February 3, 2017

Loominous Cabins

I purchased a fat-quarter bundle of Anna Maria Horner's brilliant Loominous yarn dyes about a year ago, and spent some time trying to decide what to make with them.  I settled on 9-inch quarter log cabin blocks set on point.

This quilt uses all but one of the fabrics in the bundle.  I worked out a way to cut each fat quarter so that 25 fat quarters yielded 50 blocks, with enough left over to form a scrappy border.  The inner border is from yardage of the yellow metallic fabric in the collection; this fabric is also used as an accent strip in some of the blocks.  I had a concept in mind in the arrangement of the accent strips, although it might not be evident.

For the setting triangles, I used Manchester Yarn Dyed in Charcoal from Robert Kaufman.  This was my first time setting a quilt on point; I had a few issues in squaring it up, but hopefully they are not too noticeable.

I chose an AMH print for the backing.  This was not my first, second, or even third choice, but this fabric was on sale and was very cost effective.  Still, I am very pleased with how well it coordinates with the front of the quilt.

Here is a full shot of the back:

I quilted it in a diagonal grid, using multiple colors of thread in an attempt to create a plaid-like design.  I really like the texture this created.

Here are some shots showing the different colors of quilting thread.  Most of the threads are 50-weight Aurifil; the blue and yellow are 50-weight Mettler, but these are 3-ply and thus slightly thicker than the Aurifil.

The binding uses the orange "Headlines" stripe cut on the bias:

The quilt measures 71 inches by 82 inches. 

I'm linking up with crazy mom quilts for Finish It Up Friday. 


  1. I really like your quilt a lot! It's so colorful and I love quilts set on point, and piano key borders too. I see a piano key border in my near future. Great job!

  2. Just gorgeous! And the backing is just perfect!!

  3. Such a beautiful quilt! The texture in the quilting is just lovely.

  4. Oh isn't that beautiful - I love the texture :)

  5. Totally love it. The design really works well with the fabrics. I'm always hesitant to use stripes and plaids because I'm afraid they'll look lopsided, but your design looks great, and if there are cuts that aren't perfectly straight, you sure can't see them. Great quilting, too!

  6. Another beauty! What a great application of this fabric, it looks amazing. I love your plaid quilting, it really compliments this quilt. As always, so many great design elements.

  7. What a lovely way to use these fabrics!

  8. This quilt looks beautiful from far, but my favorite photos are the close-ups showing the texture and the plaid of the quilting threads. Another winner, Ben!

  9. Really good looking quilt.