The day before Christmas this box showed up on my step after being on pre-order from Amazon forever. I posted this on Instagram. I couldn't figure out what I ordered that required such an enormous box. Amazon must have run out of small boxes by this point in the Christmas shipping chaos. Inside I was thrilled to find the Vintage Quilt Revival book I had been anxiously awaiting.
Many of you have likely heard of this book already. It's written by Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt, Faith from Fresh Lemons, and Lee from Freshly Pieced. I've met each of these talented women on several occasions and am continually impressed by their work. I had high expectations for this book considering what they have individually created in the past. I wasn't disappointed.
I love the idea behind this book. The authors demonstrate 20 traditional blocks with ideas and projects for each block. Three different samplers with the blocks are included at the end.
My very favorite quilt in the book is the Star Bright Quilt. It's on my list to make.
I also love the Cut Glass Baby Quilt.
So, now back to the title of this post. My quilting friend, Sukie is hosting a Vintage Quilt Revival Block-Along. Sukie will work through two blocks each week and post any tips or tricks on her blog in a weekly post starting Tuesday, January 21. There will be a link-up each week for those who have completed the blocks as well as a Flickr group. (You will need a copy of the book to participate as specific instructions aren't included on the sew-along posts).
I'm planning to participate. I figure I can do two blocks a week. Now, I have to decide on the fabrics. Super scrappy samplers are generally not my style. Because all the blocks are different, I need the fabric to be cohesive. Here are my thoughts for the project:
Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander-- I'm not sure if I'd use a white or a grey background on this one.
True Colors by Anna Maria Horner--I'd probably use a neutral linen background with this stack such as Yarn-Dyed Essex in Flax (my absolute favorite).
I have five yards of this print from Katie Jump Rope that I'd like to use as a backing. This is one of my favorite prints from this fantastic (and sadly very-hard-to-find) line. My final option is pulling colors from this print and making a more scrappy version of the quilt with oranges, neutrals and red.
Which option would you choose? I'm having a hard time deciding.