A year ago right now I was working on one of my favorite projects ever, and couldn’t share because it was a submission for an upcoming book. That book has just come out and I’m excited that I can finally share both the quilt and the book!
This book includes a brief history of 10 classic quilt blocks/designs (such as Bear Paw, Log Cabin, Nine Patch, Hexagons, Yo-yo’s, etc.) and then two quilt patterns for each, one traditional and one with a modern twist.
For the fabric, I pulled out my American Jane/Sandy Klop stash and put it to use! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’ve been a Sandy Klop fan for a while and have been hoarding her fabric for just the right thing. I finally decided this is it! The custom quilting on this quilt was done by Melissa Kelley of Sew Shabby quilting.
I love the monochromatic plates, but in the end, I think my favorite aspect is the scrappy pieced border. I’ve always wanted to do a border like this and love the way it finished the quilt. The border pieces are also made using the same dresden wedge block. (I used Darlene Zimmerman’s Easy Dresden ruler.)
The modern quilt partnered with mine is this deconstructed wedge quilt by Marci Warren Elmer. It’s fantastic! Isn’t it cool to see the variety of designs that can be made with the same template?
Quilting the New Classics includes a history as well as images of heirloom pieces in each of the 10 styles. The book includes templates for all of the patterns in the book, but many of the templates match up with the range of specialty EZ rulers and templates by Simplicity that are widely available.
Here’s a sample of some of the traditional styled quilts in the book. One the left is a traditional Double Wedding Ring quilt by Shelly Pagliai and on the right is a design inspired by traditional Flying Geese blocks by Jackie Kunkel
- Oct. 20 Michele Muska
- Oct. 21 Leslie Jenison
- Oct. 22 Janneken Smucker
- Oct. 23 Valerie Bothell
- Oct. 24 Kaari Meng
- Oct. 25 Elisa Sims Albury
- Oct. 26 Heather Jones
- Oct. 27 Victoria Findlay Wolfe
- Oct. 28 Amy Smart (you’re here!)
- Oct. 29 Jackie Kunkel
- Oct. 30 Pat Sloan
- Oct. 31 Shelly Pagliai
- Nov. 1st Allie Aller
- Nov. 2 Kristin Omdahl
- Nov. 3 Jacquie Gering