Walk Around the Block + TGIFF

Thursday, September 21, 2017

"Walk Around the Block" is my submission for Curated Quilts' mini quilt gallery for their second issue!

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


You may remember my first submission, which was accepted and will be in issue one! (The printed journal should ship this week!)

For their second issue, the inspiration was to be "log cabin" quilts with a set color palette. I'll be honest, the color palette did not trip my trigger. The only colors from the palette I had in my stash were pink and gray, and even those pieces were smaller than fat quarters.


Curated Quilts color palette for issue 2
Photo credit Curated Quilts

I wanted to be true to my own likes, so I decided to work with the limited pink and gray color palette. Once inspiration struck, I ordered a bit more gray fabric to use as the background and binding. I used a very pale pink from my stash, and Kona Cotton Coal that I ordered from Stash Fabrics.

I used the good old fashioned pencil and paper design method to figure out the construction method.

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


To keep track of all my pieces, I used the letters from the Bananagrams game!

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


The organization made sewing up the quilt top pretty quick! The pale pink lines are only 1/4" wide!

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


I pin basted the quilt (as usual) with Warm 100 batting by The Warm Company. The backing fabric is Gray Snakeskin from the Backyard Baby fabric collection by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics. I had just the right sized piece to use for the back.

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


When auditioning thread for the quilting, I discovered that I had two additional colors from the color palette! I had both salmon and gold! (More specifically they are Aurifil 50wt #2435 Peach Pink and Aurifil 50wt #2920 Light Brass.)

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


I started by using my walking foot to quilt inside the pale pink section with the Peach Pink thread. I initially thought two lines would be sufficient, but then decided to add a third line. If 1/4" quilting lines are good, then 1/8" lines are better, right?

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


Then I switched to the Light Brass thread and quilted on either side of the pale pink lines, following the same design. Each line is about 1/8" from the previous one. I used a large stitch length so the thread would stand out against the background fabric. Again, I questioned how much quilting was too little or too much.

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


I finally settled on two lines to the "inside" of the pale pink line and four lines "outside" the line.

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts

I wanted to try something new with the binding for this one. I decided to add the 1/4" of pale pink fabric to line up with the design of the quilt. It did take a bit more planning than usual, but it worked great!

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts
Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


I love the look the bigger quilting stitches add to the quilt.

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts
Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts
Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts
Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


The finished quilt measures 14" square. It is my 33rd quilt finish for the year!

Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts
Modern log cabin inspired mini quilt for Curated Quilts


Now it's your turn! What have you finished lately?

Add your recent finishes to the TGIFF linky party below! It will be open through Saturday night. (Did you know you can link up a post from Instagram, Facebook, Flickr or a blog? Don't be shy! It's okay to sew and tell!)




20 comments:

  1. That's such a fun take on a log cabin quilt! I love the quilting you chose. It really enhances the design. I've never tried getting my binding to match up with the design/colours of the quilt, though I love the way it looks. I'm not sure I can wrap my mind around how to get it all to match up! Thanks for hosting :)

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  2. I really love how you added in a third color from the palette with the quilting. Well done! And good luck with this submission, too. :)

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  3. Wow, that binding! So cool that the path goes right through it!

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  4. Beautiful finish. I like the quilt and think you must have a steady hand to stitch those lines so close together and so accurately. I hope this quilt is accepted for the magazine.

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  5. What a fun quilt. I love the way you quilted it. Simple and very effective. The binding idea is fabulous. Thanks for hosting this week!

    -Soma

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  6. What a fun interpretation of the log cabin! Nice color change on the binding too!

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  7. I love everything about this little quilt - working with what you had on hand, the design, the quilting and that little toouch of pink in the binding!. It is a great little quilt.

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  8. Hi Laura,
    WOWEE - I love this quilt. Especially that really COOL binding - how clever. Good luck with your submission. I'm pulling for you. Oh, and I have the laser light to add to my sewing machine! I hope to give it a try with the command strips this weekend. Fabulous idea. ~smile~ Roseanne P.S. I didn't know you hosted linky parties. I'll stop back next week - if I have a finish! LOL

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  9. Congrats on your first submission to Curated Quilts being accepted for their mini quilt gallery and good luck with you second submission too :D

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  10. Love every inch of this quilt and how you creatively worked with the color palette. The use of bananagram tiles is ingenious!

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  11. Great mini! You really did a nice jib pulling each component together into a wonderful finish.

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  12. This is a cool mini. I like the way you quilted it and the thread colours you chose; thanks for the detailed photos, and for hosting TGIFF!

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  13. I guess that this design will be perfect to make. While working with a dissertation writing services, I have to make almost same design like it.

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  14. Wow. This is a great quilt. I love the quilting.

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  15. Awesome quilt and wonderful quilting.

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  16. That is pretty neat! Thanks so much for showing the process to make your quilt, and decisions you had to make. It's a beautiful piece.

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  17. Thanks for sharing your design process - I also struggle with how much quilting to do - especially on smaller quilts.

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  18. I love what you made! Great interpretation of a log cabin! The quilting is spot on! I decided to enter a quilt as well, mine much much more traditional!

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  19. Great design, and love the quilting too - well done!

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  20. Beautiful block! Love your thread choices for the quilting. Perfection! Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

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