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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MQG Mini swap, a completed quilt

This has been received and appreciated so I can finally share with all of you.

I’ll give you a quick little photo tour of the progress shots but first here is my mini quilt I sent off to Albuquerque NM to a lovely and very accomplished quilter named Jan.

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Jan likes water and mountains and hand-dyed fabrics and I was stumped. I had some triangles in solid fabrics leftover from an abandoned project and wondered if I could put them to use.

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A preliminary fabric pull.

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An expanded fabric pull, taking into account Jan’s hand-dyed colour ombré works.IMG_5146

Skip a few steps along to here:

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I quilted the ombré bars first in an orange (top) and a purple thread (bottom). Yes, the bottom thread is purple. A weird, mauve-ish purple that looks brown and purple and blue.

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I quilted each triangle differently in matching threads and did straightline quilting in the black bars and pebbles in the centre background.

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Don’t look too closely at the binding. Actually, the binding is awesome, as are three fourths of the corners. That last damn corner annoys me because I totally fluffed it.

My absolute fave part is the back. I remember when I bought this fabric the store owner said to me “you certainly aren’t afraid of colour.” No Penny, I am NOT afraid of colour.

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Orange thread in the bobbin because I always use different threads top and bottom.

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Quilt Stats:

Title: MQG Mini Swap, Desert Mtns for Jan

Lifetime quilt no.: 72

Started: February 2, 2018

Finished: February 12, 2018

Size: 15″x21″

Number of pieces: lots and lots and lots

Quilting: detailed above

Fabric: solids of various brands and Brandon Mably “Casbah” print

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and this was also on my Q1 Finish Along list.

Maple Spirit, a finished quilt

The long promised, much vaunted quilt I designed for my guild’s QuiltCon charity challenge.

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We named the quilt “Maple Spirit.” The inspiration for this quilt came from an excellent conversation I had with a quilty friend: we talked about gingerbread houses, the Canadian Coast Guard, the parameters of this challenge (theme was Modern Traditionalism and a specific colour palette), Canada’s Sesquicentennial, and more.

This idea came to me fully intact and the only change I made was to adjust the placement of the maple leaf.

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Blocks from the guild members. We used white tone on tone fabrics for the maple leaves and white solid fabric for the background. I knew the variations in whites would give us lovely depth and variation for the background.

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The most awesome maple leaf you’ve ever seen.

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The texture on this quilt is phenomenal. Each of the three parts (or colours) has a different texture: the background has a back and forth water-ish quilting pattern, the maple leaf has veins quilted in a not very dense pattern, and the leaf shadow has matchstick quilting.

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We agonized over which colour to use for binding but ultimately decided to include a fifth colour from the colour palette. Fussy cut binding (to add emphasis) for the win!

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Previous blog posts about this quilt are here, here, here, and here.

Quilt Stats:

Title: Maple Spirit

Lifetime quilt no.: 72

Started: I agreed to take on the project Sept 21, 2017

Finished: quilt finished (labelled and with hanging sleeve) January 20, 2018

Size: ~72×90

Number of pieces: 1,364, plus however many are in the red strip sets

Quilting: detailed above, but longarmed with Wonderfil and Invisifil threads

Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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**