Building a Home

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.

62409012_10216990894419125_7381132822683058176_nOh 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.

62050542_10216990894659131_7052694517484355584_nThank 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. 62021059_10216990895819160_5661599316624539648_nIf 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.62101034_10216990895739158_7915241508071014400_nHere’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.

19 thoughts on “Building a Home

  1. I LOVE the creation of this quilt! It is facinating to read about the decisions you made as you went along and what you were thinking!! The end result is stunning! And, I like the subtle heart in the one block – perfect for a wedding quilt!
    Happy Quilting on the Rock! 🙂


  2. Ann, this is just fabulous! You know I love going through other people’s though processes. Funny I liked the stripe idea and might have developed that were it my quilt. I love those log cabins! So unusual and I can see some fab secondary patterns by putting them together. I am not religious but I do love marvelling at ancient churches’ designs and stonework etc.


    1. Thanks, Sandra! It look be a while to decide on the arrangement of the log cabins- the diamonds that form in another orientation were lovely, but involved matching a gazillion seams, and also produced squares that I didn’t love.


    2. I also liked the stripe idea and probably would have run with that. It’s possibly because I consider myself a lazy quilter, most likely because I enjoy minimalism in my quilts. Regardless, it’s a beautiful quilt. I love following other quilters’ design process.


  3. Hi Ann (sans e)! I can certainly see the inspiration from St Anne’s church. Rarely do you see a church in pastel colors, or at least I haven’t throughout my travels. Poland is one place I would love to visit and hope to some day. I adore those linens you chose, and the addition of the brown was definitely needed. I can see why you didn’t want to make a whole quilt of the log cabin blocks, and the two-by-four addition was a perfect choice. They really allow the log blocks to make a statement! I’m looking forward to seeing this as a finish later this summer or this month! ~smile~ Roseanne


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