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STAR-Y LOG CABIN QUILT

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt
Design by Amanda Woodward Jennings
Made for Heather & Liam Brown
Started February 2011
Finished December 30, 2012

Looking back, I started this quilt just a couple months after Heather & Liam announced their engagement at our family holiday party. I was pretty proud of myself for being so ahead of the game. There was no wedding date set yet and surely with a head start I would finish on time. Even with the best of intentions, 2012 had other plans for me. Heather & Liam’s wedding was in June and I needed more time. Six months later at Christmas was the next best thing. (Still within the one year gift rule!)

I blogged about starting this project here and then a bit more progress here. Heather & Liam met at school for architecture, so I was happy to use that as a starting point for my fabric & even the design choice. Star-y represented nature & woodsy aspects and Log Cabin represented the city and buildings. It seemed pretty perfect to me, exactly how I think of Heather & Liam. Working on a project for so long, I was able to keep adding new fabrics to the mix from my original selection. I tried to keep the navy’s very dark, almost black. I wanted to really have a lot of contrast within the design, something I’m not known for.

There are only four blocks in this quilt, but they are quite large. Each block is about 35″ square and the finished quilt is around 70″ square. A good size to snuggle under on the couch together, I hope. The star centres are my all time favourite fabric called City Limits. The top two stars feature the building tops, including a water tower. The bottom stars feature the brownstone stoops and streetview.  Working around the log cabin, I mixed in my favourite Japanese text prints and textures.

For the back of the quilt, I used a large piece of Martha Negley’s navy forest fabric along with a dark navy star fabric. The back is like a star-y night in the woods to me. I paper pieced their initials into the back and hand embroidered the year and my name. My new goal is to work the label into the quilt before it gets basted. This way when I finish sewing the binding, the quilt is complete. This is a lesson learned from the 3 complete gift quilts I have on a shelf that are just waiting on labels!

I machine quilted the whole quilt in two long nights. Nothing complicated, just in the ditch around the stars and then an echo around the stars. After that I just echoed the logs in concentric squares. For the binding I chose to do a scrappy look, so I could add in a few more fabrics that I loved but hadn’t fit into the main part of the quilt. A mini anchor fabric especially needed to make an appearance. Since I was so pressed for time at the end I really considered machine sewing the binding in full, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. The final hand stitching of the binding is something that really completes the project for me and I love getting to spend those last hours underneath the quilt. But a quilt binding can often take me DAYS to finish and I had one night. Luckily I consulted with Amanda who recommended using Audible.com and getting an audio book. This saved my life!! I have never hand stitched binding so quickly in my life. All together it took about four hours, not even a full book to get the binding done.

The quilt went home with Heather & Liam the other day. I’m not going to lie, it is my most favourite quilt I’ve made so far. I was especially inspired while making this quilt. Every decision and stitch reflected the two amazing people I was making it for which made this a truly vibrant piece. Yesterday I cut out pieces to make myself a little replica block, so I can have it as a mini quilt for myself.

Congratulations Heather & Liam! xoxox

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

Star-y Log Cabin Quilt

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SEWING SUMMIT

Amanda's pile of mini quilts

This year was the inaugural year for the Sewing Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sewing Summit is a two day sewing & blogging conference that was held at the Little America Hotel. Since Katherine and I had such a great time at The Makerie in the spring, we knew we had to be a part of the Sewing Summit, too. It was also a chance to meet up with lots of friends IN REAL LIFE that I’ve made on the internet. Most specifically, Amanda aka Ms Mcporkchop! Amanda and I have been chatting pretty much every day for well over a year. We’ve worked on projects together, sent each other packages in the mail and video skyped with each other. You can imagine how amazing it was to meet up with her at the SLC airport and room with her & Katherine for five whole days. It was the best!!

We had flown down a few days early so that we could spend time with Lizzy House and have a chance to explore Salt Lake City. This was one lesson we learned from our Makerie trip. We didn’t schedule in time to really check out Boulder and Denver. Thursday was our shopping day. Armed with a list of local quilt and yarn shops, we headed out in our rented SUV. We took a short drive outside the city to visit Material Girls and Quilt, Etc. Both were huge shops with so many great fabrics. We had a lot of fun scouring the shelves and picking out fat quarters for ourselves. Back in SLC, we visited Piper’s Quilts, which sells both fabric and yarn. This shop is in an adorable house with quilts hanging out on the porch and a classroom upstairs. The last stop on our craft tour was Blazing Needles. It’s been a really long time since I’ve knit anything, but I always love to check out the colourful skeins of yarn. Something about this wonderful shop inspired Katherine & I to buy yarn and start knitting a cozy cowl. The owner, Cynthia, spent a lot of time with us making sure we got everything we needed and giving us advice. We left the shop feeling really inspired. I think everyone who visited that shop felt the same thing because at night huge groups of gals were huddled together in our room or the lobby knitting away.

Friday was another exploring day. This time with Lizzy and her sister, Melissa. We drove out to Sundance Resort, which is located in a gorgeous canyon surrounded by mountains. It was actually snowing in the mountains, which made them even more breathtaking. We also drove out to Park City, which is actually the setting for the Sundance Film Festival. In our wandering around we happened upon a Banksy, which totally made my day.

The Sewing Summit started early on Saturday and wrapped up Sunday afternoon. We took Handbags 101 with Bari J, Free Motion Quilting with Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew, Creative Fabric Selection with Jeni B of In Color Order, Marvelous Minis with Amanda of MsMcPorkchop Quilts, Photographing Your Creations with Vanessa of V and Co and Improv Piecing with Jessica of Urban Patchwork. That’s a lot to jam into a couple days, but I learned a lot and felt really inspired.

In particular, Jeni & Amanda’s classes were totally energized and informative. Jeni gave a really thorough presentation on how to choose dynamic colour palettes and surprised the entire class with Kona colour cards. Such a useful tool for selecting colour.  Amanda brought so many examples of her minis and they were all incredible. My favourite all time mini is her Oregon Star. I felt like I was in the presence of the Mona Lisa, seeing this mini quilt in person. Incredible. Also, you have never seen anyone as passionate about getting you excited to make mini quilts and be creative. I am pretty sure everyone in her class went straight home after the weekend and made a mini quilt. I know I did.

There were so many friends that I met at the Summit that were so fun to hang out with. I’m so happy that I made sure to take lots of ‘people’ photos on this trip. Amanda J, Amanda Hall, Jeni B, Kait, Lindsay, Angela, Deedrie & Jessica – I had so much fun with you ladies! Saying goodbye to everyone on the last day was really hard, but I hope we’ll meet up again soon!

Check out my 100+ photos from Salt Lake City and the Sewing Summit here!

Amanda & Katherine cozy

Amanda's embroidery

Sundance

Melissa, Katherine, Lizzy & Karyn

Sundance

Katherine's Free Motion Quilting

Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew

Fabric treats

Knitting!?!

Jeni's Colourful Quilts

Amanda's Mini Quilts

Katherine, Lindsay, Deedrie, Amanda, Kait & Karyn

Rio Grande

Amanda H, Kait, Karyn, Amanda J, Katherine & Jeni

Katherine, Karyn & Amanda

Lizzy

Red eye stop over at JFK

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SUNDAY PATCHWORK #9

Sunday Patchwork #9

It’s been a while since I’ve worked on my Star-y Log Cabin quilt, but I’ve been thinking about it a lot. (that counts for something, right?) I finally promised myself that I would devote a Sunday Patchwork night to make some headway with this quilt top. (which was designed by Amanda)

It’s pretty fun to start to see it come together. It’s definitely a much bolder palette than what I tend to go for and it feels pretty good to step outside my normal ‘grey’ palette. I have about five more rounds of logs to do, so I’m just about half way done!

Sunday Patchwork #9

Sunday Patchwork #9

Sunday Patchwork #9

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PATCHWORK PALETTES : ICELAND

Patchwork Palettes : Iceland

I am so excited about this block! This is the second Patchwork Palettes block that I’ve done with Amanda. The concept of our project is that we draw colour inspiration from one of our Pinterest photos. The two of us each create a patchwork block that interprets the palette. One photo, two completely different blocks!

This time it was my turn to choose and I HAD to choose this incredible photo of Iceland. These colours are so ME. I loved looking through my scrap bin for these icy blues, smoky greys, bits of pink and black. You may recognize some scraps from my last Happy Homemade top. It was a ‘happy’ coincidence that I was working on both projects at the same time. That big gingham in aqua and white was a perfect fit for this.

This block is loosely based on a log cabin pattern with lots of scrappy strips and bits mixed in. Some things that I love about this block : where I’ve pieced the same fabric to itself, the repetition of fabrics throughout the block and the tiny scrap of persimmon plaid fabric near the top right corner.

Amanda also did an improv block this time and I absolutely love it! Take a look at her bold fabric choices and teeny tiny bits of piecing and stripes. So good. Also, my favourite detail is her little diagonal pieces.

This project is so good for me. These small blocks are incredibly satisfying to make and I’m learning all kinds of wonderful ways of improv piecing fabrics together. It is an inspiring way to sew. Plus, testing out colour palettes is so much fun.

I can’t wait to start on our next block. We’re off to choose our next photos!!

Patchwork Palettes : Iceland

Patchwork Palettes : Iceland

Patchwork Palettes : Iceland

Patchwork Palettes : Iceland

Patchwork Palettes : Iceland

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STAR-Y LOG CABIN CENTRES

Star-y Log Cabin Centres

I had a chance to start working on my sawtooth star centres for the Star-y Log Cabin e-course I’m taking on Sunday. I couldn’t be more excited with how these blocks turned out!

I’m in love with the contrasting and bold (for me) colour palette that I’ve chosen. Plus, I’m getting to use some of my favourite fabrics. The addition of the Liberty of London Mauvey print (leftovers from this dress) for the star points really brings together all the colours. I’ve been slipping Liberty of London into my patchwork recently and there’s something about it that really shines. The prints and colours are always just so perfect and striking and lovely. (hmm… time to order more Liberty for the shop!)

As I was working away, fussy cutting those cute buildings from City Limits, I kept thinking that this is a brilliant design for a quilt! The concept is so simple and classic, but Amanda‘s unique approach and execution are what totally makes it. Amanda has been encouraging all her students to tell their own story with their patchwork and I’m really feeling a little story of my own coming together. Her weekly pdfs have been so energetic and full of great information that I can’t wait for them to arrive in my inbox each Thursday.

This week I’ll be starting to add my logs!!

Star-y Log Cabin Centres

Star-y Log Cabin Centres

Star-y Log Cabin Centres

Star-y Log Cabin Centres

Star-y Log Cabin Centres

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QUILT SAMPLER 2 : SAWTOOTH STARS

Quilt Sampler 2 : Sawtooth Stars

We are a few weeks into the Quilt Sampler 2 class and it’s starting to come together! This is a fairly large quilt and the blocks are different sizes, some much larger than I’ve ever done. The Sawtooth Star section is made of six stars with squares in between. I’m going to wait until more of the quilt is done to decide what the in between fabric will be.

I’ve done sawtooth stars before in the Intro to Hand Work class, but I love learning different ways of doing the same block. That’s definitely one of the fascinating things about learning from different people.

Speaking of stars! I’m going to take Amanda‘s Star-y Log Cabin Quilt e-course. It starts up next week for eight weeks. I’m dying to learn some of her awesome tricks! Also, her enthusiasm for quilting is completely contagious. (see her adorable video here!) For anyone who can’t make it out to a formal quilting class, this is kinda perfect to work on when you want and at your own pace. I’m planning this quilt for a far in advance gift. It will be fun to work on a project with people in different places of the world. Let me know if you sign up too!

Quilt Sampler 2 : Sawtooth Stars

Quilt Sampler 2 : Sawtooth Stars

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PATCHWORK PALETTES : AMSTERDAM

Patchwork Palettes : Amsterdam

This is apparently going to be a very patchwork-y year! I’m super excited to introduce a new series I’m working on with Amanda called ‘Patchwork Palettes’. Amanda and I have been hanging out on the ‘internets’ and chatting about all kinds of fun, crafty ideas over the last little while. Since Amanda is in California and I’m here in Toronto, we starting discussing a project we could work on together, long distance.

We both absolutely love patchwork, colour, and Pinterest (surprise!). So, we decided to take turns choosing an image that we would draw colour inspiration from and each create a patchwork block based on that image.  The only rule for the project is that the finished block needs to be 15″ square or less.

For our first block, we used an image that Amanda chose that was originally posted on Design*Sponge’s Amsterdam Architecture post. It’s a lovely image of some buildings in Amsterdam along the canal. I love that the middle building is pink!

I had a lot of fun choosing fabrics for this block. I was inspired by the contrast colours of the windows in this image and you can see how that reflected in my final design. I made my block without a plan and improv pieced the whole thing. It got kinda tricky when I had to try to figure out how to make my smaller components fit together, but in the end was able to pull it all together using a Japanese woven plaid fabric.

You can check out Amanda’s block here. In classic Amanda fashion, she did an incredible star called “Rhode Island Star”. I love how perfectly precise hers is compared to my wonky block. It’s amazing how wonderfully different our interpretation of colour translated into these blocks. I wonder if some of Amanda’s precise piecing will rub off on me during this series? I hope so!!

I’m pretty jazzed to continue with this joint project. I have already chosen the image for our next installment. We’ll be joint posting our next blocks at the beginning of February. Yay!

Patchwork Palette : pink + grey + dark brown + dark grey + cream + bits of green

Patchwork Palettes : Amsterdam

Patchwork Palettes : Amsterdam

Patchwork Palettes : Amsterdam

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