The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, including products from Aurifil and Hobbs.
Our November Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to use log cabins. Log cabin blocks are so versatile. Many of us decided to utilize our 2 1/2" strip precuts. I thought this would be a great opportunity to do just that and brought out my Jungle Cruise strips. This collection is full of color in a variety of prints: tortoise shell, giraffe, snake skin, cheetah, reptile, and fern/leaf. My accompanying yardage was snake skin in hay and giraffe in citrine.
I chose to feature some of the brighter colored 2 1/2" strips with Snake Skin in Hay as my light neutral to contrast. I considered starting with a rectangle in the center of my single large log cabin, but eventually chose to start with an 8 1/2" center square (unfinished). It was once I had added my fourth side to the log cabin that I decided I really did want a rectangular center section. So I chopped off the side to trim down my center piece to (what would have started at) 6 1/2" x 8 1/2". There wasn't anything magical about this size except that the finished dimensions were both multiples of 2, since the 2 1/2" strips would finish at 2" wide.
From this point I worked improvisationally, auditioning colors for the next strips as I went. I had a slightly different vision in mind (which I'll consider for a future project), but I'm pleased with the final composition. It finished at approximately 38" x 40".
I opted to try out Hobbs Tuscany 100% wool batting for the first time with this project. I was a bit concerned that the higher loft than I'm used to would create a problem quilting on my domestic machine, but it was very easy to work with. My quilting all had the same density, but I think I'll be using some of the batting scraps to play around with mixing in some more dense quilting to really make the less quilted areas pop. Compared to my default cotton batting, this quilt is puffier and lighter weight. The wool batting seemed to cause less drag as I pushed the quilt around to do the quilting.
Jungle Cabin was quilted with Aurifil 50wt #2310 Light Beige thread. I opted for ribbon candy in the colored strips and I created a 1-inch grid of wavy lines in the background.
Giraffes are one of my favorite animals. I just love this giraffe print I chose for the back. Sometimes the favorite print going on the back of a quilt is a great way to enjoy a large piece of it.
And you know how I love a machine binding!
Thanks for visiting!
P.S. Kathleen and Laura both opted for super sized log cabins this month, too!
Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl
I really like that you went with a non-square and non-symmetric finished log cabin. I also like how the colors are left open a bit, too. I appreciate reading about how the different lofts and battings are to work with. I have to admit I just use what I have on hand and haven't thought much about that choice in years.
Batting can totally be an "if it ain't broke don't fix it" situation. Especially if a person buys it by the roll. ;-) Thank you so much. I am really happy with the composition. I'll probably play with some similar large long cabins in 2019.
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Oooh...this is awesome. I didn't see log cabin at first...because of the negative space. Well done.
Thanks Anja! It was fun (and fast!).
Love this version of a log cabin. The resting spots of larger logs is such a great idea. I totally agree with the fun fabric on the back!
Thanks, Kathleen! It's my first large size log cabin, but it won't be my last.
I really like the negative space in this quilt and the asymetry.
Thank you, Lisa! I'm learning to really love asymmetry in my designs.