Category — Modern Quilts
Today I’m very excited to share with you a new book by designer and author Lucie Summers, Quilt Improv: Incredible Quilts from Everyday Inspirations. Many of you probably know Lucie through her fabrics for Moda. I have a fair share of them in my stash and I’m constantly reaching for them when working on scrappy projects.
When I first opened Quilt Improv, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the photography. I have a very large library of quilting books. (Sort of a quilt book addict.) I think I can easily say, these are the most beautifully photographed quilts in my entire collection.
Seriously. If I could spell out what would make a perfect setting for quilt photos, I would probably say rustic barns…
historic looking stone walls…
And what is this? A truck full of flower bulbs? (LOVE!!)
I want to move into every picture! I honestly feel like this could be a coffee table book. Drool worthy.
Quilt Improv has directions for several improvisational techniques, referred to as The Building Blocks: Applique Circle, Basket Weave, Chain Pieced Strips, Chevrons, Crazy Triangles, Half Square Triangles, Log Cabins, Pieced Squares, Portholes, Quarter Circles, String Blocks and X Blocks; as well as 12 Quilts. Is is absolutely packed with information.
I decided to make a little project out of the book, and in the spirit of one of my New Year’s Resolutions, include one of my kids in the fun. I showed my 4 year old the project – Chain-Pieced Strips. I let him dig through my scrap tubs and lay out all the fabrics.
I trimmed them to size and sewed them together. It was actually a really fun project to work on together. He was so excited, he kept saying “I can’t believe I’m making my very own quilt!!”
I quilted and bound it and now it is a very special quilt for his stuffed panda.
Improv can be a little scary, but it’s also quite freeing and a great way to sew with kids.
Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour – some stops even have giveaways!
January 21, 2014 39 Comments
I hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing everyone’s blocks from the Vintage Quilt Revival Blog Hop over the last week. They all did such a great job and today Katie, Lee and I are happy to share with you the quilts we made from the 20 blocks. We didn’t really specify fabric styles or colors, so this was true challenge. Everyone mailed their blocks to Lee and she spent time mixing and matching them into 3 piles of coordinating blocks.
I received blocks that were centered around primary colors – Reds, blues, yellows, etc. I had seven blocks and played around with them on the floor of my sewing room until I had a layout I liked.
I sewed them into diagonal strips – 2 blocks/3 blocks/2 blocks. Then I improvisationally added a putty colored solid to the strips. Initially I did have “normal” corners on this quilt, but in a fit of creativity (or craziness? lol) I chopped them off to create angled corners. Since this quilt is toddler sized, I thought it made it a bit more whimsical and also called attention to the diagonal layout of the blocks. Plus, then the quilt was easily named by my daughter – “the quilt with all those corners.” lol
The back is a great print from Carrie Bloomston’s Collage fabric line. I didn’t have quite enough so I added a coordinating turquoise to the edges. The binding is a Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet print.
For the quilting, I did closely spaced wavy lines, at an angle. I talk a lot about wavy quilting on this blog, but just as a refresher – I use the running stitch on my machine (Bernina stitch #4), max out the width and set the length to 4.0. I use my walking foot while quilting. I used the edge of the blocks as my starting point for the first line, and after that just used the 1/4″ marking of my walking foot as a loose spacing guide.
As we said at the beginning of the week, these samplers are going to be donated to various charities. I haven’t decided where to send this one just yet. I was certain you all would have some ideas for me! It is baby/toddler sized. Feel free to leave your ideas (and websites if you have them) in the comments!
January 17, 2014 22 Comments
Today I’m spending the day getting ready to head to Wisconsin for the Menu of Modern event. I’m so excited, we are really going to have a good time. Hopefully many of you are also staying for Jacquie’s class Sunday. I really can’t wait!
I have a few little notes to share with you today. I’ve been busy working on a wall hanging quilt for my aunt. I’ve paired Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line with Lee’s Stardust pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival. I’m only doing 9 blocks for the wall hanging but I am seriously considering making a full sized one of these for myself.
I also wanted to mention that I am now offering one of my patterns in print (for the first time). If you’ve checked out my pattern shop, you’ve probably noticed my quilt patterns are digital PDF downloads. I really love that instant availability. But I know many people like printed patterns, so I wanted to branch out in that direction as well.
So far I only have one pattern printed – my Starfall pattern. But I do plan on printing up others as the year progresses, in order of their popularity. The patterns are full color booklets and ship (USA only right now) USPS First Class Mail.
If you are a shop owner and are interested in carrying this pattern in your store, please email me regarding wholesale orders.
And finally, I was excited to find out that Fat Quarter Shop has named Vintage Quilt Revival their Book of the Month. You can read more about it on their blog, but also it’s great because it means the book is 20% off in their shop all month long!
Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be back next week with pictures from the weekend event!
January 10, 2014 15 Comments
Image from Vintage Quilt Revival
Today is my last share from Vintage Quilt Revival. I’ve had so much fun posting about the quilts each week. I think it’s hard to buy a book sight unseen and hopefully by seeing the collection of all the projects, you can get a good idea of what’s inside.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, the book contains three samplers. These are the only projects Katie, Lee and I didn’t design months ahead of time. We did know that we would each do something different in regards to the fabrics and layout. Katie made her sampler in solids, Lee used a fabric collection and I made mine scrappy. Lee and Katie will talk about their samplers on their blogs next week.
I took loads of photos as I was working on this quilt, and I’m so happy I did so I can share some with you today! When I was pulling fabrics, I decided to go with a softer collection of colors. (Side note: I really have to say, Lizzy House makes the best blenders and you will see a lot of her fabrics mixed into this quilt.) I knew I was going to use white as my background all over.
If you’ve made a sampler (or any quilt really), you probably understand what I mean when I say that making blocks and watching them come together is pretty addictive.
I’d make a few and lay them out. Then get so excited that I’d make a few more.
And the more it grew, the faster I wanted to sew and finish. Once I had all 20 blocks finished, I was so, so happy with how it looked!
I decided early into making the blocks that my design would feature the blocks on point. But it took some thought to figure out just exactly how they would be laid out, and in the end, I decided to add additional blocks with pops of color. (Just a fun idea – wouldn’t those extra blocks also be cute with little wonky stars in the center instead of solid squares?)
I’m glad I took a photo just before basting, because as much as I enjoy a warm and crinkly quilt, I love the look of a smooth one as well.
And here’s the finished quilt from the book!
Image from Vintage Quilt Revival
A larger quilt perfect for cuddling!
I have a couple other fun things to share today. Sukie from Don’t You Know Who I Am is hosting a Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along beginning January 21st. She’ll be making 2 blocks a week. If you’ve ever thought about making a sampler or even just a few blocks for a different project, this would be a fun way to sew along with others.
And speaking of Sukie – she is also hosting Sewtopia, a big sewing retreat in Salt Lake City from Nov. 6-9, 2014. You can find out more information, including important registration dates, on the Sewtopia website!
One last thing and I promise I’m done! If you haven’t checked out our “official” book website, www.VintageQuiltRevival.com, be sure to click on over. We have some technical details about using the book CD, information for shop owners about potential classes, and any project/block errata that comes up. Happy sewing everyone!
January 3, 2014 33 Comments