I think I might be in love. And that love is the ever faithful one for a beautiful log cabin quilt. There is just something about a log cabin quilt that always makes my heart happy. I think we all have a pattern that we are constantly drawn back to, and for me, that pattern is the log cabin.
Begun on a whim and finished with passion, this quilt has squirreled its way into my heart one piece of fabric at a time. If you were following along, you know that I began this with a F8 bundle of Juliana Horner's first line (daughter of Anna Maria Horner) available at Joanns. I felt uncertain about this line and in my uncertainty, I turned to a pattern that I knew would toss these fabrics together in a way that I would find pleasing. The intense colors of her line begged me to calm them with an assortment of neutral/low volume fabrics with a warm tone to them.
All pieces are evenly wide at 2.5" cut to create log cabin blocks of alternating low volume/saturated color. After using up the line by Juliana, the blocks were still small. I knew that I wanted to see what would happen when I combined collections from mother and daughter. Enter fabrics from Anna Maria Horner from an assortment of her collections. (Plus a couple perfect prints from DS and Tula - they have great saturation too!)
The result? Love.
I love it.
This quilt pushed me. I don't necessarily love every fabric in it. But I worked with the idea of saturated color and creamy low volumes to create a cohesive pattern. Once again, brown has managed to creep into the quilt giving this whole design a warmth that charcoal greys would not have given.
It took me a bit of time to decide on the layout of the blocks and I really love what I ended with. These pyramids of color are rising from the neutral fabrics and everything is evenly dispersed. Again, not where I thought I was going with this quilt, but the right end to it. In making the blocks, I never repeated a single fabric in any block except the main center square. I think that small element is what ultimately ties each of the blocks together. One single 2.5" square of black/blue fabric at the center of each block anchors them all.
With blocks at 18" square, this quilt finished at about 85" x 85". That was big enough to for to consider sending it to be long arm quilted (a treat for me) and I'm so glad I did. I think that my love for this quilt is still really strong because I didn't wrestle with it for days during quilting. I sent it to Melissa at Sewshabbyquilting.com. Melissa quilted this for me very promptly and reasonably priced (she has a sale going on right for September too!) so I felt okay about treating myself for this. She did an all over interlocking square design that I could never do on my machine on a quilt this size. Love it!
And though it pains me ever so slightly to let go of this quilt, I do have a plan for it. A lovely couple I know just got married and I think that this will be the perfect wedding gift. They don't expect it and that's part of the fun. This quilt is sort of about families and love (forgive the cheesiness) with a family of fabric designers and lot of love into making this. So I think it should go live with a new couple at the start of their new life together.
What do you think? Do you want to make a Quiet Cabin Quilt of your own?