Monday, September 7, 2015

Mostly Manor


I've been sharing so much about my Gradparents, Elda and Leo, this past year, sharing joyful memories that lured me to make the large number of double wedding ring quilts (over 50, now) that have been traveling around. 

That is the basis of all my creative work. Finding joy everyday,  in nostalgia through Grandmas creative eyes and my own.  Parts of my home reflect colors, patterns and sometimes, (more than sometimes) objects that were in my grandparents home.  

(Even my cabin reflects this, with lamps from my grandparents home, vintage quilts, bark cloth curtains, and vintage furniture) 

Nice lamps, right? 

The Wolfe family home, as many of our homes are, span a range of decor dates. MOSTLY,  1940's through 1970's, eras that I just love. Dresses from the 40's line my closet, with vases, furniture, and cosy polyester quilts dot the rooms of my home. 

When I make a quilt, I look at my stash, and I see that I am not picky in what I put together. Modern geometrics, flirty vintage prints, retro bold flowers, reproductions, stripes, brights, solids and maybe even a few batiks, line my shelves, and for me, no fabric is off limits.  

I pull fabrics for quilts by thinking, what would my grandmother do? 
What colors will I find in her double knit quilts?
What prints make me think of her housecoats, she wore everyday? 
What fabrics remind me of fun times in the southern Minnesota river town? 

I find I even select backing fabrics that feel like flowery wallpaper that was on the walls (and even the linoleum floors) of their home. 

I also notice my stash is probably 25 years old! (How old is yours?)

I have many fabrics I've collected over the years, and all of it.... goes into my quilts. 

Their home, Their MANOR, with my happy memories is what keeps me inspired each day. 

And where I MOSTLY get my inspiration...

Flowers from their garden, striped seersucker dresses, feedsacks, retro furniture fabrics, geometric artworks... All of these styles from the Wolfe family home, you will find in my quilts. 

...And in my my new fabric line.

(My neighbors here in NYC!)  *Love that they are local. 

You'll be seeing sneak peaks of the line, in the next month. I'm anxious to share with you! 

Can't show you yet...  Blur, blur, blur... But almost...

...ships to stores in January.  


  1. what a fabulous inspiration for your collection! Look forward to seeing it.

  2. Woo hoo!! What a fun line!
    Oh yea - 25 years old too.

  3. Wow, I am so happy for you! Your own line! With a great company! Congratulations! Can't wait!!

  4. My stash is over 40 years old...and a motley collection it is. No rhyme nor reason for my purchases, except pure love. I believe your new line will fit right in.

  5. Congrats that's so awesome! Do you know if there will be precuts available? If so, we'll be sure to carry them in our precut store :-)

  6. Ooo I can't wait! Thanks for sharing your inspiration!

  7. Congrats! Can't wait to see the fabrics!

  8. How fun!! I love all the quirky things of Midwest summer cabins and deer camps! and I imagine your fabric will reflect every bit of those sleeping porches and wintery wonderlands. Can't wait!

  9. Congratulations! So colorful! And oh dear... your collection might bring back memories for me, was a teenager in the 70's and was really into it then, the clothes (see so many things I wore in the stores right now!) , my room....... looking forward to it!

  10. Congratulations!!! Your debut fabric line looks wonderful and there's going to definitely be some in my stash when it becomes available next year.

  11. Excited to see these story filled fabrics!

  12. Wonderful news! I'm eager to see it.

  13. I'm so excited! I can't wait to see it!!

  14. Excited for the release. Sounds like we have a lot in common (plus we are both tall and wear our hair really short). Congratulations.

  15. looks great !! wow ! love love love !!!

  16. Hooray for you! I hope you'll bring a sneak peek to Bainbridge in November.

  17. Looking forward to your "sneak peeks" during the next month.

  18. Congratulations. Looking forward to see it!

  19. what a wonderful secret. i cannot wait!

  20. Yaaaaaaay!!! I'm sure your colors will knock our socks off!

  21. Ooh, ooh, ooh!!! Loving the look of this range........can't wait!! (Clever girl!)

  22. Welcome to the Marcus Family! Hope to meet you soon.

  23. Ok I'm like a little kid waiting in anticipation of seeing the new line of fabric!


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