Left Column Top to Bottom: Made by A Quilting Life – Sherri, Sew Take a Hike – Penny & Noodlehead – Anna Right Column Top to Bottom: I’m A Ginger Monkey – Katy, Don’t Call Me Betsy – Elizabeth & Happy Quilting – Melissa
I hope you enjoyed the Vintage Quilt Revival Blog + Instagram hop! Thanks so much to the hop participants, both for taking the time to make a block for our charity quilts, and also for sharing their thoughts on the book.
Whenever I make a charity quilt, I like to try something new. I had two goals with this quilt–sash the blocks in the low volume prints from Botanics, and combine the precision of a bold, traditional block with a bit of improv piecing. I would say mission accomplished!
Block made by Lily’s Quilts – Lynne
This quilt has gone through a number of iterations, both in fabric and in my head. At one point, everything was sashed in dark gray! My seam ripper and I became good friends during this project. In the end, I made two quilt tops, and I really am happy with how both of them came together. Last weekend I thought perhaps I could make two quilts–life got the best of me and instead, I made a reversible quilt!
Last Saturday at my trunk show, my friend Linda pointed out that none of my quilts had borders (not even my sashed sampler). I challenged myself to add borders to this quilt, and I did (after a fashion). Because I was working with only 6 blocks, the scrappy side borders added some needed width to this quilt, which ended up measuring about 44” x 48”. I also mixed up the normal grid just a bit–the bottom left block and the top right block only have sashing on the left and right. This creates kind of a fun alternating block design, and is easy to do.
I couldn’t be happier with how this side came out. Lynne’s block is bold and beautiful–I think that it “held its own” and remains the center of the show, even with the log cabin-esque prints surrounding it. If you have a test block, or a block that you love and want to highlight, or if you start making blocks and decide you are done after one, this is a really fun way to use the block to make a baby quilt. I combined Botanics, some pops of color echoing the block, and two different Dear Stella dots with her block, one of which is the Confetti Dot which I seem to be acquiring in a number of colors. It is bound in the gray Confetti Dot (and have you seen this great quilt by Holly using Confetti Dots?)
I quilted the quilt in straight-ish lines with my favorite light silvery gray thread–Aurifil 2024, and even mopped my floor so that I could baste it well. I think the key is in the basting–whenever I rush through basting quilts, the quilting suffers. I machine bound the quilt yesterday, and even in “super fast” mode, it turned out great!
Blog + Instagram Hop for Vintage Quilt Revival