Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations

April is here, and the Island Batik challenge for the month is: Looking back, Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations.

Star quilts have always been one of my biggest inspirations, here's a picture I found of a gorgeous antique one made sometime in the 1800's. Look at that amazing collection of scrappy fabrics!

The starting point for my quilt was in the more brighter color range, I used the stack of 10" precuts of Paisley Dot that was given to me by Island Batik, together with coordinating yardage in Blueberry color.

I went looking for a design that could be used for 10" squares. I found a design on Moda Bake Shop by SpazzyCat that is striking and economical, no waste here!

Four blocks cut in a jiffy, this is definitely made for chain piecing!

There are unlimited design possibilities with these blocks.

I laid out blocks on the floor as I made them, seeing if the very modern looked good with  the amount of fabrics available to me.

In the end I decided on this layout, here is the completed quilt top. There are stars all over!

I decided to use a modern quilting design, I used the walking foot and quilted it in a spiral using Aurifil 50wt 1128 on top and 2024 in the bobbin. I used Hobbs Tuscany 100% Unbleached Cotton batting for the quilt.

I used a fun black and white print for the backing, and it looks like stained glass with the sun shining through.

A modern version of a classic quilt, spread over my vintage sofa. Could it be better?!

The quilt spread out on my sun deck to show off the colors in natural light.

Quilt stats
Size: 48" square
Fabric: Island Batik Paisley Dot
Thread: Aurifil 50wt, 2024 for piecing, 1128 for quilting and 2024 in the bobbin
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Collection, 100% Unbleached Cotton

The spiral quilting shows off very well in the above picture.

The backing complements the dizzy feel from the spiral quilting. I used Paisley Dot Sky for the binding.

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 Keep on quilting!


  1. Well how did I miss seeing your monthly project! It is so pretty and definitely modern! Don't cha just love being an ambassador! Do you have a bloglovin follow button that I missed seeing?

    1. Thanks for your nice comment, Vicki! I do love being an ambassador, and I have added the Bloglovin follow button to my blog.

  2. Love you version of old made new. I just went through the Island Batik list and found I didn't have you on my list to watch - big mistake. Great job on this and now I am following you.

  3. That is amazing, love it.....!!!!

  4. Pretty quilt, defferent effect. Thank you for the link to the tutorial.



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