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The Story of the Lowell Mill Girls Continues...

Introducing MILL WORKS by Nancy Rink

Marcus is pleased to present the MILL WORKS collection designed by Nancy Rink of Nancy Rink Designs, with historic swatches from the American Textile History Museum providing the inspiration.

MILL WORKS features a bright, cheerful color palette, echoing the spirit of the Industrial Revolution (1820-1870) in the U.S., and reflecting Nancy's ongoing interest in the subject of the Lowell Mill Girls.

The BOM quilt is divided into eight "chapters", with nine quilt blocks in a simply sashed on-point setting. A touch of appliqué and a stunning border stripe provide the perfect finishing touches. The 8-month program results in a gorgeous quilt, measuring approximately 93" x 93".

The MILL WORKS collection and BOM program continue to provide quilters with a unique glimpse into the rich textile history of Lowell, Massachusetts, telling the story of the Lowell Textile Factory system and its unique female work force, in an era fueled by innovations in textile manufacturing, printing, transportation and other areas.

The lives of these young women are also explored in the book Away From Home: Quilts Inspired by the Lowell Factory Girls. (Kansas City Star, 2012), which Nancy co-authored the book with her husband Oliver A. Rink, a professor of early American History at California State University, Bakersfield.


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