Saturday, 12 December 2015

Libby's Log Cabin Quilt

Some quilts go together easy and others are just plain work. This one was one of the easy ones. Made for a repeat customer, she selected the fabric line she liked (Country Orchard by Blackbird Designs from Moda)
My version of Libby's Log Cabin
Because we didn't have a pattern selected, I ordered a 1/2 yard pack of all the fabrics in this line from one of my fav online fabric shops, The Fat Quarter Shop. Plus a few extra yards of a couple of the greens for the final binding.
The original Libby's Log Cabin from Fons and Porter
I'm always searching for inspiration for my next project and when I saw this pattern on the Fons and Porter website, I sent the link to my customer and she agreed that it would look great in the fabrics she chose. The pattern is called "Libby's Log Cabin" and is found here: http://www.fonsandporter.com/articles/libbys-log-cabin-quilt-project

Because the quilt I needed was larger than the pattern was for, I first calculated how many blocks I needed for the larger quilt. Then I took one of the greens that I had extra of & the solid 1/2 yard pieces and made the star centres for each of the blocks.
Pieced stars for centre of log cabin blocks

Log cabin blocks with cornerstones
 Then, when I went to a quilt retreat this past fall, I took the pattern & fabrics along, thinking I might get some blocks done, but never expecting that I would get them all done!
Pieced log cabin blocks
The quilt went together so well - the perfect combination of fabrics I love and a twist on a traditional pattern.
My version of Libby's Log Cabin before quilting
The top was quickly finished and sent off to be quilted. I chose a plain cotton muslin back and left it up to Marie from Blueberry Hill quilts to select a quilting pattern.
Piano Runner - variation of Libby's Log Cabin pattern
Then, the next step was to make a runner for my customer's piano. She specifically requested a size of 10"x80" and the same pattern as the quilt. Because the quilt blocks were 15" square, I eliminated the centre star and just made the courthouse step blocks in 10" squares.

Piano Runner - variation of Libby's Log Cabin pattern
The quilt came back from being quilted, the binding put on & it was time for this quilt's turn in the spot light and a little photo shoot in my back yard.
My version of Libby's Log Cabin

My version of Libby's Log Cabin

And a close up of the quilting
This quilt was so hard to pack into a box to ship, but the consolation prize is that the left over fabrics are waiting for me to turn them into something wonderful! I can't wait to show you what I get inspired with!

--Ann