Last month I had the good fortune to visit Poland. I had a marvellous time seeing the sights, visiting museums, listening to Chopin’s music, eating local delicacies and walking. Always walking. As I walked, I invariably passed churches. They were everywhere and they were beautiful; they had to be seen to be appreciated. This is the interior of St. Anne’s Church in Warsaw, for which I had a particular affinity, even if there is an unnecessary “e” in the name.
Built in the 1800’s, it is airy and light, compared to many of the much older churches, and has absolutely beautiful art work in delicate, pastel, colours. I thought they would make a great palette for a quilt.
The first weekend after I came home, I attended a workshop with Krista Hennebury of Poppyprints, called Round Peg, Square Hole. Have you found there is nothing like a workshop to generate UFOs? I have. After last year’s push to finish my PhD with Quilting Gail, I am determined not to create any more projects half done that make demands on my psyche. My daughter had requested a wedding quilt for friends whose decor is neutral and uncluttered, the opposite of my usual aesthetic. I decided to make a few workshop blocks using the colours of St. Anne’s, set them in Essex linen and call it a quilt. I used blue/green Essex, dusty rose Liberty quilting cotton, and an aged Carolyn Friedlander light tan to go with the Art Gallery mist. I felt like I was back in the 80’s, wanted another colour, and after auditioning, added the brown with white polka dot Dear Stella.
After some consultation with my friend Gillian, the blocks were arranged. I sewed two pieces of the linen onto the strip and hated it. Tried the mist. It was even worse. Sorry for the quality of these pictures. I couldn’t stand the combinations long enough to take decent ones.
What if I added stripes, like a Hudson’s Bay blanket? They would carry the logs into the background.
Oh my goodness, no. What to do? I was not going to make a whole quilt of those labour intensive log cabins. Then I remembered Gillian had made some 2×4 blocks recently. Come to think about it, I made baby quilts this spring with them. I made a few blocks.
Thank you, Film in the Fridge, publisher of the 2×4 tutorial. You saved the day.
I had a few log cabins left, trimmed them to size, and added them to the 2×4’s for interest (and to keep them out of my orphan block pile), and had a finished top. If you look closely, you’ll see the odd block. I thought I’d put a little love in the quilt because it is, after all, a wedding quilt. There’ll be more pictures when it’s quilted, but I was so happy with it, I had to share it.Here’s it is, Building a Home, hanging peacefully, contentedly, on the line.
Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
and Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.