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Between snowball fights, taking the kids ice skating, preschool holiday programs and baking cookies, I managed to finish something this week! (I know, pretty amazing). A couple of weeks ago I shared this photo…
I decided to make four blocks from a pattern in Elizabeth Dackson’s Becoming a Confident Quilter book and turn them into a mini quilt. Not too mini, as the blocks are 17″ squares. I paired the Oakshott Cottons with some linen. Because I wanted to keep things interesting, I made one block with the Essex Linen black background.
I really love these colors. They remind me of the Amish community. For the backing I used strips of additional Oakshotts and Essex linen. I quilted this with straight lines, that radiate in a “V” shape on each side. It was my first time quilting this pattern, so I am trying not to be overly critical of myself. I did get better as I went.
I also wanted the binding to blend with the front, so I matched the binding color to the background color in each block.
It was great working with Oakshotts again. I know they are a bit pricey but they are definitely something special. Elizabeth’s pattern was also wonderful. Perfect for beginners on up and I love the modern-traditional look of the design.
Update! You can find Oakshott cottons in the US at Contemporary Cloth.
December 18, 2013 25 Comments
Image from Vintage Quilt Revival
Today I’m sharing my fourth quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival, the Cosmos Baby Quilt. This quilt has a special place in my heart because it is the first quilt I made for the book. In fact, I made it about 2 years ago when Lee, Katie and I were writing the proposal in preparation for submitting it to Interweave. We each wanted to include not only a sample chapter but also a finished project. (Plus all the designs for the rest of the quilts in the book).
This star is actually an unnamed vintage block (more details in the book), but I started affectionately calling it “the original wonky star”. I love that it has the styling of piecing you see in the Modern Quilting movement, but it’s really quite old. This block is a great skill builder, using both paper piecing and partial seams. (I hope that doesn’t scare anyone away! It’s really not hard at all.) I quilted it with wavy lines using running stitch on my machine (Bernina stitch #4) and max out the width and set the length to 4.0. I used my walking foot while quilting.
Image from Vintage Quilt Revival
It’s been fun to watch the book pop up on Instagram and online. I’ve shipped out several but still have more available in my shop! You can also find it now shipping from Lee, Katie, The Intrepid Thread, Fat Quarter Shop, Barnes and Noble, Walmart. STILL waiting on Amazon to ship and list theirs. Oh! And we just heard from the first person that saw the book in a real life shop, on a display stand! So that’s exciting.
I hope you all are having a wonderful time getting ready for the holiday season. I’ll check in again next week!
December 13, 2013 26 Comments
Today I’m sharing my third project from Vintage Quilt Revival, the Cross Point Quilt.
This quilt is loosely inspired by medallion quilts, with the design focus being on the center of the quilt. The blocks are placed on point.
For the quilting, I decided to quilt pebbles in the grey area and free motion meander in the white area. I won’t lie, the pebbles took a long time! I did a corner a day over a 4 day period.
I just really love this block. Here’s a scrappy version I made during testing. It is a paper pieced block.
The last week has been pretty exciting, watching the book pop up here and there. Besides being available in my shop, you can also find it now shipping from Lee, Katie, Fat Quarter Shop, The Intrepid Thread, Barnes and Noble, Walmart…not sure what’s taking Amazon so long but it’s still listed as a “pre-order” there.
So that’s it! Three shares down, three to go! I can’t wait to show you the rest!
December 6, 2013 19 Comments
I’m home from a Thanksgiving trip to Ohio, trying to get back into the swing of things. (Always a struggle with kids I think!) While I was in Cincinnati, I made my usual stop in at Sewn Studio. I just love that shop. This is owner Julie – she is just great. The picture above is part of their ribbon collection. It’s so beautiful.
Today I spent the morning cleaning my disaster of a sewing room. I have a hard time working in a mess and it had gotten way out of control. Now that I have a tidy space, I’ve cut into my Oakshott Cottons.
I choose a pattern from Elizabeth Dackson’s Becoming a Confident Quilter and paired the Oakshotts with some Essex Linen.
I think I’m going to make about four of these blocks and turn them into a mini quilt. The blocks are larger (17-1/2″ unfinished). I love the classic look!
December 4, 2013 13 Comments