What do you do with old quilt block patterns?
Welcome back to Day 3 of the Quilt Retro Launch Party! Today’s featured quilt from my new book, Quilt Retro, is “First Aid Kit”. This quilt uses 4 blue gradations. I hand-dyed the blues so I could get the gradations just right. (If you’re not a dyer, you can find gradations in commercial fabrics, you might just have to look around for a while first.) This quilt started with no red at all, just the four blues. It was nice that way, but a little ho-hum. I added in the one red block (which looks just like the Red Cross emblem, hence the name!) and it turned from ho-hum to WOW!
|See, it's nice like this, but...|
(You'll have to go to Tammie's blog to see the whole quilt!)
|The hand-dyed |
This is the most traditional quilt in the book, but yet it’s very fresh and contemporary at the same time! It’s based on an old block called Greek Cross. It was so fun to take this old block and revive it in ways our quilting grandmothers would have never done! To me, that’s the best part of quiltmaking today – reviving the old into something new!
Today's guest is Tammie Schaffer of Crafty Tammie. I happened to sit next to her at the KC Modern Guild a few months ago and we hit if off right away. I had no idea she blogged and she had no idea I wrote books, so we were both a little amused when we found out about each other after the meeting! Her blog is just a wonderful place to read about her rural Kansas life (I grew up in rural Missouri!) and her beautiful quilts. I hope you like her blog as much as I do. While you’re there you’ll get to see the entire “First Aid Kit” quilt and get a chance to win your own autographed copy of Quilt Retro!
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Tuesday: BonnieHunter of Quiltville!