The “F” Quilt – A Modern Improv Log Cabin
This quilted wall hanging has been a WIP since the fall of 2017!
It all started as an outlet to just play. No pattern. No rules. Just me and my scraps leftover from my Plus Infinity Quilt.
It’s interesting to see a project evolve when you have no end point in mind.
It’s a liberating feeling and a process that brings me countless joy.
I also find it fascinating to see what emerges from these play sessions. This time, it wound up being an improv log cabin.
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There were a bunch of strips of various sizes that were laying on my sewing table and I simply grabbed whatever was calling to me. And made it “fit” as I went.
The pieced top sat on my design wall for what felt like an eternity! She wasn’t my main project, and since other projects had strict deadlines, this one just kept waiting patiently for me to return to her.
THE MEANING BEHIND THE QUILT
Why “F” Quilt? Well, when I shared a sneak peek of her on my Instagram stories someone (I wish I remembered who) said it looked like an “F”. And they were totally right!
As I thought more about this “F” I thought it was totally apropos for what I was feeling. Never mind that my last name is Fraser, so “F” totally fits, but more than that it made me think of all these “F” words – no not that kind, although I do use that one pretty often 😉
Rather, these words kept swirling around in my mind:
And the more I thought about it, the more I realized these were all emotions that I had been feeling or thinking about. Funny how life always seems to get channeled into our art, whether we’re conscious of it or not.
When it came time to quilting her up, I knew I wanted to focus on big stitch hand quilting with pearl cotton thread (see this post if you’re having a tough time finding some). Since my plan was to make this a wall hanging, I figured lots of texture was in order.
Once again, I decided to keep it all improv. I had no quilting plan, I just started stitching from the center out and let the flow of the stitches and my mood dictate where and what I stitched. I need to do that again, because it was SO fun! I wasn’t concerned about keeping it to a strict design, and it was beyond liberating. There’s something to be said for quilting without a game plan!
Moreover, I love where it ended up. It was fascinating to see the stitch work evolve and I even incorporated some curved stitching, which was unexpected but one of my favourite details.
Here is a round-up of the materials I used in this project:
What I’m learning as I’m exploring my craft is that I adore being free to go with the flow and just explore. I’m always amazed at how much I love, not only the process, but the final design as well.
Those who have seen it in person (namely my family 😉), have all commented on the texture and how some of the stitches pop more based on the colour pairing of the fabric and thread. Which is a great reminder that those small details can make the biggest impact.
I hope that you too will consider going free form and just following your design instincts and having fun with where ever the design takes you!