calico plus log cabin equals my barn raising quilt
Big quilts are tough to photograph. I have used this spot in the past for big quilts. The steps are a big help, but the wind can be a big problem. I love the small feet trying to hold the corner from blowing back on this one.
Thankfully, just when we thought all hope was lost, we stopped at the park.
This quilt was two years in the making. The calicoes are from Liberty Lifestyle's Bloomsbury collection. I fell in love with them the first moment I saw them. As a child of the 70's, I was raised on calico. My mom made dresses with pinafores for me that were a blend of Little House on the Prairie meets 1970's bold.
Once I picked out the fabrics, the pattern was an easy decision. I love log cabin quilts. From traditional to wonky, they let simple blocks shine with all the different options for layouts. Plus they are a part of my history. Around the time that picture of me, along with my brother, in our finest 70's looks, our new log house was being built. I grew up in a log house. It's an L-shaped ranch style, but it's still a log house.
Log cabins have become my comfort block. As soon as I finish one, I want to make another one. Which is good because it took a whole lot of blocks to make this quilt. The back is pieced with brown florals and paisley medallions.
I used flannel instead of batting for a lighter weight, but with as much fabric as is used in a quilt of this size, there's not a lot about this quilt that is light weight. I used a heavy weight pearl cotton in ivory to tie the layers together. It's already on the bed and I should add, over the bed. It pools onto the floor around our full-sized bed.
This is one of those projects that I thought might never be finished.
I am so happy that it finally is after all this time.