While browsing through my quilt magazines looking for a Christmas quilt for one of the suites at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast, I found the perfect pattern in Fon’s & Porter’s Quilting Quickly magazine. The “Log Cabin Star” quilt caught my eye, and I had a stash of Christmas fabrics that needed to be put to good use. So off I went pressing and cutting fabric and then sewing it back together and pressing again!
The classic log cabin quilt pattern is one of my favorites and this quilt featured somewhat of the same log cabin look but was centered by a beautiful Christmas star. I used up much of my fabric although I was short on the “white on white” fabric. On a drive over the Bayfield we stopped at a quilt store in Port Wing, Wisconsin and I found just the perfect additional fabrics–along with more stash!
When I finished the top of the quilt as the pattern directed and placed it on the king size bed in one of the guest suites at The Firelight Inn on Oregon Creek Bed and Breakfast, I found it was too small. It needed a border. I consulted the Internet for ideas, asked my husband for his choice and then settled on making the “star” quilt blocks for the border on all four sides. So off I went to my favorite Duluth quilt store–Hannah Johnson Fabrics. There Kate helped me find more “white on white” fabric to finish the strips and strips between the border blocks. I made 50 plus more quilt blocks and laying them out until they looked just right! I have enough extra blocks to make some pillow shams.
Then I was off to find 13 yards of backing fabric for this huge quilt which I found at Mill End Textiles in Burnsville, Minnesota. Beautiful red poinsettias with green leaves and a black background was the perfect backing!
My friend Andy Lien did the long arm quilting on the quilt and we decided on the Christmas tree with a star pattern for the machine quilting. She always does a perfect job quilting my handmade quilts and is always so timely on finishing the projects. She’s also a good friend and picking up and delivering the projects always involves some good chats and a hot cup of tea.
After machine sewing on the binding, it was then time to hand sew the binding on the quilt.
It took many hours of hand sewing but I really enjoyed that time relaxing on the couch and hand sewing–taking in the beautiful fabrics of the quilt.
Because we deliver a full hot delicious breakfast to the privacy of your suite each morning, don’t look to see this quilt on the bed when you stay with us. But make sure to ask to see it–I love showing it off!
So I guess you could say I have a new prize possession–until the next project comes along! Happy quilting and when you need to get away–consider staying at our Duluth Bed and Breakfast. I will share my latest projects and prize possessions.