Vintage Quilt Revival blog hop

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It’s been a while since we’ve talked quilting books here, so I hope you don’t mind me taking the time today to talk about Vintage Quilt Revival, a beautiful new book written by Katie Clark Blakesley, Lee Heinrich and Faith Jones. I’ve been reading each of their blogs for a long time now, dare I say from the beginning?, so I already knew that a book written by any one of them would be something I’d enjoy reading – but a book from all three of them is a real bonus. The book they’ve put together is nice and substantial, and starts right off with page after page of gorgeous quilts made from 20 traditional blocks, and even includes three different layouts for sampler quilts.

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(a favorite!)

I love how they’ve each taken various classic blocks and used colors and different layouts to create a series of very modern quilts. But as much as I love seeing the modern look of these quilts, I appreciate that they take the time to provide a mini history lesson for each block.

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As part of this blog hop, we were each asked to select and make one of the blocks from the book. As you can imagine, it was a hard decision! In the end I went for the Dakota Star block – I haven’t done much paper piecing, so I thought it would be a fun challenge to select a block that used that technique.

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And I’m so happy to report that it was pretty painless! Though I hope you’ll learn from my little mistake – do make note when a scant 1/4″ is called for! I failed to do so on my first attempt, and after finishing the block up (and congratulating myself for successful paper piecing!), I measured it and was sad to discover that it wasn’t close enough to the 12 1/2″ it should have been.

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Redo! And success.

You can follow the rest of the blog hop below. Be sure to check Katie, Lee & Faith’s blogs on the last day of the hop to see the charity quilts they’ve made using the blocks we each made!

January 13th (Monday):
Crazy Mom Quilts – Amanda Jean
Don’t Call Me Betsy – Elizabeth
Film in the Fridge – Ashley
Happy Quilting – Melissa
Noodlehead – Anna

January 14th (Tuesday):
I’m A Ginger Monkey – Katy
Quilting Is My Therapy – Angela
A Quilting Life – Sherri
Sew Mama Sew – Kristin
Tall Grass Prairie Studio – Jacquie

January 15th (Wednesday):
Christa Quilts – Christa
Diary of a Quilter – Amy
Quilting Gallery – Michele
Sew Take a Hike – Penny
V and Co. – Vanessa
West Coast Crafty – Susan

January 16th (Thursday):
Bijou Lovely – Holly
Don’t You Know Who I Am – Sukie
Lily’s Quilts – Lynne
One Shabby Chick – Amber

January 17th (Friday):
Swim, Bike, Quilt – Katie
Freshly Pieced – Lee
Fresh Lemons Quilts – Faith

You can find Vintage Quilt Revival on Amazon or on the Interweave store. Also be sure to check the Vintage Quilt Revival page for other important information, including technical help and errata.

 *book links are Amazon affiliate links

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8 Responses to Vintage Quilt Revival blog hop

  1. 1

    What a super job on that block! I should do more paperpiecing myself so this could be a good way to get it going. You did a great job as a tester!

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  2. 2
    Sarah says:

    Love this book. Just got my copy last week and I can’t stop looking at it. Your Dakota Stars are beautiful!

  3. 3
    Lisa McGriff says:

    I absolutely love your first sample block. I hope you will continue with it and make it into a lovely pillow! Beautiful!

  4. 4
    Faith says:

    I love (both!) your blocks Ashley! Thank you so much for taking the time to make a block for our charity quilts. :)

  5. 5

    Thanks for being a part of the blog hop! I’m pretty much a #1 fan of your work. Happy sewing!

  6. 6

    Thanks for the reminder about the scant 1/4 inch; tackling the blocks in this book is going to be my first journey into paper piecing, so I can use all the help that I can get. I really like that combo of yellow and red and the way the prints play off each other in your block. And that mosaic quilt is one of my favorites (if not my most favorite) in the book too :-)

  7. 7
    Nessa says:

    Thanks for such great details – I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the pages too!

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    Marianne says:

    Looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing.

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