Hello Friends, Happy Monday! I hope you had a good Mother’s Day weekend. I decided to go off-line this past weekend to just do something different. It’s been a while since I did something different… my little family had fun!
I have another free-to-use design to share with you to start our week off… Flower-Scapes is a “hip” sort of Log Cabin quilt using Benartex’s Blue Paradise/Sundrenched Fabric Line, a newly released fabric line.
Sorry this is another quick post — but I have a few quilts to complete and ship before Memorial Day weekend. I am shipping the first one of three within the next couple of days, so I’d better get going!
I was struck by the beauty of this log cabin quilt when I was at DAR for their Quilts from Storage program. I shall let the next few photos do the talking. The colors, as well as the workmanship, are simply exceptional! You may read the specifics on this quilt here.
I was thrilled and impressed by the fact that the vibrant colors of the fabric actually preserved through the years, considering the fact the quilt dates back to the late 19th century.
I don’t believe the quiltmaker was identified. The textile curator at DAR shared that something like this quilt was likely used as a parlor decorative piece due to the fact that the quilt was made with silk and velvet. That made sense to me considering the tassels added to the corners of the quilt.
I really admire the quiltmaker for her brilliant sense of colors, creativity in using braided cording and tassels to finish the quilt!
Now, I would like to know if you have used exotic fabrics other than cotton to construct a quilt. I am generally a 100% person. I have used a cotton/silk blend a little in the past. But after seeing this DAR Log Cabin quilt, I am wondering just what exotic fabrics quilters might sometimes use for their quilts. One more thing, have you ever added braided cords to finish your quilts?
Thanks for stopping by! I need to run – Miss Baby is being too quiet in another room. I need to go investigate. :)
p.s. Click here, and here for my previous DAR quilt posts.
Pumpkin Patch is the last of my four projects featured in Log Cabins Today, published by House of White Birches. [Just to clarify, Log Cabins Today is a book available for purchase that is published by House of White Birches. The book features 32 projects with complete patterns and instructions. I have received emails expressing confusion on the matter. I do apologize if I hadn’t expressed myself clearly in my previous Log Cabins Today posts. Click here to order your copy of the book.]
Pumpkin blocks made of modified log cabin blocks come in three sizes in this table runner project. The rail fence blocks are added and placed at a convenient spot on the runner for you to place your knick knacks etc so as to not prevent the pumpkin blocks from showing off!
Quilting is a mixture of free-handed and modified stencil motifs.
I used a variegated fall colored thread (Aurifil Mako Cotton 50) to quilt the runner over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting. Fabrics consist of swatches from Everything but the Kitchen Sink, Crazy for Dots and Stripes, Jinny Beyer Palette and Pindot collections, all by RJR.
I hereby conclude my Log Cabins Today posts. I hope you have enjoyed looking at my interpretations of the log cabins for the modern and fun quilters. Now, curious mind wants to know if you have a favorite out of the four I have shown you this week. To view previous Log Cabins Today quilts, click here, here, and here. If you would be so kind, I would also like to know the reason for your favorite.
That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by. I have a busy rest of the week waiting for me. So I am going to fly for now. Take care!
The following pictures were taken before the quilt was shipped out. The log cabin after my own heart is one that has sweet flowers blooming all around it:
Of course, I would want cobblestone walkways in the midst of the blooms to welcome my guests:
And cute fanciful fences around my log cabin:
This quilt takes on a more whimsical look compared to my usual traditional ones. Even though I am a “straight lines means straight lines” person, I free-handed all the straight lines. So, my “straight” lines aren’t exactly 100% straight as seen in the green sashing. The fabrics are from RJR’s Sweet Pea Collection. They will be available in quilt shops in January 2010.
Thank you for stopping by to see my dream log cabin. I hope you have enjoyed a more girlish version of the usually more manly rendition of this classic block. Have a sweet day!