Monday, October 13, 2008

Planning A Barn Raising

When I began my journey into quilt making, close to 18 years ago, I had a vision of a quilt. It was an easy beginners quilt...nothing like the "Masterpiece" vision. I have yet to create that 18 year old vision. 2009 is the year! As far as pieced quilts go, I have a definite love for the 9-patch and also for star blocks, but my love of the log cabin quilt is by far the greatest! How you can take the same block and make so many different quilt patterns out of them is amazing!!!The variations used are countless....
Depending on who you are talking too, these all have names that, in some cases, have become interchangeable, though others are set in stone! Courthouse Steps, Sunshine and Shadows, Straight Furrows, Barn Raising...You can see a gorgeous variation of the diamond pattern on Niki's blog. It is unmatched!!
There are variations, on variations.....Log Cabin quilts are among the oldest known quilt pattern. In ancient Egypt the pattern was used in paint while decorating the wrapping of mummys. It has been worked in fabric for the last 200+ years, dating back to the mid-1700's in a Scotland Museum. My source is (of course) Barbara Brackman...Quilt Historian of the Universe! In America/Canada, we can date the log cabin quilt back to the 1860's...that being the oldest actual log cabin quilt we have that is signed and dated. I am certain there were others before that.
My personal favorite is called "Barn Raising". It is the vision I had 18 years ago.There are 3 colors that were used in the centers of the blocks in traditional log cabin quilts...red, yellow and black. Red and yellow represent warmth...fire, hearth, and heart of the home. Black centers (it is said) was used to help escaped slaves along the trail of the Underground Railroad.
In my planned and plotted 18 year old vision, I will use red centers. Scraps using only lights and darks (no medium values)....10 inch blocks, using a 10 by 10 layout, with a total of 100 center squares and 1,600 1 inch (finished) strips. A quilt measuring 100 X 100 when complete. It will be hand quilted.
That said, only the cutting of the "logs" will be worked on before the Pink and Brown is out of the hoop. It will be my 2009 quilt. I will continue to work out the Masterpiece during the next year, or two....or three....but in the meantime, an 18 year old vision coming to fruition, is an incredible feeling I am sure!!
What are you planning for 2009? If you are not a quilter, I encourage you to give it a try. The Log Cabin Quilt is a perfect one to start with! It can be machine or hand pieced very easily. Quilting is very satisfying and a true pleasure!

13 comments:

Milah said...

Barn raising is my all time favorite. I look forward to seeing yours unfold. I have one my step fathers first wife pieced and I quilted. I still need to sew the binding on. Maybe this winter....

Nancy said...

My very first quilt ever finished was a log cabin in blues with red centers. My son still uses in on his bed. I would have to go look at it to see what pattern I used to put the blocks together and it would be scary to venture into a 16 year old boys room....lol

Maybe I will join you this year.

Marilyn R said...

I love log cabin quilts too. I have been working on a log cabin wall hanging lately. It is amazing what can be done with one simple block.

Niki RuralWritings said...

Oh Bren, I love log cabin too! Maybe that will be my next quilt.
I'll have to start researching, although your post sure opened my eyes about all the variations!
My house is smelling of turkey and stuffing and Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena, the guys are out siting in their bows, in preparation for deer hunting and I was wondering if you'd like to join me for a coffee???
Hugs,
Niki

Libby said...

I'll be excited to watch your dream come alive. I've had a log cabin on the brain lately . . . maybe it's time to get cuttin' *s*

Andrea Cherie said...

Thanks for the encouragement to "just do it!" You are very inspiring to me- that this is not a totally lost art!

Coleen said...

At the rate that I'm going with my log cabin, I can join you on the 18 year journey LOL. I've been working on (and off) mine for 13yrs. now. I know it won't take you anywhere near that long. Mine will be finished in 2009.

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Oh, thanks for reminding me. I have a log cabin wallhanging (UFO). I started it years ago with the intention of appliqueing a vine and flowers on the border. I need to locate it and finish it even though it is no longer my colors. Have a good week. :)

NeeCee said...

I learn so much better when I have someone here showing me how. With that in mind, I think you should come to Oklahoma to show me how to quilt. It's a huge dream of mine to be able to make my own quilts.

What do you think? ;0)

motherofmany said...

Even the name is just wonderful- barn raising. Very cozy mental image.

This year I intend to find (finally!) someone to teach me to knit. We're sit-by-the-fire people anyway, and I'd love to have something to do besides darn socks and fix zippers.

Mountain Mama said...

Beautiful! As I look at your pictures of quilts, I get more anxious for my girls and I to learn quilting. Can't wait to see your finished product.

You are right. Snow is painful this early in the fall but the views and climate are worth it.
ashley

Love Bears All Things said...

I'm kind of partial to the Log Cabin and the Double Wedding Ring.
There are two Log Cabin blocks in my Fall wall hanging. I've already had to take out three pieces and I've not even done half. I don't know why I have so much trouble with this. I just don't line them up right. It helps if I number them with a pencil on the back but still I sometimes sew the wrong piece to the wrong side.
Mama Bear

Winona said...

Bren,
I love Log Cabin quilts. One of the first quilts I made was a log cabin for my mom. I made it before I had my digital. I need to remember to take my camera the next time I visit. I am sure this will be a project of love. It will look so beautiful on your bed. I am about half way ready to decide to make one too. If I made everything going around in my head, I would never get to sleep. LOL I hope you will keep us up to date with pictures.
Winona