Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Barb's Log Cabin quilt


This piece came from my client, Barb. It is a very traditional quilting pattern, known as Log Cabin - this block has a small square in the center and builds outward as rectangles lean on each preceding piece. This quilt is especially lovely in how the log cabins were arranged in light and dark values.

When you stand back and look at the whole piece, you might not realize that THIS is the actual quilt block:

All quilting is free-motion, hand-guided on a longarm quilting machine.



With the very bold patterns and color varieties, it wasn't worth putting a lot of time into very intense custom quilting. The quilting really didn't show up that much anyway. So I took a lighter approach. Free-form feathers in the lighter areas, and my favorite swirls in the darker areas. 


I quilted parallel straight lines along the points of the log cabins, to emphasize the sub-pattern of diamonds that radiated out from the center of the quilt, created by the difference between light and dark fabrics. 


Custom treatment in the borders included arches with feathers outside and ribbon candy inside, as well as some ruler work in the cornerstones. 







Sub-pattern really shows up nicely on the back.

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