This is from the series which started with an old spoon handed to me by an aunt. The engraved bowl has inspired a large collection of applique and quilting designs which work together in an ever growing collection of quilt designs. I added a couple of blocks and several quilt designs yesterday.
I find it hard not to examine the design on every piece of cutlery I handle, and am now finding I am going through the cutlery in op shops to see if there are any interesting designs on any of them. I have even borrowed a couple of pieces from a neighbour so I could take photos of them.
This project file has been lurking in the deep since I first started playing with Log cabin designs to share.
It is one of several which have over 200 designs saved, and I think it is about time I started letting them out into the world-wide web.
There is nothing difficult about the designs …. 64 blocks, some all dark, some all light, some traditional half light, half dark blocks.
All you need is two piles of contrasting fabric, one light, one dark, Scraps will do the job nicely.
Any Log Cabin block will do … and the size of the block determines the size of the finished quilt.
My favourite today is the first one.
I love it!
There is still space for a lot of boring quilting in a thread matching the background, which would make the feature quilting and applique really stand out.
There didn’t look to be a lot of room for quilting … until I started playing!
Playing with some pieced sashing designs.
Pretty … maybe too intricate for an average quilt, but could be tempted to try if I find the right place to put it.
I prefer the colour of the quilting in the first one, but like the more intricate sashing in the second.
A little bit of applique, and some quilting in a heavy thread matching the applique, add some boring background quilting in normal weight quilting thread to match the background.
I could live with that!
Keep in mind that with the improvement of sewing machines it is becoming easier and quicker to quilt lines a quarter inch apart all over a quilt. Modern wadding is bonded, and some can be fused to the quilt top, or back. It doesn’t need to be near as heavily quilted as cotton straight from the boll. (That is the pod which holds the cotton ‘thread’ on the plant.)
We need some to add the third dimension, but if we over quilt something we plan to sleep under, it becomes less cuddly, and less warm.
Save the heavy quilting for something planned to hang on a wall.
Had an urge to open this project file to see what was next.
Interesting, and I like it.
Mind you, I deleted a couple of designs which did not appeal to me at all before I found this one.
Link to the prize winners at the Quilters Guild of SA
Photos don’t do them justice … the real quilts are so much nicer to look at.
Looking through them I remembered why I like volunteering at exhibitions … with the white gloves on I get to touch quilts and not only see the texture, but I get to feel it. With the gloves on that’s how a quilt feels through the sheet on a bed. Quilts for me are about touch.
I should play with more designs set on point.
Setting Log Cabin blocks on point makes all sorts of interesting things happen .. including the Prairie Point effect around the one above …
… and the curved Prairie Point around the one above!
The one above is one of this series which lead to the Fishing Cabin design.
Left the best till last today … and would look good on a bed, or on the floor as a mat or tiled!
Looks a lace tablecloth!
Or maybe the back of a patchwork quilt with lots of little blocks.