I can not tell you how long I have been working on this quilt.
I went to Burano, Italy back in 2000. It is a magnificent place. Google it. The photos you can get by googling it are so much better than the ones that I took! I just loved the colorful houses and the clear blue canals. After that trip I saw a pattern by Flavin Glover in a book called “In Love with Log Cabins”. I thought this pattern was so awesome, and it reminded me of Burano the minute I saw it. I was also really into dying fabrics at that time, so all of the colors of the Burano houses were perfect for my dyed fabrics. I drew up my version using my colored pencils, using my Burano postcards as inspiration.
The logs in this log cabin quilt are 1″ wide…which is small! I started working on this in the early 2000s, but got SO FRUSTRATED with it that I put it aside – for a very long time. Mid-2015 I was cleaning out my sewing room and I found this quilt in progress and decided I either needed to finish this thing or toss it all out. I finished the top. Maggie helped.
After finally finishing it, after, let’s face it, 15 YEARS!!!, I was a bit nervous about quilting it. Initially I thought I wanted to do some rather complex swirls over the houses, but after practicing the swirls on a smaller quilt, I thought they might be too distracting from all the smaller logs and all the colors. I decided to go with simpler loops in the houses, and straight lines in the roads/sashing between.
I recently bought this hera tool – it was really useful for marking lines.
The borders were a challenge, but I decided on some dot to dot quilting to frame the shape, and then some ribbon candy to fill it in:
It took me a REALLY LONG TIME to finish this on my domestic machine, but I did it, and here she is:
The day we did the photo shoot the sky was really cool, so here’s an uncropped photo:
I am really proud of this quilt, and so happy I finally finished it! YAY!!
And after doing this on my domestic machine – 5ish entire weekends of quilting – I decided I’m done with quilting on domestic machines and it is time to buy a long arm.
But more on that later… 🙂
This quilt was on my Q4 FAL list, so I’m linking up to the Q4 FAL site.
Congratulations!!! It turned out wonderful. Good luck with the long arm search!!! I’m jealous.
Thanks Stephanie! I am very happy with how it turned out. I will keep you posted on my long arm adventures!
What an amazing quilt, such work involed as you quilted it yourself as well. So lovely that there is a story behind it… well done.
What a beautiful quilt, and you did an amazing job of quilting it.
Thanks so much for your comment. I procrastinated quilting it for a long time until I was sure I could do what I wanted with it. I’m happy with how it came out, but that is the last time I do something that big on my domestic machine!
This is really something! Congrats on such a terrific finish. On behalf of the 2016 FAL hosts, thanks for sewing along with us!
Thanks for stopping by, for your comment, and for hosting the 2016 FAL! It really did keep me motivated to get my quilts done.