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Perfectly Blue & White

Perfectly Blue & White

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Years ago, a quilt historian/appraiser told me that the most sought-after antique quilts, the most collectible, were blue and white. She used all the usual adjectives - classic, timeless, versatile and so on. It was hard to disagree.

To celebrate the many ways to interpret the variety of blue and white quilts, we're excited to share Blue & White Quilts: 13 Remarkable Quilts with Timeless Appeal.

The thirteen quilts are a mix of new designs from well-known designers, including a few Moda ladies you'll know well. The patterns also include a mix of new and antique quilts.

The four quilts shown above are - clockwise from upper-left:

  • Baskets in Blue - from the collection of Julie Hendricksen
  • Country Surprise by Nancy Mahoney
  • Antique Album - from the collection of Jennifer Keltner
  • Antique Hunter's Star - also from the collection of Jennifer Keltner

If your preference is for two-fabric quilts, there are several spectacular examples, such as Midnight Sky by Laurie Simpson.

Two fabrics using the dark blue as the background - it's classic Minick & Simpson.

Sapphire Star by Lisa Bongean. Of course. Again, two fabrics are all that's needed to make this definitely-going-to-be-a-treasured-heirloom. (It would also be beautiful as a scrap quilt.)

If scrappy is your style, then there are these three quilts.

Timeless by Sherri McConnell. While three prints are used for the sashing and borders, the block squares and the block center squares-inner border, the geese are a scrappy mix.

To The Nines by Camille Roskelley - made with a scrappy mix of navy prints from Bonnie & Camille collections.

Blueberry Crumb Cake by Lissa Alexander - using a "how did she do that?" mix of prints and plaids in light, medium and dark shades of blue, this traditional block quilt is made modern.

Appliqué? There are two quilts - Singing the Blues by Helen Stubbings and Bliss by Debbie Roberts.

Appliqué and piecing. Debbie does both beautifully. (So does Helen.)

There are also quilts from Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robinson, and Jill Shaulis.

Blue & White Quilts is available now.

Of course, if the iconic Infinite Variety, Red & White quilt show in New York City in March, 2011, is your preference, all of these quilts could be made in red and white. (There's also Red & White Quilts: 14 Quilts From Today's Top Designers.)

We will be doing a giveaway for this book in January... it might include some blue and white fabric. Just saying.

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