I’m back today to share another quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival, the Rosy Windows Quilt. When I was designing projects for the book, I spent a lot of time thinking about inspiration. I kept coming back to the 2011 Infinite Variety: Three Centuries of Red and White Quilts exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum in New York City. I really, really loved the red and white quilts.
I decided to take that idea and put my own spin on it. Inspired by the red and white, I designed this quilt using two shades of “red” – or my idea of “red”. I then incorporated little punches of additional color at the center of each block. It ended up being one of my favorites.
This block is also *not* paper pieced (probably some of you are cheering)! So this is a great project for beginners.
I hope those of you that preordered the book on Amazon have noticed that it is now “In Stock” in the US and Canada! I have received several messages from those of you that preordered (and regular ordered) that shipping notices have started going out. So that is maybe a little Christmas miracle.
Katie, Lee and I are going to take next week off from sharing book quilts and will be back following Christmas with the last few projects! I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing everything so far. I am keeping a Pinterest board with all the project posts in one place if you’d like to see them all together.
Have a Merry Christmas everyone and thank you so much for your support over the last year. It means so much to me!
December 20, 2013 30 Comments
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
Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving for my American readers! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed some time off with your families. I’m sure many of you are out shopping today – maybe even you’ve been up since midnight. But for those spending time at home today, I’m very happy to share my next quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival with you, the Star Bright Quilt.
But before I get to the quilt, something really, really exciting arrived on my doorstep Tuesday afternoon. My copies of the book! And this is awesome news because it means the books are all in the warehouse here in the United States now and being shipped out to retailers. So you should start seeing it soon in shops and if you ordered it online already, chances are you will be getting it sooner than expected! Woohoo!
I also have a few copies available in my shop ready to ship. Those are signed by all 3 of us authors. If you happened to purchase a copy from somewhere else, you can get signed bookplates in my shop as well (The $1 cost for those just covers the shipping and paypal fees).
Back to today’s quilt share! This the my Star Bright quilt and definitely one of my favorites. Maybe because it combines a few of my favorite things: paper piecing, stars and fabrics from Anna Maria Horner.
It’s lap sized and quilted with straight lines.
I’m not sure if I mentioned this in my last post, but something I love about this book is that many of the projects use 12″ x 12″ finished blocks. This makes the quilt patterns really flexible. If you like a layout, but want to switch out the blocks, it’s really easy. Just pick one (or more) of the other 19 blocks in the book (or another block you happen to know and love). Make your blocks and plug them into the pattern.
I was motivated last week to do a bit of Christmas sewing for the house. I used the block from this quilt to make a new pillow for my couch.
I did some light free motion meandering quilting in the negative space and then assembled using Katie’s invisible zipper tutorial that I love so much.
I think it matches the Christmas quilt I made last year quite well!
November 29, 2013 15 Comments