Hello, hello! Long time no speak, wowee I have a lot to catch you all up on - most importantly, I'm now officially married! More on that soon ;-) As today is all about Amber Johnson's new book 'Vintage Vibe', now of course the title grabbed my attention immediately.
… and then that gorgeous cover quilt. "Traditional quilts, fresh fabrics", sounds perfect right? Agreed.
You probably follow Amber's blog already, like I do. I'm pretty sure she was one of the first quilting blogs I followed all those years ago? Maybe you follow her on Instagram as well, I do! Although for some reason I hadn't quite put to and to together and realised it was Amber from the blog!? until more recently, doh!! Sorry Amber!
Back to the book ... There are 14 quilts to make in the book; everything from a traditional flying geese quilt with a unique twist, to a super-sized quilt block ideal for baby quilts, to beautiful Dresden Plate's and charming appliqué and more. Amber says the projects marry's modern, fresh designs with vintage undertones. They all give a little nod to the past, whether in the fabrics, the design, or the quilting itself. They really do, and the quilting for each quilt is perfect too.
My favourite project from the book is the Rainy Day table runner, I instantly fell in love with those raindrop shapes, and I've been itching to try out some appliqué for so long. The styling for the project is just perfect too, propped in the hay bails with the jams and preserve's made me think of classic American country kitchens so I pulled out some small scale, vintage style floral prints and got to work!
First block done! aaaaand I'm planning on finishing this one too! It's so cute, and I'm dying to have it in my kitchen! If you're new to appliqué, or quilting in general you can most definitely complete these projects. Amber has a great in-depth guide on quilt-making basics at the back of the book, and each project has clear step-by-step instructions. I found the appliqué information invaluable.
Photographs are courtesy of Martingale Publishing, photography by Brent Kane
You can purchase this fabulous book here. Be sure to follow along on the blog tour as each blogger will be highlighting a different project so you can get a good feel for the book.
11/6/14 - Amber @ http://www.alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com/
11/11/14 - April @ http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/
11/13/14 - Jessie @ http://messyjessecrafts.blogspot.com/
11/18/14 - The Fat Quarter Shop @ http://fatquartershop.blogspot.com/
11/20/14 - Corey @ http://www.littlemissshabby.com/
11/25/14 - Sherri @ http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
12/2/14 - Jodi @ http://www.pleasant-home.com/
12/4/14 - Melissa @ http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/
12/9/14 - Pam @ http://pamkittymorning.blogspot.com/
12/11/14 - Heather @ http://quiltstory.blogspot.com/
12/16/14 - Andy @ http://www.abrightcorner.com/
12/18/14 - Amy @ http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
12/23/14 - Melissa @ http://www.polkadotchair.com/
12/30/14 - Lori @ http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com/
Martingale, the publishers of the book are kindly offering a FREE e-copy to one reader!
Just leave a comment on this post telling me ….
"How many WIP's do you have going on at the moment?"
I'll announce the winner next Thursday, be sure to check back! Best of luck. xo