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Log Cabin Quilt Love

Log Cabin Quilt Trivet in Coral and Cream by Margaret Almon.
Log Cabin Quilt Trivet in Coral and Cream by Margaret Almon.

Last post, I wrote about Ann Brauer‘s use of gray tones with flashes of color, and her post, Why Grey?  I came across this trivet I made, which I photographed and then forgot about.  I love these tiles with the flashes of gray, taupe.  They are subtle and ever-changing in the light.  Then it’s even more fun to add the orange, coral and tea rose tones, with the pop of red-orange dichroic in the center.

More quilt inspired trivets at Nutmeg Designs.

It’s Fun When Quilters Visit the Nutmeg Designs Booth: A Link to my Home Economics Past

Chinese Coins Quilt Pattern Trivet by Margaret Almon.
Chinese Coins Quilt Pattern Trivet, glass and gold smalti on wood, 6 inches, ©Margaret Almon.
Color Box Log Cabin by Margaret Almon, glass and ceramic on slate, 8×8 inches.
Broken Dishes Quilt Pattern Mosaic Trivet by Margaret Almon.
Broken Dishes Quilt Pattern Mosaic Trivet, glass on wood, ©Margaret Almon.
Asymmetric Log Cabin Mosaic by Margaret Almon
Asymmetric Log Cabin Mosaic by Margaret Almon. Glass on wood, 8×8 inches.

I love when quilters come into my booth, as at the 2012 PA Guild Show in Wilmington.  They come closer and are happy to find that the mosaics that looked familiar are indeed based on quilt patterns.  I had a conversation with a woman who loved the colors in my work, and that she feels the way about colors in fabric.   I won the Adele Swenson award for excellence in Home Economics in the 9th grade.

It took me awhile to figure out that the allure of Home Economics was that I liked  choosing fabric, not the actual sewing.  I still remember the colors and textures of fabric I chose in junior high: nubby linen in red with black flowers, brown plaid with gold threads, cream cotton with a tiny strawberry print, maroon fine wale corduroy(which apparently I was spelling the Canadian way, cordouroy, which the spellchecker took issue with), and black cotton with shimmering gold flowers for a blouse with gold piping.

I am glad that I can interpret quilt patterns in glass, keeping the color, and the thread connecting me to my younger self.

Mosaic Quilt Blocks in my Nutmeg Designs Etsy Shop.


5 Fabulous Quilt and Textile Bloggers to Inspire Any Artist

Lime and Violet Log Cabin Mosaic by Margaret Almon of Nutmeg Designs
Lime and Violet Log Cabin Mosaic by Margaret Almon of Nutmeg Designs

Deciding to make quilt patterns in glass was one of the most exciting choices I’ve made as a mosaic artist.  The Log Cabin block in particular brings out my creativity and allows me to play with color.  The challenge of making scrap quilts gives me a good springboard for my own mosaics made of scraps of glass.  Stratoz creates a lot of glass bits in his studio, and I love putting them to good use.

Quilters also quite adept at blogging and I’d like to share some of my favorite quilt bloggers.  They are a storehouse of creative energy.

Barbara Brackman’s Material Culture: Information from a Quilt Historian About Quilt Fabric Past and Present

There is so much history encoded in different fabrics, and Barbara Brackman provides fascinating detail, and always has photos.  I especially enjoyed the Perkiomen Valley Patch, as I live very near the Perkiomen Valley in PA.

Lisa Call:  Contemporary Textile Art

Lisa Call says she creates vivid geometric abstract contemporary quilts.  I feel a kinship to her experimentation with color and her passion for her art.  She has an interesting post about working in a series, and the permutations the theme takes.

The Textile Blog

John Hopper writes about every imaginable textile from quilts to embroidery to macrame!  I’ve learned a lot from his meticulous research and writing.  He highlighted a contemporary quilt artist Paula Nadelstern and her cool kaleidescope quilts.

Sew On and On:  My Joyful Journey Through Arts and Life

Valerie Kamikubo populates her blog with visual treats, and her observations about art and creativity.  The colors in her post of dyeing fabric are very vibrant.

Planet Textile Threads(link currently not working)


Further Reading

Beautiful Thrift: Coin Quilt Patterns in Mosaic

Making a Variable Star Mosaic: Ohio Star

Over at Stratoz:

7 for the Weekend–Celebrating a 2009 Quilt Show

Stained Glass:  Bartering a Bear Paw Quilt Design

Quilt Shows in Pennsylvania