Thursday, August 19, 2010

a wonky rediscovery

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt
many moons ago, i started a quilt using wonky log cabin blocks from quiltdad's tutorials. the piecing was great fun, and i fussy cut some of my favorite fabrics for the centers of the blocks. i used an old black duvet cover for the sashing and my design was inspired by many of the gorgeous quilts i've seen in the fresh modern quilts pool.
Wonky Log Cabin Quilt
i put the top together, pieced the back with some pretty quilting fabrics and used cotton/wool batting. i started quilting it with straight lines using my old machine, but the quilt was just too large to be manageable.
Wonky Log Cabin Quilt
i eventually gave up out of frustration. quilting on my singer was physically tiring and too much of a chore to be any fun. i set aside the quilt for many months, figuring that i would someday get around to finishing it, but not knowing when.
Wonky Log Cabin Quilt
when the horizon came, i wanted to try a larger quilt and figured that this half-finished one would be the perfect first try. the quilting was an absolute breeze on the new machine and i was done with it in an hour or two. i used kona cotton solid for the straight-grain binding and before i knew it, the quilt was completely finished.

it's a bit small for our queen sized bed, but now spicy and i each have our own individual quilts to curl up in. he has a habit of stealing my covers (one night he actually ripped my quilt off of me as i was sleeping). and this one is quite a bit larger so it's more suited to him. i think i actually love the back more than the front.

if you can't tell from all the babbling, i really love this quilt. it wasn't the easiest thing i've ever done (though it should have been) but it was a labor of love.

4 comments:

  1. Wow! It really is gorgeous! I'd love to start quilting but I'm already short on time as it is!

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  2. Dude, this is the key to marital/cohabitating bliss--separate covers!!! I have NEVER shared blankets with Dr. Mad Scientist. Besides, he comes from a comforter family, and I was raised on quilts. Sorry, I do NOT sleep under a comforter. Ha ha! Such a snob!
    All that aside--love this quilt! Very cool! I'm learning great tips for things to look for in my next machine from your posts!

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  3. I love it, and the fact that it was a journey to finish, well, that just adds to it's value. It's beautiful, and I think I like the back best as well.

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  4. I love it! I love the colors and I really really like the wonky log cabin squares. The back is great, too. :)

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