Thursday, August 27, 2009

Liberated Log Cabin


And here's another one I'm working on - Liberated Log Cabin, per Gwen Marston's method. I think this will be a pillowtop; I added a 2" solid dark purple/blue border all around, to rein it in a little, and now am busy procrastinating on the part I don't like, all that business with getting it backed and finished, with enough overlap so that it doesn't come busting out of the velcro or buttons or whatever. Simple, huh? But I've come to really dislike the "drudge" part of making quilts!

Making pieces like this one and the previously-posted one is, I'm sad to report, how I "clean up" my sewing space, which is why these two pieces have so many of the same fabrics in them. They come about by a combination of serendipity and an obsessive-compulsive-like fervor to use up ever-smaller bits of fabrics. I wander into my sewing room and see the exciting heaps of scraps, and before I know it I find that I'm sitting at the machine and "just sewing these little bits up to clear off my work area". Hours or days later, I emerge from the mess with a bunch of crazy looking blocks and strips and chunks, and an even-smaller pile of tiny scrips and scraps. Usually, I just put the newly-pieced creations away in what I like to rather grandly think of as my "Parts Department" (a la Gwen Marston & Freddy Moran), rarely to see the light of day again. But, like all true fabric nuts, it makes me feel happy to know they're there, a resource safely stashed away just waiting to be used some day when I "need" them - like what, the day I run out of fabric??? Not bloody likely, at least barring a major act-of-God-proportioned disaster, in which case the loss of my fabric supply will be the least of my problems!
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9 comments:

Jamie Fingal said...

What a beautiful and remarkable log cabin! I love the vibrant colors - it sings to me - oh the joy! Thanks so much for sharing.

norma said...

Such a happy piece! Love the colors.

LaughingLG said...

I love the colors and the design on this one and the hummingbird garden. And printing with poemgranates? I'm so stealing that idea. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Cathy,
What a lovely piece! Very free and easy, and quilty at the same time.

Keep up the good work,
Linda Laird

MRose said...

Love it, love it, love it. Reminds me of supernovas. Just stunning!

Marilyn

Cathy Bargar said...

Thanks, all, for your kind words and encouragement! They mean a lot to me, coming from such talented people!

Julie said...

This is a wonderful joyful piece and would make a fantastic bag. I may just have to go and play too! :-)

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

JoAnn Deck said...

Cathy, this little quilt brightens the day, I'm addicted to bright colors and so like Gwen's viewpoint. Now who did I lend that book too?