From the Author – Wendy Sheppard shares the inspiration behind 3 projects from Recreating Antique Quilts


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Recreating Antique Quilts Book Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of Wendy Sheppard’s new book, Recreating Antique Quilts we’re giving away one free copy of the book – read through to the end of the blog post for details on how to win!

Hello, I’m Wendy Sheppard, author of the book Recreating Antique Quilts. I was excited to be interviewed by Quilt Books and Beyond a couple of weeks ago about my book. If you missed it, click here to catch up.

I am doubly excited to be back again to share with you some of the underlying premises that shaped my book Recreating Antique Quilts by talking more about a few of the projects that are featured in the book.

1. Because of “that” first quilt!

I am very sensitive to the notion of “that” first quilt! I firmly believe some will keep on quilting because of their first quilt, and some won’t because of that first quilt. Read on, and you will find out why I am so sensitive about the idea of “that” first quilt.
You see, had it not been for my dear quilting teacher and friend, Barbara, who graciously agreed to teach and guide me through my first quilt using a rather difficult pattern I naively picked, I probably wouldn’t have kept on quilting. But, I liked making my first quilt so much I kept on quilting. In my design work, I always strive to come up with relatively easy designs that give the illusion of “difficult” (only the illusion) so that once a quilter makes the quilt, she will feel very accomplished by the visual effect of the quilt – perfect for giving a boost to a beginning quilter!

Calico Trail is such a quilt. It is made with just one block colored by a variety of fabrics, and different block orientations give the overall quilt design a very polished look.


Calico Trail would be a perfect “first quilt” project without the beginner look. A quilting teacher can easily use Calico Trail, spread out over 4-6 weeks, to teach essential quilting techniques: accurate cutting, HST construction, color values – dark and light, block orientation etc. There are quite a few blocks to construct to be sure for Calico Trail, but a beginner doing repetitive piecing will soon find improvements in her piecing skill, and start coming up with tips and tricks of her own. I remember that’s how I learned, through many repetitions. But, I think one good thing about Calico Trail is that the quilter will not find the repetition boring because it is a design that uses more than just 2 or 3 fabrics.

2. Friendship

Wherever there are quilters, there IS friendship – the type of friendship that is real, true, uplifting, inspiring, and more importantly sharing. Quilters love to share and bless. I designed the Feathery Formation Quilt with the idea of quilting friends being able to exchange blocks at quilty get-togethers. Quilting friends can decide whether they are going to go the “pot luck” route, or decide on certain color scheme for their exchange.
The white squares in the quilt are perfect for fun quilting, or personalizing. With personalization, the possibilities are just about endless: pictures of your quilting buddies printed on fabric squares and pieced into the quilt, recipes loved by the quilting group, etc.!
Even if a quilter wishes to make all the blocks herself, the Feathery Formation Quilt is a stash-busting pattern.

3. Continuing Education

I have talked to many quilters who are intimidated by appliqué. Honestly, I am intimidated by the intricate piecing some quilters do. I came up with Ivory Baltimore as a small but very visually effective banner project to entice quilters to try out appliqué if they haven’t already.
In planning for my quilts during my early quilting days, I would always pick a pattern that would teach a different technique, or use the same technique in different ways. That way, I was forced to learn something new in my projects. I have carried that habit with me through all my years of quilting, even if that means sometimes designing something I don’t quite know how to construct.
Ivory Baltimore is perfect for someone who wants to give appliqué a try. The instructions and templates are done with the fusible machine appliqué method, but you may use the templates with the method of your choice.

Going to the 2014 Houston Quilt Market?

If you would like to hear more, I will be sharing further thoughts at my Fall Market Schoolhouse session on October 24 at 11:50am in Room 382A. Landauer is also graciously hosting a meet and greet session for me at their booth, #2305,  on October 25 at 2pm.
If you are going to Fall Market, would you drop by and say hi? If you aren’t going, would you have your LQS rep stop by for you instead? I would love to meet all of you!


Win a Copy of Recreating Antique Quilts!

 Leave a comment below and let us know which of the three projects you would want to make and why and we’ll randomly select one comment to win a copy of Wendy Sheppard’s new book!

We’ll select the winner on the 31st of October. Winner will be notified via email and we’ll update the blog post with who won.


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