After finding the time and gumption to enter Jewel into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival I’ve decided to go for it and enter another quilt: The Heron Log Cabin.
This quilt was made to showcase the Heron print from Across the Pond by Cloud 9. I fell in love with this print but only bought a fat quarter. I have no idea what I was thinking but hey ho it’s nice to surprise yourself sometimes. Anyway, I decided to make a quilt that would be all about this print. Around about the same time I bought a Kona brights jelly roll and when I opened it to take all the purples out to use as binding I realised that the blues and oranges went really well with the Heron print. The idea to make a large log cabin quilt was born.
I cut a centre panel from the fat quarter and then cut 2 1/2″ strips from the Heron print making sure the Herons were going up and down and across. Then I started sewing the jelly roll strips on. From time to time I would insert a Heron to break up the solids and use more of the fabric.
In the end I only used the oranges, pinks, reds, blues and greens from the jelly roll. I wasn’t sure how to quilt it so I asked for advice on Instagram and Krista from Poppyprint sent me a picture of how she would quilt it. It’s basically like chevrons going towards the centre. I think it gives the quilt a wonderful modern look.
The quilt was pieced with Aurifil 50wt in 2600 and quilted in the fabulous variegated Aurifil 40wt that I seem to use on all my quilts lately, number 4654. It finishes at 46″ x 57″ and is perfect for snuggling on the sofa. It’s backed in the Ikea Britten Numbers and bound with Windmarks Mirage from Tule by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics.
Please take the time to go and browse all the other fantastic entries to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. I’m sure you will find lots of great inspiration. All you have to do is click on the link below.
By the way, this quilt was on my FAL and I’m happy to say that it means I have finished two of eleven WIPs. I’d better get a move on!
Nothing like waiting for the last second to enter the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, eh? I’ve been humming and hawing whether I should and, if yes, what I should enter. In the end I decided to enter Jewel into the mini category. I’ve made a lot of EPP minis and I like them all but this one makes me especially happy because of its cheerful colours and because it was made as a ‘thank you’ for a very special lady. You can read my original posts about this mini here and here.
This is the design I started with and the colours I decided to use. I’m not really a rainbow person but I thought it really worked for this design which had been sitting on my computer for quite a while and which I’d named Jewel.
It didn’t take me long to deviate from my plan but I quite liked where it was going.
I did some hand quilting with some Aurifil 12wt in 4660 and added a dotty red binding to tie back to the red centre.
I left out the last round because I liked the way it looked when I put it onto the background of some Lizzie House Pearl Bracelets in light grey.
It wasn’t all that difficult to send off to Karie as I knew it was going to someone who would appreciate it.
Please take a minute or two and check out all the other wonderful quilts at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over on Amy’s Creative Side.
Friday I went to a quilt show here in Switzerland. It was organised by the Association of Swiss Quilters and was held in Solothurn which is only 20 minutes away by train. I met up with the lovely Helen from runquiltknitwrite and we had a great time looking at all the quilts and shopping for a bit of fabric.
You weren’t allowd to take any pictures of the quilts which I thought was a real shame as I really didn’t want to spend money on a catalogue (not if I could spend it on fabric!!!). I did sneak in one picture though with my phone.
Quilts in Switzerland don’t seem to be about snuggling or warmth but all about art. They were all made for hanging on the wall, some with paper, plastic and bubble wrap on them. One had lots of bobbins sewn on it, others had buttons or 3D flowers. Did I like the quilts? A few. Was the show inspirational? Yes, absolutely. It made me want to push some boundaries and maybe make an art quilt for hanging on the wall. Just because I would like to see if I can. However, it also made me realise that I love to make things I can use as well as look at and that I would probably be in the wrong place if I joined the Swiss quilting association.
What about the fabric I bought? Actually it wasn’t very much. I bought a Kaffe Fassett print that I absolutely adore and a few purple fat quarters as I want to make Little Miss Bossy-Boots a new quilt. She’s getting too big for the pink log cabins (although it’s still perfect for snuggles on the sofa) and prefers purple to pink now. Slowly but surely I’m trying to find enough purple fabrics to make her a Dresden plate quilt. I’m going to add more colours but want to start with the purples first.
Solothurn also houses the best fabric shop I have seen in a long time, Stoffartig. It most definitely has everything my little heart desires: quilting cottons, voiles, corduroy, jersey etc and everything else you need for quilting and dressmaking. It was like Aladdin’s cave and I got a bit overwhelmed. In the end I only bought a remnant and some interfacing. However, I will be back.
I’m not sure why but on Wednesday last week I suddenly decided to make my mother a quilt for her birthday. It had to be a quick finish as her birthday is today. Layer cake to the rescue!
I bought a layer cake of ‘Honey, Honey’ by Kate Spain quite a while ago. The prints are so cheerful and gorgeous, I absolutely love them. In fact, I decided while making this quilt that I have to try and find some yardage of some of the prints as I think they are p.e.r.f.e.c.t. I have yet to see a collection by Kate Spain that I don’t love but this one truly makes my heart sing.
Every now and then I pulled out the layer cake and wondered what pattern I should use to make a quilt. I put it back not being able to decide. Now that I knew I was making a quilt for my mother I had to come up with something. In the end I decided to go for big tumblers to let the fabrics do the talking.
A bit of washi tape on the ruler ensured that the angles were all the same. As some of the prints were directional I had to make sure I cut the tumblers the right way and I’m pleased to report I only made one mistake. As it was fairly early on I could swap that tumbler with one from one of the other rows and sort it like that.
The quilt was pieced with Aurifil 40wt (2021) and free motion quilted with my favourite Aurifil 40wt (4654). I did some big flowers, leaves and insects and added Little Miss Bossy-Boots’ and my name and the year. My fmq may not be perfect but, by Jove, I had a lot of fun doing it.
I love this quilt and I hope my mother does too (I might just steal it back if she doesn’t). The best thing? Kate Spain saw my picture on Instagram and wished my mum a ‘happy birthday’.