It's done! This beauty started a bit differently than most of my quilts. It started as an answer to another quilt I had made, the Quartered Log Cabin Quilt, pictured on the right of the following picture.
Tutorial lives here.
I love this block and teach it as part of my "favorite improv blocks" class. But the very things that make my first quartered log cabin quilt so pretty also makes it not the easiest class sample to talk through. You see, the placement of the colors takes a lot of time to discuss and is a big part of why the quilt is effective. But I knew in my mind that the quilt would work equally effectively if the colors weren't swooping across the quilt top. So I cooked up a second quilt.
A lot of the palette was pulled from the green feature print from Lizzy House's Catnap fabric line. House is truly one of my favorite fabric designers and one of the things I love best about her work is the colors. Pulling colors to match and play with her prints is really enjoyable and always pays off. So that green feature print had a lot of things going for it color-wise, and I loved how dark it was, as I wanted a background fabric to the quilt that would be dark (in contrast to the whites of my first QLC). Since the dark would make the background advance, it could also carry the print forward. I think that played out the way I anticipated. What do you think?
The orchid colors were mixed in for a couple of reasons: (1) monochromatic quilts aren't really my style and (2) I didn't have enough of the Catnap to make a quilt of the size I desired. I was on a retreat at the time, and I had a stack of Kaffe Fassett shot cottons with me , so I pulled out the purples and was pleased that this worked perfectly.
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I'm really pleased with the way the quilt turned out. There's no fussy placement of colors and the value play is different from the original, but it's still a very effective quilt. And one I'll be glad to show photos of to my students to show the flexibility of the quartered log cabin.
One additional twist on the tutorial...when it can time to quarter my log cabins, I did it on the Accuquilt! You can see a short video of that in my instagram feed. Specifically, here. It was so fast and accurate.
As I mentioned in my previous post about quilting this quilt, this quilt was purchased by a friend to give one of her friends, who just had a baby. This influenced my choice of binding--I went with a colorful, playful feather print.
I think it pulls out the different little snips of color really well.
The back is a vintage sheet.
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