What is Indigo you might ask?  According to the Oxford dictionary;


noun (plural indigos or indigoes)

1.  a tropical plant of the pea family, which was formerly widely cultivated as a source of dark blue dye.

Genus Indigofera, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular I. tinctoria

2.   [mass noun] the dark blue dye obtained from the indigo plant.

a colour between blue and violet in the spectrum:

the deepest indigo of the horizon


When I  think of indigo in terms of textiles, quilts immediately come to mind.   Thoughts of old fashioned quilts drying on the clothesline, quaint fabric fortresses fashioned by little ones on a rainy afternoon or picnicking upon in the park nostalgic style quilts.  Quilts from simpler times.


Country Home Magazine


Indigo has such a complicated dyeing process yet the colour scheme traditionally used in these quilts is exceedingly simple, often only two colours….blue and white.  And although these style quilts became popular centuries ago they still maintain their popularity today for both collecting and recreating.



Photobucket ~ Laurie Simpson


Thankfully we have designers like Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson who are still reproducing these wonderful fabrics today.  For those with a love for Indigo you’ll be happy to know they’ve  just recently introduced a fabric line called “Indigo Crossing” which they partially describe as “Freshly laundered and smelling of lavender, an indigo and white quilt is true comfort.”


Indigo Crossing Newsletter


Minick & Simpson aren’t the only ones with a love for Indigo.  We came across this charming “Midwest Crossings” quilt  created by Jennifer Overstreet.  Jennifer is both a talented quilter and blogger who was  generous enough to provide a tutorial at Moda Bake Shop where she is a regular contributor.  The tutorial for “Midwest Crossings” can be found here and while your at it be sure to check out Jennifer’s blog over at the Colorful Life of gh quilting.


Midwest Crossings


Fabric requirements for this quilt are as follows and can be found at JellyRollShop.

 1 Indigo Crossings Fat Quarter Bundle or 40 fat quarters.

 3 yards of Bella White

3 1/2 yards for the border and binding of Indigo Crossing by Minick & Simpson for Moda.


Midwest Crossing quilt diagram


 Start stitching your heirloom today!