This week I cut into my bundle of Bluebird fabric, a collaborative collection by the Cotton + Steel designers. The Bluebird collection was inspired by a group of vintage Japanese fabrics that had aged and naturally discolored over a period of time. Similarly, several of the prints included in the Bluebird collection have been intentionally aged with watermarks and discolored to add richness and depth to the fabrics and the items made with them.
In keeping with the vintage and antique vibe of this collection I wanted this quilt to be a very traditional quilt. And it doesn't really get much more traditional than a Log Cabin Quilt with red center squares.
I played with several different size log cabin blocks before settling on a curvy log cabin block to create an illusion of curves by varying the width of the light and dark logs. In this case I have cut the light color logs so that the finished size is twice the width of the finished size of the indigo logs (the finished width of the light color logs is 1.5" and the finished width of the indigo logs is 3/4").
Bluebird Log Cabin Quilt
36 Curvy Log Cabin Blocks
Each Curvy Log Cabin Block measures 9.25" x 9.25"
612 patchwork pieces.
Featuring the Bluebird collection as well as
more Cotton + Steel prints.
Solid red fabric is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Lipstick.
Quilt top measures 53 inches x 53 inches.
I had fun pulling low volume fabrics from stash for this project with snippets of interest throughout, including a rather unsettling spider from a Halloween collection (Spellbound) also by Cotton + Steel. It is not for the faint-hearted but I am used to it now and will leave it right where it is. I am telling myself it adds to the antique vibe ...
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