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Vintage Shirtings 1870-1925 by Sara Morgan for Blue Hill Fabrics
Between 1870 and 1925, quilters were fond of using white shirting fabrics for pieced quilts. The standard shirting prints were small, isolated figures on white or off-white backgrounds. During the decade of 1874-1884, Allen Printwork's line of shirtings were among the most popular. Quilters used black, muted red and medium blue on white grounds, with small geometric, floral and striped patterns. Around 1925, plain white cottons resumed their popularity and began to replace shirtings as a standard background fabric for pieced designs.