The Evie – A Scrappy Vintage Beauty

I ADORE vintage quilts. This quilt made by Eveler Blankenship begged me to make her again. It’s a controlled riot of scraps and strings and bits.

Eveler's Original "Evie" Quilt

Here’s my version just before I finished putting her together (please excuse the night time studio lighting):

The Evie

We had a fabulous time making The Evie in my June 22nd class at the Sewing Doc!

My friend Pam Cobb of The Stitch TV Show joined us and made these lovelies! (Check out The Stitch on YouTube!!)

 

We’re doing it again on August 18th. Sign up to come sew The Evie with me!

Hope to see you soon!

xoxo
~Tara

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Mod Holiday (Every Time You Use Pink for Christmas, an Angel Gets Their Wings)

I think all of you know by now that I like bridging the divide between modern and traditional. There are more connections between the two than there are differences. One only has to look again.

Pink for Christmas!?

So, when Benartex asked me to curate a perfectly modern bundle of six fabrics for their Modern by the Yard e-mag, I agreed enthusiastically. That aligns perfectly with my Quilty Philosophies.

By the way, this mag is loaded to the brim with modern quilt patterns! Packed.

I call my bundle Mod Holiday because it’s a jazzed up spin on Christmas. In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing a super fun and fast Christmas block that you can make into a wall hanging, a throw pillow, or a full-on cuddly quilt to wrap up in while you unwrap your gifts and sip your eggnog this December.

A little taste… Here are two of the six fabrics in my bundle… head over to Modern by the Yard (page 7) for the full details!

 

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The Quilt Royals and Me

I don’t really know how to introduce this because it’s just so insane. So I’m just going to spit it out: Last month, I had lunch with and spent the afternoon in a back room of a museum studying early 19th century quilts with Barbara Brackman and Merikay Waldvogel. Just the three of us.

Here’s proof:

Yes. That Barbara and that Merikay.

Their current joint research project is chintz panel quilts, of which there are several fabulous examples at the Atlanta History Center Museum. What an honor it was to be any part of that with them.

You can read about the Atlanta History Center chintz quilts in a series of posts Barbara’s doing on her Material Culture blog, starting with this one. And you can read more about the chintz panel quilt project here.

I defied death to take photos from the top of a very tall ladder. It was more than worth it.

~Tara

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