|To my surprise, this quilt caused a lot of talk on Facebook recently|
Last week, a bunch of us who are part of the Quilts- Vintage and Antique group on Facebook had an impromptu virtual Log Cabin exhibition, and I think I may have instigated the whole thing. There was a comment about an auction someone had been bidding on, and a Japanese bidder was winning a lot of things that day. Another person pointed out how popular old quilts are in Japan, and referred to the exhibits of antique American quilts she'd seen in Tokyo. She knew some of us in the group had quilts in those exhibits, and that's when I said one of my quilts had been in the Log Cabin exhibit.
|Here's the quilt that was displayed in Tokyo|
People like Julie Silber, Darwin Bearley, Laura Fisher and Roderick Kiracofe were posting pictures of the best log cabins they had. A stunning display, indeed, and if it really was a museum exhibit it would be one of the best ever. But eventually things started to slow down. I posted the picture of the Basketweave quilt without any comments, thinking I was just adding another last-minute quilt as the activity waned. But it got people going once again.
"OMG! All those partial seams. Only by hand." said longtime friend Judy Grow. I had no idea. Apparently, the construction is a little tricky because it's interlocking rather than a straightforward block design, but when I see things like this I'm not thinking like a quilter. I don't always imagine how difficult it would be to make the quilt. Judging by the comments, some quilters are even a little intimidated by the idea of doing a quilt like this with so many partial seams. Again, I had no idea.
The thread evolved into a quilt throwdown between Siobhan Furgurson of Martinez, Georgia - who has already completed a Russian Sunflower top from a rescue quilt in my collection; and John Kubiniec of New York, New York - who was a finalist in the 2010 McCall's Design Star Competition.
|Siobhan Furgurson is already working on her quilt|
So, I feel a little silly about how much I underestimated this quilt. Who knew? I'm actually blown away that two such outstanding quiltmakers are going to be making this quilt, and I'm thinking maybe I should invite others to do it, too. The squares are 3" and the strips are mostly about 1" x 8 & 1/2" with some variation. Shorter strips in places, it fits together like a puzzle.
So, are you up for the challenge? If you're inspired to tackle one of these Basketweave / Lattice quilts, please comment, blog about it, and send pictures!!