Friday, April 5, 2013

Wonky Cabins--Finished!

I actually finished this quilt several months ago. I've been waiting to post it until my pattern was ready. This is another variation of my Crooked Cabins design that was on the cover of the premier issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited. I'm rewriting the pattern into a pdf to sell soon on Craftsy. In the revised pattern I'm including instructions for the original, this wonky version, and the solids variation (seen on the back of the original Crooked Cabins quilt). I'm also including instructions for paper-piecing blocks like those I used in my Broken Diamonds quilt. Despite the fact that a huge chunk of this pattern was already written for the magazine, it's taken me quite a while to finish it up. I'm nearing the end and am almost ready to list it. In the meantime I thought I'd finally reveal this new version.

I'm really in love with this one. I love all the scrappy color.
The finished size is about 68" x 68". Most fabrics are from my scrap bins for these blocks.




The back just makes me happy. I've wanted to try this for a while. It's just one giant wonky log cabin. I'm not including instructions for the back in my pattern because it's so simple. Just keep adding borders until it's big enough. It did get pretty cumbersome to work with as it grew bigger. I love the range of colors as I worked through the color wheel for each border row. The only regret I have is beginning with red. I wish I had ended with red as my outer border rather than the orange red. All the borders past yellow are longer than WOF. Some of them I pieced a little strip of a different fabric, but some I carefully matched prints so the seam wouldn't be noticeable. I really love how it turned out.
The biggest challenge I had was the waviness that resulted as I continued to add outer borders. I pinned really well when adding borders on this project which helped a lot. I still had to stretch it a bit when basting the quilt because it didn't want to lay flat.  Luckily, everything looks better after a run through the wash.




I included two layers of batting on this quilt to make it nice and heavy. I've heard of others doing that and thought it would be a great idea. My machine, on the other hand, did not think it was a great idea. I had lots of skipped stitches on this one. I changed needles and thread several times, but nothing worked. I finally resorted to quilting very slowly to get it finished. I was so relieved when it was all done. I probably won't be using two layers of batting again anytime soon. I do love the weight though. It's the perfect size and weight to wrap up in.

Pattern coming soon!

22 comments:

  1. Wow, this is beautiful! I think I like the back better than the front! Is that really bad of me?! I have often thought about using 2 layers of wadding, did think it might make quilting hard though. x

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  2. Oh wow - what a beautiful quilt. I love it!

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  3. Love how bright this is. It looks gorgeous.

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  4. The quilt is so lovely. I am looking forward to the pattern.

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  5. I love the back! I'd make it the front! :)

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  6. It's beautiful and so fun! I have wanted to make another huge log cabin for a long while, maybe sometime soon. I found that after it got just a bit bigger than a normal block I had to trim after every log to keep it flat. Yours is just stunning, as is the front.

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  7. Oh my! Am so excited about the thought of a pattern - can't wait :-)

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  8. I love the quilt. I just finished a baby quilt of wonky log cabins. I think I like the back as much or more than the front of your quilt. The are both beautiful.

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  9. Oh I love both sides of this! I might have to flip it over every week to give both sides equal turns :o)

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  10. I love it when the backs are as interesting as the fronts :-) Great finish!

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  11. Fabulous design - a great way to use up fabric scraps for the blocks too.

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  12. I do like those wonky log cabins, nice job

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  13. This is another stunning quilt in that little series of yours and the back really is a happy one. It makes me come over all smiles.

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  14. Love this! Seeing your quilt on the front of the magazine is why I purchased it...love it!

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  15. Another beauty, Kati, it looks fantastic! I really love the huge log cabin back! Thanks for sharing and good luck with the pattern!

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  16. I just found my new favorite quilt. Love it.

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  17. Your quilt is so pretty! I love both the back and the front. That's a neat idea with the double batting -- I think I'll try that on the next quilt for me! :)

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