While poking around for info on these fabrics, I discovered a book that I think is going on my wish list: Conversational Prints: Decorative Fabrics of the 1950s by Joy Shih
Here's a look back at some other blog posts of quilts I've repaired that I now realize have some very fun conversation prints:
There are conversation prints in my first quilt, which has fabrics from clothes my Mom and I made during the 1950s-70s.
The following print is very near and dear to my heart. My Mom made me a blouse with this Egyptian print fabric because by the time I was about 10, I'd gotten really interested in archaeology, particularly inspired by the mysteries of ancient Egypt. I ended up studying archaeology in college. I still haven't made it to Egypt. All my college excavation experience was Illinois. And I didn't become an archaeologist, but I remain fascinated by ancient times and by the excitement of excavation.
I bought this little child-size pillow case at an estate sale as a source of aged white fabric. Now I realize that it has a cute conversation print edging.
Here's another hexagons quilt, 1930s-40s, with a fun elephant print, cats in bloomers, and anchors and sailing ships.
This quilt has just a few triangles of a kids at play fabric. I love that era where girls wore hairbows as big as their faces! I have some photos of my mom dressed that way.
Here's a conversation print, upper right, in an Attic Windows quilt, dated 1959.
This mid-century Bow Tie quilt has a William Tell apple print! And a kitchen utensils print.
I highlighted conversation prints in this Double 4-Patch quilt, straw-wrapped wine bottles, and especially the hysterical ears of corn.
This Spools quilt, dated 1965, has a print with large insects!
I bought a duster at an estate sale, specifically because of this fabric homage to Van Gogh.
Here's another large, representational print - cats!
I can see that conversation prints are going to be a fun topic for a long time to come!