Oh happy day! Today I get to finally share a quilt with you from Vintage Quilt Revival! Hopefully you stopped over at Lee and Katie’s blogs this week to check out their first shares as well. Lee did a great job explaining the set up of the book too.
This quilt is called the Geometric Slide. It’s a great pattern for beginners and also uses a lot of negative space to showcase the design. I always thought it would be cool to see this with a bold focal print in place of the white, and have the neutral be the pieced areas. If someone ends up making one like that, I’d love to see it!
It’s so fun to now have the chance to show you these quilts that we designed two years ago. That’s pretty hard to believe, it’s a long time to keep things under wraps. Part of the book proposal process included having all the projects mocked up and writing sample chapters. (I’ll be sharing my quilt from my sample chapter later on).
I think this block also looks great with a scrappy background.
A little story about making this quilt (if you are squeamish don’t ready this). This was the last one I made before shipping all my quilts off to Interweave for the book. I remember being a bit stressed out, trying to get everything done. I woke up really early to start sewing, sat down at my machine…and promptly sewed right through my finger. First stitch of the day! My family was so freaked out they made me to get a tetanus shot. So that’s my story about how literally blood, sweat and tears went into writing this book.
I hope you enjoyed this first week of quilt sharing. Can’t wait to share another project with you next Friday!
This is the last “official” week of the Lighthouse Quilt Along, but do not worry if you are still working on piecing your blocks. I know I posted at a quick pace in order to have the information available to everyone as needed. I hope you have enjoyed making your blocks, maybe learning something new about design, color, calculating fabric requirements or paper piecing.
Today we are going to focus on sewing your blocks together to make your quilt top. This is really very simple. I lay my quilt blocks out on the floor or a design wall. (Let’s be honest, usually the floor.) I start at the top and sew the blocks together row by row. The most important thing for me involves pressing the seams.
I like to press my seams in alternating directions per row. For example, I will press all my seams in the first row to the right. Then I will press all my seams in the second row to the left. Then continue, right – left – right – left. These alternating pressed seams become “locked” together when you sew your rows to each other, forming the finished quilt top.
And that’s it! Finish your quilt as usual. I’d love to see pictures of your completed Lighthouse Quilts (or quilt tops), so feel free to post links in the comments as you finish your projects!
Last week I finally finished my Arkansas Traveler quilt top! I went outside at the end of the week to take a picture of it…and it blew RIGHT into a puddle of melted snow. So I let it dry over the weekend and tried again today. Lots of wind though, so I wasn’t able to get it completely flat but I think you get the picture. I have some special piecing planned for the back and I need to order a bit more of the blue fabric, but I really can’t wait to finish this one up.
Something else fun beginning this week, Lee, Katie and I are going to start sharing the projects from Vintage Quilt Revival. Lee will be posting a project every Monday, Katie every Wednesday and I will post every Friday. I hope you enjoy seeing everything from the book! Be sure to check out Lee’s blog today for the very first project unveiling. (Which uses the blocks shown above in a truly beautiful way.)
A bit of eye candy for you this Friday! There have been a few bundles coming in over the last several weeks. One collection that I didn’t even know existed until Quilt Market was Anna Maria Horner’s True Colors. These are blenders designed by Anna Maria, made to coordinate with her fabrics. Which I love. So I had to buy these, really I had no choice!
I can’t wait to start working with them. I already have the quilt planned and ready – I’m just waiting for my neutral to arrive in the mail and then I will be off and cutting.
Below you’ll see Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics. I bought this fat quarter set at Quilt Market and am already planning on ordering more. I love how she worked a little gold into some of the prints. Yardage will be available in December.
I was also lucky enough to receive a fat eighth set of Oakshott Cottons in the Lakes colorway. (Thanks Oakshott!) I loved working with these fabrics the first time around on my Nightshade quilt. They have such a great sheen. Aren’t the blues pretty?
You can find many of these fabrics at my sponsors. Botanics yardage is coming soon, but some shops do have precuts and preordering available.
I Don’t Do Dishes
The Intrepid Thread
Stash Modern Fabric