Log cabin quilts are one of my all-time favourite blocks, and were among the first blocks I made when I started quilting. I've had a profound love for pioneers all my life, virtually 'lived' in The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. My grandparents were homesteaders; though they didn't build the log cabin in which my Dad grew up, I think they were the second owners. Prior to owning this quarter section with the log cabin on it, my grandpa worked as a hired hand on other farms.
I played around in EQ8 with a Quarter Log Cabin block I designed last year for another fabric company, and came up with... oh, multiple pretty cool designs. It was hard to decide which one to do! Because I was away ten days this month, I had to A. focus and stop dithering (and playing) and B. make a little smaller project than originally planned.
It is just so incredibly gratifying and exciting, to see a quilt you draw either on graph paper or digitally, come to life in fabric.
Don't mind Vigil beneath the blocks; it is staying on the design wall before embarking on an adventure, and so I had to pin on top of it when building the log cabin quilt.
As you know, I love shadow quilts and quilts with layers, so with a little creative colouring of block sections, I created this layered log cabin design. I carefully pieced all the variations of the quarter log cabin block (there are six), sewed all the blocks together, and loaded it onto Avril, my longarm Monday afternoon. Yep, yesterday.
Some quilters play bobbin chicken. I play blog hop chicken! (not a game I'd like to repeat, I must say). I knew I'd be doing ruler work, and wanted to play with a design of just straight lines. I did horizontal ones in the outer partial squares, and had an epiphany to do a burst effect in the centre floating block. Originally I had planned to do vertical lines here. I love when the quilt talks to me! This was just perfect for the effect and the symbolism in the quilt.
I took it off Avril and pegged it sans binding onto my trusty deck for some natural (overcast) lighting.
|Don't these blues just sing?!|
All the while I was working on the quilt, I knew it would be one for me. I teach and practice yoga, and when I teach, I always have a quilt with me to sit my sit bones upon when sitting cross-legged on my mat.
When it came to the name, I chose 'Centred' to mean a couple of things. The central full block that floats on the background four partial ones is one meaning. In yoga, we always 'centre' before beginning our practice, which means finding that quiet deep down part of you, your essence. It can also mean your place of strength, both physically, by engaging your bandhas, and spiritually, acknowledging your true self.
The horizontal lines are quilted in navy Aurifil, 1" apart, and the rays are quilted in medium blue Aurifil, 1.5 to 2" apart. The horizontal lines symbolize the outer world, and the rays of lines symbolize the quieter drawing in of self, yet at the same time radiating out.
I used 'Animal Tracks' to bind it, and laid it on my new sewing studio floor for a photo!
Update: (still overcast, but at least the rain has stopped for a bit).
|On our gate, trying to get as much natural light as possible onto it. This actually is a very true representation of the blues. Even the rich navies have depth.|
The backing is a batik I bought a few years ago, thinking I'd make a second yoga mat bag with it. It is not one of Island Batik's, so I won't show it here, but it has a person doing Sun Salutations on it, just perfect! I had just a yard, so I had to add a little Prairie Skies to make it big enough.
I stitched the binding onto the back and then top-stitched it down to the front. You can see where I stitched my initials into the lower right corner as per usual.
I didn't do my usual use-all-20-fabrics-in-one-quilt quilt for this hop, but do not fret! I have a plan for another quarter log cabin quilt that will use all but one.... I have no more deer left, the one I used for the outer border. Ah well, I was given 2 yards of animal tracks, which is the same rich navy, so not to worry!
Thank you so very much to Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, Schmetz Needles, and AccuQuilt for supplying fabric, thread, batting, needles (I always use Microtex 70/10 for batiks) and a 2 1/2" die which was used in constructing the quilt.
Pattern: Original design
Size: 40.5" x 40.5"
Fabric: Island Batik
Backing: Island Batik and batik from stash
Batting: Hobbs Premium 80/20 Cotton Polyester
Quilted: on Avril my Avanté; 26 985 stitches
Threads: pieced with Aurifil on my Bernina; quilted with Aurifil 50 wt, The Bottom Line in the bobbin.
1. The first one is that this quilt is what we will be making for this year's QAL. It is the fourth year I have run a spring QAL, so stay tuned for exact dates in the very near future. Traditionally, we seem to start around or on my birthday, April 3, and finish on my dad's birthday, June 15, so those are rough dates to keep in mind.
2. Be sure to visit my sister-ambassador, Connie Kauffman, who has also created a quilt with Prairie Skies.
1. I am giving away eight fat eighths (they'll be 4.5 - 5" wide) of Island Batik fabric.
To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends at midnight EST on February 29. The winner will be emailed.
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Be sure to head to the Island Batik blog where you will find a list of all those participating in all the weeks of the hop. Tons and tons of eye candy and inspiration abound! And here is the Rafflecopter widget for a giveaway with Island Batik!
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This is another one of my Q1FAL Goals completed!