For my challenge quilt for August I actually made a quilt from a pattern of my own. It was inspired by a print from 'Juggling Summer' by Zen Chic for Moda which looked like a quarter of a log cabin block to me. I used my charm squares pack, some monochromatic and grey prints from my stash and a few splashes of colour. I picked my 16 favourite squares for the centre of the blocks. I used my strip cutter for my Go Baby that cut strips in 1", 1.5", 2" finished widths. I also pieced the remaining charm squares and then strip cut them - I really like how that looked and will be doing that again.
This quilt from the start was going to be a gift for a lovely couple. I think because it was for a gift I was quite insecure while I was making it. I shared process on instagram and that is how the quilt got it's name. Angie (@gnomeangel) said it reminded her of city blocks, which further inspired the city skylines in the border. It is quite appropriate as David and Jules are moving to Melbourne and I was aiming for a modern look. I could have also called it 'hook turn' after a road rule in CBD Melbourne.
As the quilt is really busy it didn't need fancy quilting so I went for interlocking boxes. It is a fast and fun quilting pattern and gives great texture. A used a fake piping binding technique I had seen on pinterest. I cut strips 1 1/2" strips of black fabric and pieced scraps together that were 1 3/4" wide. These pieces were joined along the length and then it was pressed in half and sewn on the back on the quilt. I then folded the binding to the front and stitched in the ditch and 'voila' - an effective looking binding that is entirely sewn by machine. I am afraid my explanation is not the best. I might do a tutorial on it soon.
I really hope David and Julianne like it. They are such a lovely couple, who do some much to help others. For the past two years they have been living in a caravan and sacrificed so much of what we in Australia consider the comforts of a normal life to visit congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses in the South Coast, Snowy Mountain and Canberra regions. Along with their unselfish actions they are always cheerful and friendly, I am not the only one who will miss them lots.
This quilt is so different to what I usually make but after a lot if insecurity I decided I like it a lot (it looked remarkable good on my orange sofa). If I like something I am happier to give it away - I can never buy gifts if I don't like them myself.
Have fun and try and do a little of what you love each day.