How Nana’s Pantry collection came to be.

Nana’s Pantry collection by Mama’s Cottons is our nod to 1930’s and 1940’s feedsack prints. Our Mama’s Cottons vintage reproduction collections have always been very popular and I feel are quite necessary to the world of quilting, so Nana’s Pantry is the latest installment of vintage reproductions for you to enjoy!

We have a nice selection of vintage fabric swatches and vintage quilts as well as vintage artwork in our archives and when it came time to develop this group it was especially fun to do.  I absolutely love vintage textiles.  I find them very special because they are very unique and often times one of a kind.  They have such charm and whimsy. I love imagery that is a throwback to the past, to a time long gone but very admired.  Below is the inspiration board of fabrics I chose.  What you see is what I had to work with, so that meant I needed to finish or create repeats where necessary, rescale when necessary, adjust composition slightly when necessary.

In a vintage reproduction group it is necessary to have a few things; 1) flowers, 2) dots, 3) ditsy geometrics.  Flower Sack is such a lovely floral, I love the hand drawn, ink and pen feel.  A floral like this would have been used in a variety of forms all those years ago, from printed feedsacks to printed cottons, rayon and linens for clothing.  Can’t you just see a Sunday dress made out of these?


Sugar Pearls was a necessary dot to include, it’s such a classic dot composition.  Such a great blender for the group. 


Penny Candy is polka dot meets flower.  Very fun and whimsical.  Saltwater Taffy is a great floral that epitomizes that “off registration” look that was deliberate and very popular with many prints in those days.  Whereas Confectioner’s Sugar is a great non-print print; a geometric/floral combo.


Choosing the palette was also especially fun to do.  It was quite deliberate that there be a wide range of colors and that this group didn’t have one color direction only.  I wanted soft, pale colors as well and mid-tones as well as fun, bright pops of color.  I thought that would help build a really great combination of projects and allow the user to pick and choose the color palette they wanted to use.

It was so exciting to see the quilts and items all sewn up and the variety of looks they had. 

Maamah’s Choice Quilt by Mari Martin is one of my favorites in this collection.  It just brings all the prints and colors together so nicely!  As does Double Pinwheels Quilt.

Welcome Sampler Wall Hanging by Bloom Creek is just perfect done up in this collection, great colors, great piecing, great applique!

Tiny Tots Quilt by Kristin Gassaway is such a great quilt, I love how this utilizes a cooler color palette.  It can be for a baby boy or girl for that matter!

And Jams & Jellies Table Runner by Mari Martin is so fun and colorful!

I hope you find this collection as fun as I do!


  1. shannon - November 12, 2013

    love this collection. it straddles the 1930’s and 40’s. can’t pick a fave,….penny candy is adorable but so is salt water taffy…lots of opportunity to use the turquoise/red combo that is so popular now!! really love the tiny tots and the double pinwheels kits….argggghh…too much choice LOL!

  2. Mary Bowman - November 12, 2013

    I lone the 1930 line, so cheerful.

  3. Amanda Best - November 12, 2013

    I love it, too! One of my favorite recent collections. It is on my Christmas wish list!

  4. Carol P. - November 12, 2013

    I love vintage fabrics and vintage quilts!

  5. Betty - November 13, 2013

    I love the vintage feel of this collection!

  6. Pam - November 13, 2013

    I ? ? ? all things 30’s and 40’s. I and several of my good pals all have 30’s themed kitchens, it is always fun to see a new line and dream about what we will make for ourselves and each other.

  7. Karen - November 13, 2013

    Love, love, love these fabrics.

  8. Cecilia - November 13, 2013

    I love these 30’s fabrics. I have put them on my wish list. Thanks for telling us the process of designing your collection.

  9. Jenni - November 14, 2013

    I am so happy you all are loving this collection as much as I do!!

  10. Joyce Mitchell - November 15, 2013

    I love your new collection – so pretty.

  11. Jenni - November 18, 2013

    Thank you Joyce!!