Friday, March 29, 2013

improv logs

I'm so happy to share my Improv Logs quilt with you today. 


I made it as part of the Log Cabin challenge at our MQG. And it truly was a challenge. (BTW, the official reveal date was our yesterday's meeting and all the quilts were absolutely amazing. It was wonderful to see a humble log cabin being interpreted in so many wonderful ways.)

I do love log cabin blocks, but once the time came for me to decide on a specific design, I was stuck. I had so many ideas, none of them seemed right though.


This very rough sketch was my jumping off point once I decided to improv piece my blocks. I know, very professional looking :)


I made 9 randomly sized blocks and then the hard work of piecing the quilt together started. I won't lie, it was not quick. I kept the blocks on my design wall for quite a while. Some days I really liked the way it all looked, other days I was ready to scrap the whole idea and start all over.


Once my quilt top was finished, I knew exactly how I wanted to quilt it. I've been admiring Karen's improv quilts and her spiral quilting for a long time and I knew this kind of quilting would be just perfect for my Improv Logs.

At this stage I usually consider my quilts pretty much finished as I don't consider attaching the binding on to be a huge job. This time, however, I was far from being done.


I decided to piece my binding to blend in with the quilt. Debbie always makes the most intersting binding, so I thought I'd give it a try.

It took a looooong time and I seriously started questioning my sanity, but once it was finished..... I absolutely, positively love the way it looks and finishes the quilt off in such a perfect way.


Finished size of the quilt is 36" x 36".

Wishing you all an amazing weekend. Svetlana

Linking up to AmandaJean's Finish it up Friday.

42 comments:

  1. The binding really makes this. Great job!

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  2. The binding is spectacular! Well worth your time IMO.

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  3. This is wonderful. I love the colors you used and that binding is marvelous. I'm going to have to remember that and use it sometime.

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  4. I love everything about this. The binding looks fantastic - well worth the effort!

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  5. I love improv blocks. This is fantastic :)

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  6. Love it -- and the quilting sets it off beautifully!

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  7. OMG the binding is awesome! I think I would pull all my hair out before I could get it to line up. Neat to see the sketch too. I always wondered how people came up with the cool modern quilt designs.

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  8. Nadherny quilt, Svetlanko! Je takovy v modernim designu :) Ale krasny, bude pasovat ke vsemu! My jsme ted na Morave u pribuznych, tak jen tak letem svetem nahlizim a komentuji :) Mej krasne dny, Jola

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  9. Fantastic Svetlana. And of course that spiral quilting is just perfect. Love it!

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  10. Brilliant quilt!! And the binding wow! It's stunning :)

    Rachael

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  11. Definitely not the easy way of doing a quilt - but hey, that would be boring! Jxo

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  12. Svetlana, this is amazing!! I love what you did with the binding and the quilting -- so incredible!

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  13. Amazing. Your binding kind of blows me away!

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  14. I love everything about it!! Your improv is so fun and that binding........ Wow..super impressive! Hope your weekend is creative.... but of course!!! :-)

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  15. I think you did a great job. Impressive.

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  16. For my mini quilt "show me your teeth" I pieced the binding, too, as my binding has the same colour as some of the blocks. I know what you mean. It was more then just sewing the binding on. Piecing, sewing, stopping, cutting, piecing, continue asf. But in the end it's worth it. :)

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  17. This is absolutely stunning. The binding is amazing! I also love how you used solids with a few single-color prints. Lovely.

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  18. Love how your logs came out, especially all the neutrals you used, I really need to build up my neutral stash

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  19. It is so beautiful. I love the citrusy neutrals that you used and the bits and spaces. I cannot believe you matched the binding, it is so perfect. Love the quilting as well. Just wonderful.

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    1. p.s. It looks like the super technical, to specs, drawings I do too :)

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  20. I really really adore this quilt. The binding finishes it perfectly - must have been so much work. Swoon.

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  21. So gorgeous! I love the pops of color in the neutral background. The quilting is perfect.

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  22. wow! the binding is perfection - well worth any amount of time, in my opinion!

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  23. It is gorgeous! Love the spiral quilting and the binding-perfect! Thanks to the link!

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  24. Great quilt! Congratulations!

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  25. Ver nice finish! Love it! Very citrus'y makes me hope for spring :-)

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  26. Spectacular quilt! I am so impressed with the effort you put into the binding! But SO worth it! Fantastic! So inspirational!

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  27. It's a gorgeous quilt, and the binding is spectacular. I must try doing that in the future.

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  28. It is gorgeous and the quilting is perfect for it!

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  29. Fantastic quilt and that binding is amazing!!

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  30. It is all in the details! Great piece of modern art - so much to look at!

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  31. Your quilt is so incredibly beautiful! I can't believe the binding, amazing!!

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  32. I love this and I LOVE what you did with the binding! I am sure it was more complicated than it looks!

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