Thursday, February 16, 2012

French Vintage Baby Steps . . .

I was so excited to read that several of you had French Vintage on your To Do List! The Country Sampler introduced me to this pattern. They have it kitted as a scrappy French Vintage, some kits are still available if you are interested. (click here)

I liked the looks of the version put together by the Country Sampler but preferred the quilt on the pattern cover a little better. As I mentioned, the Country Sample did their quilt using scrappy background fabric. The pattern calls for three background fabrics, a light background fabric for the center 4 blocks, a twinge darker background for the twelve middle blocks and a little darker still background for the outer twenty blocks.

Here's my inspiration block.


The quilt on the cover of the pattern was made using French General's first line of fabric, and would work great with their latest line of fabric, Rounneries Deux. For my version I only used a couple of French General fabrics. My lightest background fabric, shown above, is from Lilly and Will by Bunny Hill Designs for Moda. My inner background fabric is Puzzle Pieces by Moda, and my outer background fabric is Panier de Fleurs by French General for Moda.

My reds are an assortment from several lines and my grays are mainly Bunny Hill Designs, more Lilly and Will plus some Puttin' on the Ritz.


If you look at the center of the quilt on the cover, you can see the subtle change in the background fabric. I really like how the center seems to "light up".

I'm using my trusty Easy Angle to make my half square triangles.


Here are my strips, ready for the borders.


I always make my pieces bigger and square them up,

I think the scraps give you a great idea of what the finished quilt will look like, I like what I see so far!

I'm thrilled so many folks were interested in my Countdown to Christmas scraps and I loved hearing what everyone was working on. Random number generator selected number 10, Gloria, as the winner. Congratulations Gloria.

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14 comments:

  1. Dear Thelma, I really do love your inspiration block. I think I' am going to make it by myselve. Thank you and regards form Rennie from the Netherlands.

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  2. love love love the fabric and colours of your sample block!

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  3. OK, I am SOOOOO loving the look for this quilt. LOVE it!!!!

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  4. I can't wait to see more of these blocks!!

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  5. I'm fortunate in that Thimble Creek is not that far from where I live and I have been going there for years!!! Joe and Roxie are great people and Joe would be pleased as punch that you are doing his pattern.

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  6. I love seeing your work in process/progress! I think your fabrics are stunning. Great choice. I was invisioning an older Blackbird Designs group... but that red and grey combo is gorgeous. If I remember right, Thimble Creek has a wonderful house pattern too by J.W.

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  7. Even the name French Vintage is very attractive.....so looking at your chosen fabrics it will be fantastic....ciao Alison

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  8. Your French Vintage is going to be beautiful!
    Debbie R.

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  9. O.M.G.

    I love that fabric!

    Love the pattern, too, particularly the "bright" spot in the middle!

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  10. O.M.G.

    I love that fabric!

    Love the pattern, too, particularly the "bright" spot in the middle!

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  11. Wow...you get a lot done Thelma! This is going to be another beautiful quilt. I love the grays, creams and reds. Can't wait to see it done!

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  12. I love how you have all your fabric pieces cut out and all organized on the shelf...great idea!

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