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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!

36 replies
  1. Sandy
    Sandy says:

    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

  2. Nina John
    Nina John says:

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  3. andrea @ tideline quilts
    andrea @ tideline quilts says:

    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!!!!

  4. jodydeschenes
    jodydeschenes says:

    incredible. i love when people have the vision to see the secondary patterns and beyond…i know that's one of the whole points of quilting, but not everyone does or can do it (like me) (: it's like playing good chess, i think, being able to see a few moves out (:


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