In 2010, I wanted to make a quilt for my brother-in-law. He was back in school (law school) at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and he and my sister-in-law (my husband’s sister) were enjoying going to Lady Lobo basketball games. The UNM school colors are red and gray, which (legend says) happened to be colors of primer that a local contractor had on hand when the school was built. I opted for more of a black and red quilt than strictly school colors, though.
Log cabin quilts have always been near and dear to my heart, and I still think this red and black version is very striking.
At the time, I went very fancy pants for the quilting: I quilted (with a walking foot) the letters UNM LAW in the center of the log cabin blocks. I then rotated the quilt 180 degrees and did it again so the quilt would always be “right side up” whichever way it was turned.
Red is a color that I do not work with much, so even though I was planning to do a log cabin quilt, I used my design program of choice for the time (Microsoft Paint) to create a pattern design which also helped me select the fabric for the quilt. I purchased some prints that I though my brother-in-law would like, including some with paw prints on them. The red paw print material was way to pink in person, though, so I did have to substitute another fabric.
I thread basted all my quilts until sometime in 2013, when I learned about pin basting. I liked to use a high contrast thread color for basting so that it would be easy to see and remove after quilting.
Puppy the Cat has always been quite the quilt inspector. I really like the stripey red / white / black fabric I found and used for the border for both the top and back of the quilt.
The log cabin blocks were made from 2.5-inch wide strips, so after prepping all the fabric for the quilt top, I apparently had a bit of fun making my own “Jelly Roll”.
My brother-in-law is such an amazing person. He suffered a very serious aneurysm in 2001. He was on life support for over a week and in the hospital / rehab for much longer. 18 months later, he finally learned to coordinate his muscles to swallow again. His recovery and attitude about life give me goosebumps when I think about it. I still think he should travel the country giving motivational speeches, but law really does seem to be a calling for him. <3
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