Monday, November 18, 2013

Meet the "Vintage Quilt Revival" Quilts: Stardust

Stardust quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival
Happy Monday! Welcome to the first in a series of posts by Katie, Faith, and myself introducing you to the quilts from our new book, Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks (which should be hitting stores in the next few weeks!). Today I'm going to be showing you my Stardust quilt.

Vintage Quilt Revival: 20 Classic Blocks
But first, a little about how the book is set up: We give you instructions for making 20 traditional quilt blocks that we felt were ripe for rediscovery. The blocks range from simple to more advanced; some are foundation paper-pieced while others are not. (All paper-piecing patterns are on a CD that is included with the book, for easy printing!)

There is also a complete project pattern for each block, along with discussions of the simple strategies we used to modernize the designs. Finally, we've included three very different sampler quilt patterns that use all 20 blocks.

The result is a book with 22 quilt patterns to follow if you choose. But we hope this book will also provide you with all the tools you need to design your own unique, modern quilts using traditional blocks. For example, you could swap out a block used in one of the patterns for a different block from the book, or even one of your own choosing. Or just apply some of the design concepts we talk about to your own designs. I'm really proud of how flexible this book is!

Stardust quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival
My Stardust quilt is the only pattern in the book (other than the samplers) to use more than one of the 20 blocks. This quilt uses two paper-pieced blocks, Dakota Star and Riviera, to create a striking design all its own. I think it's a great example of how to use secondary patterns in a quilt—I love the way the lines of the blocks intersect to create a larger star.

Because of the complexity of the design, I decided solids were ideal for this quilt. I actually made sample blocks in a few different color palettes, including the one above, before settling on the color scheme you see in the book.

This quilt was the first one I made for the book—in fact, I made it almost two years ago, so that I could include it in our book proposal! As someone who is used to sharing almost everything I make, it was really difficult to keep this one under wraps for so long.

Stay tuned for more Vintage Quilt Revival quilts. Katie will be posting about hers on Wednesdays and Faith will be posting about her projects on Fridays. The three of us can't wait to show you!

35 comments:

Erin Quinn said...

It's absolutely beautiful! The citrusy colours the double pattern. Is lovely.
E xx

Vera said...

Sounds very interesting. Plus the quilt looks fab!

Ольга Т. said...

Прекрасная работа!

Kathy C said...

Love! I can't wait for your book!

Amy Friend said...

It's beautiful and I love the color scheme you settled on.

Georgi said...

All I can say is WOW! Love the patterns, the colors, the quilting ~ Gorgeous!

Debbie said...

Lovely! The book sounds great!

~Diana said...

I love this design, can't wait to see more!
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Elizabeth said...

A fabulous design. Looks smashing!!

Sandy said...

I am so very impressed by your Vintage Revival concept, and cannot wait to see all the quilts, and am looking forward to the book. I am very much a traditionalist, and I find the Modern Quilt movement utterly refreshing! The name of your blog is perfect, btw. Keep up the "fresh" work, and good luck with your book! I'm certain it will be a hit. Thanks for sharing - love, Sandy

Kim M said...

This is beautiful! I'm sure this is going to be a great book!

AnneMarie said...

Very nice! The book layout sounds really neat and unique. congrats!

Katie said...

Such a beauty -- I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the book

Hilary said...

Gorgeous quilt! I can't wait to get a copy of this book :)

annieb said...

Love the color combination of the quilt on the bed. Congratulations and good luck with the book!!

Needle little Balance said...

Such a pretty quilt! Can´t wait for the book! Do you have mostly paper pieced patterns in your book or other patterns, too?

Swedish Scrapper said...

Gorgeous! Love the colors and the concept of the book. I've got it on my list!

Sara said...

Love it Lee!!!

Kim Anness said...

I love this quilt & your book looks amazing!

chicken lover said...

Love this quilt, the book is definitely going on my christmas wish list.

hydeeannsews said...

oh, the quit is stunning! and the book sounds great. flexibility is a great feature.

Ginny said...

Beautiful! Love the citrus colors and the book is on my Christmas list!

Vicki Posten said...

Fantastic as always!!

quiltswithpersonality said...

Absolutely love it!! Looking forward to getting this book.

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Elsa said...

I'm so excited to be getting your book! Love this design and the colors used and that it's all done in solids. Just simply wonderful!

andrea @ tideline quilts said...

I cannot wait to get this book! I've pre-ordered it, and am counting the days! Love, love, love the quilts you're showing, what a fresh approach to blending traditional blocks with modern fabrics and layouts in a way that just makes me want to quilt from morning 'til night!!!!

Katy Cameron said...

Love the combination of blocks, they look like they were made to go together, and the colours are so lovely and fresh :o)

Kristy @ Quiet Play said...

Lovely quilt! Love it all in solids - really lets the piecing shine!

Kucki68 said...

OK, you have me, I love the quilt and the book is on my wishlist.

Leah said...

Beautiful quilt, and I like this idea for a book. Showing old blocks and new ways to put them together. Very clever.

Audrey Matlock said...

Lovely quilt and can't wait to get the book!!

ChristaQuilts said...

These colors are great - I can't wait to see more!

quirky granola girl said...

stunning!

Jenny said...

Beautiful quilt!!! So excited for you!

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