Thursday, April 07, 2016

Throwback Thursday {Volume 9}

Welcome to Throwback Thursday @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge. It's a monthly chance to share quilts and stories from our dark quilty pasts!

Way back in 2005, Himself asked a favour. Even though he already had a quilt, he really wanted one to take to sea with him. And if you love someone, you make them a quilt. Or two.
We bandied about the idea of a Storm at Sea block, but in the end, I'm just too superstitious to send a quilt with that block to sea. I opted to go for a log cabin block, using Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day techniques. If you've never read one of her books, please do. So many tricks to speed up your piecing.
The dark side of the log cabin features a scrappy variety of navy blues and the light side has small scale prints that would likely fit the bill for today's low volume lovers.
Borders... wow. I sure don't do those very often anymore. And the inner border? It's 100% Klenck Junk (though at the time it was most definitely Faulkner Junk!)

A note about the location for this quilty photo shoot. It's a gorgeous statue on the Halifax waterfront created to pay tribute to sailors past and present. Something about it has always called to me.
Lest you think my photo shoot disrespectful, please know that my grandfather was a career sailor. He and my husband would have had so much in common - a love of the sea and of the outdoors, as well as being avid hunters and fishermen. I wish they could have known each other. His quilt and this statue is as close as they get.
Before I left the waterfront, I popped over to another icon of our downtown... 
The Wave! It's a strangely modern sculpture for our traditional town, but it's loved (and climbed upon) by all ages. And it gave me a sunny place to lay out the entire quilt and show off the windmill layout. I remember choosing the layout by taking pictures of a bunch of options and then showing them to Himself.
Ah... the early days of my FMQ skills. If you look closely, you can see a wave motif. Yikes. If you look even more closely, you can see my attempt at a crab. Double yikes!

"Boat Quilty", as this one is known, is our go-to quilt for taking camping or on ski vacations. You just don't know when you might have a quilt emergency. We'd hate to be unprepared. It's likely the quilt in our house that gets the most use... well, it was until DT and their Plus Two quilts came along!

For this month's giveaway, I'm heading back to the stash. I've been a little quiet lately about The Year of the Stash, but I haven't forgotten! I'm heading into my stash to make the winner a custom scrap pack. Yup, sending fabric to a new home is almost as great as using it myself!
  1. Link-up a blog post telling all about a quilt from your past. Don't forget to link to A Quarter Inch from the Edge in your post or grab the Throwback Thursday button for your sidebar.
  2. Leave a comment on this post telling me about your experience with log cabin quilts. 
The giveaway is open to International participants until Sunday, April 10th at 11:55pm Atlantic Time.

P.S. See you on Thursday, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo!) for Throwback Thursday {Volume 10}


  1. I love this so much, Jenn. Log cabins have a big place in my heart; if I had to use one block to make quilts for the rest of time, I'd definitely pick the log cabin. I also love the connection you can see between your husband and grandpa and wish they had been able to meet as well.

  2. This is so beautiful quilt with great colours and I like enjoyed your story! x Teje

  3. I love this story! Your quilt and photos are lovely. I finished a log cabin quilt last year. It was about 40 inches square and all the blocks were paper pieced. It took years for me to make these blocks. That's why my quilt didn't get any bigger :).

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  4. I think your photo shoot is genius!

  5. What a lovely setting for a much loved quilt! That sailor statue was just made to carry a quilt and you are astute to realize that. (Do other people put things in his hand, too?) Your story is wonderful with those family connections and the way the quilt is meaningful across generations. I just happen to feature a Log Cabin in my post today. I haven't made many, but it is one pattern that I feel confident with in selecting values. It's a good, solid design (so many possible settings!) and can appeal to anyone's style.

  6. Confession - I have yet to make a log cabin quilt or block even! Never fear it is on my quilty bucket list. I have plans, always lots of plans. Your quilt is lovely and what a great setting to photograph it in.

  7. Lovely quilt, heartwarming story, and perfect photo location.

  8. Wonderful photos with a great story!

  9. Jenn, this is a beautiful quilt and I'm going to guess a well traveled quilt since it has made some trips to sea. The statue made for the perfect photo shoot and just adds to the great story behind this quilt. I'm sure the Storm at Sea would have made a great quilt as well, but I get it, sometimes you just can't tempt fate. Nope bad juju.

  10. Your photo shoot called to me as well. My father was a career merchant seaman and served in WWII as a Merchant Marine mostly in the Pacific theater.
    I confess I have never made a complete log cabin quilt, although I have made blocks for sampler quilts, swaps and lottos.
    Your rainbow mini quilts are beautiful!

  11. Oh yeah, cool pics! I made some tiny log cabins and some wonky ones. There are so many possibilities with log cabins which is great.

  12. Just perfect! Your photos are just perfect! Awesome quilt. I notice that you have used one of the same fabrics that I used in Mike's quilt. I wish I would have thought to take a pic of his on the sailor statue. Genius, girl!

  13. The photo shoot is wonderful, as is the quilt. I haven't got a lot of experience with log cabins...nothing I've brought all the way to a finish at any rate. I have made many log cabin medallion blocks and a log cabin plus block this month for stash bee.

  14. I love this quilt. As I haven't been quilting very long I have no experience with log cabin quilts but I have done a block which went into a much bigger quilt for my son.

  15. I can't believe I haven't seen this quilt. It's great. I haven't made a log cabin yet.

  16. Despite being so versatile, I have yet to make a log cabin block! I've seen quite a few quilts with log cabins that I love, but I just haven't gotten around to actually doing it. Also, I love the photo shoot you did with this quilt! It reminds me of a statue at my old college that would have been perfect for quilty pics. If only I had started quilting a little sooner!

  17. Love the quilt and loved the story behind it and your photos are awesome !

  18. No one can call herself a quilter until she sews a log cabin. I think that should be a rule somewhere. ;)
    Great photo location. We were at our local maritime museum just a week or so ago, scrambling through the submarine. That would have been a good location for this quilt too!


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