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I may have set a record in amount of time to make a small wall hanging, but I’ve finally finished my Stardust quilt! This quilt is a small version (9 blocks) of the Stardust quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival. Several, several months ago, my aunt asked me to make a quilt to hang on the wall in her home. She gave me some size requirements and some colors she liked – golds, yellows, teals, browns. She loves flowers and nature. I didn’t really know of a lot of fabrics that fit those particular wishes until I saw Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line at Fall Quilt Market. I sent her a few design ideas from my new book and she told me to surprise her. Well….surprise!
Normally I like to take my quilts outside for photos in natural light, but since this is a gift and I absolutely did not want it to get dirty…and outside is covered in snow, mud and sludge…I decided to duct tape the quilt to the wall in our guest room for photos.
This quilt took me some time to put together, despite it’s small size. Since I knew this quilt would hang on a wall and people would probably look at it quite closely, I really worked hard to get things just perfect. I am so happy I took the time. These may be two of the harder blocks in the book but practice certainly makes perfect.
I wanted the design to pop and I also wanted this quilt to hang nicely (not too loosely), so I quilted a dense meandering design with thread to match the individual fabrics. I purchased Aurifil #2132, #4182, #2835, #1148 plus used the white I always use. This meant a lot of starting and stopping. I followed Amanda Jean’s great tutorial for burying knots during quilting.
I still need to attach a hanging sleeve, but this one will be off to it’s new home in the next week!
February 17, 2014 24 Comments
I have some very fun news to share with you today! Last December, just after Christmas, Katie, Lee and I received an email that was probably one of the most exciting things to land in my inbox in a very long time. Someone from Pottery Barn’s corporate office had seen Vintage Quilt Revival and wanted to know if we were interested in sharing our quilts in some local stores as an event. I think all three of us were in shock. Seriously, I thought maybe someone was pranking us! But it was true!
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share our quilts and ideas on design with a larger and potentially new-to-quilting audience. I really hope that if you live in the area, you will stop by. I also think this might be a great opportunity to introduce your friends to the world of quilting and handmade, in a familiar and comfortable atmosphere. Plus, the Chicago and Arlington events are serving wine – if that motivates anyone!
Lee and I will be sharing our quilts together in both the Chicago western suburbs and Milwaukee area on the following dates:
Pottery Barn, Downtown Naperville – Naperville, IL
Saturday, March 8th 4:00-5:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Oakbrook Center – Oak Brook, IL
Phone: 630. 572.3307
Saturday, March 22nd 1:00-3:00 pm
Pottery Barn, Mayfair Mall – Wauwatosa, WI
Katie will be sharing her quilts in Arlington, Virginia on the following date:
Pottery Barn, Market Common at Clarendon – Arlington, VA
I hope to see some of you there! And I’d love for you to spread the word if you know of anyone in our area.
February 13, 2014 51 Comments
This week Katie, Lee and I are hosting a fun little party to celebrate the release of Vintage Quilt Revival. If you are a regular visitor, you probably already know that our book is based on 20 classic quilt blocks. Each block is used not only in 3 different samplers, but in its own individual project as well.
This week, we’ve asked 20 awesome bloggers to share a block they created out of the book. In the last month, after they sewed they blocks, they mailed them back to us to combine into 3 special charity quilts. Katie, Lee and I will be sharing those on Friday.
I hope you will follow along and check out all the talented individuals who created blocks!
I hope you end the week feeling inspired!
January 13, 2014 6 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 35 Comments