Have you seen the Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting magazine? It is chock full of lovely bed quilt designs; you’ll have a difficult time selecting which one to work on first! I am happy to tell you that my queen size quilt, “Cabin in the Pines,” is included in the issue.
When designing this quilt, I thought about traditional quilt designs of things settlers would see or need in the North Woods: pine trees, wagon wheels, bear paws, log cabins, and the north star. The fabric for this lovely quilt is “Wildflower Woods” designed by Evonne Cook for P & B Textiles. All the fabrics in the line are wonderful, and it was a challenge to select which fabric would show to best advantage in the various parts of the design.
When making and quilting this quilt, I employed two techniques that saved time and eliminated frustration. First, I used an overlay applique technique rather than piecing curves. Do you see the Fans (or quarter Wagon Wheels) in the four corners of the Pine Tree block? Each Fan is composed of five wedges and a quarter circle. I sewed the five wedges together and pressed the seams open. Rather than piecing the curves, I placed and pinned each wedge unit and pink quarter circle in a corner of the Pine Tree block, slightly overlapping the curved edges. Then I made black bias strips to cover the raw edges of the curves. Pinning well, I sewed along both edges of the black bias strips. (More detailed instructions with diagrams are in the magazine issue.)
The second aggravation-eliminating technique involves the flange. Between the Bear Paw border and the Log Cabin border is a narrow flange of black print fabric. Although flanges add a decorative 3-D accent to quilts, they also add difficulty for the quilter because the machine foot frequently catches the flange and flips it in the opposite direction. To overcome this difficulty, prior to quilting, I machine basted the flange to the underlying quilt top with contrasting thread. After quilting, I simply removed the long, basting stitches with a seam ripper.
I quilted the quilt with an old gold thread which adds texture to the light areas of the quilt and blends nicely with the browns, greens, pinks, and blacks of the patchwork design and borders. For the quilting design, I selected “Abigail,” a pantograph designed by Sarah Ann Myers and distributed by Urban Elementz.
If your newsstand is sold out of this issue, you can order a digital copy from The Quilting Company. Click here to link to the page.
I have designed many quilts this past year, but in my estimation, this is the prettiest. It is destined to be a personal favorite!
In a comment below, tell about a favorite quilt you have completed (or are still working on).