Thursday, October 23, 2014

Quilting: the new classics!

A couple of years ago, I received a fun email from Michele Muska.  She told me that about this idea she had for a book and would I be interested in participating.  Allie and I were just finishing up the book we wrote together (you can get one here) and it sounded like a fun way to keep myself busy again.  Not only would I be designing with Allie again for this book, but in total there were going to be 20 different designers included.  I read the list of designers and I knew instantly that this was going to be a great book and I felt very honored to be included.

Here is a description of the book:

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.

So Allie and I were each asked to do a crazy quilt piece, one would be modern and the other traditional.  For those of you that know us well, (or own our book) you already know which one did each version.  Of course, I did the traditional version....

Michele sent a picture of a crazy quilt that was made by her great aunt Sadie(pictured above).  We decided that it would be fun to reproduce one of the blocks each in our own style.

I have been a long time fan of a crazy quilt that is owned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  In fact, it is on my bucket list...I will see it some day!  I don't think I am allowed to repost a picture of it, but you can look at it on their website:

It was made by Tamar Horton Harris North in 1877, to honor her daughter Grace who had passed away, it was my inspiration for the piece I made for Michele's book.

I incorporated some of the colors used in the quilt and embroidered some similar motifs.  Strawberries represent perfection and pink roses were a symbol of motherhood.  Such sweet sentiments...

Tamar Came to Visit, Valerie Bothell, 2013

When I received my copy of the book, I was extremely impressed!  The photography is done to perfection, instructions are great and the quilts are beautiful!  Definitely one to add to your library!  
You can buy her book on Amazon here:

I am participating in a blog hop with all the designers that participated in Michele's book.  The following is a list of each of the designers, their blog addresses and the day they will be blogging about the quilt they made.  I would invite you to take a look!

Oct. 20th Michele Muska

Oct. 21st Leslie Jenison

Oct. 22nd Janneken Smucker

Oct. 23rd Valerie Bothell

Oct. 24th Kaari Meng

Oct. 25th Elisa Sims Albury :

Oct. 26th Heather Jones

Oct. 27th Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Oct. 28th Amy Smart

Oct. 29th Jackie Kunkel\

Oct. 30th Pat Sloan

Oct. 31st Shelly Pagliai

Nov. 1st Allie Aller

Nov. 2nd Kristin Omdahl

Nov. 3rd Pat Sloan 4:00pm eastern time

Talk to you later!


  1. Making a crazy quilt is definitely on my quilty bucket list! Although I know I wouldn't go to the detail you have! Wow!

  2. The crazy quilt is stunning and love the cover book!

  3. Love crazy quilts--they are so fascinating!

  4. I love the crazy quilt design!

  5. Your block looks great! The black and white gingham give it a very updated look!

  6. This book covers one of my favorite topics...connecting the past with the present. We have a beautiful quilt legacy in this country that cannot be replicated nor replaced...but linking the tried and true with current trends and fabrics certainly cements our place on the quilting timeline.

  7. Loving the traditional and modern together!!

  8. You made a beautiful block. It makes me want to try my hand at a crazy quilt someday.