As a lover of early 19th century quilts and their beautiful fabrics, I was very excited when my quilting friend, Bev Bannard, offered to lend me some of her antique quilts and fabrics with permission to reproduce them. Amongst the bounty, she lent me were some stunning chintz fabrics and beautiful secondary prints that would be an asset in any quilt. However, the decision on which fabrics to choose was difficult. The line includes two fabulous chintz florals, one of which would make a stunning border stripe or feature stripe within a strippy quilt. Both prints can be cut up and rearranged creatively into Broderie Perse appliqué and used within blocks, setting squares and borders. The third featured print is a large, unusual serpentine design. This fabric is featured as a whole-cloth quilt in Bev’s collection. Five beautiful companion prints in coordinating colors complete the range. The collection includes a smaller serpentine stripe, which is a must in my fabric lines. These stripes are versatile, not only used as a stripe, but also quite useful when fussy cut within blocks for special effects. The fabric collection is named Bannard Hills, acknowledging the generosity and friendship of my friend Bev. Without her collection of antique quilts and textiles and her unwavering readiness to allow me to reproduce them, this collection would not exist.
by Michelle Yeo