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1930s Reproduction Fabric is Nostalgic and Beautiful!

by Beth Cooper

1930s reproduction fabrics. They are so nostalgic and so beautiful. The colors. The prints. It might just be perfection on a bolt! They are perfect for quilting projects and even garment projects. Heck, back in the day everything was made with these beautiful cotton fabric prints. Although most quilting fabric was obtained from feed sacks in the 1930s, rather than from a bolt, you can imagine that the colors and patterns were just as magnificent then as they are now.

The designers of today’s reproduction 1930s fabric have done extensive research to recreate the same colors and many of the exact same patterns as what was available all those years ago.  That era was known for their pastels.  Gone were the dark colors from the late 1800s and very early 1900s.  Manufacturers had discovered that by thinning their dye they could make it last longer and the result was beautiful pastel colors.  And the public didn’t just like it, they loved it!  They still do!

Find these beautiful Aunt Grace 1930s Reproduction Prints, pictured above, at Missouri Star Quilt Co. or click here!

The reproductions of today feature those very same colors and tones – pastels with some deeper reds, greens, and blues thrown in for good measure.  They feature the cutest prints as well, everything from puppy dogs to flowers and polka dots to kites.  Just as they made adorable children’s dresses in 1930, now they make adorable quilts.  And aprons.  And dresses.  And purses.  And really just about anything.

If you’re wondering what quilt pattern to use with reproductions 1930s fabrics, the possibilities are endless.  You can’t go wrong with a simple log cabin pattern, a Bear Paw pattern, or even Grandma’s Fan. 

In the past, it has been difficult to find 1930s reproduction wide backing fabric or even a similar design that would work well with a quilt made with 1930s reproduction fabrics. This new line of wide backing fabric from the Mercantile line by Lori Holt for Riley Blake is so gorgeous! (Pictured above!) It’s perfect for those quilts made with reproduction fabrics. Swoon. (Well done, Lori Holt!) Find it on Missouri Star Quilt Co. or click here!

If you’re looking for the right project to make with your 1930s reproduction fabric, look no further! Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Co. has two tutorials (below) that are perfect for those cute repro prints! You can also shop an entire selection of patterns here!

Once you start buying these reproduction fabrics, it’s hard to stop!  They’re slightly addicting.  All the colors and prints work so well together that you really can’t make a mistake in color placement.  That’s why it is a great idea to purchase precut fabric, such as a fat quarter collection.  This allows you to have a sampling of many colors and prints to throw into your next quilt.   

This Lori Holt Mercantile Fat Quarter Bundle is full of nostalgic prints and beautiful colors!
You can find it on Missouri Star Quilt Co. or click here!

So, what will be your first project with these beautiful reproductions? Remember, we have a Quilt & Tell and a Sew & Tell weekly on Nancy’s Notions! We would love to see what you have made. Click here for more info on how to enter!

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