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CC Baby Quilt Set, Part 1

A dear friend of mines Katie had a beautiful baby girl, Cici in December of last year. This project was almost completed. But, it has taken me this long to finish it up and give it to her!:-(Life sometimes happens and before you know it months have blown by! But, it was made and given in love and I hope they enjoy it. I started out with a stack of 1/4 yard pieces of Art Gallery fabric mainly from the Paradise line and added lots of coordinating prints along with Kona Bone and Eggplant.

We all knew the baby’s name and nickname before she was born and I knew that i wanted to somehow incorporate that into the quilt. So, here’s my version of Cici (CC). Kinda reminds you of the Chanel logo but, this wasn’t the idea when I sketched it out! I wanted to make it personalized but, not make it super obvious and cheesy. I think I achieved that!

When I design a quilt for someone in particular like this and have an idea I brainstorm first by just doing rough sketches on paper. I ran across one of these pages recently and thought it was fun to share! This is obviously very far into the brainstorm process because it looks very similar to the final project BUT, there were many, many iterations on paper before the decision was made. And the multi-colored markings on the center of the page are bleed through from other brainstorm pages!

I didn’t get great shots of the back because it was starting to get dark when I was taking these photos BUT, here’s a close up of the back.  As some of you know, I’m a bit obsessive about baby gifts and I almost ALWAYS make more than a quilt. There’s a dress and coat set that I’ll share with you soon. But, I used the leftovers of the two main fabrics I used for the dress on the back.

And, here’s a really dark shot of the whole thing.

More detail. . .

And, yes for those of you that might ask, this is sort of an iteration of the Huckleberry Quilt. The big circle is just cut in half!

Lisa G - April 5, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Love the movement on the front, straight lines on the back. Beautiful.

Jess B. - March 30, 2012 - 7:43 am

Gorgeous quilt! Once the baby is wrapped up in the blanket, the circle will be made whole. :)

Amanda - January 28, 2012 - 2:00 am

This is one of my favorite modern quilts! Just beautiful!!!

Heidi Bartle - January 6, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Oh my gosh. You blow me away! You are stupid talented!!!! You need to sell patterns for all this, or teach me. One or the other. This is awesome! Great job!

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Barbara - September 8, 2011 - 12:50 pm

This is so gorgeous. I love all your quilts. I would love to be able to make something like this!

Arita - September 7, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Love, love this quilt. Great job on every part of the quilt.

ali - September 2, 2011 - 7:44 am

I love this quilt! There’s so much movement and energy–it sings!

Sherri ~ daintytime - September 1, 2011 - 1:40 pm

You have a great sense of design and I love what you are doing with scale. Awesome!

When are you going to be in the Bay Area again? Hope you’ll ring me up.

Brye Lynn - August 26, 2011 - 7:22 am

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Brye Lynn - August 26, 2011 - 7:22 am

I found you on twitter and I am so glad that I did. Your work is amazing! I love this quilt. It is so unique! I am a co-founder of a new quilt community site. Please check it out – I would love to see this quilt added to our site.

Katarina - August 25, 2011 - 12:31 pm

I think it’s the most beautiful quilt I’ve ever seen! I’ve never made a quilt in my life but this one is so beautiful it makes me want to try! :o ) Thank you for the inspiration.

Amanda - August 23, 2011 - 2:54 am

Just beautiful!

Dawn - August 19, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Oh my, this is AWESOME!!

jeannette - August 17, 2011 - 7:09 pm

This is really awesome and I love it!!

Cinzia Allocca - August 17, 2011 - 2:43 pm

Just lovely! Stunning, actually. The quilting lines are brilliant!

Shannon - August 17, 2011 - 8:14 am

I LOVE the CC quilt! Definitely one of my all-time favs!!

Melissa - August 16, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Oh my goodness. Dare I say that quilt is your best, yet? What a treasure for Katie and Cici. YOU are a treasure for Katie, I know, but that quilt is just beautiful. The colors are gorgeous, and the quilting is just divine. I could gush for hours. :)

“Stairway to Heaven” Quilt Top

After many months of very little quilting, I’ve been cranking out quite a few quilt tops that have been floating around in my head. This is one of them. I’m so happy to be back to quilting too! This one is called Stairway to Heaven. Now, I don’t even know if I fully believe in a heaven but, if there is one then I’d imagine the journey to be something like this quilt. Each step while beautiful in itself is just one color looking at the next colorful step. Even the big step in the middle could represent the big challenges that we all face. but, when you step back and look at the whole thing then it is a beautiful symphony of colors. OK. I may making more of this than I should! But, I like the name nonetheless!

So, when I showed this at the LAMQG meeting this month, I mentioned that I was sure this was a specific style of a Log Cabin. I decided to do a little research. And guess what, this happens to be a rectangular version of just a plain ‘ole Basic Log Cabin block. Who woulda thunk?:-)Of course, this is a massive version at around 53″ x 60″! The balance of the light on one side and the color on another side is what is important in the Basic Log Cabin Block design. Traditionally it is not just one block in a quilt like this one but, it is combined with a series of other similar blocks and the contrast in colors on both sides can be used to create many interesting designs.

 

A not so great picture of "Stairway to Heaven" Quilt top

 

A few days ago I was in the bookstore and ran across this awesome book by Susan Beal called Modern Log Cabin Quilting. Perfect Timing. I had seen this book on the internet but, hadn’t gotten a chance to flip through it yet. Now, in a seemingly futile effort to keep the secret (or not so secret) hoarder in me at bay I don’t buy too many books but for those of you that don’t have this issue this is a good book to look at. I was fascinated by the history that it told and the fresh modern projects that are great even for beginners!

Off to do the quilting! (I’m definitely thinking very linear quilting with white on the white side and maybe some contrasting colors on the colorful side!)

 

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jane - August 2, 2011 - 9:53 pm

Another incredible design. I love this one!! Bravo Lady.

Sherri ~ daintytime - August 1, 2011 - 8:17 am

Great job. Love this. Shows a lot of commitment.

Melissa - July 23, 2011 - 9:24 pm

I absolutely LOVE it!! I love how colorful and linear it is. Makes my creative heart sing. :)

I saw something vaguely similar in one of the Gee’s Bend books, and sketched out a plan for one of my own. I love how your steps are so skinny!

Pippa - July 20, 2011 - 5:08 am

Oh my gosh. LOVE this!

Val Campbell - July 19, 2011 - 8:56 pm

Latifah,
This just takes my breath away. I love all your quilts, but this one my be at the top of my list. Good work, lady!

Hollie - July 19, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Latifah, it’s stunning! I’m so sorry I missed the last meeting and didn’t see this in person.

Latifah - July 13, 2011 - 11:40 am

Thanks Jenny, Jan, and Vicki!

Cheryl – you totally have to make your version as well. I hate when I have an idea and someone else does it first though! But, I’d love to see what you would have done with it.

Lynette, it was a big log cabin! :-) Half way through it I started to count down the number of strips till the end. Thankfully I included some of my favorite “have to include” colors towards the end.

Thanks Kenda! I can’t wait to see it quilted too! ;-)

Jenny Pedigo - July 13, 2011 - 10:29 am

So interesting!! Love it!

Cinzia Allocca - July 13, 2011 - 5:42 am

this is AMAZING! so well done. i love the rectangle as a starter point as opposed to the traditional square! Can’t wait to see it finished.. and i love your description of it, too.
I have Susan’s book and I love it. The history is fascinating. Your fresh modern take on log cabin should be included in volume 2!

jan - July 12, 2011 - 9:08 pm

Very nice!

Cheryl Arkison - July 12, 2011 - 8:52 pm

No way! I’ve had the fabric pulled for a square version of the same concept for months now. Pretty sure yours is cooler than mine could be.

Vicki W - July 12, 2011 - 3:14 pm

That is sooooo cool!

Lynette - July 12, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Wow – That’s a BIG log cabin. :D Nice job mitering all those color strips on the one corner

kendascrafts - July 12, 2011 - 1:53 pm

wow! that looks great! Can’t wait to see it quilted. I love log cabin blocks.

A Little Something I’m Working On. . .

. . . that I think I really love! Now, to decide how to quilt it. . . any ideas?

Mary voss - September 7, 2012 - 5:49 am

Love your site and all the quilts. Haven’t tried a modern quilt yet, but now I’m inspired. A great grandson is on the way. Modern quilting hasn’t caught on in Western Michigan much yet. Thanks for all the lovely ideas and great inspiration. -Mary

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jane - August 2, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Wow, this is really beautiful Latifah, you are unbelievably talented.

Tanya Heldman - July 15, 2011 - 9:41 am

It looks like the background is just one piece of fabric. I don’t see any seams. Amazing curve piecing. I would do something that would create a different texture in the background from the curved parts. Also, I would use different thread colors.

Ruth - July 12, 2011 - 8:17 am

I abSoLuteLy LOVE this. I don’t think it could get better.

Fabric Fascination - July 9, 2011 - 3:29 pm

If it were mine, (I can’t think as if it were yours, because then I would be afraid to ruin it), but if it were mine – I might do large leaves, and seed pods, and alien looking plants from an abundant garden. It is such an organic looking quilt that I think organic shapes would compliment it well. (If it were mine that is)

dana - July 9, 2011 - 3:44 am

I rather like the idea of quilting each shape individually and then the red background in a different color thread and different quilting pattern. I am so loving this quilt and dying that all those curves are INSET.

Cheryl Arkison - July 8, 2011 - 8:26 pm

oooh! Are those inset?

Quilting? Are you hoping to accentuate the fact that the design goes around the edge, or is there a top and bottom to the quilt? I think that decision matters when deciding on the quilt pattern.

If there is a top and bottom, then one idea that comes to mind is actually a traditional fan pattern.

If you are accentuating the all around the edge concept, then it seems obvious to quilt each shape individually. I could see red thread on the inset pieces and maybe a blue or green on the red.

Kate - July 8, 2011 - 1:51 pm

Fun!!! I’ve typed about six suggestions and erased them. I’ve got nothing! But I’m interested to see what you do :)

Interview with Mark Lipinski!

Tune in if you can! I’ll be interviewed tomorrow, June 22nd, on Mark Lipinski’s internet radio program Creative Mojo at 12:20pm PST (3:20pm EST). It should be fun. We’ll be talking about the Modern Quilt Guild and the modern quilt movement. Just go to http://www.toginet.com/ and click on the “Live on the Air” button.

I’m representing the Modern Quilt Guild so tune in and call in to represent! Go MQG!

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Latifah

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