It was a long time coming, but I finally finished my Cabin Windows Quilt. This was a kit from Connecting Threads that I picked up in the spring. I love that the kit is made of flannel and has such bright colours. The kit makes a square lap quilt, and I wanted something a little larger, so I ordered some extra sashing fabric and looked at my stash for more flannels.
I had a pair of good quality flannel sleep pants that didn't fit - so I fussy cut them for the centre squares and cornerstones.
Then I cut up all the kit coloured flannel into as many strips as I could and cut the same number of strips from the black for the window veins. I cut the rest of the black into the sashing size and hoped I'd have enough to make the top!! - I didn't really have a plan when I ordered the extra fabric because I didn't have the pattern yet - so I just added 3/4 yard to my cart and waited until it showed up!
The pattern didn't have any particular layout for the colours, and I was totally comfortable with the "see how it goes" impromptu piecing. I started making a square with each colour around the centre. I did plan a bit for the second round - I didn't want the same combinations if I could avoid it - and I wanted to mix up the patterns as well.
After making each of the main blocks, I still had some strips, so I sewed up 4 totally scrappy style blocks, one for each corner.
The backing fabric is also from Connecting Threads, and I went with the circular motif from the Primitive Pennies collection. It has lots of colour, and the shape contrasts well with the log cabin on the front.
I wanted a fairly dense quilting pattern, so after ditch quilting each block, I straight line quilted using the free motion foot. So it's more straightish lines on each block :) I alternated blocks quilting one horizontally, the next vertically. I left the cornerstones unstitched, then made a braid or rope design on the sashing.
I love the look of the ombre red thread (also from Connecting Threads) on the top. On the back, the thread blends almost completely, so only the texture is seen.
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