An early childhood memory of mine is of our cream and green kitchen. This lovely soft colour scheme was replaced in the 60s by a much brighter colour scheme. Every cupboard door (and there were many) was painted alternating colours of hot pink, aqua, yellow and red. We thought it was fab.
It is understandable following the decades of the depression era and World War 2, that bright colours became popular as the world celebrated peace and prosperity.
During the Great Depression quilters turned to soft, pretty colours to use in their quilts. There was a multitude of patterned fabrics to choose from. These dainty prints were more often than not offset with bleached calico and a solid colour. Nile green was a favoured choice. In the book ‘Quilt Designs from the Thirties’ by Sara Nephew,
Nephew states ‘Many of the colours of this period are pastels or softened colours. Most common among these are ‘thirties green’, pink, lavender, a buttery yellow, a light blue or blue green, and soft brown or tan. Popular solids also included a strong burgundy, a bright, clear red and a bright clear blue’.
If you have the chance to buy reproduction or vintage fabric in these shades, don’t hesitate. It is invaluable in reproducing quilts with the look of this era.
I love working with both vintage and reproduction fabrics from the 30s and 40s and look forward to sharing future posts on All Things Thirties.
Happy Making, Janette
My Grammys kitchen was of the green with the off white trim. The picture of the cabinet sent me to Grammys for a bit. 🙂 lovely memories.
Eileen Donnelly said:
I do love the Thirties quilts, and these are beautiful.
Yes, the thirties quilts are always so pretty and fresh. I know you have made lots out of your feed sack fabrics too!
Thank you for visiting.
oh! the memories. Love your Missouri Daisy quilt
Thank you for your kind comment. The Missouri Daisy was fun to make and is still one of my favourite quilts. Happy Quilting, Janette.
Janette, I’m wondering if you have a favorite set of 30’s reproduction fabrics? What I mean is, have you found one manufacturer/designer that has “truer” reproductions than others?
I love most of the 30s fabrics, but I think Judie Rothermel’s Aunt Grace’s designs are very authentic. I think these were one of the first reproduction thirties fabric lines. I also like to include older fabrics in my quilts. I am an avid op shopper and have found some great pieces over the years. I like to include ginghams, shirting stripes, and solids in my quilts which all help to create an old, new quilt.
Thanks very much. There are so many these days that I didn’t know what to choose from………..so I didn’t choose any! You’ve unleashed me on Aunt Grace. Much appreciated!