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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!

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Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along, Coming Soon!

Vintage Quilt Revival Block Along

Happy new year! I have an exciting announcement this morning: My friend Sukie of Don’t You Know Who I Am is hosting a Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along!

Sukie’s going to do all 20 blocks from Vintage Quilt Revival —she’ll be doing 2 blocks a week starting Jan. 21. You can make all the blocks for a sampler, make just one or two for a smaller project, or anything in between. There will be a linky party for each block, so you can link up your own version. There might even be some prizes in the offing. Knowing Sukie, probably several of them, in fact. : )

Sound like fun? Head over here to read more about it, grab a button, etc. Then buy your copy of the book, if you haven’t already!

Oh, and you really should know who Sukie is, if you don’t already, since she’s hosting what promises to be 2014’s most rockin’ sewing party/retreat. Sewtopia will be held Nov. 6-9, 2014, in Salt Lake City. My fingers are crossed that I’ll be able to make it! Click here for more details.

Have a wonderful 2014! Oh, and … Go Michigan State, 2014 Rose Bowl champions!! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.)