March is always Quilted Chaos challenge month. This year our challenge was to make a Log Cabin quilt “with a twist.” I have a folder full of drawings my kids have made and I saw this quilt on Flickr and decided that they would be great together. I also figured if I got most of it done during our weekend in Schollbrunn, I could add it to my to-do list.
Quilting was kept pretty simple so as not to distract from the colors and the embroidery.
This is one of Katja’s drawings she did of daddy when he returned from his four months in Romania last summer:
This is my favorite one (a princess):
And the finished quilt!!
I call it “Katja Hearts Daddy and Princesses.”
Presentation tonight was full of fun as usual. We had lots of participants and lots of variety, which is always great given that half of the group members are relative beginners. I had a few favorites, like Valerija‘s fish-eye quilt (she of the fabulous handbags). She said she wanted to use her black and white print fabrics, but they were too distracting from the optical illusion of the quilt design. So, after she made her quilt with solids and still had prints in her stash, she made a handbag with the prints — of course!
Kathy pulled out her quilt for the third challenge in a row. She started it with silks for last year’s “Splendors of the Orient” challenge, set them with the requisite blue fabric for the German guild’s “Traditonal” challenge (a crazy quilt is traditional), and tried to convince us tonight that her crazy quilted patches were based on log cabin piecing. OK, but really, I just love her embellishments:
I loved Johnnie’s quilt too, but it wasn’t finished yet. She made simple off-center log cabin blocks with a bajillion floral fabrics she’s had in her stash and had no idea what to do with. She added a flowery border, layered it all with several flannels and then quilted and sliced the whole thing chenille-style. What was a fine quilt suitable for everyday use really sings now with the depth that the chenille adds. I couldn’t picture it when she explained her plan a few days ago, but she was right on!