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Asymmetric Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic by Margaret Almon

Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic Trivet in Autumnal Tones

 

Asymmetric Log Cabin Quilt mosaic, by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 10×10 inches.

 

Quilt patterns never cease to delight me! This is a variation on the Log Cabin quilt block, and I never grow tired of all the ways to express Log Cabin Quilt Love. The modular nature of quilts is very suited to mosaic. I used to think I liked sewing, but I actually liked pattern, fabric, color.

A Wedding Gift in Dark and Lovely Colors

Eggplant and Navy Log Cabin Quilt Trivet by Margaret Almon
Eggplant and Navy Log Cabin Quilt Trivet by Margaret Almon, glass on wood, 8×8 inches, $76. SOLD.

 

This is the second of a trio of Asymmetric Log Cabin Quilt Block Trivets. The first two were wedding gifts from a sister to siblings, and the last was turnabout Gifting the Gifter from one of the recipients. Shades of eggplant purple and navy blue were some of the most challenging to find.  These colors tend to either look black or have too much pastel tint.  Some colors are elusive.  Here’s another I made with some of the same tones.

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Gifting the Gifter

Asymmetric Log Cabin Trivet in Moss, Coral and Sand by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8 inches.
Asymmetric Log Cabin Trivet in Moss, Coral and Sand by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8 inches, $76. SOLD.

 

One of the most rewarding aspects of creating art is having it become part of a family’s traditions.  In November, Nutmeg Designs received a message requesting a thoughtful commission.

. . .I am writing to you because the gifting of your beautiful your Mosaic Trivets have become a sweet and meaningful tradition in our family! My sister Lauren found your site, and commissioned a Log Cabin Mosaic Trivet for my wedding in our wedding colors, and just a few months ago did the same for my brother when he got married! So now she and her husband are the only ones without a trivet of their own, and I would love to gift them with one of your trivets for Christmas if that is possible. . .
A very grateful recipient of a Nutmeg gift

The brother requested his sister’s wedding colors and sent photos of the shades of moss green, coral orange and sand.  It was a delight to bring it full circle to Lauren, who ordered the first two trivets.  The first is below, in oranges and reds.

Asymmetric Log Cabin Trivet in Orange and Red by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8 inches.
Asymmetric Log Cabin Trivet in Orange and Red by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8 inches, $76. SOLD.

The second was in deep lovely blues and eggplant purple. 

 

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Rainbow Log Cabin by Dorothy Fravel

Joyful Rainbow Log Cabin Quilt by Dorothy Fravel

Rainbow Log Cabin by Dorothy Fravel
Rainbow Log Cabin by Dorothy Fravel, Keystone Quilters Show 2015. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

Another pleasure at the Keystone Quilters 2015 Show was coming across a Rainbow Log Cabin made by Dorothy Fravel.  For my kindred spirits in Log Cabin Love, I just finished a Rainbow version of my own the week before, and look forward to sharing it with you.

Rainbow Log Cabin by Dorothy Fravel
Orange Detail of Rainbow Log Cabin by Dorothy Fravel, Keystone Quilters Show 2015. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic MIrror by Margaret Almon.

Log Cabin Love: Quilt Pattern Mosaic Mirror

Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic MIrror by Margaret Almon.
Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic Mirror by Margaret Almon.  Glass and Smalti on wood, 8×10 inches.

 

One of the pleasures of having an Open Studio is that people get to see an abundance of work on the walls, be surrounded by it, and have creative ideas percolating.  A visitor saw my Log Cabin Quilt Panel(below) and asked if I could make a mirror with the same motif.  With Stratoz’s trusty drafting skills, he drew a series of squares around the perimeter.

These glass tiles are from Italy, with swirled and mottled color.  My work table was a mountain of glass as I sorted tiles by hue and intensity.  These tiles teach me to look closely, to appreciate differences that at not discernible at first.

Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic Panel by Margaret Almon.
Log Cabin Quilt Mosaic Panel by Margaret Almon. Glass and smalti on wood, 11×14 inches.

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Miyabi Quilt by Matsuko Shiraishi

Miyabi Quilt by Matsuko Shiraishi: Elegance in Orange

Miyabi Quilt by Matsuko Shiraishi
Miyabi Quilt by Matsuko Shiraishi at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, 2014. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

This quilt introduced me to the concept of Miyabi, a traditional Japanese aesthetic combining elegance and sorrow.  Matsuko Shiraishi describes how the quilt is made of wedding Kimono fabric, and that wedding ceremonies are a combination of those two emotions.  To see the whole quilt, which takes on the shape of a Kimono, there’s a great photo of Matsuko Shiraishi’s work on the gladiquilts site.

Having words to describe different forms of beauty helps me look at things more closely and contemplatively.  I have written about Wabi Sabi and Hozho, and the beauty of imperfection,  but Miyabi was new to me.  The Kimono fabric is definitely elegant, with metallic thread and a silky sheen.

What defines elegant for you?