Thursday, 1 August 2013

Tumbling Logs Quilt

I've always wanted to make a Tumbler quilt. I loved the simplicity of the design, but then again, I thought it almost looked too simple to maintain my interest for a full sized quilt.
And then I wondered what it would look like if I 'log cabined' around it. A light bulb went on in my head and the name Tumbling Logs came to me. I knew I just had to make that quilt!
I actually finished this a few months back but as it was destined for August's Popular Patchwork magazine, so I have been saving it's unveiling here until after publication. It actually came out 2 weeks ago but I have only just got my hands on a copy!



As Popular Patchwork has a wide readership from modern to traditional quilters, I decided to dip in to my large, and long-hoarded Kaffe Fassett stash for this quilt, as I feel these are great cross-over fabrics. I also thought the large tumbler shape would show off the big floral patterns very well.
This is probably the brightest, most colourful quilt I've ever made (and that's saying something as I don't do subtle!). But as it was for the August issue I thought I could get away with it. I actually love how cheerful it is even though I know it may be too loud for some!
I love taking my finished quilts all over 'the farm' to photograph them, thank you for indulging me by looking at them all :)
I FMQed this with a trailing leaf pattern which was really fun to do (I can't believe I actually find FMQ fun now, it used to feel such a chore!). The back is a Riley Blake fabric, and the binding is a black and white floral from 'Adventures with Alice' by Darlene Zimmerman. With so much colour on the top only a black and white would do for the binding. The finished size is 63 x 64".
And I needn't have worried about making a 'too modern' quilt as look at this stunning 'Waiting Waxwing' quilt by Kerry PennyDog that graces the front cover (I met lovely Kerry at FQR too!)! There's also a big article and quilt project from Tula Pink. I really think Popular Patchwork is becoming more modern all the time!
This quilt will be part of our Scottish Modern Quilt Exhibition which we are holding at our shop as part of the Edinburgh Fringe this year. The exhibition starts this Saturday, 3rd August (till Sunday 25th August), and I really hope some of my lovely readers will come along. Having seen all the quilts in the flesh now (over 40 plus cushions and bags!) I can say with confidence that you won't be disappointed!
I will also be posting more about the exhibition once it's opened for those of you too far away to attend.

25 comments:

  1. it's beautiful! i love your quilting. congrats on being in the magazine.

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  2. I love it - haven't bought pp for a while - will have to check it out x

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  3. I love how you played with colour values in this, in fact it kind of intimidates me how awesomely you've balanced your light and dark tones. It was the first thing that struck me when I flicked through the mag!

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  4. This is so beautiful Jo! I really love those colours - they sing! - and your quilting is inspiring. I hope one day to find joy in the quilting process too.

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  5. love this!! and i love the effect it makes

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  6. Gorgeously bright Jo! Love your combination of solids and Kaffe Fassett

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  7. Fantastic!!!
    It looks amazing xxx

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  8. The lightbulbs in your head scare me quite often, but the quilt is fab, and love the colour play in it :o)

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  9. This is just stunning and such a great idea. I love the pattern and the colours. The pictures are wonderful, I enjoyed each one. Congratulations on being in the magazine.

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  10. It's really neat how the quilt seems to squeeze in and out like it's always in motion! Great idea...are you saving me an autographed copy?:)

    I'm so freaking excited about the exhibition!!

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  11. It was very exciting to see your name in the magazine when it came out!, and a fab quilt! Hope the fringe goes well

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  12. Stunning Jo, I love it!! Must have been hard to keep something so lovely under wraps!!xxx

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  13. Awesome quilt ! I like log cabin and your version is great !!!

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous quilt...loving it. I want to make one!! Thanks for sharing. .........Marie (mlimore@optusnet.com.au)

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  15. It looks gorgeous! Kaffe Fassett fabrics are perfect match!

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  16. Tumbling logs is awesome! What a great quilt. :)

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  17. Love it Jo! Bright and beautiful!

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  18. Wow, Jo! That is a stunning quilt. What a great take on a traditional block and shape! Congratulations.

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