Everything has been coming up Curated Quilts this week! If you haven't heard, Curated Quilts is a cool new quarterly quilt journal that is the brainchild of Amy Ellis (Amy's Creative Side). Earlier this spring, they put out a call for mini quilts that matched their color palette and linear architectural inspiration. My "Earthquake!" mini was accepted for their feature, and the first CQ journal issue landed on my doorstep this week!
The articles, quilt features, and patterns are totally amazing. It feels and reads like so much more than just a quilt magazine! Plus, it's exciting to see my name (and old IG handle, but what can you do!?) and quilt in a real, live publication!
In addition to seeing the fruits of mine and so many other quilters' labors in the first issue, the submission deadline for the second issue is already October 1! The upcoming issue's theme and corresponding mini-quilt challenge are log cabins, and I started with a fairly traditional approach, but I just wasn't feeling it and there were a lot of simple, linear designs posted already that were stronger than my design.
I didn't start this until this past week, but I had been mulling over an idea from the beginning that incorporated needle-turn applique on the strips prior to piecing them together. At first, I was going to piece the whole log cabin in the gray linen and then add color applique elements to only a few of the strips, for kind of a minimal look. I didn't like my drawings though, so it morphed into "my humps"
#mylovelyquiltyhumps, as it's been dubbed on IG! I based the hump pattern on one of the templates from Carolyn Friedlander's Rin quilt, and I think it's a fun, albeit a little wild, way to spice up a log cabin while staying true to the underlying block structure. If I play around with the concept more, I'll probably shorten the humps a little so they don't get cut off like they do around the edges. I bought the floral fabric shortly before the new mini challenge was announced, and was so excited that it worked so well with the color palette! It's a real departure from a lot of the other quilts, many of which took a beautiful, minimalist approach. We'll see if it's too wild for the journal (or if they'll keep my title!) in the next week!