William Morris Rock Star?


Are you crazy about the fabric designs of William Morris? I am, and have been  since their introduction to my quilting world about 20 years ago. His classic and yet innovative designs are as popular today as they were in the late 19th century.

Morris lived from 1834-1896. He was a leading  English textile designer, artist, writer, and political figure of  his time. He was one of the founders of the English Arts & Crafts movement.  The Arts & Crafts movement  stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms and often applied medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration. It was essentially anti-industrial.

The fabric designs of William Morris reflect many of the these elements, combining folk art with elegant medieval illuminated-style designs all in one fabric. The colors reflect nature while at the same time use rich, deep burgundies, golds, and silver. It is no wonder that these timeless designs are so popular, still.

What would  William Morris think about today’s quilters? I think he would approve of us. That is unless he attended a quilt show. Can you imagine how he would be mobbed? I can picture  quilters screaming and  throwing their fat quarters at him. Why, he would be a regular rock star!



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And I would be the first to throw myself at him!! I am sure he would be happy with us all as we are following his philosophy on life – we are creating and enjoying what we create. One of my favourite Morris quotes….”History has remembered the kings and warriors because they destroyed, Art has remembered the people because they created”. Long live the amazing designs of William Morris (He has certainly changed my quilting life!)