Reproduction fabrics of 1750-1950
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Frequently Asked Questions

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General Info

G-1. Do you have a catalog?
We have a brochure that lists some of our products. Our online catalog is the best place to see our fabrics. Being online, we can quickly change our catalog as new fabrics arrive -- they can be "beamed" up the day they come in the door!
G2. What is the weight of the fabrics?
Everything is 'blouse weight' unless noted.
G-3. Are the fabric pictures the same size as the fabric?

We use several standard size images. The actual size of the fabric in our standard pictures is 1.75" x 2" .There are some exceptions to the standard size - a few of the fabrics in our indigos, wovens, and sale areas. It may appear as a different size on your screen depending on the pixel specifications of your monitor.

On those images where you can click on the picture for a larger image, the size is 4" x 4". If the larger size is different from the standard 4" x 4" we state the size and whether the picture has been scaled down or reduced to fit on the webpage.

G-4. What is the fiber content of the fabrics you carry?
Almost all of our fabrics are 100% cotton; the remaining fabrics are either silk or a cotton/linen mix and are noted on the webpage they are on.
G-5. What is the width of fabric?
The standard width of our fabrics is 45"; any exceptions are noted.
G-6. You use the abbreviation "c." a lot. What does it mean?
"c." is the abbreviation for circa - meaning about or an approximation of the year.
G-7. How does date the fabrics? or know which time period they represent?

We spend an enormous amount of time researching fabrics used in quilts and garments. This includes extensive library research on textiles, print and dye technology development, visiting museums all over the US, and viewing private and public textile collections. We also own a collection of vintage fabrics (vintage = actual fabric from the past). Margo is currently doing research in economic history with emphasis on the cotton textile industry.

Knowing all this, we shop the fabric markets and select fabrics that we think were typical of certain time periods.

G-8. Do you give out customer information to anyone?
No. We respect your privacy & do not give our customer information to anyone.
G-9. Can I get fabric samples?

There are several options. You can:

  1. purchase sample sets of specific fabric collections.
  2. If it is a case of being undecided on several fabrics, we can send you 3-5 samples for free.
G-10. How can I tell the darker colors apart?

The stock numbers actually contain a color code. The last letter character in the stock number indicates the dominant color (sometimes background, sometimes foreground). Example: PN13G => G for green.

The color code is:

  • A - black
  • B - blue
  • C - cream
  • D - gold
  • E - beige
  • F - taupe
  • G - green
  • H - peach
  • J - orange/rust
  • L - lilac
  • M - madder
  • N - navy
  • P - pink
  • Q - aqua/teal
  • R - red
  • S - silver/gray
  • T - tan
  • W - brown
  • X - burgundy
  • Y - yellow
  • Z - white
G-11. What is your policy on returns?
We do not accept returns on cut fabric (including sale fabric), patterns, or books. The only exception is if we overlooked a flaw in the fabric. When this happens, call us at 507-664-1447.
G-12. Do you have a storefront open to the public?

Our hours open to the public are 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.Wed-Sat (CST) ; other hours by appointment (507-664-1447). Our servers work 24 hours a day! We are located at 105 E Fourth Street, Suite 205, Northfield, MN 55057 USA.

If you are vacationing, we are 50 miles South of Miineaoplis just off of Interstate 35W; just take Exit 69.


O-1. What is your minimum yardage cut?
Our minimum cut is 1/2 yard. We do have some quarters available in our Sale & Closeout shelf and occasionally in some of our collections.
0-2. How long should it take to receive my order?
We normally ship within 48 hours of receiving your order. In the U.S., Priority Mail and UPS take 3-7 business days to reach their destination. Overseas shipments are highly variable depending on the country and method of shipping. The carriers used are the U.S. Postal Service and United Parcel Service (UPS). If faster service is requested, Federal Express or UPS 2nd day air may be used; additional shipping charges will apply. Fedex and UPS cannot be be shipped to a P.O. Box address.
O-3. Can I order by just an email note without using your Shopping Basket?
Yes, if call us with the credit card number. Just list the items wanted and quantities, along with your name, address, and and phone number.
The "cookie" is just a means of temporarily storing the information of what's in your shopping basket. What actually happens when you activate the cart, is that our server sends your computer a temp ID number and then all items you order are assigned to that ID #. There is no other information in the "cookie" other than your temp shopping basket ID.
O-5. What are your shipping charges?
Click here for a pop-up window of shipping charts. For very small orders we may ship at a lower cost.
O-6. How do I redeem a gift certificate?
In checkout, there is a window for comments. Just tell us to apply gift certificate number XXX to the order.
O-7. What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express credit cards. We also take checks and money orders but do not cut fabric until receiving the payment; international money orders must be in U.S. dollars.
O-8. How secure is our credit card infomation?
Your payment and personal information is always safe. Our Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.