The Madison Quilt Expo has a challenge every year and I entered it a few years back when the theme was Autumn in Wisconsin. This was the quilt I made for that challenge. I call it “Which Way Does the Wind Blow?” because of the mariner’s compass leaves.
This year’s theme is log cabin. Participants are to make an innovative quilt with this very traditional block, 30″ x 40″. So ~ what can you do with the log cabin pattern that hasn’t already been done?
Well, since I’ve been absorbed in my latest quilt-venture: “Modular Memory Quilts”, it became obvious to me that I should make a background quilt and attach “individual log cabin block quilts” to it through the magic of Velcro™. It was great fun to make all the blocks ~ and quite a challenge to figure out how to get it all to work (the black stripes on the background quilt are the Velcro™, the back of the blocks have Velcro™ strips also):
When piecing the blocks, I decided to change the width of my logs to create a curved effect, and I alternated the placement of the green background and the scraps to add even more interest.
Now I have the parts made and I’m trying to decide on my favorite set. Since log cabin blocks can be put together in a myriad of ways, I’d love your input.
Which is your favorite?
Please let me know your choice in a comment to this post.
And now for my true confession. I got so into this project, and was having so much fun, that I never even thought about reading the fine print in the challenge rules. Once it was done I discovered this in rule #7: “Quilts in multiple pieces or in frames are not accepted”. UGH!!!
I’m grateful the challenge got me to make this quilt and annoyed with myself for not reading the rules. But even if I had, I would have made this quilt for the sheer fun of it! Since it can’t get into the challenge at the Madison Expo, I think entering it in the actual quilt show there is a great option. I’ll let you know if it gets in :-).
And a quick follow up to last week’s post…
Mary Margaret responded to last week’s post with a few photographs of her quilts.
She said: “I like to take my quilts out to photograph them in fun places. I took some of the photos up at the clearing in Door County, but most were from old Falls Village in Menomonee Falls. I put quilts on doorstops, hanging over barn doors etc.”
What a great idea. When my friend Di designed my original website she photographed a number of my quilts out in our woods. Click here if you’d like to go to my Gallery page, then scroll through the quilts. You’ll be able to tell which photos were taken by Di :-).
I think I need to photograph my quilts in unique ways like this. Thanks for the inspiration Mary.
Bettye Nimmer says
Chris, my favorite is the Curvy Pinwheels arrangement–very unique quilt!
Grace Kragness says
I like Barn Raising-must be the farm girl in me!
Linda Marty says
Linda L says
The barn raising one is lovely!
Kate Larson says
In this pattern I chose the straight furrows first & the barn raising 2nd. Traditional girl here I guess!!
Doris Ast says
Straight Furrows and Circles-log cabin blocks are my favorite as there are dozens of settings you can use
I really like the one pictured last. The star is not centered so my eye started there and expanded to enjoy the rest of the quilt.
Debora Merritt says
Curvy Pinwheels really caught my eye!
Patti Neavin says
I like the Straight Furrows and Circles version. The nice thing is you can change it any time you want. What a clever idea.
Gladys Sachse says
I pick Alternating Circles. Chris,you are so clever and creative.As I started reading your story, I wondered, what will she come up with? It will be unique. Sure enough!
It was a shame after all of that work that you can’t enter into the challenge. I like the “Barn Raising” one the best. At least if you hang it at home, you can keep changing it and have a new look.
I like the curvy pinwheels
Kai Oelke says
I liked the curvy pinwheels, and then furrows and circles. Great options to look at, consider, and even more I’m sure. Like the idea of curved log cabin squares.
Straight furrows and circles. Just a different setting.
I actually like the unfinished one where all the log cabins are piled up. It’s “artsy”.
An interesting thought, but it would be difficult to hang on the wall that way ~ LOL!
Curvy Pinwheels for a modern look and Barn Raising for a more traditional look.
Nancy Granner says
i like the curvy pinwheels best.
Darice Schonscheck says
I like the barn raising one. But I had the same idea as Darlene, with them piled up it was kind of artsy, something to play around with!
Liz Faron says
I agree with
Liz Faron says
I agree with Jane!
Bernadette Martin says
Why does the quilting show up in the Straight Furrows & Circles and not in the others?
I took that photo in a different place with different lighting, but the quilting should have shown up on the others. I can’t believe I didn’t notice it ~ weird!
What a fun idea! First choice: Straight Furrows and Circles – it’s different from other layouts I’ve seen and plays up the curves without losing the log cabin look. My second choice is Barn Raising, which is interesting but similar to things I’ve seen before.
Suzanne Galliford says
Numbers 3 and 5 are definite winners.
Suzanne Galliford says
Love the inclusion of scripture both in your presentation and web site. I have currently challenged myself to make a quilt representing something from each book of the Bible. Have a good start! These are then used as scriptural object lessons in presentations wherever.
I’d love to see your Bible books quilts. Please email me photographs!
Laura Krasinski says
Kay Romahn says
I pick Curvy Pinwheels as my favorite, but they are all very creative.
Mary Lou says
I love the curvy pinwheel. It’s more unusual.
Louise M Haddon says
I like the curvy pinwheel – very differant layout. My first thought was the old Pac Man game!
Carol Carr says
Curvy Pinwheels. It’s as unconventional as the method of the construction
Nina G Edelman says
You are so imaginative, as usual! The Curvy Pinwheel is a stunner, but the Straight Furrows is unique. It’s always fun to see what creative ideas pop out of your brain! Thank you for sharing. Nina
I like the curvy pinwheel layout the best. But they look more like pac-men to me!
Too funny! I didn’t see the Pac-men before, but now that’s all I see.
Julie Schuster says
I like straight furrows and circles
Linda Ingebritson says
Barn raising. It’s the Iowa farm gal in me but beyond that, I love the look. Not fond of putting circular movements in a log cabin.
Nancy Hansen says
I like straight furrows because the colors work so well.
Sandra Solberg says
I vote for barn raising, but I love the whole idea. What fun!
Shirley Schreiner says
I vote for Straight Furrows and Circles. My 6 year old granddaughter liked the Curvy Pinwheels. She said they looked like the fins on a mermaid’s tale!! Everyone sees something different. 🙂
Shirley Schreiner says
Make that mermaid’s TAIL. (I really can spell!!)
Jean R says
Loved the Curvy Pinwheels
Edie Scherr says
I like barn raising. ?Hey can you cover it in tule and stitch in the ditch?
I could, but then I wouldn’t be able to rearrange it. Maybe when I find the pattern I like the best it would be an option. The kids probably won’t let me – LOL.
Mary Coffee says
Straight furrows and circles–love the movement!!
Gail Celeste says
I like #3
Jan Hartwig says
First choice is Straight Furrows. Second choice is Barn Raising.
Mary Jean Eisenga says
I like the straight forrows. I’m into symmetry I guess. God luck. Hope to see it in Madison.
The straight furrows is my favorite Log Cabin Quilt.
Geraldine Sharp says
First one is my choice.
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