Taking inspiration from Textile Ranger who recently posted her first finish for 2014, here’s mine. I just managed to get this log cabin quilt done (and posted here) within the first quarter of the calendar year. Doesn’t that sound like an office worker talking?
Measurements: 50 by 50 inches
This time the centre ‘hearths’ are a mellow orange colour and I chose a binding of a darker orange to continue that theme. The label still needs to be attached but other than that, I’m done.
It’s the first quilt I’ve made where I haven’t pre-washed the batting and I’ll be interested to see how it responds to washing. But first, I plan to use it a bit.
Everyone needs a hobby.
I have to share this photo.
The Wee Rob canoe that’s under construction is 14′ long and was designed by the esteemed Iain Oughtred. In wooden boat circles, you almost need to genuflect when you mention Iain’s name, such is the respect held for this designer. This is, believe it or not, one of three canoes that’s currently being built by my beloved. Oh, and if you happen to be in Australia and in the market for a canoe, please get in touch. We have at least one more than we actually need.
What is it they say about Idle Hands?
The log cabin quilt was quilted by Pam Hammer and still needs to be trimmed and bound. I’m thinking plain blue for the binding as the quilt is more than busy enough already. I’m amazed how good it looks from a distance. Up close it just looks like a mess.
The tumbling spools quilt has been bound and this one will be staying with us. I live the fact that its colourful but doesn’t yell. The quilt was professionally quilted by Pam Hammer.
Happy with this one
Ready for Quilting
The top is ready to go off to the long arm quilter.
I added one more set of logs since laying out the blocks as the top was just too small to be of any value to anyone I know. It turned out to be a bit of a slog adding that extra row, but with a few early mornings and a bit of sewing in the evenings before bed, I finally made it. I chose a simple navy blue border, hoping it would help the quilt look framed and finished.
I decided to stick with Fields and Furrows because I enjoy the optical illusion but I do see why Michelle at Sleepy Cat Hollow says she likes the Barn Raising pattern best of all. If you check out the collections at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum you’ll see that Barn Raising has been a popular choice over time. Searching their collection provides hours of entertainment and inspiration. The advanced search is awesome, as it offers search terms like primary technique or dominant pattern. It’s just heavenly for those of us who are search nerds.
The backing is a pieced square in a square and you can see some of the backing peeking out from under the top in the photo.