My sister Kathy who owns her own Bed & Breakfast in Hanmar Springs in NZ will be celebrating her 60th Birthday this year so I decided to make something really special for her. As I LOVE Bargello patterns I thought I'd make her this beautiful table runner to compliment her stunning red & black living room. I'm sure she's going to LOVE it as much as I do.
My first attempt at a log cabin quilt was many years ago. It was hand pieced, tied and bagged by machine. I still have it but wanted to try some of the new quilting techniques I have learned since undertaking this new hobby before making a new log cabin quilt ( on my to-do list). From my leftover fabrics, I pulled out pieces of red, blue, white -- mostly primary prints to stitch together the log cabin bag. I used • 2-5" squares red print (blocks) • 18-5" squares total assorted cream/yellow prints and light blue prints (blocks) • 18-5" squares total assorted blue prints and black prints (blocks) • 2 store bought red/white stripe heavy duty twine for bag handles -- about 14" • 3⁄8 yard lining print • 3⁄8 yard 1/4" batting My individual finished blocks turned out to be about 3 1/2" square. I used 42" fabric width and precut 5" squares. I used a basic bag pattern and adjusted the blocks to fit the size that I needed. Then quilted it by stitching in the ditch.
I made this for my son's AF promotion later this summer. The pattern is from one of Donna Roberson's 3 yard quilt patterns (from her latest book) but made it larger and positioned the non-star block differently than she suggested in her pattern layout. It has AF cotton fabric on the back.
This is the first of several quilts I’m working on for Christmas presents for my 6 adult children . This quilt is actually my second quilt. I used a layer cake named Coral Canyon and a white layer cake from Missouri Star Quilts. I am now in the process of adding the borders one 3 inch border of sea foam and emerald green and one 4 inch border of Coral Canyon of coral reef. The son that this is going to is the Captain of a crew/supply boat in the gulf out of Venice Louisiana.
Recently a fellow quilter in our Tuesday morning group asked me to complete these mats for her. She had cut 2 but due to a fall and broken bone in her right hand couldn't cut material for a bit. She was able to sew a bit thankfully. As she is past 90 the hand was taking longer to heal and during the healing process her husband of 70 plus year died also. She had been missing from our group for sometime. I was honored she asked me rather than more experienced quilter in our group and so glad to do it for her. I did have enough leftover materials to also do a table runner for her. Though the placemats are different scenes the runner shows the complete little community of a small farm town in the 1800 to 1900 timeline.