Vintage and Reproduction Fabrics Make the Old New Again

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MaryRay Mary Ray, contributor
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A vintage log cabin quilt top from the 1930s shows off some of the popular fabrics of that era.
Some reproduction fabrics from the “Aunt Grace” collection by Marcus
Brothers, look as though they’re straight great grandma’s stash.
A vintage log cabin quilt top from the 1930s shows off some of the popular fabrics of that era.

A vintage log cabin quilt top from the 1930s shows off some of the popular fabrics of that era.

Photo: Mary Ray

Basic methods of printing have not really changed much. Screen printing, a method significant in commercial fabric production, dates back centuries. Roller printing, also widely used commercially because it’s an extremely high-speed process, was first developed in England in the late 1700s. Innovations have been made in these methods over the years, but the basic processes are the same.

So, if you’re in love with anything vintage, add fabric to your list. Check out some antique shops, or go on ebay. Some prints of the past definitely look like they’re from another era. But, many from the more recent past – depression era, for example – have a modern feel, and I think can blend right in with today’s designs.
Many fabric designers and producers are on this vintage bandwagon and offer some great reproductions. I found designs from almost every period at Reproduction Fabrics and check out Repro Depot, and Sharon's Antiques-Vintage Fabrics as well.

Whether you want to replicate a quilt from the past or mix and match the old and the new – you can find fabric to make your project work.

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