Model Farm Quilt

Alright, friends! I'm so excited to share the second quilt in The Lois Quilt Collection....Model Farm!

The Lois Quilt Collection is inspired by the quilts that my grandmother created for me and my family. First Gift Quilt is the first pattern in the collection. I'm excited to keep adding to it!. You can read more about First Gift Quilt here.  

 

This quilt is a modern take on a traditional log cabin block.  This design was inspired by a quilt that my grandmother made... seen below. As you read about in my First Gift blog post, she inspired me to start quilting. We had a sweet relationship and I think about her often!

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Her quilt isn't quite finished. There are still a few straight pins and safety pins within the quilt. I've told myself that I am going to finish it one day...but I do kind of like having it exactly how she left it. I don't know....we will see what happens.

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I love how she used the negative space within each block to create an overall design. I decided to focus on this element as I was designing Model Farm.

I reworked the block to create my own proportions/dimensions, and I decided to leave a lot negative space within the quilt. I put the blocks "on point"....this IS a Lo & Behold pattern after all! haha. But really, I love the minimal yet striking effect that this quilt has!

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When thinking about the name, I wanted to focus on an element of our relationship. With this being such a personal quilt, I somehow wanted to tie in "log cabin" with "granny's house". My grandparents lived in the same house for over 40 years, so it's the only house that I've ever known for them. To this day, I have little trinkets saved from their house that I cherish deeply. Their house was always a safe haven for me. I still remember playing in the back yard with my orange/teal slide, eating apples with peanut butter out of wooden bowls (which I now have in my kitchen), and having arts and crafts every day as our main activity. I spent almost everyday of my summers at their house and it was always a special treat to be able to spend time with them. I named this quilt "Model Farm" after the street that their house was on. I have such special memories there and this quilt will forever remind me of home!

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For my cover quilt, I wanted to really accentuate the background space. I rarely use darker colors as my background fabric, but I thought this would be a fun quilt to try that on! 

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I used Robert Kaufman Kona Solids: Pomegranate, Primrose, Melon, White and Teal Blue. I have a limited number of quilt kits to make this exact quilt in my shop!

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The quilting was done by the super talented, Andrea of Walker Quilt Co. . We both agreed that we wanted to do something dense and whimsical in the negative space. We went back and forth on a few ideas, but ultimately landed on this. The texture is amazing, and I love how the center "x" is different than the rest of the quilt!

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Model Farm quilt pattern includes instructions for 4 sizes: Pillow, Wall Hanging (25" square), Baby (45" square) and Throw (54" square). You can also customize your own size by creating thicker or thinner borders around the center block.

I had a lot of fun with the Wall Hanging size! Just look how cute this little block is!

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Fabrics used are Robert Kaufman Kona Solids, Cedar, Jade Green, Seafoam, Ultra Marine and White. This was color palette was inspired by my orange and teal slide that I told you about earlier!

I quilted 1/2" lines with a matching background thread. 

 

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The pattern is written to make the wall hanging as a square, but I left off the side borders in order to make mine a rectangle. I think both are great options!

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Here are the fabric requirements...this quilt really doesn't use a lot! You'll see that you can either use Fat Quarter for yardage. It also works great with scraps!

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And now, it's time for my favorite part of this whole process....tester quilts! They really did such a great job! It's an honor to have each of these ladies test for me.  I always love seeing what they come up with!

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First up is Sarah of @thecraftyseashell. How about these colors?! I feel like this is might be her signature color palette when she tests my quilts and I LOVE that!

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Next, we have Emily of @homemadeemilyjane. I love the hand quilting, especially in the negative space! Beautiful!

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Kasie from @marmalademoodquilts created this stunning wall hanging! She was feeling the darker background like I was! 

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Bess of @sidelakestitch created this adorable pillow. Again, that grid quilting is the best!

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Steph of @beansyquilts, aka: the queen of quilting, created this bright...almost vintage-feeling quilt! Stunning!

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Elissa of @littleacornquiltco, made not one but TWO Model Farm quilts! I love both equally! Also, how adorable is her little pup?!

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Nicki of @wovenandwoolly tested both Model Farm and Triangle Fade for me! I love how they both go together! The fall colors are perfect.

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Kara of @hollandhomesteaddesigns created this lovely calming throw size Model Farm quilt. I looks like its in its element with the garden and waterfall behind it!

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Lastly, we have this super fun Christmas pillow by Kristin of @watersidehearth! She did those fun little snowflakes all on her domestic machine. It's the perfect touch!

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Don't forget that Triangle Fade AND Model Farm are both currently 15% off. When you purchase them together they're 20% off, so definitely go ahead and get both to save more! The sale will end Sunday night, 9/22 at midnight, EST.

Please tag me on social media (@loandbeholdstitchery) and use the hashtags #modelfarmquilt #loandbeholdpatterns.

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Happy quilting!

Brittany


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