I love log cabin blocks so I had really been looking forward to this challenge. Since we could use any fabrics from our boxes of fabric I spent a lot of time looking at all the fabrics I had left. We only have this project and two more challenges left to do.
I was sent this beautiful 2 1/2" strip pack of Lavender Sage with two coordinating fabrics that I hadn't used yet. Here is a photo of it when it came.
It's a good thing I took the above photo when it came, because I forgot to take another one until I'd been working on the project- here are some of the leftover strips
I really love these fabrics and since the first time I saw them I thought they reminded me of Petunias! With only a couple months left to use the fabrics I wondered about using them for the log cabin challenge. The 2 1/2" strips are wonderful to use for making log cabin blocks. Check out all the great Precuts at Island Batik.
I still thought the fabrics reminded me of petunias - not log cabins. What to do?
Much as I love to make log cabin blocks, I decided to only use them as a border in this project. I made a partial log cabin block and combined them along the border. I just love how the fabrics in this collection work together!
In the center I made petunias using raw edge applique, using Steam-A-Seam 2 for the fusible.
The 2 1/2" strip packs are my favorite Precut to use. In this quilt everything except the white background and the flower pot is made from 2 1/2" strips. Pretty amazing what you can do with a 2 1/2" strip! The white is a basic solid white batik and the brown was from a 10" square of the Vintage Morris collection- all from Island Batik.
I was happy with the quilting for this project. Many times I'm at a loss when it comes to the actual quilting. Once again the new Westalee Rulers that you can use on a domestic machine were wonderful to use. I used 6 different rulers: a straight edge, Rope 2/5 (I used just the arc edge), Rope 1.5, 8" arc, mini Spin-E-Fex 4, and the Mini Clamshell.
The mini Spin-E-Fex was used in the yellow corner blocks, and the arc was used in the borders.
I used the rope template in the dark purple outer border, but you can't really see it.
I can't say enough about how easy these rulers are to use and how they improve my quilting. Check them out at Sew Steady.
Here are a few close ups of the flowers. It's nice to have these on my wall now as the ones I have outside are almost gone.
The quilt is 36" x 36" and I named it Pansies - of course!