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Sampler Quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival


We’re winding down the “Meet the Vintage Quilt Revival” series—I hope you all have enjoyed the projects! Today I’m sharing my sampler quilt from Vintage Quilt Revival.

Photos from Vintage Quilt Revival

Along with one project for each of the 20 blocks in the book, the book features three sampler quilts that use all the blocks. Faith made her sampler blocks scrappy (you can see that quilt here), Katie did her blocks in solids (that’s the cover quilt, and I think she’ll be posting about it on Wednesday), and I made my sampler from a single fabric line—Madrona Road by Violet Craft. This was a nice call-back to our original Summer Sampler Series Quilt-Along, in which we also made samplers that were scrappy, solid, and from a single line.

But here’s what’s really interesting: Somewhere between the Summer Sampler Series and the release of this book, fabric choices like “scrappy” or “solids” or “single line” became far less important to all three of us authors. Clearly, what sets our three samplers apart from each other is not just the fabric, but the way we chose to set the blocks. I think it’s a great encapsulation of the quilting journeys all three of us authors have been on, and shows how our design priorities have shifted in the past two years.

Faith set her blocks on point, which gives them a whole different look and movement. Katie sashed hers. And I liked the controlled chaos of putting my blocks all together, without sashing. This layout essentially takes 20 different blocks and turns them into one design. I completed the design with a wide border that really acts more as a background than a border, and gives the design a little needed calmness. A colorful, scrappy binding finishes it all off.

And let’s not forget one final important element of this quilt—the spectacular quilting by Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful. I’m a huge fan of Jenny’s work (she’s the woman who brought you the Quick Curve ruler and all the gorgeous patterns that go with it), and she knocked it out of the park on this quilt. Each block is quilted in a unique and beautiful way, and it brings so much to the design.

If you would like to see this quilt in person, it will be on display at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, as part of their “Modern Perspectives” exhibit, which opens Friday and runs through April 6. I have two other quilts in that exhibit as well (Spin It Again from Vintage Quilt Revival and my Diamond Tread quilt), and there are many other beautiful modern works there too. Some of Denyse Schmidt‘s quilts will be joining the exhibit in February. It’s not to be missed if you’re in the area!

22 replies
  1. Sara
    Sara says:

    I like the scrambled look of yours, but I also like quilts where the blocks are set on point. Decisions,decisions. Jenny Pedigo has the most beautiful quilting designs and patience doesn't she?! I did her Metro Rings pattern recently.

  2. Sarah Marie
    Sarah Marie says:

    Simply stunning! It's fascinating how each of you used the same blocks to create very different quilts. All three are fabulous and I can't wait to see the book in person ~

  3. Elsa
    Elsa says:

    Love this quilt so much and so glad I got the book ~ haven't had the time to really study it yet (the book) ~ looking forward to making something from it soon!

  4. andrea @ tideline quilts
    andrea @ tideline quilts says:

    I love, love, love this quilt. Think the blocks look spectacular without sashing, and the colorways are fantastic. Magnificent quilting – WOW! The overall impression is breathtaking. I am so glad I have the book, and P.S. the CD with all the paper piecing templates is a brilliant idea! – you've inspired me to try one of these myself. I am blown away…

  5. Cathy
    Cathy says:

    I'm not what I consider a Modern Quilter. I usually go very tradition and use reproduction fabrics. But when I saw this book I fell in love with blocks, quilts and projects. I am going to join in the fun. Hugs

  6. Karen Nason
    Karen Nason says:

    The colors are so pretty, and the quilting really sets it off. I like your description of "controlled chaos" for putting the blocks together without sashing. I have this book in my Amazon cart already.

  7. Jodie Zollinger
    Jodie Zollinger says:

    Amazing! I really want that book now!! I love the quilting on it!!! And I love the Modern Vintage look! Always loved your website but don't really consider myself a modern quilter, though I do appreciate it as an art (Quilt Art) so I love this!!


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