Tuesday, 22 October 2019

quilts on the line

Hello, hello, I've finally got a couple of finishes to share today!  Two quilts that have now been quilted and... the binding all done & dusted... real finishes! And I'm loving how they look on our washing line.

You will have seen earlier photos of my progress on both of these quilts, but here's a little catchup and lots of photos. First up, my 'log cabin' quilt.
Karen Lewis' book wabi sabi sewing is full of projects "inspired by the wabi-sabi ethos of finding beauty in the ordinary, repairing rather than discarding, and appreciating simple design".
Inspired by Karen's scrappy log cabin quilt and her ideas of using bits of this & that when we run out, I decided to make another 'log cabin' quilt.

I started out raiding my scrap baskets, using a selection of low volume scraps of mismatched fabrics, mainly in blues, white & creams teamed up with mustard and just a wee 'pop' of coral. And to add to the perfectly (im)perfect vibe, all my centre squares are different sizes.

My finished quilt measures 46" x 58" and is quilted in an edge to edge pattern called '3tours wavy stripe'. I think it’s great that some people are able to do beautiful quilting with their home sewing machine but I’m not one of them, and so I saved up, and had both of these quilts professionally quilted by Leeanne from quiltmekiwi.
My backing is a piece of 'grey stone flower' Kaffe fabric and I chose a cheeky multi-coloured Basic Grey print for my binding, it seems to draw out those warm 'pops' of colour in the quilt really nicely.

- close up of backing

- this quilt has been claimed already! 

Linking up with Wendy for the 'peacock party' here

And my 'modern bertha mitchell' quilt is all finished too. I love the random arrangement of colours in this utility quilt. You can link to my post from back here in June for more details about the pattern I used and about Bertha and her quilt.

It's a scrap friendly quilt, charmingly wonky, in a pretty colour palette of pinks, red, and blues. The simple HST layout works easily and, along with a healthy dose of plaids, I also added in a few solids = always good for contrast, yes?

My finished quilt measures 60" x 73".pieced together a scrappy floral backing and had it quilted in an edge to edge pattern called 'wacka doodle.' I chose an AMH dusky teal blue fabric to use as my binding.

- close up of scrappy backing

Until next time, Linda


  1. What wonderful finishes they are Linda! I love the wavy lines and the backing on the log cabin. And the swirls are just perfect for the HST one! Congratulations- you must be very chuffed!

  2. I love those wavy lines on the log cabin! I'm going to try that with my home sewing machine. Mine won't be as perfect as your quilt but I'll give it a go and if it's a baby quilt that's well used, it won't matter so much. The HST quilt is lovely too but the log cabin is my favorite. Happy Stitching!

  3. Lovely! That binding fabric is to die for!

  4. I love those wavy line quilting - that is about the only way i will machine quilt a quilt - wavy lines or straight lines - something about it adds to a quilt I think - nice that it is claimed already!

  5. Lovely quilts and two finishes - what a bonus! I love the wavy quilting pattern on the log cabin quilt. It is just perfect and is so soothing.

  6. Great pictures indeed...these are my favorite kinds of quilts

  7. I love your version of Bertha. Mine will be more of a red/cream/blue combo when I finally have time to sit and sew on it.

  8. Great finishes with both quilts. They look wonderful hanging on the line with all the green as a backdrop.

  9. Love, love the stitching pattern on the log cabin quilt. Perfect! These are fantastic finishes. The color palette you used for each one have such a great vibe. I'm always so fascinated to see how all of our influences meld with individual personality to make our own, unique 'voice'. Always an inspiration to come here and see your latest work!

  10. I love the colours you have used in your Bertha quilt. Well done for finishing them. Perfect quilting too.

  11. Wow, more gorgeousness, congratulations again! Your scrappy work is just lovely, the way you play with your fabrics works so well :-)


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