From Virtuality to Reality

A few months ago I received a request from Michelle in New Zealand for permission to use one of my
Log Cabin layouts for a real quilt.
The blocks had already been made and she was looking for something a bit different
to the usual Log Cabin layouts and chose one of mine!

A few weeks ago Michelle let me know the quilt was finished.

The photo arrived just before I left home for three weeks, but now you get to see it too.


Below is the label which has been attached to the back of the quilt, and much to my delight it even includes care instructions.

“From Virtuality

Log Cabin #1

to Reality”

Michelle's Log Cabin

Your quilt is named “From Virtuality to Reality” because although the design is an adaptation of a very old quilt block one called “Log Cabin”, the way the blocks are set is an original design by Judy Butcher (

Once I had constructed the 80 blocks, I wanted to set them out in a way that was different from the standard Log Cabin patterns. Finding something “new” was proving difficult until I came across Judy’s site. There I found just what I was looking for, and even better, for the same number of blocks as I had made. I wrote to Judy seeking permission to use her layout design for this quilt, which she very kindly gave me. A copy of her original work is shown overleaf. Judy is a virtual quilt designer, using her computer to design (as she says on her website) “more quilts that I can ever make in several lifetimes.” And so your quilt’s name was born. I took her virtual design and made it a reality.

Here are some statistics about your quilt:

  • 80 blocks plus border
  • 1600 pieces of fabric sewn together.
  • No less than 100 hours of work, including piecing the blocks, machine quilting-stitching down the borders. the flower design and hand
  • The blocks, border and binding were constructed by Michelle Caldwell
  • The machine quilting was beautifully done by Sue Burnett of Sue B’s Quilting Service, Island Bay.
  • The quilt block layout is by Judy Butcher, Australia.
  • 100% cotton fabric used in the quilt top.
  • Polyester batting

Cleaning your quilt

Your quilt will last you for many, many years if you follow these easy cleaning instructions.

  • Wash only when absolutely necessary. Often a gentle “going over” with the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner will be sufficient to remove any surface dust. Putting the quilt out over your washing line in a light breeze will refresh it without the need to wash.
  • If washing is necessary, machine wash in cold water, full load, on a wool setting, preferably using a wool washing liquid. For the first wash, add a cup of white vinegar to the cold water to reduce any chance of dye running.
  • Spin dry on a slow-medium spin.
  • Dry either on a washing line out of direct sunlight, or in a dryer on a cool setting.
  • For best results, make sure the quilt is straightened out before it is completely dry, and finish by drying as flat as possible. This will help keep the shape and reduce puckering.
  • Avoid dry-cleaning
  • If you have any queries about cleaning or repairing your quilt, please feel free to contact me via email and I will be only too happy to help.

Your quilt was made for Wellington’s Home of Compassion in grateful thanks for their kindness, and the wonderful work that they and their volunteers do. I hope you enjoy using it, and that it brings you comfort, warmth, and pleasure.

Michelle Caldwell

July 2009

Love that Michelle has included care instructions for the quilt along with the other details, something which should always be included when a quilt is going to be owned by a non quilter. (And some quilters to be honest!) And thank you for including a picture of the design on the back of the printed label as well as including my name as designer. For that I will forgive the indiscretion of country of origin! (I changed it from USA to Australia.)

I think it will be a long time and lots of quilts before I stop getting excited whenever I see one of my designs used by someone other than me, and want to show off their quilt as much as any of my own! Probably more!

Thank you, Michelle!

About Virtual Quilter

I am a quilter who designs many more quilts than I will ever make, and I am sharing one quilt design every day in Virtual Quilter. I also share my completed projects in Stuff-Ups, and Christmas decorations in Christmas Everyday of the Year.
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