Here is my newest project for Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine!
Some of you may be surprised at the simple, sparse look of this quilt, as usually my quilts are a little 'fancier'. But read on and you will find out why I wanted to make it so much.
Issue 23 is now available and has the usual mix of amazing quilts and projects plus a really useful set of Dresden Plate templates and booklet that I know I will be using soon!
The cover quilt by Michelle Wilkie is just stunning, and new quilts by Lynne and Karen are also providing fabulous eye-candy for me.
I just love how they styled my quilt! I really want those green drawers!
I had the idea for this quilt a long time ago. A few years back I designed a Christmas stocking with quilt-as-you-go Log Cabin blocks that you sew together. As anyone who has tried QAYG before will know it is the sewing together of the backing that causes the issues. For the stocking it wasn't a problem as the whole thing is lined.
But it got me thinking - what if you started off with a huge piece of wadding and backing and then just kept going with your Log Cabin, going round and round until you filled up the whole piece? That would mean no sewing together at the end, just trim and bind!
It took me until recently to have the courage to try this out (potentially expensive waste of fabric and wadding) but it actually worked! And I was able to get the quilt much larger than I though at 59 inches square!
Of course as soon as I put a quilt on our bed to photograph it someone jumps on top! Hello Hector!
I actually practiced first on this cushion (which I made for the magazine project too but they ran out of space for).
Both the cushion and the quilt are backed with a lovely Kaufman flannel for extra cosiness.
The other inspiration for this quilt is my love for vintage crocheted Granny Afghans.
I had an elderly relative who made these for our very extended family and it is hard to find a family snapshot which doesn't feature one of these somewhere in the background!
I started making my own a few years back, here's a photo of my 'Budget Granny'. It's got a few more rounds on it now and is one of my many crochet UFO's (I usually always finish quilts before I start a new one but am never as disciplined with crochet!).
I also now know how to fix that wonkiness!
Added later after a few enquiries - the trick is to start each round in a different corner! So obvious when you think about it!
Anyway you can hopefully now see the similarity and the look I was trying to achieve with the quilts,
It was also nice to get a chance to marry my two crafty passions!
And might I suggest that this QAYG quilt would make an excellent Sibling's Together project for anyone wanting to contribute in future years?
You can actually get this finished in a day! Plus it is a great scrap buster, especially for left over Jelly Roll strips!