I've been making quilts for each family member, and since this summer marks my sister's 15th wedding anniversary, I asked her what colours she'd like in a quilt. She responded with cream and beige. Great blenders, excellent neutrals...and a challenge for me since like love scrappy quilts!
Since I'm trying to keep costs down, and I didn't have very much in the beige/cream colour way, I stopped at the local thiftstore to check out their fabric/sheet collection. What a great day it was! There just happened to be a large drive in April, so lots of new stock is being released now - Yeah!! In a few minutes, I had these fabrics! The one on the far right is a large queen flat sheet that will be the backing. The middle column has 2 flat sheets and a table cloth. The left side stack is pillowcases and one men's shirt that I couldn't resist. Total cost - under $30 - so I totally can go to town playing with the design!
My sister has discerning taste...that's the polite way of saying she's picky, right?
I know she'll keep a quilt that I make her, but if I want her to actually use it, it needs to be subtly beautiful.
Fortunately, my Mom gave me some cash at Easter saying "Buy one of those quilting books you wanted at Christmas." YES!! So I placed an order for Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book. What a FANTASTIC book! I really would make all of these quilts. I want at least 3 of them for myself. The first time I flipped through it, I saw the pattern for Summer Lake Log Cabin and my sister's name popped into my head.
I really love the geometry and movement of the swirly blocks with the traditional light/dark log cabin blocks.
I know with the lighter values of the fabrics I picked up that the contrast will have less impact, but I'm sure my sister will appreciate the more zen-like approach to this quilt. I also want to challenge myself to see the design in a much subtler colour palate (the original used almost sunset inspired colours of pink/orange/greens).
I'm so excited to start this project and I've got some other fabrics in my stash I can add for variety and depth of pattern. My fingers are itching to get stitchin!
Linking up today with Sunday Stash with Molli, and to May's ALYOF goal setting party with Shanna.
Check out my progress on this quilt here.
Sometimes I need a deadline to keep me motivated to complete a quilt. What better motivation than participating in a bloghop?
While the snow and cold temperatures keep you inside, why not work on projects for this year's fair? The full listing is available to download now!
This month's block used paper piecing technique, one that all three of us were familiar with and happy to assemble!
My favourite customer, Ashley asked me to make a quilt from her daughter's baby clothes. I have previously made her quilts for her sisiter-in-law, her boys and she won a school quilt!
August's quilting technique was English Paper Piecing (EPP), a method I was skeptical to try at first.