I am so delighted to have this quilt finish to show. I was inspired by Helen’s quilt that she brought to the South West Modern Quilt Guild meeting last year in May. It was stunning and inspired me to go home and pull out all my low volume fabrics and start cutting, Helen also really kindly sent me an envelope full of her leftovers to add to the variety and save me some cutting.
I then pieced a quilt back from stash: fairly quiet fabrics, a pale pink from Lizzy House Catnip line, some Pearl Bracelets and the leftovers from an wide back quilt fabric: Whistler Studios style #39513 for Windham Fabrics:
After piecing the top I thought about how I might quilt it and I decided (in a moment of madness maybe) to hand quilt it! So I basted the quilt with thread to avoid the additional weight of pins and also the irritation of having to move pins each time I moved the hoop. I chose to quilt inside each log! That’s 12 logs in 64 blocks = 764 logs. I used embroidery floss from stash; using mainly pale colours but a couple of brights too.
It’s taken a while but I have throughly enjoyed the process. I absolutely love the effect the hand quilting gives to the finished quilt; wrinkled and soft.
I bound the quilt in a text print from the Sunkissed line by Sweetwater which I think came out in 2010 and I found it at a quilt show in 2014 at a bargain price so stashed 2 metres of it. It’s really subtle but I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I used Jo Avery’s tutorial on single fold binding for the first time; it worked perfectly and I’d recommend giving it a go if you haven’t already.
As you can see we took the quilt for a photoshoot on a snowy day – one of the 3 that we’ve had in the last 7 years here in the warm (?) south west of the UK. I’m delighted to have inspired some others to make their own low volume log cabin quilt; check out #lvlogcabinquilt on instagram if you want to see more or if you need more inspiration to start one! I sent my left over low volume strips on to Tori and she’s made 46 gorgeous blocks so far.
I hoped that I would have finished this by Christmas but some pain in my hands while hand quilting meant I had to slow down so I’m delighted to have it finished even if a couple of months later than expected. It was on my list this quarter so I’m definitely linking this one up as a happy finish.
Pattern: Inspired by Helen’s quilt
Finished size: 64″ x 64″ approx
Fabrics: numerous low volume fabrics – too many to mention
Backing fabric: Pearl Bracelets and Catnip by Lizzy House and Whistler Studios style #39513 for Windham Fabrics
Binding fabric: text print from Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda
Quilted using various DMC embroidery threads