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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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