Monday, April 9, 2012

Housetop Denim by Debby Kratovil (46" x 60"
In 2008, Windham Fabrics arranged with the Quilter's of Gee's Bend to adapt several of their patterns for publication with a new collection of sueded solids designed specifically for these quilts. I was asked to create the patterns and the color palette and the first four patterns were included with kits to make the quilts. The quilters were given royalties on the sale of each kit, pattern, and yard of fabric sold. I own the copyright to the individual patterns and now sell them. Of course, I will continue to send a portion of each sale to these talented and creative women. Without them, there would be no patterns! Here are pictures of the original quilts and my adaptation - got pretty close to the originals! The ladies have been thrilled with how they have turned out and so am I.

All 8 patterns are available for sale at my website:
Housetop Denim quilt by Loretta P. Bennett

Original Strips & Strings Quilt by Mary Lee Bendolph.
Strips & Strings - 50" x 75"

Lazy Gal 52" x 62"
Original Lazy Gal by Quinnie Pettway

Original Housetop 4 Block by Mary L. Bennett
Housetop 4 Block - 57" x 65"

Here are the Amish Triangles "twins." The original quilt is from the early part of the 1900s. Mine is from the early part of the 2000s! I was captivated by the simplicity of the rounds of triangles and strips, sort of like a log cabin. Made with the Gee's Bend Collection by Windham Fabrics. You can see all 8 of the pattern adaptations at my web site: Quilter by Design
Amish Triangles 2008 by Debby Kratovil
Amish Triangles, early 20th century, artist unkknown

Amish Inspiration

Classic Shadows
It seems that I can't get enough of the solids that Windham Fabrics created for their Gee's Bend Collection. Inspired by antique Amish quilts, I made two quilts, this one published in a recent issue of McCall's Quilt Magazine. The other one was in a Love of Quilting issue last year. This hangs in my husband's office and is scheduled to appear in my 2014 wall calendar of quilts. Don't you just love these rich colors? See all 8 of the original quilts and my pattern adaptations at my website.