Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finished - Vintage Sampler Quilt

It's been a big week for our family.  Our oldest son and his wife purchased their first home.  It is the perfect house for this modern couple.  An 1830's house with a large barn on Main Street in a small New England town.  And have I told you before that my daughter in law is a historical preservation consultant?
 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.
(Full disclosure:  not all the points are this perfect but many are!)

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. 
Piecing this block into the back gave me an opportunity to practice matching patterns.  Glad I slightly over-purchased fabric for the backing to account for the large repeat of the pattern!
Faith Jones made this quilt for the book and if an allover meander was good enough for her, well for sure it was OK with me.  I am not a stippling fan (actually trickier than it looks) but I do love the texture this quilting pattern creates.

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.

Kathy

31 comments:

  1. Oh I just love this! The setting blocks are so clever and the colors so happy! What a sweet gift, Mom!!!

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  2. What a fabulous quilt and a happy story! May that quilt bring them many warm nights in their cozy new home.

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  3. WOW- this is beautiful and so meaningful for the lucky recipients. Well done!!!!!

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  4. Oh Kathy...this is absolutely stunning! What can I say, it's wonderful.

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  5. This is all so wonderful... that perfect pink house, the thoughtfulness that went into every aspect of making that quilt (the pattern, the fabric, the house block for goodness' sake!), and the sweet and funny label. Sigh. I love it all. Gorgeous quilt coming from a gorgeous heart. :)

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  6. This is gorgeous!! I love the house block you added to the back, such a fun, personal touch:)

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  7. Beautiful! An heirloom for sure ...

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  8. Can't say loud enough how wonderful this quilt is!
    Esther

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  9. this is a lovely quilt and I love the pieced house on the back--beautiful work. The sentiment is so perfect...good luck to them in their new home...hope it'll be full of happiness....hugs, Julierose

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  10. OH my and was this worth the wait! What a beautiful, kind, loving housewarming gift!!!

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  11. Fabulous! Love your quilt! The house block and label make it so special.

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  12. Just gorgeous! The perfect quilt for the perfect home! They are going to love it!

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  13. Absolutely stunning! Love your label - how sweet!

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  14. Oh, Kathy! This is so perfect in every way!!! I love it - I love everything, every tiny (but really, big) little detail, about it! They will treasure it forever.
    Congrats to your kiddos on their first house ~ Tracy

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  15. Simply beautiful. What a wonderful gift. I am sure it will be cherished.

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  16. I like your colors and block arrangement. I have the Vintage book but haven't started a quilt yet. Maybe next Fall when the kids are off to college.

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  17. This quilt is gorgeous! Love the added house on the back and all of the bright colors of FMF. I'm sure they will treasure it in their new home.

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  18. Wow, what a fabulous gift!!! Every little detail is perfect... you did an amazing job with this one:-)

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  19. This is a wonderful quilt with a great story to match!! I enjoyed this post, thank-you.

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  20. Beautiful! I like everything, the blocks, the colours and the arrangement. Can't stop looking at it.

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  21. I really love the isolated squares in amongst the business of the vintage blocks..fresh take on a lovely pattern. House block is very thoughtful.. the owners are going to love this

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  22. Beautiful quilt - it will go perfectly with the house (which is the house of my dreams, so much character and history!) Great work.

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  23. Beautiful quilt for a special time.

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  24. What a great quilt and story to go along. What a gorgeous house (in real life) and the block you added on the back! Such a great memory!

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  25. You are the coolest mom ever! This is such a great reveal. Love how you laid out the blocks and that little house on the back. They will love this quilt :)

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  26. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift!

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  27. Such a great quilt!! You have a very lucky son. :D The house and label are such sweet extra touches too.

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  28. This quilt is absolutely amazing, and I am sure it will be treasured. I especially love the house block on the back.

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  29. This quilt is the most fabulous expression of sewing love, that I have seen in a long time. The thought, the talent, the precision....you were inspired for all the right reasons and your recipients have an heirloom for generations. WOW!
    In a word: Legacy!!

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