Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Why I'll never be a modern quilter

Without getting all pernickety about what is and isn't a modern quilter - the best definition? "I know it when I see it" - I know for a fact that I am not one. Because when I get at a loose end, or I just want to make a quilt for the hell of it, I always always end up with traditional blocks in random scraps. It is never restrained or designed or simple or graphic or any of those modern things. I just really love the old blocks pieced from god-knows-what material. I think they are friendly, and warm, which is what you want quilts to be (well, it's what I want quilts to be, others may differ).

So when I couldn't decide what to do next I got an overwhelming urge to do a king-size log cabin with big fat 2 1/2" strips and a dismayingly traditional red square in the centre.

I've done 25 of these - because the blocks are so big that's enough for a large quilt - and my 2 1/2" strip bag is just about empty. I will arrange them in the gaspingly ordinary straight furrows and border them with whatever fabric I have enough of. Probably in brown....


  1. You can't beat a log cabin quilt! I think seeing the amazing variety of vintage log cabin quilts was one of the first things that attracted me to quilting.

  2. everyone has to do the log cabin pattern at least once. if for nothing else but to get it out of your system. i happen to like the pattern very much and will do it again. have made a couple so far. one thing i'm going to have to get out of my system is a whole cloth quilt.

  3. I'd be so pleased with myself if I'd done something so ordinary (?) (sigh).