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… 🙂