Sunday, October 26, 2014

Quilting the New Classics





Today is my stop on the blog tour for the new book by Michele Muska, Quilting the New Classics. The book features twenty projects that are inspired by ten different quilting patterns, each one made in both a traditional and a modern version. I was so excited when Michele asked me to make a quilt for her book last year, and I'm even more exited to finally be able to share it with you!




For my project I designed this modern version of a traditional rail fence quilt. It's no surprise that I used solids for my quilt, and in this case I used three different FreeSpirit Designer solids: Dogwood, Cosmic Blue, and Natural. I really love this combination of fabrics and Dogwood, in particular, has become a favorite color for to me use.






Traditionally, rail fence quilts are made out of strips of fabric that are cut to uniform sizes. The inspiration for my design was a quilt made by Plummer T. Pettway of Gee's Bend, although I varied the widths of the rails throughout the layout to make it my own. As you can see, some of the strips are wider, some are more narrow, some are longer, and some are shorter. I really love the movement that all of these different sized pieces add to the overall composition of the design.



And here is some more information on the book by Michele herself: 



All quilters draw inspiration from the past. But how do today's artisans put their personal stamp on classic patterns? Twenty influential quilters from across the stylistic spectrum present their unique creative vision of timeless designs. Each pattern, Double Wedding Ring, Crazy Quilt, Dresden Plate, Bear Paw, Log Cabin, Nine Patch, Hexagon, Yo-Yo, Flying Geese, and Rail Fence, comes with step-by-step instructions for two adaptations, one traditional, the other modern.The book also includes a history of each pattern, images of heirloom or museum-quality quilts for inspiration, easy-to-use templates and essential quilting techniques.Forwards by Meg cox and Janneken Smucker.



I've also got one copy of the book to giveaway to one reader. To enter, please leave a comment below telling me what your favorite quilt pattern is, modern or traditional. I'll choose one winner randomly on Monday November 3. 

Be sure to follow all along the blog hop too! Here are a list of participants and dates:


Oct. 20th Michele Muska http://www.lolarae.com/blog.html
Oct. 21st Leslie Jenison  http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com
Oct. 22nd Janneken Smucker   http://www.janneken.org/category/blog/
Oct. 23rd Valerie Bothell http://pinkbunnykansas.blogspot.com
Oct. 24th Kaari Meng www.frenchgeneral.blogspot.com
Oct. 25th Elisa Sims Albury : www.stitchoutsidetheditch.com
Oct. 26th Heather Jones www.oliveandollie.com
Oct. 27th Victoria Findlay Wolfe http://www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com
Oct. 28th Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com
Oct. 29th Jackie Kunkel http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog\
Oct. 30th Pat Sloan http://blog.patsloan.com/
Oct. 31st Shelly Pagliai  http://prairiemoonquilts.com/?page_id=62
Nov. 1st Allie Aller www.alliesinstitches.blogspot.com
Nov. 2nd Kristin Omdahl www.styledbykristin.com
Nov. 3rd Jacquie Gering http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/


97 comments:

Laura said...

I love the improv split rail! A traditional rail fence quilt was one of my first quilts 31 years ago.

Barbara Beyun said...

I've had this book on my Wishlist for some time now! But to choose my favorite pattern??? I don't think I can! I love Modern interpretations of Traditional patterns. Right now I am dreaming of Clamshell quilts.

Donna W said...

Stars - anything with stars. I am addicted to them. Whether it is traditional or modern, it doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

That is a tough question. I would have to say modern. I love the look of something to catch your eye and a quilt that has a bit of "off" (no matching edges or something like that) makes your brain work to put it together. HA!
caveat78 at hotmail dot com

Karen said...

I love your quilt! My favorite block seems to change with what I am working on (or not working on), but I am always drawn to star blocks. Being from Ohio (just up the road from you in Dayton), I will say Ohio Star!

Crickets Corner said...

I think it would be the log cabin block because it's so versatile and can be either traditional or modern. I like the way you switched up the traditional rail fence.

Gill said...

This looks a great book!
I love the churn dash block!

Diane said...

I'm currently hooked on churn dash, but that could change any time now!

Jude said...

I love so many patterns, and lean toward a modern minimalist style. I gave up quilting 20 years ago because calicos were in then and I liked more primitive - 2 color quilts. My quilting group thought I was nuts! I've picked quilting back up with abandon now. I would LOVE the gift of your wonderful book.

Cherise Towrr said...

I'm really loving the new twirl pattern from Fig Tree. It's so fun to make those leaf blocks! Thanks for the giveaway!

Janet M said...

I am favoring Drunkard's Path lately since I am ready to attempt some curved piecing. I like Angela Pingel's twist on this block for a modern look.

Liz said...

I don't know if I have a favorite pattern! That's so hard! I love triangles, though. I also really love the modern designs.

Regina said...

Loving the hexagon/jewel/triangle trend and especially like Lotus by Jaybird Quilts for a quick and easy, yet complicated looking pattern.

Mary O. said...

I love all kinds of quilts and have a special admiration for Baltimore Album quilts.

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

What an amazing book. I love the Dresden plate quilts I have seen and would like to make one in repro 30's fabric.

Terri said...

I like the Double Wedding Ring.

babiesdoc said...

I just made a rail fence quilt but yours is sooo much more interesting!

Kathy S. said...

My favorite quilt pattern is the traditional churn dash. You just can't go wrong with churn dashes! Thanks for the chance to win.

Betsy said...

I love log cabin, both traditional and wonky.

mary said...

i love modern quilts. This book is so inspirational. Take an old pattern and turn it into anew block

Megan said...

I love ocean waves.

Melanie said...

I like to use more traditional patterns, but with modern fabric

Robin T said...

I favor the churn dash block. I'm more of a traditional quilter, but interested in learning more about modern quilts. The more blocks and quilts I see from Michele's book I love the book even more. This may be just what I need to learn to create modern quilts.

Beth said...

Right now my favorite is the log cabin block. There are so many ways to explore with that block, and yet it always harkens back to the traditional.

Congratulations on another wonderful quilt--you seem to always come up with designs that please immediately but then invite further exploration.

Lee said...

I love a log cabin block and pinwheels! thanks!

patty a. said...

My favorite is log cabin although I have done several version of rail fence in a modern arrangement.

Joni said...

Love your rail fence quilt! They are so much fun to quilt in the negative spaces. My go to fav block is the churn dash. Keep up the great inspiration!

Unknown said...

I'm dying to make a modern flying geese quilt from my husband's old button downs--a fusion of traditional and modern!

secretcityranch at gmail dot com

Kristy said...

Flying Geese might have to be one of my favorites, although it would be hard to say it is my absolute favorite. I'll have to check this book out, it looks great!

Julie in WA said...

I love the common nine patch; for versatility you can find none better! Your modern rail fence is delightful!

Jenny said...

i love love love log cabins!

debra said...

thats tough iam drawn to a quilt by its color scheme then the dersign moast of the time but i do like log cabin you can do so much with it thanks for the chance to win

86201580-c726-11e3-b07a-000bcdcb5194 said...

Pickle Dish is my favorite. I enjoy the versatility of the Log Cabin and Rail Fence blocks. Thanks for the chance to win. mfhagopian@aol.com

Linda said...

HELLO, it is the Pinwheel Block!
Thanks for sharing!
msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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Mokki said...

I like modern quilt designs. I like large scale designs that show off the fabrics too.

Norma Hanson said...

My favorite quilt block is log cabin. I like both the traditional and modern versions.

nehanson@shaw.ca

Carol said...

I think I would love this book -- I love to see modern quilts inspired by traditional blocks. One of my favorites is the Log Cabin block. Congrats on the book!

Kali said...

I love the look of storm at sea quilts, but it's still a little too intimidating to try myself! Maybe next year!!

Anonymous said...

I love the rail fence, so simple and the modern interpretation makes me want to make another one!! thanks for a shot at the book--sbecker at oaklandcorp dot com

Nancy A said...

I love log cabin with a modern twist. The book looks great! Thanks for the chance to win.

nkadenver at yahoo.com

Linda said...

HI, IT WILL ALWAYS BE THE "PINWHEEL" BLOCK! IT WAS THE FIRST I MADE+STILL LOVE IT!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

lalaluu said...

I love pinwheels, but as with anything I love, I hoard it and try not to use it too much. I have recently worked on several string quilts, making modified log cabins or just playing with color and sewing long seams. Then cutting and sewing again (the ultimate fate of a quilter)!

Carol said...

My favourite pattern is New York beauty, but there are so many more that I really really like.

Lisa said...

While I don't have a favorite, I do love the log cabin pattern as it's so versatile. Also, it was the first quilt I ever made so it's bout time to do a new one. I might get some great ideas from this book!

Gloria said...

My favourite pattern isalways the oneI am currently making. Just now, that is a disappearing four patch!

Veronika said...

I love modern quilt patterns for sure!

Kathy E. said...

I am a lover of modern quilt for sure! I am IN LOVE with your modern twist on the rail fence quilt! That is just the design I need for my son...perfect!

Diane Beavers said...

Rail fence, modern. The varying widths make it interesting and hides some not so perfect strip piecing:)

cakegirl said...

Love courthouse steps. Thanks for the great giveaway

Jackie Thompson said...

I love stars made from half-square triangles.

Jan said...

I just love an old fashioned log cabin. Thanks for the sweet giveaway,

Amanda Fedyck said...

I love your rail fence quilt - it is what brought me to your blog from diaryofaquilter.com :)

Janie said...

I love the modern stars quilts. Thanks for the chance.

aus_chick said...

Modern quilts are my favorite. I'm new to quilting so dont know all the correct names yet, but I do also like the modern ones that use traditional techniques.

Marlene said...

I love your choice of color. Thanks so much for sharing. Marlene

vjwildman at yahoo said...

I like hexagons and flying geese and appliqued hearts in interesting fabrics, and Parla's pinwheels by Barbara Cline.

I'm really drawn to traditional blocks set in an unexpected and non-symmetrical way.

Tamie said...

I love New York Beauty.

GranChris said...

I don't have favorites but I always come back to Granny Squares blocks and any star out there.

Junia said...

I am in awe of a person who designs quilts! I am so new to the quilting world that I don´t even know if I like modern or traditional. But I guess modern is easier, so that´s what I like, right? Right? LOL! Thanks for the giveaway!

Dixie said...

I love the Log cabin pattern and all its variations - I have seen so many interesting ways of reinterpreting this old classic block! mumbird3atgmail.com

Stacy said...

The pinwheel is my favorite block. This book looks fabulous! Thanks for the chance to win it.

MamaLovesFabric said...

I'm more of a traditional quilter though I do love some of the new modern patterns.

Pattie Crum said...

New York Beauty is my favorite block. But I love the traditional blocks like Dresden Plate and Pickle Dish too.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

I love stars and also the bear paw block!! Thanks for the chance to win a book!!LOVE books

Quilting Momma said...

I am leaning more towards the modern slant -- it's hard for me to let go of traditional, but I'm learning! Thanks for the chance to win! Have to say I love stars as well!

Elizabeth said...

I love any kind of pinwheel blocks. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

What an amazing book and would love to win a copy! I'm partial to star blocks, anykind and they look great traditional or modern.

Thanks for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Sarah said...

I love the nine patch. sarah@forrussia.org

Anonymous said...

So far during this blog hop I have fallen in love with two modern quilts - the Hexie quilt is awesome, and the Mama Bear Baby Bear quilt is also awesome - I love them both. I think the negative space in modern has always intimidated me but now I am seeing a lot of straight line - or almost straight (a little intentionally wavy) line quilting - which I could actually accomplish with a walking foot - so I am more attracted to modern because of that. I have tried free motion quilting once and was rubbish at it - I do hope to try it again - someday.
Pauline

preferred contact: perry94022 at hotmail dot com

Joanne LaCour said...

I love log cabin with current modern fabrics!
Thanks!

Nancy L said...

I think my favorite pattern is double wedding ring, but I've never had the energy to actually make one...

Teatime Creations said...

My favorite quilt pattern is pinwheel or churndash or log cabin or Dresden plate ... depending on where the spirit moves me. Love bright colors also.

Jessica said...

This book looks great! I don't know that I could pick just one pattern, but I love everything that Elizabeth Hartman puts out. Thanks for the giveaway!

OhioLori said...

Love Log Cabin, and making it modern is fun!

Jaime P said...

I like nature inspired blocks, leaves and twigs.

Michele T said...

I have been making quilts that are inbetween modern and traditional... I think I need to step outside my comfort zone, and this book looks awesome for exactly those types of projects!! Hoping to win!!

Jodi said...

Hmmm, I love lots! Probably the log cabin, but maybe flying geese and HSTs. thanks!

JaneB said...

Wow the modern rail fence is a great design. I can see this done in awesome stripes, too. Rail fence was one of the first quilts I made.

Laurie Parrack said...

What a wonderful book. I am a traditional kind of girl. Congrats on being in the book.

Farm Quilter said...

Love your take on rail fence! My favorite block is probably log cabin, but you are making me look at other blocks differently!

Karen Thurn said...

I have so many favorites that I'd have to live to be more than 120 to sew them all. I'm really liking the modern spin on the old classics. This would be a fun book to have. kthurn@bektel.com

Gwen said...

I tend to like and gravitate toward more traditional designs, but I must say that the quilts in this book that put a modern twist on classic blocks has me intrigued! Such a great concept! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!! :-)

desertskyquilts said...

I have no idea what color dogwood might be, but I did enjoy seeing your modern version of the traditional block. Thanks for a chance to win the book. And thanks for not having the embedded comment block that so many of us can't use!

Jeneta said...

I'm loving modern quilt patterns (though I do love a modern take on traditional patterns).

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I love the churn dash block. cdahlgren at live dot com

Ashley Calder said...

I have to say, a log cabin is always a favourite of mine. Especially if the blocks are just a bit wonky. ;)

Shannon Whitehill said...

I love modern quilt patterns!

john hutchens said...

I like modern quilt patterns
cooladam1 at live dot com

Afton Warrick said...

Dear Jane is my favorite. The border is great, and the sampler nature is neat too.

JANET said...

I like the double wedding ring the most. Modern is growing on me!

Brita said...

My favorite pattern is something paper-pieced, like NY Beauty. I'll have to check out the book to see if there's one in there :-)

Cathy L said...

I have been doing a lot of the slab type blocks, which are a modern variation of the log cabin. I'd love to win this!

elle said...

My favourite pattern is Birds in the Air. Hmm, now to modernize it!

Love said...

I'd love to try the modern versions of these quilts. They're amazing! And anything that's a simple block--since I'm still learning:).

Anya said...

I love your split rail design!

PT in SC said...

I love the friendship star block or any star!

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