Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 »
InstructionsThe centre pieces started off as 4" squares of unbleached calico with candlewick flower designs on, instead of the fussy-cut fabric used in the video.
Type of item: Home Decor
Style: Whimsical, Traditional, Romantic
floral fabrics, perl embroidery cottons, sewing thread, needles
What was your inspiration?
When I watched the May BOM video, I had to face up to the sad and lonely log cabin quilt sitting in my UFO pile. At the age of 16 I had decided, in my infinite teenage confidence, that being able to sew a line and do a few simple embroidery stitches meant I was amply qualified to embroider, piece and quilt a 7'x7' quilt entirely by hand! I got as far as drawing a diagram, cutting out all the strips, embroidering the first 7 centres and hand-pieceing one whole block. And then put it away for a very long time. Of course, NOW I know about a million things I did wrong that made it all a lot harder. Anyway, time passes, skills improve, and the BOM was a good kick-start to get the poor old thing out, give it a heap of new strips and re-create it as a crazy log cabin.
What are you most proud of?
I do still like the hand-embroidered flowers in the centres. It takes a bit of time, but I think I will keep doing this. (especially since I already have the designs on the fabric, so I can grab one to do at a moment's notice.)
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you're a total novice, make your first project (or five) less than 36" square! Table runners. Placemats. Doll's quilts. Potholders. Bags. Coasters. Wall hangings. Cushions. Just leave the Queen-size quilt off the list until you know you can finish it before your colour sense changes!