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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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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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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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STAR-Y LOG CABIN FABRICS

Star-y Log Cabin Star Centre

Week one of my Star-y Log Cabin e-course with Amanda was choosing fabric. Best homework ever! There’s nothing like picking fabrics for a quilt. It’s so much fun. When else do you get to choose a few dozen fabrics for one project?

The inspiration for this colour palette came from Denyse Schmidt’s new Greenfield Hills collection. All the darks have really grown on me and the dark navy combined with black is my favourite colourway of the group. I started by going through my stash and found the darkest and blackest navy fabrics that I had. This includes some old favourites from Tula Pink’s Neptune collection. (which I also used in my Double Wedding Ring Quilt)

I wanted to have something super contrasting to my dark navys, so I’ve chosen some variations of off-whites. Somehow this also includes a lot of my Japanese text prints. These are going to be a lot of fun as logs in my log cabin.

The hard part was choosing a centre fabric for my sawtooth stars. I’ve realized recently that I tend to gravitate towards fairly plain, tonal fabrics. I’d love to do more fussy cutting, but I hardly ever pick large scale or novelty prints that show off this technique properly. I need to change this. I’m going to try to add more bold prints to my stash this year. At the bottom of one of my boxes of fabric, I found a piece of City Limits. I made a wrap dress from this fabric a while ago. I think these cute buildings will make the perfect star centres in this quilt.

P.S. Early this week I found out about an incredible creative retreat called ‘The Makerie‘ in Colorado in April. After reading through the program, I just had to register. Yoga in the morning, crafting all day long, outdoor hikes, sleeping in cottages and delicious local organic meals. I’m heading down to Boulder with Katherine for three fun days and I’m so excited! There’s still space in the program for anyone else wanting a little pre-spring getaway. It’s going to be crazy, crafty fun.

Star-y Log Cabin Lights

Star-y Log Cabin Lights

Star-y Log Cabin Darks

Star-y Log Cabin Darks

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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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