Monday, June 30, 2008

Gather round the hearth... the name I am giving my latest quilt. I am so pleased that I was able to close June with another UFO finished! I started this quilt in the middle of December 2007. I was enthusiastic with sewing all these logs but then January was approaching and I had to put it aside to work on the quilt group's 2008 theme. There is hang on a quilt rack waiting all this time for some love and attention.

The idea comes from the book "Small Quilts with Vintage Charm" by Jo Morton. I just love the quilts in this book. I always enjoy seeing her Little Women quilts but not living in the States, I cannot be part of a club there.

The Concentric Log Cabin is just the first of a number of the quilts in the book that I hope to make. I did have to adjust this a little as I have 'misplaced' that last three fabrics I had set aside for the quilt. Misplaced you ask? While my mother was here, we were preparing the quilt studio for one of my stitching friends to sleep in and we have no idea where we put the fabrics. I will find them one day but I just pulled out a last red fabric from my stash and did less logs on the pattern.

The quilt measures 26 1/2 inch square (approximately 68 cm) which is a perfect size to use on our table. It is similar to this log cabin quilt I made in our group's last block swap. I had asked for blocks in red and brown. I just love that color combination and now these quilt can even be layered for a display.

As I am on a stash diet, I used fabric from my cupboard for the back of the quilt. I decided on one of my Kansas Troubles Quilters' 'Scrapbook Garden' fabrics. I love this collection and think the fabrics are so pretty just whole like this.

Of course, a quilter will always look on the back to see the quilting and this one has a really neat effect as I hand quilted the logs as they went around the center hearth. If you enlarge the photos, I hope you will be able to see the details better.

I am now going to make my label for as you know, I don't consider a quilt truly finished until it has been labeled.


Beatrice said...

That is breath are so talented.
The watermelon is wonderful too!

Nancy said...

OK NOW, I am getting tired of being blamed for moving things and things you cannot find. YOUUUUU, told me I had to help organize your quilt studio before your guest arrived, so I did. Look in your stash cupboard. Gees. See if I help you again, OR move plaques so they look better. LOL.
Put them back where I put them. In Joni's words, cause 'i am the Mommy".
loveeeeeee you, Mom

Nancy said...

Ok now, normal comment time. I love the quilt you just finished. It is great. Love the colors too.
Hugs and Kisses, Mom

Nancy said...

This is really beautiful Heidi! I love the different fabrics you chose, and I can't wait to see your label. It must feel wonderful to have this finish.

Fran├žoise said...

very beautifull!!!
always always
happy quilting my friend

hazel c UK said...

Beautiful and I love the name you have given this quilt. Am I right in thinking every fabric you have used is different. I can understand why it took so long the quilting is wonderful
Warm hugs,
Hazel (Miss Marple)

Carolien said...

Lovely quilt, Heidi. LOVE the fabric at the back too.

Hugs, Carolien

Solstitches said...

Wow! That is such a beautiful quilt Heidi. I can see how you decided on the name for it as it looks so very warm and inviting.
I loved seeing a close up of the Jo Morton book. I often drool over her fabric lines and patterns.
That book may have to go on my wish list.

Annemarie said...

What an amazingly beautiful quilt, Heidi!

diane said...

I LOVE, love, love these colors!! So warm and inviting and I am so happy that you finished another UFO, that is always such a GREAT feeling! ENJOY this beauty!!!

Rhonda said...

Heidi, this little quilt is just amazing. The colors are beautiful and those narrow strips are so straight!

Roberta said...

Love the colors you have chosen and the design is really interesting. Great job as always.


Anonymous said...

It's a beauty! That a simple pattern can become such a lovely quilt. I like the red colour so much. (as you know?) Great job Heidi, have you also finished your last border?
See you. Groetjes, Elly

Susan in SC said...

BEAUTIFUL!! This is one of my most favorite patterns. I love the colors!!

Suzann said...

Heidi - another beautiful quilt to grace your home. It is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing!!


Peg said...

What a beautiful quilt as always Heidi. The colours are fabulous, the backing fabric completely the right choice.

hugs to you my friend
Peg xx

Karen said...

Heidi what a wonderful quilt - it's beautiful and sure has lots of logs, LOL. Love the color combo

Hugs - Karen

Heidi said...

I beautiful log cabin! You know I'm crazy about them and this one has the loveliest colors! Bravo for finishing yet another UFO. Feels good doesn't it? I love the water melon too! the colors are so fresh - I could just take a bite out of it...LOL! Very summery!

mainely stitching said...

Oh, I just love this pattern! And the effect of the way you quilted the "logs" is very cool.