I think I might be in love. And that love is the ever faithful one for a beautiful log cabin quilt. There is just something about a log cabin quilt that always makes my heart happy. I think we all have a pattern that we are constantly drawn back to, and for me, that pattern is the log cabin.
Begun on a whim and finished with passion, this quilt has squirreled its way into my heart one piece of fabric at a time. If you were following along, you know that I began this with a F8 bundle of Juliana Horner’s first line (daughter of Anna Maria Horner) available at Joanns. I felt uncertain about this line and in my uncertainty, I turned to a pattern that I knew would toss these fabrics together in a way that I would find pleasing. The intense colors of her line begged me to calm them with an assortment of neutral/low volume fabrics with a warm tone to them.
All pieces are evenly wide at 2.5″ cut to create log cabin blocks of alternating low volume/saturated color. After using up the line by Juliana, the blocks were still small. I knew that I wanted to see what would happen when I combined collections from mother and daughter. Enter fabrics from Anna Maria Horner from an assortment of her collections. (Plus a couple perfect prints from DS and Tula – they have great saturation too!)
The result? Love.
I love it.
It took me a bit of time to decide on the layout of the blocks and I really love what I ended with. These pyramids of color are rising from the neutral fabrics and everything is evenly dispersed. Again, not where I thought I was going with this quilt, but the right end to it. In making the blocks, I never repeated a single fabric in any block except the main center square. I think that small element is what ultimately ties each of the blocks together. One single 2.5″ square of black/blue fabric at the center of each block anchors them all.
With blocks at 18″ square, this quilt finished at about 85″ x 85″. That was big enough to for to consider sending it to be long arm quilted (a treat for me) and I’m so glad I did. I think that my love for this quilt is still really strong because I didn’t wrestle with it for days during quilting. I sent it to Melissa at Sewshabbyquilting.com. Melissa quilted this for me very promptly and reasonably priced (she has a sale going on right for September too!) so I felt okay about treating myself for this. She did an all over interlocking square design that I could never do on my machine on a quilt this size. Love it!