|Photo: Neil Storer. Respect.|
I made a quilt. It started out like any other.
While visiting the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in 2012, I bought a pack of some stunning fabrics from Oakshott Fabrics, and they came home with me, and sat in my stash.
A year or so later, I discovered Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen's fantastic book Quilting Modern: techniques and projects for improvisational quilts and my quilts were becoming more modern in design. And I thought these lovely fabrics would make great wonky log cabins.
|Quilting Modern: techniques and projects for improvisational quilts (Gering & Pedersen)|
The wonky log cabin is ‘built’ the same way as a traditional log cabin block, but you start with a four-sided piece with four different angles. And just go from there, adding the 'logs' each time with wonky angles. I put these blocks together quite quickly, and really enjoyed the experimentation and freedom of designing as I went.
And I made the obligatory pieced back with the leftover fabrics.
And then I matchstick quilted it on my domestic sewing machine. Reader, understand. This quilt is a beast of epic proportions, about 2m x 2m, and I thought the best plan of attack would be to stitch quarter inch lines across the whole thing.
Anyway, in the end it looked like this:
|See? So big it doesn't even fit on the clothesline.|
As a long-time quilt maker, first-time quilt competition entrant, I submitted my beloved quilt in for judging to the Royal Melbourne Show craft competition with much trepidation. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I found out it won first place in its category (machine pieced, machine quilted).
Started out like any other quilt, ended up quite unlike any quilt I'd made before.