When I took my first quilting lessons in 1985, I chose blues and browns for my beginning sampler blocks colors and I tended to stay with the dark colors. I enjoyed learning the new world of traditional
quilt blocks and traditional is still a favorite. My quilting tendencies stayed on the dark side and soon
muslin wasn't getting it for me..........there needed to be a bit darker muslin for my tastes and that is
when I stumble upon the designs of a lady named Joan Vibert. Her work opened up the world of
I made tons of primitive dolls from this book with some still surviving. And being like a
stitcher on the prairie, I mostly stitched these by hand, including the bodies!
From then on I collected almost every book Joan Vibert had her name on and I still have them.
She had a little prairie girl character named Sarah Jane and I followed her faithfully.
I didn't dare throw away my copy that featured Joan's work and the work of her like minded primitive designers. I made a prim flag doll quilt like she did, of course tea dyeing those wickedly white muslins
to get the old and worn look I loved of hers.
they are still designing today. It wasn't long back then when a great book by these ladies was published, Snowbound, and even a first primitive fabric line only to be followed by many, many more lines. Can you say Linda Brannock and Jan Patek? How wonderful!
But when I look at my old prim books, it was Joan Vibert who first opened my eyes to crinkly, wrinkled, tea dyed fabrics and knot haired dolls of all sizes. I don't know if she was the first or the first of many to begin the primitive era, but it doesn't matter. I'm glad she/they did. Thanks, Joan Vibert.........for me, it all started with you!