Of course I needed to make them a quilt for this occasion. I searched my Pinterest pins, quilting magazines, blogs and books for the perfect quilt. And I think I found it. Vintage Quilt Revival is a beautiful book with 20 classic blocks created in a modern style. Further, I love making sampler quilts and when I read that sampler quilts became popular in the 1830's, that sealed the deal! I had a plan.
Deciding on the fabric was the next challenge. Flea Market Fancy was my inspiration fabric. To me this line is the perfect modern take on traditional style fabrics. I combined FMF with other bright and happy fabrics from my stash.
Many of these blocks are foundation pieced. This was my first experience with paper piecing where the pattern authors provided the size of the fabric to cut as compared to my just estimating the proper shape and size for each piece. The alignment of pieces was much easier and scrap was a minimum, not to mention the precise piecing results.
There are some gorgeous blocks in this quilt. I cannot decide which is my favorite!
20 classic blocks and 30 spacing blocks later, it was time to baste. This is the largest quilt I have basted (72" by 90") using the table basting approach. So much better than crawling around on the floor.
For the backing, I found this modern paisley print (again mixing a new and old element).
I like to add a little something special to each quilt. This is the house they purchased:
This is the house block I put on the back (or a modern interpretation of an 1830's Victorian!).
I sketched out the house on graph paper, cut out all the pieces, added a 1/4" and pieced it all back together.
A short debate with my husband about binding colors later, two nights of movie watching and the binding was sewn on.
Finally, a label for historical purposes.
I couldn't be happier for this very special couple. Sorry for the long post but I hope this explains the couple of weeks of silence on the blog!
Linking up with Amanda Jean's finish it up Friday linky party! And acknowledging my tardiness, I am linking up with the Vintage Quilt Revival Quilt Along.