This week we are looking at a book that I have been avoiding for quite some time. When Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks by Katie Clark Blakesley, Lee Heinrich, and Faith Jones first came out, I honestly didn’t see any reason to own it. Don’t get me wrong, I love classic blocks. I love the idea of making them in fresh new fabrics. I didn’t think I needed a book for inspiration. (A bit full of myself maybe?) Then, last week during my weekly Barnes & Noble visit with Careful Carolyn (who, by the way, doesn’t agree with my nickname for her) and Amazing Amy, I picked up a copy to browse while we talked and drank coffee (or Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade). Yeah, I now own this book. (Below is the Amazon Associate link that provides me with a tiny bit of money to pay for hostage and domain registration fees.)
This book is beautiful! The quilts in it are beautiful. The writing is beautiful. I don’t think the choice of the sampler quilt for the cover really conveys what the book is about. The sampler quilt looks like any traditional sampler quilt, just made in modern colors and solids. That is not what this book is about. If you go to Amazon and look at the additional pictures, you will get a better idea. (After all, it was not until I actually looked at the book that I realized I had to have it.)
After the Introduction and Tools and Techniques sections, the book is divided into four main sections dealing with different ways to use classic blocks: New Settings, New Color Approaches, Re-Imagined Blocks, and Sampler Quilts. The final sections of the book are Template Pattern List, Bibliography, About the Authors and Index. There is also a CD in the back of the book with printable template patterns.
Not all of the projects are quilts, but the majority of them are. My favorite (I think) is the Sugar Snow Quilt. Maybe if my hands get a lot better or I get to be an expert machine quilter I will actually make this quilt. It has a lot of open space to quilt in though so one of those two things would have to happen.
Can you tell how much I like this book? I’m a big fan. (I am apparently becoming a bigger and bigger fan of modern quilts also. Who’d have thought it? Or as we used to say in my family growing up “Who’d a thunk it?”)