Sunday, 17 September 2017

Wonky Quarter Log Cabin Boy Quilt

I can finally show my second finished Bee Quilt today:

I couldn't be happier with this quilt, my bee mates did a fantastic job with their beautiful blocks! I opted for an improv and wonky quarter log cabin block and since this is a quilt for a boy I asked for 'boyish' fabrics with very graphic prints and solid white.

The colour scheme was navy and light blue, mustard/ curry and white. You can read more about that here. It's always a nice surprise when you open the envelopes from your bee mates and see what blocks they made since we sew with our own fabrics. It gives the quilt such a great variety of different fabrics without looking completely wild and uncoordinated.

For the back of the quilt I simply opted for cross hatch fabrics and a white stripe in the middle. The quilt measures 1.20 x 1.50m (47x59"), the individual blocks are 12.5"sq.

We all followed a tutorial by Debbie of A Quilter's Table to create the wonky blocks. Wonky and Improv can be challenging for some quilters so my bee mate Melanie wrote a blog post on how to 'plan' your improv blocks, so if you feel a little intimidated by improv go and check this out!

It was the first quilt I quilted with my new Juki. I opted for free motion interlinking and random rectangles, which I thought go very well with the wonky blocks. The quilting turned out so beautiful and is no comparison to what I previously was able to do with my old machine. What you can't see on the photo above is that I also got the large extension table. With that you can turn your machine 90degress so you almost have a long arm feeling, with the only difference that you still need to move the quilt under the machine and not the other way round as you would with a long arm.

Here's a close-up of the quilting at the back of the quilt. I used Aurifil 40wt in white and it works so well with all the different colours.

I opted for a solid white binding. I've done that a couple of times with quilts where there is a lot of solid white and I think it gives the quilt a nice, light frame and lets the blocks stand out.

Again, thanks to my fellow bees of the Quilty Circle of Bees for another really lovely quilt. This will be a gift for a friend of mine and her little boy. Can't wait to see her face, she has no clue that this is for her and her little man!

Linking this to the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis.
and Let's Bee Social at 'Sew Fresh Quilts'


  1. Ein ganz toller Quilt... es gefällt mir alles daran, der Block, die Stoffe und auch das Quilting. Ich habe das Juki Vormodell, bin auch sehr zufrieden damit, aber schon ein bißchen neidisch auf den größeren Anschiebetisch :-)

  2. Really lovely! Glad Melanie's extra post could make the improv a little easier for some. ;-)

  3. It turned out wonderfully. Love the colours.

  4. Congratulations to the finish. It looks like a very happy quilt.

  5. This is awesome! I also like white binding sometimes :)

  6. So pretty and fun looking! Bees can be fun. I am in 3 this year. One has had a lot of members quit (shortly after they get their months blocks) so it can be risky if I'll get any as I'm the last one to be the queen. Another bee group is so much fun we are more relaxed about everything and understanding if life gets in the way and we're late. So glad it all worked out for you.

  7. How great that all the blocks worked together so well. A great quilt.

  8. I loved working on the blocks and am still considering to give it another try. The quilt turned out really great! Your quilting design fits well. And I admire your fearlessness for FMQ.

  9. Gosh you all did very well with your fabrics, it looks really cohesive. Great work everyone!