Tuesday, December 02, 2014

A Flair for Fabric!


Welcome to Little Quilts!  We're so excited to participate in the "A Flair For Fabric" blog tour sponsored by Martingale.   It started on November 18 and we hope you're enjoying the "up close" look at all the creative designers in the book! 
We've been designing scrappy little quilts for more than 25 years, and designing fabric for Henry Glass for almost as many.  It's so much fun to collaborate on a book like this.   With such a wide variety of designers, the result is a book with something for everyone!   "A Flair For Fabric" is a great way to see the creative process at work. 
Our books have an  autographed book plate from all the designers, but if you'd like an autographed copy from Little Quits personalized to you, order the book from our website,  and request an autographed copy in the comment section.  We have a special price on the book, too -  just $19.95!
Remember, purchasing the book is a gift to the Red Cross...all the designers are donating their royalties to this wonderful charity that helps so many people everyday.. 
  
Our project in the book features a reproduction of something near and dear to our hearts - antique doll quilts.  We absolutely love the interplay of fabrics in these little treasures and have been inspired to replicate the balance of prints in our quilts.  Shown below, our project, "Days Gone By", is a good example of our 'make-do' strategy of design.

At Little Quilts we like to put similar but slightly different fabrics together when doing patchwork.  It lets us use up some of our stash!  Some of the fabrics in the light parts of the nine patches are not all the same fabric.  In the dark parts of the blocks they might also be a similar color, for example ...browns...but we'd use more than one brown in the block. 
We love to make up stories while doing patchwork.  Perhaps we were pretending we were a girl from the prairie working in a covered wagon on her patchwork and the lighting was not very good...so we picked up a fabric that we thought was the same, but was not exactly like the other ones.  This is the method we use while making what we call 'planned scrap quilts.'
One of the fabric styles we like to use to give our quilts a "reproduction" feel is shirtings.  We'd like to know if you have any shirtings in your fabric collection and how you're using them.  Comment below and you will be entered into a drawing for an eBook copy of "A Flair For Fabric" or a fabric bundle provided by Henry Glass.  We're also giving away a bundle of six fat quarters from our new fabric line, "A Touch of Baltimore" along with three shirting fat quarters.

Don't miss tomorrow's stop on the blog hop with Liz and Beth of Lizzie B Cre8tive.  They have a fun, whimsical style you're sure to enjoy. 
It's not to late to participate in the blog hop.  Here is a list of all the participants...you'll love visiting all their creative blogs!
Tuesday, November 18: Launch at Martingale’s Stitch This! blog
Wednesday, November 19: Dana Brooks
Thursday, November 20: Leanne Anderson
Friday, November 21: AllPeopleQuilt.com
Saturday, November 22: Janet Nesbitt at the Sewing Cabinet
Monday, November 24: Linda Lum DeBono
Tuesday, November 25: Anni Downs
Wednesday, November 26: Kim Diehl at the Sewing Cabinet
Friday, November 28: Jill Finley
Saturday, November 29: Amy Hamberlin
Monday, December 1: Margot Languedoc
Tuesday, December 2: Little Quilts
Wednesday, December 3: Lizzie B Cre8ive
Thursday, December 4: Heather Mulder Peterson
Friday, December 5: Jacquelynne Steves
Saturday, December 6: Wrap up at the Henry Glass blog


133 comments:

Emily C said...

I do not have much shirting in my collection as I pick for colors and prints rather than specific things, such as shirting.

Anita said...

I have a few examples of shirting in my stash. If the color match with what I am looking for, they may get used in a project.

Allison said...

I have a very limited number of shirtings in my stash. Maybe it's time to get some more?

Lori said...

this is a fun hop. I am really enjoying seeing the different blogs and the different projects.

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Janie said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I have a couple fat quarters of shirting in my stash. Thanks for the giveaway.

DebrafromMD said...

I have an extensive collection of shirtings. I use them as backgrounds for my civil war fabrics.

Robyn said...

I have lots of shirtings. That's one of my favorites and I use them as backgrounds a lot.

Sherry said...

My stash is not all that large and Its do not have much in shirting fabric. I will have to make a point of using them in a project soon.

Diane McLauchlan said...

I have a small selection of shirtings in my stash that I bought to make doll clothes. Maybe I should take another look at those - hmm. This blog hop is stretching my ideas and fertilizing my imagination.
Diane in Wyoming

Diane H said...

I like to use shirtings for my block backgrounds. They are much more interesting than tone on tones. Thank you.

Gill said...

I don't have any shirting in my stash - maybe I should!

Gina S. said...

I don't have any shirting in my stash.

Shawna said...

My stash does not include shirting yet. I am always looking for new ideas. thank you for this one

eckypucky said...

Hmmm Shirting fabric sounds interesting for quilts! I've used it in making doll clothes but never a quilt. Sounds like fun!

DixieStitcher said...

I once used shirting for the borders in a baby quilt made of 1950s vintage fabric. The pale blue and white striped shirting "calmed the 50s Hawaiian style print" quite well. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great prizes!

Quilting Tangent said...

I don't have any shirting in my stash.
24Tangent@gmail.com

sunny5597 said...

I had to actually look up shirting! I had heard the term before, but wasn't really sure if it refered to a style or a grade of fabric. I didn't really find an answer that I was satisfied with. From my reading, I would say that I don't have any original in my stash, but I love the little prints that I saw and I do have some of those. I would love to win a copy of this book and some of the awesome fabrics you are giving away. Thanks so much for the chance to win! I'm always learning new things! Quilt On!

Gayle said...

Yep, I love shirtings too - use lots of them for scrappy backgrounds in my appliquéd quilts. BTW - sometimes I buy actual shirts from the thrift store and use those mixed with new fabrics.

margil56 said...

I only have a few shirtings in my stash, but I have used them as background fabrics with thirties or forties repro fabrics. They blend in well.

Terri Hauge said...

Yes, I love to use shirtings in scrappy quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ann Dunn said...

I don't have shirting material in my stash. I've always admired the quilts which use them, especially the 9 patch patterns. I think I would need to go to a thrift store to get shirts, my husband wears knit polos. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

Susan Mulvihill said...

I have a small collection of shirting material in my stash and just love the look of them in various projects! Thanks so much for this opportunity!

Knittingdancer on Ravelry said...

It has been so much fun reading all of the blogs in this blog hop.
Beautiful quilts.

Lisa Marie said...

I don't have any shirting fabrics. I love scrap quilts though, and could probably incorporate some. I'm enjoying the blog hop, looks like a great book!

BizyStitches said...

I do have shirting, and I love using them as background and with civil war fabrics. Thanks for the fun.

Martina said...

Yes I do and me too I love to use them as background. Lovely project in the book!

The Victorian Girl said...

Oh yes! I buy shirtings whenever I see them. They work so well in reproduction quilts.
kellam.susan@yahoo.com

Linda said...

HI,I do have shirtings+love using them in nine-patch+any where for background. Thank You for sharing!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Diana Wilson said...

I love shirtings and think they really set of quilts. Great project in the book!

Peg said...

I only have a few shirtings.

Christy said...

Love the shirting fabrics added to the quilts. The book looks awesome too!

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

I have a few leftovers from a block of the month quilt I made featuring shirting fabric.

Robin said...

I don't have any shirting fabric. Have considered making a quilt out of thrifted plaid shirts, though!

Donna K. from N. Texas said...

Great prize, count me in.

Darlene B said...

I do have a limited number of shirtings in my stash. I have used them in a log cabin project. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Cecilia said...

I have a few pieces of shirting and I use them as backgrounds for appliqué. Love your quilt!

Margaret said...

I don't have many 'shirting' FQ's, but I've been known to use actual shirt fabrics in my quilts. I made small bowtie quilts from my father-in-laws actual shirts and gave them to his adult children.

Sarah said...

I am not entirely sure what shirting is. It seems to be light fabric with a small print, and not just pinstripes that men usually use on shirts these days... if that's the case, I have a small pile of them, and I love them. I use them as background as much as I can because I like prints much more than solids. sarah@forrussia.org

Mary T. said...

I love shirtings but have only use them in Civil War reproduction quilts. I would love to use them in other projects.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Mary

Anonymous said...

I enjoy the appearance of Henry Glass fabrics, especially those used in the quilt designed by Little Quilts. Thank you for the opportunity to win the fabric bundle--a great prize!

ytsmom said...

I love shirtings, and buy them when I can find them. My most recent purchase was at the AQS Des Moines show.

Vicki H said...

No, I don't have any shirtings in my stash. I must get some.

Margaret said...

I don't have any shirting fabrics in my inventory, but I am beginning to feel the pull towards them. I've always known it was just a matter of time. . .

DebraKay Neiman said...

I actually have some shirtings in my stash - love them. They are not easy to find though. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

quilterc said...

Beautiful looking fabric!!

Carmen N said...

I love your version of Days Gone By!

quilter said...

I have a jelly roll and yardage of JO Morton shirting, planning a basket quilt from the new book "Handful of Scraps" by Laundry Basket Quilts, and also have jelly roll of other Jo Morton fabric!
cork@pa.rr.com

Patti Poe said...

I use shirtings mainly as foundation blocks or backgraounds for my applique. I like the look of batiks on the shirting fabric.

Jane Coombs said...

I am shirting short right as they are the first to be used. Love them.

Deb said...

I enjoyed my visit to your blog, especially seeing the sampler blocks on the left. I'd love to be entered!

Joanna said...

I don't have shirtings in my stash, and I do like reproduction fabrics and have some. I like traditional and scrappy quilts in which I use my reproduction fabrics.

Brenda said...

i don't have any shirtings in my collection.

Sallie said...

no, but I would like some.

Rhonda Davis said...

I salvage a lot of different fabrics (i.e. old shirts, dresses). I buy fat quarters and some yardage (especially if it's on sale). My oldest son said that they could buy me fabric for Christmas and I'd be so happy!!..and boy was he right!

Michele T said...

I don't have any shirting in my stash. Mostly what I have is a bit of yardage but mostly FQs.

Lesley Moore said...

I don't have any shirtings in my stash at the moment although I would love to add some.

JANET said...

I have one of your books and enjoy looking at it. It always bring a smile to my face (and heart) when I browse through it! Thank you.

OhioLori said...

Don't have any shirting's in my Stash..know I neeeed some tho! lol
(Loooove the "Blossom" quilt!)

John Perry said...

I don't think I have any shirtings in my stash - unless you count old shirts that I have that I will recycle into quilts.
Pauline

perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Carrie P. said...

i do not have any shirting fabric in my stash.

Doreen said...

I love to add shirtings to my scrap quilts. My friend and I trade sleeves of shirts found at a thrift store and even our husband's shirts!

maggi said...

I don't have have any shirting fabric in my collection. I do love little quilts! They are great take-along projects and so pretty when finished

Linda said...

I'm a fan of small quilts and reproduction quilts and use lots of shirting. I use them wherever I need lights and often as background for applique.

Cathi said...

The only shirting I have in my stash is one that was described as an Oriental shirting - it's really intriguing with little pagodas and bridges. I've used it very successfully with reproduction prints and love the look it gives.
I adore making little quilts - two friends have antique doll beds and I have a blast thinking up little quilts for them.
Thanks for the chance at the book and the fabric!

Karen said...

I have several shirting fabrics. I like to use them in my scraps. Your books are some of the first I bought when I started quilting and I still return to often. I love doll quilts!

cjmont said...

shirtings are hard to find around here, maybe i'll get lucky and win some.

Anonymous said...

I have fallen in love with Civil War quilts, joining 2 groups and working on the Farmer's Wife on my own. Do not own any shirting, but would love to put some with my small amount of Civil War fabrics.

Connie B
cbquilts345@yahoo.com

Joyce Carter said...

No, I don't have any shirtings, but thank you so much for the chance to win some. I love your little scrappy quilt and the stories you told while making them. Scrappy quilts are my favorite to make.

Kathy H said...

I have not used any shirtings in my quilts. I always wondered if they would shrink more than the cottons I use.

Paula said...

My very first quilt book after I finished my beginning quilting class was "Little Quilts". They remain my favorites!!

sandyandcosmo said...

I have a few shirtings and have also found interesting prints on real shirts at the thrift store.

Aud Nora Hansen said...

Thank you ;-)

Barbara Pavlas said...

I have a lot of various shirtings in my collection and like to use them as backgrounds. Thanks for the giveaway.

Janie Steele said...

I love shirting fabrics and purchase whenever I find a good buy.

Tabitha Keener said...

I'm fairly new and I don't have any shirtings in my stash yet. I love all of the quilting I've seen so far, beautiful! I can't wait to get more of a stash! Thanks

tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

Anda W said...

I have quite a collection of shirtings that I will use in the near future with some civil war prints to make a thimble quilt. awolk at rogers dot com

celticwoman55 said...

No I don't have any shirting in my stash yet. I have been tempted to buy some but haven't yet. sandybailey55@hotmail.com

vicki said...

I don't think I have any shirting in my stash. Thank you for such a great giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

Anne said...

I am down to just one little scrap of a shirting and I sure could use more!

Alicia Obermeyer said...

Love shirtings!

Grandma Barbara said...

I don't have any shirtings in my stash at present, but now that I'm aware of them, I must have some.

LJ said...

I love your little doll quilt. What a sweet way to think of your quilt(s) with a story...hmmmm, I wonder if all my quilts have a story. Great cause; thanks for doing your share.

Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

I used 2 different shirting fabrics in a wall quilt for a guild challenge. One was very light and the other was alittle darker. They were both block backgrounds and I like the subtle variety that they provided.

patricia said...

Love my shirtings so much that they have earned their own tub marked "Repros and Shirtings". My only regret is that I don't have more....

Anonymous said...

I love the colours in "Days Gone By". I have never worked with shirting in a quilt and I don't have any in my stash.
Thanks for the giveaway!

wlinda_ca at yahoo dot com

LeAnne said...

I don't have any shirting. I'm not even sure what it is!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Such a great hop, love learning about all the different designers.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Margaret said...

I do have a few shirtings in my stash. I love to use reproduction fabrics.

scottylover said...

I don't have any shirting fabrics in my stash, but if I did, I would use them with some of my Civil War repros for a quilt!

Sandy A

DorisG said...

I don't have any shirting in my stash but I may have to get some. I love the look of your quilt! Thanks for the giveaway!

Donna Uyeno said...

I use shirtings as lights in blocks. Love your little quilts, books and fabrics!

barbara woods said...

Yes I try to keep it for trim

Kathryn said...

I definitely use shirtings as my 'light' in my 1800 repro quilts.

Renea said...

I have been making little quilts for the past year and they are sew much fun. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I don't have any shirtings in my stash, but I have a project where they would look great, Thank you for the give away.

Dee said...

I do have some shirtings, but you can never have to many. Love looking through your site and signed up for your newsletter. Thank you for an enjoyable read.

Kathy Boice said...

I have one shirting fabric in my stash. That is one more than none and less than some. LOL midwayfarms@hughes.net

Ellee said...

Recently I've purchased some men's shirts for a quilt. They are 100% cotton with a good hand and were on clearance for a super price. I was so happy to find them because I haven't found shirting at any of my local quilt shops. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Anonymous said...

No, I don't think I do have any shirting in my stash. Could be interesting working with some though.
Lanie
remills at amtelecom dot net

Donna L. said...

I just purchased a mini 2 1/2 shirting charm pack (not sure if that is the correct name of the 2 1/2 little squares) & a few fat quarters when I went to Houston Quilt festival this year. I love to create small quilts and I am planning to use these on one of my patterns. I in just have to decide which ones to make first. I love nine patch & stars so I will probably make one of those 2 first. I love the old antique look of quilts with the reproduction fabrics and shirting fabrics.

Kathy said...

I do not have any shirting fabrics in my stash, but I have been wanting to try some in a quilt. I'm sure the patterns in your new book would be beautiful done with shirtings and some of my favorite Civil War reproduction fabrics. I can only imagine what fun this would be.

Helen L said...

One of your books is one of my first quilt books that I bought many years ago: and I think the projects in it still look wonderful!
And I LOVE shirtings: They have so many wonderful designs on them!! They are so fun. :-) I use them as background on my reproduction style quilts. Thanks for sharing on the blog hop. Hugs, H in Healdsburg

GranChris said...

I made a quilt years ago when shirtings were popular but I don't have any at the moment. Your quilt is wonderful.

Aunt TC said...

Yes, I have shirtings in my stash and keep buying them as I see them at my favorite local shop.

Lee said...

I have a small collection of shirtings I am hoping to make a quilt next year with them! thanks!

Anonymous said...

Yes I have a few shirting fabrics and want to gather a few more and then make a traditional nine-patch using up dark scraps. Would love to use a pattern from your book!! Thanks for the opportunity--

quiltindlj at yahoo dot com

LindaBee said...

I bought a bundle of shirting just because.... Now is see it would make a beautiful quilt with one of the reproduction fabric collections in a traditional pattern.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Looks like a fun book!

Donna Cutting said...

I just bought some shirting to make boxer shorts. Need to cut out a pair today and see how they turn out .
Great book. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Would love to use shirtings in a quilt but still a tad nervous as to how it would differ from regular quilting cotton. Will try to get the courage up soon! veeveebug@aol.com

Kay said...

I do have some shirtings & like to use them for background fabrics. I can always use more of them in my collection.

Dixie said...

Love the book idea! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I don't have shirts. But I have been saving Men's Ties, to make a Bow Tie quilt

wendy said...

I love shirting fabrics! One of these days I want to make a quilt of only shirting fabs. They are just very appealing to me. Thanks!

Rosa said...

I don't have any shirting in my stash or I`m not sure if there are any shirting fabrics.Thanks

Cathie Lanier said...

These blog hops are really fun. You just have to remember to check it every day. If I don't win a book, I will buy it. I can't wait to look at one. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jackie Thompson said...

I don't have any shirtings, though now I am intrigued!

Thanks!

Jackiethompson323(at)gmail.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love shirting. I have a few pieces in my stash and will use them when making a Civil War quilt. Thanks!

phegland said...

I have shirting fabrics. I made a bed size wonky star quilt with shirtings...my scraps have made two lap size quilts and have made cameo appearances in several other scrap quilts. My supply has dwindled...a shopping opportunity. They provide an interesting variation in texture and design.

Susan Griffith said...

I don't have any shirtings in my stash. Looks like a need to get some!

Anonymous said...

I have not used shirtings yet but have a box of my grandpa's shirts that I would like to use in a project somehow. I'll have to look back at all the comments to see how others are using them.
Carrie S

Eloise said...

Im sure I have shirting in my stash! I used to work in a quilt shop and have quite a stash.

Susan said...

I don't have any shirtings in my stash. My style runs more toward florals, but I'm always interested in trying new things!

MoeWest said...

I don't have any shirting in my stash. Thanks for the great giveaway.

quiltonia said...

I have a few shirtings from Jo Morton's lines.

Jan said...

Starting from scratch since I have started quilting. I used to sew reproduction, re-enacting clothes and used shirting material often. Threw away or donated all my scraps when I moved! I need some now that I have fallen in love with quilt making! Thanks!

Anne said...

Don't think I have any in my stash. Thanks for the giveaway.

Jacklynn said...

Thanks for the chance to win, this book looks great! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

rose haury said...

I mostly use shirtings for backgrounds.

Jessica said...

I do not have any shirtings in my stash. Actually, I don't really have a stash of fabric. I want to build one though.

Béa said...

I really love this quilt, thanks for the chance to win your fabrics.

Anonymous said...

I have a couple of fat quarters of shirting fabric but always undecided as to what to do with them!! Thank you for the chance to win!! DiAnn