Monday, July 13, 2015

Urban log cabins

Urban log cabins has been a long time in finishing.  It was going to be for a baby that ended up being a is the new neutral, right?  Well, maybe I didn't make the background navy enough but in my mind this is definitely a boy's quilt.  So the top was mostly done and then it sat, waiting for the right baby.

Well, the right baby has come along!  In an effort to take more interesting pictures, my boys and I visited a local park.  It is a bit more work, but so much more fun to find cool places to take pictures.

But I still haven't quite figured out how to drape a quilt on a sitting place and make it look...right.

The quilt features two different color ombres.  (I don't think ombre is quite the right word, but am not sure what it should be.  Two different hue changes?  I'm really not sure.)  The first is up and down, where the large rectangles in the quilt go from whitest to dark green.  It is an approximate...there are a few times I had to flip it a bit.

Secondly, from side to side the L-parts of the cabin have an ombre.  Both ombres use the same colors, so one corner is white-white and the opposite corner is dark-dark.

I debated the quilting on this for a long time.  The problem was that I didn't want thread that contrasted too much in any of the green parts.  And there wasn't a good way to do just the blue parts without a ton of starting and stopping.  So I ended up with straight lines.  Two in each of the big stripes and two in the little almost-stripes up in one direction and two in just the little stripes in the other direction.

Per my normal for baby blankets, backed in minky and bound in sateen.

Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday, Finish it up Friday, TGIFF, and Whoop-whoop Friday.


  1. That's a great quilt, I'm sure it'll be well loved

  2. It's a beautiful quilt but, it definitely has boys writing all over it. :-)

  3. I like your color gradation! I could give that one to a boy or girl. I always get annoyed that boyish things work for girls but girlish things not so much for boys. I also end up with the thread dilemma you described frequently.

  4. Just stopping in from the TGIFF and I would love to know more about the planning that went into all of those color changes! The finished result is spectacular. I've never used Minky to back a quilt yet, but I'm feeling inspired. Are there any tips that you could give when working with it?

  5. Speaking as a girl who hated pink (I can't imagine how frustrated I would be growing up now when everything for 'girls' is pink), your quilt is just as much a girl's quilt as a boy's. :) Great job with the colour gradation. So glad you linked up to TGIFF!, Amanda!

  6. Your color gradation and choice of fabrics to achieve that effect makes you a patchwork engineer!!! Kudos to you. Gorgeous quilt!!!

  7. Oh it's so lovely and perfect for a new baby boy :)

  8. Gradation, as they said, or color progression? Whatever it is, I like it! An heirloom baby quilt.

  9. What a great pattern and colors for a little boy....pinned.


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