Quilting the New Classics

Posted on October 31, 2014 by prairiemoonquilts in Give-Aways, Inspiration, Quilts, Reviews

20 Inspired Quilt Projects
Traditional to Modern Designs

It’s a new book out by my friend, Michele Muska!


Michele asked 20 quilters to each create a quilt for the book. She chose 10 traditional patterns, and had each one made in a traditional version and a modern version. Then she chose images of vintage and antique quilts made from those patterns and included them in the book.

It’s amazing how these patterns have stood the test of time through all the generations of quilters. And how they manage to tie all those generations together!

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, and easy-to-use templates and essential quilting techniques.

I’m honored to have been chosen to create the traditional version of the Double Wedding Ring quilt for the book.MyDWR3

And Michele paired me up with none other than the Double Wedding Ring Queen herself, and my best friend, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, who created the modern version. Is this not the coolest picture?


Here’s a couple more pictures of my quilt.


I used the Twig & Grace fabric collection from Riley Blake to make mine. New modern fabrics in traditional colors — I thought it seemed appropriate. Mauve and blue — but not your Grandmother’s mauve and blue! And I love the touches of brown thrown in.


Michele has agreed to let us each give away a copy of the book. So if you’d like the chance to win a copy, just leave a comment on this post. I’ll draw for a winner on November 7th.

All the other contributors are offering a chance to win as well, so please go visit them on the Blog Hop. Some of their give-aways are still open, which gives you lots of chances to win. Plus, you get to see what they all say about the quilts that they each made for the book. Victoria even has a video in her post where she interviews Michele about the book — so go visit all these folks:

Michele Muska

Leslie Tucker Jenison

Marie Bostwick

Valerie Bothell

Kaari Meng (French General)

Elisa Sims Albury

Heather Jones

Victoria Findlay Wolfe

Amy Smart

Jackie Kunkel

Pat Sloan

Allie Aller (Nov. 1)

Kristin Omdahl (Nov. 2)

Jacquie Gering (Nov. 3)

Michele will also be on Pat Sloan’s Radio Show on Monday, November 3, at 4 pm Eastern time, so be sure and tune in then to hear what she has to say about the book.

And if you simply can’t wait to get your hands on it, you can purchase it HERE. Or if you’re running around at Quilt Festival in Houston today, you might be able to find it there! And if you also run into Michele, you could get it autographed!

Don’t forget — leave a comment for your chance to win a copy right here.

UPDATE: The winner of the book give-away is Laurie. Congratulations, Laurie, and thanks to everyone for reading and playing along!

61 responses to “Quilting the New Classics”

  1. Lee says:

    Looks like a great book! thanks for the review and giveaway! Love that double wedding ring quilt!

  2. Carmen N says:

    I’m not usually one for “modern” over traditional, but I love both versions of the wedding quilt!

  3. Joan says:

    Always happy to build my library of quilting books. Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. D. Meredith says:

    It’s amazing how the patterns can look so different with the selection of the fabrics! This is a great book.

  5. Michele Timms says:

    The book looks like an awesome resource!! Love your quilt, it is beautiful!!

  6. Cindy says:

    I absolutely love that double wedding ring quilt you made!!! Love your choice of fabric.

  7. Looks like a great book to own.

  8. Deanna says:

    That looks like a very interesting book. Plus, you have a quilt in it! Thanks for the chance.

  9. Judy Smith says:

    Your version is beautiful! Love that fabric collection.

  10. Virginia says:

    Loved the colours in your quilt. Would like to try some of the patterns myself, thanks for the chance to enter to win.

  11. Jane B says:

    Oh I love those quilts! I need to check out that Riley Blake fabric line, so soft and pretty. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

  12. Laurie Parrack says:

    What a wonderful book. Congrats on being one chosen for a quilt in it. I love the double wedding ring in those wonderful colors.

  13. Rose Marie says:

    Having just finished a vintage Sunbonnet Sue, I am interested in the updates that could happen when we visit those old ones again!!
    Great job on that mauve and blue Wedding Ring, Shel.

  14. Love the differences between the traditional and modern!!! This looks like a fabulous book – thank you for the opportunity to win it!!

  15. Gina says:

    This book looks great! I love traditional patterns, but appreciate the modern spin quilters are taking too. I love bright and cheery modern fabrics, but there is something to be said for the homespuns and calicos! Thanks for your beautiful wedding ring-something I have yet to attempt!

  16. Ranch Wife says:

    Your version is stunning! I’m not a pink or mauve person, but it definitely makes that quilt and I love the touches of brown too. You did an awesome job of stepping back in time with a timeless design.

  17. LINDA says:

    HI,your project is beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Carol says:

    Interesting concept. The samples I’ve seen have all been terrific.

  19. Susanna says:

    Riley Blake’s Twig and Grace is perfect for your wedding ring. What other fabrics did you consider? Beautiful quilt.


  20. Lori Morton says:

    Ooooh my goodness!! Your Quilt is AWESOME!!!! You did grrrrreat job!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Gale says:

    I so want to make a double wedding ring quilt and your version makes me want to do it in the same colors. So soft and pretty. Great Job.

  22. Beverly says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt!

  23. Linda Webster says:

    I love the colours you’ve used in your Wedding Ring quilt. Congratulations on having your quilt in the book!

  24. Gwen Windham says:

    I love Wedding Ring quilts, but haven’t gotten up the courage to try one yet. Yours is beautiful! Thank you so much for the chance to win this book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Susan says:

    That is an interesting picture, with half of each. I really prefer yours, but I can see the appeal in the modern one. Thanks for posting about the blog hop. And thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book. It looks amazing!

  26. Thank you for a chance to win this book. It looks great!

  27. Chris Ball says:

    I love the wedding ring pattern!

  28. I love the idea of traditional patterns made modern!
    I like the quilting on your too!

  29. Janet moilanen says:

    I love your quilt! I didn’t realize that it was recently made when I first saw it – it looks so vintage!

  30. Catherine Zaring says:

    I love your fabric choices for the Wedding Ring quilt; a perfect blend of modern and traditional.

  31. Rina says:

    I love the side by side comparison of the styles. I really like both quilts and do like the brown in yours.

  32. Michele says:

    Very pretty quilt. Thanks for the chance to win

  33. Deb G. says:

    That’s a lovely DWR quilt that you made. And I love Victoria’s quilt too! Yours has a real vintage feel.

    I so want to have a copy of the book in my hands. I’m sure it will be so inspiring!

  34. Barbara says:

    I am so excited for this book to come out, it looks like it will be gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. Kimberly M says:

    I love the look of your double wedding ring. This project was a wonderful idea for a book. I can’t wait to get a copy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  36. Marianne says:

    I’d love to win a copy. Looks like a neat book.

  37. Chris Hart says:

    This book looks amazing! Love both wedding ring quilts!

  38. Gill says:

    I love your quilt – this looks a great book!

  39. Donna W says:

    Looks like a fantastic book.

  40. Barb in MI says:

    A DWR has been on my list for far too long – your beauty has put it on the first spot again. Thanks so much!

  41. carol n says:

    Double wedding ring is on my list of Someday Quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

  42. Nicole Sender says:

    This book would be a great addition to my quilt library!

  43. Nice concept of old and new! Looks like an inspiring book!

  44. Linda Knight says:

    I tend to like the modern quilts and having the contrast of the modern take on the classic patterns is very interesting. Your quilt is lovely.

  45. Brita says:

    The DWR is on my bucket list, beautiful. However, the new version looks pretttty interesting, too. I’d love to win the book!

  46. Cathy Lohwater says:

    I would love to win a copy. Great idea for a book!

  47. elle says:

    This looks like such a great book. What a collaboration! Luv the modern take.

  48. Anya says:

    I love the concept of this book. Your quilt is beautiful!

  49. Jill says:

    So neat to see the two quilts side by side! How different!

  50. patty says:

    You did a wonderful job on your traditional wedding ring quilt!

  51. Anne Dawson says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous. What a great idea for a book. I would love to make so many of the quilts in it.

  52. Kelly O. says:

    this book looks amazing! thanks for the chance to win!

  53. Nancy says:

    I like your traditional version….such a warm choice of colors. A nice change from always seeing white as the “background.”

  54. Kathie L says:

    This pattern has always been a favorite of my mother. Still wonderful after all these years.

  55. QuiltSue says:

    This looks like an absolute must-have book which I’ve already added to my Christmas wishlist.

  56. Judy Stone (Judy in Michigan) says:

    Your quilt is beautiful and the book’s concept is amazing. Can’t wait to win it and/or purchase it (Christmas gift to me!). Thanks for the great post and a chance to win.

  57. Laura says:

    Beautiful beautiful quilt! My husband and I sleep under a double wedding ring quilt made by his great-grandmother (completely by hand) every night and I love looking at all the fabrics and beautiful quilting.

  58. Veronika says:

    I love everything I’ve been seeing about this book so much! Your quilt is beautiful- – I love the colors you chose.

  59. Tamie says:

    This book looks like fun.

  60. Lisa Marie says:

    This book looks like it is full of inspiration, thanks for the chance to win!

  61. Cheryl says:

    This book is a fun idea…I love traditional but modern is creating a new wave of quilters…would love the book to see how they are compare. Your quilt is a beauty!

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