My sister loves my hobby. And I love my sister.
Last year she asked me if I would make her a quilt for her bed. She has a king sized bed. We talked about designs; we talked about colour. She wanted shabby chic and she wanted something traditional. "How about a log cabin?", I suggested.
I played in EQ7 (Electric Quilt design software) to give her somewhat of a visual of what I was thinking (top right block is turned the wrong way in this diagram but this will give you an idea of what I was trying to accomplish). She loved this one.
Then the journey began:
A little shopping! I started at The Cloth Shop in Vancouver at Granville Island where I found some fat quarters. What a wonderful day that was. My son was at the medical day unit at Children's Hospital for the day so I decided I would walk down to Granville Island (with that store in mind of course) and then I took a taxi back to the hospital before we headed back to Victoria. Sometime thereafter I ended up getting more of the shabby chic fabrics from Satin Moon Quilted Garden. I did use some stash as well. The scrappier the quilt the more charming, I think. Even though I used yardage I really tried to mix up the colours to provide a scrappy feel.
I used the Accuquilt Log Cabin die for cutting and I LOVE IT! It
reduced the cutting time by a big chunk and saved my shoulder from a lot
of pain from too much rotary cutting.
And now for some sewing...I used my treasured featherweight for piecing.
This quilt took me a few months from start to finish with one interruption to work on a wedding quilt with a deadline in July. But when all was said and done, I surprised myself at how quickly this quilt went together. I know I gained some valuable time by using the Accuquilt die for cutting the fabric. Chain piecing helped too. I sewed inside. I sewed outside. I used my clothesline as a design wall (that was a fun day) as I put my rows together.
Once the top was done I sent this quilt out for long arm quilting by Theresa Harbidge and then it was back to me for binding. I love the binding process. I just have a label to do and then it will be off to my sister.
I love my hobby too, because it allows me to give gifts of love to others. There you go little sister! All yours!
Until next time,