I had the pleasure of spending last weekend at a modern quilting event at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts with Lee Heinrich and Faith Jones, two of the authors of Vintage Quilt Revival. It was a pleasure to spend some time getting to know them and listening to them talk about their work and their first book.
It was especially lovely to see their quilts in person. Lee and Faith and I think Katie as well, are firmly rooted in tradition, but they have their own unique vision for putting a modern spin on tradition. They have explored color, settings and reimagining traditional blocks and the result is Vintage Quilt Revival.
These gals asked me to participate in their blog celebration and part of that was to make one of the blocks in the book. I'm not much of a block person, and I hardly ever do foundation paper piecing, but I plunged in willingly! I made the Red Cross block which is the block used in the Cross Point Quilt. I love a cross block!
Here is my version. I changed it up a bit by changing the background fabric in two of the sections of the block. I love how a little fabric change, altered the block by creating a secondary design in the center of the block.
All the blocks made by those of us participating in the blog hop will become charity quilts put together by the authors. I love that! I had fun making this block and stepping out of my comfort zone.
There are many lovely quilts in the book, most made using only one block. I especially enjoyed the section of the book where the authors explore different settings. My favorite quilt in the book is the Spiced Chai quilt which uses what the authors call the Tea Leaf block which is a version of the traditional Bear Paw block. I love the twist in the setting and these gals know how to use color.
Explore Vintage Quilt Revival for yourselves. Lee, Faith and Katie have shared a little quilt history, (which I really enjoyed) honored tradition, and explored ways to make traditional blocks modern.
Check out Lee and Faith and Katie 's blogs to see the charity quilts that have been made from all the talented folks that got their hands on this great book! Ask for Vintage Quilt Revival at your local quilt shop and don't forget to talk to your local librarian to add it to the quilt shelf at your library!