Rainbow Log Cabin

A [finally] finished quilt.

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I gave it to my sister in law a few months ago for a Christmas present. Since it was huge, I wrapped it in a black garbage bag to make it look like a lump of coal; I wrote on the tag “this coal will keep you warm.” She was thrilled to bits, so I was glad it was going to a good home.

Here is a picture of the quilt on her bed.

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She was also pretty excited to find out that you can buy variegated thread! And that I’d used two thread colours for the quilting.

An awesome backing – can’t beat wideback yardage for large quilts. And these are the dots I fussy cut to use in another log cabin quilt.

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I started this quilt when I first started blogging so there are many, many early posts about the agonizing progress and every detail is hashed out. Good thing there were only a handful of readers back then! You can read all those posts by clicking HERE.

Quilt Stats:

Title: Rainbow Log Cabin

Lifetime quilt no.: 71

Started/Finished: Pieced the top October/November 2015, and started quilting it right away. Put it away for awhile before finishing the quilting in January 2017. Put it away again, then started binding it in late December 2017.

Size: 86″ square

Number of pieces: 400

Pattern: from Kelly Biscopink’s book, but I modified the instructions to use larger pieces and I made bigger blocks. With a different layout. But otherwise I *totally* followed the pattern.Image result for kelly biscopink

Quilting: straight line walking foot, generic grey thread, domestic machine and FMQ, rainbow thread, longarm machine

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts!

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Gridded, a finished quilt

Ta-done!

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It was a long 3.5 years between starting and finishing this quilt but I’m quite pleased with it. This is the first quilt I’ve made that I wanted to make again, but in very different fabrics. I doubt I’ll do that soon but it is in the back of my mind. In the mean time I’m revelling in the feeling of having it finished.

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This was the first block I made (above), mostly to see if I could. I enlarged this print (below) 1600%.

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I had the perfect binding fabric all along. A true 1″ stripe.

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I also submitted this to QuiltCon for consideration in the Modern Traditionalism category.

Linking up for Finish It Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts, and it was on my Q4 FAL list!

Quilt Stats –

Title: Gridded

Lifetime quilt no.: 69

Started: April 13, 2014

Finished: November 19, 2107

Size: 52″ x 64″

Number of pieces: 874 plus I pieced the binding from FQ

Quilting: my first pantograph! Diamonds Are Forever from Urban Elements

Notable: used random solids from my bin, choosing the ones I liked best.

**Pattern in development**

HST Value Quilt, a finished quilt

Ta-done! What a thrilling feeling it is to finish a quilt, especially an annoying long standing work in progress.

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This has also been called the “door quilt” for a while. In our previous house it was to be a quilt to cover the door of the living room so that when husband was working and I was sewing, the sound of the machine would be somewhat blocked. Think of it as an artistic sound baffle.

The quilt never got finished and then we moved. This new house has a door in our entrance foyer which leads to the downstairs suite. It has ugly extra hinges and a funny door lock which are badly installed and actual duct tape sealing the bottom. Nice house, but this door is super sketchy looking.

Husband asked me if I had any quilts the right size to cover up a door. You know that emoji that has the rather stunned look to it? That was me right then. I had to ‘fess up and remind him about this quilt he’d asked for and I had never finished. Oops. But perfect.

The fabrics are not my favourite (but they were free). I did learn a lot about value. Especially this:  if you use the same fabric as both a light and a dark you will shoot yourself in the foot come time to layout.

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batik charm pack colours

I wish I had done different layouts in each row – economy blocks, zigzags, streak of lightning. I was over-ruled by the husband (who is a completely traditional quilter. Weird.) He liked the barn raising set best.

Previous posts about this quilt are here, herehere, herehere, here, and here. It has also been on the list every quarter of the Finish-along for the past two years. I worked on it non-stop for a ten day period in early November 2015 before shelving it in frustration. Nine and a half months later (Aug. 31, 2016) I made the last 20 blocks needed. Then nothing until mid-Sept this year, when I added the last two rows in about 30 minutes. Pieced a backing in another 30 minutes. Loaded it on the long arm and quilted it up! That part took me maayyybe a couple of hours? Bound it by machine and hung it up. Ta-done.

Husband is pleased: he likes the quilt, the door is now nicer looking, and there is one less unfinished quilt hanging around.

Quilt Stats:

Title: HST Value/Door Quilt

Lifetime quilt no.: 67

Started: November 1, 2015

Finished: October 2, 2017

Size: 40.5″ x 88.5″

Number of pieces: 440

Quilting: straight line done with channel locks on my longarm. Thread used was orange! Superior bottom line on the top and blue Superior bottom line in the bobbin. It was leftover and magically worked with all the colours.

Celebrating the it’s finally finished feeling with Crazy Mom Quilts, Let’s Bee Social, and My Quilt Infatuation. Will also link up with the Finish A-long come time. Have a great weekend everyone.

White House, Black Spot

Made to submit for the Threads of Resistance art exhibit. I am still waiting to hear if my piece is accepted to the show.

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“White House, Black Spot” 2017 25″x25″

I’ve always secretly scoffed at people who’ve said ‘the quilt told them what to do’ but this quilt knew exactly what step was next. I started with larger logs, seen here, but started over and made them smaller. Each log is 1/4″ wide. The blocks finish at 3.5″ square, and the dots are a hair under 1″ diameter.

Some technical details for curious folks: the blocks were not paper pieced, fabric strips were cut on the lengthwise grain and were cut exactly the width and length needed. I did not need to trim the blocks before assembling the quilt.

I quilted between each block then went back and tied the quilt in the centre of each dot.

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“White House, Black Spot” 2017 detail

Detail of the bottom right corner.

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Inspired by this quilt:

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Red Centres, Nancy Caleshu, 46″x46″, 2013

from Gwen Marston’s 2014 book Minimal Quiltmaking.

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Quilt Stats –

Title: White House, Black Spot

Lifetime quilt no.: 65

Started: April 11, 2017

Finished: May 1, 2017

Size: 25″ square

Number of pieces: 989

Quilting: straight line walking foot, hand tied

Fabrics: 46 different white tone on tone fabrics from various manufacturers, 3 different white solid fabrics from various manufacturers.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday!

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If you’re still reading, this is my artist’s statement about the piece.

The title of the piece “White House, Black Spot” came from an idea that the actions of presidents are a stain on the USA. I used a traditional log cabin block to represent the White House as a symbol of the USA. Each of the presidents, even ones remembered favourably, have made bad decisions affecting thousands and millions of people both within their country and around the world.

The micro-piecing added density and more layers to each block, and served to highlight the idea of a big man [the spot] in a small confined space. I used a unique white fabric in each block but kept the dot/centre the same fabric across all the blocks. There are 45 black spots for the 45 presidents; the four ghosts blocks are still free from stain. These four fade to nothingness…what will the office of the president look like in 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032? The last one is still hopefully a blank slate.

“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of the certainty of corruption by authority.” Lord Acton, from a letter to Archbishop Creighton, April 5, 1887