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Topic: Eric's quilt--aka. that's one big log cabin you've got there....  (Read 1416 times)
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« on: October 13, 2008 09:36:13 PM »

Okay, here is my second quilt of all time, a 30th birthday gift for my brother.  A few weeks ago, as the occasion approached, I hemmed and hawed at what to give him.  Nothing seemed momentous enough.  I thought about making him something, and in fact had already purchased some Ohio and California themed fabric with the vague thought of doing something like a throw pillow.  But he is a guy.  With a girlfriend.  And I am pretty sure that when it comes to throw pillows, she would be the one calling the shots, and I didn't want something I made to be the object of some kind of strange couple argument segue, nor something she insisted only be brought out when I visited.  So I thought about something with some actual use.  A picnic blanket?  Why not!  So with six days to go before traveling to Yosemite to visit him, I started piling manly fabrics together in a kind of lunatic daze. Hopefully the effect isn't quite as eye-searing as I was fearing.

The pattern is my own, a nearly-wonky log cabin on steroids.  I used only fabrics I had in my stash (besides the blue leaves in the last row.  what can I say, I ran out of blue), leftover quilt batting, and a bed sheet for the backing. 

I quilted in the ditch of each row of the log cabin (after ditching plans to tie the quilt. so glad I did) and quilted one single fish in the middle square. 

I apologize for the grievous wrinkles.  We had picnicked.  Proof!

And so, duly baptized, the quilt now lives in Yosemite.  More proof!

That's El Capitan, the largest granite rock face in the world. 

Anyway, there you go.  Made with love, gifted with only a slight twinge of remorse (it's kind of like handing over a baby, I swear), and received with tears and a hug.  Oh wait, I promised him I wouldn't mention the tears.  Ahem.  Received with manly only slightly reddened eyes and a firm pat on the back?  Better? 

(okay, not that you asked, but here is a detail shot of the fish in the middle.  I call the quilt "Eric's fishbowl")
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2008 09:48:34 PM »

ok i am so happy to be first to reply!  he is lucky - that is an awesome quilt!  and thanks for sharing the beautiful picture with us!  i really do love the quilt, i am sure he will proudly use it and always cherish it.  good work!

que sera, sera.
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2008 10:16:42 PM »

Beautiful quilt, beautiful story.
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2008 06:34:44 AM »

It's gorgeous!  I've recently sworn off log cabins for a good long time, but yours looks really good.  That's a wonderful story too.

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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2008 02:28:20 PM »

I LOVE this. It is the perfect idea for a picnic blanket/quilt! I may have to do something similar for my own brother next Christmas.  Grin

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