Monday, January 13, 2014

vintage quilt revival blog tour

Today I'm happy to be part of the blog hop for a lovely book called Vintage Quilt Revival. It's written by 3 talented ladies: Katie of Swim, Bike, Quilt, Lee of Freshly Pieced and Faith at Fresh Lemons Quilts. The book features 20 traditional blocks and shows multiple ways in which you can use them, including 3 different sampler quilts. It's fun to see each sampler quilt and how it reflects the style of it's maker. Most of the projects are paper pieced, but not all of them are. (If you are like me, you might breathe a little sigh of relief!) I've found that the instructions are spot on and easy to follow.
Each participant on the blog hop was asked to choose a block to sew up. Katie, Lee and Faith collected the blocks and will be sewing them together to make 3 charity quilts. I love that idea!
I made the classic dove in the window block, but I put a little scrappy twist on my block, of course! It was very fun to sew up. I could see doing an entire quilt of these.
I also decided that I wanted to sew up a project from the book. I took a stab at the rainbow mosaic pillow. I don't paper piece often, but it's nice to revisit the technique from time to time. (It seems that I need to 're-learn' it each time.) This was challenging for me! I got a little frustrated (precision is NOT my middle name!) but it was a good lesson in perseverance. I'm glad I tackled the project and in a few days I'll probably like it a lot. :) A little bonus, I worked from the scrap baskets, so this is scrap project #46/101.

Be sure to check out all the other stops on the blog hop:

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

Happy Monday to you!


Lisa said...

I love your pillow! I think it is perfect!

Sharon said...

The mosaic window block is beautiful! Great work

karen said...

The pillow is amazing!

Snowcatcher said...

Definitely putting this on my wishlist. I love your scrappy take on the dove block!

Lee said...

Love your block and I REALLY love your pillow, Amanda! : ) I'm impressed that you took a stab at that one if paper-piecing isn't your thang. LOL. But it looks great!! Thanks for doing our blog hop!

the momma said...

Love the pillow!
I am SO glad to hear that you aren't a huge paper-piecing fan. I have put in almost 60 hours already on my current quilt (paper pieced) and I honestly haven't enjoyed it all that much; the paper piecing seems so tedious to me. And sadly, somehow, my blocks still aren't perfect - which was the whole reason I thought PP would be worth it... grrr
Anyways, you are my 'quilting mentor' so if YOU don't like PP, I guess it's ok that I don't either ;-)

Anna said...

love the block and the pillow Amanda Jean! :) Hope you're having a happy sunny day!

Smultronbo said...

I love that scrappy twist on the block and adore the pillow. Really nice fabric choices as well as the white in there. So fresh. Early spring item maybe? ;) Take care and thanks for sharing. Its cold -10c and a little snow here finally. Hows the weather like over there?

Tennjenny said...

those blue scraps look teeeeeny! Love your pillow, it is so fresh. Not fresh in the street parlance, or like your mom says don't be fresh, but like a breath of fresh air.

Hollie @ Just a Mom who Sews said...

The pillow is beautiful!! Looks wonderful. Paper piecing scares me too. Maybe I will be brave later this year and try it.

Vera said...

Great pillow and lovely block.

legato1958 said...

Your pillow is gorgeous! And I love your Dove at the Window block, too.
Very inspiring to me!


Faith Jones said...

Your pillow turned out awesome!! I love that you made it even though you aren't crazy (haha) about paper piecing. Thank you so much for making a block for our charity quilts! xox

ChristaQuilts said...

I just love that you added your own bit of scrappiness to your block. That is so you!!

The pillow's pretty darn awesome too :-)

I can't wait for the final reveal to see how the blog hops blocks all look together. So fun!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Sweet projects! I love the idea of using the blocks for charity! I already own this book and am so lucky to be in the DCMQG with Katie!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Love you scrappy interpretation! This is a great book, isn't it?

Michelle said...

Oh I love to paper piece. Your block is wonderful. I like that you put your own spin on it. :-)

sarah elizabeth :: {no} hats said...

A little lesson in perseverance from time to time never hurts :o) Love your scrappy take on the block!

Sara said...

Cute pillow!! I think that is one of my faves from the book:)

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

Thanks so much for being part of the blog hop, Amanda Jean! I made a darker version of this pillow but yours makes me want to make another one. It's beautiful.

Patch the Giraffe said...

Just love your color selection for the pillow. Your work is inspirational :)

One English Teacher said...

The pillow looks great, and I really like the colors that you chose for your block.

Schulz Family said...

I love the scrappy twist on the dove window. What a great way to update an old block

Andrew said...

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I hope there is an update article, and I can subscribe via email
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Suzanne said...

Really like the AJ Touch on the first block and the fact that the ladies are making charity quilts with the blocks.

SewingKaren22 said...

Super cute pillow!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Great block...I love your scrappy addition and your pillow looks gorgeous!

elizabeth said...

i love the block and the pillow is amazing! I wanted to say congrats on your book being featured in Burdastyle magazine! :) so happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Your projects are beautiful, and I have to compliment your persistence on the pillow. I really don't like paper-piecing. I'll do things three times harder, if need be, to avoid it!

Shirley said...

I LOVE LOVE that cushion!!!! Is there somewhere I can get the pattern please?

Annalia said...

Those are beautiful! I think it's so funny that your quilt block is the exact color scheme as the pattern. Tee hee. :) Nice job!
I've been browsing at that book on it's nice to get more info.

Diane Swett said...

That block is so you Amanda :)

Doris said...

Yeah, another scrap project! Love the idea of this book, hope to see it in person one of these days.