Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The incredible lightness of being... low volume

What a fun time I had making this quilt.  My sewing room was upside down for weeks with light and neutral fabric strips.  It was a happy mess.  So it usually goes when you're making something new and different.
I used a 60" throw size of wool batting and backed it with some Anna Maria Horner voile I found on sale.  The log cabin blocks were machine quilted kind of randomly, sometimes in the ditch, sometimes down the middle of the strips, puffing up instantly because of the batting.
A few of the log cabin centers were fussy cut and others just pieced.  I never really measured the centers or the strips, so the fabric pieces are anywhere from about 1.5 to 3 inches wide.  All the blocks were trimmed up to 9 inches square.

Instead of adding a binding, I wrapped the excess voile backing around to the front of the quilt, creating  a soft, silky border. 
There is a good tutorial on how to do this binding method here, although I like to leave a little batting in the binding to keep it from being too flat.
I have a lot of strips left over, so you may see a few other things popping up in these soft colors.  I don't feel like I'm done with this yet.  For a look at some other low volume quilts, go see Kristen and Amanda.  A pattern for the strip pieced low volume quilt like Amanda's can be found in her new book she wrote with Cheryl Arkison, called Sunday Morning Quilts.
While I'm at it, I might as well throw in a random book review.
This is the first of three books about Josephine Bonaparte, written as though you were reading her diary.  This is hands down some of my most favorite kind of reading.  Did you know Josephine used to smile with her mouth closed or behind a fan because her teeth were bad?  She created beautiful gardens, and she was thrown into an early menopause because of her imprisonment in the Bastille, rendering her unable to bear children after that?  July 14th was Bastille day (and my wedding anniversary) so it made me think of these books.
After the quilt came out of the dryer, I test drove it with a nap.  Toe polish color is Peruby Ruby by OPI, in case you just couldn't make it through the day without that important information.

I'd like to say Hello!! to my new followers.  Thank you to everyone for stopping by and leaving all those kind comments.  I may start responding to the no-reply bloggers in the comment section, but you will have to check back for that.  Also, the info  I received on thyroid medication  from some of you was very helpful and I appreciate you sharing it with me.
Okay one more picture.....


  1. This is one of the prettiest quilts I've seen lately. I really! really! love it!

  2. What a lovely pale, dreamy quilt! Seeing firstly Kristen's LVQ over at Cozy Made Things, who referred me to your lovely quilt which inspired her, I now have a whole heap of pale, quiet fabrics all over my work table waiting for me to start!
    But first I have to finish hand quilting a quilt for my daughter, which I foolishly made extra large (to fit a king size!) as i knew it would take me a year or two to finish! Nearly there with it, and the thought of starting on like yours is keeping me at it - thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Oh boy, that quilt really looks good. I didn´t think I would like it when you first started this project but I have to admit, now I like it a lot.

  4. It's beautiful! Lovely colours and I like your toe colour too! All these quilts are inspiring me, I've started gathering up stuff for a proper go myself.
    Hope you're feeling better now.

  5. This is a beautiful quilt... I like the idea of the edging; that is new to me. I'm still learning about quilting and patchwork... ditches, batting and such like are new words to me. I still don't know what "fussy cut" is! Enjoy your quilt x

  6. This is so beautiful. Its delicate and pretty and very vintage looking. I simply love it.


  7. Hi Lynne, Your new quilt is gorgeous. Your 'sew' clever I'd have no idea where to start. Thanks for sharing the book I may take a look at it. Oh and your colourful toes. Have a lovely week. Ali x

  8. Stunning quilt, i love it.....you are very clever, i admire anyone that can quilt.
    Pixie x

  9. Oh it is lovely.Well done love Jill xx

  10. Hi Lynne,

    This is just so pretty! The soft pale colors are just so soothing and so perfect for summer!! Great job!! xoxo Debbie
    P.S. Love the nail polish!

  11. Ohhhhh, mercy. I love it so much. What a lovely, fluffy, soft, gorgeous quilt that is, and as always, I'm so floored by your beautiful stitches. Great job. :)

  12. This is so incredibly beautiful, well done Lynne
    Hope you have lots of snuggle time with it
    Lol Karen x

  13. The quilt is absolutely lovely. It has real snuggle appeal. Enjoy it.
    Philippa x

  14. I love this quilt, it is so pretty! Now I want to make one too - but I have so much to do and so little time as usual. I really want to make a patchwork quilt but I MUST finish some of my other projects first and I have promised my daughter that I will teach her how to follow a dress making pattern this summer. Your work is so inspiring and always lovely Lynne. Thank you for the links too. X

  15. Welcome and thanks for visiting.you ahve such a beautiful blog and very nice and interesting projects.:0)

  16. Hi, Lynne! Thank you for your sweet comment and well wishes after my surgery. I'm doing great. I feel better today than yesterday, and I expect that to be the trend. I'll be back to poke around your blog and look at your pretty things. I am not a sewer, but I wish I was when I see all these pretty quilts. Take care.

  17. Love that pretty quilt! You did a great job!


  18. the pale and neutral colors of the fabric are beautiful and the quilt turned out wonderfully. thanks for posting the link for the binding, it will definitely help me out a lot...
    laura :)

  19. A beautiful, low volume quilt. Love the quilt in your header too. I added you to my blog reader ; )


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