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Thread: Anyone do reproduction fabric quilts? Need advice.

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    Question Anyone do reproduction fabric quilts? Need advice.

    Hello,

    I just recently discovered Civil war era reproduction fabric. I really want to make a quilt using that fabric for my husband since he is a history buff. My question is have any of you made quilts using these types of fabrics and if so did you use ALL reproduction fabric or mix and match? Basically, my thought is to use as much reproduction fabric as possible. The only fabric I would use that would be "mixed" is if I couldn't find a plain tan or beige color that I would need or similar. Just looking for advice here. Thanks so much!

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    If you go to Pinterest and type in civil war quilts you will see all kings of variations. They are absolutely beautiful.

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    I have made several quilts with 1930's reproduction fabrics. I am addicted to the them and have a really nice sized collection of fabrics. The only time I use non-reproduction fabrics is for sashing and it is a solid color, mostly white. I suppose other prints would play nicely with the 1930's but I haven't tried any yet. I love the civil war fabrics and may have to start collecting them.
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    I have used both 30's repros and civil war fabrics. I guess it depends on how authentic a look you are going for. For your husband's quilt, I would find a civil war era design (pattern) and use ALL civil war reproductions. You can add in something like natural colored muslin if you have to. I'm sure they had plenty of that back then.

    I have a wall quilt that I LOVE... 16 patches of civil war fabrics... but some of the fabrics are not CW, they just blended in well with the CWs so I used them. Now as I look at that quilt, those are the fabrics that bother me. I wish I had used all CW prints.
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    There is a difference between Civil War fabric and what is called reproduction (normally assumed from the 30s). When I am looking for ideas, I usually turn to Google:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=civi...iw=995&bih=614
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    Previously I when making a Civil War reproduction quilt I would only use Civil War reproduction fabric. I think I will now be less of a stickler as long as it fits well. Cost of fabric has gone up and I just can not justify getting CW reproduction fabric if I have something on hand that fits perfectly well.

    Under Ground Rail Road Quilt in a Day pattern and a California King quilt my own design.
    These 2 quilts were made using only civil War Reproduction prints.
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    Thanks so much for the input! I do want to try to use all reproduction fabric. Thanks for the muslin idea!

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    I got hooked on a cival war class and they supplied the fabric, I'm kind of a rebel because I like to mix and match my own fabric so I started going to the LQS and found lots of it. I love it, still do and that was after taking over 3 years of classes from the same women. Loved the woman who was very much into that time era and would tell us stores from it each class before we went over our blocks. Civil war fabric and be lots of designs but also plain fabrics and also fabric called shirt fabric is used.
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    if you want a beige, use muslin, they would have. I collect civil war fabrics and have made a few quilts with them, usually when you want a "plain" piece, that's where shirtings come in, they are light in color and have very minimal design. good luck

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    I recently got interested and am collected Civil War fabric also. Also been doing 1930's reproduction fabric with grandmother's flower garden pattern hand piecing and love doing it. For Civil War, I haven't decided on a pattern but I know that Barbara Brackman is an author and has many books on Civil War patterns along with some history in them. Recently signed up for her blog, so we'll see how that works. I too would be interested in any more pattern recommendations for Civil War fabric.

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    When I make a CW reproduction quilt, I'm a purist and want only reproductions from prior to around 1870 in there, with the exception of current muslins. Then that quilt becomes (for me) a record of the fabrics of that time.

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    I am working on a quilt with 1930's repros right now. I added some Moda solids in with the repros & I think I even grabbed one or two of the Downton Abbey fabrics (1920's repro). It's your quilt, make it what you want. If you want something that truly reflects a period piece quilt, then you want to stick with either repros or something very close to a repro. If you're just trying to make a beautiful quilt, there are plenty of examples of mixing old repros (including Civil War fabrics) with ultra modern fabrics & that looks really cool, too.

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    I have done a few quilt tops using Civil wars. For these I used only Civil wars and did not mix in other designs. such as batiks.

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