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You Can Make a Reproduction Family Tree Quilt! posted: 1/24/2006
by Hallye Bone Printable Page
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Mary Koval, renowned vintage textiles dealer and fabric designer for Windham Fabrics, has come up with an exciting new collection of fabric—“Family Tree.” Using designs found on the Wister Family Quilt, dated and presented in 1842, Mary felt that today’s quilter would like to make a family tree. So, she adapted the early 1800’s prints for today’s quilter. The original quilt was a type of sampler made by a Quaker family using fabrics of mellow brown, pink and green surrounding an inked family tree. Each name was written in a one inch circle on branches of the tree.

When she found this quilt, Mary was excited and saw her own family’s names in the spots on the quilt. She quickly made a prototype that bears those names. One of the “Family Tree” fabrics from Windham is a replica of the original Wister family’s ancestral line, with blank circles for your own relatives.

Mary’s booth at quilt shows is enticing to fabric lovers. She and husband Joe, an auctioneer, save only the most exceptional quilts and sell the best quilts available. Using her own quilts, she has written books like “Blue and White” and “Favorite 30’s Quilts Inspired by Grandma Buddy.”

Talented and versatile, she began to design fabrics for Windham. “I’m an artist, but I can’t draw.” She works closely with a stylist who “reads my mind.” Mary’s creativity comes into play as she pours through her quilts and antique fabrics for just the right coordinates, leaf or vine design.

Windham Fabrics for Quilt Shops Only saw potential in Mary’s large quilt collection. Her other collections of fabrics have documented America’s history in fabric. “Family Tree” continues to show her love of vintage textiles and her wish for quilters to enjoy these treasures. What fun you too can have with this unique fabric, using an indelible ink pen, creating an heirloom that echoes your past.

For further information, contact Mary at:
For fabric information, Windham Fabrics website:

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