pair of ice dyed quilts

I think the main reason my projects don’t find there way here is that I just don’t stop and take pictures like I used to.  In May, I made a fabric basket for a friend’s birthday.  The pattern was from Anna’s book, Handmade Style.  I was so happy with how it turned out that I snapped a quick pic with my phone and delivered it right away.  Later, I thought I would write a little post about it and then realized that all I had to share was this.

Processed with VSCO with e8 presetOne lonely photo.  With this in mind, I took some time to photograph a couple of quilts I made last fall.

ice dye log cabin on barnI could make log cabin quilts for days.  This one is a baby size quilt made from one giant log cabin block.

ice dye log cabin sideice dye log cabin on doorOne half is a light weight chambray, the other half is a split of ice dyed cottons in greens and purples.

The back is a print with indigo stripes on a off-white background.

ice dye log cabin quilt backice dye Vast quiltThe pattern for this quilt is Vast from Jeni’s book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle.

ice dye vast quilt detail

It’s made with some of my favorite ice dyed cottons and a mid-weight chambray.  The back is a gold and black print.

ice dyed Vast quilt back

I think this quilt looks brilliant with all the lichen on the wall.

ice dyed Vast quilt on wall

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.