As mentioned in a recent post, I have been working on gift bed quilt. Since it has been several years since I have taken on such a large project, it seemed a good opportunity to share the process with you. Log Cabin is a long time favorite pattern of mine, but this time I chose something new, using Disappearing Nine Patch for the flexibility of design and colors. In researching the pattern, I found Popular Patchwork's site very helpful, especially for calculation of square sizes, by offering a downloadable instruction PDF. Once my nephew made his color choices, I could go ahead with buying fabric...and I had a great time looking at all the fabulous batiks out there. With a good variety of darks and lights, I was ready to begin.
I chose to make 5" squares and assembled them into Nine Patch blocks with a central accent square in black. The blocks were then cut into four equal pieces as shown below.
I went with a symmetrical arrangement of the 7" blocks, but there are many choices you could make. I have to say I enjoyed the rhythm of piecing again, as it is not something I use in my artwork these days. Once the blocks were sewn together and borders on, the quilting could begin. I used a basic grid pattern for the central block area, with free motion on the border, and was happy with the results. Not having a long arm, this worked out well on my machine, along with changing the configuration of my workspace to accommodate the large quilt.
At last I have a finished quilt - about 62" x 68". A satisfying feeling. Enjoy, Kevin!
And now I can happily go back to smaller projects waiting in the wings.