Some quilters have “too many” of their completed projects stacked in their shelves. My problem is the opposite! Just when I think there are “too many” quilts or totes in my shelves, they melt away like snow under the sun. Recently, I realized that I had not a single “spare” quilt in the cupboard. No “extra” for an urgent gift request or to comfort someone experiencing a traumatic event.
What, exactly, is a quick quilt? Here is my criteria. 1) Only fabric in my stash is used. 2) Large lap to twin size. 3) The blocks are simple enough to cut in a couple hours and stitch up in half a day. 4) It still has to be “interesting” enough visually for me to labor over.
Time for a “quick quilt”! Which means a perusal of my stash for something that catches my eye and then a visit to my EQ8 software to play with fabric swatches. I decided to for a log cabin, my favorite! EQ8 has a log cabin block with a large center square that speeds the block making.
I concentrated on fabrics left over from my Carpenter Square Log Cabin and a couple pieces from the same Island Batik Twilight Chic collection that I had in stash. Originally, I planned to use a Moda grunge for accent, but quickly moved on to doing it all in batiks. Tough choices had to be made based on the yardage I had available.
First is the EQ8 design. By putting the golds opposite each other and purples opposite (rather than gold one side and purple/purple multi the other) it made a interesting effect where the center block look like it’s floating! And there is an interesting visual “ripple” effect created.
The blocks. the blocks are 12.5″, with a 4.625″ center and 2.25″ strips.
Sadly, I did not have enough purple for the outter border, so I dug into the stash and came up with a nice length of another Twilight Chic fabric for the outter border. I will use purple for the binding, however.
Here is the top. 50″ x 63″ and ready to quilt! The sandwich is sitting with Miss Cassandra (my Tiara sit down quilting machine) awaiting quilting.
Happy quilting whether your quilts are quick or slow!