around the block quilt

front of around the block quiltThis was one of the those quick projects that took me ages to finish.  The colors are not ones I usually work with so I had a difficult time deciding how the blocks should work together.  I shuffled them around so many times.  I kind of hated it and then I loved it.

corner of around the block quilt

The heart of each log cabin block was part of a panel that I cut up and then edged with wonky bands of tone on tone orange, green, blue, and gold.  The orange is a cross hatch print, while the others are silhouettes of leaves.

The extra spaces around the blocks and the binding are a coordinating brown print that I think looks like little bees buzzing around, but is actually tiny airplanes.  I quilted it with gold thread in vertical straight lines.

back of around the block quiltThe back is big, wide bands of the coordinating colors that I used on the front.  aorund the block quilt

I think it makes for a great baby quilt.  I’m happy that in the end I powered through and kept working on this one.  It would have been a shame to let it sit on a shelf unfinished simply because it was bit frustrating in the middle of making it.

It will be listed soon.

 

calico plus log cabin equals my barn raising quilt

barn raising quilt on stepsBig quilts are tough to photograph.  I have used this spot in the past for big quilts.  The steps are a big help, but the wind can be a big problem.  I love the small feet trying to hold the corner from blowing back on this one.

barn raising in wind

Thankfully, just when we thought all hope was lost, we stopped at the park. liberty lifestyle barn raising quilt

This quilt was two years in the making.  The calicoes are from Liberty Lifestyle‘s Bloomsbury collection.  I fell in love with them the first moment I saw them.  As a child of the 70’s, I was raised on calico.  My mom made dresses with pinafores for me that were a blend of Little House on the Prairie meets 1970’s bold.

calico dress

Once I picked out the fabrics, the pattern was an easy decision.  I love log cabin quilts.  From traditional to wonky, they let simple blocks shine with all the different options for layouts.  Plus they are a part of my history.  Around the time that picture of me, along with my brother, in our finest 70’s looks, our new log house was being built.  I grew up in a log house.  It’s an L-shaped ranch style, but it’s still a log house.

Liberty lifestyle barn raising quilt detail

Log cabins have become my comfort block.  As soon as I finish one, I want to make another one.  Which is good because it took a whole lot of blocks to make this quilt.  The back is pieced with brown florals and paisley medallions.

back of liberty lifestyle barn raising quilt

I used flannel instead of batting for a lighter weight, but with as much fabric as is used in a quilt of this size, there’s not a lot about this quilt that is light weight.  I used a heavy weight pearl cotton in ivory to tie the layers together.  It’s already on the bed and I should add, over the bed.  It pools onto the floor around our full-sized bed.

This is one of those projects that I thought might never be finished.

liberty lifestyle barn raising quilt at Abbe Creek school

 

I am so happy that it finally is after all this time.

his helicopter quilt

My sewing machine (Pearl) sits behind our front door.  I realize this sounds crazy, but generally, the only people who come to our front door are the types who want to talk politics, or sell me cookies so it isn’t as much of a pain as it sounds.

So I have my little corner of the cottage to set up my ironing board next to my machine and stitch.  Sometimes when Cj is bored, because he’s used up all of his computer time, he comes and sits across from me and asks things like…

“Hey Mom, how’s Pearl doing?”

“What are you making today?”

“Who is it for?”

“What’s for supper?”

“When are you going to make my quilt?”

Almost two years ago now, he sat down with me at the computer to pick out fabric for bed quilt.  He loves helicopters and cameras so this echino line was the perfect place to start.  He asked for school busses too and I had to add the frames because he has a sneaky habit of watching his reflection in people’s glasses.

A year ago, I pieced the top. It’s made up of 30 wonky improve court house step blocks and framed with grey sashing.  But then I was distracted by life and even with the occasional reminder of “when are you going to make my quilt?”, it sat in a pile.

Finally this October I got my act together and here it is.

I love it and even more important, he loves it!

It is quilted with grey lines 1 inch apart through the print blocks on the vertical and with accents of orange quilting on the horizontals.

The back is pieces with a mix of solids and some bits of left over echino.

He is thrilled to finally have his very own handmade by Mom quilt on his bed.  I’m left with feelings of satisfaction until the question “what’s for supper?” pops up again.