Friday, March 9, 2018

Urban Cabin

It doesn't look like I'm going to be sick of making log cabin inspired quilts anytime soon, especially not with beautiful and easy patterns like Brigitte Heitland's Zen Cabin!

For my fabric choice, I'm using what I considered a very lucky find. Urban Artifacts by Leslie Tucker Jenison for RJR Fabrics is one of those collections that really captured me when I saw it. It certainly wasn't one I had heard of or was anticipating the launch of, and in fact I saw it by chance while looking for something else. But ... I'm so glad I did, because this is probably one of my top 3 favorite collections of 2017!

I actually started this project the day before National Sew a Jelly Roll Day (9/16) but, of course, it takes me months from piecing to completion. I can't help that I like to have many projects going at once. I actually found this a bit difficult to piece because the jelly roll strips were cut a bit under 2.5" (one of the major pitfalls of precuts!) and I didn't necessarily compensate well. It resulted in a not-quite-flat quilt but luckily, that problem pretty much quilted out!

Between the graffiti inspired prints and the dark gray background, the quilt really has a harder edge to it. And what could soften that more than a wild wraparound feather? I've never done feathers quite like this before, but it's easily my favorite part of the quilt. To add further interest, I used the jagged tiles design to fill in the rest of the space. These are some of my favorite designs because there's zero marking and they look a lot harder than they actually are.

In the foreground space, I used a variety of linear designs. Some of the fabric is pretty busy and it doesn't show the quilting at all, so it doesn't really matter what I do as long as it's filled in. I think there's about 5 or 6 linear designs that I like to use so they pretty much show up everywhere.

Since I used a solid back, the quilting shows up well there! And phew, my tension was alright.

I really love this quilt, because it is just so me in every single way!

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Linking up with: Crazy Mom Quilts, My Quilt Infatuation, Busy Hands Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Cooking Up Quilts, Sew Can She, and Powered by Quilting.

17 comments:

  1. Leslie is such a lovely person, so it's really fun to hear you liked her line so much. I think that the wrap around feather is a great way to soften the edge and as always it's a treat to see your quilting on the solid backing!

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  2. I love this quilt and now will keep an eye out for that fabric! I don’t know that I have seen it, so it is always fun to find another designer that you can love. Great quilting again!

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  3. This came out great. Liz in Houston

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  4. Hi Liz,
    What a fabulous finish! Seeing it on your couch puts the quilt into scale - I had thought it was much smaller than it actually is. I can certainly see why you love these fabrics! The alternating colors really gives the quilt kind of a pulsating movement of sorts. Your quilting is fab and I love the feather carried over to each side. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  5. This quilt fits your room perfectly! (Love the red/orange chair in the background, btw.) And so fun to have a huge border like that to play around with - fun, fun!

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  6. Oh yes, this quilt is so you and I am gushing over the loveliness. I love simple patterns with beautiful fabrics and now I'm on the hunt for it. And the quilting is just too beautiful. I can see your decorating style with this quilt, the strong neutrals/grays (sofa) and the pops of colors (side chairs and accents). It's definitely a big Wowzer from me.

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  7. You, my dear, are an amazingly talented quilter! This quilt is a work of art - literally! I was amazed at your beautiful quilt!

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  8. I think I'm just drooling! Again with the amazing quilting <3 <3 <3

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  9. I am constantly amazed at the intricate detailed quilting you put into your projects. How do you find the time?

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  10. Another fabulous piece, Liz! And thanks for sharing the back so I can really scrutinize your quilting. I like the way you go around corners with your linear designs, something that always stumps me. I see you used separate sort of corner squares to solve that problem. Brilliant!

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  11. Beautiful quilt and quilting! I hear you on the not quite 2 1/2" wide stripes and them being difficult to work with. I had one jelly roll that each strip was tapered from 2 1/2" to just over 2" and back to 2 1/2" :)

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  12. Urban Artifacts is one of my favorite lines also —- still hoarding my jelly roll! Your quilting is absolutely gorgeous —

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  13. Your quilting is nothing short of amazing. The wide, solid border was a perfect place for you display a variety of stitching.

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  14. What a fantastic quilt. Love your quilting patterns and designs you put around the log cabin.

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