Wednesday, November 25, 2020

2020 Antique Block Challenge

Here are the quilts from the challenge I put out last year in Houston and then recently to any reader of Humble Quilts. We started with a vintage block and created from there. 
I'm calling mine Licorice Allsorts, since the pink and black reminded me of that candy.  I shared a sneak peak of the zig zag border. I use this border treatment a lot. It looks more complicated than it is. 
Next up in Lizzy's  Here's the link to her blog post sharing more about her challenge quilt- HERE

Here's her pretty split backing.

Next up:
Kevin the Quilter. He accepted the "humble" part of the challenge. You have to be flexible with vintage blocks! Usually there is a reason they didn't make it in a quilt. LOL  I LOVE everything about this. 
He tried somethign new. He had some beautiful flannel and folded it over- one layer is the batting and one layer is the backing. He loves how flat it is. If you scroll back up at the front, he also folded the back over to the front. Good job Kevin for trying a new technique. That's one thing nice about small quilts- they are great to practice on!
Liz H was inspired by a quilt she saw on Betsy Chutchian's instagram post.
Bright and bold statement! LOVE these fabrics and colors.

Such a darling backing. 

Lois had some vintage blocks form her Grandmother and used them to make this special and beautiful quilt. I love everything about it! Especially the history. 
Mary B had 4 cute but brittle crazy blocks. She worked some real magic here! The little daisies were original to the quilt blocks. 

Here's the blocks Mary had to work with. 
 Betsy L shares this adorable vignette using the double nine patch blocks that she repurposed for the challenge. Super primitive and adorable!

Susan V made this beauty to go with her orphan tree block. WOW! Will be stunning for the holidays. She said she likely won't get it quilted right away, but will still be displayed. (that's a lotta HST in that tree block!)
Virginia made this from 2 Dresden plate orphan blocks. Look at that cute pieced strip in the border!!

Here is another from Virginia. She unsewed, washed and resewd!! Funny how we like to do that!! 

Cecile from France was given a block in Houston last year and her blog is HERE to see her challenge. 

Janet O joined in as well! She was in Houston and was so fun to meet up. See her challenge HERE

If you joined the challenge and your link or quilt is not here please send me a message at and I'll get it added!

That was wonderful and inspiring! Thank you all!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Much love


  1. Ohhh all the quilts are fantastic !!
    Thank you again Lori for this wonderful idea !!
    We've got the same idea for the firt border ah ah !!

  2. They are all tremendous! I love them all!

  3. very fun to see all the blocks. great challenge

  4. Darn it, Lori. Reading this post has me wishing I hadn't given away all my CW repros a few years ago. These are just stunning.

  5. These are all lovely, but I'm IN LOVE with your pink and black quilt. What a fabulous result.

  6. Lori gracias por compartir tantos maravillosos edredones, es difícil elegir. pero rosa y negro me seduce, nunca hice nada con esta combinación de color

  7. These are all fabulous and I especially love your black/pink combo. I have a stack of vintage stars gifted from Gwen M. I’m slowing stitching them onto backgrounds.

  8. What fun!!!! Thank you for coming up with this idea and sharing the end results. Great job everyone!

  9. They're all lovely. I love to see old things put to good use.

  10. I love every one of Them! Its great to restore and redo something with such history! If quilt blocks could talk...

  11. All are very beautifull. And Kevin I really miss your blog.

  12. Absolutely stunning! Every single one of them -- it's so much fun to see how each person interpreted their block in accepting the challenge! Thank you!

  13. I love seeing everyone's quilts. Inspiring.

  14. What a wonderful challenge this turned out to be. These all turned out fantastic!

  15. What darling quilts!! I posted mine today, also. I love your pink one so, so much, Lori! Very fun border!

  16. So fun to see all the creativity here!

  17. What great quilts - from such humble beginnings!

  18. This was such a fun show. Each one so unique, but all spawned from the idea of working with a vintage block.

  19. BRAVO. Toutes ces courtepointes reflète l'imagination de chacun et chacune. C'est un beau défi que vous avez relevé avec brio.

    1. I agree! Everyone really did a beautiful job with the challenge.

  20. What a fun challenge! Loved seeing all the creativity!

  21. These are all so great - so fun to see - well done, everyone.

  22. Such a fabulous response. Each one a beauty. How lovely to give new life and creativity to the work of a past quilter.
    A great project. Well done to all.

  23. Your Licorice Allsorts quilt is awesome looking! I really do like you zigzag border treatment a lot! Really fun challenge and I've enjoyed seeing the interesting results!


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