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Freeflow Quilt


Somehow I’ve accumulated a pile of finished quilts that I haven’t yet shown you here! That’s got to be a first in the three-plus years I’ve been blogging.

Anyway, let’s start with this one, which I’m now calling the Freeflow Quilt. It’s a variation on a quilt from my book, Vintage Quilt Revival.
One of the things I love love love about this quilt is that it demonstrates the flexibility of the patterns in the book. I used the Geometric Slide pattern—here is Faith’s original Geometric Slide quilt from the book. Faith’s quilt uses the Double Z block:
Photo from Vintage Quilt Revival
But as you can see, it’s really easy to mix-and-match blocks in many of the Vintage Quilt Revival patterns. Instead of using the Double Z block, I tried it with the Geometric Star. I love how it gives the design a whole different dynamic! I wouldn’t mind giving the pattern a whirl with some of the other blocks as well.
This quilt was beautifully quilted for me by Anne Books, who owns the Material Matters quilt shop in Thiensville, Wisc. I’m terrible when it comes to deciding how to quilt a quilt, so I gave Anne free range. She thought the blocks looked a little like box kites or even boats in the water, so she quilted it to give the effect of an object being pulled through water. I love the way it takes these blocks, which are all straight lines and angles, and gives it more of that flowy feel. And of course, she added some yummy bubbles and swirls throughout the negative space. Thank you, Anne, you did an amazing job!

I used all solids in this quilt, to highlight the complex piecing and keep the design crisp and clean. I used Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Orange, and the following Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman: Graphite, Azure, Ultra White, Valentine, Butter, and Cactus. The binding is Party Streamer in Dahlia by Alison Glass, from her Sun Print collection. It’s a great binding print!So if you have Vintage Quilt Revival, I encourage you to take a look at the book and see how you might want to mix and match some of the blocks and patterns. You could even swap in some other 12.5″ block that’s not in the book. So many possibilities! And if you come up with a great design from that, be sure to share it with the #vintagequiltrevival hashtag!

36 replies
  1. Susan S.
    Susan S. says:

    Love your version of this fabulous design. I really like how the blocks float and blend into each other so well that it's hard to tell where one finishes and the next one starts. Genius! (And the quilting is spectacular too.)

  2. genie
    genie says:

    Lee…I adore the book. It is a real treasure. I am up to 14 blocks completed, but 4 of them came out a bit undersized. I do not have a clue what I did, but it is ok. I will figure out something.I love your free flow quilt. You girls are sososoo talented. Thanks for getting me to try something I did not ever think I would be able to do.

  3. Kelly Feltault
    Kelly Feltault says:

    Love the quilting, got the feeling of wind and moving water even before I read your description. excellent when the quilt can convey those messages on its own. –Cultural Crossings Handmade


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