Monday, December 30, 2013

Meet the "Vintage Quilt Revival" Quilts: Twinkle Mini

Here's a quick, fun little project from Vintage Quilt Revival—my Twinkle Mini Quilt.

twinkle modern mini quilt
If you've been following my blog for a while, you know "wonky" quilts don't come naturally to me. I've done a few of them recently anyway, and while I'm starting to get better at it, I don't think it will ever be my first choice in block-piecing styles. But when Faith, Katie and I sat down to design the quilts for Vintage Quilt Revival, we felt like we would be remiss if we didn't include at least one wonky take on traditional quilt blocks. The Gee's Bend quilts have been so influential in the modern quilting community, and I'm a huge admirer of those quilts, so it seemed like no "modern spin on traditional" book would be complete without it.

So I broke out of my comfort zone to make this little mini, using the traditional Dove at the Window block. Because star blocks just beg to be made wonky, don't they? Wonkiness seems to give them extra twinkle. If you're like me and are uncomfortable with wonkiness, I've got some tips in the "Design Notes" section of this chapter for dealing with your fear.

twinkle modern mini quilt
I finished it off with some concentric circle quilting that spiraled outward from the center. Love the look, but this was the quilt that made me vow never to do this kind of quilting on anything larger than this. LOL.

And don't forget, my After-Christmas Pattern Sale is going on until January 1! All PDF patterns are $4.99 right now. Click here to shop. Have a happy 2014!


charlotte said...

Love it and I agree...the quilting is amazing but tough on a larger quilt. Amanda Jean did one and I knew she was crazy. lol

Nicole said...

Kudos to you for going out of your comfort zone! It looks great!

Regina said...

I've done the concentric spiral on a few throw quilts -but not that tight. Looks AMAZING.

Debbie said...

Another one of my book faves! said...

So cute... and I love the quilting. I can not imagine keeping my lines accurate one anything bigger than a mini quilt.

Katy Cameron said...

Perfect table centre piece :o) I've just asked my bee to embrace wonky and improv for my January block, and there's a been a few wobbles lol

Willit Neverend said...

Love the blocks, love the colours, love the quilting! This is so cute.

ChristaQuilts said...

I think you did "wonky" very well with this piece!

Julie Johnson said...

I really like wonky & haven't had a chance to do it myself yet. I can't wait!! This is lovely & I also love the concentric circle quilting. I wanted to do this very same quilting on something recently, but didn't. Bravo! Julie of

Michele said...

I haven't tried to make anything wonky yet but when I do, hopefully this coming year, I will keep your thoughts in mind and start with something small.

OPQuilt said...

I received your book just before Christmas, but it wasn't until last night that I was able to take a long time reading and enjoying the fruits of your labors (and of your co-authors). This is an excellent book with lots of good tips, bits of history, and strong designs for modern quilters to grab onto and make. I enjoyed reading the whole thing! Congratulations on a fine publication--I hope it does really well!

Happy New Year--

Sarah said...

Wonky doesn't come naturally to me either. Yesterday I scrap pieced a cushion cover. Whilst it does look great I found it really challenging. It stretched my brain to work out what scraps to join where, when they hadn't been cut to exact size. So much a pattern follower and exact size cutter am I!

diane said...

Those stars in these colors are just so festive and pretty

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