Working frantically to complete the seven pieces I’d registered for our guild’s upcoming quilt show, I saved the best for last. Truth be told, I had no idea where I was going with this piece, so I procrastinated, hoping for inspiration. I actually wrote the description for the registration form long before the work was begun. Since I usually change my approach many times while making a piece, this was a lousy idea. I had to make the quilt fit the description. No easy task, and I had to make it using only log cabin blocks!
I had entitled the wall hanging Fire in the Cabin. My job was to make that vision come true. Gathering all the fabrics I thought might work, I made far too many sample blocks trying to get the look just right. Total failure. In desperation, I finally decided to go with a variety of my most sparkly fabrics. If all else fails, go for the glitz! Of course, they were the ones that proved most difficult to work with. I used a black velvet with gold metallic roses (Yuk), a copper knit from a thrift shop sweater, copper lame, a red knit with tinsel woven into it and an array of batiks.
I paper-pieced the entire center of the piece and used an ash-like grey/black fabric to construct the log cabin border. It seemed like such a good idea at the time…fire…ashes… This proved to be a very bad decision. The blah border sucked the life out of the piece, so I covered it with a black tulle which had flecks of glitter. Sparks!
My first thought was….”Just get it done. You don’t have to like it.” However, as I worked, my excitement grew. I WAS liking it. It was very cool….or, should I say very hot? Maybe not the fire I had envisioned, but it definitely has SIZZLE! The copper metallic quilted flames in the border and the copper lame binding completed the piece. I think it probably glows in the dark. It definitely glows in the light. I’m smiling broadly. A fiber artist’s version of log cabin! Certainly not boring!