is back to discuss Prussian Blues in today's Flashback Friday series!
Prussian blue figures and rainbow stripes from about
Cotton dyers and calico printers had two natural blue
dyes to work with for much of the 19th century. Reliable indigo produced lovely
blues better for backgrounds than figures. Mills were able to print figures
like blue florals and geometrics or shaded stripes and plaids with Prussian
blue, a vivid blue mineral dye.
Rev. Nadal's Quilt from the Smithsonian Institution
Quilt lovers are most familiar with Prussian blue in
the details of Baltimore Album quilts from the 1840s and '50s when these
vibrant blues were also fashionable for women's dresses.
Today's reproduction quilt makers are always on the
lookout for a bright blue to echo mid-19th-century taste. Here are a few blue
prints from Fat Quarter Shop, including a couple from Barbara's Baltimore Blues collection.
We'll be back on Friday, January 13 with our next segment of Flashback Friday with Barbara Brackman!
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