Yesterday a friend and I spent four hours going through two boxes of old fabric scraps and quilt blocks...one box was mine and one was hers! We marveled at some of the fabrics we found that we remembered as having been reproduced. First photo is from a log cabin quilt top that I am thrilled to own! Sixty-four blocks of gorgeous fabrics in very good condition! When I bought the top, I thought there had been a repair as I recognized the fabric design. Well, when they are side by side, one can see the difference! The old fabric seems to have a glaze. The new fabric I think might have been made by Concord (someone correct me if they know otherwise!). The repro has a navy ground instead of teal; the large red motif is similar but not exact; the old fabric has tiny flowers in pink and blue and two shades of green in the leaves, but the new one has only pink flowers with leaves in one shade only, rather dun-colored I would say.
Now that you can see a whole block, check out the construction technique. It is a "regular" log cabin block with the contrasting lights and darks adjacent to each other. But it is Made like a Courthouse Step block with the logs added opposite each other! Interesting.............Instead of adding two lights or two darks on each round, the maker added one light and then one dark opposite. Anyone else ever notice this log cabin contruction technique before?
On the right below is a reproduction stripe by Judy Roche and Corienne Kramer from the Peddlar's Pack line. I lined it up with the original from a quilt fragment on the left. Check out the other early fabrics!
Now we have a reproduction stripe done several years ago by Virginia Robertson lined up with its antique counterpart! Stripes are the same size; colors are quite similar. The new fabric feels wonderful but the old fabric feels a bit stiff and is thin; however, the colors are still great!
The red centers in this quilt appear to be a fine linen and aren't quite as bright as the photo portrays.