When I decided to sew a quilt for my brother for Christmas. My mom advised me to make it masculine, and not feminine looking. At this point I had started to research quilts. Whenever I’m learning to make something. I make a trip to library. I’ll check out as many books as I can find, or carry, on my new subject. I also collect craft books. It was either through the library, or one of my craft books, that lead me to the log cabin quilt.
My brother is colorblind. He has problems with the color blue. I took that into consideration when choosing my colors. Brown tones seemed masculine, and matched the idea of a log cabin quilt. I had a system when working from my lighter colors to my darker pieces. The system didn’t work as well as I had hoped. Now I am more familiar with log cabin quilts, and I can see how I could have used the lights and darks to make it more dramatic.
When my brother opened his Christmas present he didn’t seem interested. I informed him that I had made the quilt for him. He was surprised. He thought I had bought him a blanket. I could tell he appreciated it after that. It also made me happy that I made a quilt that looked good enough to be store bought.