Sukie from sukiedontyaknow.com has kicked off a block-along to celebrate a great new book – Vintage Quilt Revival. I already had my copy and this was just the motivation I needed to get started, Otherwise, I’d have looked wistfully at this pretty book and never really gotten down to business. Starting today, participants in the block-along make 2 blocks a week from the book for the next 11 weeks.
So my first step was to come up with the fabrics. I love the layout and color scheme of the cover quilt, but I vowed not to buy new fabric for this project, so to the stash I went…
I bought these around Black Friday when they were on sale (I think 40% off!) because I can’t resist a good sale – or a rainbow. I also dug out some basic white quilting fabric from the stash for the background.
The first block on the schedule this week is the Double Z from p. 18 and it was quick and fun – nothing but half square triangles.
Of course, this is me, so I still managed to hit a snag or two. There are a lot of seams in this block and I did my usual “press toward the dark side (Luke..I am your father…) but that made for some bumpy seams:
I think it would have been wiser to press them open, so I ‘ll probably try that next time.
Speaking of next time…. It probably would have been a good idea to double check the quilt layout color scheme I’m sorta trying to emulate, because the color scheme listed in the block instructions goes with another colorway suggested in the book! UGH! Looks like the “next time” might be soon.
Yeah. See that purple and blue block in the upper left corner? Hmm… THAT was the color scheme I should have been using. The colors I used will still go somewhere in the rest of the quilt, but they weren’t supposed to go there. I’m still debating leaving it and just doing the rest of them the right way or doing that one over. I think I’ll get a few more blocks under my belt and then revisit this issue.
Next up: Tea Leaf (center row, second from left).