A recent visit to one of my local quilt shops resulted in some New Orleans-flavored stash enhancement. The Quilted Owl specializes in reproduction fabrics and they had just gotten a shipment of these drool-worthy fabrics!
The line is called New Orleans 1850 and was produced by Newcastle Fabrics. There are other colors available - I just succumbed to the purple. You can view the entire line on the Newcastle website.
During the decade before the Civil War, New Orleans was often called the Queen City of the South. The economy was bustling and the social and cultural life of the city were flourishing. For a glimpse of what household life was like for well-to-do families, check out the pictures from the 1850 House Museum.
I haven't decided what I'll make with my New Orleans 1850 fabrics yet. Since February is a purple month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilters, maybe inspiration will strike soon!