clear plastic overlay for the appliqué, each month!

And, if you are too anxious to wait for your next kit each month, save $49.95 and tell Santa you would like the entire kit for $340.00!

View the finished quilt under "Kits."

At Quilt Market, threads were a "hot item" and Valdani threads (link to threads) are great to work with -- they really give the buttonhole and other embroidery stitches a depth and richness not found with solid colored threads.

The second BOM is for those who love to add to their stashes and to work with a large inventory of fabrics when creating their quilts. So many of you have asked us for quarter-yard cuts of fabrics that we have decided to offer them as a BOM. Every month (January to December), we will mail you 6 different fabrics -- some vintage, some brand new, all gorgeous -- for $14.95, which includes postage. All of these fabrics will be reproductions from the 1800's, mostly Civil War era and earlier. In addition, you will receive a free pattern for using these fabrics -- available only to participants in this BOM! You absolutely don't want to miss this opportunity to keep your collection varied and exciting! Again, space is limited so we recommend you sign up soon.

Melanie's Quilt is in the November issue of The Quilter Magazine. Delicate prints on muted back-grounds give a vintage look to this romantic 76½" x 76½" bed-size quilt. Fused floral appliqués and sashing strips make the center square quick and easy to assemble! The borders are squares and diamonds, letting the beauty of the fabrics speak for themselves! The skill level is Intermediate and the kit is $89.00. Four and a half yards of a beautiful chintz fabric, used in the piecing, is recommended for the backing for $39.50.

Julia's Quilt is in the January issue of The Quilter Magazine. It's an actual reproduction of an 1850 quilt, purchased on EBay. It is shown here as a machine appliquéd 35" X 35" wall hanging or table topper. A kit is available for $33.95, which includes shipping.

Also, a available for $69.00 is a pattern and kit (red and green fabrics only--you supply the background of your choice) and pattern for a larger quilt (94" X 94") is available for $69.00.

Patterns include templates for the dogtooth edging. We used our Susan's Simple Applique Border ™ acrylic ruler because it is so quick and accurate!

In the coming months, be looking for quilts from both of us -- Karen and Erin -- in Love of Quilting, Quilters' World, Fabric Trends and The Quilter Magazine and Quiltmania.

As we close the door on 2008, we thank you for your business and ask for your continued support. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at shows. We welcome your questions and comments and, as always, love to see those pictures of your quilts! Merry Christmas -- Karen and Erin July 2008

In case you didn’t notice – when you logged onto www.reproductionpatterns.com, you were automatically connected with our NEW website www.reproductionquilts.com

We began internet sales three years ago when we were primarily a quilt design/pattern company. Thanks to the loyal support and encouragement of our customers, we have now become a more complete business with fabric, rubber stamps, hand crafted notions and other items for reproducing the antique quilts we all love. We look forward to continuing to provide service and products that will increase your enjoyment and success in making reproduction quilts.

Are you looking for a new project – or two – for the longer evenings, vacations, retreats and other stitching opportunities of summer?

Liberty Square

Several of our quilts are currently featured in quilting magazines. Liberty Square is in the current (July) issue of The Quilter Magazine. This 69”X69” quilt made with the Colonial Williamsburg Centennial Collection features a center medallion of an eagle with olive branches and the American flag. Ohio Star blocks frame the appliqué and two beautiful borders complete the project quickly. Kit for top and binding is $89.00. The pheasant toile (#27216) makes a gorgeous backing for $39.50. You may order by calling 859-333-6232.

Liberty Square

As I wrote earlier, Tillie’s Quilt is now finished and featured in the current issue of Quiltmania (issue #64). We just located some of the original fabrics and are again offering kits with the sepia toile – and the blue colorway of the chintz border. We also have kits available using the Colonial Williamsburg Centennial toile (red or blue or tan). Kits for Tillie’s Quilt are $87.00, including pattern. I hand pieced Tillie’s Quilt and enjoyed every moment of it! I have had many calls from quilters who are making this quilt using the rubber stamp and fabric safe ink – isn’t that the best technique ever! The quilt is currently on display at Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough, TN as I will be teaching Tillie’s Quilt (as well as Civil War Sampler) at QuiltFest there in July. And the instructions for the Roman Shade are now available, if you have made the dust ruffle and quilt and want to complete the bedroom ensemble.

Liberty Square

For other fun summer project ideas, we have even more suggestions! Keep watching the website – after June 1st we will be making some major changes with many new patterns, new fabric collections and on-line payment. We now have 6 colors of the silk homespun – an absolutely elegant background fabric for cotton and wool appliqué. It’s so popular we can’t keep it in stock. And there will be many other surprises, I promise.

Enjoy every stitch

Karen

January 2008

As quilters, we make bed coverings all the time. In addition, many of us come to quilting from a general sewing background. So it’s not surprising that one of the hottest trends in the quilting world is viewing the entire bedroom as a showcase for our sewing skills.

Liberty Square

Tillie’s Quilt is now finished and looks great in this room. The quilt is currently in France, being photographed for an upcoming issue of Quiltmania, the wonderful French magazine with fantastic pictures, patterns and projects. The quilt is a hand pieced and machine quilted mosaic design with large design elements that highlight the toile fabric. The walls were painted soft warm beige (Pratt and Lambert makes an authentic Colonial Williamsburg color called Bracken Cream) that matches the solid beige hexagons in the quilt. Then the toile and one of the theme fabrics were used to make coordinating dust ruffle, and window treatment.

Bedroom furnishings can be made of the same 100% quilting weight cotton fabrics that we use in our quilts. The fabric used for this dust ruffle is a sepia toned toile design featuring a large graceful pheasant on an off white background. The fabric is gathered onto a header – avoiding sewing the ruffle to the traditional platform that is a two-man effort to spread between the mattress and headboard! When gathering the fabric, be sure that the fabric is a minimum of one and a half times the length of the sizes of the bed so that the dust ruffle looks custom made. For further instructions, view the free pattern this month.

There are lots of possibilities for custom designed window treatments that can be made at home. One of my favorites is the Roman Shade – perhaps because it really showcases the beauty of the fabric. Check the website the middle of February for a free pattern for a Roman Shade like this one.

If you are interested in re-creating a bedroom like this, I would suggest using the recently released toiles from the Centennial collection, licensed by Colonial Williamsburg to Windham Fabric. They are absolutely gorgeous and selling quickly! This collection will be gone soon! The toiles are available in red, blue and sepia brown (Fabric # 27216-1, 27216-2, 27216-3). LINK TO FABRIC Coordinating fabrics #27209 and 27211 would work well with the toile for the Roman Shade.

Yardage of the In Time of Toile Fabrics from Red Rooster is no longer available. If you are interested in making Tillie’s Quilt, we have only a couple of kits left to make the quilt exactly as it appears on the pattern cover. The kit includes 2 yards of the border print, 2 ½ yards of the off-white, slightly textured beige, 1 yard of the toile and an assortment of the document colorways of the fabrics from the Shelburne Museum that inspired this collection by Froncie Quinn for Red Rooster Fabrics. The cost of the quilt kit is $. And be sure to watch for the upcoming issue of Quiltmania that features the quilt. If you haven’t seen this magazine, be sure to find it – you’ll be glad you did! And if you don’t have yardage of toile in your next project or in your stash, order now before it’s gone!!!

Enjoy the quiet of winter and the time it offers for quilting! Karen December 2007

Harriet's Violets The changes to the website are now complete and I hope you will find all the new patterns, fabrics and kits as exciting as I do!

In appreciation of your support and encouragement this past year and your patience with the website changes, I’d like to make your holiday season even better by offering a 20% discount on gift certificates from now until December 31st. This way your favorite Santa can give you a gift that’s certain to please. And if there is some cash in your stocking, you can stretch it by converting it to a gift certificate. The gift certificate, beautifully printed with our logo, will be shipped postage free and can be easily redeemed at any time via fax, phone, email or at a show.

For 2008, we are offering a block of the month for the Centennial Sampler quilt. It’s just like Christmas every month when the mailman delivers another pattern, beautiful new fabric and a newsletter with the history of each state and women’s lives during the War for Independence. The quilt will feature the Old Glory III fabrics from Windham. The toile is gorgeous with the seals of the 13 original colonies and three of our founding fathers – Washington, Jefferson and Adams. We will bill your credit card on the 4th of each month for $12.95, which includes shipping. Join the fun! Or if you want to work at your own pace, the pattern and complete kit are available also.

Be sure to look for Felicity’s Quilt – a queen size medallion style quilt c. 1825 with center appliquéd eagle and beautiful borders. The pattern cover quilt is made with the new fabrics from the Colonial Williamsburg collection – Centennial.

Also on the website now, Phoebe’s Sampler has eighteen wonderful blocks from throughout the 1800’s. The kit for this quilt and also for the new Maddie’s Quilt feature fabrics from the Mahogany collection by Windham.

Katie’s Quilt is available as a 34” table topper or full size quilt in the browns and pinks we all associate with the 1800’s. An optional rubber stamp and fabric safe ink makes the marking and cutting process so much faster and more accurate.

Ohio Star Table Runer As the gift giving deadline approaches, perhaps you’ll have time to make a last minute gift or decoration. If so, I suggest our free gift to you this holiday season – the Ohio Star Table Runner, which looks equally great as a wall hanging.

Finally, as the year approaches its end, I’d like to wish you and your family and friends a very wonderful holiday season and thank you all for making this a fantastic year for Reproduction Quilts. It’s been a pleasure to meet so many new friends at shows and by phone and email. I look forward to continuing our friendship in the coming year!
Karen November 2007 Harriet's Violets Exciting news! Reproduction Quilts will begin, in November, to feature pictures of the fabrics and kits we offer. That way, it will be easier for you to shop from home if you decide you must have something after a show has closed or if the show was impossible for you to attend. Click on What's New for more information. In addition, we will offer discounted gift certificates for Christmas - so be extra special good and put Reproduction Quilts at the top of your wish list for Santa!

Isn't Fall a wonderful time of the year for quilting? There are so many projects and gifts to make or complete from the ideas we've gathered all year.

And this is the best season to showcase the fruits of our earlier quilting efforts - quilted table runners and extra quilts on the beds, on walls, on quilt racks and on the backs of chairs and sofas. There is nothing cozier as the evenings become cooler and the darkness comes earlier than seeing quilts in every room of our homes.

Much as we all enjoy the warmth and longer days of summer, at our home we welcome the rest and earlier bedtimes of fall and winter. Sometimes, I call this time my "hibernation" as the pace, although still very full, has a different tempo with the cooler temperatures and earlier darkness.

This is also the perfect time to try one of our new patterns and kits in the rich colors of the Mahogany collection from Windham. Phoebe's Sampler is a delightful grouping of seldom seen blocks from the 1800's in a very traditional setting and is absolutely gorgeous! Maddie's Quilt gives a traditional Ohio Star block a real update with fussy cut setting triangles and woven sashing. Both quilts are the perfect size for the back of a sofa or a Christmas gift for someone special.

If you're looking for a quick table runner or wall hanging project, Remember Autumn - a three block project using a vintage muslin with rich fall purple, rust and green -- will be available by November 10th as a free pattern download from Reproduction Quilts.

Watch for updates - we are going to be updating the website more frequently and hope you will visit often!

Happy stitching!
Karen May 2007

Today the sun is shining; the crocus and daffodils are blooming and we’re getting ready for the Spring Quilt Shows!! We will be in Chicago (Rosemont) for the Quilt Festival from April 13-15 in booth #1814 and in Paducah for the AQS Quilt Show in the Pool Atrium in booths #4112-4114 from April 25-28. Be sure to come by and meet us – we love having to opportunity to talk with you and discuss our common passion – making reproduction quilts!!!

Spring is a time of great excitement in the pattern and fabric business. We are receiving new lines of fabrics and making patterns as fast as we can! Fabric Kits are available for all of the new patterns – call or email for availability. For quick and easy – but very interesting and dramatic – we have three new patterns. Beacon Hill, a lap quilt for the cool evenings of spring and summer, features a wonderful pieced border. A larger project, Darcy’s Ribbons is a bright red strippy quilt with scrappy four patch blocks. For a great wall hanging or bed topper, Treasure Island is a pattern typical of the late 1880’s. The baskets are separated by alternate blocks and keystone sashing. Yes, the neon green on the pattern cover is typical of the late 1800’s. The alternate squares are a great place to showcase quilting – machine or hand.

We did some research at the end of the year as to which patterns our customers liked best. It seems you like a little bit of a challenge and that you like quilts with a variety of blocks. Therefore, we’re certain that you will like Civil War Stars. This row quilt features five star patterns from the mid 1800’s as well as motifs representing the Union and Confederate armies. It is a great pattern for using your stash of Civil War era fabrics. For another pattern that looks more difficult than it is, Suzanna’s Star is easy to piece with today’s rotary cutting and speed sewing techniques. The cover quilt features Judie Rothermel’s Spirit of the Season fabrics (red, green and khaki) from Marcus Brothers. The Star of Bethlehem design dates to 1845, according to Barbara Brackman in Electric Quilt’s BlockBase software.

By the way, if you haven’t tried the Electric Quilt products, I suggest you put these on your birthday wish list for 2007. All of their software is very user friendly and the Help Line is just that – you’ll be talking to a person (in the rare event you need to do so) on the third telephone ring. We carry their products – call or email for pricing. Click here for a free quilt pattern I made, using Electric Quilt 6.

Finally, for those quilters who like to hand piece (after all, it’s the greatest quilt-on-the-go project), I’m working on a new pattern using Froncie Quinn’s In Time of Toile fabrics from Red Rooster. Froncie is a dedicated quilt historian who has worked with Red Rooster to painstakingly reproduce these beautiful and authentic fabrics, based on a quilt top in the Shelburne Museum in New England. This is a mosaic design but very unique in that it includes some larger sections for showcasing the large birds in the toile and the pillar print. Watch for this to be available soon.

Hope to see you in Chicago or Paducah. Until then – Karen April 2007

“Summertime and the living is easy” – longer days, picnics, reunions, day trips, vacations and kids out of school. And for most quilters, the summertime is also a great time for quilting in the warm afternoons and longer evenings!

Looking for something a little different and in the soft cool colors of summer? Reproduction Quilts has a project in the current issue of The Quilter Magazine that you’ll sure to enjoy.

Harriet’s Violets is a two block quilt for intermediate to advanced quilters. In addition to the pieced blocks, the center block and four pieced blocks feature appliqué inspired by one of the fabrics in the collection – a beautiful print with delicate violets and gentle green leaves. Instructions are included for fusible appliqué, using a product such as Steam A Seam II ™ which holds well yet gives a soft finished product.

The fabric in the quilt is from Windham Fabrics. This is their second collection in association with the Harriet Beecher Stowe foundation and inspired by items at the Museum. Remember reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin when you studied the Civil War in high school? Written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, this book touched the hearts of Northerners who were opposed to slavery. When Abraham Lincoln was introduced to Mrs. Stowe, he reportedly said, “So, you’re the little lady who started this war.”

As I researched Mrs. Stowe’s life, I found that she really was quite a prolific philosopher and that there were many wonderful quotes attributed to her! Therefore, it seemed only appropriate to use the theme fabric with violets from the collection and the quotes I had found to make a summer time quilt for the couch or wall. The size of Harriet’s Violets lends itself to a quick summer project and is just perfect for lap or shoulders when summer breezes turn cooler in the evenings.

As a bonus to our customers at Reproduction Quilts, we have also designed a label for the back of your quilt. This label features an ink drawing of Harriet Beecher Stowe and space for you to write your name, address (city and state) and date of completion. Labels are so important – not just for generations to come but also for us as the days and years pass so quickly and sometimes even we forget exactly when we made a project! To complete the label, type your information (I like to use a font that resemble handwriting - such as Lucinda Calligraphy, Edwardian Script or Monotype Corsiva) in the space to the right of the ink drawing. Firmly iron a piece of fabric to the shiny side of freezer paper and use a rotary cutter to trim to 8 ½” X 11” and place in the paper tray. I have had success with printing this type of label on my home computer and also at commercial copy centers. After printing, heat set with a hot iron. If you would like, you may then trace over the writing with a Pigna™ pen. Personally, I skip the tracing step and have some quilts with this type of printing that are now 10 years old. I have hand washed some sample labels to see if this affects them and it does not appear to do so.

You may order the kit from Reproduction Quilts for $87.00, plus $9.95 s & h. This includes the quotes pre-printed on the fabric and ready for piecing. The same mottled antique broadcloth that is used in the appliqué blocks and for the quotes is available as seamless backing (cut from 108” wide fabric) for an additional $23.00.

We’ll be traveling quite a bit this summer -- if you are in the Marion, Indiana area, we’ll be exhibiting at the Quilters’ Hall of Fame July 19-22. We’ll also be at the Museum of the American Coverlet in Bedford, PA on August 3-4. And as summer draws to a close, we’ll be in Nashville August 22-25 for the AQS Quilt Exhibition. If you come to one of these events, please come by – we’d love to meet you. It’s always great to meet one of our special customers in person and have a chance to learn what you’re doing with the patterns and fabrics!

Enjoy the summer and your quilting! Thank you for visiting our website. And thank you for being such a loyal customer!

Happy stitching!
Karen January 2007 It’s 2007 and time for making New Year’s resolutions! Among your plans to lose weight, exercise more and re-decorate your home, did you include a resolution to finish some of those quilting UFO’s?

UFO’s stands for Unfinished Projects, of course. Most of us who have been sewing and quilting for even a few years have a collection of projects that we have never finished. Along with the UFO’s, we tend to carry a wagon load of good intentions, guilt and dread.

As a veteran quilter, I too have started many projects that have evolved into UFO’s. However, over the years I have developed a system for finishing many of those projects and even enjoying the process! I’d like to share some ideas from the lecture What to Do with Those UFO’s – (see information under Classes and Lectures).

I call this procedure “Prioritize and Organize.” Place all your UFO’s on top of a table or in the middle of the floor. Now divide into three stacks – “Has Potential,” “Might Be Saved” and “What Was I Thinking?” Be honest and ruthless!!!

We are only going to deal with the “Has Potential” projects in this article. Put the other two stacks away for another time. Once you have decided that a project is worthy of your time and energy (and perhaps additional money) to finish, you need a plan to make this happen. First, rank/arrange the projects from left to right on your table or floor in this order – “almost finished” on the left to “just a pile of fabric with pattern” on the right.

Print a copy of this chart and write the name of the project that is “almost finished” on the first line. Continue through your stacks to the project that is “just a pile of fabric with pattern.” Now, for each project, place an “X” in each space for all the tasks you have already completed such as “cut out,” “borders” and “sandwiched.” Decide if you’re going to outsource some aspect of completing the project – such as machine quilting. If so, put the initials of that person in the column marked “quilting.” Do this for each project in your “Has Potential” pile.

At this point, you will already be feeling successful – the task of finishing those UFO’s doesn’t seem nearly as over-whelming once it’s organized! You’ve broken down the process into small manageable baby steps! As each task is completed, write the date in the space. With every step, you are moving closer to achieving that New Year’s resolution to finish some UFO’s!

Happy Quilting!
Karen