Monday, May 30, 2016

A Quilt for Jakub

A few years ago I met members of my family, on my dad's side, who live in Slovakia. There was a whole clan of family that I figured must live there but never knew about. When trying to research my geneology I found them by shear luck. We visited them in Slovakia in 2012 and Jozef and his wife, Andrea came to visit us two years ago.

We were happy to learn that they were expecting a baby and I immediately started thinking about what quilt I wanted to make them.
I was immediately attracted to two beautiful log cabin quilts in blue that I had seen on Instagram. Giuseppe and Amber both made beautiful quilts, so I figured why ruin a good thing. I made a log cabin quilt in navy, aqua and low volume prints.

We took the quilt to Irvine Ranch Estate Historical Park to photograph it. I was so disappointed when we arrived and most of the buildings were walled off with chain link fencing for reconstruction. There is a fabulous old red barn there that I was planning on using as the backdrop.
I did see this old tractor with it's rusted wheels. 
edited with Snapseed and Brushstroke apps

This old dilapidated house added some texture to the photo.

The quilt is made from various strips ranging from 2.5"-3.5" wide. I had a great time pulling fabrics for the quilt and arranging them to make a cohesive quilt. I wanted it to be a rather large baby quilt, one that would grow with the baby and maybe take him through the pre-school years.

When it came time to quilt this piece I wanted it to be soft and cuddly for the baby so I just did random wavy lines anywhere from 1/2"-2" apart. The quilting is also very improvisational and added a nice dimension to the piece.

To give the quilt a fun jolt on the back I used the cardinal print from a line of Charlie Harper fabrics that I have been hoarding.

When it came time to bind the quilt I was a little stumped and didn't know what to do. I thought using one color might be too stark and distract from the quilt so I used a grey dot on the low volume side and a navy solid on the blue side. I think that was the best way to finish this quilt.

I'll be packing this up and shipping it off to Slovakia this week. I sure hope it arrives safely and baby Jakub will get many years of snuggles with this quilt.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Improv Log Cabin
Fabrics: Blues and Low Volume from Stash
Backing: Charlie Harper Staggered Cardinals from Birch Fabrics
Batting: Warm and White
Thread: Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt.
Quilted by me on my Bernina 820 with Connecting Threads Essential 40 wt. in Ivory
Binding: Kaufman Greenwich in Navy and Summertime Dot in Grey
Size:56" x 58"


Debbie said...

This turned out so nicely, Diane! I love the contrast between color and low-volume. And the binding IS perfect. What a wonderful gift.

Melody A. said...

it is just beautiful, I love the concept and your fabrics. the quilting added a lot to it as did your careful choices for the binding, very inspiring!!

Susan Snooks said...

The quilt turned out beautifully Di! It will surely last little Jakob a long time- I love the wavy quilting and matching binding!

Karen said...

Very pretty quilt. I like the two colors and only one block.

Chookyblue...... said...

Beautiful.... This will keep him nice and warm....

mascanlon said...

Such a charming quilt! I know it will be treasured for many years to come! And yes, you did find a great binding solution!