Meet the “Vintage Quilt Revival” Projects: New World Pouch


New World Pouch

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the layout of Vintage Quilt Revival

LeeFaith and I each chose 6 or 7 traditional quilt blocks and then designed a project around each of them, for a total of 20 blocks, 19 projects (Stardust uses  2 blocks), and 3 sampler quilt patterns.  Lee, Faith and I each wrote our own chapters, and divided up the various introductions. Although we each have our own voice, the transitions are smooth, so much so that a year later I couldn’t tell which sections I wrote!

Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks
Photo by Lee

While many of the projects are quilts, there are a few smaller projects as well. New World Pouch is a zipper pouch based on one of my favorite blocks, Mayflower.  This block is paper-pieced, and the book includes a cd with templates, as well as a paper-piecing primer.

VQR has a quick introduction and a few pages that cover tools and techniques (such as foundation paper piecing and sewing partial seams.) There is no “how to quilt” section, although there are projects that are suitable for a beginner (Spiced Chai is one of these).

The bulk of the book (approximately 130 pages) is divided into three sections: New Settings, New Color Approaches, and Re-Imagined Blocks. New World Pouch falls under the New Settings section.

New World Pouch Instructions

Each block has it’s own chapter and project; it also has it’s own design note and mini history lesson. I have to admit, the mini history lessons are one of my favorite parts of the book.

The 19 different chapters  provide 19 different design notes, or strategies, that can be applied to any traditional block. This chapter discusses drastically changing the size of a block, one of my favorite things to do with traditional quilt blocks. You can tell from this process shot that the blocks are pretty small! I used essex linen, and I suggest starching it with such small pieces.

New World Pouch 2

At the end of the book, we provide three different patterns for three different sampler quilts, all of which use the same blocks.

Finally, a quick word about making quilts from patterns–your own or someone else’s–it is always good to make a test block before you cut out the entire quilt. Perhaps you are more comfortable using bigger or smaller pieces of fabric when you paper piece, or maybe you will change your mind about the placement of color in your blocks. I have cut out an entire quilt and then had to improvise–always better to make a test block!
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6 Comments

  1. Jenn
    Posted December 4, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    So I preordered your book on Amazon back in February (or some time long ago) and I am SOOOO excited for it to come (it’s supposed to come earlier than expected, too, yay)! It’s been so great to see everyone’s projects. Your pouch is adorable!!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much (belatedly).

  2. Posted December 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    You gals did a fantastic job merging your three voices into one cohesive book. And I’m especially proud that you all quilted most of the quilts yourselves. Very inspiring!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much, Christa! Although I think if I wrote another book i would get a lot of them long armed. Takes some of the stress out of the equation!

  3. Posted December 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I ordered my book and can’t wait for it to arrive!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted December 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      I hope you have received the book and that you really enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by.

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