In 1994 we moved from Payette, Idaho to Burley, Idaho.
Eldest son Jason was 10, his brother Jeff was 4. I was 32.
I was SO excited about this house –it was built in 1914, we had photographs of it when it was just a new house on a new street in a little Idaho town.
As with previous moves, my stash came WITH me – and in an effort to start organizing and using scraps I started a quilt that was going to fit our bed.
It took me about a year to piece the blocks for this quilt, every scrap I could get my hands on was cut into 1.5” widths and in early Bonnie Hunter fashion, was sorted into one of two categories….Color or Neutral. Very light or dark. Foreground or background.
I finished the top in 1995, the first top I quilted on my new long-arm, then an APQS Ultimate I.
Here is a photo from that long ago show and share at guild meeting:
Broken Star Log Cabin, 1995
My inspiration came from a photo in a quilting magazine of an antique log cabin quilt and I extended it to make it long enough to fit my bed.
It’s been ON my bed since that day – nearly 20 years have gone by since I finished that binding, which is now needing repairs in places:
Oh, what a life we have had together, this quilt and I!
With this last washing there was some shredding going on – and I admit my heart sunk, just a little bit. This quilt is full of fabrics from my early days of quitling…lots of 70s, 80s and early 90s prints in here….and yes, still some recycled plaids:
I loved bright yellow and cheddar even then…that 1970s print with the lady bugs and butterflies STILL shows up in my quilts from time to time.
Poor shredded bits! Do you recognize any of these prints?
There are feathers quilted through all the neutral areas, wreaths and sprays. I loved wide open neutral areas even then --before the term "low volume" was ridiculously introduced in MODERN terminology. To me -- it is and will always be -- just a LIGHT neutral area.
I have loved and lived with this quilt for 20 years!
It’s now being designated to “FOLDER” status.
I’ll fix the binding bits that have come undone. I’ll keep it folded for display, but it won’t be a bed quilt anymore. I don’t want it to be any more shredded than it already is.
But isn’t that the life of a quilt that has really LIVED? It’s full of memories of the places we have lived, of my boys growing up, of the pets that have come and gone. A testament to my love of fabric and all things scrappy.
I haven’t made a log cabin in a long time….perhaps it’s time to make another??
Don’t forget that there is QUILT-CAM tonight at 9pm EST! I’ll see you here!