Uptown Girl’s Twisted Log Cabin

As a teenager, my dream was to be a fashion designer.  Life took me in other directions. These days, creating fantasy fashions that I will NEVER wear, is a fulfilling way for me to fill idle hours.

My local quilt guild’s biennial quilt show is fast approaching.  As part of the show, there is a log cabin challenge.  I always take the “unusual” approach to this challenge.  No bed quilts for this art quilter!Uptown Girl complete 010

This year’s challenge entry began with one of my many unfinished projects, my attempt to create an abstract beaded “whatever”.  Having spent many hours sewing tiny seed beads onto canvas, I didn’t want the piece to end up in a drawer along with all my other UFOs.  I decided to complete the beading and use it as part of my log cabin entry.Uptown Girl complete 007

From silky fabrics that complimented the beading, I made eight twisted log cabin blocks that  eventually became a purse.  The beaded piece was used as the flap.

To add a touch of whimsy, I completed the ensemble with a “fascinator”.  Using a fabric-covered headband as my base, I attached three double-sided twisted log cabin blocks, added some tulle and beaded the sides of the headband.  A teenager’s dream come true!  Now, if only I had the guts to wear my fantasy fashion in public!Uptown Girl complete 006Uptown Girl complete 013