Months ago, Lisa, Perry, Cindy and I did a Blended Quilt Challenge. The idea was to get inspiration from one of the books from In The Beginning by Sharon Evans Yenter and Nancy Martin that involved a blended fabric technique, where one fabric sort of blends into another, making the over all design indistinct and blurry. I was toying with a number of ideas at that time, and one of them was from the book Floral Bouquet Quilts by Sharon Evans Yenter from In The Beginning. I ended up choosing another design for the challenge, but had started these blue log cabin blocks.
I finished the quilt top this week, and am fairly pleased with the results. The challenge with this project all lay in the sashing, which had to be fussy cut from a large floral print (the border fabric). The design had to concentrate a densely patterned part of the print in the areas where the sashing came together. I made a real hash of it, to tell you the truth, and it found it was a great thing that I had over bought the large print by a number of yards. The repeat was widely spaced and much fabric was wasted.
Due to the mess I made of things, I ended up having to piece the lattice, as you see above. I fussy cut little corner stone blocks and inserted them between the berry vine cuts. The result is roughly what was shown in the pattern, and I am accepting of the end product.
The book, as I mentioned is Floral Bouquet Quilts, and the pattern is called Log Cabin Garden. The fabric was from my stash, except for the border fabric, which is a lovely print by Alex Anderson for P&B, called Redwork Romance. I know, I know, it is blue, so go figure.
I need to address the response to my scrap give-away. To tell you the truth, I am fairly overwhelmed by the response I got, so I closed the comments after twenty four hours and 144 comments. I want to be sure all of you who say you are interested in inheriting this small portion of my scrap collection fully understand that these are leftover scraps--no very large pieces. The box I will send is about the size of a 12 bottle wine box (in fact it IS a wine box) and it will indeed be packed with fabric scraps from my recent projects. These are scraps I have no particular use for and am happy to pass on. The volume of responses I got makes me think that some of you may be over estimating the prize factor of these scraps. They are mostly Moda fabrics from recent groups such as Roman Holiday, Peace on Earth, Posh, Old Fashioned Charm and others, but keep in mind, they are a wide assortment of *scraps* (i.e. SMALL PIECES). Glad to share and all that, but I don't want anyone to be disappointed! Ozzie will hold a drawing early next week and I will happily send off the scraps to the winner.
Whew, you kind of scared me friends, with your sheer volume, so I wanted to be sure I made full disclosure! There are a heck of a lot of you out there! I forget that sometimes in my blathering, and sometimes it takes 144 people to get my attention and realize how public a blog really is!
In friendship and gratitude,