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

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Snap Bags

Just a quick post today. I always find that I do better at craft sales if I have some smaller items on my table so this year I've been making snap bags. 

I bought this bicycle fabric specifically for the bags, but I will have lots left for something else. 

And I needed to buy a tape measure as it wouldn't do to deprive my husband of a proper measuring tool in his shop. 

This is the final result. Whatever is left after my 2 craft sales will be listed in the Etsy shop. 

-Ann

Pink & Red Twin Quilt

A simple 9-patch quilt block has been the basis for many of my baby quilts, but this is the first one I've made larger into a twin size quilt. First choice was the pretty retro looking red floral used in the border.

Then a selection of pink and red fabrics that were the same shades as in the border fabric. I cut a selection of 2.5" squares from the pinks and reds and a bunch from white Kona cotton and pieced my 9-patches.

Next step is putting them up on the design wall and making sure that I didn't get too many of the same fabrics bunched together. 6.5" white Kona cotton squares were added as alternate blocks, blocks were sewn into rows, rows together into the centre of the quilt.
 
A plain white border was added and then the cute red & pink floral. Marie from Blueberry Hill Quilts did the quilting and added the name of the quilt's recipient into the white border. We've done that for a few twin quilts - a nice subtle way to personalize a quilt.

Quick & easy peasy!
--Ann