I've had a few quilting friends ask for more photos of Elizabeth's Wonky Log Cabin quilt. Really, they just wanted better pictures. LOL! I was running really tight on time when I photographed her quilt and just snapped a few shots.
So, here are some more photos with some info about the quilt. The pattern came from the Old Red Co. Barn Quilt Along that I joined last year. It was a LOT of work but I love the results!
Regular Log Cabin quilt patterns call for blocks made of squares and rectangles that build up and around each other - much like a log cabin is built. You can see a great example of a traditional Log Cabin quilt at Red Pepper Quilts - one of my favorite quilting blogs and a huge inspiration.
Wonky Log Cabin patterns are....well....wonky. None of the rectangles are straight - they're all a bit awry....a bit crooked....a bit irregular. Wonky!
I changed up the original pattern a bit by adding white sashing around all of the blocks. I loved the idea of not having to cut straight and match up all those seams and corners, but I LOVE clean and simple lines. And I think adding in the white sashing is really what makes me love this quilt.
So, here are the pictures with a few more details.
Each square (with the white sashing) is 12 inches x 12 inches. When I added the white sashing, I changed what was a wonky block into a square block. The quilt has 4 squares across and 6 squares down so the final dimensions are 48 inches x 60 inches. Libby uses this as the bedspread on her trundle mattress so we didn't want it wider. If the edges hung down over the edge of the mattress too much, it might catch under the trundle when she pulled it in and out and rip.
It really is a perfect size for snuggling underneath - long enough to cover your toes and go around you, but not so big that it's bulky.
The backing is a green polka dot fabric that I found at Joann's. I love to do a bit of a design on the back of my quilts and I tend to do something similar each time. It seems to have become my "trademark." LOL! I like to put a strip of contrasting fabric about three-quarters of the way down with something pieced that reflects the design on the front. In this case, I used some of the white sashing to simply highlight another wonky block.
When it came time to quilt it, I had a lot of seams to deal with and really struggled with the best way to quilt this. I knew I didn't want to stipple it - I love the squareness of it all mixed in with the wonkiness - so mixing in another design just wasn't going to cut it. And, remember, I love clean and simple lines. So, I decided to stitch straight lines on either side of the sashing seams. And I absolutely love the effect it had on the backing!
With that many seams already in the quilt, I needed something minimal so the straight line quilting worked perfectly. However, those seams are 12 inches apart and the batting that I use recommends that you quilt no more than 10 inches apart. So, I added in some hand-tied knots in the center of each wonky block.
And I love the old-fashioned feeling the ties add to it. All of the quilts that my grandmother made were hand-tied and I am definitely going to add in ties to more of my quilts.
Thanks for all the interest in my quilts. :) Back in a bit with pictures of Emily's Four Square quilt!