Monday, December 16, 2013

Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilts: Dancing Squares

It's time to meet another one of the quilts from Vintage Quilt Revival. Today let's check out my Dancing Squares quilt.

Modern quilts often use huge expanses of negative space (a look I personally love!). But that's not the only way to use negative space. This quilt is a great example of how to use small bits of negative space to bring a whole new twist to a classic block design.

It may not look like it, but Dancing Squares is entirely made up of a single traditional block—Rolling Squares, which is a variation on a Rolling Stones block. In every alternating block, I just dropped out the color in strategic places to change the way the blocks interact with each other. It's a different approach to negative space than just adding large stretches of it to an asymmetrical design. But it's a fun approach that can get you some really interesting results!

Shipping update: Amazon still isn't shipping (I cannot imagine why), but you can easily get the book at Barnes and Noble and Walmart. It's also available in my shop, as well as Katie's and Faith's. If you're in a hurry or need the book by Christmas, I suggest any of those outlets over Amazon!


  1. They gave me an expected delivery date of the 31st from Amazon. I don't mind. As long as I get it!

    I ADORE the colors in this bright and like a garden! The backing fabric looks like a Joel Dewberry print at first glance.

  2. Stop teasing me! You know I can't get my mitts on your fabby book until next year!! Maybe I should emigrate ... hmmmmm :)

  3. This is such a beautiful quilt, Lee! It is really neat how eliminating color in just one place can really give the quilt an entirely different feel.

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  4. The colors and design of this one are fantastic, and the straight line quilting was a perfect choice! In fact one of my favorite aspects of this book is that you gals quilted most of them yourselves :-)

  5. Love the idea of playing with patterns by arranging the contrasting colours differently from one block to the next

  6. So clever! And I have to say I love the little shoes in the first photo. LOL! This book may have jumped into my amazon cart with the kids christmas gifts. I'm in love with all of your patterns in it! Congrats again. :)

  7. Beautiful. I just love how a single block (traditional or new and modern) can be so interesting when used in multiples. That's a big part of how I design.

  8. Looks very modern, stylish, and in general I like

  9. I really really need this book now! But Amazon aren't selling it until April, I think, in the U.K. so I am going to have to wait. I wish one of you three lived here in England then I could buy it now. You guys have done an amazing job with this book Lee.

  10. Wow, your quilt is so great, I love the colors! I like how you can play with negative space to really change a design and this is such a great example of that. Thank you for sharing! Time to go investigate this book...

  11. I love how the innovation of just dropping color out strategically brought such a new look to a traditional block.


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