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.
I was asked to create a Dresden Plate quilt using the traditional Dresden style.
This is the full version of my quilt. Dresden Plate patterns are made with a wedge-shaped block that is so versatile. (Like this Pinwheel version.) I kept this quilt fairly traditional in design, but made it a little more contemporary by making each ‘plate’ monochromatic.
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
As an example of another modern version of a traditional quilt, here’s this deconstructed Rail Fence quilt by Heather Jones.
The contributors to this book are some of the most recognizable in the quilting world. I just returned from Quilt Market in Houston (trade show for the quilting industry) and attended a book signing for this book. Here I am, looking and feeling like Forrest Gump, amid a group of living quilting legends. I felt not worthy. Many of them are talking about their own contributions to this book over last and this week. Here are links to their sites. Some are even giving away copies of the book!
- 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
Because of the variety of styles featured, the gorgeous information included, and the beautiful photography, Quilting the New Classics would make a great gift to any quilter. It was an honor to be a contributor.
Do you have a favorite traditional quilt style that you love to recreate and/or have always wanted to make, but needed a little inspiration? This may be a good book for you too! It sure was a good motivation for me to finally make something that had been on my quilting-bucket list for a long time.